I thought of Canticle for Leibowitz, obviously, as a triptych of apocalyptic stories (it's one of my favorite books of all time), but it doesn't do what this is doing. It's about the cyclical rise and fall of civilization; it doesn't explore the three modes of the apocalypse like what we're talking about for this. » 11/19/13 7:00am 11/19/13 7:00am

Prophet of Bones author Ted Kosmatka Clones Neanderthals in “N-Words”

Ursula K. Le Guin once wrote, “Science fiction is not predictive; it is descriptive”—which is to say that it uses the future as a lens to examine the here and now. Sometimes the paradigms of the present must be challenged, and one of the ways to do that is through science fiction. » 7/09/13 11:00am 7/09/13 11:00am

Re: His historical fiction influences, GRRM recently touted THE IRON KING by Maurice Duron as an important influence on GOT. He just did an introduction for a new edition of it, in which he says "This was the original Game of Thrones." » 6/06/13 11:26am 6/06/13 11:26am

Obviously it's hard to include in a list like this, but for people interested in power armor I would also mention my anthology ARMORED, which has 20+ stories of power armor in various forms. The full text (or audio) of five different stories from the anthology are available on the book's website. » 4/30/13 10:45am 4/30/13 10:45am

They actually did publish a few mass markets. Mark Teppo's books were published as mass market originals, and after initial hardcover runs they later tried to backlist Liz Williams's Detective-Inspector Chen novels as mass market titles. » 4/09/13 9:10am 4/09/13 9:10am