February 2, 2018

Just a couple of links to share:

This month’s issue of Lightspeed includes my December movie reviews: The Shape of Water, The Man Who Invented Christmas, and The Last Jedi.  I feel like I’ve talked about all these movies a lot, but the fun challenge of writing these reviews is to arrange my thoughts in a compact and cogent form that also maybe says something about the genre, the tropes, the movie’s thematic cohesiveness, and so on.  I think just about every movie is saying something, whether it means to or not, and I always like to try to suss out what that is.

The February issue of Locus Magazine has a cover interview with me.  I knew this was on the way. What I didn’t expect was that I’d be sharing the cover with Ursula K. Le Guin’s obituary. I’m a kind of a mess over that, especially since in the interview I talk about Le Guin’s influence on me — namely, writing across genres, writing anything and everything, and not really worrying about categories.  If I ever have even a fraction of the career she did…

Also included in the issue is the 2017 Recommended Reading List. Just in time to get some reading in as award-nominating season starts.  I have two works on the list: my short story “I Have Been Drowned in Rain,”  and Bannerless, the little novel that could. I need to go back and check, but I think this is the first time one of my novels has made the Locus Recommended list. So you know, there’s always more milestones to cross.



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