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Lost Tonnage

Earlier this week, I saw a confusing tweet from my good friend Mik; a battle had occurred in the massively multilayer online game EVE Online, which had resulted in an estimated $300,000 in damages. Now, I haven’t really played mulitplayer online games since Starcraft, so I wasn’t sure how such a battle could have a […]

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Lunch With The Admiral

Yesterday I had lunch with none other than First Lord John Fiora –– or as we call him here at Iceberg, award-winning author John Fioravanti. It was a working lunch, as important things are afoot, but I can’t elaborate on those just now. Instead, I want to talk about John, and how he earned such […]

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Girl Fights

I’ve written my share of fights between female characters. The most celebrated (or infamous) is perhaps the scrap between Commodore Karen McMaster and Josie, the leader of the Pions, back in The Canary Wars. There are no excerpts online from that particular encounter, but here’s a quick overview: Karen was one of the heroes of […]

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No Aliens Required

How about a story idea? A team of climate scientists charter a Russian ice-strengthened research ship and cruise to the mysterious continent of Antarctica. Their goal is simple: repeat a battery of tests first carried out by explorers 100 years prior, to determine the true environmental impacts of a century of human industrialization. But when […]

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The Greater Gifts

I’ve never denied being a sentimentalist. I suppose readers know this by now –– Defense Command was secretly a love story, Smith and Waller shared a name, and if you think the Earthers don’t have heart, or that Alex and Stephanie are not truly the closest of friends, you’re mistaken. Last year, the Iceberg team […]

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Daragh Hates You

I won’t be commenting on any of this week’s political scandals in Canada, because frankly, I’m tired of it all. Government is something I think can be a sacred calling –– a noble and vital undertaking, that gives us all the chance to do great things. This week hasn’t shaken my resolve, because apparently my […]

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NaNoWriMo

Well, it’s November, which means some people are getting fired up to grow mustaches, and others are hitting the keyboard –– hard. National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is entering its fifteenth edition, so once again my Facebook and Twitter feeds are alive with pledges from writers who are hell-bent on getting a book done […]

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I Know Your Dad

Last Friday was a big day for Iceberg author and longtime graphic artist Wes Prewer; he had the privilege of welcoming his first daughter, Elizabeth. Clearly, this is the most important creative project Wes has ever been a part of, and all of us here at Iceberg would like to take a moment to congratulate […]

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Friday Favorite – Steed and Emma

As a duo, they were simply incomparable: a nineteenth century gentleman and a twenty-first century woman who came together in the campy 1960s to fight Soviet spies, evil geniuses, and one time, even carnivorous plants, in order to save Britain from certain destruction. Before “The Avengers“ meant a God, a guy in armor, a man […]

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The Real Jupiteer

If the Defense Command novels of 2232 taught us anything scientific (aside from the dangers of both radiation and Phosgene), it must be that Jupiter is far, far away. Even for fictional ships with artificial gravity and the ability to cruise at 190 kilometers per second, the largest planet of our solar system is terrifyingly […]

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Monitor Reborn

When the Defense Command Fleet moved against Mercury, Wolf, Lion and Cyclops were tasked with a special job. Depending on whether you asked Wes Pellew, Mik Mikaelsen, or Ken Barron himself, you’d get different historical comparisons for their task: it was either sinking the Belgrano, or challenging the Graf Spee. The latter was my favorite […]

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Coercive Gifts

Iceberg has been very fortunate to find thoughtful and dedicated readers over the years, and these fine people never fail to surprise us. This week, perhaps the ultimate Defense Command fan Keith Pine Sine –– who may have read every DC novel more times than I have, and I wrote the damned things –– presented […]

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Best Friends

When it comes to author notes, I’ve been silent for the past couple of weeks. I caught a cold coming back from the awards ceremony in New York, which took me off my feet for a while, and have since been focused on editing and drafting –– two duties which, this year, have been particularly […]

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More Than Polygons

Earlier this week, Iceberg author and longtime freelance CGI artist Wesley Prewer decided to make his services available not just to Iceberg, but to the wider world of independent authors and publishers. This, I must say, is partly my fault; since Defense Command wrapped up last summer, I haven’t kept him nearly as busy as […]

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Ministry of Agriculture Nuptials

It’s widely known that a number of characters from Defense Command are based on real-life people whose souls I’ve stolen who’ve allowed me to borrow aspects of their personality. These people are some of the best I know, and it’s a privilege to have them join the Belt Squadron on its adventures. Now, some of […]

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Validation – Part 2

A number of fast-moving small craft are approaching your ship, and frankly, you don’t know what they’re up to. Your squadron has never really operated in this zone before, so distinguishing between civilian traders and a swarm of attackers is difficult. If you overreact in defense of your force, you might end up firing on […]

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Validation – Part 1

I was having beers with lunch. For me, you must understand, this was a very rare thing –– as I’ve previously stated, I only drink beer on special occasions, and to do so with lunch was literally unheard of. More shocking still: I was the only one drinking. Two other people were in the room, […]

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Corvette Mischief

Yesterday we were at last able to announce that my mother, Jacqui Tam, has been awarded an IPPY Silver Medal for the Tenth Anniversary Edition of her masterful work, A Daughter’s Gift. It only took a decade for the world to recognize what I’ve been saying since 2002: that hers is Iceberg’s finest book. It is […]

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DCN to RCN

Last week I was in Halifax, to join in the commemoration of the Battle of Atlantic. As my note last Thursday probably conveyed, I hugely enjoyed this visit –– it was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken, and considering some of the things we’ve been able to do at Iceberg, that’s saying a […]

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Seeing A Lady In Halifax

It’s an exciting couple of weeks for Iceberg Publishing. I can’t get into all the details of why –– certain announcements won’t be official until next week –– but by way of a hint, the beginning of May is usually when certain book awards are announced. It’s a time for publishers like us to crowd […]

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