Author: Fran Wilde

Book Bites: Corsair by James Cambias

Book Bites is Cooking the Books‘ more easygoing sibling. Authors talk about their book and share a recipe, all in one tasty bite.

Since the first time I served on a food panel with James Cambias at LoneStarCon, I’ve been impressed by his epic familiarity with foodie goodness, his bow ties and sartorial flair, and his ability to converse on many topics. Moreover, I’m delighted by the premise of his new book, Corsair (Tor, May 2015), a near-future, hard-SF thriller about space pirates where David Schwartz, a self-taught genius who has made millions stealing payloads of valuable Helium-3 from the Moon and Captain Elizabeth Santiago of the Air Force’s Space Command are caught in a private war that ranges from the waters off Cuba to the surface of the Moon.

Welcome, James! (more…)


This gnome wants to keep the ARC -- but you can win it!

This gnome wants to keep the ARC — but you can win it… then check out the storify to see how all this came about.

Last week I asked Twitter and Facebook how to best give away my last remaining ARC of Updraft – and you all were amazing with the suggestions. 

I’ve thought long and hard over the weekend about what we should do… and while the household would seriously love some Chicago Pizza and I love all the great ideas, I’m going to try to even the playing field for this one… and keep a couple of the ideas in my back pocket for [REDACTED] closer to launch.

Because getting to read a signed, personalized copy of Updraft a whole three months early is all kinds of great all on its own, right? That, plus maybe a little Updraft swag to test for me…

So definitely make those wings, you may need them in September.

Meantime To win THIS Updraft ARC, here’s what you need to do, via the Rafflecopter giveaway

THAT’S IT! TO enter the giveaway, Sign up for the Secret Message Machine.

If you’re already signed up, you’re already entered once*. Super-easy, because you guys are awesome.

And if you’re not signed up, here’s your chance. The Secret Message Machine (check out the older issues) carries a special bonus in that it’s likely to generate other prizes, giveaways, and free fiction facts, as well as first-to-know announcements about where I’ll be come September — and yes, I’ll be going places! And *especially for those of you already registered* you can enter more than once, by tweeting the message the Rafflecopter giveaway.

So… click here starting today, and register, by midnight, May 26, and you could win my last ARC of Updraft!

I’ll announce the winner in the May 26 issue of the Secret Message Machine.

Eat Your Heart Out: Cooking the Books with Amanda Downum

Author Amanda Downum’s Necromancer Chronicles (The Drowning City, The Bone Palace, and Kingdoms of the Dust), and her numerous short stories explore dark and, sometimes, damp corners of fantasy, all while enveloping her readers in a cloud of vivid taste and smell. Amanda Downum is a cook of the unusual, you see… including several particular dishes she discusses while visiting Cooking the Books.

As importantly as those dishes, her latest novel, Dreams of Shreds and Tatters, is out this week, and early reviews are very positive. Amanda discusses with us some of the hidden secrets of Dreams, along with facts about the characters hidden because they are too busy running for their lives.

So have a seat, steady your heart, and join us for the latest Cooking the Books, with Amanda Downum! (more…)

BEA and BookCon – May 28-30

Two weeks from now, Book Expo America (BEA) begins, followed by BookCon and with those, Tor Books is celebrating 35 years of publishing. They’ve got some special things cooked up, including a Tor: The Next Generation! quiz show … and I’ll be there! (I’m now wondering if there will be TNG shirts, and if so, what color…)  Let me know if you’ll be there… (If you can’t make it, I’ll be posting picspam from my first BEA over on instagram, tumblr, and probably twitter too.)

Here’s my schedule! :

Thursday, May 28

10:45-11:15 am- Uptown Stage – Tor Presents: The Next Generation! [Add to your show planner]

Host John Scalzi (The End of All Things) introduces Ilana Myer (Last Song Before Night,) Lawrence M. Schoen (Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard), Seth Dickinson (The Traitor Baru Comorant), and Fran Wilde (Updraft) with a rousing game of “Would You Rather: The SFF Edition” – come see what makes us tick!

1:00-2:00 pm – Tor Authors Autographing Session: Fran Wilde & Lawrence M. Schoen -Table 8 –  [Add to your show planner]

I’ll have copies of Updraft! This is amazing and also really cool … but wait there’s more… (more…)

Book Bites: Tide of Shadows by Aidan Moher

Book Bites is Cooking the Books‘ more easygoing sibling. Authors talk about their book and share a recipe, all in one tasty bite.

We’re so glad to have the charming, Hugo-award-winning editor of A Dribble of Ink, Aidan Moher here to talk about his new collection of short stories, Tide of Shadows and Other Stories. The collection of tales, which takes readers from star-faring military science fiction to the dragon-infested kingdom of Copperkettle Vale, debuts today!

(also since we were feeling generous, we let Aidan keep those extra ‘u’s in ‘flavour’ and ‘humour’.)


Live, from Uncanny Cabin

Pro Tip: When editors extraordinaire Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas ask if you want to be an Uncanny Magazine kickstarter reward… for values of Kickstarter rewards that include a weekend at a cabin in the woods? You say yes.

little did we know...

little did we know…

Thought you all might like to tag along, so here’s picspam and various other implements of documentation. Including fanart (!), an accidental musical interlude, and a live Twitter play… read on, brave friends — (more…)

Book Bites: Children of Arkadia by Darusha Wehm

Book bites is the laid-back younger sibling of Cooking the Books. Authors share a recipe and talk about their book, all in one tasty bite. Today, we have the pleasure of going all the way around the world to introduce you to New Zealand resident Darusha Wehm. She’s a fellow sailor and among the first non-relatives to send me a photo of my (name-twin’s) beautiful walkway in Wellington, New Zealand. (Yes, Book Bites is bribable, but only with bridges.)

We hope you find the antipodean stew as delicious as the fiction…  (more…)

Two Ways to Win an ARC of UPDRAFT!

Advance readers’ copies (ARCs) of Updraft have landed at Tor – one more sign that September is coming! [OMG]

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While I’m posting various selfies with Updraft ARCs over on Instagram (who am I kidding, selfies will likely go everywhere) this month, here are two chances to win a copy for yourself and read Updraft before everyone else. Then you can post your own Updraft ARC selfie (& tag me!).