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read an excerpt from Fair Coin

Pyr has just unveiled their new Pyr Young Adult Facebook Page!

If you click over there and “Like” it, you’ll be able to download the first three chapters of my upcoming YA novel, Fair Coin, well before its scheduled release late next monthIf you’re already signed up for Facebook, it’ll only take a few seconds of your time and a modest amount of hand-eye coordination and dexterity.

I hope you enjoy this exclusive preview of Fair Coin, and please take a moment to check out the excellent Pyr YA books that have preceded it.

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would you like to take a survey?

Shimmer magazine has posted a quick survey that asks, Which issue 13 story was your favorite?

I think all the short stories in the latest issue are great. I’m also shameless enough to include my own story, “All the Lonely People,” in that completely impartial critique. The story that receives the most votes will be published online, and everyone who participates will be entered in a random drawing to receive any issue of Shimmer free. So everyone wins! Except nine of the authors. But you know, that’s how it goes.

So please take 42.567 seconds to check out the Reader’s Choice survey, click on your favorite story, and leave some comments about Issue #13!

If you still haven’t read Issue 13, you can order it here. If you download the electronic edition, you even have enough time to read it and cast your vote before the survey closes at midnight MST on Thursday, June 30, 2011.

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“the way to eden” is through hell

Excerpted from my comments on this week’s Star Trek Re-Watch:

I’ve been dreading this day for nearly two years, since Torie and I started this re-watch.

When I first saw “The Way to Eden” as a teen, I thought it was the worst episode ever and vowed never to watch it again. A couple of years later, when the pain had finally faded, I decided to give it another try–surely it wasn’t as bad as I’d remembered. Damn you, selective memory! I found it just as awful as before, and once again I decided never to watch it again. And I blissfully stuck to that promise… until now.

In case anyone thinks I’m exaggerating the sheer pain this episode brings me, I watched it on my laptop so I could record my facial expressions. The accompanying four images sum up my experience better than mere words can, but I hope you’ll drop by The Viewscreen anyway to read Torie’s excellent recap–so much more entertaining than the episode itself!–and share your thoughts on my least favorite hour of Star Trek so our sacrifices won’t have been in vain. (I considered adding the corresponding time codes to the images, but I’ll leave it to you to figure out what horrors elicited these responses.)

Guys, I watched this crap for free. I’m stupid.

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cutting teeth

Please check out these two short videos I cut for Teeth: Vampire Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. Each poses a question of the contributors to the anthology: “Would you like to be a vampire for a month?” and “What attribute of a vampire would you like to have?” These were a lot of fun to work on and I’m looking forward to reading the stories when the book comes out on April 5, 2011 from Harper Teen.

The videos include responses from Nathan Ballingrud, Chris Barzak, Steve Berman, Holly Black,  Emma Bull, Cecil Castellucci, Suzy McKee Charnas, Cassandra Clare, Ellen Datlow, Jeff Ford, Neil Gaiman, Kathe Koja, Ellen Kushner, Garth Nix, Lucius Shepard, Delia Sherman, Cat Valente, Genevieve Valentine, Kaaron Warren, and Terri Windling.

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a trekkie valentine

I’ve been a bit quiet online recently because I was in the middle of moving. But what better way to celebrate the just-installed Wi-fi in my new apartment than with a quick post? And since it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d point out that my latest Star Trek Re-Watch review, “Requiem for Methuselah,” aired on February 14, 1969. So what did lonely Trekkies see that Friday night?

I guess nothing says “love” more than Captain Kirk forcing his affection on an unfeeling woman–or a reasonable facsimile, as it happens. Sadly, I’m sure some Trekkie dates ended exactly like this. Am I right?

This episode is also notable because Torie and I completely disagreed on its merits, or lack thereof. When you have a moment, take a look at our commentary on The Viewscreen and add your two cents to the discussion!

Also, I hope everyone celebrated today in their preferred fashion! I unpacked boxes, connected our video game consoles to our TV, and watched The Matrix an episode of Smallville.

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