Monthly Archives: April 2014

Vectors: Favorite Non-English Language Story or Book (part 1)

This week we look to works that originate in other languages by answering…
What’s your favorite non-English language book or story in the SF/F genre?

ken_liuGuest Ken Liu
If I had unlimited space, I could talk about this topic all day: Russian, Polish, and Japanese works of scifi have all been memorable to me, and many of the short stories I’ve read (and sometimes translated) from Chinese by authors such as Ma Boyong, Cheng Jingbo, Xia Jia, Hao Jingfang, Tang Fei, Bao Shu, etc., are among my favorites. But today, I’m limiting myself to three books only.

I’d have to begin with Cosmicomics, by Italo Calvino (original in Italian, translated by William Weaver). A fabulist take on “hard” scifi, this collection of short stories remains unparalleled, in my opinion, to this day. It was the first work of scifi I read that showed me the possibilities of melding fantasy and science fiction tropes, of using the language of science to speak in a logic of metaphors, of telling human stories using whimsical mathematical equations and mischievous physical constants.ThreeBodyProblem1

Next, I’d like to highlight the THREE BODY trilogy by Liu Cixin (“Liu” is his surname) from China. Enormously popular in China, these three are among my all-time favorite hard scifi books. An epic tale of humanity’s journey to the stars that begins with the threat of an alien invasion, the series is breathtakingly imaginative and compelling, with a non-Western perspective that is at once refreshing and thoughtful. The science is handled with great care and precision to convey the beauty and power of this most wondrous of our endeavors, while the human drama complements and reinforces the grand scale of the scientific speculation. I’m really glad that Tor Books is bringing the trilogy to Anglophone readers (starting with the first book, THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM in fall of 2014). Volumes 1 and 3 will be translated by me while volume 2 will be done by Joel Martinsen.

Finally, I want to talk about my friend Chen Qiufan’s debut novel, THE WASTE TIDE, which is now my favorite contemporary near-future Chinese scifi. (Again, “Chen” is his surname.) A dystopian tale rooted in the cyberpunk tradition, it’s also a clever, nuanced, and layered critique of globalization, neocolonialism, and the hypocrisy of democratic and authoritarian societies alike in the face of imbalances of power and wealth. And he manages to do all of this with moving, wonderful characters and a brilliant prose style that delights the ear
as well as the mind. I’ve translated a sample of his book and the reactions from readers so far are enthusiastic. I’m hoping to share this work with Anglophone readers soon.

Ken Liu is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. His fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He is a winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, the first in a fantasy series, will be published by Saga Press, Simon & Schuster’s new genre fiction imprint, in 2015. Saga will also publish a collection of his short stories.

J. Kathleen CheneyJ. Kathleen Cheney
This is a very difficult question to answer, mostly because I haven’t read a ton of foreign-language authors. Usually if I read something in French or Spanish, it’s an author I already know, and I’m just reading the book for practice. (With novels, it’s easier to read one you’ve previously read in English so that you know the context when you tackle the foreign language.)

If I were to pick something I’ve -only- read in French, it would be Ansen Dibell’s, Le Soleil du grand retour.soleil

I talked about my love for this series in an earlier post, where I explain the general premises of the series. And as I say that I’m a big fan of Dibell’s work, why haven’t I read this in English? Because books four and five in the series, The High King of Kantmorie, were never printed in English, only French and Dutch. Le Soleil du grand retour is book five in the series, and I’ve even toyed with translating it into English, only to discover that I simply don’t have the time (although I know that someone is working on that.)

The current going price for this book, BTW, is about 95 euros (about 132 dollars). So getting copies of books 4 and 5 isn’t cheap. But if you’re a fan, it’s worth every cent…

MK HutchinsM. K. Hutchins
The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach. This is a haunting book — somehow depressing and beautiful at the same time. The novel is a series of short stories, starting on the humble planet where carpet makers spend an entire lifetime crafting a single carpet from the hair of their wives to send to their unseen God Emperor.CarpetMakers

From that rural beginning, the stories travel to urban, then to intergalactic. The scope is immense. I haven’t read many short-stories-as-novels, but it works so well here. I don’t think that it would be possible to have the same kind of emotional experience if Eschbach didn’t show us so many parts of this carefully-built universe.

Steve BeinSteve Bein
I just adore The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear, by Walter Moers. Ordinarily I’m not a big reader of kid’s fiction, but those Europeans seem to have much more refined child readers than we have on this side of the Atlantic. There are a lot of American parents who wouldn’t allow their kids to read Bluebear. It’s almost irreverent but not quite, almost bawdy but not quite, almost sophisticated surrealist adult fiction but not quite. I’ll sum it up this way: Captain Bluebear and Baron Münchhausen would make good drinking buddies.Bluebear

Here are the opening lines of Bluebear, from the eponymous author:

A bluebear has twenty-seven lives. I shall recount thirteen-and-a-half of them in this book but keep quiet about the rest. A bear must have his secrets, after all; they make him seem attractive and mysterious.

Attractions and mysteries abound in this book. Captain Bluebear encounters minipirates, yetis, rickshaw demons, time-snails, the headless Bollogg and the Bollogless head. He sails around all of the sunken continents we’ve forgotten about, and takes us to places like the Valley of Discarded Ideas. He encounters such natural wonders as the Eternal Tornado and Cogitating Quicksand.

This is one of those books you’ve never heard of, and when you finish it you wonder why everyonehasn’t heard of this book. It belongs on the shelf right next to The Hobbit, The Last Unicorn, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe—namely, the shelf of kid’s fantasy fiction that remains perennially captivating adult reading.

(Oh, and his has been translated from the original German. The English is fluid and fun.)

Vectors: The Deadline Kitchen

When you’re on a deadline, or trying to finish that novel, or copy edits, the last thing your brain sometimes has space for is cooking. But folks have to eat. So.

What do you cook, or not, when you’re in the weeds?

The Novelocity crew brings you five time tested recipes, plus survival foraging and ordering tips.

Tina Conolly

tina_connolly-300x450My favorite go-to when on deadline is to have already in the past prepared and stored quarts of soup. And by “already in the past” I also mean that someone else has done it for me. I don’t know why I have such a mental block on soup, but I’m absolutely convinced that I cannot get it to come out right. Luckily my husband happily throws whole chicken carcasses in our soup pot and makes stock, and when my parents come out to visit, my dad often offers to make up a couple pots of chicken noodle or green bean ham. It’s such a relief to see the freezer lined with plastic quarts of soup that just need to be reheated.

And then, while the soup’s warming up, I can throw together some cheese biscuits. Again, I’m unlike everyone I know in that I have a block against making soup but the opposite of a block against baking. Baking is relaxing. Baking is fun. Baking results in cheese biscuits or plum crisp at the end. I don’t even measure, so this is a totally unhelpful recipe, but it’s something like:

  • a cup of flour,
  • a tablespoon of baking powder,
  • several tablespoons butter,
  • some cheese,
  • some salt, and
  • some chopped-up whatever herby things are in the garden.
  • Add milk until it looks right (I know! Sorry.)
  • and bake at 425 for 12 minutesish.

Voila, dinner! And then, back to work. Oh no, wait, bathtime and bedtime. And THEN, back to work.


BethCato-steampunk-headshotBeth Cato 
When I’m on a deadline, I’m all about making large quantities of food that I can portion out to keep in the fridge or freezer. I love making breakfast cookies or energy balls, stuff that might take thirty minutes or an hour to assemble but save me a lot more time in the long run. In case my husband needs treats for work, I always keep cake mix stashed in the pantry so I can throw together cookies with two eggs, 1/3 cup oil, and chocolate chips or candy.

For supper, I love my crock pot. One of my new favorite recipes is pesto ranch chicken thighs–weirdly, my husband adores this recipe, though he doesn’t like ranch dressing or pesto. I love this because it comes together in five minutes, cooks over the afternoon, and is absolutely delicious. I modified the recipe from Picky Palate.

Pesto Ranch Thighs4_smNovelocityCrock Pot Pesto Ranch Thighs

Ingredients

  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (2-3 pounds)
  • 6-8 ounce jar of pesto
  • 1 packet ranch dressing dry seasoning mix
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or water mixed with chicken/vegetable stock concentrate or water

Directions

  1. Place chicken thighs, pesto, ranch dressing (dry from the packet) and liquid into crock pot. Stir gently to coat chicken and combine everything.
  2. Place lid on top and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. Leave thighs whole or chop. (If you chop, add them into the pot again on warm for 15 minutes so they can soak up more flavor!)
OM NOM NOM.

J. Kathleen CheneyJ. Kathleen Cheney

When I’m under a deadline crunch, most of my cooking goes by the wayside.   It’s chouriço and cheese, nuts (I had cashews for lunch yesterday), boiled or scrambled eggs and sausage.  The local Sprouts sells shredded chicken and turkey, which can be used to shortcut meals.  Apples with peanut butter.  A banana.  

It’s kinda sad, but I revert to college cooking.
But when I’m done?  Enchiladas and tamales, FTW!!!

 

Fran2014Fran Wilde
In the summer, two words: Tortellini Salad*

  • Cook up a bag of dried cheese tortellini.  Drain and rinse to cool.
  • Toss with olive oil and sea salt.
  • Add:
  • 1 container quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1 avocado (or more if you’re an avocado person)
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • If we have other vegetables around, those have been known to go in there too.
  • Refrigerate until ready to eat. Makes leftovers.

*can be modified using gluten-free pasta. Turns out pretty ok, despite the best efforts of GF pasta to taste like wet cardboard.

Once that’s all eaten up, three more words: Take Out Indian. 

 


 

Steve BeinSteve Bein

Wow!  My fellow Novelociraptors are much more industrious in the kitchen than I am.  When I’m under a deadline — like right now, so I’ll keep this short — my default meal is breakfast cereal.  Prep time: one minute or less.  Clean-up: one minute or less.

Other favorites are bananas and granola bars.  Prep time: one second.  Clean-up: two seconds.  Chocolate goes on the list too, because otherwise this diet is a little low on vitamin C.  (The C does stand for chocolate, doesn’t it?)

Lest you think this diet is unhealthy, I’ll have you know I spoke to a dietician about it.  Dr. Spaceman from 30 Rock thinks it’s just fine.


Megan Hutchins
MK HutchinsIf I’m lucky and the deadline runs over a weekend — I don’t cook. My husband makes a huge batch ‘o delicious gumbo in the dutch oven which we then feast off of for several days. Barring that, a few of my other favorite things to cook…
Curry
  • 1-2 Tbsp curry paste,
  • a can of coconut milk,
  • plus some veggies (like cabbage, sweet potato, onion, bell pepper),
  • plus some kind of protein (I love shrimp, but it’s usually chicken or tofu).
  • Simmer it up. Toss rice in rice cooker.
  • Make a big batch so we have leftovers.

Couscous Salad

  • Cook a bunch of bulk couscous with handy homemade chicken stock in the freezer.
  • Add in some vegetation (fresh cucumber, tomato, and green onion is nice; cooked carrots work)
  • and something with fat or protein (choose two: feta, olives, chickpeas, cooked diced chicken).
  • Dress with a little olive oil and lemon juice.
  • Dollop on Greek yogurt if it’s in the fridge.
  • Oh, and make lots and lots for leftovers.

It’s tasty hot and cold, so the kiddo can even have it for lunch at school.

And, of course, there’s the marvelous Radish Beef Rice Bowl. I marinate a bunch of beef at once, then freeze in meal-sized portions. With one of those handy, I can prep dinner in five minutes. Toss everything in the rice cooker and click a button. Yum.


 

Michael R. UnderwoodMike Underwood

I’ve generally had the most deadline stress for revisions rather than initial submission deadlines.

When I’m revising, the pizza comes out. In that I order pizza and then eat it for basically every meal except breakfast. Pizza is my comfort food in general, and there’s no time where I need comfort more than revisions. Or copy edits. Or when I have 48 hours to turn around page proofs. I’m rigorous in my scheduling for first draft deadlines, but revision deadlines are always tighter, and that means pizza.
When I really need to de-stress from work deadlines, I take the extra hour or two and make my own dough, since I’ve turned making my own dough into a meditative practice. The rest of the world goes away for a while, and it’s just me, the music, and the dough. It’s also great to work with my hands in a different way that just tapping away on a typewriter.
But when I just need to remove the time and thought of cooking from my day in order to maximize revision time, I call Homeslyce. They have a ‘Strongman’ pizza, which is a type of meat-lovers’ pizza. I’ve included a picture of Homeslyce’s Strongman, my go-to Deadline Pie.
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Vectors: Name two books that you’re really looking forward to this year

Our topics often look to the past. This time, we look to… the future! We’re talking about books we’re looking forward to in 2014.

Beth CatoBethCato-steampunk-headshot

I answered a similar question on SF Signal a few months ago, but I have so many books on my wish list, it’s no problem to mention two more.Shaman Rises

C. E. Murphy’s Walker Papers series was my first love in urban fantasy, one of the few series I’ve followed all the way through, and a major influence on my writing. I actually studied her books to find out how to write first person. Sadly, all good series must come to an end, and book #9 Shaman Rises comes out June 24th. I’m already stockpiling tissues for when I read it.
FullFathomFive
We on Novelocity have previously expressed admiration for Max Gladstone’s first two books, Three Parts Dead and Two Serpents Rise. Book three is Full Fathom Five and it comes out July 15th. I fully anticipate the same brilliant mix of magic, dystopia, steampunk, and fresh-secondary world mythology that I’ve loved in the others.

J. Kathleen CheneyJ. Kathleen Cheney

So many of the books I’ve been holding my breath for have already come out this year: Emilie and the Sky World by Martha Wells, The Tinker King by Tiffany Trent, and Why Kings Confess by C.S.Harris are among the ones I pre-ordered as soon as they popped up on Amazon. Dust and Light

But one that’s not out yet? Carol Berg’s new Sanctuary series kick off in August, with Dust and Light. Now, I’ve loved Carol’s work since I first ran across one of her novels, Son of Avonar years ago. Her prose is lovely, the characters deep and tortured (often literally), and the stories always keep me engaged. So I’m anxious to see what her new series brings. And the cover is absolutely luscious!

MK HutchinsM.K. Hutchins

Echoes of UsI’m super-excited for the release of Echoes of Us by Kat Zhang. It’s the third and final book of the Hybrid Chronicles, a YA alternate history where everyone is born with two souls. I’ve loved the worldbuilding and the character interactions. Addie’s relationship with her sister (they share a body) and their relationship with everyone else is so interestingly complicated. Having two souls sounds wonderful (never alone!) and exhausting (never alone!) at the same time.

Ruins
The last book in the Partials trilogy, Ruins, by Dan Wells also just came out and is on the top of my TBR pile. I know that some people are sick of post-apocalyptic YA…but I’m not one of them. Besides the killer almost-human war machines, humanity is also suffering from a virus that kills infants shortly after birth. I love that the first book isn’t just about destruction or just about a love triangle…it’s also about trying to find a cure to save her best friend’s baby. And it rocks.

tina_connolly-300x450Tina Connolly

Child-of-a-Hidden-Sea-A.M.-DellamonicaI recently blurbed A. M. Dellamonica’s Child of a Hidden Sea for Tor, which was super easy as I LOVED this book. (This counts as “looking forward to” because I can’t wait to tell everyone to go out and buy it in June!) It’s a portal fantasy – 24 year-old Sophie Hansa is busy looking for her birth mother when she ends up in the island world of Stormwrack. But instead of looking for, I dunno, evil wizards and prophecies, she geeks out over seashells and little critters, trying to figure out exactly where and what Stormwrack is. Then she goes home and comes back with her brother, and he geeks out over old maps and things. It’s really delightful and engaging, and there’s plenty of excitement and drama without any of it being the One True Child who has returned variety.
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Another book I’m REALLY looking forward to is Shadow Scale, the sequel to Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina, which came out in 2012. Seraphina is a YA high fantasy with incredibly interesting and unusual dragons that can take on human shape. I absolutely loved it. But, darnitall, Goodreads says Shadow Scale won’t be out till early 2015. At least there’s a pub date now! [goes back to waiting patiently….]

Lawrence SchoenLawrence M. Schoen
There are a handful of authors that just push my buttons every time. Part of it probably comes from having gotten to know them as individuals, not merely as supplies of reading material, and so their voices and personalities come through to me as I flip the pages.

One of these is Karl Schroeder, the man who gave us the Virga series. Karl’s just started a new YA series, and a month ago I’d have been putting the first book of it in my list here of books I’m eagerly awaiting, but it came out the end of March and I’m deep in the thick of it now (but feel free to go pick up a copy of LockstepDanielAbraham-TWH

Instead, let me tell you about Daniel Abraham, perhaps best known for his Long Price Quartert, and if you haven’t read it stop what you’re doing right now and rush out and dive into that first book (you can send me a nice fruit basket as a thank you gift later).

Daniel has moved on from that series and is now writing a new fantasy series collectively known as The Dagger and the Coin. The fourth book in this series, The Widow’s House doesn’t come out until August. The other three have been brilliant. Daniel juggles a cast of so many characters, cultures, races, political threads, and mythologies on the kind of level that only George R. R. Martin can usually lay claim to. Yeah, he’s that good.

JamesSACorey-CBThat’s a long time for me to wait for my next “fix” of Daniel’s fiction. Fortunately for me, I don’t half to because Daniel is also half of the pseudonym James S. A Corey (the other half being Ty Franck), the name attached to a series of SF novels called The Expanse. Book four in that series, Cibola Burn, comes out in June. This James Corey fellow writes epic, character-driven space opera that just brings a smile to my face with every page.

And who knows, maybe by the time I’ve finished that next Corey book, there’ll be a listing for a new Schroeder book coming soon.

Michael R. UnderwoodMichael R. Underwood

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

I’m cheating a bit on this one, as I’ve already gotten to read much of this book through my work at Angry Robot, who will be publishing The Mirror Empire this August. But the book is so inventive, so powerful, that I have to talk about it, and I can’t wait for everyone else in the SFF world to be able to read it.

The Mirror Empire features carnivorous plants, consent-based cultures, militaristic matriarchies, and a magic system where gifted’s powers wax and wane with their patron sattelites, each sattelite imparting a different style of magic. The writing is muscular and the first 50 pages play like the opening cutscene from an XBox One game. It rocks. Hard.

The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellanCrimson Campaign

I read Promise of Blood, the first book of the Powder Mage Trilogy, shortly after it came out last year, and I was really impressed. Promise of Blood was richly textured, and featured a very cool set of magic systems. More traditional D&D Wizard-style magic is counter-pointed by Powder Magic, which can float bullets for sniper fu, detonate gunpowder from a distance, and/or let mages ingest gunpowder for temporarily-enhanced strength & speed).

The Crimson Campaign continues where Promise of Blood left off, in the aftermath of a French Revolution-style overthrow of a corrupt government. But all is not well in the recently-freed nation of Adro. They’ve got enemies at the gates, and a reborn God sworn to destroy the whole country for its insolence. All of this before the dust has even settled on their revolution.

Cover Reveal: Michael R. Underwood with SHIELD AND CROCUS

Michael is excited to reveal the full cover spread for Shield and Crocus, to be released in June from 47North!

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In a city built among the bones of a fallen giant, a small group of heroes looks to reclaim their home from the five criminal tyrants who control it.

The city of Audec-Hal sits among the bones of a Titan. For decades it has suffered under the dominance of five tyrants, all with their own agendas. Their infighting is nothing, though, compared to the mysterious “Spark-storms” that alternate between razing the land and bestowing the citizens with wild, unpredictable abilities. It was one of these storms that gave First Sentinel, leader of the revolutionaries known as the Shields of Audec-Hal, power to control the emotional connections between people—a power that cost him the love of his life.

Now, with nothing left to lose, First Sentinel and the Shields are the only resistance against the city’s overlords as they strive to free themselves from the clutches of evil. The only thing they have going for them is that the crime lords are fighting each other as well—that is, until the tyrants agree to a summit that will permanently divide the city and cement their rule of Audec-Hal.

It’s one thing to take a stand against oppression, but with the odds stacked against the Shields, it’s another thing to actually triumph.

 

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 Available for preorder:

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Vectors: What ONE book would you like to see made into a movie? (PART 2)

This week our topic is Movies Made from Books….or rather, that movie that hasn’t been made yet. What ONE (and only one) book needs to be made into a movie?
(Part 1 here)

Elizabeth Wein

elizabeth-wein-18f62672d92c2112Our third guest on this question is Elizabeth Wein, author of the acclaimed novels Code Name Verity (see previous post) and Rose Under Fire, as well as an Alternate History series, The Aksumite Cycle: The Lion Hunters.

I will never forget the catalogue copy that first made me buy Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint about 25 years ago: “The kind of book where you’d root for the good guys, but you can’t work out who they are, so instead you root for the characters with the best dress sense.” And frankly, that really tells you all you need to know about this novel-turned-virtual-movie. It will be twist upon twist and you’ll lust over every single figure, male and female, who stalks or slinks across the screen, and the costumes and set and design will all be so PRETTY. The first thing you’ll do when you get home is to ask your friend on Etsy to make you a coat just like that one, and the next thing you’ll do is get yourself fencing lessons.

61SFC+IyI8LSwordspoint is a fantasy without magic, set in the fictional pseudo-Regency (or is it Victorian?) city of Riverside, centered around the relationship between Alec, an eccentric young aristocrat who doesn’t want anything to do with his heritage, and Richard, a commoner who happens to be the best damned hired swordsman in the country (he’s mostly hired as a sub for duels, as I recall). Swordspoint may have set the tone for modern Steampunk, but it predates it by a couple of decades. It’s worth reading for the language alone-Ellen Kushner is the Goddess of Elegant Prose. The visual richness of her imagination leaps off the page but Oh. My. Goodness. How I would love to see that treasure trove translated to the silver screen. With a Cast of Thousands and In Glorious Technicolor, please.


Tina Connolly

12680907I could pick a number of childhood books that I’ve imprinted on, of course! But for something recent I’ll go with Kristin Cashore’s Graceling Realm series: Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue. (If I can only pick one I’ll pick the most recent, Bitterblue, but I
think a trilogy is fair game to pitch to Hollywood, right?)

For starters, these books are gorgeous high fantasies with strong female protagonists. The world is fascinating, too–many people are “gracelings”–they are marked with eyes of two different colors, and they have a unique talent. (Katsa, the heroine of Graceling, is graced with the art of killing.)

But also interesting is that each book features a different lead character in a different time and place. The books are linked, and some of the same characters pop up, but they are not a traditional trilogy with one main character and a series of cliffhangers. They are gorgeous, vibrant, thoughtful books, and of course they’d be a challenge to adapt well… but I’d like to see it happen anyway.

Michael R. Underwood

Heroes Die (HC) (1)I’m going to reach back a ways and say Heroes Die, by Matthew Woodring Stover (1998), the first of the Acts of Caine series. Heroes Die combines sword & sorcery with dystopian SF, which is basically my literary peanut butter & jelly combination of epic win.

In an era where fantasy & science fiction rule the box office, and Heroes Die has all of the cool and excitement of both genres. We’d see the corporate-run future SF in the main setting, and when protagonist Hari Michaelson heads into the ‘game’ world on the other side of the galaxy, we’d see a world that resembles the fantasy realms of Dungeons & Dragons or the pulp fantasies of Robert E. Howard.

Michaelson would satisfy Hollywood’s desire for powerful male leads (keeping the status quo), while building in room for Shana’s Pallas Ril to take center-stage in the sequel.

Lawrence M. Schoen

Miles VorkosiganToo many of the books that I adore would not make very good movies. The depth and insights in novels like China Miéville’s Perdido Street Station or Embassytown, or Kameron Hurley’s God’s War would quickly be lost to Hollywood’s love of explosions and the genre’s equivalent of car chases.

So instead I went with something that just overflows with heart, a classic story of a sympathetic protagonist who overcomes all obstacles to win the day. The kind of book that’s so full of fun even moviemakers would find it very hard to spoil it. And best of all, once you get hooked by this book/movie, there are plenty more to come after it. In fact, I’m stunned that we haven’t seen this on the big screen yet.

I refer to The Warrior’s Apprentice from the Vorkosgian saga by Lois McMaster Bujold. In a world that honors physical perfection, young Miles Vorkosigan has all the advantages of noble birth but exposure to a poison while in utero has left him weak of stature and brittle of bone. His parents still love him, but he’s an object of pity to the rest of his world. Despite his determination to succeed, he washes out of the planetary military academy. A series of events allow him to combine luck and his own native brilliance, ultimately putting him in command of a mercenary space fleet and leading him to create an alternate identity for himself as Admiral Naismith. Now if he can just think of a way to explain this to his parents back home.

I’ve yet to meet anyone who hasn’t delighted in the story of Miles Vorkosigan. And perhaps most exciting of all when I think of the film version of The Warrior’s Apprentice is that it’s not even the best book in the series. Someone get Peter Jackson on the phone. Better yet, send him a copy of the book!

J. Kathleen Cheney

9780441068807_custom-f85f12414e562cfecc2021c7fa615d27c0a071d0-s6-c30The very first time I read The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley, I thought it would make an excellent movie. I rarely think this about books. Most are far too complex to make a movie. They’d be better as a mini-series or something longer. But the story in this book is a nice tight one, and the visual aspect would allow the watcher to pick up most of the subtext that a lot of movies lose. It has desert (which I love) and horses (which I love) and Romance (which I love.) Seriously…this book has it all in a package small enough to hit the silver screen..

And the heroine’s named Angharad. How cool is that?





What novel are we missing on this list? What’s your one choice?

Vectors: What ONE book would you like to see made into a movie? (PART 1)

This week our topic is Movies Made from Books….or rather, that movie that hasn’t been made yet. What ONE (and only one) book needs to be made into a movie?

Steve Bein

Hobbit_coverHonestly? The Hobbit.

From the outset, I wanted to see this book made into A movie. As soon as I heard Peter Jackson was on board, I was excited. Then I heard they were doing two films and I got suspicious. Then they said they were doing three films, and that all of them would be three hours long. That’s when I knew these films would suck.

In the edition I have on my shelf, The Lord of the Rings is 1100 pages. Nine hours to film 1100 pages of story was about right. They cut what they needed to cut and they delivered three of the best fantasy movies ever made.

Compare that to The Hobbit’s 200 pages. Clearly this book calls for one tightly crafted two-hour film. I won’t go on a rant (since I’ve done that elsewhere) but I will cite one problem: why do we care about the Necromancer? He’s not mysterious. They tell us who he is in the first 20 minutes. And we know for a fact that it’s Aragorn and company, not Thorin and company, who will deal with him. So not only is he irrelevant; he’s anticlimactic.

So yeah, in my humble opinion, The Hobbit should be the first film whose director’s cut is a quarter of the length of the original.

Beth Cato

CodeNameVerityCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.

I have read some books that I would classify as tear-jerkers. This one… this one left me feeling shattered and dazed like I had lost a loved one. The setting is World War II. The genre is YA, supposedly. What really matters, though, is that the book is about friendship. This is the kind of book I’d love to shove into people’s hands and say, “Read it. This will change your life.” But since most people won’t read it, a movie would be far more accessible. I think the BBC could handle this one. Hollywood… no.

“Kiss me, Hardy! Kiss me, quick!” *sniffle*


M. K. Hutchins

47587The Dark Lord of Derkholm by Dianna Wynn Jones.

I’ve always loved the premise of this book. There’s a portal from our world into a fantasy-land — but unfortunately, a conniving CEO has taken control of the magical world to rent it out to LARPers and make a hefty profit in the process. The titular character is the poor sap who has to play the Dark Lord this year, make-over his home into an evil-looking fortress, and fake his death for tourists once a week.

It’s incredibly fun to read, and I think all the different settings — and the griffons — would look stunning on the screen.


Maura McHugh

mauramchugh500x667Our guest today, Maura McHugh is a writer living in Galway, Ireland, who walks in the forests regularly, and writes prose and comic books.

Mythago Wood, written by Robert Holdstock. Published in
1984, based on a novella of the same name from 1981, Mythago Wood went on to win the World Fantasy Award and the BSFA for Best novel. The story revolves around the relationship between the Huxley family and the ancient forest they live next to called Ryhope Wood. Within the woodland pockets of different time periods exist, and within those various timelines reside the mythagos: human, and not-so-human, archetypes of chthonic forces.

mythagoSet at the end of World War II, one of the two brothers Stephen begins to discover the mysteries of the forest as his other brother Christian is lured away into the depths of the primordial forest. It’s a quintessential British novel, which celebrates England’s mythological heritage and explores the deep connection between people and the land.

This novel, and it’s tremendous sequel, Lavondyss, had a huge impact upon the British fantasy scene, and they certainly fired my imagination when I read them. It’s a shame that this evocative and important British novel has never been realised as a film.


Tinatsu Wallace

tina_headshotOur second guest today, Tinatsu Wallace, is head of the visual effects boutique ExodusFX, where she works on an ever-changing roster of feature films, TV shows, and commercials. Occasionally she writes.

Anytime I read a book or story, part of my brain is always evaluating how it would translate to the screen. downloadUnfortunately, many of my favorite books would lose too much of what I love about them to adapt well. The book that has most recently jumped out at me as being screen-ready is Seanan McGuire’s Discount Armageddon. It has an ass-kicking heroine, an action-filled plot, and tons of fun visuals. I would love to see the nightclub staffed by Gorgons and shapeshifting Tanuki, to freerun with Verity over Manhattan rooftops, and to watch her battle lizardmen in the sewers. And who doesn’t want to see ritual-chanting warrior-mice? Hail!





What novel are we missing on this list? What’s your one choice?

Vectors: Disliked Required Reading from School

We love books., in general. There will, however, be exceptions. That’s especially true of assigned reading from school. We delve into our pasts to remember the books that made us growl, fuss, and contemplate violent acts against Ernest Hemingway.

What required reading in school did you absolutely despise?

 

J. Kathleen CheneyJ. Kathleen Cheney
To be honest, practically everything. I spent most of my high school career trying to get out of reading authors like Conrad and Hemingway and Faulkner. I suppose that my second runner up was Moby Dick, which will, no doubt, meet with gasps from some people. It simply didn’t make sense to me. This was followed by Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, which I found annoying because I found the narration manipulative. (I especially disliked that we didn’t learn the guy’s name.) My crown for Worst Torture of High School Students, however, goes to Steinbeck’s “The Red Pony”, which is eighty pages of a horse dying slowly and a kid feeling miserable about it. RedPony

Essentially, I discovered early that I didn’t like what most English Majors consider ‘deep’ or ‘important’ works of fiction. They tended to be depressing, which is simply Not My Thing.

And thank heavens for my college English prof who taught Literature: Fiction who taught Tolkien and L’Amour and let me do my reports on The Mabinogion. and Gillian Bradshaw.

Fran2014Fran Wilde
My math book.

People in my family are notoriously good at math and engineering. Unlike them, I knew myself to be terrible at it. I focused on art and English. Took the algebra class with the goofy word problems, not calculus. A high school teacher (a kind soul, Mr. Maas) went so far as to pull me aside to talk DaVinci and show me how an artist could also be a mathematician. He was convinced — possibly because he’d taught my sister (now a world-class naval architect and marine engineer [whoops, sorry, proud sister moment]) by then — that all he needed to do was overcome my resistance and I would happily devour numbers like a good member of my clan.

Amusingly, the minute I learned I could automate an animation in Flash using algorithms, or build something really cool in php, I was All Over the Math. And I was good at it, too, most of the time. It took programming and lots of it to help me overcome my fear. Now I love it quite a lot.

Dear Mr. Maas, thank you for trying. Sorry I was late to class.

Steve BeinSteve Bein
I went to the same high school as Ernest Hemingway, and so naturally our teachers beat us half to death with Hemingway. I bore a grudge against that man for years.

Today, The Old Man and the Sea is one of my favorite books. When I teach a class on writing some day, it will be required reading. I could talk for ten minutes about the first sentence alone. He accomplishes so much with it. old man and the sea

But in high school, I wanted to replace the bronze bust we’d pass as we walked through the front door. Instead of a bust of ruggedly handsome middle-aged Hemingway, I wanted end-of-life Hemingway, which is to say Hemingway with his mouth open, the back of his head hollowed out, and a bunch of melted bronze splattered on the wall behind it.

Sorry, a little too much? That’s how much I hated Hemingway.

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Lawrence SchoenLawrence M. Schoen
Once again, Steve Bein seems to be reading my mind. My first thought was to talk write bout Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, one of many novels forced upon the 12-year old me in Mrs. Byers 7th Grade Honors English class. To this day, all I can recall from the book is the eponymous protagonist’s fondness for Joe DeMaggio and his incessant whining about how he “wished the boy was here.”

AnimalFarmBut the more I thought about it, the more another book from that same class intruded on my awareness, blocking out all rational thought. I refer of course to George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Now, what makes this particularly ironic is that the book I have sitting on my editor’s desk at Tor right now originally had the elevator pitch of “Dune meets Animal Farm as it’s a far future adventure set in a galaxy full of anthropomorphic animals. But irony aside, I just didn’t get what Orwell was selling. I followed the power struggle. I loved that bit about “all animals are equal, and some are more equal than others,” and it probably contributed in some small way to pushing me down the road toward a fascination with language and linguistics. But — and I cannot stress this strongly enough — every fricking bit of allegory went completely over my head. Communism? Seriously?

I should add that it’s not just the book itself that put it to the #1 spot on this list, but the book report that followed in Mrs. Byers’s class. And not my book report, that was fine (so far as it went). It was the horror and confusion that followed when another kid got up to do his report on the same book, and the elaborate explanations of pigs as communists that flowed form his lips, using vocabulary that he’d never demonstrated before and wouldn’t again for years. Yeah, and I don’t doubt that his parents helped him build that working volcano for science class later in the year.

CharlesEGannonCharles E. Gannon
The required reading that I found most aversive were all “theory” tracts, and so, while they were often picayune in their objects and habits of analysis, they were also written from that fever-pitch of earnestness that typifies many of the “must read” critical works that populate masters and doctoral program lists. Specific titles and authors elude me now—for which I am thankful.

Many of these treatises were hypertrophied (not to say bloated and fatuous) explications of “critical apparatuses” so extraordinary lofty and finely nuanced that the authors had to invent whole new vocabularies to express them. And by inventing that vocabulary, the author conveniently created a special kind of unassailable authority. I’ll call out two disciplines to illustrate: social psychology and literary theory.

For every practical and empirical in social psychology, there seems to be another whose imagination and sense of utility are both moribund. So they hide their paucity of worthy content in a deep and trackless thicket of terms, taxonomies, and distinctions so fine and so unnecessary that it makes the classic debate about how many angels may dance on the head of a pin sound like white-coated lab science.

In the domain of literary criticism, something similar started increasing as the theoretical vigor of post-modernism and deconstruction began sliding down into decrepitude. Nervous doctoral candidates and untenured assistant professors began mining the far reaches (not to say howlingly obscure corners) of their fields in search of something optimally recondite/byzantine. Lacanian and Foucauldian theory in fusional critical apparatuses, for instance. The agonizingly esoteric arguments resembled those between computer code jockeys over the respective merits of different programming languages and architectures, resulting in debates that were of interest to–maybe–63 people on the face of the planet.

No wonder I forgot the names and titles of the specific assignments—or maybe I suppressed them to get past the resentment of having to act as if all these emperors of theory were, in fact, wearing new clothes.

Dr. Charles E. Gannon’s current Nebula-nominated novel, Fire with Fire, was a best-seller and is also a finalist for the Compton Crook Award for best first novel. It is the first volume of an interstellar epic that continues in the forthcoming sequel, Trial by Fire (August 2014). Gannon is coauthor with Steve White of Extremis, the latest entry in the Starfire series created by David Weber, and 1635: The Papal Stakes, a Wall Street Journal Best-Seller in Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire universe. He has numerous shorter publications in shared world series, anthologies, and Analog. As part of his ongoing work with various defense and intelligence organizations (Pentagon, Air Force, NATO, others), Gannon was invited to present sections of Fire with Fireat the NRO, as well as highlights from his non-fiction book Rumors of War and Infernal Machines(winner of the 2006 ALA Choice award, Best Book of 2006). A multiple Fulbright scholar, Gannon is also Distinguished Professor of American Literature at St. Bonaventure University.

JamesLCambiasJames L. Cambias
I had the advantage of going to one of New Orleans’s better schools, Isidore Newman School, and now that I can see what my own kids are reading in school I realize how good the reading list at Newman was. But there was one exception.

In my freshman year of high school, back in 1981, the theme of the English class was “coming of age.” We read Lord of the Flies and Romeo and Juliet and Henry IV, Part II. All excellent stories of young people finding their place and role in the world. I learned a lot in that class; that was my first real exposure to Shakespeare’s works.

But for some reason, among all those classics, we were also handed a little paperback collection of short stories about “youth in rebellion” or something like that. I forget the title, but it had groovy early-Seventies cover art and featured stories like “The Bike” by Alan Sillitoe and John Updike’s “A&P,” and I’m pretty sure there were some excerpts from S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders in it as well.Outsiders

I’m not entirely sure why someone thought that stories of young people struggling with authority figures would resonate with a bunch of affluent, brainy kids in a private prep school in New Orleans. My classmates were authority figures in training — one of them became a city councilwoman, a couple of others now run some of the city’s big businesses. A lot of them became lawyers. Not a hotbed of angry youth. Our brushes with rebellion mostly consisted of trying to sneak into the college bars around Tulane despite being underage.

Now, the stories in that little paperback were fine. Whoever put the collection together obviously picked excellent selections. It was the purpose of the anthology, and the reason for assigning it which I despised. Apparently some editor decided that “today’s youth” circa 1978 couldn’t relate to fiction which wasn’t about contemporary teenagers. And my teachers, though they put Shakespeare and Golding on the lesson plan, apparently bought into that notion.

It irritated me, and it irritates me still, because I couldn’t avoid the impression that my teachers were trying to apply their Baby Boomer-era template of “youth rebellion” to my own Generation X cohort. We weren’t rebels; when my friends watched The Graduate our universal reaction was “take the plastics job, you idiot!” In their painstaking effort to reach out to “today’s youth” the teachers only demonstrated how little they understood our actual concerns.

The result was a paradox. If my teachers were trying to encourage myself and my fellow students to be rebels, as they liked to imagine themselves to have been, then we defied them by refusing to do so.

James L. Cambias writes SF and designs games. Originally from New Orleans, he lives in western Massachusetts. His stories have appeared in F&SF, Shimmer, Nature, and several original anthologies. A Darkling Sea, his first novel, came out in January 2014. Mr. Cambias has written for GURPS, Hero Games, and other roleplaying systems, and is a partner in Zygote Games. He is a member of the notorious Cambridge SF Workshop. Read his blog at www.jamescambias.com.

BethCato-steampunk-headshotBeth Cato
High school freshmen reading material is very depressing. My class read through Romeo and Juliet, Antigone, and the William Golding book Lord of the Flies. In case you haven’t read that novel of doom and gloom, it’s about English school boys on a desert isle who lose all their civilized senses and descend into their primitive, baser selves. Rather like going to high school, just without the profanity and innuendo. One of the boys–the most sane of the lot–is dubbed Piggy. He’s fat, and has glasses, and is treated like dirt… and I related to him strongly. I felt like the female equivalent of Piggy at my school.lordoftheflies

I won’t say what happens to Piggy.

I enjoyed my social studies class–I had a great teacher, Mr. McCaw–and loved reading. But wow, did I hate that book. Lord of the Flies mirrored what I saw around me, and it was neither pretty or hopeful. It’s the first book I remember reading where I thought, “Wow. I hate all of these characters. Rocks need to fall and kill all of them… except Piggy.” Then I kept reading.

Sigh.

Tex ThompsonTex Thompson
I had my share of less-than-favorite authors in school. Any unit on the Romantic poets was always especially tough to stomach, though eventually I learned to get through it with mental MST3K. (“Dad, I had a feeling today!” “Well, don’t, son.”)fear-and-trembling

But it wasn’t until I was in college that I met a Liberal Art that I absolutely could not master. I’m not ashamed to say that Aristotle punched me in the breadbasket, Descartes kicked out the back of my knees, and Nietzsche smashed a chair over my back. I was used to sobbing in frustration over differential equations and stoichiometry, but it was AMAZING to me how completely my powers of “reading words on a page and having an MLA-format Deep Thought about them” failed me in philosophy. Kierkegaard, you are my Kryptonite.

I would like to end with some Eye of the Tiger stuff here, but the short story is that I buckled like a belt, took Mexican Politics instead, and can converse at length about the damaging effects of “toallagate” on the Fox administration. Let’s call that a win.

Initial Acceleration: Upcoming Books for April

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The Novelociraptors always keep an eye out for new publications, and here we offer a sampling of books launching this month.

 

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Silver Mirrors  by AA Aguirre

The Bird Eater by Ania Ahlborn

The Furies: A Thriller by Mark Alpert

Sea of Shadows: Age of Legends by Kelley Armstrong 

Heaven’s Queen  by Rachel Bach

Steles of the Sky  by Elizabeth Bear

Shipstar by Gregory Benford

Covenant: The Books of Raziel by Sabrina Benulis

Transhuman by Ben Bova

The Here and Now by Anne Brasheres

The Kraken King Part I: The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster by Meljean Brook

The Kraken King Part II: The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm by Meljean Brook

The Kraken King Part III: The Kraken King and the Fox’s Den by Meljean Brook

Nightmare Ink by Marcella Burnard

Pack of Strays by Dana Cameron

The School for Good and Evil #2: A World without Princes by Soman Chainani

Dark Serpent: Celestial Battle: Book One by Kylie Chan

Peacemaker: Foreigner #15 by CJ Cherryh

Fluff Dragon by Platte F. Clark

Saucer: Savage Planet by Stephen Coonts 

The Churn: An Expanse Novella  by James S.A. Corey

I Am the New God by Nicole Cushing

Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson

Peacemaker by Marianne de Pierres

The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Warrior’s Curse  by Alex Egan

Foretold by Rinda Elliott

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Shards of Time: The Nightrunner Series, Book 7 by Lynn Flewelling

Deception’s Princess  by Esther Friesner

Severed by Gary Fry

When We Fall by Peter Giglio

The Revolutions by Felix Gilman

Light: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant

The Word Exchange: A Novel by Alena Graedon

Afterparty by Daryl Gregory

Starfall  by Michael Griffo

Irenicon: Book 1 of the Wave Trilogy by Aidan Harte

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Marked: A Mindspace Investigations Novel by Alex Hughes

Stolen Songbird: Malediction Trilogy Book One by Danielle L Jensen

The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin

Revelations by Paul Antony Jones

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Baltic Gambit: A Novel of the Vampire Earth by EE Knight

Valour and Vanity by Marie Robinette Kowal

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina

Shadow Grail #4: Victories by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

Jonah Hex: Shadows West by Joe Lansdale

Twisted Miracles  by AJ Larriau

Toxic Heart: A Mystic City Novel by Theo Lawrence

Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon

Frenzy by Robert Lettrick

Joe Ledger: Special Ops by Jonathan Maberry

Reign of Ash  by Gail Z Martin

Ancient Enemy by Michael McBride

Talker 25 by Joshua McCune

Silver Skin by DL McDermott

Stone Cold: A Broken Magic Novel by Devon Monk

Golem in My Glovebox  by RL Naquin

Life’s Lottery by Kim Newman

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

Grunt Life: A Task Force Ombra Novel by Weston Ochse

Ghost Seer  by Robin D. Owens

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page

They Shall Begin Again: A Novel by Giacomo Papi

Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley

Morningside Fall by Jay Posey

Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

The Forever Watch by David Ramirez

Thornlost by Melanie Rawn

Horizon (Above World) by Jenn Reese

XOM-B by Jeremy Robinson

The Eighth Day by Dianne K. Salerni

Under Nameless Stars by Christian Schoon

Shanghai Sparrow by Gaie Sebold

Zom-B: Mission by Darren Shan

Operation Shield: A Cassandra Kresnov Novel by Joel Shepherd

Sekret by Lindsay Smith

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

The Keys to the Realms by Roberta Trahan

Attack the Geek: A Ree Reyes Side-Quest by Michael R. Underwood

The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth

Dragon Age: The Masked Empire by Patrick Weekes

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

Noggin by John Corey Whaley

House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

In the Shadows by Kiersten White

The Blood of Alexander by Tom Wilde

*This is not, of course, a complete list. We simply can’t catch every launch!

March News

tina_connolly-300x450Tina Connolly
It’s all podcasts, all the time, around here!

I read two stories for Beneath Ceaseless Skies: The Breath of War, by Aliette de Bodard, and The River Does Not Run by Rachel Sobel.

I read a flash story for Cast of Wonders, Pictures in Crayon, by Elizabeth Shack.

One of my stories, A Memory of Seafood, is read by Kelley MacAvaney for Drabblecast.

And my flash fiction podcast, Toasted Cake, is back to its post-baby, regular weekly schedule, with the 100th episode! It’s Thirty-Six Interrogatories Propounded by the Human-Powered Plasma Bomb in the Moments Before Her Imminent Detonation, by Erica L. Satifka.

MK Hutchins

M.K. Hutchins
– ARCs for Drift are out! I’ve also turned back in the copy edit.

BethCato-steampunk-headshotBeth Cato
– the full first chapter of The Clockwork Dagger is currently featured on Tor.com
– science fiction short story “Measures and Countermeasures,” about the future of eating disorders, is on Daily Science Fiction
– poem “Nisei” in the new issue of Mythic Delirium alongside folks like Jane Yolen and Rhonda Parrish
– will be participating in the April Poem-A-Day Challenge using daily prompts from the the Writer’s Digest Poetic Asides Blog.

Lawrence SchoenLawrence M. Schoen
– the 2nd of April is my personal annual holiday, the anniversary of my dissertation defense. I call it “Doctoral Day” and I burn a vacation day from my regular job to treat myself especially well. I encourage everyone to bloviate and be pompous on this most hallowed day. Soapbox pontification is expected, as well as obnoxiously educating anyone who crosses your path. Truly a glorious holiday!
– the last weekend of April will see me down in Richmond, VA as I return to RavenCon after too long away. The incomparable Elizabeth Bear is the con’s GoH, so you know it’s going to be a great event. Hope to see you there!
– In other news, I am simultaneously working on polishing a YA novel and developing two new novels (one of which is a spin-off using characters from last year’s Nebula nominated novella “Barry’s Tale”). I’m not sure if I’m being super productive or procrastinating actually finishing a project. Time will tell.

Michael R. UnderwoodMichael R. Underwood
March was a busy month (and April will be even busier).

I submitted The Younger Gods to my editor, and wrote, revised, and submitted a short story promised to a RPG anthology.

At the start of the month, I attended FOGcon outside of San Francisco, which was a great deal of fun. I got to dispense harsh & beautiful publishing truths alongside colleagues to an eager audience.

Early reviews for Attack the Geek are coming in from all around the blogosphere:

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Journey of a Bookseller

At Skiffy & Fanty, I participated in Shoot The WISB episodes about the original Godzilla and part three of our ongoing Babylon 5 Re-Watch.

And right at the end of the month, I was a guest on the SF Squeecast, talking about expectations.

…so that’s why I’m exhausted!

Fran WildeFran2014

At the end of March, I gave a reading at ICFA – the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. It was fabulous.
I also visited my publisher for the first time. That was a blast. Photos coming soon…
I’m preparing new Cooking the Books columns with Mur Lafferty and Novelocity’s very own Mike Underwood.
I sold audio rights to my very short story, “The Naturalist Composes His Rebuttal,” to Lakeside Circus – coming soon!
And some stuff I can’t talk about just yet. Watch the skies….

Steve BeinSteve Bein
Thrilled to see the US release of The Time Traveler’s Almanac! I think you’ll like my story in it, but let’s face it, I am not the #1 reason to buy this one. It’s got stories from George R.R. Martin, Ursula K. Le Guin, H.G. Wells, William Gibson, Ray Bradbury… well, the list goes on. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.
– Speaking of star power, I’m looking forward to some great panels and mega stars at Chicago Comic Con.
– Still pushing full steam ahead on Disciple of the Wind