"Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984. With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state. Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute." -- Orson Scott Card.
I used to admire Robert A. Heinlein as the best writer in all of science fiction. I still admire him enormously, but after rereading several of his books this year, I became painfully aware of how he stacked the deck and depended on coincidence. Friday is a good example. It's a good read, but it's a flawed book that reveals some of Heinlein's worst habits.
But I also knew Robert as a human being, a colleague, a mentor, a friend, and a man who loved to laugh.
Back in 1986, Gene Roddenberry made a promise in front of 3000 Star Trek fans that it was time to include a gay crewmember on the Enterprise, I was there.
He repeated that promise early in 1987 to the staff of Star Trek: The Next Generation, even bawling out one person who made a joke about it. Roddenberry understood that "liberty and justice for all" actually means ALL. And he could do a great rant about the evils that have been done in the name of religion.
The Pretender war a very fascinating series, shot between 1996 and 2000. Then, after only four seasons and two movies it - unfortunately - vanished. Now, after more than a decade it returns.
This was so exiting that it made us contact Steven Long Mitchell & Craig W. Van Sickle, asking for an interview with us.
The newest book in the Heroes in Hell Shared World, Dreamers in Hell is now out on Amazon.
Heroes in Hell is the brainchild of Janet Morris, and is probably the most popular Shared World in the history of publishing.
I sat down and interviewed Michael H. Hanson, writer, poet, and editor, and talked to him.