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October 14th, 2015

11:37 am
Dear Mr. President: With all due respect, sir, you are laughably wrong. Again.

Buying a gun is easier than buying a book? Really?

That's funny, I can walk into my local B&N, grab a book off the shelf, pay for it, and walk out again five minutes later--and it only takes that long if there's a line. I can go to Amazon, "buy with one-click," and have a book delivered to my door two days later--or have an ebook delivered to my device of choice in seconds.

In order to purchase a firearm, I have to fill out a six-page Federal form, produce ID, and undergo a background check that takes a good half hour or more of cooling my heels. And this is in Utah, where buying a gun is a relatively painless process. In places like New Jersey and California, that process is much more difficult. Fortunately, there's a lot of Shiny in gun stores to occupy my time, so that's not a particular hardship. I certainly cannot just buy one online and have it sent to my home--if I want to buy one from, say, gunbroker.com, I have to have it delivered to a licensed firearm dealer and pick it up from them, after filling out that same six-page form.

As the article linked above notes, if you're talking "more gun stores than bookstores"... Well, that too, is factually and laughably incorrect. Your hometown of Chicago proper has exactly zero gun stores, though there's a few on the outskirts of the city that serve the needs of the few people there allowed to own them. As for the rest of the country not laboring under the bootheels of control freaks, this may actually be true, but it's only because Amazon and poor business practices killed most brick-and-mortar bookstores deader than the buggy whip.

So, before you go spouting off utter nonsense that sounds good to your sycophant sheep who gobble it up without utilizing a single brain cell in the process, perhaps you ought to check your actual facts so that the rest of us don't feel like throwing things every time you open your mouth about an issue that you have a lot of Feelings about but don't actually know anything about. That'd be peachy.

No love,

12:00 pm
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03:35 pm
NOW AVAILABLE: "Far Orbit: Apogee"

The second "Far Orbit" space opera anthology from World Weaver Press, "Far Orbit: Apogee," is now out. The very first story I ever sold (to Renard's Menagerie, now sadly defunct) is reprinted therein for your amusement. It's called "The Affairs of Dragons," and it's an adventure wherein my spaceship crew is hired to haul a clutch of dragon eggs to a new planet while the mother is on the run from both her clan and her husband. The eggs aren't supposed to hatch...

I dearly love getting paid twice for my stories.

If you enjoy space opera, think about picking this up, because it's a super spiffy collection. And please spread the word.

11:31 pm
Just in time for Halloween, the Monsters Storybundle!

This is super awesome, you guys:

The Monsters Bundle is what October is all about. Bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson has put together a monstrous collection of for this bundle. You want werewolves? Check out Julie Frost's Pack Dynamics and Douglas Smith's The Wolf at the End of the World. Prehistoric monsters? Try Jurassic Dead by David A. Sakmyster and Mammoth Dawn by Kevin J. Anderson and Gregory Benford.

You want occult forces and investigations? We have The Love-Haight Case Files by Jean Rabe and Don Bingle, Working Stiff: The Cases of Dan Shamble, Zombie, P.I. by Kevin J. Anderson, and For This Is Hell by Aaron Rosenberg and Steven Savile. Horrific killers that make Hannibal Lecter look like a lightweight? There's Empty Rooms by Jeffrey J. Mariotte and Helmet Head by Michael A. Baron. Or just plain scary weirdness? Matt Forbeck's Monster Academy, Josh Vogt's Enter the Janitor, and Keith R.A. deCandido's Cayo Hueso. Plus you can choose to donate to The Challenger Learning Center when you grab a bundle!

Basically, pay what you want above a minimum of (I believe) $3, and get six books. Pay $15 or more and get twelve books. There's a FAQ.

It's available for a limited time only, so grab it while you can, sometime in the next three weeks. And please spread the word to folks you think might be interested.