Archive for January 2014

The 2015 WRX looks very nice:

Now, can I justify buying one when we replace our old car?

Another one up, on Cora Buhlert’s site:

http://corabuhlert.com/2014/01/28/interview-with-science-fiction-writer-edward-m-grant/

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Endangered Species cover

The last of the original Dirk Beretta stories is now available on Amazon. The first of the new stories, and the fourth in the series as a whole, is about 3/4 done and up to novella length this time.

A hundred light-year quarantine zone protects the primitive jungle tribes of the Platypus Planet from unauthorized interference. But not from BastadoCorp acquiring mining rights through bribery and fraud.

When Dirk Beretta’s girlfriend tells him to get off the couch and look for a job, he finds the perfect opportunity, thousands of light years from her, with free guns and beer, as security chief for the mines.

But no-one told him what happened to the previous security chief, or that the Platypoids would rather die fighting than see their land defiled.

Should he follow his new boss’ orders, and nuke the jungle until it glows… or save the furry native girl with the leather bikini, and risk a messy death in Bastado’s grinding machines?

A 12,000 word science fiction novelette.

Brief interview over at:

http://themamlukssaga.squarespace.com/blog/2014/1/21/qa-with-science-fiction-writers-interview-15-edward-m-grant

Distracted from writing for the moment by the arrival of a new hamster!

I recently bought a Nexus 7 because the small size and high resolution makes it a viable alternative to carrying both a Kindle and netbook when travelling. But one of the most annoying ‘features’ is that any time I accidentally hit the home button when scrolling through a page, it brings up a Google window that I don’t want, which takes a couple of seconds to get out of.

Fortunately, it turns out to be easy to fix. Just go into Settings, then Apps, then Google Search, then disable it. Now you can actually scroll without bringing up the damn Google window.

Please can we get some Global Warming up this way, soon?

As the title says.

My plan this year, if my day job allows, is to publish something new at least every month, and at least two novels, preferably more. We’ll see how that goes.