It’s a cover reveal and some terrible teasing!

October 4th, 2014

It’s a cover reveal and some terrible teasing!

A couple of weeks ago, I had an emergency need for some amazing art, and I naturally emailed my friend Jenna Kass, a NYC-based illustrator. I had in mind licensing an old piece of hers, but she was no longer satisfied with the quality of that work, and so we struck a deal that she’d do me a new painting.

And she did. (She tells the story here. I honestly did not mean to give anyone apoplexy!)

So, dear readers, as some of you have commented, it’s currently impossible to get an ebook copy of Whiskey and Water, what with it being out of print and all.

Well, without further ado let me present the new cover for Whiskey and Water.

And because I am a horrible tease, details will follow–soon, I promise!–as to how you can get your very own copy! (Ebook only currently, but we’ll see what happens.)

My Least Favorite Trope

September 12th, 2014

So basically this is Fran Wilde’s fault, because I was on a tear about it the other night and she told me I needed to write a blog post. So here’s a blog post. (Does anybody even read blogs anymore? Tap, tap, is this thing on? “140 characters is all anyone will ever need.”)

My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and–cod help me–Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

I thought for a minute that Guardians of the Galaxy was going to pull off a subversion. They were so close. All they had to do was have somebody make the point that We Survived The Magic Radiation Because We All Worked Together, but no, it’s the pure fucking light of Chris Pratt’s Y chromosome that rescues the day again.

This is the part where I point out my love for Farscape, in part for not falling for this shit–in fact, for relentlessly subverting the Corn-Fed White American Dude Goes To Space And Brings American Values To The Natives narrative. In part by showing space and aliens driving Crichton nuts, and in part by surrounding him with endless competent awesome women.**

You know, I’ve taken a lot of responsibility in my life, and never once has it resulted in me becoming a Chosen One. I guess it’s the lack of a broken chromosome.

Anyway. So tired of that narrative. Somebody please write me the book or movie where it turns out that the chick was the Chosen One all along?

*Remember Bulletproof Monk? Neither does anybody else, except me, and that’s because it pissed me off. It’s really fun to watch Toronto cosplay New York ineffectually throughout the movie, though.

**Also, one of my dearest friends and favorite people basically is Aeryn Sun, so yeah.

Belated updatery…

September 11th, 2014

Bless me internets, for I have sinned. It has been over three months since my last post. In that time, I’ve been to seven (7) different countries, seen two books published, and seen more conventions and book signings than I can completely remember.

I did bring you something to make up for it, though! “Covenant,” a new science fiction story by me. At Slate. For free!

MEN IN IMPRACTICAL ARMOR!

May 28th, 2014

“Abjure the Realm”–what was probably the very first published story (there was a complete mess of a trunk novella written in 1994. We don’t talk about it.) set in the world that eventually developed into the Eternal Sky–is being reprinted in the forthcoming anthology Men In Impractical Armor… I mean, Warriors and Wizardry… along with a really impressive slate of others.

Forthcoming November 11th!

(via Table of Contents: THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF WARRIORS AND WIZARDRY Edited by Sean Wallace – SF Signal)

Here’s the table of contents…

“Small Magic” by Jay Lake
“King Rainjoy’s Tears” by Chris Willrich
“A Rich Full Week” by K.J. Parker
“The Woman in Scarlet” by Tanith Lee
“Flotsam” by Bradley P. Beaulieu
“A Warrior’s Death” by Aliette de Bodard
“A Siege of Cranes” by Benjamin Rosenbaum
“Fox Bones. Many Uses.” by Alex Dally MacFarlane
“Where Virtue Lives” by Saladin Ahmed
“The Effigy Engine: A Tale of the Red Hats” by Scott Lynch
“Strife Lingers in Memory” by Carrie Vaughn
“A Sweet Calling” by Tony Pi
“The Necromancer” by N.K. Jemisin
“Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
“Effigy Nights” by Yoon Ha Lee
“Wearaway and Flambeau” by Matthew Hughes
“At the Edge of Dying” by Mary Robinette Kowal
“Vici” by Naomi Novik
“Abjure the Realm” by Elizabeth Bear
“The Word of Azrael” by Matthew David Surridge
“Lady of the Ghost Willow” by Richard Parks
“The Singing Spear” by James Enge
“So Deep That the Bottom Could Not Be Seen” by Genevieve Valentine
“Warrior Dreams” by Cinda Williams Chima
“The Magician and the Maid and Other Stories” by Christie Yant

Final cover comps for One-Eyed Jack.

May 27th, 2014

Soon, my pretties.

Soon.

Soon.

in a garden full of angels you will never be alone

May 26th, 2014

The second to last episode of Shadow Unit is up now. It’s called “Asylum,” and it’s be C. L. Polk and me.

It’s taken 7 years, 10 writers, 3 editors, 1 illustrator, 1 photographer, 2 geeks, 1 book designer, 1 accountant, and 1 web ghoul.

And countless fans.

And we’re actually about to bring this motherfucker home. 

Tonight, on Shadow Unit.

Everything changes.

I mean, even more so than usual.

Reprint news!

May 5th, 2014

The hits keep coming!

Check out this awesome pile of books!

(Not pictured: Magic City: Recent Spells, edited by Paula Guran. Also, Notice how subtly I slip a plug for the Dozois/Martin edited Rogues in there, seeing as how my boyfriend has a story in it. Or possibly I’m just gloating over having scored an ARC.

Armageddon Rag is in the pile because I happen to be reading it currently.)

If you have a shortage of stuff to read, I can offer two (2) reprint stories in anthologies, a translation, and an essay to go with two (2) new stories in anthologies (as previously discussed) also coming out very shortly.

First off, a Swedish translation of “The Ghost Makers” is forthcoming in the online zine Einhorningen. I’m looking forward to that! Also, my essay “Dear Science Fiction, I’m Glad We Had This Talk,” is being reprinted in the anthology Far Orbit, edited by Bascomb James.

And! But! Also!

Here are a couple more ToCs to pique your interest.

Table of Contents (authors in alphabetical order):

“Paranormal Romance,” Christopher Barzak
“The Slaughtered Lamb,” Elizabeth Bear
“The Land of Heart’s Desire,” Holly Black
“Seeing Eye,” Patricia Briggs
“De la Tierra,” Emma Bull
“Curses,” Jim Butcher
“Dog Boys,” Charles de Lint
“Snake Charmer,” Amanda Downum
“Street Wizard,” Simon R. Green
“-30-,” Caitlín R. Kiernan
“Stone Man,”
Nancy Kress “Pearlywhite”
Mark Laidlaw & John Shirley
“In the Stacks,” Scott Lynch
“Spellcaster 2.0,” Jonathan Maberry
“Kabu Kabu,” Nnedi Okorafor
“Stray Magic,” Diana Peterfreund
“The Woman Who Walked with Dogs,” Mary Rosenblum”
“Wallamelon,” Nisi Shawl “Grand Central Park,” Delia Sherman
“Words,” Angela Slatter
“Alchemy,” Lucy Sussex
“A Voice Like a Hole,” Catherynne M. Valente
“The Arcane Art of Misdirection,” Carrie Vaughn
“Thief of Precious Things,” A.C. Wise

Table of Contents:

“Only the End of the World Again” by Neil Gaiman
“The Bleeding Shadow” by Joe R. Lansdale
“Love is Forbidden, We Croak & Howl” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
“Bulldozer” by Laird Barron
“A Quarter to Three” by Kim Newman
“Inelastic Collisions” by Elizabeth Bear
“That of Which We Speak When We Speak of the Unspeakable” by Nick Mamatas
“Red Goat Black Goat” by Nadia Bulkin
“Jar of Salts” and “Haruspicy” by Gemma Files
“Black is the Pit From Pole to Pole” by Howard Waldrop and Steven Utley
“I’ve Come to Speak with You Again” by Karl Edward Wagner
“The Sect of the Idiot” by Thomas Ligotti
“The Dappled Things” by William Browning Spencer
“The Same Deep Waters as You” by Brian Hodge
“Remnants” by Fred Chappell
“Waiting at the Cross Roads” by Steve Rasnic Tem
“Children of the Fang” by John Langan

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.