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My copy of Steampunk Revolution arrived today. Edited by Ann Vandermeer, and containing my story 'Possession', it is available now. It is, as with all the VanderMeer books (or VanderMeers, when Ann edits with Jeff, such as the recent World Fantasy Award winning the Weird), Steampunk...

Lately, I have begun to feel a vague sense of living in the 1940s. There are a few reasons for it, and a few blog posts worth, so today, I'll focus on the current debate of equality for women. It is in part motivated by this...

I thought today, "It's best to respect everyone, while maintaining a healthy disrespect for all their opinions." Perhaps it only works in relation to art, however. At any rate, the final twenty thousand words of this book is taking longer than I thought, which is why the...

Harriet Klausner claims to be a speed-reader. In the last decade, this former librarian has reviewed over 28,000 books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other sites. She's a notorious figure in the book-reviewing world. For many authors, getting "Klausnered" is a rite of passage,...

I watched Scarface last night and was somewhat surprised to find that it's a piece of shit. The very fine and excellent Lucy Sussex informs me that the film is big in jail, but that really only goes as far as to assure me that Brian...

In the last few days, the mainstream media has responded to Julia Gillard's speech yesterday by saying that it was uncalled for, that it was untrue, that the people who agree with it are wrong. What I haven't heard is anyone say that the Prime Minister's...

The now famous fifteen minute speech by Prime Minister Julia Gillard labeling the opposition leader Tony Abbott a misogynist has been a long time coming. There are things that can be said against Gillard, a lot of them true. She personally voted against gay marriage. Her...

Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film, Psycho, is a film that shouldn't work, but does, and continues to do so, over fifty years after it was released. Based on the slim novel by a mostly forgotten Robert Bloch, the film opens with Marion Crane, played by Janet Leigh,...

In 1994, the then Prime Minister Paul Keating is reported to have said about Alan Jones, that his radio program was, "middle-of-the-road fascism." Always one for a nice take down, Keating wasn't wrong then, and is not wrong now, days after Jones said that the current...