Monthly Archives: June 2012

Pictures from Yesterday

The fabulous Mary Robinette Kowal and me, slightly grainy, at my event yesterday. (Photo from Antmuzic) And now me doing my best Mary Robinette Kowal imitation, with her hat and fan and sunglasses (note: it wasn’t a very good MRK imitation. It was however, a strangely passable Truman Capote imitation). (Photo from Milkdud148.) Me and […]

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The Big Idea: Rhiannon Held

I’ve often mentioned to hopeful writers that doing something else with one’s life than just writing is often very useful for one’s writing. As a cogent and very interesting example, here’s debut novelist Rhiannon Held, talking about how the knowledge and experience gained in her day job made a material difference in how she crafted […]

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Why Mary Robinette Kowal and I Should Not Be in the Same Vehicle of Any Sort

She explains why on her site. It involves fire.

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Dear Milwaukee: Hey! Remember Me?

Hi, Milwaukee! Hey! Remember that time I came up and visited you? Back in 2007? For the tour for The Last Colony? Sure you do! Didn’t we have fun? I complemented your groovy art museum, you told me I looked pretty good for a science fiction writer, we both avoided any reference to Happy Days […]

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Dear Chicago: I’M BACK, BABY.

Oh, Chicago (by which I mean the larger Chicagoland area). You know I love you. Those four years we had together in college? Magical. All the conventions and concerts and weekend getaways? Even more magicaler. The fact I will be back at the end of August to be Toastmaster of Chicon 7, this year’s Worldcon? […]

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Houston, We Have No Problems

The view from the hotel window here in Houston. They put me up in a very trendy place; no Domino’s advertisements on the room keys! (No, seriously, it’s super trendy and cool. I don’t know if I’m actually cool enough to be here. But I have a room anyway. Ha!) I have a couple of […]

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Dear Houston: We’re About to Have a Blind Date

So, Houston. Let’s talk. See, I am coming to you tomorrow, June 9, at Brazos Bookstore, at 4pm. And the thing is, I’ve never been to Houston before; I haven’t even flown through your airport as far as I know. So I am considering this something of a blind date, you know? As in, you know […]

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The Big Idea: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

I have a shameful confession to make: I owe Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan some books. See, many years ago, they won a Web award of some sort for Go Fug Yourself, their righteously snarky fashion blog, and part of their prize package was a couple of books from me. And I never sent them. […]

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Dear Cincinnati: Save Me From Abject and Total Humilation Tomorrow

See, Cincinnati, here’s the thing: I’m coming to do an appearance at Joseph-Beth Booksellers tomorrow, June 8, at 7pm. Coincidentally, a friend of mine from college is coming into Cincinnati and she offhandedly noted she heard I was going to be in town to do my performing monkey bit, so of course I told her […]

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What Happens in the Acela Quiet Car Stays in the Acela Quiet Car, Unless Twitter is Involved

Yesterday I traveled from New York City to Philadelphia on the train, specifically Amtrak’s Acela high-speed train. The comparent I ended up sitting in was the “Quiet Car,” i.e., the one in which you don’t use your cell phone to make calls and otherwise keep things down to a murmur. Naturally, I went on Twitter […]

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Philadelphia in the Books

Last night was the first public night of the tour, at the Barnes & Noble in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The place was jammed, which makes me happy, although I suppose that’s no fun for the people who had to stand. Sorry, folks. As Philadelphia is the first stop of the tour, the folks who […]

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Dear Dayton, Ohio: YOU ARE SO VERY NEXT

Just a reminder to people living and and near the Dayton, Ohio metropolitan area: Tomorrow, June 7 at 7pm, I will be at Books & Co in the Greene. I will be browsing for books! And also reading and answering questions and signing books and attacking random passersby with spoons, and, you know, stuff like […]

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On the Passing of Ray Bradbury: “Meeting the Wizard”

As many of my readers know by now, Ray Bradbury, science fiction grandmaster, has passed away. To note the day, and what he meant to me, Subterranean Press has graciously allowed me to reprint here my introduction to its edition of Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. It’s called “Meeting the Wizard”. —- When I was twelve […]

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The Big Idea: Warren Hammond

And now, for some perspective on the perspective of science fiction, here’s author Warren Hammond to talk a little bit about his latest novel, KOP Killer. WARREN HAMMOND: The big idea for the KOP series is science fiction from a Third-World perspective. If there’s a weakness in our genre, it might be the fact that […]

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And In a Fabulous Ending to the Day

Wil Wheaton and I just won an Audie Award for the audiobook of Fuzzy Nation. That’s fantastic, and I am absolutely thrilled to share the award with Wil. He’s such a fantastic reader and friend. I should, like, dedicate a book to him one day. That he might then narrate. Or would that be too […]

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A Quick Followup to Today’s Redshirts Madness

Today has been flat-out the most interesting — and ultimately the most gratifying — book release dates I’ve had, and a lot of people are responsible for it. As a recap for the folks who need recapping: My new book Redshirts came out today, and in its eBook format it was supposed to go out […]

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Three Reviews of RS

I’m no longer at the Javits Center with its horrible dystopian wifi, and after a small break I’ll be off to have dinner with friends. Because friends are cool that way. So to keep you busy, and because by now I’m sure you’re not tired of me talking about Redshirts, here are three new reviews […]

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What to Do If You Got a DRM’d Copy of Redshirts

Some retailers did not get the memo that Redshirts was meant to be drm-free and as a result some of you got drm’d ebooks. Well, we can’t have that. So if you got a drm’d copy, here’s what to do: 1. Send a copy of your receipt to “redshirtsdrm@macmillanusa.com” and specify if you prefer mobi (kindle) […]

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Reminder to Philadelphia: I AM COMING

Today and tomorrow morning I am doing Redshirts-related things at BEA here in New York City, but tomorrow evening, June 6 — at 6:30! — I will be at the Barnes & Noble at Rittenhouse Square for the first public appearance on my book tour. There will be readings of upcoming work, special awesome guests […]

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A Quick Bit of Customer Service re: Redshirts

Folks, I’m getting some feedback that some online stores are slapping digital rights management on Redshirts, which I am assuming is the fault of some apparatchik in the bowels of their organization not getting the memo. I’ve already alerted Tor about it; I assume once someone gets into the office there that it will be […]

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