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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 09

The Amber Arrow – Snippet 09 Chapter Eight: The Couronne de Huit Tours Magister Rossofore managed to suppress a wild laugh, but he couldn’t help chuckling in delight. “Who . . . what have you turned into?” Valentine whispered. “Something … Continue reading

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Chain of Command – Snippet 09

Chain of Command – Snippet 09 Chapter Four 2 December 2133 (ten minutes later) (nineteen days from K’tok orbit) “Thanks for staying after,” Huhn said, pulling his blanket more tightly around his shoulders and avoiding eye contact with Sam. “I … Continue reading

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Iron Angels – Snippet 17

Iron Angels – Snippet 17 Chapter 10 Carlos Ochoa’s meeting with the police had gone as well as expected. The only problem he foresaw was the waitress, Lali. She kind of understood what he did and where he went, but … Continue reading

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Iron Angels – Snippet 16

Iron Angels – Snippet 16 “Wait a moment, please,” Vance said. “I didn’t complete my explanation and analysis. What is not ordinary is men using thermite on themselves, and also using such an interesting chemical as a means of catalyzing.” … Continue reading

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The Amber Arrow – Snippet 08

The Amber Arrow – Snippet 08 “As Rome’s highest representative in the kingdom at present, I am the Hand of the Bishops, so yes, I am in charge of its fate.” “Poor Count Lerocher,” the queen murmured. “Your sympathy is … Continue reading

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Chain of Command – Snippet 08

Chain of Command – Snippet 08 Moe listed the holes the uBakai buckshot had torn in their boat’s roster: two officers and five others dead; one officer–the captain–and three others critically injured and in cold sleep; one officer and twelve … Continue reading

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The Amber Arrow – Snippet 07

The Amber Arrow – Snippet 07 Chapter Seven: The Necklace “Bring me Marchioness Valentine,” said a tall, somber man. He looked to be about thirty years old. He had a close-shaven face and wavy hair that fell to his shoulders. … Continue reading

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Chain of Command – Snippet 07

Chain of Command – Snippet 07 Chapter Three 2 December 2133 (two hours later) (nineteen days from K’tok orbit) “She’s over there, Mister Bitka,” the medtech told him, “with the others. Ensign Waring and Chief Nguyen, too.” Sam turned and … Continue reading

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