Meet Your Guest-Bloggers


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I’m heading seriously off the grid tomorrow, and I’ll be back at the helm on Tuesday, November 12, after Veterans Day. But fear not! My review of Ender’s Game will go up on Friday. And I’m leaving you in the hands of a crew of totally wonderful guest bloggers:

Max Gladstone has been thrown from a horse in Mongolia and nominated for the John W. Campbell Best New Writer Award. Two Serpents Rise, his second novel, is about water rights, human sacrifice, dead gods, and poker. He speaks Chinese, can embarrass himself reading Latin, and is a martial artist, fencer, and fiddler. He’s also worked, as a researcher for the Berkman Center for Internet and Policy Law, a tour guide for the Swiss Embassy, a go-between for a suspicious Chinese auto magazine, a translator for visiting Chinese schoolteachers, a Chinese philosophy TA, a tech industry analyst, and an editor. He has wrecked a bicycle in Angkor Wat and been thrown from a horse in Mongolia. Follow him on Twitter @maxgladstone.

Sharmin Kent writes for a variety of outlets and is the content marketing coordinator for DigitalRelevance and Slingshot SEO. When she’s at home she enjoys experimenting in her kitchen, reading science fiction and obsessing over Scandal and Sleepy Hollow. Find her on Twitter as @BabylonSista.

Scott Meslow is the entertainment editor for and a film and TV critic who has written for publications including Vulture, The Atlantic, and Outside Online. He lives in New York City and spends as little time as possible in Midtown Manhattan. Follow him on Twitter at @ScottMeslow.

Harris O’Malley is a dating coach who provides geek dating advice at his blog Paging Dr. NerdLove, the Dr. NerdLove podcast and The Good Men Project and can occasionally be heard on Infinite Variations from OneOfUs.Net. He grew up in Texas and ran to Austin as soon as he possibly could. His work has been featured on Think Progress, Kotaku, Lifehacker, Wired, The Austin-American Statesman, the Nerdist network, Slate, MTV’s Guy Code, Raw Story, Boing Boing, The Mary Sue and The Harvard Business Journal (I know, right?!) and has been named one of the top 10 geek dating blogs by He can also be found dispensing snark and advice on Facebook ( and on Twitter @DrNerdLove. Dr. NerdLove is not really a doctor.

Betsy Phillips writes for the Nashville Scene’s political blog, Pith in the Wind. Her fiction has appeared in Apex Magazine, Qarrtsiluni and Betwixt. Her hobby is tracking down Tennessee’s occult history. She Tweets as @AuntB.