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MORE ON ACCELERATING TECHNOLOGY

Let’s start with a letter . . . Hartford, May 24/89
 To Walt Whitman: You have lived just the seventy years which are greatest in the world’s history & richest in benefit & advancement to its peoples. These seventy years have done much … Continue reading

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CATCHING UP WITH PHIL (AGAIN)

It’s late already for our regular Tuesday get-together, and all sorts of ideas for posts have been stacking up, but it’s been a while since I’ve done a sort of round-up of all the things that are going on with … Continue reading

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IMMEDIATELY, SUDDENLY, AND ABRUPTLY STOP USING THE WORDS IMMEDIATELY, SUDDENLY, AND ABRUPTLY

In the never-ending battle between showing and telling, here are three steadfast foot soldiers for the latter cause. These pesky words plague some of the best writers and all of the worst ones. Of course these are perfectly legitimate words, … Continue reading

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BOOKS FOR FANTASY AUTHORS XVI: SCATTER, ADAPT, AND REMEMBER

From time to time I’ll recommend—not review, mind you, but recommend, and yes, there is a difference—books that I think science fiction and fantasy authors should have on their shelves. Some may be new and still in print, some may … Continue reading

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THE HURRIER I GO, THE BEHINDER I GET

Writing this week’s post at a few minutes to five o’clock in the afternoon, I’m once again reminded of that line from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I’ve written here before about how I continue to struggle with … Continue reading

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PHIL VS. CTHULHU’S LAWYER

First, read last week’s post. You can’t critique yourself any more than you can edit yourself, so what the hell am I even doing here? I first mentioned this short story in a post about why starting with just a … Continue reading

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THE STRANGE GEOMETRY OF A WELL-PLACED ATTORNEY

A Short Story by Philip Athans He’d been awake for at least an hour before the alarm clock started beeping. Still, he paused before reaching over to turn it off. With a sigh he rolled onto his back and glanced … Continue reading

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