And Now Something Entirely Unrelated to Me

Except that I find the song strange and compelling. Enjoy.

From this album.

Next Year at Boskone

I’ve been told I could mention this (actually, it was more like “why haven’t you mentioned this?”) so: I’ll be the Guest of Honor at next year’s Boskone convention in Boston, February 17 -19. More details as they come, but I can say I’m very excited. I love me some Boskone.

Back Through the Stargate

A reminder to all and sundry that Stargate: Universe is back for its final ten episodes, starting tonight at 9pm Eastern on Syfy (and this Friday if you’re in Canada on Space). It is of course sad that the series is closing up shop with these ten episodes, but I will say this: If this is the way it goes out, it’s going out pretty well. You should watch; it’s worth the time.

Update: Whoops, people are telling me that the episodes are now running on Mondays. How embarrassing for me not to have known. Well, anyway, you can catch the streaming version of the latest episode here.

Ken MacLeod on Old Man’s War

Yesterday I did an appreciation of The Name of the Wind over at as part of their write-up of the Ten Best SF/F Books of the Decade series; today, the very awesome Ken MacLeod does a write-up of Old Man’s War. It’s really quite interesting, although I am of course not a neutral observer. Come see what he has to say about my book.

Fuzzy Nation US Book Tour Dates

Look! I have book tour dates!

May 10 (Tues), 7:00 PM – Dayton, OH
Books & Co
The Greene in Beavercreek
Dayton, OH 45429

May 11 (Wed), 7:00 PM – Cincinnati, OH
Joseph Beth
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208

May 12 (Thurs), 7:00 PM – Columbus, OH
Ohio State Barnes & Noble
1598 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43201

May 13 (Fri), 7:00 PM – Lexington, KY
Joseph Beth
161 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY 40503

May 14 (Sat), 3:00 PM – Los Angeles, CA
Barnes & Noble
10850 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

May 15 (Sun), 5 PM – San Francisco, CA
Borderlands Books
866 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

May 16 (Mon), 7 PM – Portland, OR
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005

May 17 (Tues), 7:30 PM – Seattle, WA
University of Washington Campus, Kane Hall, Room 110
Ticketed event – tickets are free with purchase of Fuzzy Nation from the University Bookstore; otherwise tickets are $5 each. Books and tickets available at Bookstore beginning March May 10.

May 18 (Wed), 6 PM  – Salt Lake City, UT
Sam Weller’s Bookstore
254 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

May 28 (Sat), 5 PM — Scottsdale, AZ
The Poisoned Pen
4014 North Goldwater Blvd # 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

And now, notes!

* Folks in Washington DC area: I will be in your area from May 19 through the 22nd, because I will be attending the Nebula Awards Weekend, at which, as the title suggests, SFWA will be giving away this year’s Nebula Awards. On the 20th, we’ve organized a group signing featuring some of the biggest names in science fiction, which will be open to the public. I will be participating. More details to come (remember also that you can buy a ticket for the Nebula Weekend itself, even if you are not a SFWA member).

* Folks in San Diego: I will be in San Diego in the first full week in July to teach at Clarion, and at that time will likely schedule a public reading/signing. More details on that when that’s arranged.

* Folks in Seattle: Sorry about the whole ticket thing. Out of my hands. BUT — I’ll tell you what, Seattle. Because you have to shell out $5 and/or the cost of Fuzzy Nation to see me on this tour, I AM BRINGING YOU A SPECIAL TREAT. That only Seattle will have. No, I won’t tell you yet what it is. But it will be so totally worth it. That’s a promise.

* Folks in Dayton: Just so you know, May 10 is the release date of the book and my birthday. So come to the Dayton event, and maybe there will be cake! MAYBE. Also, what do I want for my birthday? You at my release day birthday event, of course. Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese?

* Folks in Los Angeles: Please note that your event is an afternoon event. COME ANYWAY.

* Folks everywhere else in the US: Yes, I agree it sucks that I am not coming to your town. No, I can’t add your city to the tour. I mean, look, I’m out on tour for two weeks straight and then after that I also have other commitments (which I may or may not be able to reveal in the near future) will also further bounce me around the US. And besides that, I’m not the one who schedules my tour. But I suspect I will have other tours, and will one day come to where you are. And in fact may even come to your house. And lurk in your bushes. You probably didn’t want to know that last part.

What will I do doing on the book tour? The basic plan is to do a little reading — probably of something new that no one has heard before — do a little Q&A and do a lot of book signing. Also, interpretive dance, some heartfelt acoustic rock stylings, and a tattoo raffle (disclaimer: not every event will feature all three of these, or even any of them. I may be lying. I am probably lying. I will read and answer questions and sign books, however). What I am saying is that I’ll be going out of my way to make sure any event of mine you go to will be the most fun you can have in a bookstore without the security video going up on YouTube. And almost certainly less sticky.

So: Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Lexington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Salt Lake City: See you soon!

New Novel Followup

I announced I had completed a new novel yesterday but left things intentionally vague, which naturally opened up some questions. So to answer those questions, as well as touch on a couple of things I wanted to talk about in the aftermath:

* First, people wanted to know what the title of the novel is. Right now, it doesn’t have one. It has a working title, but it’s spoiler-y for the story, so I don’t want to say what it is. I’m thinking on various titles and will probably settle on one in short order. When I do, I’ll let you know.

* For those hoping for a new Old Man’s War/Android’s Dream/God Engines installment, sorry. This novel takes place in none of those universes. New universe, new characters, new situations.

* That said, I suspect that if you like the stuff I generally write, you’re going to like this. In sensibility — not in subject — I think it slots in between Agent to the Stars and The Android’s Dream, which means its on the lighter end of the spectrum of what I write. Why? Because I felt like writing something fun and pulpy, that’s why. I had fun writing it, and I think people will have fun reading it.

* I’m being intentionally cagey about subject matter because, like the working title, discussing it too much will spoil the story. I will say that the story does feature space ships, an ensemble cast, lots of action, snappy dialogue, explosions, imminent death, and people taking other people’s pants for strategic purposes. I’ll also say it’s a bit of an odd story, and written intentionally to be so. But then, considering that I’ve written about farting people to death and aliens taking over the bodies of dogs, I have to stipulate that “odd” might be my normal mode.

* Yes, yes, yes, you say. You don’t want to spoil it for us. Fine, just tell us when it will be out. Answer: Dunno. It wasn’t under contract, so now I have to sell it. Before you worry about me not having a contract, I should note that I haven’t written a novel that was contracted in advance since The Last Colony; Zoe’s Tale was not technically under contract (I wrote it, and then when it was done it was slotted in to take the place of a different book I was contracted for but didn’t write) and Fuzzy Nation was contracted after it was done. So this is not an unusual position for me to be in. And, you know. I feel pretty confident. My expectation is that this will be out, one way or another, sometime in 2012.

* Why 2012? Because book production takes time, and also, I already have a novel for 2011 and I don’t want to step on its sales. Don’t worry, folks. Between now and whenever this novel is released, I’ll have other stuff out there for you to read and maybe even buy. Because I love you. Yes I do. And also, I want your money. Yes I do.

* For the folks who like to indulge in process geekery, I started writing this novel on January 3rd and completed it on March 7th, for a total writing time of nine weeks. Most of you know by now that my plan was to write to a quota every week day (2,000 words) or until about noon. My real world performance on this was good but not great, in large part due to Snowpocalypse ’11, which caused my daughter to miss nearly two weeks of school because of snow days. Having Athena home is lovely in many ways but not conducive to having an extended, uninterrupted stretch of time in which to write. I also had some travel in there, most notably to Capricon, which was again delightful but not best for getting writing done. That said, on the days when I was not being actively encouraged to abandon the computer for sledding, or traveling to distant cities to amuse nerds with my antic capers, I got a lot of writing done. Go me.

* For those wondering about next plans, I’m going to take a little bit of time to relax, and then in about a week I’ll get back to writing more fiction. I have an immense amount of travel this year starting in April, so if I want to get fiction done, now’s the time to do it.