Category Archives: essays

Alien Intelligence, Close to Home

Thanks to a clever octopus in New Zealand who escaped back to the sea, there’s been a lot of talk lately about animal intelligence.  A recent book by Frans de Waal  questions whether we are even smart enough to know … Continue reading

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Kylo Ren and the Question of Parental Succession

Star Wars:  The Force Awakens recently came out on video, so I gave it a second viewing.  This blog will contain spoilers.  you have been warned. One of my favorite elements of the film centers on that scene spoiled for … Continue reading

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Crowned with Legitimacy: Recognizing a Ruler

Here in America, we are in the throes of a presidential election cycle (you may have noticed. . .)  If one of the candidates sweeps up a large majority of the popular vote in November, that leader will be said … Continue reading

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Editorial Greatness: In Memory of David G. Hartwell

This week, the science fiction and fantasy community was devastated by the loss of David G. Hartwell, long-time Tor editor, co-founder of the World Fantasy Convention, and an extraordinary man in every way. (especially his fashion-sense–seriously! His ties have their … Continue reading

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What I Hate About Writing Groups

Full disclosure here:  I currently belong to four writers’ groups, as well as SFWA, my national genre organization.  And I have recently dropped out of two others (and dropped out of another one last year, for similar reasons). A good … Continue reading

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Looking Ahead

2016 has arrived!  I hope you are all looking forward to it as much as I am.  Here are some of the happenings in the writing worlds of E. C. Ambrose. . . January finds me attending the Arisia convention … Continue reading

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Warriors and Soldiers and Fantasy Novels

I had a great time this weekend at the World Fantasy Convention, this year held in Saratoga Springs, NY.  One of the highlights came right at the end with a very thought-provoking panel about Weapons in Epic Fantasy.  The panelists … Continue reading

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