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Book Excerpt: Chapter 14 (Ethan)

In a parallel universe, Ethan told himself, Annie was his girlfriend. She had decided to settle down, had decided that she wanted children after all. A programmer always considered multiple outcomes for every scenario, and Ethan stayed focused on the outcomes that favored his dreams. The challenge was in knowing how to effect this change….

The more we study whales, the smarter they get

Natalie Angier contributed an excellent article in the NYT about the intelligence of whales (and dolphins). Here are a few key excerpts: …the evidence is high and mounting that the cetacean order includes species second only to humans in mental, social and behavioral complexity, and that maybe we shouldn’t talk about what we’re harvesting or…

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Apple iBooks: Great for bestselling authors, not so good for the rest of us authors

I’m happy to report that The Tourist Trail is now available on Apple’s iBookstore — which means you can purchase through the iPad and iPhone. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the only way you can find this book is if you search for it by name. To put it mildly, the…

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Sea Shepherd founder added to Interpol list

Paul Watson, the founder of the Sea Shepherd Society, has been added to Interpol’s wanted list, at the urging of Japan. As this article notes, this designation does not mean Japan wants Paul arrested, just spied on. For now. It appears that the International Whaling Commissions meeting is going nowhere fast, which means Japan will…

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Book Excerpt: Chapter 5 (Angela)

He explained the name, an alias, and his pursuers—various coast guards, police bureaus, and intelligence agencies. “I do battle with whaling ships,” he said. “Like Greenpeace?” Angela asked. “They fight with words and water guns,” he said. “We fight with the hulls of our ships. We ram them. We mangle their props.” “You sink them?”…

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First you look for a publisher. Then you become a publisher.

The path to self-publishing is paved with good intentions. We intend to write our Great <insert your country here> Novel. We intend to find an agent. We intend to find a publisher. But if these three goals do not perfectly align, we may end up publishing our books ourselves. I was fortunate to achieve two…

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Random House Canada launches first ebook before print

Have I started a trend by releasing The Tourist Trail in digital format ahead of print? While I’d certainly be happy to take the credit, I’m afraid I wasn’t the first to put electronic first. But I’m clearly not going to be the last. Random House Canada just released its first eBoook — The Very…

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Reverse Windowing: On publishing an eBook before print

eBook windowing is the practice of delaying the release of an eBook until the print version has been out for a few weeks or months. Readers with Kindles and iPads are understandably not happy about the practice. Nor is Amazon. You can read a good analysis of this battle of publishing models here. But since…

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Just when you thought the Japanese whaling industry couldn’t get any sleazier

An investigation by the Sunday Times reveals that the Japanese whaling commission has been buying votes by using cash and prostitues — all in an ongoing effort to support its whaling industry. This is just another reason for the US government not to strike any backroom deal with Japan for “limited” whaling over the next…