Hugo Nominations

March 12, 2019

This week is the deadline to get your Hugo nominations in, if you’re eligible to nominate. I posted my own work from 2018 a while back, for your consideration.

I didn’t read a lot of new stuff last year, which pretty much goes along with all the other stuff I didn’t do last year. But I do have a couple of recommendations.

I’ve talked before about C.L. Polk’s Witchmark, which has been nominated for a Nebula and is one of my favorite reads from the last couple of years. It’s Edwardian-adjacent, alternate-world fantasy, and full of heart.

The Best Series category has only been around a couple of years but it’s often contentious. I like the category because it rewards sustained work over a length of time. Having done writing like that myself, I know what an accomplishment a good series can be. Once again this year I have to recommend Wild Cards, not just because I’m one of the writers but because this is perhaps the longest-running, most involved and complex series in all of SF&F and I think it deserves the recognition. The new installments this year include Low Chicago, Texas Hold’Em, and a number of shorts.

I’m also nominating the Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers, which I’m not sure is eligible but I’m nominating it anyway. I find myself recommending these books all over the place, especially to people who don’t think they like science fiction.

There’s a special category for Best Art Book this year, just in time for Alex Ross’s Marvelocity, a massive compendium of a bunch of the work Ross has done for Marvel. Alex Ross is one of the greatest comics artists of all time, and this book is breathtaking, both in showcasing his work but also in demonstrating the care he takes with the entire legacy of Marvel comics and its heroes. He’s amazing.

I’m putting two episodes of The Expanse on my ballot for Best Dramatic Short-Form:  Ep. 3.7 “Delta V” (RIP Maneo!) and Ep. 3.11 “Fallen World.” (Confession:  Abaddon’s Gate is one of my favorite of the books in the series because of what happens in the Ring and the slowdown and all the rest. It’s super, super traumatic in the books — and the TV show nailed it. Just perfect. These two episodes pretty much bookend what I love about that particular book and are great adaptations.)



I’m trying something new. As you know I’ve written a lot of short stories over the years, and some of them appeared only in print, in now-defunct magazines or one-off anthologies, and they’ve gotten really hard to find. I’ve been thinking of ways to get them back out in the world.

So I’ve set up a page at Curious Fictions, a site where you can explore authors and stories, subscribe to their pages, and maybe drop a few bucks in the tip jar if you’re so inclined.

Here’s my page.

And here’s the first story I’ve posted:  “The Girl Who Loved Shonen Knife,” my hyperactive, anime-inspired cyberpunk romp, that originally appeared in the anthology Hanzai Japan.



new Harry and Marlowe

March 4, 2019

And now, for your edification, a new Harry and Marlowe story at Lightspeed:  Marlowe and Harry and the Disinclined Laboratory.

This fills in the gap between Harry and Marlowe Escape the Mechanical Siege of Paris and the part of the story where they become adventuring partners.



upcoming events

February 25, 2019

Today I’m busy with, well, everything, so here’s a reminder about the conventions I’ll be at this summer:

May 17-19:  KeyCon in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It’ll be my first time back in Winnipeg since I was like 10 years old, so I’m excited.

May 31- June 1: Denver Pop Culture Con, formerly Denver Comic Con.

August 15-19: Worldcon in Dublin, Ireland. I’m also planning an extra week in the country to visit as many neolithic sites as I can, since I’m still on that research obsession.

I’m looking forward to summer…


things I worry about

February 22, 2019

I worry that in the afterlife all the historical figures I’ve ever written about will come to me and tell me how I got them wrong.

Actually, that might be pretty cool.


quick Monday update

February 18, 2019

I’m a bit overwhelmed with work at the moment. I’m not sure this has anything to do with my actual level of work, but more with my mood at any given moment. Do I feel overwhelmed? Then I am overwhelmed.

On the other hand, I do have four rough drafts on my desk right now — two short stories, a short story that turned into a novella, and another novella. Hoping to get them all out on submission by the end of the month. *cracks knuckles*

News: I will be at Denver Comic Con Pop Culture Con this year. Here’s my page.

Meanwhile, I have just discovered the early Baroque music ensemble ACRONYM and I’ve listened to nothing else for two days and I’m about to run away from everything so I can go learn to play the theorbo.


more Robin Hood

February 6, 2019

As awful as that new Robin Hood movie was, I think I need to owe it some gratitude. It made me rush to re-read McKinley’s Outlaws of Sherwood, which I’ve always loved, as a palate cleanser. This time while reading it — on my December vacation, with nothing to do but sit around and read books and think about things — I got an idea.

Actually, I’ve had an idea for my own Robin Hood story for 15+ years. I’ve known the basic outline, I just needed a spark or a frame or something to get it started. With so much Robin Hood on my brain and thinking about what makes a good Robin Hood story and what makes a bad one, that spark finally happened, and I’ve been working on it. Like, a lot.

And that probably wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t gone to see that terrible, terrible Robin Hood movie.