Iris Murdoch on Love, Justice and Truth

Originally posted on Phil Ebersole's Blog:
I recently read Existentialists and Mystics: Writings on Philosophy and Literature, a collection of philosophical writings by the late Iris Murdoch from 1951 to 1986. I bought the book because I enjoyed her novels, although I admit don’t remember the plots of any of them clearly, and because of praise…

Something Old and New for April 2019

I love philosophy. And I adore used books. So imagine my delight when I found The Gospel According to Zen (editors Robert Sohl and Audrey Carr) at a library sale for an unbeatable price: Freeee!  This is a fabulous skinny (133 pages) volume of writings about Zen, God, faith, and religion, with the intriguing subtitle […]

New Nick Story in March 2019 Galaxy’s Edge

I’m happy to announce that my short story “The Sin-Eaters” has landed in the March 2019 issue of Galaxy’s Edge. This is another original Italian folktale in my Il Villaggio di Ombre series. For a short time, the story is available online, along with great fiction by Orson Scott Card, Joe Haldeman, and others, and […]

Making History of an Alternate Kind

I’m happy to announce that my short story “The Winterberry” has just been reprinted in the new e-anthology Making History: Classic Alternate History Stories, edited by Rick Wilber. This book offers a classy selection of alt-hist yarns by some amazing writers, including Karen Joy Fowler, Gregory Benford, Harry Turtledove, Michael Swanwick and Eileen Gunn. Many […]

New Story and Other

I’m happy to announce that one of my short stories is in the brand new March/April 2019 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. F&SF is celebrating 70 years of publishing some of the genre’s finest tales. I’m thrilled to be among so many excellent authors, including my two great pals John Kessel and Rich […]

Strange and Strangers

Books and stories about writers are a dime a dozen. Movies about writers are not terribly uncommon. But a good TV show in this narrow genre is a rare find, which is why I’m ever so happy to recommend Bored to Death, an HBO original series about a struggling noir author who begins moonlighting as […]

A True History of SF’s Golden Age

Originally posted on Phil Ebersole's Blog:
I just got finished reading ASTOUNDING: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard and the Golden Age of Science Fiction by Alec Nevala-Lee (2018) This book is the story of how John W. Campbell Jr., the editor of Astounding Science Fiction magazine, and three…