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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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Darkship Revenge – Snippet 22

Darkship Revenge – Snippet 22 Come Out, Come Out I just want to say that I and Lucius were both created by bio-enhanced madmen.  And at that moment, between my stomach plummeting somewhere below my feet and my hands clutching … Continue reading

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Gods of Sagittarius – Snippet 22

Gods of Sagittarius – Snippet 22 “I saw those fucking risks!” shouted Tabor. “They were torn apart in broad daylight by things the most sophisticated holocams couldn’t even see. They just came in here and killed Basil. Let humanity take … Continue reading

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1636: Mission To The Mughals – Snippet 35

1636: Mission To The Mughals – Snippet 35 Chapter 20 Agra, Red Fort, The Harem November, 1634 “Shehzadi, Diwan Firoz Khan humbly requests a moment of your time this morning,” Smidha said, overseeing the slaves as they applied the last … Continue reading

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Gods of Sagittarius – Snippet 21

Gods of Sagittarius – Snippet 21 CHAPTER 12 Shenoy spent the next few hours examining the cell minutely. Finally he turned to the robot. “I’d like to see the adjoining cells now, H.P.” he said. “Certainly, Sir Rupert,” replied the … Continue reading

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Darkship Revenge – Snippet 21

Darkship Revenge – Snippet 21 In their heyday they had housed thousands of people who worked shift on and shift off on turning the aquatic plants into semblances of other plants and animals, generally speaking more appetizing to humans.  I’d … Continue reading

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1636: Mission To The Mughals – Snippet 34

1636: Mission To The Mughals – Snippet 34 Then the helmets disappeared in a sudden eruption of a dirty cloud of smoke and earth with a dirty red spark at its heart. A moment passed in silence before the deep … Continue reading

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Gods of Sagittarius – Snippet 20

Gods of Sagittarius – Snippet 20 “I would never have seen them,” said Basil. “How did you . . . ?” “You’re a scientist,” answered Tabor. “I’m security. Spotting things like that is part of my job.”

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Darkship Revenge – Snippet 20

Darkship Revenge – Snippet 20 Lost Boys Je Reviens Let it be noted I much prefer traveling in a comfortable flyer than on broomback.  So did Eris, who fell asleep as soon as I secured her in a seat which … Continue reading

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