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About Mark R. Brand

Mark R. Brand is a Chicago-based science-fiction author and the online short fiction editor of Silverthought Press. He is the author of three novels, The Damnation of Memory (2011), Life After Sleep (2011), and Red Ivy Afternoon (2006), and he is the editor of the collection Thank You Death Robot (2009), named a Chicago Author favorite by the Chicago Tribune and recipient of the Silver medal 2009 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) in the category of Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is the producer and host of Breakfast With the Author and lives in Evanston, IL with his wife and son.


  1. I have to say I have very mixed feelings about this article.

    I’m a great believer in tearing down barriers and obstacles of all types – and when it comes to breaking down the pseudo social barriers that have been created between fathers and kids I’m right in there with a the wrecking bars.

    But – as I looked at this article I kept on having flash backs to the Truman Show and 1950′s house wives! It’s the aire of how to be perfect at that domestic task with the perfect person showing the world how to be perfect. You know you have been exposed to too many stereotypes when kids doing Urban Vinyl with dad causes such a major trip out …. and you wake up screaming “No No Not Betty Crocker”. P^)

    • @ MediaHound, I’m not getting the trip out “…when kids doing Urban Vinyl with dad causes such a major trip out”? I like it as an extended project you can do together and play together, one that has more resonance and connection than something that’s just unpackaged.

  2. My daughter has been quite into Warhammer, and we’ve spent a lot of time together, assembling and decorating figures (not as magnificent as this:, I admit). More than anything, I think that what makes this rewarding is doing a joint project, where you agree together what your want to do and then work to reach the goal. Plus you’re learning a craft and doing things with your hands. Good fun on many levels.

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