Ghost stories, Ursula Le Guin, and Gay Trading Cards…

… 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 some discussion of LGBT themes in spec fic. The interview is part of io9’s new “short story club” discussion group, a very cool feature showcasing a different SF short story each week – and the stories are always available online for free, somewhere across the vast lands of the internets.

In other Tio Gilberto-related news, Realms of Fantasy just announced its first annual Reader Awards, and John Kaiine’s illustration of the story was the runner-up in the art category.  It’s a gorgeous illustration, so it’s not surprising that many Realms readers loved it.  Congrats, John!

Tio Gilberto All Over the Internets!

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 thrill and an honor to be in such amazing company. 

BTW, io9 is one of the coolest places on the internets for sci-fi goodness, as exemplified by recent posts such as 38 reasons why Iron Man is cooler than Darth Vader, Patrick Stewart Explains How Shakespeare Prepares You for Science Fiction Acting, or 20 Great Infodumps from Science Fiction Novels.  Definitely worth adding to your RSS and/or regular routine of obsessive blog-checking. 

Anyway, I’m looking forward to the discussion of “Tio Gilberto” at io9 next Saturday. Many thanks to David Grossman at io9 and Doug Cohen and the gang at Realms for making Gilberto’s internet tour possible!

Tio Gilberto is Getting Around

I’ve recently gotten a couple of bits of good news about my short story, “Tio Gilberto and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts,” which is still out on bookstores in the current issue of Realms of Fantasy

The first bit of news is that the story will be reprinted in PodCastle, the online fantasy podcast magazine.  This will be the first time that one of my stories will be published in audio form, so I’m pretty psyched to hear it performed. 

The other bit of news is that “Tio Gilberto” seems to have made its way on to SFWA’s Nebula Suggested Reading List.  It’s a long list, of course, with 30+ stories just in the short story category, but, hey, it’s nice to be “suggested!”

Had a very hectic couple weeks at work, hence the recent radio silence. But things are starting to calm down a bit now, so hopefully I should be getting back to the usual semi-regular posting rhythm….

Story Out in Realms of Fantasy

I got my contributor copy of the latest issue of Realms of Fantasy, which includes my story, “Tío Gilberto and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts.”  First thing I have to say is, it’s so cool to see this story in print!  Especially in such a great magazine, and especially after that long couple months where Realms had closed and it seemed like the story would need to find a new home. I’m really glad that Realms seems be having such a successful re-launch.

Second thing I have to say is, I *love* John Kaiine’s illustration for the story. I look at that gorgeous painting and think to myself, that is a gorgeous work of art.  And then I think, whoa, something I wrote was the original inspiration for that work of art.  Sort of mind-boggling.  And, I have to admit, I thought it would be a hard story to illustrate, what with 27 out of 30 significant characters being invisible.  But Kaiine did it masterfully, showing a scene where the protagonist is performing in front of his uncle Gilberto and a room full of ghosts.  The empty mismatched chairs (a feather boa flung over one of them), the piano and the black and white television in the background, the wisps of smoke from Gilberto’s cigarette giving the entire painting an ethereal feel…. He’s managed to cram in so many little details from the story, but, more importantly, I think he captured the feel of it – a sense of lighthearted fun, but with something haunting just beneath the surface. 

Last thing I have to say is, I’m honored to be in some pretty amazing company on this table of contents: Kristine Kathryn Rusch, William R Eakin, S.E. Ward, and Jay Lake.   I have a feeling I’ll be up late tonight reading their stories….

Coming to a Bookstore Near You

ROF Oct 2009It looks like my short story, “Tio Gilberto and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts,” will be appearing in the next issue of Realms of Fantasy.  You can go ahead and subscribe now to make sure you don’t miss it.

This is a story that’s close to my heart, so I’m especially excited to see it in print.  And I can’t wait to see John Kaiine’s illustration for it!  I think it should be out by early September.

Realms is Back!

It looks like Realms of Fantasy is not closing after all.  I’m thrilled not only because it means we get to see more stories from one of our strongest Fantasy publications (especially for magic realism), but also because it means my story “Tio Gilberto and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts” will be able to be published in Realms after all.  (I had sold the story to them before it closed.)  

Warren Lapine is my new hero for buying the mag and bringing it back to life.  And many thanks to Doug Cohen, ROF’s assistant editor for being helpful and patient with all us antsy writers during the month or so when our stories were in an odd state of limbo.

To make sure you get all the good stuff to come from Realms, you can subscribe at the new web site, here.

Personal Note About Realms of Fantasy Closing

It’s pretty much run rampant around the net for the past day or two that Realms of Fantasy is abruptly and unexpectedly closing.  Yet another victim of our tanking economy. ROF published some great stuff, from high fantasy to magic realism, with a lovely design and gorgeous illustrations.  It will be missed!

On a personal note, I’d sold a story, “Tio Gilberto and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts,” to ROF several months ago. For a little while I thought it might still make it into the final issue (which comes out within a week or so), but now I’ve confirmed that I wasn’t among those lucky few.  I’m waiting to hear about final details, but it seems likely that Gilberto will be searching for a new home some time soon.  I was pretty bummed about this earlier today – I’d been looking forward to seeing the story in Realms, and now that feeling of expectation seems to have abruptly turned into disappointment.  And with this being just the latest in a string of bad news from the publishing world, it feels like a rough time to be a relative newcomer.  And as a reader I’ll miss having that good stuff arrive regularly in my mailbox.

All the best wishes to Shawna, Laura, Doug, and the rest of the ROF team for all the hard work they put into making a great magazine.