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

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“An Airless Storm”

The second book in my “Cochrane’s Company” trilogy, “An Airless Storm“, is now available in e-book format on Amazon.  A dead tree edition will follow within a few weeks.   The blurb reads: Andrew Cochrane and his mercenaries have warded off a deadly onslaught by asteroid thieves. Now they’re riding high, buying more ships and looking for more contracts. However, the criminal Brotherhood isn’t about to accept defeat – not after Cochrane’s Company killed their Patriarch. They’re out to rebuild, rearm, and get revenge. What started as a simple patrol job in a deserted binary star system explodes into a

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A dependent society is a dystopian, Orwellian society

That appears to be the core of Aaron Clarey’s argument in an article on his blog.  It’s depressing, to say the least, yet the evidence of it is all around us.  It’s more predominant in many European nations, and in larger US cities, than it is in more rural, self-reliant areas;  yet its impact is undeniable.  I’ve personally witnessed it as a pastor in many inner-city areas of our nation. Here’s what I think is the core of Mr. Clarey’s case.  As I said, it’s depressing:  but I’ve always found the first step towards addressing – and perhaps changing –

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I need your input, please

More specifically, I need the input of those who’ve read some or all of the books in my “Maxwell Saga” military science fiction series.  I’ve been pondering the future of this series, and I’ve come up with some ideas:  but they may not satisfy my readers, so I’m giving you the chance to weigh in. When I began the Maxwell Saga, I was a novice fiction writer.  It was my first series of books, and I had a lot of learning to do.  I still think it’s a pretty good series overall, and obviously many of you do too, as

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How not to do it yourself

Two of my regular cartoon reads had overlapping themes yesterday, and both made me laugh.  I thought you might enjoy them, too.  Click each image to be taken to a larger version at their Web pages.  (Note, too, the mouse-over text at the second page.) First, The Whiteboard discusses how to repair something not worth repairing. Next, XKCD provides a handy (?) repair flowchart. Peter

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Not the Moodiest of Blues

I’ve enjoyed the music of the Moody Blues, particularly their original seven albums, for many years.  I was therefore intrigued to learn that an early version of their song “The Story In Your Eyes“, slightly extended from the one that was released and with slightly different vocal patterns, had been recorded in 1970.  It languished unremembered until 2008, when it appeared on the remastered version of their album “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour”.  It’s different enough that it caught my attention, so here it is. How young they were then – and how young I was . . . innocents

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I may resemble that remark

Miss D. and I have been absent from the gym for several weeks, due to minor health issues that are rapidly being resolved.  Yesterday was our first day back . . . and today, we’re so stiff it hurts!  That made yesterday’s Pearls Before Swine cartoon particularly appropriate.  (Click the image to see a larger version at its Web page.) What can I say but “Heh (Ow!)”? Peter

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So much for emotional support animals

Considering our recent discussion of emotional support animals (ESA’s), I couldn’t help laughing at yesterday’s Pearls Before Swine comic strip.  Click the image for a larger version at the comic’s Web page. I still think the best ESA story I’ve ever heard of comes from the boss of Dreadnaught Industries here in Texas.  He registered a longhorn steer as his emotional support animal!  I’d pay money to watch the reactions of airline employees as he tried to take that on board a plane with him . . . Peter

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