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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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I can finally announce my latest writing project: I wrote the first licensed novel based on the Netflix TV series NARCOS. It's an incredible show from Gaumont International Television, a division of the French company Gaumont (the oldest film company... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Dispatches from the Flying M
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The 10th annual Tucson Festival of Books has come and gone. Marcy and I spent most of our time in our booth, meeting readers old and new, signing books, and talking with friends (or covering and uncovering our books on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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I've been writing professionally for 30 years. But I was in the book business, as a bookseller, for years before that, since 1980. And I started attending conventions of various kinds even before that, in college. During those decades, I've... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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In the great wide world, genre fiction awards don't mean all that much. They're not like Oscars or Emmys or Tonys or Grammys, because comparatively few people read genre fiction (and the awards ceremonies aren't packed with celebrities and broadcast... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
Next Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10-11, my beloved wife and writing partner Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and I will be in Sierra Vista, AZ for C4!! (yes, that's how it's officially spelled, with two !!). We'll have a table just inside... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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2018 marks 30 years since my first professional fiction sale--the short story "The Last Rainmaking Song" in the first Full Spectrum anthology. Before that, the only money I'd made from writing was a literary award in college. I didn't sell... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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I've known author Kevin J. Anderson for so long, I can't actually remember the first time we met. He was, at the time, a successful science fiction writer, who's only become more so in the intervening years. Among other things,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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As so often happens at cons, I came back from the Tucson Comic-Con--which was an absolute blast!--with what's popularly known as con crud (and now Marcy has it, too). We're both trying desperately to be fully recovered by Friday evening,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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Tuesday was not only Halloween, but the release date for the newest novel by my wonderful wife and brilliant writing partner, Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell--Mafia III: Plain of Jars! Here's how the publisher describes the book: Before Lincoln Clay laid waste... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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Although it's still a couple of months until the release of our next novel, my amazing wife and writing partner Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and I have been busy, and there's some new short fiction by us out there for your... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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The San Diego Comic-Con is the biggest pop culture event in North America (though some comic conventions in Europe dwarf it, surprisingly enough)--often too big to be as fun or comfortable as it once was. Since I won my Inkpot... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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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 Jun 24, 2017 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