Where to find me and what I am working on, Late April 2014

April 29th, 2014

I’m at Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing, being interviewicated! They’re also giving away a complete set of the Eternal Sky books.

I’ll be at Mo*Con in Indianapolis this weekend! And signing at both Pandemonium in Cambridge, MA and Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester, MA the week after.

So without further ado, here’s my current honeydew list.

travel and appearances 2014:

January 10th at 6 pm: MIT SFS: Cambridge, Massachusetts (with Scott)
February 13-15, 2014: Boskone: Boston, Massachusetts

March 14-16, 2014: Tucson Festival of Books: Tucson, Arizona
March 22-24, 2014: Vericon: Harvard Univerity, Cambridge Massachusetts

April 17-20, 2014: Minicon: Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 25-27th, 2014: RavenCon: North Chesterfield, Virginia (Guest of Honor)

May 1-5, 2014: Mo*Con: Indianapolis, Indiana (Guest of Honor with Scott)\
May 8, 2014: Signing,  Pandemonium Books, Cambridge, Massachusetts 7-9 pm
May 10, 2014: Signing, Annie’s Book Stop, Worcester, Massachusetts 3-5 PM

June 5-9, 2014: Phoenix Comicon: Phoenix, Arizona (Guest of Honor with Squeecast)
June 20-23, 2014: 4th Street Fantasy: Minneapolis, Minnesota
July 3-7, 2014: ConVergence: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Scandinavian Micro-Tour!
July 11-13, 2014: Finncon: Jyväskylä, Finland (Guest of Honor with special guest Scott Lynch)
Then between July 16th and 22nd, Scott and I will be visiting

  • SF Bokhandeln Stockholm (July 16th)
  • SF Bokhandeln Gothenberg (July 18th)
  • SF Bokhandeln Malmo (July 19th)
  • Fantastik Copenhagen (July 21st)

August 8-10, 2014: Nine Worlds, London, England
August 14-17, 2014: Worldcon: London, England
October 9-10, 2014: NYC ComiCon, New York, New York (Thursday and Friday only!)
October 31-November 2, 2014: ICON: Iowa City, Iowa (Guest of Honor with Scott)
November 14-16, 2014: Windycon: Lombard, Illinois (Guest of Honor with Squeecast)

Honeydew list!

2014:

Karen Memory: 31 January 2014 (tick tock)
OWW review: 15 February 2014
Cyborg story: 28 February 2014
Sekrit project: February 2014
Book proposal: Eternal Sky 4-6
Sekrit Projekt #2
Revise Karen Memory: 1 April 2014
OWW review: 15 March 2014
“This Chance Planet”: 31 March 2014
OWW review: 15 April 2014
Flash fiction: 15 April 2014
“Asylym”: 1 May 2014

“Flush”: 31 May 2014?
“Something’s Gotta Eat T. rexes”: 1 June 2014
Chimera poem: 1 June 2014
Apocalypse story: 30 June 2014
Storium World: 15 July 2014
“A Time to Reap”: 1 August 2014
“Steel”: 30 September 2014
An Apprentice to Elves: Autumn 2014
Other apocalypse story:  31 December 2014

Award reading and judging
Other award reading and judging

2015+

Eternal Sky #4
Ancestral Night
Eternal Sky #5
Untitled Space Opera
Eternal Sky #6

No fixed deadline:

Bard troll story

Smile
(unless its name is actually Salt Water)
Unsuitable Metal
Untitled Gangland Urban Fantasy That Keeps Bugging Me
“Gallowglas”
“Untitled Space Opera Thingy” aka “Periastron”
“Posthumous Jonson”
“On Safari in R’lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera”
“Coronado”
“Patience and Fortitude”

Two new stories in two new anthologies! Booyah!

April 23rd, 2014

I bring you publications and stuff!

THE BOOK OF SILVERBERG! Edited by Gardner Dozois and William Schaffer. Out next week. and full of stories and essays inspired by the work of Robert Silverberg. Including one by me!

Table of Contents

Greg Bear—A Tribute
Barry Malzberg—An Appreciation
Kage Baker—In Old Pidruid
Kristine Kathryn Rusch—Voyeuristic Tendencies
Mike Resnick—Bad News from the Vatican
Caitlin R.Kiernan—The Jetsam of Disremembered Mechanics
Connie Willis—Silverberg, Satan, and Me…
Elizabeth Bear—The Hand is Quicker
Nancy Kress—Eaters
James Patrick Kelly—The Chimp of the Popes
Tobias S. Buckell—Ambassador to the Dinosaurs

Publishers Weekly liked it a lot, and gave it a review which included the following: “Standouts include Mike Resnick’s “Bad News from the Vatican,” which follows up on the idea of a robot pope, and Elizabeth Bear’s “The Hand Is Quicker” which explores the nature of addiction and perception in a society obsessed with virtual reality.”

Lois Tilton at Locus reviewed it positively and says of my story, “…cynical move worthy of the master at his most depressing.” (I have just been compared to Robert Silverberg and not found wanting. This is a career highlight.)

And Library Journal says, “Standouts include Connie Willis’s adorably weird ‘Silverberg, Satan, and Me or Where I Got the Idea for My Silverberg Story for this Anthology’ and Elizabeth Bear’s bleak future of false facades ‘The Hand is Quicker.’ …These stories will resonate most with readers familiar with Silverberg’s work, often being playful riffs on his famous stories or novels, but the tales can be enjoyed on their own merits as well.” [full review not available online]

Well done us, I’d say. It’s available April 30th.

Also out soon–May 13th!–is DEAD MAN’S HAND, an anthology of Weird West tales edited by John Joseph Adams.

Table of Contents:

Introduction—John Joseph Adams
The Red-Headed Dead—Joe R. Lansdale
The Old Slow Man and His Gold Gun From Space—Ben H. Winters
Hellfire on the High Frontier—David Farland
The Hell-Bound Stagecoach—Mike Resnick
Stingers and Strangers—Seanan McGuire
Bookkeeper, Narrator, Gunslinger—Charles Yu
Holy Jingle—Alan Dean Foster
The Man With No Heart—Beth Revis
Wrecking Party—Alastair Reynolds
Hell from the East—Hugh Howey
Second Hand—Rajan Khanna
Alvin and the Apple Tree—Orson Scott Card
Madam Damnable’s Sewing Circle—Elizabeth Bear
Strong Medicine—Tad Williams
Red Dreams—Jonathan Maberry
Bamboozled—Kelley Armstrong
Sundown—Tobias S. Buckell
La Madre Del Oro—Jeffrey Ford
What I Assume You Shall Assume—Ken Liu
The Devil’s Jack—Laura Anne Gilman
The Golden Age—Walter Jon Williams
Neversleeps—Fred Van Lente
Dead Man’s Hand—Christie Yant

This includes my story “Madame Damnable’s Sewing Circle,” the seed that eventually grew into Karen Memory (out from Tor next year). So if you’d like a little foretaste of that–and tastes of the Weird West from all these other wonderful writers–here’s a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.

Publishers’ Weekly is equally complimentary of this one, and calls my contribution “impeccably crafted.” They’ve also got me gagging to read the Lansdale, Liu, and Williams contributions. And honestly, I’m so excited to get my hands on my author copy, it’s a little nuts.

Squeee!

We don’t need luck. We have guns.

April 15th, 2014

The awesome news just keeps on coming.

1) I just sold my Moscow metro dog story, “This Chance Planet,” to Ellen Datlow at Tor.com. No word yet on when you can read it, but soon, my lovelies. Soooon.

2) Zombies, Run! Season three kicks off tomorrow, April 16th. I wrote a story for it! So did Janni Lee Simner! So did some other folks you might know. Ahem.

3) Here I am at Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog talking about My Favorite Bit of Steles of the Sky.

4) I’m a stretch goal for the Storium kickstarter. This is an awesome online interactive storytelling/roleplaying engine with a variety of settings. I’m providing jazzpunk.

5) Tim Cooper’s War for the Oaks reader project book kickstarter. Awesome photos of awesome people reading an awesome book in an awesome city.

The future is in your hands. Go vote.

April 12th, 2014

This is shameless shilling post where I urge you, Citizen In Good Standing Of The Internets, to go vote for the Locus Award and the Gemmell Award.

Possibly even for my work.

Or for somebody else’s work that you think is awesome.

The Gemmell Award closes at midnight GMT, 13 April 2014, and you can vote here.

The Locus Award closes on tax day (USA) and you can vote here. I’m a write-in candidate on this one.

April 12th, 2014

Hey look, here I am being interviewed by Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy–about worldbuilding, the Eternal Sky, and, er, being wrong.

Pretty hype machine

April 10th, 2014

Spin, pretty hype machine! SPIIIN!

*cackles*
*waves coal-dust-blackened hands and capers*
*goes back to shoveling*

More links and reviews and interviews and guest blogs and news! It’s BOOK WEEK*!

Clink on the pretty picture for an excerpt of the novel at Tor.com!

First of all: here I am interviewed at the blog of Hugo-award nominated Apex Publications by the inimitable Fran Wilde. This interview has some more details about The Lotus Kingdoms and also about Ancestral Night, and also a bit of information about The Republic of Elves** I mean, An Apprentice to Elves, which is the long-delayed sequel to A Companion to Wolves.

It also has a book giveaway! Involving selfies and twitter hashtags. Ahem.

I’m talking some trash over at Terrible Minds, courtesy of the lovely and talented Chuck Wendig.

Paul Weimer reviews Steles of the Sky at the Hugo-award-winning fanzine SF Signal.

Victoria Frerichs at Romantic Times also liked it.

Aidan Moher is excited about the Lotus Kingdoms announcement.

Oh, and… my boyfriend said nice things about my book.

And, just to balance the karmic scales, I said a few nice things about Diane Duane over here.

And now, time to eat some lunch and write some elves. Wolves. Both, really.


*It’s like storming Normandy, only without the machine guns and Rommel’s asparagus.
**Scott totally came up with that, so I don’t feel bad using it.

Steles of the Sky, and Eternal Sky news that you have to chase a link to see…

April 8th, 2014

It’s book day!

And MOAR NEWS!

Today is Steles of the Sky‘s birthday, and I’m so excited I may be having heart flutters over here. There’s something about the long setup on a series, and the eventual payoff, that… okay, so when I used to run tabletop RPGs a lot more than I have time for now, there was this moment when my players always knew they’d stumbled on The Awful Troof–cracked the campaign wide open, basically, and found the central mystery and aw-hell moment.

Because I would start grinning this particular delighted maniacal grin.

The great joy for me as a storyteller is the moment when the person I’m telling the story to figures out what’s up. And I have been just dying to tell everybody the rest of this story for years now.

So you can imagine how excited I currently am.

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In celebration of the day, there’s GUEST POSTS!

Here’s a post at SF Signal on writing special-needs characters in SFF.

Here’s a post at the Locus blog regarding noveling as an argument with one’s self.

And here’s my Big Idea post at the Whatever, where my second Item of News for the week is revealed.

News! Awesome news!

Book Week! And Zombies!

April 7th, 2014

This is going to be a big week here in Bearland, and it’s not just about Steles of the Sky dropping tomorrow.

I have a couple of exciting bits of news. The second will be over at Whatever tomorrow, buried at the bottom of a Big Idea post. The first, however, is that I can now tell you what one of the sekrit projekts I was working on earlier this year was.

That’s right. I wrote a script for Zombies, Run! season 3. I’m so stupidly excited about this, and now I get to tell you!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of the game–which involves fleeing zombies and chasing a very cool narrative while you get your daily exercise–and when Naomi Alderman and Six to Start approached me to see if I’d be interested in doing a script, I about melted from the sheer force of my compressed squee.

And I had so much fun writing it, you guys. The thing I love about scripts and existing characters is the sheer opportunity to write snark and banter, and this was like getting paid to write fanfic for a property I adore. (And getting plot hints, too, since I needed to know something about where the story was going to work, obviously.)

But I couldn’t talk about it until, well, now. BUT NOW IT CAN BE TOLD.

Squee! Squee! Squee!

Season 3 rolls out a little later this month, and my episode is #38: “We’re Needed.” But that does mean, if you haven’t been playing, there’s about a hundred hours of content already available in Seasons 1 & 2.

Really good content, with awesome characters and an diverse cast and Real Big Feels. (Try sobbing while jogging sometime. It’s hard.) Also, it turns out running from zombies is an awesome way to beat your usual interval time.

You don’t actually have to run to play the game–it works while walking, or skateboarding, or bicycling (careful with that–requires headphones), or wheeling in your wheelchair, if that’s how you roll. It works on a treadmill or elliptical. And it works with whatever music you usually work out to–the game is designed to integrate with existing playlists. (Though my copy has problems with really long playlists, so I broke my workout mix into a bunch of shorter groupings.)

tl;dr: ZOMBIES, SQUEEE!


But, you know, while I’m here… Steles of the Sky is dropping tomorrow!

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Barnes and Noble * Amazon * Audible * Powell’s * Amazon UK * Mysterious Galaxy

(For crying out loud, buy it for the art, even if you don’t like me. That’s Donato Giancola and Ellisa Mitchell. It doesn’t get any better than that.)

Ancestral Night, or, a funny thing happened on the way to the slushpile.

March 20th, 2014

So about that awesome news I mentioned–

I have just licensed world rights (including translation and audio) for two far-future Big-Idea space operas to Simon Spanton at Gollancz. The first, entitled Ancestral Night, will be out in autumn of 2016.

The Gollancz press release is here.

I’m thrilled!

Karen Memory enters revisions, and a Steles of the Sky excerpt.

March 7th, 2014

It’s that time. I’ve started the final revision pass on Karen Memory. So far, I’m working through the bits that only need tweaks, because the earlier chapters have already had several editing passes, after all. (One of the many ways all that Useful Writing Advice doesn’t work for me–several times over the course of any given book, I have to go back and restructure the early bits and add things and move stuff around, or the book doesn’t go forward. I can’t always just make notes and keep going.)

Soon, my pretties. Soon. Soon.

But for the meantime, we’re in Earbrass Country. (“We can’t stop here!”)

I spent the last four days shoveling out from under a bucket of post-novel ennui after finishing a short story tentatively called “No Place to Dream, but a Place to Die.” There were a lot of movies and a certain number of books and even more Bejeweled, I’m afraid.

In other news, it’s coming up on a month to publication for Steles of the Sky, and I am psyched! Tor.com has the first chunk up as an excerpt if you just can’t wait to get started.

Whee!