• Publishing

    Cover Reveal Time!

    by Graceland is a collection of short stories, one inspired by each of the songs on the Graceland album by Paul Simon. Science Fiction stories, to explain the cover image. We all have that one album (or two or three or more), discovered in our teenage years that seems to stay with us for life. Graceland is one of a tiny handful for me, a single (“Call Me Al”) heard on the radio leading to an album purchase leading to music that I can still pop in and listen to the whole album 30+ years later. I’m a Science Fiction (and Fantasy) writer, so when one day, listening to the…

  • Publishing,  Writing

    Skip To My Luu

    by Quick post to remind everyone that I’m pushing ahead on the indie publishing thing. Skip to My Luu, my first independently published novel, is now: Available as an ebook on various Amazons including com and ca, Getting processed to be a trade paperback (which I’ll link as soon as I see the notification that it’s done), Starts serializing on Wattpad tomorrow if you want a taste (although I think I set a decent free preview percentage on Amazon). The cheesy “cover” copy: “Just finishing their final year at Tranquility University a group of friends decides they’d rather pool their resources and talents to go asteroid prospecting instead of looking…

  • Television

    Space Patrol – The Fantastic Adventures of the Spaceship Orion

    by Or, in the original German, Raumpatrouille – Die phantastischen Abenteuer des Raumschiffes Orion. Usually abbreviated as Space Patrol Orion or Raumpatrouille Orion. A classic 1960s science fiction television show, a cult classic, in fact. What’s that, you’ve never heard of it? Well, that’s probably because (as you’ve likely guessed) it’s 1960s German science fiction television, filmed in black and white, never dubbed, and, possibly only recently becoming available with subtitles. The only place I’ve found so far is on YouTube, at least in a way that I can enjoy it. How did I even find out about it, you ask? Well, on Facebook (yes I still have Facebook) a…

  • Reading

    My Award Winners Quest

    by I don’t know that I’ve really spelled it out, but you may have noticed over the last few months that most of what I’m posting is book reviews and the occasional writing report. I’m trying to broaden things out again, but I thought I might explain something behind the book reviews, at least. You see, I’m trying to read, or at least attempt to read, every novel-length winner of the major speculative fiction awards. Well, the Science Fiction and Fantasy ones, anyway. Why, you may ask, and it’s a good question. Sometimes, with how tough a slog some of the books have been, and the DNF books involved, I…

  • Reading

    Reading Journey: The Departure

    by Okay, so I haven’t posted much in the last few weeks (or at all in the past 4), but maybe I’m prepping a bunch of content. In the meantime, here’s the latest review from my 2015 Reading Journey. I actually finished The Departure in early April, but just got to editing the review. At least one more review is going to follow shortly. Subgenre: Space Opera (sort of). The Departure begins set on a dystopian future Earth. This would normally turn me off—I’m not much into dystopic visions as I think they’re extremely unlikely, not to mention generally depressing—as would the general slow pace and piles of description. There’s too much…

  • Reading

    2015 Reading Journey: Frankenstein

    by Frankenstein is a tale we’re all familiar with. We’ve seen all of the movies and laughed at all of the stereotypes and tropes. Mad scientist creates evil monster that accidentally gets loose and causes havoc until a mob armed with torches and pitchforks whips itself into a frenzy and takes care of them both. A sad, horrible tale. Except that’s not at all how it goes, is it? The story opens with four letters from a brother to his sister, dated for various months and days with the last two digits of the year left blank each time, so we only know it’s sometime in the 1700s. I assume…

  • Reading,  Review

    What I’m Reading: Star Soldiers

    by I’ve enjoyed a lot of Andre Norton’s stories during my lifetime. I wish this were one of them. This is an omnibus edition of Star Guard and Star Rangers, two novels set in the same universe but with several thousand years separating them. At this moment, I’m nearing the end of Star Guard. It’s theoretically Military SF, with humans only allowed in space as mercenaries to keep us locked off from the galaxy at large and from becoming a threat to galactic culture. Along with a reminder of her lifelong theme of tolerance and acceptance which runs through her work, the writing is solid and the universe well realized…

  • Fiction

    Babysitting the Taran-saurus, Conclusion

    by Babysitting the Taran-Saurus A Vyrian Incursion Story by Lance Schonberg Conclusion I laughed hard enough that Taran stirred against my back and I reached up with my right hand to stroke his hair a few times. He settled immediately. My eyes flicked around the subway car, looking for a way out, but the only thing I came up with was a bluff, so I cranked up the bravado, smiled, and leaned forward. “Don’t be ridiculous. You’ve got no chance of taking him now. You guys might be more advanced than humans, but coming into the bookstore to warn me was a mistake and coming onto the subway was stupid.…

  • Fiction

    Babysitting the Taran-saurus, Part 8

    by Babysitting the Taran-Saurus A Vyrian Incursion Story by Lance Schonberg Part Eight All around me, being careful to never look directly at us, the other subway passengers watched from the corners of their eyes. I found it hard to blame them. An out of breath man with a child on his back runs into the station long past midnight and just in time to catch the train. Not exactly normal even for the late night crowd. People thought questions and accusations so hard they didn’t have speak, but I had a hard time caring. I’d gained a few moments of rest for myself and freedom for Taran, and that…

  • Fiction

    Babysitting the Taran-saurus, Part 7

    by Babysitting the Taran-Saurus A Vyrian Incursion Story by Lance Schonberg Part Seven Two escalators took me to the third floor and two turns along the hardwood path between the carpets brought me to the back of the store, as far from the front doors as I could get without going into staff areas I couldn’t see. Not worth the effort. I’m sure the Vyrians had all possible covered. At the end of the aisle, a set of windows stretched floor to ceiling along forty feet of wall, and let me look out over the roof of the movie theatre next door. Two stories high, and flat except for some…