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Jeff Mariotte
Jeffrey J. Mariotte is an award-winning author, occasional editor, news junkie, photographer, reader, and dog owner.
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Westercon is the biggest, oldest traveling science fiction/fantasy convention exclusive to the western states of the US. On July 1, Westercon 70, aka Conalope, hops into Tempe, AZ (where it's also serving as LepreCon 43). My amazing wife and writing... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Dispatches from the Flying M
A quick TWiA this week, to gauge interest in it continuing. Remember to follow us at @ThisWeekAmerica for on-the-spot news. This Week in Health Care In January, this is what soon-to-be-President Donald Trump promised, in an interview with the Washington Post: “We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump said.... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at This Week in America
This Week in America took an extended hiatus following the inauguration of that guy who won the electoral college while falling short of Hillary Clinton by almost 3 million votes. The outrages were piling up so quickly that just keeping track of them all would have been a full-time job,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at This Week in America
This weekend, Mesa, AZ area will see the return of a most unusual writer's conference: Cirque du Livre. My brilliant and lovely wife and writing partner Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and I couldn't make it last year, because of family issues,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Dispatches from the Flying M
It's time once again for Arizona's annual extravaganza, the Tucson Festival of Books, held on the University of Arizona campus. My lovely and talented wife and writing partner Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and I will be encamped in Booth 111 for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Dispatches from the Flying M
Deb, As always, I appreciate your readership and support. The truth is, the outrages flowing from this new administration and its allies in the dysfunctional Congress are coming so fast that its hard to know where to start. Cataloguing them, much less doing the research necessary to analyze them and put them into some kind of context, feels like a full-time job, and unfortunately, I already have basically two of those. I might try to ease back into it, if theres ever a moment where the outrages slack off so I can focus on just one or a handful. Thanks for staying informed, and #Resist!
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It's been quiet here for the past couple of weeks, as I've been taking in and processing the increasingly terrible Trump transition process--a process in which our worst fears of a president with the emotional maturity of a first-grader, the intellectual curiosity of a tree stump, and the dignity and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at This Week in America
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My brilliant wife and writing partner Marsheila Rockwell and I signed a new book contract the other day, and now it can be revealed! We're writing a novel based on the hugely popular, award-winning video game Mafia III. The game... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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Due to work pressures and holidays and general Trump-related exhaustion, we have only an abbreviated TWiA this week. This Week in Understanding Trump In 1953, the great fantasist Jerome Bixby published a short story called "It's a Good Life." In 1961, Rod Serling adapted that story for a Twilight Zone... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at This Week in America
Far too much media coverage of politics focuses on the horserace angle--who's ahead, who's behind, who's up or down. It relies on false equivalency: if Politician A says X, then the reporter goes to Politician B, who's sure to say Y. That's lazy journalism, and it doesn't actually inform the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at This Week in America
TWiA explores the intersection of policy and politics, and most importantly, how that intersection affects real people. It's dedicated to the proposition that good government is possible, it matters, and taxpayers deserve nothing less. Its starting point is that facts are facts, science is real, data are real, and we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at This Week in America
Far too much media coverage of politics focuses on the horserace angle--who's ahead, who's behind, who's up or down. It relies on false equivalency: if Politician A says X, then the reporter goes to Politician B, who's sure to say Y. That's lazy journalism, and it doesn't actually inform the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2016 at This Week in America
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This Week in #NoDAPL Here's a map that vividly shows the original proposed route of the Dakota Access Pipeline--changed when the Army Corps of Engineers acknowledged the concerns of the mostly white residents of Bismarck, ND about the potential impact to their drinking water--and the current route, crossing lands promised... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at This Week in America
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On sale now, wherever books that you wanna read are sold: NCIS: Los Angeles: Bolthole! In a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat to the nation’s security, this team of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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TWiA explores the intersection of policy and politics, and most importantly, how that intersection affects real people. It's dedicated to the proposition that good government is possible, it matters, and taxpayers deserve nothing less. Its starting point is that facts are facts, science is real, data are real, and we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at This Week in America
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Small businesses are the heart and soul of America. They're locally owned, and the money they bring in from customers goes right into the community, as opposed to big corporations--think Amazon or Walmart, as two examples--where the money you spend... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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The Tucson Comic-Con is over, and it was--as always--a blast. Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell (Mariotte) and I saw lots of great friends, had some delicious meals, and signed tons of books and comics for avid readers and new ones alike. Here's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Dispatches from the Flying M
I realized, about halfway through the day after, when I last felt such despair over the fate of the country that I love. It was on September 11, 2001, and the dark days that followed. We had been attacked from without (although some of those attackers, we would soon learn,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at This Week in America
Shame, shame on us. Shame on us for not working harder to elect Hillary Clinton. Shame on us for not doing more, giving more, knocking on more doors, making more phone calls, imagining that the most significant election of our lifetimes would turn out okay so we could sit back... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at This Week in America
But not, you know, for the racist would-be authoritarian with the tiny fingers. Side Note: We've seen many people saying that a Trump presidency shouldn't be so worrisome, because he wouldn't be able to do many of the things he promises to. Since most of the people saying that support... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at This Week in America
Deadlines and travel have necessitated a very short post this time, but that's okay--there's plenty of political news out there. Maybe too much. The most important news is this: The Chicago Cubs are the Undisputed Baseball Champions of the Universe! We predicted this result, and were ecstatic to see it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at This Week in America
This is a special midweek edition of TWiA, because it's less than a week before the election, and there's too much going on to wait until Friday. Follow us on Twitter: @ThisWeekAmerica Be sure to vote! This Week in Emails (Part 1) Everybody who's panicked over Friday's letter from FBI... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at This Week in America
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Tomorrow's Halloween, which is always a special occasion for those of us in the horror-writing community. Right now, HarperCollins, the publisher of 7 SYKOS (the first collaborative novel by my wife and partner Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and me) is celebrating... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at Dispatches from the Flying M