Where to Find your Bear

January 5th, 2014

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 University, 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 at 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
  • SF Bokhandeln Gothenberg
  • SF Bokhandeln Malmo
  • Fantastik Copenhagen
  • (exact dates eventually)

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)

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!

Finishing things, and also an award longlist.

March 1st, 2014

I have finished the draft of “No Place to Dream, but a Place to Die.” It needs the thematic and character arc shored up a bunch on the revision, but the plot is there, and that’s all I care about right now. More to follow.

But first, I have my edit letter for Karen Memory, and starting tomorrow that needs to be happening. Wow, it’s such a damned nice feeling to get things off my desk.

Often, working on a novel feels like spinning your wheels for months and months and months–because there’s work, endless work, and it’s all on the same thing, and it never feels like you will get to get your brain back and do something new. But the end is in sight, here.

And not to bury the lede, but! Shattered Pillars is longlisted for the David Gemmell Legend Award! (So is a book by that boy I like, ahem.) And EVERYBODY ON THE INTERNET CAN VOTE ONCE.

Ahem.

Two more Steles of the Sky reviews and it’s cocktail time.

February 26th, 2014

Yeah, I have a problem. I’m working on a short story, but I have the Post-Novel Ennui, and my head has that empty dustbunnies-rolling-over-the-floor feeling I get when I have used up all my brain. So I have emailed the editor, and let him know that I am Out Of Clever, and the story may be a little late.

Fortunately, the editor in question is a good egg, and seems to understand.

This is happening more often, lately. I’m not sure if it’s due to increasing demands, or due to me getting old. In any case, I’m trying hard to say “no” to more projects, even though that’s stupidly hard.

But I need to make myself space to be creative.

Anyway, I took today off. I took the dog for a walk, and I’m catching up on recipe blogs. And I made myself a Delicious Cocktail. It’s a Clover Club. I even made my own grenadine. And I walked over to the co-op to get pomegranate juice. (Our local co-op is a wonderland. It’s the size of a large broom closet and has one of everything. It’s also the only grocery store in town. I came home with pomegranate juice, habanero jelly, dark chocolate, and sticky brown rice. Seriously. Rural town of 3000 people.)

Here’s a photo of my pretty pink drink:

The home-made grenadine gives a lighter color than the commercial stuff, but the commercial stuff is 70% HFCS and 30% red dye #5 with a dash of citric acid. I’ll go with home made.

Delicious.

Earlier, I reported that Steles of the Sky had scored the coveted starred review from Kirkus. Well, it got one from Publishers Weekly, too. And much less spoilery! (There are spoilers for previous volumes in both reviews!)

I do indulge myself to quote:

Bear’s stellar conclusion to her Mongolian-flavored fantasy trilogy (after Range of Ghosts and Shattered Pillars) is a satisfying mix of traditional epic fantasy elements, flavored with original magic and grounded with mundane details that make the fantastic seem entirely possible. As the skies shift, reflecting the mortals in power and their associated gods, forces align to support or challenge wizard al-Sepehr as he wages war in the name of the Scholar-God. Warrior Re Temur and his allies travel to Dragon Lake to rally the opposition with Temur’s declaration of his assumption of the position of Khagan, heir to his grandfather’s empire. Battles are fought on both a personal level and a grand scale, with artifacts of obscure ancient civilizations, spirit animals, magical creatures, and poetry and politics. The conclusion is both untelegraphed and completely appropriate. Bear’s trilogy makes a rich contribution to epic fantasy’s expanding borders of emotion and invention.

And we didn’t quite get the starred review trifecta, alas… but Booklist really, really liked it:

Steles of the Sky
Bear, Elizabeth (Author)

Apr 2014. 384 p. Tor, hardcover, $26.99. (9780765327567). Tor, e-book, (9781429947688).

Bear concludes the epic begun in Range of Ghosts with her usual subversive flair. Temur and his companions begin this volume in the city of Reason, exploring ancient places and magics; they must make their way to Dragon Lake to declare Temur Khagan and gather an army against the terrible forces of Al-Sepehr. Edene, having effected her own rescue, contends with the terrible sun of Erem and the voice of the Green Ring. Al-Sepehr plans to use Saadet’s son, Quori Buqa’s son, to contest Temur’s claim on the Eternal Sky. There are, of course, other threads to be woven together: those who would fight at Temur’s side, and those who have taken the side of Al-Sepehr. Everything leads to a great and terrible battle at Dragon Lake, at which the very fate of the world may well be decided. The world of the Eternal Sky is a gorgeously fleshed-out one, and the characters without exception fascinating, sometimes maddening, and complex. This is a pleasing conclusion to an epic; it ties up the major threads but leaves many open questions about how the world will move forward. — Regina Schroeder