Prodigal Sightings

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Well, it’s official now–PRODIGAL has been out for a little over a week, and like Waldo it seems to be popping up everywhere.  I did the ritual first trip to the Borders Bookstore near my office in Tampa and saw it proudly displayed on the new releases shelf (and I didn’t even have to pester the staff!).  All the late-night writing sessions, nail-biting deadlines, last-minute edits and proof corrections all come down to this:  the first time you see your ...

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What’s in a Name?

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I exchanged an e-mail with Aussie writer Max Barry last week, asking him if he wouldn’t mind me sending a copy of PRODIGAL down under as a hearty thanks for giving me such a nice blub for HAMMERJACK.  I also thought he might be interested to know that his comments figured rather prominently in the mass market edition–though the inside cover brands him as the proud author of The Company, released by Doubleday earlier this year.

Well, those of ...

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Publicity Hound

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Everybody’s favorite bimbo (who shall remain nameless here, but is named for a city famous for espresso, croissants and the occasional surrender) was in the news again last week, this time for a DUI. Seems all she needs to do is have one too many margaritas and get behind the wheel of a $500,000 Mercedes, and suddenly a traffic stop becomes an international sensation.

Sigh. If only it were so easy for a relatively new science-fiction writer.

Then again, if ...

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The Road to Perdition

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As we’re approaching the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it seems as if all the media outlets over here in the States are gearing up for full saturation mode. That’s only natural, given the human penchant to observe the passage of time in rounded numbers–and necessary, in my humble view. As a student of history, I’m all too aware of another human penchant to not learn from its lessons, which is why we keep making the ...

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Sunrise, Sunset

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I never used to consider myself an especially sentimental person. Heck, even the wedding scene from Fiddler on the Roof wasn’t enough to get me choked up–but that was before I had a couple of kids of my own. Nowadays, I find myself blubbering at the least provocation. Daughter goes off to her first day of preschool? Cry myself silly. Son gets too big for that set of yellow duckie pajamas? I’m in recovery ...

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Screen Play

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It may just be the most revised work I’ve ever done–a screenplay that I originally wrote years ago, gone thorugh at least six drafts–but I’m happy to report that FINAL INNINGS is back in the game! If you’ve ever checked out my Library Page, you might have noticed it as little more than a mysterious reference to one of my many unproduced works. You collect a lot of those during the ...

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