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Friday Favorite – Mad Man in a Box

These days, every science fiction fan knows about Doctor Who –– and rightly so. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the show has a longer history than Star Trek, and has managed to keep a roughly contiguous storyline the entire time. Millions of Britons across multiple generations have grown up with a Doctor of their […]

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Event Tradecraft – Jupiteer

The day was Thursday, the time was roughly 7:30 p.m., and the Iceberg team was in the final packing stages for Polaris 21. We were also waiting for a special courier delivery of two new Defense Command books –– The Gallant Few and The Jupiter Patrol –– scheduled to be released at that event. The […]

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New World, New Look

Readers who have joined His Majesty’s New World in the past few months might not realize, but the books they’re reading represent something of a visual departure from the original editions. Back in October, as part of the launch of Champions, we decided it was time for the series to get a makeover –– to […]

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Too Many Oil Changes

My Jeep needs an oil change… or so it keeps telling me, even though its last oil change was barely 1,000 km ago. See, someone forgot to reset the sensor, so every time I switch on, I hear a bing and get a reminder on my dash. This can be mildly annoying, but at the […]

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Friday Favorite – Richard Bode, Part 2

It’s Friday, and time for another favorite. As I mentioned back in January, one of the first books I bought when I began reading on my iPad was First You Have to Row a Little Boat by Richard Bode. Released in 1993, I’d picked up my hardcover copy in Chicago and had read it numerous […]

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Royal Navy Preview

With Grand Banks launching next Tuesday, it’s time for another pre-launch historical preview (not quite as in-depth as the one about American hegemony –– or lack thereof). Our target on this occasion: the Royal Navy. As we’ve seen in the excerpt, Alex is slightly in awe of this fleet, and she’s not alone. I can’t […]

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Event Tradecraft – Location

In the first post of this Event Tradecraft series, I shared the fact that colour-coded duffles filled with small boxes of books are a staple of Iceberg’s event system. Another cornerstone of our doctrine is using location to maximum effect. If you’re participating in an event as opposed to organizing it yourself, the venue is obviously […]

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Private Adventure To Mars

Interesting story this week: an eccentric Dutch millionaire has offered passage to Mars for anyone willing to commit to eight years of training for the mission… and to never coming back. This strikes me as a big ask –– I’m a Newfoundlander, and the prospect of not being able to hop a flight home would […]

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Event Tradecraft – Duffles

Special events were a big part of Iceberg’s first decade. Some we organized ourselves; others we participated in as guests or vendors. Some were close to home; others required road trips or air travel or both. Events take organizational skills, as well as patience and, if at all possible, a healthy (or warped) sense of […]

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Excerpt from Grand Banks

We’re less than two weeks away from the release of Grand Banks, the second novella for the Champions of 1941, and in anticipation of the release, an excerpt is now online. Visit the page for Grand Banks to get a preview of how Alex is coping with the events of Firebox –– and to find […]

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Look Up – Way Up

When I was 14 years old, I missed about three months of school. I won’t go into the story here –– people who’ve read A Daughter’s Gift already know it and the details aren’t relevant right now in any case. Keeping up with school work was challenging since I was spending most of my day […]

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The Drifter

Last week, Jacqui and I were breaking down the problems with a speculative draft I’ve been working on –– not Black Sun, but something else entirely. Without getting into too much boring detail, we zeroed in on the characters, and how they weren’t strong enough to carry a book. Fortunately, the solution wasn’t difficult (it […]

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The Idea Box

Before I move to the topic of today’s note, let me first say thank you to the reader who, in response to my Man on Horseback post, wrote to tell me about her uncle’s similar phrase: “a feller flying an airplane wouldn’t see that”. Rather than accepting, as I did, the logic (or lack thereof) […]

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Sound Check – Classical Swords

Christine Schaeffer was in over her head. Plucked randomly from the retail job that was paying her way through the academy, she’d been made the adjutant to a war hero. Her two qualifications: she was the daughter of well-remembered cruiser skipper, and she was an outsider –– safe from political corruption. As the threat of […]

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Man on Horseback

At the start of this week I wrote about the long and hungry month of March, and how my mother would use that phrase to describe, not the 31 days between February and April, but a person who was very tall, very thin, and seemingly down on his or her luck. I’m going to end […]

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Naval History… For Space?

When writing science fiction, some of the best inspiration you can find comes from history. Whether you’re looking for personalities, cultures, broad societal themes, or ideas about the relations between alien cultures, the history books are full of good ideas (and bad ones) that can help shape your story. And if you happen to be […]

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From the Journals

I rarely crack the pages of my journals to re-read the scribbles within. But today I paused as I opened the cupboard where some of them reside safely in a black leather box. I had yet to decide on the topic for my latest Author Note, and wondered if I had written something… anything… on […]

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Through Whose Eyes?

Whether the cosmos is gripped by war, a new world is being settled, or Champions are shifting the balance of politics in 1940, the way a story is written depends entirely on the characters you choose to follow. I know that’s probably the most obvious observation I could make, but I think it’s important for […]

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The Long and Hungry Month of March

One of this year’s Newfoundland & Labrador television commercials –– Conversation –– references the fact that if you listen carefully, you’ll hear hundreds of different dialects in the province. It also says that there are, in fact, more dialects in Newfoundland than anywhere else on the planet. It’s not surprising when you consider the early […]

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Friday Favorite – Curling

Last Sunday, while Seth MacFarlane was stirring up a bit of controversy at the Oscars, I wasn’t paying any attention. Instead, I was one of more than a million Canadians tuned in to TSN, watching the final draw of the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts (the Canadian national women’s championship). The game was excellent. Ontario’s […]

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