Category Science fiction writers

Passing the Torch: Harlan Ellison is now On the Far Side

On a day that science fiction master Harlan Ellison passed to the far side, it struck me as appropriate to look back at Mr Ellison’s marvelous career, and forward, to some speculative fiction writers of the future . . . On the Far Side. Harlan Ellison, 1934-2018 The number one thing that always struck me […]

Thanks, Judith Tarr – Yes, Women Have Always Written Space Opera

Judith Tarr (a fellow Tucsonan, I’m proud to say) recently posted a great article about female authors of science fiction, along with a slew of recommendations for writers you may not have discovered yet. Highly recommended! The TOR site has no ‘reblog’ option, so, I’ll give you a short taste along with a link. >>>>>>>>>>>>>> From […]

Bookstores I love: Bakka Phoenix Books

Is any kind of store more important to a writer than bookstores? Nope. That’s why every week I’m showcasing one of the bookstores around the world I’ve visited and loved. Today that is Bakka Phoenix Books. The wife and I get to Toronto once or twice a year because, against all odds, two of our three sons have […]

2014 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced

As a science fiction fan and a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, I’m pleased to be able to pass on to you the nominees for the 2014 Nebula Awards.  If you’re looking for something great to read, you could do worse than to pick up any of the following works. Novel The Goblin […]

Ray Bradbury on “Hearing Voices”

Here’s a drop of wisdom from a man who knew all about those of us making their living by telling lies for fun and profit:  

How Does Science Fiction Measure Up?

All of us are many things–often, contradictory things. For myself, I’m a hockey fan (go Canucks, go!) who can’t skate. I once built a functioning robot with my own little soldering iron, yet I refuse to buy anything but a cheap, unsmart phone. I’m a husband and a lover—of the same lovely lady, I hasten […]

Greetings from Toronto

I’m in Toronto, visiting family.  If you’ve never visited the Big TO, you should; as cities go, it’s beautiful and overall great. Beyond the skyline, though, the thing that strikes me is the city’s impressive cultural panorama.  It’s one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the world. Nearly half the population was born in […]

The Writing Process Blog Chain

Thanks for including Mr. Valentine in The Writing Process Blog Chain, Paula Millhouse! Paula is a good writer friend of mine, even though we’ve never met.  We’re both members of an online chapter of RWA, “Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal” and have critiqued each other’s work on FFnP’s Mud Puddle. Be sure to check out Paula’s […]

The SFR Brigade Presents

Huh? What the heck does  “The SFR Brigade Presents” mean? There’s a two-part answer: The SFR Brigade is a world-wide, online community of science fiction romance authors, and Mr. Valentine is a proud member. Other members include Catherine Asaro, Eva Caye, Imogene Nix, Isabo Kelly, Jessica Subject, Linnea Sinclair, Lyla Bardan, and Sarah Shade. When you’re […]

Science Fiction Jokes, part 2

And here’s more humor: SF Jokes part 1 SF Jokes part 3 SF Jokes part 4 (feline edition) And today, just what you’ve been waiting for–more nerdy sci-fi humor.  Like last time, let’s start with some groaners: Why is an astronaut like a quarterback? They both want touchdowns. Martian 1: Garble schnarff werbble schnip? Martian […]