Category: fiction

Review of “Another Life”

I watched the first episode and part of the second. After that I had to stop to avoid breaking my tablet. The stupid, it burns. The show opens with a nice special effect. The alien spacecraft looks cool and alien if not overly practical. The thing it turns into looks like a Christmas tree. It’s …

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Fairies, subverted

A leafy looking critter

Along with a select (i.e. self-selected) group of other writers and artists, I’m engaged in a Project. A Subversive Project. Involving Fairies. It will see print long before any of my books in the queue at Oghma, and it’s a lot of fun working with this talented group. Like/Follow our Facebook page for news about …

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Is the ST:TNG Episode “Darmok” Genius or What?

An irritated Tamarian

Incendiary Todd of the Funk writes, Is the ST:TNG episode “Darmok” genius or what? Can’t decide. “What.” To recap, the episode involves a spacefaring species, the Tamarians, that nobody can manage to talk with because (as it turns out) their only means of communication is with cryptic metaphorical references to the stories of their culture. When …

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My MarsCon schedule

Friday, March 6: 3:00-3:50 pm. The Curmudgeon Panel. VII White Pelican 5:00-5:50 pm. Marketing Your eBook. Room 419 (Krushenko’s) Saturday, March 7: 12:00-12:50 p.m. When Robots do Everything, What Will People do? III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars) 9:00-9:50 pm. Hero Support: Sidekicks and Minions. III Eagle’s Nest (Re(a)d Mars)

Believability and the Reader’s Representative

(cross-posted from I’m at 4th Street Fantasy Convention this weekend. In a panel last night, there was a discussion about suspension of disbelief. One technique mentioned (by Scott Lynch) was “lampshading,” in which the author, knowing that they’re taking extreme liberties with the laws of physics, or medicine, or whatever, has a character point …

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Tyler reviews Wesley Chu’s “The Lives of Tao”

The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu My rating: 3 of 5 stars Reasonably well written, ultimately failing to delight. This is basically a geek secret agent fantasy, the protagonist being computer geek Roen Tan, not the titular alien. Where it disappoints me is in hewing too close to the line that the only way …

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A new story published on Monster Corral

The new flash fiction publisher Mustang’s Monster Corral just published a very short story by me! Which shows that the plans of evil geniuses are deep and scary.

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

The elegant and talented Dana M. Baird has tagged me to participate in a sort of chain letter of writers talking about their work in progress. Like all writers, I welcome any excuse to do this, though I wouldn’t dream of doing so uninvited. So, here are my answers to the standard set of questions. …

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Star of Vengeance – listen free

In a previous life, under another name, I scripted a series of radio programs. Star of Vengeance, ten episodes of about ten minutes each….

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An announcement of publication

Sky Tinted Waters Anthology

A story by me, Tyler Tork, appears in the recent anthology Sky-Tinted Waters, available from SamsDot. It’s the entertaining tale of a young stage magician and the danger of not reading to the end of the instructions before you start following them.

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