It’s that time of year again. This year with the added bonus of spending most of it feeling like I was in a hole that kept getting deeper even as I clambered furiously to get out.

I’m heading into next year like Nux screaming in his war car as he heads into battle, “What a day! What a lovely day!”  Witness me, people.

Meanwhile, just to show that this was a productive year, no matter how I felt about it:

 

Novellas

“Gremlin,” May/June 2019 Asimov’s Science Fiction. This is my generational saga about women pilots and the strange creature who looks after them. I have to confess, I’m really proud of this one.  SFWA members: I’ve posted it in the Novella 2019 category over in the Forums, if you want to read it.

Dark Divide.  Cormac & Amelia #1. I’m really proud of this one, too, for different reasons. It feels good to get more of their story out there.

Badlands Witch. Cormac & Amelia #2. Ditto.

Novelettes

“Long is the Way.” This is the Wild Cards story I co-wrote with Sage Walker, over at Tor.com May 2019

“Unraveling.” My new story for the reissued version of Wild Cards IX: Jokertown Shuffle.

Short Stories

“Sidekick” appeared in Unfettered III, ed. by Shawn Speakman. It’s a superhero story, sort of.

“Marlowe and Harry and the Disinclined Laboratory,” in the February issue of Lightspeed.

“To the Beautiful Shining Twilight,” in the Jan/Feb. issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. My first-ever appearance there, with a story I wasn’t sure would work, so I’m pretty proud of this one as well.

 

And that’s 2019.

 

Badlands Witch — Tomorrow!

November 11, 2019

Tomorrow, it’s Book Birthday for Badlands Witch!  This will likely be the shortest wait between books in a series that we’ll ever have.

An archeologist hires Cormac to look at a mysterious artifact that might or might not hold some ancient magic. Seems simple enough…but nothing about this job goes as planned.

Here’s the link for ordering information.

old stories made new

October 30, 2019

A couple of stories for you! One of the great things the internet has done is made it possible to keep older stories alive. In pre-internet days, you’d publish a story in a magazine and it would often just vanish. Magazines tended to be kind of ephemeral, and it was next to impossible to find old stories, or find ways to get them to new readers.

Well, that’s totally changed. For example:

My latest story on Curious Fictions is “The Art of Fly Fishing in Low Gravity.” This only ever appeared in the 2014 FenCon Program Book. Now, everyone can read it. If you feel like subscribing to my page or dropping coffee money in the tip jar, it’s much appreciated!

Drabblecast has done a full cast recording — with appropriate music! — of my story “1977,” which first appeared in the fundraising anthology Ravens in the Library. And now it’s out in the world, in a new form, for everyone. I confess, I really like this one — it’s all about disco and time travel, and it’s just so goofy and I can just picture it all so clearly.

Enjoy!

 

bestseller buddies

October 18, 2019

I’m one of those people who’s often bemused by the very specific categories Amazon uses to generate bestseller lists. It’s a nice little egoboo for a writer, but does it mean anything? I don’t know.

But it does occasionally lead to something that makes me smile, like seeing my book right next to my friend’s book on the same list:  in this case, a new James S.A. Corey novella coming out soon.

Half the rest of that list is bear shapeshifter romance. Apparently that’s a thing?

 

A totally shameless self-serving announcement: with the release of DARK DIVIDE last week and BADLANDS WITCH next month, the entire Kitty Norville series is once again eligible for the Best Series Hugo category!

Just sayin’!

(And the series will be eligible again next year, with the release of new material in The Immortal Conquistador and Kitty’s Mix Tape!)

 

 

DARK DIVIDE, an e-book novella in which Cormac and Amelia have An Adventure, is due to go live tomorrow!

There’s still time to preorder on Amazon, Nook, and Apple.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Domingo seemed hesitant to enter the cabin, so Cormac pushed past her and took a look around.

The place had a sour, musty smell that indicated the man had been dead for a few days before he’d been found. That only contributed to the unconscious creeping fear tugging at his perception. A spot of movement at the edges of his vision. He looked, but nothing living was here. There should be mice in an uninhabited cabin like this. Bugs. Birds. Anything.

As Domingo said, the pantry was stocked. A set of shelves on the back wall was filled with canned food: vegetables, tuna, pasta. A couple of cupboards likely held more. Out of curiosity, Cormac opened a drawer and found a can opener, so that wasn’t the problem. He was willing to bet the propane tank outside was full enough to run the gas stove by the wall. In another corner stood a desk covered with USGS contour maps, pens, pencils, a stack of worn notebooks, binoculars, compass.

The bed where Weber died was a basically a cot, with a thin mattress, made up with white sheets and a government-issue-looking wool blanket, a single pillow. The pillow still held a depression, a crease where a head might have lain. The blanket had been smoothed out.

He knelt, looked under the cot, and found two things: a jackknife, blade open and ready to use, but then dropped, discarded. And a piece of bone, smooth and flattened, probably part of a rib…

Newsletter and Preorder info!

September 26, 2019

Here’s your reminder that I periodically send out a newsletter, mostly letting people know about upcoming releases. You can see the new issue here, and click to subscribe if you like.

This one has all the pre-order information for all the Kitty-related novellas and such coming out over the next six months or so, in one convenient spot! Like this:

DARK DIVIDE (Cormac and Amelia #1), due out October 10.

On Kindle

On Nook

BADLANDS WITCH (Cormac and Amelia #2), due out November 12.

On Kindle

On Nook
THE IMMORTAL CONQUISTADOR, due out in March in trade paper and e-book.

Preorder from Tachyon Publications

Enjoy!