The audio performance of my story “Freia in the Sunlight” is out now on the Escape Pod website:  click here to listen to it for free.

Shaelyn Grey did a fantastic job reading the story:  many thanks to her, producer Mat Weller, Escape Pod editor-in-chief Norm Sherman, and the entire crew of Escape Pod.

There’s that time that photographers call the magic hour, when the sunlight goes amber and sideways and everything asserts its own common sense. And then there’s dusk, when the streetlamps try—and fail—to hold onto that amber and the stars check in for duty. But in between, there’s that moment that Magritte painted and Stevens called a rabbit-light, where both the sun and streetlamps are defined by where they are not: What I like about both those artists is that they didn’t use that moment as a metaphor for transition or being caught in between (don’t use the “T” word now, it’s lost to us for a while) but instead as the point of balance.

My story “Lost Wax” is out in the August issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction, available now in bookstores, from the Asimov’s site, and through most e-book sources, including iTunes and Amazon.  Yeast-tech!  Augur Bird!  A visit to Ma’am Roenard’s Cuttlefish Cabaret!  Here’s a sample:

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I attended the 2013 Nebula Awards ceremony, thanks to a generous invitation from Sheila Williams, editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, to sit at the Dell magazine’s table.

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At the Nebula Banquet with (from left) Jay Lake, Sheila Williams, and Ken Liu

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I’ve sold my story “Spinning the Thread” to Kaleidotrope, for publication sometime in 2014.  It’s sort of a historical fantasy gangster horror story. Sort of.  And, along with “Lost Wax” upcoming in the Asimov’s August issue, one of a set of transformational love stories.  Sort of.

 

My ideas for stories are not so much building blocks as they are bait.  I hold them out in some wild corner of my thoughts (the palm at the end of the mind) and wait days/weeks/months while the stories flitter at the edge of sight, and (readiness is all) hope for one to alight.

I’m working on two stories inspired by the “Did you know…” section of Wikipedia’s main page, which I use as a homepage. One is based on the medieval hunting ritual of Unmaking crossed with an article on the Glass Delusion of Charles VI, and the other is based on the phenomenon of the Prisoner’s Cinema. I honestly ain’t give a damn if Wikipedia is accurate: it’s a wackypedia grab-bag of story ideas…

Here’s some handy (and inspiring!) advice from a stack of great authors, including Gene Wolfe, Neil Gaiman, Jane Yolen, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, Joe Haldeman, etc. etc. etc.  I am also somehow mixed up in there, and very very honored to be so.

Shared Worlds: Hand in Hand

Shared Worlds is a great program, and supported by some extraordinary people.  Speaking of extraordinary, the tireless Teri Goulding organized this Hand in Hand project, as well as last year’s very very cool Critter Corral.

Update: the ever-generous Mr. Gaiman blogged about the Hand in Hand project and Buzz Feed picked it up and it’s all gone a bit virus-y.  Here are some pages with my hand and/or quote on it.  And a video.  Wacky.  I’m even misquoted, which I find inordinately pleasing.

I’m delighted to have sold my story “Bloom” to Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine.  I first drafted it at the 2010 Clarion Writers’ Workshop, and started looking at it again a couple of months ago.  It should appear sometime in late 2013.  My story “Lost Wax” will be appearing in the August issue of Asimov’s.

The always-excellent SF Signal podcast recommends my story “The Telling” for a Hugo Award.

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