Authors and Other Persons

John Scalzi’s Creative Solution to his Troll Problem

John Scalzi is a science-fiction writer, and a former President of the Science Fiction Writers of America. For reasons passing understanding, he gained the attention of an unpleasant fellow who roams the ether under the modest pseudonym of “Vox Day.” ( …

Background

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An Interview with Senator Remington Jeffries

Senator Remington Jeffries is the father of Colin, our hero in Human X, and plays a much bigger role in the follow up novel, which I am currently writing. Since he’s is so important, both in the life of our protagonist and in the story to come, I thought you’d like to meet the man.

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The Real and Unreal World of Human X – Northern Virginia

I have a love hate relationship with the back roads in that part of country. They are beautiful and, when you know where you’re going, a lot of fun to drive. That part about knowing where you’re going is key. Back in the days before in-car GPS systems, …

Characters

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An Interview with Senator Remington Jeffries

Senator Remington Jeffries is the father of Colin, our hero in Human X, and plays a much bigger role in the follow up novel, which I am currently writing. Since he’s is so important, both in the life of our protagonist and in the story to come, I thought you’d like to meet the man.

Anatomy of a Character: Della and Lisa

In Human X, the one and only time we see Ted, Colin’s original partner, he say he’s headed to Della and Lisa’s house. Presumably, Della and Lisa are friends of Ted’s and acquaintances of Colin’s. Their role at first is twofold. First they symbolize the …

Coming Soon

Forty Years Ago Today

What would happen if Roe v. Wade were overturned? It’s impossible to predict, but I attempt to examine the question in my next novel.

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Also This Spring…

Last week, I offered a small preview of my upcoming novel, which takes place in the year 2019. For this week, I give you another.

Editing

Editing Out Loud

Here’s a confession. Even after the initial publication, Human X still needed editing. The original version contained more than its share of typographical whoopsies. It had been through several passes from myself, as well as friends and family, but I s …

History

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Pearl Harbor: Sorry, No Conspiracies Here

The narrative that FDR allowed the attack on Pearl Harbor to happen in order to get the United States into World War II is commonly accepted by many people today. Unfortunately for them, it’s complete nonsense.

Interviews

Just For Fun

Personal

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William R. Eadington (1946-2013)

When I was a kid, Bill Eadington was the likeable low-key guy who married my godmother, Margaret Dean. The Deans and McElligotts grew up next to each other on Coronado Drive in Fullerton, California. When I was little, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner …

Press Releases

Lake Forest Author’s First Novel Pushes Back Boundaries

Self-Published High-Tech Thriller Features Gay Character in “Jason Bourne” role. June 27, 2012, Lake Forest, CA — Paul McElligott, of Lake Forest, California, has published his first novel, Human X, a futuristic thriller about a man who has lived thir …

Publishing

Kindle-nomics

The Amazon Kindle was not the first electronic reader on the market. Sony had been marketing one for the better part of a year, but Amazon took the concept mainstream, making it the first e-reader that the average layperson could get his or her mitts u …

Reading

The Perverse Life of the Audiobook Listener

I start a new job next week. It’s just a three-month contract, but the big downside for me is that the office is about two miles from home. What, you may ask, is the problem with that? I’m sure many of you would kill to have a commute that short. Well, …

Tools

GoodReads.com for Authors

For most people, GoodReads.com is a little like Facebook for reading. I guess they couldn’t call it Booksbook. Because that would be silly. It combines the social media aspect with something similar to DVD collection sites like DVD Aficionado or the la …

Venting

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Pearl Harbor: Sorry, No Conspiracies Here

The narrative that FDR allowed the attack on Pearl Harbor to happen in order to get the United States into World War II is commonly accepted by many people today. Unfortunately for them, it’s complete nonsense.

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Allow Me to Go Off Topic

Since Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Seth MacFarlane aired their brilliant update of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos earlier this year, I’ve heard occasional misguided talk of a second “season” of the show, perhaps starring Dr. Michio Kaku. Apparently, people in the TV i …

Writing

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Also This Spring…

Last week, I offered a small preview of my upcoming novel, which takes place in the year 2019. For this week, I give you another.

Let me know what you think!