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Jason Stoddard, Strange and Happy

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Last Build Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:28:08 +0000


“Critically Acclaimed Giant Robot Novel” isn’t Something You Hear Often

Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:16:49 +0000

The Mayans may be right. The world may be coming to an end in a few short days. Maybe, on December 21, everything will cease to exist. Or transform into a whole new realm of matter. Or the world might just change into myriad rainbow colors, and we’ll all ride around in a yellow submarine…no, […]

Orion Rising is a Sidewise Award Nominee!

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:31:37 +0000

Hey all, just a quick note: I’m a Sidewise Award nominee for the second time! The first was for the Edison-meets-Bill-Gates “Panacea,” published on Sci Fiction. This time it’s for “Orion Rising,” published in Panverse Three. The Sidewise Awards are dedicated to alternate history. And Orion Rising is definitely an alternate—a look at what might […]

A Page out of Winning Mars…

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 21:50:26 +0000

Hmm. A new venture plans to put people on Mars by 2023 and wrap a reality show around it. Let’s see. Winning Mars is about a reality show on Mars, and it’s set in the 2021-2023 timeframe. Wonder where they got the idea? Just kidding. Maybe great minds think alike. Or maybe we’re both crazy. […]

Accolades for Winning Mars

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 21:44:03 +0000

Mecha Corps isn’t the only book getting love. Check out what everyone has to say about Winning Mars! And in this case, it may be a deep-seated trope to look at what’s over the next hill . . . after all, we did evolve to walk upright–and thus explore much farther–long before we really had […]

Accolades for Mecha Corps

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 04:47:47 +0000

Apparently, I’m not the only one who likes giant robots. Blame it on Johnny Socko, Gundam, and Evangelion. Or blame it on some deep-seated archetype that squats on our consciousness, making it yearn for the unlimited power–no. Wait. Nevermind. That’s way too deep. Let’s have some fun! “Mecha Corps by debut novelist Brett Patton is […]

A Salute to Audacity

Sun, 25 Dec 2011 06:43:53 +0000

“I will put millions of people on Mars,” says Elon Musk, in a recent New Scientist interview. Sit back and think about that a minute. And repeat it to yourself. A self-made billionaire who’s revolutionizing space travel and reinventing the automobile has now said, “I will put millions of people on Mars.” It’s like something […]

My Alter Ego

Wed, 21 Dec 2011 00:46:39 +0000

A whole bunch of people have been wondering what the heck has happened to me. A while back, an industry pundit declared “Jason Stoddard Week” because I was showing up in so many magazines and online publications at once. In the past couple of years, not so much. Well, hey, I have Winning Mars out, y’know. But […]

Winning Mars: Debut of the Month

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 22:22:41 +0000

This just in: Winning Mars was chosen by Library Journal as their “Debut of the Month!” Here’s what they have to say: In a future where the art of “linear entertainment”—better known as TV shows—is giving way to interactive, massive multiuser online gaming (MMOs), producer Jere Gutierrez conceives of a “reality show” set on yet-to-be-colonized […]


Mon, 11 Jul 2011 20:48:03 +0000

Writing is cool, but sometimes pictures are even more fun. So: here are the covers for a couple upcoming works from me. The first, Panverse Three, features my novella, Orion Rising. It’s an alternate history, based on a short conversation I had with Freeman Dyson at a conference a few years back. Now, you’ve probably […]

Back From the Dead!

Thu, 05 May 2011 22:12:51 +0000

No, I’m not dead. No, I haven’t accepted a multimillion dollar offer to stop writing forever. No, I haven’t been abducted by aliens and replaced with a perfect facsimile. At least I don’t think so. But then again, how would I know? I mean, if the facsimile was really perfect . . . but I’m […]

No Time to Post, All the Time in the World

Sun, 22 Aug 2010 20:44:41 +0000

Okay, here’s something you won’t see in Newsweek. Or Slate. Or on Fox. Or Huffington Post. How it’s escaped the notice of io9, I have no idea. BoingBoing noted it in February, and I mentioned it shortly afterwards. Now it’s getting real. What is it? Nothing less than a group of crazy Danes shooting off […]

Ennui and Dark Nights

Sat, 21 Aug 2010 02:28:29 +0000

This is one of those days after an insane week, with a few glasses of wine and some introspection. So if you’re not interested in the blathering of an overworked writer/creative-type/engineer, push off now. You won’t find any interest in what I’m about to post. But this is one of those days when I ask, […]


Sat, 07 Aug 2010 18:04:11 +0000

Hey all, you may have notice the lack of content here. The reasons are simple: first, I’m working on a new Project That Shall Not Be Named, AKA a new book. That’s eating up insane amounts of time. I should surface sometime in September from the first draft phase. In the meantime, I have a […]

Google and California: Two Ad Futures

Sat, 26 Jun 2010 15:15:29 +0000

In which I propose a new maxim: What is good for Google is not automatically good for the state. In the right hands, advertising can change the world. Look at Google. A lot of us forget Google’s grand empire is built entirely on advertising. Those sponsored links, and text ads you see in blogs have […]

What’s Your “Why?”

Sat, 12 Jun 2010 15:16:32 +0000

Have you ever heard of Samuel Pierpont Langley? At the turn of the century, when the quest for a “flying machine” was running like the first dot-com revolution, he was the person most favored to develop the airplane. He had boatloads of money from the US government, had a seat at Harvard and worked at […]

A Great Week for Space

Sat, 05 Jun 2010 19:29:58 +0000

As SF aficionados, I’m sure you’ve noted the successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon and Dragon, the first privately-constructed rocket to make it to LEO. The mere fact that we’re entering an era of commercial space flight is enough to make this a significant milestone, but it gets even more interesting when you break it down: […]

New Release Date for Winning Mars

Sat, 05 Jun 2010 19:04:26 +0000

I’ve had a lot of people asking me when Winning Mars, my first novel, is going to be released, especially since Amazon still claims “March 2010” for the release date. Well, I’m pleased to say that my Quantum Time Transposer is operational, and I’ll be moving the entire world back in time till February 2010 […]

Challenge Your Assumptions

Tue, 01 Jun 2010 15:00:36 +0000

Over the long weekend, I met Tyler, a smart graduate student who is finishing a Masters degree in philosophy. An outspoken, debate-team champion on the national level, I worried when he collided with another smart, outspoken, and extremely well-read acquaintance who is about as paleoconservative as you can get. I shouldn’t have worried. Tyler not […]

More Overhead Reviews—and a Question

Sun, 16 May 2010 20:10:03 +0000

Yeah, I know, lay off the Shine already. But let’s start with the reviews: From SF Revu, Liviu Suciu: For me this was the best story of the anthology and not surprising it is the one that involves exploration of Outer Space, namely a colony on the dark side of the moon – so it […]

A Momentary Pause

Sun, 16 May 2010 19:37:20 +0000

Just so I can say this: Three of the most exciting things I’m working on I can’t talk about. If things seem quiet on the writing front, this is why. No worries. You’ll hear more from me soon enough — perhaps more than you’d ever want to.