Idle Thoughts on the Hard Question

The Hard Buds of SF have those of us who find the technical plausibility of fictional tales a distraction at a distinct disadvantage.  Those of us who prefer not to waste our time analyzing works on the basis of their engineering accuracy are caught in a Catch-22.  If we...

Cirsova Four, Part Six

Shadow Vision Preston Dennett’s tale of an outcast, a half-mad sage, and a young girl exploring a land plagued by a near-sentient darkness gives the reader plenty of mystery, magic, action, and even romance, but his delivery never rises above workmanlike.  Dennett writes impending doom well.  He writes casual...

Fake Arguments

Brace yourself for incoming stupidity, internet.  Recently, the Supreme Dark Lord explained why the appellation “fake” is a two-megaton blast of nuclear rhetoric.  Within 48 hours, I’d already seen the peanut gallery wielding the term “fake” in a hamfisted, Peebee-esque manner. Never change, Mass Effect.  Never change. Here’s a...

Public Service Announcement

These two books are nothing alike.   Just Whomever’s book is a biting parody filled with in-jokes and digs at John Scalzi.  It’s a fevered dream, descent into madness style narrative that barely hangs together, by design. Johann Kalsi’s book is a fantastic work of science fiction that could easily...

Design Choices

My latest novel, “Sudden Rescue” was released on the Ides of March, and now that’s it’s been flung out into the cold, hard world of the marketplace, it’s too late to make any significant changes to it. That means we can talk about a few of the decisions that...

Further West

Yes, it’s “further” and not “farther” in this case, because we’re talking about the author David J. West again.  Now that I’ve had a chance to finish The Mad Song I’ve got a better handle on the guy.  Let’s be honest, it might not be entirely fair to judge...

Now Available: Sudden Rescue

When is the last time you read a decent space princess story?  How about a blue collar hero thrust into the dangerous world of interstellar politics?  What about a space opera jaunt through worlds both strange and dangerous?   If it’s been too long, then it’s about time you...

Towards a Self-Publishing Cearinghouse

The weak link in the self-publishing universe right now is marketing.  The best available tool for that job today is Amazon itself.  Readers who spend too much time wading into online reading and writing discussions have it easy – there are too many great writers doing just that to read...

I Write For Men, To Appeal to Everyone

If you want your writing to appeal to everyone, then you should write for men.   Consider the following:   When this happens…  Source. This happens… Evidence. Leading to this. Source. For reasons too byzantine and varied to go into in depth here, Madison Avenue has decided to follow the...

David J West – First Impressions

You see this maniac right here?  He’s where the #PulpRevolution rubber meets the literary market road. Jesse Lucas wrote a great review of his Fangs of the Dragon, and then he started cropping up all over the place in my Twitter feed, and even participated in the Three for Three review...