Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Big Idea: Nick Mamatas

Nick Mamatas is a hustler; just ask him. As a writer, he’s always moving, always looking for the next gig or assignment, always finding a way to use what he’s got and push it to his own advantage. So it’s not terribly surprising that when he got a Big Idea slot to promote a new […]

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And Now, a Small Bit of Good News

Which is: Fuzzy Nation made the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list. As the kids say: w00t! No, not number one. Down the list a bit from there (I don’t know if I’m supposed to reveal the placing yet ; the list it’s on is slated for May 29th publication). But, hey: any place […]

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How to Make a Fuzzy

Over on her own blog, Mary Robinette Kowal goes into some detail — with pictures and everything — about how one makes a Fuzzy from scratch. As Mary has been a professional puppeteer for years and has some fame from her ability to create these creatures, if you are a crafty, make-y sort of person, […]

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A Mid-Tour Mailbag

I’m on tour, so this week’s FilmCritic.com column goes to the mailbag to answer questions about super hero films, what films don’t teach you about writing novels, and whether it’s fair to talk about films before you see them. Basically, things you absolutely need to know right now. Yes you do. Check it out and […]

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Seattle Surprises

I had promised folk in Seattle that since they had to pay money to attend my tour event, that I would bring them something special. I brought them two things (that’s value!). Here’s the first: That’s musician Molly Lewis, on hand to do an acoustic ukulele version of “Fuzzy Man,” and who did an excellent […]

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My Dear People of Seattle: The Quickening

You know how I said that because you have to pay $5 for the tickets to attend my author event tonight (or, if you buy your copy of Fuzzy Nation from the University Book store, you get the tickets thrown in free), that I would make it up to you by doing something special for […]

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The Big Idea: Maria Dahvana Headley

Author Maria Dahvana Headley, in her new novel Queen of Kings, essays one of the most famous women of all time: Cleopatra. But how does one approach writing about someone who has already been immortalized in words so many times? As you’ll discover, for Headley, it’s not about choosing just one way to come at […]

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Boing Boing Joins the Fuzzy Nation

This lovely review of Fuzzy Nation, by Cory Doctorow, is on Boing Boing today and says, in part: This is a perfect swinging-in-the-hammock, summer-weekend novel — and the perfect novel to give to a clever young person of your acquaintance to spark a lifelong love affair with science fiction and all it has to say […]

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Borderlands Books is Awesome

Seriously, now. I did my tour stop yesterday at Borderlands and it remains one of my favorite bookstores anywhere on the planet. Just great people and a great space (made even better now by the fantastic cafe next door). The next time you are in San Francisco I command you to make a visit. It […]

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LA In Review

Los Angeles was entirely lovely, and at my reading, which was thankfully well-attended, my best friends from 2nd grade, 6th grade, junior high and high school all showed up. How awesome is that. It’s nice when your past catching up with you is a good thing. This is a quick check-in before heading off to […]

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I Am Flying, With the Help of an Airplane

To be fair, the airplane is doing most of the work. I bought inflight internet at extortionate rates, but then I get to write it off as a business expense because I’m on tour, so that downgrades the rate from extortionate to merely excessive. So, hi! How is your Saturday so far? Please tell me […]

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Off To Los Angeles

Barring the pique of the travel gods, in a few hours I will be on the west coast, having my first Double-Double in more than a year and then heading off to my event at 3pm. If you’re in southern California, I hope to see you there. I apologize in advance for my “animal style” […]

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Tour Update 5/13

First: Behold the shrine of signed stock at the Ohio State Barnes & Noble! For those of you who are not in the path of my book tour but would like a signed copy to call your own, I have been informed that if you e-mail the OSU B&N at “bookstore@osu.edu” and tell them you […]

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Interview With the Portland Mercury

In advance of my tour stop in Portland, Oregon, the Portland Mercury, that city’s fine alternative weekly, ran a short interview from me about Fuzzy Nation — but also then posted on the Web the nearly-complete interview I had with journalist Erik Henriksen. It’s actually just about the closet I’ve ever seen someone replicate in […]

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Travel Bags

I will be taking more than a dozen separate flights on this book tour, starting tomorrow, which means more than a dozen opportunities for an airline to lose my luggage plus several hours of loitering by baggage claim waiting for my bag to show up. For that reason I have packed everything I need for […]

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For the Fans

No, not my fans. Hers: This will be the last Ghlaghghee picture until at least the end of the month, so enjoy it, kids. Make it last.

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The Big Idea: Catherynne M. Valente

Hey, I have an idea: Let’s talk about another fantastic book that came out this week! Specifically, let’s talk about The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente. I could tell you how I feel on a personal level that this is one of the most genuinely […]

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Three Reviews, One Different From the Others

Oh, look, some more reviews of Fuzzy Nation! SFSignal gives the book four and a half stars, noting: “At the end of the day, Fuzzy Nation is exactly what a book should deliver: entertainment, escapism, and some commentary. This book delivers all in good fashion, and it’s a world and story that I hope we’ll […]

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My Dear People of Seattle

Hey, you remember when I announced my book tour and said that because you folks had to pay $5 for tickets to the Seattle event (or buy Fuzzy Nation from University Bookstore, at which point the ticket was free), that I would do something special and awesome for you to compensate for that required initial […]

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Writing Lessons From Science Fiction Films

My novel writing style has been occasionally described as “cinematic,” and as this week’s column at FilmCritic.com makes clear, this is not entirely a coincidence: I picked up a number of writing tips over my years as a film critic and observer of cinematic storytelling, which I have incorporated into my own books. I detail […]

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