Monthly Archives: January 2017


Hiram Warren Johnson is reported to have said, “the first casualty when war comes is truth.”, although there is no actual record of him saying it.

He may have paraphrased Samuel Johnson, who said: “Among the calamities of War may be justly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages.” (Idler, #30, 11th November, 1758)

Regardless of which of the Johnson’s said it, we are left with the impression that conflict leads to falsehood in some form or the other.

Which is really how we got to Kellyanne Conway’s Alternative Facts.

This is not new.

Read Orwell.


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Proof and the Dictator

“There was absolutely no convincing the Fuhrer once he made up his mind. You could have the most infallible proof, anything; he just wouldn’t budge.”

Goering on Hitler

Nuremberg Diary, by G.M. Gilbert

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Hugo Eligibility Post

Okay, I’ll make this short because…ugh! don’t wanna.

Here are the two of my 2016 works for consideration:

1. Novel:


Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Middle Shelf Review

2. Short Story:

The Apologists in Interzone magazine


This is also my second year of Campbell Eligibility.

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Back on the Table

Happy 2017!

I can’t tell you what kind of world we’re in, but it’s the only one we have, so do what you have to do to to live in it. Stay safe, cluster around your loved ones, do what you love, work.

Apparently nuclear Armageddon is back on the table. Ho-hum.

I’m trying to write the first draft of a novella called WITCH GUN RUNNING but it’s kicking my ass. I’m wrestling it sentence-by-sentence some days. Like today 🙂 The important thing I figured out is the word count does not mean progress. Having more words doesn’t mean you’re closer to the end of your task.

I’m reading THE FISHERMAN by John Langan. It’s quite interesting, with rising dread and weird goings-on. I’m feeling a Lovecraft vibe, but also Melville and perhaps Ligotti? You can buy it here.

Here’s a review of my novel ROSEWATER.

Rosewater is a novel that doesn’t just re-use old tropes: it makes them fit a tightly wrought story which asks again, and in a talented way, the question of otherness and humanity, and what is worth fighting for. Here is to hoping Rosewater will turn up on many 2017 awards shortlists!”

You’ve all bought the book, right? RIGHT? 🙂








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