It’s hard to encapsulate the events of the past month, and impossible to separate them from the political timeline. My heart hurts, I feel yet another wave of incredible loss and sadness, and I am resolved to participate, to continue to speak up, engage, and to engage with my communities.
One of the pieces of work I’m very proud of along those lines is the Resist! Anthology, proceeds from which support the ACLU.
Resist! is a collection of dystopian sci-fi & poetry that benefits the ACLU, featuring new fiction by Gary Whitta, Saladin Ahmed, Charlie Jane Anders, Elizabeth Bear, Delilah S. Dawson, C. Robert Cargill, Hugh Howey, and many more (including me!). I’m honored to be part of this book and so proud it is out in the world. Paperback and e-books are available now!
Here are a bunch more of rest of the recent:
World Frantasy – Baltimore Renaissance Hotel (My schedule)
Friday – 1PM : The Books of EarthSea at 50
Tina Connolly, Delia Sherman, Charles Vess, Fran Wilde (M)
The Books of Earthsea will publish in October 2018 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of A Wizard of Earthsea. Discussion of the impact of the book and look at the amazing illustrations Charles Vess has provided for this volume.
Friday – 8PM : Mass Signing
I’ll have lots of postcards, stickers, and more – come on by!
Saturday – 1PM : In Conversation with Guest Aliette de Bodard
Aliette de Bodard, Fran Wilde
An interview! Come to the Maryland Ballroom with Questions!
Sunday – 1PM – 3PM: World Fantasy Awards Ceremony
Serial Box’s Ninth Step Station is coming!
Wow, October, what happened to you? Work-wise, the month started out with a reading in NYC for the 10th Anniversary of Beneath Ceaseless Skies… you can hear (and see) my reading (and slight roast of editor Scott Andrews) at the NYRSF archive.
Two short stories appeared in the world — both of which are meaningful to me for different reasons. “Ruby, Singing” (Beneath Ceaseless Skies) is a story set in the Gemworld, and is about what everyone knows, the narrowed path, choices, and rumors, plus murder ballads! “Disconnect” (Uncanny, DPDSF) is about adjuncting, joint mobility, the Oort Cloud, and friendship.
A new essay came out — about Empathy vs. Sympathy (Uncanny).
I remain so grateful to my editors Dominik Parisien and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry for the DPDSF issue – it was an incredible experience.
I visited Montreal and had a great time reading with Max Gladstone, meeting the amazing Argo booksellers, walking around the city with good friends, visiting with more friends including Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Paul Weimer, Sherwood Smith, Jonathan Crowe, and talking about ink with the marvelous John Singer. After 16 hours on the train (where I got caught up on inktober… which has been really fun), I taught classes at University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, and read from my upcoming book, Riverland, at the wonderful Fountain Bookstore.
At the first Bucks County Book Festival, I met so many wonderful people, and had a delightful, insightful, and packed-tent panel with his Hirstuteness, Chuck Wendig. Thank you Bucks County & Doylestown Books!
I also got to chat with a fantastic group of teenagers at Gunnison High in Colorado this past week — You all are so smart — many thanks to your excellent English Teacher for setting that up!
Lastly, the faculty for next year’s Futurescapes has been announced! April 11-14: editor Navah Wolfe, author Ted Chiang, editor Alison Fisher, agent Nephele Tempest, author Dan Wells, agent Ben Grange, agent Dongwon Song, author Mary Robinette Kowal, and author Fran Wilde.
Here’s what’s coming up: An election eve reading of Who Will Speak for America (Temple University Press) with Big Blue Marble at Kismet on Nov 5, more news about Riverland, and a Philly Free Library event at the end of November… more soon! (most likely in my newsletter, coming at the end of the week!)
I hope your week goes well, and that you vote and encourage others to vote also!