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Hi Diane! I grew up reading your Young Wizards series and love it a lot. Bit of a weird question for you - I have some of the books that are the edition from Magic Carpet in the early 2000s, the ones where I believe Greg Swearingen was the cover artist...

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 22:28

There’s no difference whatsoever between the mass market editions and the Swearingen-illustrated “digest format” editions in terms of text. Unfortunately a lot of people in the US have this idea, and I wish the publishers could have found something else to call them in order to prevent people from thinking these are some kind of Reader’s Digest Condensed book.

The only difference between the “digest format” paperbacks and the mass market paperbacks is in their physical size, paper quality, and cover art. The Swearingen art was commissioned by Harcourt to be attractive to younger readers (as the digest format apparently is/was). Their text, and all other interior material, is identical.

Are there any plans to create print versions of the NME books?

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 22:16

Yes, but not in North America: it can’t be done there (or via POD based there) because of contractual agreements with my US publisher. We’re looking for a UK or elsewhere-based publisher at the moment.

Did you hear about the possibility of a Kim Possible live action movie? What do you think about it?

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 22:14

I have! But until I know more about the writer(s), the director, and the production company, it’s too soon for me to have any opinions.

At Ebooks Direct: last chance to get the updated 9-book Young Wizards New Millennium Editions at the present discounted price

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 00:28

The NME box sets at the Ebooks Direct store have been selling at half price for two years plus, now… but unfortunately all good things must come to an end. While I’ve been happy to hold the discount in place as long as I could – particularly with an eye to people reading the series as part of what’s been going on at Mark Reads – this deep a discount is no longer really sustainable. With the ongoing  introduction of the new updated versions of the NMEs (you can see the covers above), the long-delayed price rise is imminent.

So this is just a heads up for those of you who may be interested: if you want to pick up nine Young Wizards books for $19.99 – which is sort of $2.22 per ebook – the next week and a half is going to be your last chance.

Here’s the deal, though. Buy now, and within days you’ll be getting the new updated versions to replace the older ones, at no extra cost.

Here’s how it works. The new, reformatted, smartened-up versions of the NMEs (more info on them and what’s different about them here) are going up to past purchasers right now. Those of you who have already acquired box sets may already have seen the first update, in which the new versions of So You Want To Be A Wizard, Deep Wizardry and High Wizardry were pushed out to buyers by the store. There’ll be two more updates – the second adding new versions of books 4, 5 and 6, and the third with books 7, 8 and 9. Once all the updated files are in the store – which will happen between February 10th and 14th – the price will go up at least 15%. (And it might have to be more. I’m still crunching the numbers.) But you’ll have gotten them at the old price. To be in the system to be updated to the new editions, though, you need to purchase before the prices change: meaning in the next 7-10 days.

…So there you go. Let me take a moment here to thank those of you who’ve previously gone out of your way to avail yourselves of the YW NME discount in the past. I’m sorry it can’t stay in place any longer: but I wanted to give everybody who might be interested one last chance to take advantage of it. Click here to get your set at the old discounted price.

Oh, and one last thing: for those of you who don’t have PayPal accounts, or don’t want PayPal handling your credit card info, or both – we’ve installed a separate credit card processor (Stripe) that means if you don’t want to work with PayPal any more, you don’t have to. Yay!

Anyway, thanks again for your business, all. :)

design-is-fine:Electric coffee pot with steam pressure...

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 23:44


Electric coffee pot with steam pressure mechanism, 1932. Holley & Schöffel, Munich, Germany. Via Technoseum.

Ciaran Cannon

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:28

Something Good (Will Come From That) This is just delightful.

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 14:30

Something Good (Will Come From That)

This is just delightful.

villainny: i-can-do-tricks: revivalish: mothmaam: mothmaam: the moon is proud of you and so are...

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 18:43






the moon is proud of you

and so are the stars

and so is the sun 

the aliens are watching you, a little confused about your life choices but are proud of you too

That comet’s judging you but that comet’s an asshole

Happy January 29th, everybody. :)

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 00:31

Happy January 29th, everybody. :)


Wed, 01/24/2018 - 00:46

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 22:35
Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88:

Damn it all. Her work is very dear to me: I would have loved to meet her and tell her so.

Fighting Erasure: Women SF Writers of the 1970s, A Through F

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 17:10
Fighting Erasure: Women SF Writers of the 1970s, A Through F:

What a lovely shout-out! And such great company to be in. (Especially CJ, and Joy Chant – working on an essay on her Vandarei trilogy at the moment.)

Via Nate Taylor at Twitter.

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:11

Via Nate Taylor at Twitter.

design-is-fine: Marcel Breuer, Rendering of Grand Central Tower,...

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:08


Marcel Breuer, Rendering of Grand Central Tower, New York, 1967-1969. Via Marcel Breuer Archive

In the late 1960s, New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission rejected a controversial proposal submitted by Marcel Breuer and Associates to float a fifty-five-story office tower in the air rights above Grand Central Terminal. More here

Xavi Bros on Twitter

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:00

You're the one who taught me "temporospatial claudication." Thanks. I've been using it for well over a decade to appear smarter than my friends.

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:37

(chuckle) Been using it for three decades plus to appear smarter than my enemies.  :) Works just as well. (Extra points if someone whines to you “But the dictionary says it’s some kind of leg disorder…” You then get to lecture them on obstructions to the structure of higher-dimensional space and the Emperor Claudius. But seriously, if people won’t follow a coined word’s history back far enough to find out if there might be some reason there for the coinage, they need to be taught better.)  (See also the etymology of the word at this Biblical site, which for this entry at least stays out of the religious mode.)

hamtastrophe:check this boy out

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:27


check this boy out

tos-fanart:by Juan Ortiz

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:25