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When I read or write fiction, I like seeing characters make bad decisions and then deal with the consequences. However, if they make those decisions for implausible reasons, they can appear silly or inconsistent rather than attracting sympathy. If they’re … Continue reading
Here’s one of my favorite speculative fiction authors, and it was hard picking a reasonable book to represent him. I have a stack of his paperbacks, garnered over the years in used book stores and thrift shops, and they are some of the books I’ve held onto through any number of rigorous book purges.
The Forest of Forever, by Thomas Burnett Swann, was originally published in 1971. Many of Swann’s slim little volumes appeared during that decade, lovely retellings of Greco-Roman myths and alternate histories full of mythological creatures. Dryads, centaurs, minotaurs, and fauns fill the pages. Swann depicted same-sex relationships as a matter of fact in a way that nowadays seems well ahead of his time.
Here’s my schedule for Norwescon 34. I’m looking forward to it, particularly the chance to see my friends. Panels include “The Year’s Best Fiction,” “Supernatural Seattle,” “Has the Future Arrived? The E-book and the Publishing Industry,” “First Pages” (fiction workshop), “Writing Good Dialogue,” “Flashes of Brilliance – Writing Flash Fiction,” “Bad Writing, No Cookie” and a reading on Sunday at noon. Continue reading