Somehow I Think the New York Times Would Be Deeply Disappointed In This Conversation

Me: Hey, it looks like the New York Times has discovered that straight men and gay men can actually be friends!

My Gay Friend™: Amazing.

Me: I know! But they do say that there might be some Harry-Met-Sally sexual worry that the gay friend might like the straight friend.

MGF: Uh-huh.

Me: You don’t see that.

MGF: Not really.

Me: So, no sexual tension between us.

MGF: No.

Me: Ever.

MGF: No.

Me: What about that one time —

MGF: No.

Me: When we were —

MGF: No.

Me: And that thing —

MGF: No.

Me: And I was naked then.

MGF: Please stop.

Me: Huh. I’m vaguely disappointed.

MGF: I’m not.

So remember, straight men: Just because your friend is gay, doesn’t mean there’s that OMG sexual tension there. New York Times hand-flappery about the same notwithstanding.

The New Space Opera 2: Out Today

The anthology The New Space Opera 2 comes out today, and as it happens I have a short story in it, called “The Tale of the Wicked,” which features ships and missiles and explosions and aliens and all the other sort of stuff what space opera got. And aside from me, it’s got authors like Robert Charles Wilson, Cory Doctorow, Jay Lake, Garth Nix, Bruce Sterling, Elizabeth Moon, Justina Robson and many others. Who also feature ships and missiles and explosions and aliens and so on in their stories. Really, it’s a whole lot of space opera in compact anthology form. I suspect you’ll enjoy it immensely.