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Point of View: The Last Run, or Where It All Began

The Last Run

About five years ago, I had a conversation with one of my gay sci-fi friends, Jim Comer. Jim continues to this day to insist that faster-than-light (FTL) travel will never be possible, and the discussion encouraged me to write a novella about a colony world serviced by supply runs from Earth that were constrained to less than the speed of light. I threw in a lesbian pairing, some semi-sentient plants, and a cool colony village built on a series of basaltic ridges above a swift-flowing river. Little did I realize that I had set the stage for a world that … Read more

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POINT OF VIEW: Happy Accidents & Silver Linings

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Last week, I reached the bottom of my Point of View barrel. I sat down to write my weekly column, and there was just nothing there. So I put the word out to my peeps on social media – what should I write about? I got a variety of responses, from the silly to the profound. Today I’ll start to respond to them. Janet Gershen-Siegel suggested this: “Silver linings. In writing, when something turns into a happy accident, if that makes any sense.” And yeah, it does. Writing, like any art, wraps up craft, hard work and serendipity. For a … Read more