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An America / Universe / 12 Colonies / Other Fictional World That We Can Believe In

Judging by Facebook feed, we are now officially in the throes of Election Season. Which is kind of like mating season for most animals, but with more blood, and more assholes. And so to lighten to the mood (read: FURTHER contribute to the orgy of political posts that are currently consuming all of your various news outlets and social feeds), I’ve compiled a list for Tor Dot Com of my preferred third party options in the 2012 Presidential Election. This whole two-party system is whack, anyway; when do I get to vote for the Jedi Council?

“Ten Great Alternative (Fictional) Political Leaders” on Tor Dot Com

BONUS: This is the single greatest speech ever written in cinematic history. Oh man.

Guest Blog: Chess Motifs

I’ve been doing some guestblogging for Quirk Books, publishers of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and that soon-to-be hit Broetry (what you mean, you haven’t bought a copy yet?!), and my first post is up today. It’s a countdown of one of my favorite character types in pop culture/literature: the Chessmaster, that brilliant strategist who plays 50 moves ahead of the rest of the cast in the story, and always seems to have some grander scheme in mind that we as readers/viewers/audience can hardly even begin to comprehend. And they always know how to manipulate and play the other characters into going along with their plans, whether they realize it or not. We’re talking Nick Fury, Ben Linus, Dumbledore, the Cigarette Smoking Man — you know the type.

Check out the full list at the link below. Agree? Disagree? Let me know on the Quirk comments!

“Life Is A Game Of Chess: Top Ten Chessmasters in Pop Culture & Literature” at Quirk Books