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Jun 27 2015

Publishing, Copyright, and the Economics of Abundance

If you love books you should read this long article on publishing by Richard Nash: ‘What is the Business of Literature’. In it, Nash postulates that publishing was the first industry in the world to confront the realities of post-scarcity economics, due to advances in printing presses lowering the cost of entry. Nash says: “Advances in printing …

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Feb 05 2008

Attention Browncoats: Stephen Brust Firefly novel available for free download!

What do you call it when a well-known pro genre writer churns out an unauthorized media-tie in novel and gives it away on the Internet? Somehow the word fanfic just doesn’t cut it… Download My Own Kind of Freedom and support another pixel stained technopeasant with some of your precious attention.

Jun 11 2007

Cathedral Child

Texas Steampunk I: Cathedral Child. A complete steampunk graphic novel by Lea Hernandez.

Jun 04 2007

Goodbye Science Fiction Story of the Day

Science Fiction Story of the Day (mentioned before here) is going offline after only a few months of operation: The story a day idea has been canceled due to lack of interest. It is not worth the time it takes to find 30 SF stories each month for the four or five loyal readers of …

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May 24 2007

How can entropy be reversed?

Hmmm… Good question. Let’s ask Multivax! (From Isaac Asimov’s classic story, The Last Question.)

May 21 2007

Something Martha Stewart Positive?

R. K. Milholland, writer and artist of the successful (and irreverent, salacious, cutting, etc.) Something Positive webcomic, has a new goal in life and he would like your help in achieving it: Apparently, thirty seconds of ad time on Martha Stewart’s tv show costs only $10,000. Spend up to $250,000 and she’ll mention the product …

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May 21 2007

No Place to Raise Kids

Today’s Science Fiction Story of the Day (mentioned before here) is by my friend Eileen Gunn, ‘No Place to Raise Kids‘: This is no place to raise kids, Jim thought, looking around at smooth canvas rocks and pathetic plastic trees. But for people like us, in love and on the run, with babies on the …

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May 04 2007

Got an RSS reader? Need a daily SF fix?

Check out Science Fiction Story of the Day: The idea was to read a story a day. The method was to create a blog entry and an rss feed for each story. The source of stories was to be the editors and authors themselves. The result is this website. Basically people suggest story links and …

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May 01 2007

Scott McCloud pays Attention.

More than a year and a half ago I posted about the business of webcomics. In the comments there we got into a discussion about Scott McCloud and Micropayments, where I made the assertion that Scott ‘blew it’ because he didn’t understand the way the Internet worked as a market. (This was long before I …

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Feb 17 2007

Would you publish on an Oort Cloud?

Paul Hartzog and Richard Adler have started Oort-Cloud.org, an online community where Science Fiction and Fantasy writers can post their work and readers can read, review, comment, and tag it. The idea is to create a ‘catalytic cycle’ they refer to as OpenLit. Will this work? I’m not certain human nature will allow it. First …

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