Category Archives: Writing

Thinking Inside the Box…

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My hard-SF short-story has just been published in Issue 7 of Compelling Science Fiction, edited by Joe Stech. I am grateful for the occasion as this is my third publication in the English SF market.

Compelling SF has a very accommodating subscription system, as you can give what you want to sustain the mag. All five stories are available, and you can purchase the back issus on the Kindle Store.

 

 

Fiction River 21

Couverture du Fiction River no 21 Avec mon nom sur la couverture!

Cover of the Fiction River 21, this issue edited by Kerrie L. Hugues, with my funny SF story  Closing the Big Bang.  The Fiction River collection is directed by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Still basking in the thrill of reading my name on the cover and the warm and glowing introduction that Kristine wrote for the story.

Get your copy on Amazon.com, Amazon Canada or Kobo!

 

What is Trendy Today…

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What is trendy today… will have cooled down tomorrow! Don’t lose time chasing the latest fads!

As for the publishing delays, the new realities of the writing world have reduced them. Nevertheless, that advice stays: better write/draw what you love!

 

 

Connecting in the Bushes

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the author trying to optimize her Wi-Fi signal!

The two events occurred… in separate instances.  Even on vacation, the author tries to optimize her WiFi signal!

 

I Should Be Writing…

I should be writing, but I can't resist the call of the garden

 

I can’t resist the call of the garden…

There’s a spring rivality between the two activities. So the next novel will wait a little!

Signing under a hanging block

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Are you nervous signing with a heavy block hanging over your table? I am!

But the worst situation was witnessed here, at the 2008 Paris bookfair. (Yes, it’s me under the triangular sign!)

A Cousin Named Entropy

The latest issue of Galaxies includes my SF short-story, La Cousine Entropie (A Cousin named Entropy).

This is my third publication in this French SF magazine, occurring shortly after my publication in Géante Rouge 23. La cousine Entropie  is a long-winded, galaxy-spanning hard SF story, with some bits of humor. And there is more than one cousin…

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The text was commissioned by Jean-Pierre Laigle, who sent me an extensive article on the topic of cosmanthropy (that you’ll find in this issue).

Cosmanthropy?

Imagine humans colonizing the entire volume of space, not only planet surfaces, without environmental suits. That trope is less often exploited in science fiction, because of the challenges. Three authors who addressed this topic are interviewed: Jorge Luiz Caliph (Contact diagrams), Laurent Genefort (Thick-skins) and Linda Nagata (The tides of Saturn, which is published in French in this issue).

I remember reading with pleasure Les Peaux Epaisses (Thick Skins) by Laurent Genefort, featuring gen-modified workers in order to survive in the vacuum (and shamefully exploited). I am reading Memory by Linda Nagata, a planet-opera.

Spider and Jeanne Robinson had created Star Dance, a title also mentioned in the article by Jean-Pierre. Star Dance chronicle the birth of Homo caelestis. Jeanne was an accomplished dancer and very Zen. She left us, regretfully in 2010, but the Star Dance project page is still there to make us dream.

Running Hills, Writing Series

 

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When I began my first science fiction series, the first novel of the space-opera was a self-contained story, quite straightforward to write. The second felt more difficult, and I thought the third would be the last, but the story arc spilled out and I wrote a fourth (and last!) of the Jules-Verne saga series.

It felt like my training running hills. The first time is easy, but by the fourth time, my legs were almost quitting under me! That fourth and last novel of the series was the most difficult to write, since I had to wrap up the leads to complete the neat story arc.

New Book on the Block

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A bullied boy, Julien, finds a glove. And everything changes. For the better?

The cover – Le gant (The glove).

My 17th novel and a bad cold (or flu) came together this week!

Summary: A bullied teenager, Julien, finds a solitary glove. Everything changes. For the better?  A story about the subtle roots of power and  corruption, in a mid-high school setting.

So no complicated comic today. Yesterday snapshot: author down with cold and some guilt from not even being able to read.

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Our bicolor lady cat has very irregular white markings on her fur. And she always nestles where I would put my legs!

Problems? Problematics?

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This is a particular problem in French language, and many French-speaking locutors are unconsciously copying the English usage of the word problematic.

The adjective form is the same in both languages.

A problematic (noun) is a  thing poses a problem; the word problématique in French means an ensemble of problems linked by a common root cause.

In English the usage is in plural form only: the problematics are the uncertainties or difficulties inherent in a situation or plan.

Example: Something that poses a problem or difficulty: “[a book that] poses the problematics of memory in another light altogether”

So translating this comic has posed a problem!