The Making of a Thriller: Part II

The Making of a Thriller: Part II

Mind Games — As Part I of this “Making of a Thriller” blog series drew to a close, it alluded to a conundrum on which the plot of my technothriller Dualism was said to turn. Which is to say that Dualism the novel spends at least part of its time grappling with Dualism...
The Making of a Thriller: Part I

The Making of a Thriller: Part I

The MacGuffin Hunt — Two scenes and a thought experiment, that’s where my second technothriller, Dualism, started. For a while there after I finished writing Singularity, I thought I was done writing, period. I’d exorcised this incubus of an idea that’d had me...

Review: Anderson’s A Midsummer Tempest

Poul Anderson, A Midsummer Tempest, 1974 — Imagine an alternate universe in which every word written by William Shakespeare was the literal, historical truth. Since that, in turn, would imply the existence of clocks capable of chiming the hour in Julius Caesar’s...

Review: Bloom’s Jesus and Yahweh

Harold Bloom, Jesus and Yahweh: The Names Divine, 2005 — A work studded with extraordinary and unsettling insights: Christianity an usurpation rather than excrescence of Judaism? The New Testament as deliberate misreading of the Hebrew Bible? In this slim, dense...
Lucky Chickens

Lucky Chickens

The Story Of … My Meeting with Roger —   Many years ago now, I had the privilege of spending the better part of a weekend with sf&f great Roger Zelazny. It was back in the early ’nineties, and the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO),...