James Alan Gardner

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Raised in Simcoe and Bradford, Ontario, James Alan Gardner earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo.

A graduate of the Clarion West Fiction Writers Workshop, Gardner has published science fiction short stories in a range of periodicals, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Amazing Stories. In 1989, his short story "Children of the Creche" was awarded the Grand Prize in the Writers of the Future contest. Two years later his story "Muffin Explains Teleology to the World at Large" won an Aurora Award; another story, "Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream," won an Aurora and was nominated for both the Nebula and Hugo Awards.

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The Skill List Project: Reading Analytically

[Note: The following article was written in March 2011. It’s here because I’m migrating old posts from a different site to my current one.]

This is another post in The Skill List Project: an attempt to list all the skills involved in writing and selling fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy. Last time around, we talked about Reading judiciously. At the end of that posting, I made the ra

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I'm afraid the publisher didn't renew the contract on the Spark novels. (Sigh...) I have the next book plotted out -- it's centered on Miranda -- but I've had to set it aside and work on something else.

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“Don't be a little paranoid; worry about everything, or let it all go.”
James Alan Gardner, Trapped

“Everyone's life is a mess. Everyone's. We all make mistakes . . . and not just little slip-ups. Major mistakes that hurt us and other people.”
James Alan Gardner, Trapped

“What kind of programmer is so divorced from reality that she thinks she'll get complex software right the first time?”
James Alan Gardner, Ascending


Preliminary Poll for Next Series (SF, 4/15)

Rama series, 4 books, by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee, starting with Rendezvous with Rama
  12 votes, 30.8%

MaddAddam trilogy, 3 books, by Margaret Atwood, starting with Oryx and Crake
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The Gap Cycle, 5 books, by Stephen R. Donaldson, starting with The Gap Into Conflict: The Real Story
  5 votes, 12.8%

The Void Trilogy, 3 books, by Peter F. Hamilton, starting with The Dreaming Void
  4 votes, 10.3%

Matador series, 9 books, by Steve Perry, starting with The Man Who Never Missed
  3 votes, 7.7%

Expendables series, 5 books, by James Alan Gardner, starting with Expendable
  3 votes, 7.7%


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