Heinlein publishing history was made on March 26, 2013 when the Kickstarter project to fund a graphic novel version of Robert A. Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy achieved its funding goal! With several days yet before the funding date of March 31st, pledges continue to come in from over 260 backers pledging amounts of up[…]
I wrote this for a booklet for my father’s funeral in March of 2008… My father, Calvin George Houdek, was born June 11, 1927 in Pine City, Minnesota, the only son, and only child, of George Houdek and Clara Sauter Houdek. They called him “Sonny boy” and doted on him. The family, descendents of[…]
A sobbing bunny-girl was probably not going to sell cars.
Originality of concept often isn’t as important as the freshness and the vitality of the approach. As the Harry Potter series breathed a vibrant new life into some very old fantasy concepts, The Hunger Games gives a hint of that vitality to the post-apocalyptic survival scenario, at least in the first book.
It’s with a great deal of pleasure I direct your attention to an upcoming book by friend, and college roommate, Mary Matthews. Emeralds, Diamonds and Amethysts is the sequel to Splendid Summer, a novel of the Roaring Twenties set in San Diego. The emerald, diamonds, and amethysts in the title refer to what was known[…]
Splendid Summer is a new website by an old friend, my college roommate Mary Matthews. She has a new book out, “Splendid Summer,” available on Kindle at Amazon.com. It’s a mystery tale set in 1920’s San Diego. I helped Mary out setting up her website and doing the graphics. My dear white fuzzy cat, Tasha,[…]
Laura Ingalls Wilder and The Long Winter When I lived out west for ten years or so, and it never snowed and summers were brown and winters were rainy, the book I most read and reread when I was homesick was “The Long Winter”. I can’t say it’s my favorite of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little[…]
Arthur McCoy and the James Gang, published summer 2002 in the James-Younger Gang Journal. ©2002 D. H. Rule (Deb Houdek Rule)
Heinlein’s Women: Role Model Characters in the Heinlein Juveniles. This article is based on a presentation given by me at BayCon 2003, May 24, 2003, in a panel discussion by Heinlein Society members on Heinlein’s Women characters. My portion of the discussion was on the older women characters in the juvenile novels as role models.
“The One True Kitten” is a Christmas fantasy story based on our Tasha-cat. ©1996 D. A. Houdek (Deb Houdek Rule)