upcoming events

October 6, 2017

I’m going to be at a few upcoming events:

This Sunday, Oct. 8, at 4:30 the Jean Cocteau Cinema is hosting a Wild Cards event. We’ve been doing these for a couple of years now and it always makes for a chaotic fun time. There’s not a lot of info on the page, but the event is ticketed, I believe.

October 27-29 is MileHi Con, here in Denver.

November 11, 7 pm, at the BookBar in Denver, I’ll be taking part in a new SciFi Reading series.

And a reminder that November 24-26, I’m Author Guest of Honor at Loscon in L.A.

I think that about covers it for now.

In other news, yes, I’ve seen Blade Runner 2049, and I liked it just fine. Not sure it’s the unmitigated masterpiece everyone says it is — I have some quibbles, the biggest one being that the third act goes a little wobbly and drags. But it’s definitely worth seeing.  The biggest thing is it feels like a Blade Runner movie should.  I’ll be writing what I expect will be an awfully long review for Lightspeed, so the rest of my thoughts will have to wait until next month.

 

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This is coming up fast, so I wanted to make sure I got the word out:  We’ve been doing these on a pretty regular basis lately, and I’m happy to say that next week, Sunday Oct. 8 at 2 pm Edit: 4 pm, we have a Wild Cards mass signing shindig in Santa Fe at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. I think something like 20 authors will be there? It’s a ticketed event, so check the link for more info.

In Helsinki, the Swedish bookstore Science Fiction Bokhandeln interviewed me (my bit starts at about the 26 min mark).

And that’s all I have today. There’s really too much going on otherwise to be able to say anything without making a hash of it. So I’ll post this. I’ve posted it before, and always seem to come back to it:

“Grief in the galaxy, is there? Oh, yes. Oceans of it. Worlds. And darkness? There you see darkness, darkness everywhere, and a few stars. A few points of light. If no plan there is, no fate, no destiny, no providence, no Force: then what is left? Nothing but our choices, hmm?

To be Jedi is to face the truth, and choose. Give off light, or darkness, Padawan. Be a candle, or the night, Padawan: but choose!”

–Yoda, in “Yoda: Dark Rendevous” by Sean Stewart

 

 

The Wild Dead – Cover!

September 25, 2017

My next novel and the sequel to Bannerless, THE WILD DEAD, will be out in July 2018 and is now available for pre-order! Here’s the cover:

why I write about war

September 15, 2017

For the release of the anthology Infinity Wars (which is going to get really confusing when the MCU movie comes out), I wrote an essay for SciFi Bulletin that explains why I write about war and the military the way I do. I mean, I write about war and the military a lot. But I rarely write about actual war, if that makes sense.

It also includes one of my favorite pictures of me and my dad.

 

two months!

September 11, 2017

Bannerless has been out for two months!  It feels like forever. It’s been a really long summer…

Later in the month we’ll be having a cover reveal for the sequel:  THE WILD DEAD.  I just broke the latest revision so I know what I’m going to be spending the next couple weeks doing…

In the meantime, the new issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction has my story “Dead Men in Central City,” which is about that one time Rick the vampire met Doc Holliday (as briefly mentioned in I think it’s Kitty’s Big Trouble).  This is a story Kitty doesn’t even know, y’all!

 

eclipse day news blast!

August 21, 2017

If all has gone according to plan, I’m currently ensconced in the path of totality watching the start of the solar eclipse. I’ll let you know how that goes!

Meanwhile, some things got posted while I was out:

URBAN ENEMIES, a new anthology edited by Joseph Nassise, includes my story “Bellum Romanum.”  One guess what it’s about. You know how I like doing origin stories for various side characters? This is an origin story for Roman.

Over at Speculative Chic I wrote an essay about My Favorite Things. Specifically my favorite things right now. None of them will be a surprise to anyone who reads the blog.

Also due out real soon:  INFINITY WARS, edited by Jonathan Strahan. I’m pleased to be in this since it’s not my usual wheelhouse. My story, “The Evening of Their Span of Days,” is about logistics.

I’m sure there’s something I’m forgetting, I’m sure of it, argh….

But hey, books! Aren’t they pretty?!

Worldcon Schedule

August 7, 2017

This week I’m at the 75th Worldcon in Helsinki. Woooooo!!!

Here’s my official convention schedule:

  • Romance and the Power of the Female Gaze:  Thursday 15:00 – 16:00, 208 (Messukeskus):  Romance novels out-sell science fiction and fantasy novels all over the world. How important is the “female gaze” in SF novels and do the best sellers in SF reflect this?

(I’m looking forward to this, because this is one of those topics where I expect to learn tremendously from my fellow panelists.)

  • DC on Screen Now: Friday 12:00 – 13:00, 102 (Messukeskus): There is a huge divide in the way the DC movies and TV shows work – DC’s superheros tend to work better on a smaller screen. The panelists talk about these, compare, contrast and critique.

(Yes, this panel has ME written all over it. Do I have opinions? Oh yes I do. I’ll be your guy in a chair.)

  • Signing: Carrie Vaughn:  Saturday 11:00 – 12:00, Signing area (Messukeskus)

(What it says on the tin. Really looking forward to the chance to chat with people.)

It’s a light schedule, which I’m actually looking forward to because it means more time enjoying the convention. And the Hugo Awards are Friday night! If you see me around, unless it looks like I’m rushing off, I’m usually happy to stop and chat and sign books on the fly.

Worldcon ho!