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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.

The award was given out in these categories: Continue reading

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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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Gods of Sagittarius – Snippet 36

Gods of Sagittarius – Snippet 36 “It may take a while to explain it fully,” said Tabor. He looked around, then shrugged. “What the hell. It’s not as if you’re going anywhere.” And he explained as much as he understood … Continue reading

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Darkship Revenge – Snippet 36

Darkship Revenge – Snippet 36 Gambit “How long has she been out?” A voice that was familiar, but not immediately identifiable. “About a week,” Kit said.  “She’s been semi-conscious, mostly sleeping.  I think she just got so exhausted.  I mean, … Continue reading

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Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 06

Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 06 “There are several reasons,” she said, “but the most important are that Egypt is the richest province in the Macedonian empire and will be the richest in the Roman Empire. It’s the breadbasket of the … Continue reading

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Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 05

Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 05 Chapter 2 Off Formentera Island 9:00 PM, September 15, 321 BCE The voice over the loudspeakers was calm and matter-of-fact, as if the ship’s officer was simply reporting on the weather: “Ladies and gentlemen, using … Continue reading

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Gods of Sagittarius – Snippet 35

Gods of Sagittarius – Snippet 35 CHAPTER 21 Tabor opened his eyes, spent a moment focusing them, and found that he was lying on a stone floor, facing an open doorway. He placed a hand to his head to assess … Continue reading

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Darkship Revenge – Snippet 35

Darkship Revenge – Snippet 35 We had dinner that evening, the three adults together, after we’d given the young men food, and Fuse asked, “They’ll live now?  They’ll live.” “They’ll live,” I told him.  “The doctor said they would.” Part … Continue reading

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Darkship Revenge – Snippet 34

Darkship Revenge – Snippet 34 The First Horseman “It is the flu,” Doctor Dufort said. I don’t know what I expected.  A colossus of some sort, a man whose very presence bent reality around him.  Or someone whose knowledge of … Continue reading

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Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 04

Alexander Inheritance – Snippet 04 But Charlene had wanted “romantic,” and her mother agreed with her. Darn Doris, with all her silly romance novels. And now some sort of disaster had happened. They were stuck out here on the company’s … Continue reading

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