Archive for May, 2008

Talk of sex, stereotypes, and worse truth below. I don’t get it. Really I don’t. I don’t give a damn about which character is sharing sheets and swapping fluids with whom. Gay, straight, interracial, interspecies, pansexual or autoerotic, but for the love of carnal acts can we please pour a bit of reality into the […]

Slow train Chapter five

Posted: 31st May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Due out from Baen, October 2008Dave Freer and Eric Flint’s Slowtrain Chapter 5     Internal e-memo. Re Habitat 37. Date: 2120-11-3 Time: 13:53 NMT To: Chief Construction (Spacefitting) Officer M. Kabongo From: Systems Engineer (Maintenance) W. Ankar   Mike,               If they don’t want maintenance robots, we can’t force them to take them. […]

D.E. goes live

Posted: 31st May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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After a solid working up period in which proprietor Darwin Garrison kicked around numerous models and ideas for an ezine, we’re finally free to explore Darwin’s Evolutions. Inside is an article by Kate Paulk on writing and how not turn your novel into a transcript of your last RPG campaign. There are several non fiction […]

Howdy

Posted: 29th May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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While I know a surprising number of you, actually given the extent of my introversion its a shocking number, I don’t know most of you. I also have no idea how you got here or why you stay. If you have the time, please introduce yourself. Real names not required…

Me, myself, and I

Posted: 28th May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Verb conjugation is apparently a dying skill. I’ve had more than one manuscript in the past few dozen that seem to lack this basic skill. Maybe it is too much for me to expect that people who want to be published should be able to know what tense of a verb to use, if so […]

Heyla, A lot of agents and editors rail on and on about people who can’t seem to follow submissions guidelines. There is good reason for this, but that’s not what this is post is about. I just want to thank the people who have in the past and will in the future follow the submission […]

Chapter four

Posted: 28th May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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More Slowtrain goodness, available from Baen October of 2008 Chapter 4     Extract from the Transcript of the Slowtrain funding debate of Lower House, Sysgov.   “… What the representative from Ceres is missing is that the costs of this expedition are being offset in several ways. While it is hard to quantify, precisely, […]

Slowtrain – Chapter 3

Posted: 23rd May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Chapter one, Chapter two Slowtrain By Eric Flint and Dave Freer available from booksellers October 2008, Chapter 3     Extract from the Transcript of the Sysgov. Space Development Agency Administration meeting 325:2120.               Director Palin: “One of the problems with handing over man’s greatest enterprise to a bunch of fanatics and lunatics is […]

Robert Asprin

Posted: 23rd May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I learned that Robert Asprin has passed away. He, was one of the first writers to get me to read a series enthusiastically. The Myth series, and later the Phule’s Company books were perfect for when I wanted something light, quick and quirky. The jokes always raised an eyebrow and dragged a laugh from me […]

QOTD: Games

Posted: 21st May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Ok, what do you and or your friends and loved ones play for sf/f related games? Table top? Board, Quest style fantasy, Multiplayer games like WarCraft, or First Person games. Any console games?

Slowtrain Chapter Two

Posted: 19th May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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This is the second chapter of Dave Freer and Eric Flint’s “Slowtrain to Arcturus” from Baen October 2008 the first chapter can be found here. Chapter 2     Internal confidential e-vox. Inward laser transmission. From: Field Agent P. Firston, deep-space sector 3. To: Agent Supervisor FJ Lu-Hellens re: Weapons seizure.   Habitat unit 36 […]

So I mentioned a few posts back that there were some characters I’d love to meet. So who are your favorite and or least favorite characters? Anyone you just love to hate? Anyone who tempts you to change your legal name to theirs? And of course, any questions you want to ask?

What SF is for

Posted: 15th May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Some people insist that science fiction exists for the purpose of exposition in an indirect fashion over the affects of technology and or the lack of it upon humans and their most pervasive byproduct society. I’ll argue that any fictions first duty is to entertain. If one can pontificate via their literature in a sotto […]

Quick Question

Posted: 11th May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Has anyone ever used Obopay? www.obopay.com ? If so, what can you tell me about them?

It occurred to me the other night while talking to someone moving into the industry that there were a few less obvious things about the industry that someone one should pass along. Given that I don’t know anyone with parents that cruel, I decided to do it myself. Things thou should know: 1) From your […]

Having read several thousand novels over the course of my life, I can’t say there are as many characters I’d like to meet. Not all of the characters are ones that I liked, but all had their own personal gravity that inescapably draws the minds eye to them. It goes without saying that most of […]

QOTD: Speciation of the Humans variety

Posted: 5th May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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So, what do we think of the possibility, or probability of the current human species being the launch pad for a concurrent race of genetically distinct sentients? In an undisturbed natural state it takes isolation, time and differences in social behaviors for species to emerge. Theoretically, with the way humans are able to isolate themselves […]

More Brain Fodder!

Posted: 2nd May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Love how strange: Mating Intelligence: http://www.psychologytoday.com/rss/index.php?term=20061221-000001&page=6 Marriage != higher happiness: http://www.psychologytoday.com/rss/pto-20030318-000002.html Celebrated failure…. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7380365.stm Interspecies sex (Seen before the 300 links in my flist) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7379554.stm The Virgin Jawsy: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6681793.stm Silk, light, and sex… http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7378196.stm

Nature you haven’t seen before.

Posted: 2nd May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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<object width=”425″ height=”355″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/LU8DDYz68kM&hl=en”></param><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/LU8DDYz68kM&hl=en” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” wmode=”transparent” width=”425″ height=”355″></embed></object> Not entirely on topic, but a great real life example of why medieval armies (lions) and mercenaries (croc’s) were careful of how far they pushed peasants (buffalo).

A day in the life

Posted: 1st May 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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This is the type of horrifically hard work I have to do. The ladies are the fabulous lady author Julie Cochrane with the dark hair, and the future marine Kate J with the light.