Posts Categorized: Personal

Dear Friends

This is the last week for Staffer’s Book Review. You are probably weeping uncontrollably. I’m not. It’s not because I don’t love my site. I do. But, we’ve come to the point where it has reached its logical conclusion. I have said much of what I wanted to say, and I have found new outlets for… Read more »

Something I Care About


Do you remember this post I wrote about death in science fiction and fantasy? It was about my father-in-law who died almost two years ago from pancreatic cancer. It’s the same disease that killed Iain Banks and Steve Jobs. For those who don’t know, pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest diseases in the world. According to… Read more »

What Tony Gwynn Taught Me

Yesterday, Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest hitters in the history of Major League Baseball, died of cancer at age 54.  He will be remembered as an ambassador for baseball, an articulate man with surreal talent for putting wood on rawhide and a legendary athletic career that defies explanation. I remember him for another reason…. Read more »

An Brief Aside on Last Night’s Political News

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John Boehner’s time as Speaker of the House is over and it might be worst thing that could happen for this country right now. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary election last night in a stunning upset. I’m not sure people realize that this has the chance to be one of the most… Read more »

Death, and Death in Science Fiction and Fantasy

On Sunday, December 30, 2012 my father-in-law, Alfredo Rodriguez passed away from cancer of the pancreas. He was 61. His death was agony, to the point that his last days on Earth were spent entirely under the influence of morphine. I was there at the end and the days, weeks, and months leading up to… Read more »

Things Are Quiet, Here’s Why

October was crazy. My family finally joined me in Texas, completing our relocation from Washington DC, and we bought a new home. This is the first home we’ve owned that doesn’t share walls with another structure (condos, row houses, etc). This means things like lawn mowing, trash lugging, and copious amounts of cleaning. Who knew?… Read more »

Stop Whining About Diversity and Start Running…er… About It?

I’ve been fairly outspoken at times about how the SF&F community could do with a little more diversity. I’ve mostly talked about how we need to look beyond the borders of the United States and the British Commonwealth, but there’s a lot we can do for diversity here at home. Two New York City publishing… Read more »

Staffer’s Book Review 3.0 — Feedback Wanted

With my recent career change and relocation, I was considering a full re-brand of Staffer’s Book Review. I had a new name picked out, a new domain bought, and I began to rebuild the site. When push came to shove, and the rebuild was almost complete, I decided to stick with the girl I brought… Read more »

Speculative Fiction 2012: Out now!

We have news(!) — Speculative Fiction 2012 is now available on Amazon. This collection contains over fifty of the year’s best online essays and reviews, from Tansy Rayner Roberts on Supergirl to Lavie Tidhar on China Miéville to Aishwarya Subramanian on My Little Pony to Joe Abercrombie on, er, himself. It is a diverse collection of some of last year’s best and… Read more »

2012: A Year in Review

Every year, stealing a page from Neth Space, I like to review the statistics behind my reading. I thought I’d share it with my readers. In 2012, I read: 100 books 37,290 pages (interesting that I read 10 fewer books a year ago, but 5,000 pages more!) 75 were published in 2012 11 were published… Read more »