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Literary Awards Are Not Competitions

The Dragon Award was launched this year at the 2016 DragonCon convention in Atlanta that took place over Labor Day weekend. It will be held every year hereafter.

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DRAGON AWARD NOMINATION

I would like to ask for a personal favor. The Dragon awards are now open for nominations and I would appreciate it if as many of you as are so inclined would nominate THE SPAN OF EMPIRE, by Eric Flint … Continue reading

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BUT FOR WALES?

I’m under some fairly serious deadline pressure right now and will be for a couple of months. So I won’t be writing the sort of long essays I did last year on the subject of literary awards in general and … Continue reading

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HOW SHOULD AN AUTHOR LOOK ON USED BOOK SALES?

I ran across this blog by the author Kristen Lamb: PAY THE WRITER …while reading this article by Rachel Kramer Bussel in Salon magazine: Don’t feel guilty It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me or who … Continue reading

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Please Stop Posting Typographical Corrections Here

Folks, please stop posting typographical corrections here. All you’re doing is wasting your time and effort and cluttering up my web site. As I have explained many times, these snippets are taken from UNPROOFED manuscripts. Naturally, you’re finding lots of … Continue reading

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Eric Flint Newsletter – 6 JANUARY 2016

First, I need to explain some recent changes in my schedule of appearances. I was planning to attend comic cons in Miami and Pensacola in January and February, but that’s fallen through. The people organizing my schedule for those events … Continue reading

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Eric Flint Newsletter – 25 NOVEMBER 2015

I just turned in the manuscript for RING OF FIRE IV, the next 1632 series anthology. It’s coming out in May. I’m cutting it a wee bit close on the deadline for this one, although nothing compared to a few … Continue reading

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THE DIVERGENCE BETWEEN POPULARITY AND AWARDS IN FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION

Several people, in their commentaries on my recent essay (“Do We Really Have to Keep Feeding Stupid and His Cousin Ignoramus?”), challenged or at least questioned the assertion I’ve made several times in my various essays on the Hugo ruckus … Continue reading

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DO WE REALLY HAVE TO KEEP FEEDING STUPID AND HIS COUSIN IGNORAMUS?

Wired magazine just ran an article on the recently-concluded Hugo awards, voted on at Sasquan, the world science fiction convention held in Spokane, Washington over the past weekend. There is much in the article that I have no objection to, … Continue reading

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Balticon 2017

I was just invited to be the Guest of Honor at Balticon over the weekend of May 26-29, 2017.  That takes place in Baltimore, if you haven’t figured it out already. The reason for the invitation so far ahead of … Continue reading

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The Amber Arrow – Snippet 12

The Amber Arrow – Snippet 12 Chapter Ten: The Servant Girl The fulgin paused on the outskirts of a large plantation. This farm grew a mixture of cotton and tobacco, with some wheat and corn mixed in to feed the … Continue reading

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Chain of Command – Snippet 12

Chain of Command – Snippet 12 Sam had always accepted this hierarchy, never questioned it. He was just one of the cogs, focused on doing his job and making his boss happy–usually. Now it was different. Now he was executive … Continue reading

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Iron Angels – Snippet 20

Iron Angels – Snippet 20 “Wow, I’m impressed.” He was, actually, a little. “Marine Corps myself. So, are we gonna get along and take care of these investigations? Bust up some crazy cult or something. Bash some skulls?” He wanted … Continue reading

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The Amber Arrow – Snippet 11

The Amber Arrow – Snippet 11 It was a town of about one thousand. There were men and other Tier, but the original settlers, who still made up more than half of the population, were centaurs. And because it was … Continue reading

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Iron Angels – Snippet 19

Iron Angels – Snippet 19 “Jasper knows how to push my buttons.” Johnson’s additions to the conversation had to be for the benefit of ASAC Masters and Agent Black. “Anything else, sir?” Jasper stared at Masters. For a grown man, … Continue reading

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Chain of Command – Snippet 11

Chain of Command – Snippet 11 Chapter Five 3 December 2133 (one day later) (eighteen days from K’tok orbit) Sam paused at the hatchway and surveyed the men and women gathered in the wardroom.  Aside from the captain, the only … Continue reading

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The Amber Arrow – Snippet 10

The Amber Arrow – Snippet 10 He plopped another amber bead into his mouth, took a sip of wine, and gulped it down. The flush of power was immediate, intense, and incredibly pleasurable. A man might become a slave to … Continue reading

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Iron Angels – Snippet 18

Iron Angels – Snippet 18 Chapter 11 Jasper dropped into the chair opposite Agent Temple Black, and slumped. For some reason, someone insisted on having all the chairs in the conference room at the maximum height. He released the chair … Continue reading

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