“The Bone War.” Like, free.

September 1st, 2015

My short story, “The Bone War,” is now available in the September/October issue of F&SF! It’s also the featured story in the free Kindle sample for this month!

The Uncanny Bear-Men… er. Or something.

August 11th, 2015

Hello, true believers! I know, I know. It’s like I never come around here any more. I’ve been caught up in travel and work and more travel and more work–but I have some actual exciting announcements to make.

My hopefully amusing short story, “The Bone War,” is out in this month’s The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, fondly known throughout the genre as “F&SF.” The table of contents and some links to reviews are here. It’s a Bijou the Artificer story, set in the Eternal Sky world some four hundred years after Range of Ghosts and on a different continent. It is lovingly dedicated to all my academic friends.

Also lovingly dedicated to all my academic friends, my short story “in Libres,” available in the May/June issue of Uncanny. I was on a roll this past winter with academic snark stories, apparently.

Pursuant to that, I would like to announce that forthcoming in Year 2 of Uncanny (kickstarter here for subscription and cool premiums), you will see the publication of my novelette “And the Balance in Blood.” This is one part more academic snark and one part what happens to AD&D characters when they retire. As one does.

Also recently published, the actual most depressing thing I have ever written (sell it, Bear!), “Margin of Survival,” in Volumn 3 of John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey’s The Apocalypse Triptych: The End Has Come.

Whew.

On to more cheerful news!

You may have heard that my writing partner, Sarah Monette, was nominated for literally every single major fantasy genre award this year in her Katherine Addison persona, for The Goblin Emperor. She won the Locus Award for best fantasy novel, and is in the running for the Hugo and World Fantasy awards.

Well, we have finally completed work on the final book in our jointly written Iskryne series, and I am pleased to announce that An Apprentice to Elves will be out in October.

Phew.

Patreon and appearances

March 24th, 2015

Hi, guys! Long time no blog.

Tucson Festival of Books was great, and was followed by a whirlwind tour of the Southwest. Now I’m back in Wisconsin at Scott’s place, and happy to be here. Still have three appearances in the forthcoming two weeks, though–one is a teaching gig, and then we’ll be appearing THIS SATURDAY MARCH 28th at Northern Illinois University (both of us) for a fireside chat, book signing, and schmooze. (Information here.) Then we’ll be at Minicon next weekend.

After that I run back to Massachusetts, where I will be teaching a Writer’s Digest online symposium (watch this space for more details!) and a session at CAPA-U in Hartford, CT.

And getting started with serious work on The Stone in the Skull.
In response to those who asked, I’ve set up a Patreon page. It’s basically an ongoing kickstarter, where you can help support my writing and my tea addiction. There are some pretty cool perks, I think.

Humble bundle and a charity gig!

March 1st, 2015

I’ll be doing a Google Hangout live reading to support the Pixel Project against domestic violence on Saturday at 8:30 pm EST. You can come join us over here.

Also, there’s only three days left in this Humble Bundle, which includes a lot of amazing books by amazing people, including my New Amsterdam.

I’m trying to find my ambition to do a little writing this afternoon, but I think the terrifying to-read pile may be winning.

Storium world banner art

February 5th, 2015

Check out the goooorrrgeeeouussss Dan Zollinger art for “Gotham Jazz,” my world for the Storium role-playing engine. (Still in gamma, but coming RSN)!

Book Day is the Best Day

February 3rd, 2015

It’s Karen Memory book day!

*Oils up the shiny hype machine.* *Brings it to pressure.* *Checks that all gears are functional.*

So I wrote this book, see?

It’s a steampunk adventure set in a fictional city in the Pacific Northwest during the Alaskan Gold Rush.

It stars a young woman who goes by the house name of Prairie Dove, which should give you an idea what she does for a living. She’s kind of a badass, and she has badass friends. But rather than natter on about it, I’m going to give you a link to an excerpt!

And my Big Idea post on the subject.

And a post over at Aidan Moher’s A Dribble of Ink on the subject of Soiled Doves and stereotypes.

Karen Memory can be purchased at Barnes and Noble, Amazon (Kindle), Amazon, and at your preferred local or online retailer. (Or they can order it for you.) The ebook is available through Kobo and the rest of the usual suspects.

There will be an audiobook from Recorded Books, which should be available soon!

Karen Memory has been getting fantastic reviews, including a starred review from Library Journal. It’s #6 in the Kindle store for Steampunk this morning, and I’ve promised to humiliate myself on the internet if it goes to #1.

It’s a book and I’m thrilled!

Karen Memory on sale very very very soon…

February 3rd, 2015

As I write this, Karen Memory is the #12 steampunk book on Amazon. I learned this morning that it’s already been sent back for a rush reprint. because the first run sold out, and honestly, I’d love for Karen to be the #1 steampunk book on Amazon. So if you are an Amazon shopper, and you were planning on buying the book anyway,

If you are not an Amazon shopper and you want to read Karen Memory, please do order it through your library, preferred online retailer, or–best of all!–local retailer!

It formally goes on sale tomorrow, though there are scattered reports of it being on some bookstore shelves already.

You can read an excerpt here.

Yesterday I also learned that I had four things on the Locus recommended reading list for 2014. Those four things are The Steles of the Sky, “The Hand is Quicker,” “Covenant,” and “This Chance Planet.” truepennytruepenny‘s glorious The Goblin Emperor is on there, too, and scott_lynchscott_lynch‘s delightful ”A Year and a Day in Old Theradane.”

And a lot of other really awesome stuff as well.

And stillsostrangestillsostrange and I ran 13.1 miles in Galveston yesterday, and then went out dancing last night with Austin friends.

How I spent my day on airplanes…

January 30th, 2015

I’m guest-blogging today over at Charlie Stross’s place, where I’m on about that viral archery vid that’s going around.

Two-gun slide.

January 30th, 2015

Er. Two book slide, make that. My weapon of choice offers no greater physical harm than papercuts, and maybe a bump on the head if you’re careless. But I feel like a John Woo character right now, for certain.

Finally, finally, finally. Karen Memory comes out next week. Tuesday, to be sure, though it’s available for pre-order now, and those numbers count towards the first week. It’s a great big shiny Weird West steampunk adventure about a girl, a battle mecha built out of a sewing machine, and a really annoying deaf white cat. Among some other things.

It’s getting consistently better reviews than anything I’ve ever done before.

And, finally, Shattered Pillars is available in long-awaited trade paperback right now! Already! As you are reading this! (Steles of the Sky will be joining it this summer.)

Ahem.
Buy my book!

Steles of the Sky is a Kirkus Best Book for 2014!

January 11th, 2015

Also on the morning wire–actually, this is a couple of days old, but I was at Windycon trying to be charming when it broke–Steles of the Sky is one of the Kirkus 100 Best Books for 2014!

Is this what it’s like to have a healthy relationship with Kirkus?

I like it. I really like it.