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A New Essay

A new essay of mine, "The Martians Among Us," will appear in a new edition of the H.G. Wells classic The War of the Worlds, to be published by BenBella Books in May 2005.

My story "Gather Blue Roses" can still be read at the Scifiction site in the archives until July 2005.


Martin Luther King Day

In these dark times, today would be a good day to remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You can read some of his eloquent words here.


An E-Reprint

My story "Gather Blue Roses," first published in 1972, is now up at's SciFiction site.

A reminder: Several of my other stories and novels are available in electronic formats at Fictionwise.


Tsunami Relief Efforts

The celebrated science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, a resident of Sri Lanka for decades, has posted an appeal asking for contributions to Sarvodaya. The Ethical Traveler has links to organizations seeking donations, as does Google. Please give what you can.


Season's Greetings

Although I'm not a Christian, I've never regarded a heartfelt utterance of "Merry Christmas" as a disparagement of my beliefs. But that was before that salutation was turned into this season's battle cry by the right. James Wolcott offers his observations on that controversy here. For a more ironic take on the subject, try Michael Bérubé. In the meantime, all members of the reality-based community might consider making the winter solstice their big festival, since it marks an actual physical event. But whatever you celebrate, my best wishes for happy holidays!