Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (co-author of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist) is not a work of speculative fiction. Or so I thought until I turned the first page. Nothing in Boy Meets Boy defies the laws of physics. The novel doesn’t feature any technological advances beyond cell phones and instant messaging. It’s not … More Why It’s Fantasy When Boy Meets Boy
I’m writing in Brisbane, Australia, for my “Australia tour” in the lead-up to World Con next week. Been visiting the fabulous Peter Ball and the inimitable Chris Lynch, hatching ideas for gonzo stories about puppet occupations and were-raves and the like. Can’t wait to be reunited with more Clarion South-mates in just a few short days! Just … More World Con Countdown Plus Queer Spec Fic!
Ack! This is the obligatory oh-dear-I-haven’t-posted-for-more-than-a-month post. I’ve been traveling near non-stop for work for the past couple of months, including a few not-fun episodes of being stranded in airports past 4 am. This lifestyle has not been conducive to active participation in the blogosphere. However (seamless transition), it has been conducive to a fair amount … More In Which I am Surprised to Be Reading Several Series
A highly enjoyable flick. Not quite as tight as the first one was, but it definitely didn’t jump the shark. The two-villains thing works fine when one villain is paying the other, rather than a cheesy team-up. And the Black Widow wasn’t so much a love interest as an extra special effect that flirted … More Iron Man 2 Verdict
… are among the topics that came up in David Grossman’s interview of me over at io9, along with some discussion of my short story, “Tio Gilberto and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts.” Check the interview out here in case you didn’t catch it yet. David had some great questions and it’s cool to see io9 initiating … More Ghost stories, Ursula Le Guin, and Gay Trading Cards…
I didn’t catch the opening of Iron Man 2 yet, but several things I’ve read about the movie have got me worried. I have no expectation that it will be as good as the first one; I’d be happy with merely decent. My worry is that the Iron Man movie franchise has already completely jumped … More Five Signs a Superhero Movie Franchise Has Jumped the Shark
Just finished reading From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain by Minister Faust. The novel is a hilarious send-up of the superhero genre, told in the form of a self-help book for superheroes: “When Being A Superhero Can’t Save You from Yourself – Self-Help for Today’s Hyper-Hominids.” The novel is narrated by Dr. Eva Brain-Silverman, who … More Superhero Self-Help
My short story, “Tio Gilberto and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts,” is now available for free online at Realms of Fantasy’s website. It’s also being featured next week in io9’s short-story reading club. The short story club is a new feature at io9, and the first few stories featured included stories by Isaac Asimov and Elizabeth Bear, so it’s a … More Tio Gilberto All Over the Internets!
That’s a paraphrase of the opening line of M.T. Andersen’s Feed, a young adult novel about an eerily familiar future in which everyone is connected to a neural feed, which transmits information, messages, and lots of advertising directly into your brain 24-7. The story mainly follows a group of teenagers as they hang out, date, and consume. … More Went to the Moon for Spring Break but the Moon Turned Out to Completely Suck
I caught the debut of Matt Smith (the new Doctor on Doctor Who) on On Demand yesterday. (I love On Demand, BTW. I do wonder, though, why every On Demand program I’ve used has an outright user-hostile interface, but I imagine within a few years some entrepeneurial lass or lad will correct that and do quite … More The New Doctor