A happy and blessed Thanksgiving to all my readers

Miss D. and I are several hundred miles from home this Thanksgiving, but we’ll be joining many of her family to celebrate the season.  We had a safe (albeit long and tiring) journey yesterday, and are looking forward to some fun and interesting times over the next couple of days as we do some research for a future book and also meet interesting people. Despite all the challenges of the past year, we have a lot for which to be thankful.  So does our nation, despite the many things wrong with it that seem intractable amid the political polarization and meanness

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A final reminder about the Dragon Awards

As I mentioned some days ago, a reader contacted me to ask about nominating one of my books for this year’s Dragon Awards.  That was a pleasant surprise, and I invited him to go ahead, on the understanding that there are many good books out there, and I don’t think I’m likely to be in the running this year. Be that as it may, the deadline for nominations is July 20th.  Therefore, if you think the book is good enough, please use the DragonCon nomination form to nominate “An Airless Storm” for this year’s awards, in the category “Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy

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A special Sunday morning request

Normally I don’t put up regular blog posts on Sundays, instead offering something in my “Sunday Morning Music” series.  However, Kevin Baker, all-round good guy and author of “The Smallest Minority” blog, is in hospital.  He needs our help. Let his daughter describe what’s going on.  From the GoFundMe appeal she’s launched: Kevin was admitted back to the hospital last night (8/15/18) after collapsing and having to be taken by ambulance to emergency. He had just gotten out of the hospital on Tuesday. . . . A little about my fabulous father. This is a man who took me under his wing

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Your feel-good story of the week

A pizzeria in Michigan shows real dedication. When Julie and Rich Morgan lived in Battle Creek 25 years ago, Rich would always bring home Steve’s Pizza for dinner each payday, even though money was tight. The couple has since relocated to Indianapolis, but those pizzas – the taste and the memories – have stuck with them. In fact, the Morgans had planned to visit Battle Creek and Steve’s Pizza for a weekend getaway. But after a trip to the emergency room, their plans changed; Rich is now home with hospice care as his battle with cancer comes to a close, Julie said in

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Poor Internet access – no posting this morning

The Internet is going up and down like an out-of-control elevator right now, here at the St. James Hotel in Cimarron, NM.  Every time I try to post something, it fails halfway through, or I can’t get back to Blogger’s editor for up to fifteen minutes.  I give up. Miss D. and I will hit the road homeward this morning.  I expect we’ll be back late afternoon or early evening, but I may be too tired to post anything.  Regular posting will resume tomorrow morning. Prayers for traveling mercies are, as always, greatly appreciated.  Thanks. Peter

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Dragon Awards?

I received an e-mail this morning from reader Dennison S., who pointed out that the first two books in my current Cochrane’s Company trilogy are eligible for nomination for this year’s Dragon Awards, the biggest reader-selected award in the USA. I was flattered, of course, although I don’t know what my chances will be against luminaries such as Larry Correia, John Ringo et. al.  They’re the superstars in the mil-SF field;  I’m a relative amateur by comparison!  Nevertheless, he wanted to nominate my books, so I said he should go ahead.  I asked him to nominate the middle book of the

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