Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Big Idea: Stephanie Saulter

Humanity: It’s a big subject. What “humanity” entails as an overall concept, an even bigger one. But that doesn’t scare off Stephanie Saulter — indeed, in Gemsigns, it’s a topic she runs toward, to explore what it means in her novel’s world. STEPHANIE SAULTER: What makes us human? Not so much a Big Idea as […]

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The Big Idea: Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy chronicles the thirty-year attempt by the Southern Reach, a secret government agency, to solve the mystery behind Area X, a mysterious coastal region closed off from the rest of the world by an invisible border. The first novel, Annihilation, documented the disastrous twelfth expedition, narrated by a nameless female biologist. […]

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My Slightly Early Birthday Present to Myself

Why, yes, they are Doc Martens with Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights on them — the happy parts of that triptych, anyway. I got them because my birthday is this Saturday (don’t say “happy birthday” yet, I’ll post a birthday post then) and I thought these were pretty cool. Also, although you probably don’t […]

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Unlocked: Now Available!

I’m happy to announce that “Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome” is now available in electronic form, in English, pretty much everywhere in the world, or at least everywhere that Tor has been able to get it into ebook retail systems. It’s a novella, set in the world of my upcoming novel Lock In, […]

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The Big Idea: Nick Mamatas

How do you turn a novel into a graphic novel — that is, capture the essence of what is cool and interesting about the original work, and bring it to another medium entirely? Especially when that novel is also the basis for an upcoming motion picture that features one of the biggest film stars on […]

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The Big Idea: Melanie Rawn

Melanie Rawn’s “Glass Thorns” fantasy series, which began with the books Touchstone and Elsewhens, now has a third installment, Thornlost, full of magic and drama… and, one might say, the series has a special emphasis on the latter. Rawn explains why that is in today’s Big Idea. MELANIE RAWN: When it was first mentioned to […]

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