J. Robert King

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Snow Day!

That’s right, America. It’s a snow day! Snow days are different. They’re not just days without school–Saturdays and Sundays. They’re not just holidays–Thanksgivings and Christmases. No, snow days are special. They’re days off for no reason but insufficient infrastructure. But that’s the whole point. A snow day is a suspension of reality because reality has […]

February 1st, 2011
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Moxyland–The First 100 Pages

So, at last, I’ reading the magnificent Moxyland by Lauren Beukes. Yes, I’m late to this game, but being American and a lover of paper books and a slow reader, it has taken me awhile. Coming late to this game, I’ll not offer a traditional review. What could I say that hasn’t already been said […]

January 29th, 2011
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Death’s Disciples Arrives!

That’s right, world. Come ‘n’ git it! My newest novel, Death’s Disciples, has arrived from the brilliant folks at Angry Robot Books! Here’s what SF Book Reviews had to say: “The plot itself is fantastic, full of twists and turns and plenty of surprises. It will keep you guessing right up to the end just […]

January 26th, 2011
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The Eternal Adolescent

Sorry. That’s what I have to say first, for being gone so long. I’m sorry. Since I last wrote on this blog, I’ve starred as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and failed to get even the part of Repo Man 1 in The Full Monty. I’ve also had […]

January 23rd, 2011
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The Angel of Death in America

In three more days, The Angel of Death is coming to America. This novel, which has been described as Silence of the Lambs meets The Exorcist, has won rave reviews in the rest of the world. Here’s an excerpt from one such review by Dave-Brendon de Burgh: “I found Angel of Death to be an […]

September 25th, 2010
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I’m sick. Yes I am, but not in the way that you think if you’ve read Angel of Death. (By the way, my latest novel will be inflicted on America this Tuesday, September 28.) I’m sick with a cold. Sneezing. Coughing. The whole bit. I grew up believing that sneezing was the way my body […]

September 24th, 2010
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Neanderthal’s Lament

For a hundred milennia, we have hunted here. Bison, elk, sloth, woolly rhino–all have fallen before us. Our spears bite from an arm’s throw away. Nothing can survive us. Nothing but them–these skinny, strange ones, these ones who eat bugs and eels and leaves and fish and anything they can get into their mouths. They look […]

August 26th, 2010
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They Are So Beautiful

Have you seen them? They are so beautiful! They are alive before we are born, and they are still alive when we die. They have skin like stone and can crush our bodies with the slightest touch. Beneath that skin, though, runs life. Taste of it once, and you can live forever, can send your […]

August 5th, 2010
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Why I Tweet

Given that I am not a digital native, or even an early adopter, or even a non-NeoLuddite, some of my friends ask me why I tweet. To answer that question, I first need to answer a few built-in objections: Objection 1: Isn’t Twitter just a bunch of people telling other people about the baloney sandwich they are […]

June 9th, 2010
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The Ultimate Question

As author of Angel of Death, I am often asked the Ultimate Question: “What will it be like after I die?” My answer is simple: “What was it like before you were born?” This response invariably leads to quizzical looks, so I press on with another question. “When were you born?”  “In 1966.” “What was it […]

June 2nd, 2010
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