Bruce’s Law and the Future of The Arts

Excitement. That’s the first thing that happens when disruption hits an industry. A world of possibility opens up and the future gets brighter than a supernova. At the same time comes the fear—something of such power will upend everything we know, and maybe the wrong people will wind up winning. … Continue reading

The Ebook Revolution Isn’t about Ebooks

I’m going way out on a limb here. I’m only a lay enthusiast in the field of economics, not an expert in the field, but I’ve got a middling amount of business experience in a variety of different fields, and a strange notion has been growing on my mind lately: … Continue reading

Link Salad 12/27/10

Time for your vegetables again — these are some of the highlights of my research journeys hither and yon in the great wasteland of cyberspace. Hope you enjoy! Continue reading

Beer Money: Responding to Konrath and Siregar

My recent post on zombie industries (in which I argued that the pissing and moaning coming from authors and some publishers recently is a sign of an industry that is currently in serious trouble) leads inevitably to the obvious question: If, appearances to the contrary, the customer actually sets the … Continue reading

How To Spot a Zombie

Zombie industries are all around us–these are businesses whose models have ceased to be relevant and they’re just waiting for something better to knock them over. This doesn’t mean they’re not still earning money–some of them are earning quite well, thank you. And it doesn’t mean that they’ve been artificially … Continue reading

Science Fiction Medicine

For those of you not following along, in the current book of The Antithesis Progression, one character is using a hormone cocktail on another as a chemical leash. I’ve gotten some questions about what these weaponized chemicals are supposed to accomplish, how they’re supposed to work, and whether they’re a … Continue reading

Dealing In, Ep. 9 pt.1

Download Subscribe This one features Miss Kalendar along with Chris Lester and Kitty Nic’Iaian. This is it, folks, the final round of Dealing In before we get to Down From Ten. We toast the successful conclusion of Predestination and look forward. Some info on Down From Ten here, as well … Continue reading

Dealing In, Episode 8 pt. 1

Download Subscribe Part 1 of the final Dealing In (well, the final one before the end of the book) is here! This week’s serves up a mountain of your emails on a range of topics including: Old Europe Bastiat’s Principle Buried Alive In The Blues Steampunk (Van Der Meer, Broadmore, … Continue reading