Join me or Die! : A Few Words on the Necessity of Dark Power – Guest Blog by Elizabeth Bear

Darth Vader is your father.

But you knew that already, didn’t you? Despite the power of those words to evoke a reaction of surprise – a shiver of fear, a frisson of titillation – don’t they provoke as well a shock of recognition, a deep sense of rightness and truth? The immediate response – anger, horror, denial – gives way to a realization of absolute veracity.

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Elizabeth Bear is an American science fiction and fantasy author, born September 22, 1971 in Hartford, Connecticut. Her first professionally-published fiction appeared in 2003; since then, she has published eleven solo novels (Hammered, Scardown, Worldwired, Blood and Iron, Whiskey and Water, Ink and Steel, Hell and Earth, Dust, Carnival, New Amsterdam, and Undertow), one novel in collaboration with Sarah Monette (A Companion to Wolves), and a story collection (The Chains that You Refuse). Her twelfth solo novel, All the Windwracked Stars, received a starred review, Publishers Weekly hailed it as “rewarding and compelling.” With Emma Bull, Will Shetterly, Sarah Monette, and Amanda Downum, she is one of the creators of Shadow Unit, an ongoing virtual television series instantiated on the web. Her web site is at, and she maintains a popular LiveJournal at

She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2005 and the 2006 Locus Award for Best First Novel for the Jenny Casey trilogy (Hammered, Scardown, and Worldwired). In 2008, her short story Tideline won the Sturgeon Award and the Hugo Award for best short story of the year.