Finishing up my series of posts on recommended speculative fiction from 2009, these are the books published in 2009 that stood out for me. Technically, these span across several categories for both the Nebula and Hugo awards, but I’m covering them all in one foul swoop – so this list includes novels, young adult books, … More Recommended Books from 2009
The Tangled Bank: Love, Wonder, & Evolution is out now! This anthology of tales of evolution celebrates Darwin’s 200th birthday and includes my story, “On the Entropy of Species,” not to mention great fiction and poetry from Carlos Hernandez, Christopher Green, Brian Stableford, Patricia Russo, Anil Menon, and a slew of other writers from around the globe. … More The Tangled Bank is Out Now!
Continuing with my recommendations of high-quality speculative fiction from 2009, here’s my personal list of recommended novelettes. As with the short stories, my reading hasn’t been anywhere near comprehensive, but these are long-short-stories I read this year that have really stuck with me: “The Gambler,” by Paolo Bacigalupi, Fast Forward 2. Interesting near-future tale about a … More Novelette Recommendations from 2009
It’s that time of year whenst folks are reflecting back on 2009 and thinking about nominations for awards and the like. Thus year, for the first time I’m actually participating in Nebula and Hugo award nominations, a task I am leaping into with both gleeful abandon and a deep weight of responsibility. These are some of my favorite … More Short Story Recommendations from 2009
For Christmas, my fab sister gave me Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. (Okay, she gave it to Hassan, but she knew I’d read it too.) Bechdel is the author/artist behind the successful and hilarious comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, and Fun Home is her autobiography in graphic form. The main thrust of … More Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is More than Fun
I’m excited to announce that the podcast of my story, “Tio Gilberto and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts,” is up at Podcastle. It’s interesting – and a bit odd – hearing someone else read a story I wrote, especially this one, which I’ve read aloud a couple of times. I like the casual tone Brian Lieberman reads the story … More Listen to Tio Gilberto at Podcastle
I recently got word that a story of mine will be published in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, a very cool zine published by Gavin Grant and Kelly Link at Small Beer Press. LCRW is like the sacred madre patria for writers of weird stuff, so I’m pretty geeked out to have a story published with them. I first wrote this particular story … More Another Story Coming Soon
OK, so I just finished reading Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and it made me oh-so-angry. (In case either of the two other people who still haven’t read this 100-million-copy-selling book happen to be reading, I’ll try to leave this spoiler free.) Simply put, no writer should be allowed to get away with writing a … More Agatha Christie Oh How You Make Me Angry
I recently got the news that my short story, “On the Entropy of Species,” will be appearing in The Tangled Bank, an e-anthology of stories on Charles Darwin and evolution coming out in just a few weeks. The anthology commemorates Darwin’s 200th birthday as well as the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin … More Story Coming Soon in The Tangled Bank
Realms of Fantasy has a spiffy new web site up, including lots of new content, a free PDF of the current issue, and a reader awards poll for the best story and illustration of 2009. Check it out here.