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A different way to teach science

When we moved to Montreal, my son was eleven. He happened to find an old, 1920, book in a thrift store called something like Science Today, which was an overview of the cutting edge of science as of 1920, with

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Best Related Thingy

I have not been using this like a proper blog, and I’m sorry. I’ll try to do better, but I don’t know whether I will. It’s no replacement for my LJ because it doesn’t provide conversation, and without that it

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Genre Pacing: A question from Goodreads

On Goodreads, a nice person called Xena WP asked me Jo, after finishing Transcription by K. Atkinson I wished for a few paragraphs at least of Juliet’s happy discovery of Italy and enjoyment of motherhood, things you describe movingly in

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SF Books for Adults

This is the list I read out at LTUE today: Ada Palmer Too Like the Lightning (2016) and sequels C.J. Cherryh Cyteen (1987) Samuel R. Delany Stars In My Pocket Like Grains of Sand (1986) Ursula K. Le Guin The Dispossessed (1974) Gene Wolfe The Shadow of

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My short story collection, Starlings, is out now, in trade paperback and e-book, from Tachyon Press. It contains every short story I’ve ever written, the play Three Shouts On a Hill, and a bunch of poems, including Three Bears Norse

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The Dark is Reading 1: Tonight will be bad, and tomorrow will be beyond all imagining

I think if I were to read The Dark is Rising for the first time now, it would be a very different book. I was thirteen when I first read it on the beach in Hastings. Hastings is a town in

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Scintillation: New goals, maybe better goals, and plenty

Very very exciting. Scintillation has reached it’s $15,000 stretch goal, and will be happening in 2018, 2019 and 2020. With 40 hours left on the Kickstarter, I have added some more stretch goals. Now people who support us at the

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I just realised that the things I know about my books before I write them, the thematic image bits, are very like the things I remember about books I have only read once a long time ago and almost forgotten.

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I am running a Kickstarter to fund a convention called Scintillation. If it’s funded, it will happen on Canadian Thanksgiving 2018, that is 5-7th October 2018, in Montreal. It’ll be a fun small convention I’ll be running with some friends. The

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How to make dinner for three days

You need a chicken, half a pound of lamb mince (or beef if no lamb), raisins, two onions, a leek, a container of mushrooms, a handful of pancetta or lardons (or 3 slices of bacon if no pancetta or lardons),

Posted in Life as it blossoms out in a jar or a face, Whimsy