Archive for the 'Uncategorized' Category

How I spent my day on airplanes…

Friday, 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.

Friday, 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 [...]

News, a new story, and lots of pretty pictures.

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Get out your notebooks, guys, I’ve got a lot of news. Save the date-type object! I will be appearing at Pandemonium Books in Central Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts at 7 pm on THURSDAY FEBRUARY 12th (That’s Boskone Eve) for a Karen Memory book launch! My beloved Scott Lynch will be with me, shilling his own [...]

Cue Joan Jett riff…

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Another very fine review of Karen Memory by Russell Letson in this month’s Locus. It’s not online, but here’s my favorite bit: “Karen Memory is a delight, a tour-de-force of historical reimagining and character creation, and a ripping yarn full of surprises…” I’ll take it!

Annual award-shilling, and YBSF32 ToC

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Gardner Dozois has announced the Table of Contents for his THIRTY-SECOND annual YBSF. I may be in it twice. This may make up for the cold I’m nursing. The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Thirty-Second Annual Collection, Edited by Gardner Dozois The Fifth Dragon, Ian McDonald (Reach for Infinity) The Rider, Jérôme Cigut (F&SF) The Days of [...]

Starred review from Library Journal!

Friday, December 12th, 2014

* Bear Elizabeth, Karen Memory. Tor. Feb. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780765375247. $25.99; ebk. ISBN  9781466846340. SF The Gold Rush town of Rapid City is just about what you would expect in a frontier community catering to the mining trade: rough, violent, and full of prostitutes. Karen is a “soiled dove” working at Madame Damnable’s establishment, where [...]

Steles of the Sky is a Kirkus best book for 2014

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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 [...]

Karen Memory cover reveal!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Taking a break from writing like a fiend to make some more tea and brag! CLICK THROUGH THE LINK AND LOOK AT MY COVER, GUYS! (Click on the image above for the full, amazing cover art by Cynthia Sheppard.)

bring me the head of H.P. Lovecraft

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

So, I come to you tonight, on the evening of the World Fantasy Awards, to congratulate the winners–and to talk a little bit about Howie’s Head. First: Congratulations, winners! I’m thrilled for every one of you! And congratulations, nominees! You get to feel almost as smug. And now on to the controversy, and my completely personal [...]

The following is an open letter to my friends and colleagues who are established members of the science fiction and fantasy community.

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

It’s easy to lose control of a narrative. It’s a little bit harder but not all that difficult, if you have the skills for it, to seize control. To construct a convincing narrative–whether that narrative happens to be true or not–and manipulate your audience into investing in it–into believing it–whether that narrative happens to be [...]