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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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The Spark – Snippet 23

The Spark – Snippet 23 “Now, Pal of Beune,” Lady Frances said, using her hard tone again, “I want you to understand something. I’ll not be cheated. If you and this boatman are in league to rob me by pretending … Continue reading

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Princess Holy Aura – Chapter 14

Princess Holy Aura – Chapter 14 Part II: Awakening the Maidens Chapter 14. She stood in the cool September morning, watching as the yellow school bus grumbled its way up to her driveway, and felt an eerie sense of frightened … Continue reading

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Chain of Command – Snippet 36

Chain of Command – Snippet 36 “How serious was the damage?” “Cruiser Four-Two-Eight was a total loss, of course, when it exited jump space into a planetoid. A fire lance hit disabled the jump drive of Four-Two-Nine and the captain … Continue reading

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Chain of Command – Snippet 35

Chain of Command – Snippet 35 Chapter Eighteen 26 December 2133 (one hour later) (fifth day in K’tok orbit) The forty-eight hours following the uBakai attack had been filled with frantic work, first trying to recover survivors from the two … Continue reading

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The Spark – Snippet 22

The Spark – Snippet 22 CHAPTER 8: The Boat It’d been a short day up the Road and into the Waste, the same place I’d taken Guntram the first time we’d gone out. Today, though, I figured he’d had enough … Continue reading

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Princess Holy Aura – Chapter 13

Princess Holy Aura – Chapter 13 Chapter 13. “Holly? You need to go to sleep!” Mr. Owen said, looking in and seeing her sitting at her computer. Holly sighed, tried to smile and failed. “I can’t sleep, Dad . . … Continue reading

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Princess Holy Aura – Chapter 12

Princess Holy Aura – Chapter 12 Chapter 12. The door opened. The shape that stood outlined in the faint light from the hallway was subtly wrong; something about the length of arm, joints, stance, said this was nothing that belonged … Continue reading

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Chain of Command – Snippet 34

Chain of Command – Snippet 34 “Damned if I know,” she said. “I really had better find out, hadn’t I?” “Let me just make sure I got all of this squared away,” Rivera said. “The uBakai are cranking up the … Continue reading

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