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New Space Opera 2: sf stories with sweep

Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan's new anthology The New Space Opera 2 came out today, featuring all original stories by me, John Scalzi, Robert Charles Wilson, Jay Lake, Garth Nix, Bruce Sterling, Elizabeth Moon, Justina Robson and many others. My story, "To Go Boldly," is a look at the LARPing ethic that lurks under the skin of any space navy.

Boing Boing:

Vonnegut's Rules

Vonnegut's rules for writing short fiction, lifted from, lifted from his book Bagombo Snuff Box:

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things -- reveal character or advance the action.*

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

Discussion: Marathon Training

My wife has run the Los Angeles Marathon. Twice.
Her training routine is fairly intense- starting small &
gradually building up a few months before the actual event.

I'm more casual. I run a couple of miles every other day to
blow off steam and have time to listen to the ipod.

So, my question: since some are here working on short stories
and some are working on longer works- what is working on the
site for you and what isn't? I've found that it's a great notebook
for sketches. I like that I can edit & revise easily from anywhere.


Hello everyone in the Oort Cloud!

I'm a nonfiction writer—a pseudo-journalist and, ahem, marketing copy writer. Yeah, I know, shameful. But it keeps me in good wine and organic produce, so what the hey. I write for Apple Computer, mostly. My work can be found on Apple's Pro site ( It's Apple's online trade publication, sort of like Guitar Player for Mac users. I profile creative geniuses—FX wizards, musicians, photographers, filmmakers—who use Macs.