I love Starship Sofa. A great podcasting group. Now I have the honour of being amongst the luminaries. My story “Song for the Asking”, first published in Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R Delany, is now up as a podcast. Sit back and listen.
I have finished a novella and I am submitting it about. I also have a flash piece out there, hoping to find a home.
I am currently working on a short fantasy piece. But it really feels like pulling teeth. Don’t know why. I also have the bones of a new novella, just waiting for flesh.
A busy start to the new year.
Once again, I have received an Honorable Mention for the Writers of the Future Award for the first quarter, 2012. My previous Honorable Mention was for last year.
Of course I would have loved to have won, but an Honorable Mention is a nice place to be. It’s better than no mention at all. And having received it twice now informs me that at least I am not going backward in my writing, which is aways good to know.
Kind words from the esteemed Gwyneth Jones, who states the following:
“Respect for the traditions of genre, uniformly solid writing and a refreshingly international feel, what more could you ask? Cunningly placed for Christmas shoppers, The Immersion Book of SF bodes well for Carmelo Rafala’s Brighton based Immersion Press.”
Along with good reviews from Gardner Dozois and Rich Horton in LOCUS, this is a great way to end the year.
Links round up:
Visit Gwyneth Jones and read her excellent blog.
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The incredible Charles Tan conducts an interview with me over at the reknowned SF Signal website. We talk all things SF, including The Immersion Book of SF, fiction, Immersion Press, and, well, you go read the rest.
SF Signal is a great place for news and reviews of all things going on in the world of speculative fiction. I am very stoked to be on the site, as it is one of the best places to go for SF, and there is something there for everyone. You could, literally, spend a whole day going through all the great information there.
So go on! Get going!
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I’ve read Lavie Tidhar’s story, “The Night Train” at Strange Horizons. One thing I gotta say about Lavie is that his prose is tighter than a man-kini and his pacing is off the wall frenetic. A wonderful storyteller, Lavie’s story in this magazine is nothing short of excellent. The central character is interesting and a bit mysterious herself.
The one thing I like about a Lavie Tidhar story is that even though the story seems resolved, there are enough tiny holes left–either in character background or overall world-building–that make you want to know more. I don’t know if he does this on purpose or not, but it sure as hell works.
Next up, I am eagerly waiting for his short novel “Cloud Permutations”. Until then, it’s time to finish Chris Wooding’s “Retribution Falls”.
The good news is that Gareth D Jones (not to be confused with Gareth Owens) will be editing The Immersion Book of Steampunk. I met Gareth at Eastercon and he is a great guy and a good author to boot. He will do an exceptional job in the role. The book is scheduled to be released tentatively by late 2011.
The Immersion Book of SF is in final tweaking. I can’t wait to get this beast off my back and into your loving hands. Then I will move on to The Immersion Book of SF Vol 2, also for a late 2011 release.
In the meantime, roll on the summer!