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.

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…)

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!).


My London Worldcon (LonCon) Schedule

My schedule for London Worldcon 2014! These panels, you guys. So very excited to be a part of them. The Kaffeeklatsch will be my first – looking forward to seeing friends old and new there!


Thursday 14:00 – 15:00, London Suite 4 (ExCeL) – Come talk short stories, novels, and cooking the books! I’ll have some shiny swag with me, including Cooking the Books ribbons, short story cards, and (hopefully) my growing map of London Literary stops. What are your favorite places?

Feeding the Imagination: Food in SF/F

Friday 11:00 – 12:00, Capital Suite 3 (ExCeL)

The food in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series is described in such detail that cookbooks have been published in response. What other genre works have focused heavily on food to develop the world and characters? What does food say about an invented society? Are stories that lack an exploration of the diet of their characters lacking something?  With: Shana Worthen (M), Aliette de Bodard, Gillian Polack, Jo Walton, Fran Wilde.


Bear & Underwood Giveaways! A few words about Storium!

Earlier this week, Cooking the Books took a road trip – Michael R. Underwood and I piled everything in the car and headed out for new frontiers… Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 8.52.57 AM

We set up camp at GeekMom to talk about Mike’s latest novella Attack the Geek! Mike brought along a great pizza recipe, as well as a giveaway. There’s still time to enter to win – head on over there.


The next day, over at Apex, I interviewed the amazing Elizabeth Bear about Steles of the Sky, the third book in her Eternal Sky series.  (more…)

My God, it’s full of books

My first-ever podcast interview is up, thanks to Shaun Duke and Julia Rios! During ICFA, they interviewed me for the Skiffy & Fanty Show and it was excellent fun.  We talked about Cooking the Books, upcoming stories in Asimov’s and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and the worldbuilding behind Bone Arrow… which led me to talk about:

(A) Clouds & wind
(B) Monsters
(C) Wingbuilding


(D) Poop

If you selected D, you win! Great Job, Me! I blame this odd turn of events on my forebears, engineers all. But, truth be told, I do think about structural and engineering details a lot when I build a world. And one part of those details is often poop. Even if it’s not always front and center in the books (Which, thank goodness, it’s not,), thinking about it is important. Go on, have a listen. (more…)

“Like a Wasp to the Tongue” in Asimov’s April/May Issue

Hooray! The April/May double issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction is on its way!

My story, “Like a Wasp to the Tongue,” joins tales by my delightful Philly neighbor Michael Swanwick, the wonderful James Patrick Kelly, M. Bernardo , William Preston, Robert Reed (I loved his story “Katabasis” in Fantasy & Science Fiction last year), Matthew Johnson, K.J. Zimring, and Joe M. McDermott in the latest issue.

Rumor is the e-book version is already out. WHEE.

I’ve loved this magazine since I was a kid. It’s where I’ve found some of my favorite authors. To say I’m delighted and honored to be on the same table of contents with the writers above is an understatement.

Asimov’s is available in hardcopy from Dell Magazines. It is also available from multiple purveyors of e-magazines, including: Barnes & Noble | Amazon (kindle) | iPad | Kobo | Magzter | Google play.

Food of the Future at Tor.com

For a little over a month, I’ve been working on a bit of a secret project – a roundtable about food and the future – with amazing authors Aliette de Bodard, Ann Leckie, Elizabeth Bear, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, and Rochita Loenen-Ruiz. We created a virtual roundtable to talk about Food of the Future after a roaring discussion on Twitter last December. The resulting discussion was filled with give-and-take, and everyone posed excellent questions. We topped it off with a speed-round: Describe the Future of Food in 10 Words Or Less.

Food of the Future was a lot of fun. I’m grateful to be able to work with Aliette, Ann, Bear, Benjanun, and Rochita in the middle of what is a very busy time of year. Thanks to Aliette de Bodard for the framework idea, and to everyone for their great questions.

The comment section discussion over at tor.com is already quite delicious! I hope you’ll join in.

Great Dangerous Voices!


Leanna Renee Heiber reads; a dalek looks on.

The inaugural Dangerous Voices Variety Hour was this weekend, and I am certain there will be many more. Once we got the definitions clear, “featured author” being quite different than “tortured author” and made sure that the organizers had not, in fact, ordered a dunk tank for the event, we, and the audience, were on our way.

Reading with Leanna Renee Heiber was a blast – she read “Charged,” from the Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells anthology, which was wonderful to hear live. Leanna really knows how to light up a room, you guys. I can’t wait for her new series.

Sarah Pinsker asked tough questions! I got quizzed on food (totally set myself up for that) and didn’t do too badly. In fact, I did well enough that a lucky audience member won a copy of Unidentified Funny Objects 2, the speculative humor anthology that contains a short story of mine.

Michael Underwood provided more questions and prizes, and Leanna defended her fandoms admirably. (more…)