Monthly Archives: May 2014

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The way I figure it I am pretty much at the half-way point in my life. I don’t mean that in a morbid or pity-seeking way, I should note. I mean in the sense of knowing who I am, my family history, and various other factors, that if I do basic medical maintenance, keep fit, […]

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Oh, and These ARCs Showed Up Too

Thought you might like to see them.  For the record: I love love love getting physical ARCs. I’m happy to live in the electronic age, but getting something that looks and feels (and hell, is) an actual physical book still lights up all my squee neurons. Because it means the book is really going to […]

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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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An Anthem for the Broken (A single to benefit John Anderson)

Here’s a thing: My friend John Anderson (who some of you may remember did a guest stint here at Whatever a few years back) has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.” His friend Matthew Ryan, who happens to be a hell of a musician, decided to do something to help John and […]

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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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New Books and ARCs, 5/2/14

Traveling again today, this time to the Detroit area for Penguicon, where I will be hanging out and doing a few panels, and may even read from Lock In. But to keep you amused an occupied while I am on the road, here’s a stack of the fine books and ARCs that made their way […]

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Various Things I Want to Tell You About, 5/1/14

Because you want to know them. Yes you do. 1. My pal Helen Montgomery wanted me to make you all aware of the following, relating to Worldcon, live theater at the Worldcon, and how you (yes, you!) can help make it happen. I am going to quote Helen directly: “I really appreciate you being willing […]

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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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