Monthly Archives: August 2015

The State of a Genre Title, 2015

Eighteen months ago, as Redshirts moved from its hardcover era into trade paperback, I did an examination of its sales to the point, across all its formats, and chatted about what its sales meant, or didn’t mean, and what we could learn from the numbers. Last week, Lock In, my most recent novel (until tomorrow), […]

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“The Dispatcher” — DONE!

Hey, I finished a new writing project today! It’s 23,000 words long, which means it’s a novella. It’s called “The Dispatcher.” And it’s — — wait for it — — urban fantasy. YES URBAN FANTASY SHUT UP I CAN TOTALLY WRITE URBAN FANTASY Y’ALL. Also? It’s pretty good. Also also? Done before the deadline, which […]

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Straight Outta Bradford

Beats (which means Apple) has created a page which lets you create your own album cover based on the artwork for Straight Outta Compton, the upcoming film about NWA, and one presumes also their debut album. So, yeah, I played with it. Yup. Life in the 45308, y’all. That’s it for today. Have lots of stuff […]

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The Big Idea: Lexie Dunne

So, your favorite superhero? Yeah, Lexie Dunne’s novel Supervillains Anonymous isn’t about them. Or your second favorite superhero. Or your third. Maybe your fifth? or seventh? Yup, that’s about right. LEXIE DUNNE: Gail Godwin is what I like to call mid-sized. Not physically—she’s so small that I’ve chucked every short joke in the book at […]

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Tour Prepping and Notes

We’re just a few days out from the beginning of the tour for The End of All Things, so a few things about what will be going on here and other places whilst I am out and about. 1. First, the site won’t be going hiatus — I have seven Big Ideas scheduled while I’m […]

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GamerGate Adds to Its Vast Warehouse of Stupid

So, this popped up in the “KotakuInAction” subreddit, i.e., “the place where GamerGaters who don’t realize GamerGate is sooooo 2014 hang out”: Naturally, I had some thoughts. Look at these complete assholes. https://t.co/idbxZnMlbG — John Scalzi (@scalzi) August 7, 2015 I DO NOT KNOW OF THIS CARY DOCTARAMOW OF WHICH YOU SPEAK https://t.co/O6sHX4Sg6V — John […]

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The Big Idea: N.K. Jemisin

If you’ve ever wondered how much thought goes into worldbuilding in science fiction and fantasy, you’re going to love this Big Idea, in which N.K. Jemisin goes into detail about what it took to make the world of The Fifth Season real and believable. But worldbuilding is not enough to build a novel. Jemisin goes […]

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The Big Idea: Amy K. Nichols

Robert Frost wrote about taking the road less traveled, but what if the roads were equally traveled, just… different? And you could, in a way, travel down more than one? Amy K. Nichols have given this scenario some thought in her Duplexity series, of which While You Were Gone is the second book. Here she […]

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The Big Idea: Jim C. Hines

I could do a long introduction to Jim C. Hines‘ Big Idea piece on his novel Fable: Blood of Heroes, based on the popular series of games. Instead I will simply say, with some wonder: It has armored chickens in it. I’ll let Jim handle the rest. JIM C. HINES: Albion is a land with […]

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TEoAT Locus Review + Hugo Voting Closes

The new edition of Locus came out yesterday and features a review of The End of All Things — a space opera/milSF book, genres which, you may recall, the magazine has been lately accused of never reviewing — and I found the opening graf interesting: Just for a moment, let us put a pin in all that […]

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Backstage at the Concert Against Humanity: A Photo Set

Last night I participated in the Concert Against Humanity, a comedy and music event put together by the fine folks at Cards Against Humanity, mostly because, as far as I could see, it was something they felt like would be fun, so why not? And I have to say I can’t argue with that line […]

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