J. Robert King

Archive for May, 2009

Artifacts Cycle I

A massive package arrived recently on my doorstep, and I opened it to find a delightful surprise. It’s Artifacts Cycle I, a compilation of my Magic: The Gathering novel The Thran with Jeff Grubb’s classic The Brothers’ War. Jeff is the one who first turned me on to Magic and even got me set up […]

May 26th, 2009
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Angel of Death Cover

Angry Robot just posted the cover for my new novel, Angel of Death, which is coming out September in the UK and Australia and in February everywhere else. It’s an awesome cover. Check out the blog posting for May 19!

May 20th, 2009
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Homo Agnosticus

 Evidence can point both ways.   Take for example the discovery of the part of the brain that processes religious experience. Scientists have found a bundle of neurons that, when excited (perhaps by electrical stimulation, perhaps by LSD), causes a person to have profound experiences of the divine. Clearly, if this part of the brain […]

May 14th, 2009
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Steak or Savior

Tonight, I walked past our nameless beta fish. We inherited him from a preschool classroom where my wife works, and we feed him when we remember. That’s why this beta has learned to dance. The beta saw a human-sized person moving obliviously past his bowl, and he danced. I saw the dance and said, “Has […]

May 4th, 2009
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Robot Anxiety

For a long time, we have feared the robots. We feared HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey. We feared the robots in the  Terminator franchise. We feared the run-amok robots in IRobot. Now I have bought an IRobot–from the Roomba corporation. A Roomba is basically a shorter, squatter version of R2D2 (who already had body-image issues) […]

May 2nd, 2009
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