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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 10

Darkship Revenge – Snippet 10 Broom it! Earth even under the Good Men Regime, where theoretically about fifty men split all the power of the Earth and its resources between them, had always been fairly chaotic. A Good Man would … Continue reading

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1636: Mission To The Mughals – Snippet 23

1636: Mission To The Mughals – Snippet 23 Surat, Palace Of The Diwan “Well, shiiiit…” John said, drawing out the word. The principles of the USE mission been sweating for hours in the courtyard, waiting for Diwan Kashif to see … Continue reading

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Gods of Sagittarius – Snippet 10

Gods of Sagittarius – Snippet 10 CHAPTER 6 “This is Gadraxpath Grendel’s Mother, formerly known as Naccor Jute Vessel Kurryoccoc, notifying whatever agents of the Envacht Lu might be present in the system that we are approaching the wormhole terminus … Continue reading

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Gods of Sagittarius – Snippet 09

Gods of Sagittarius – Snippet 09 “Just ‘magic’, please. The phrase ‘actual magic’ is tautological.” “Only if magic exists.”

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Darkship Revenge – Snippet 09

Darkship Revenge – Snippet 09 It was all I needed.  They’d taken the burner I’d carried, of course, but thank heavens for small favors, scientists are not usually trained in searching women for weapons.  Or, be fair, searching women.  If … Continue reading

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1636: Mission To The Mughals – Snippet 22

1636: Mission To The Mughals – Snippet 22 PART II Fall, 1634 Some bore the story to their king: “A mighty creature of our race, In monkey form, has reached the place.” Chapter 13 Surat, River Tapti September, 1634 “Right … Continue reading

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1636: Mission To The Mughals – Snippet 21

1636: Mission To The Mughals – Snippet 21 As if sensing Dara’s thoughts were upon him, Dara’s grandfather turned from watching the slaves collect carcasses and approached Dara. Talawat bowed and silently withdrew a few paces, giving them some privacy.

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Gods of Sagittarius – Snippet 08

Gods of Sagittarius – Snippet 08 CHAPTER 5 Occo didn’t go far to set up her own camp. Just far enough from the Envacht Lu encampment to get away from them and find a location that didn’t remind her of … Continue reading

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