Has it been a decade* already? The calendar says it has. The 19th of August, 2005, in the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, Washington, I had the honor of receiving the Writers of the Future Award from none other than Frederick Pohl and Jerry Pournelle. Since most of the good things that happened in my…

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EDITED TO ADD (with a huge facepalm): Oh, and I won the SF Comet contest! Another year over A new one just begun It may be corny to the point of maudlinity* to quote this particular song by Mr Lennon, but I can’t help getting a bit reflective upon the new year. Big changes occurred in…

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At the last Meet My Book event (The American Book Center Amsterdam, 19 October 2014), I read my just-published story A Cold Welcome (Penumbra, October 2014), and launched my short story collection Mashup. This year, I’m appearing at the Meet My Book event at ABC The Hague (Sunday, Feb 22, 15:00), where I will read bits and…

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If my attendance at LonCon3 had been a Kickstarter campaign, I would be clapping and cheering and sending out rewards right now, because my stretch goals, however implicit, are all in the bag. Modest Plans Admittedly, I had modest expectations of the Con. Attending a couple of interesting panels, getting a couple of my oldest books…

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It would appear that I will be appearing. Coming Saturday, April 5th, from 2pm, I’ll be signing my two Dutch paperbacks (Mashup and Ontmoeting met Vormgever) in Plantage Van Der Plas bookstore, Buikslotermeerplein, Amsterdam-Noord. As the bookstore and the books are in Dutch, so are the details in the Dutch version of this post… PS:…

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5000: Max Davidse! My site iwas approaching five thousand visitors! To celebrate this feat, whoever sendst me the nicest, coolest, funnest message through this form on Tuesday 25 March 2014, in my Inbox no later than 23:59, today countsed as number 5000 and goets my two paperbacks for a mere €8,00. The lucky winner’s name turned out…

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Any good story* is about people. (Or anthropomorphic animals. Or aliens. Or hyperintelligent shades of the color blue. Or… You catch my drift.) However cool the worldbuilding, however neat the new ideas about science, at the core of a good story are the characters. What happens to them, how does it affect them, how do…

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On the Paul Harland Day last Saturday, one of the topics tackled in the panel was that of originality. Should a writer always strive to be original? Should the story always reinvent the genre it belongs to? Is a newly invented subgenre more valuable than the next Tolkien or Gibson imitation? The answer was—and is:…

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