WorldCon 2019 Dublin Schedule

I’ve just returned from Launch Pad, which was fantastic and I hope to have a write up about it soon. But in the meantime, here’s my schedule for WorldCon!

Liking problematic things

When: 15 Aug 2019, Thursday 12:00 – 12:50, Liffey Hall-2 (CCD)

Description: What happens when you find out that something you really love is sexist, racist, homophobic, ableist, or similarly problematic – or that a performer, director, or producer whose work you liked a lot is not who you thought they were? Can you still enjoy problematic creations? How do you reconcile your enjoyment with your values? Our panellists have felt your pain and have some tips to share.

Panelists: Leo Adams, A. T. Greenblatt, Sam Hawke, Sarah Gulde (M) \

Autographs: Friday at 16:00

16 Aug 2019, Friday 16:00 – 16:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)

Participants: Alex Acks, Regina Kanyu Wang, A.J. Hackwith, Dr. Mary Watson, Jo Zebedee, A. T. Greenblatt

Kaffeeklatsch: A. T. Greenblatt

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 14:00 – 14:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)

Using science in fantasy writing

When: 18 Aug 2019, Sunday 16:00 – 16:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)

Description: When do you use science in fantasy? Whether you are dealing with medical problems, outbreaks of disease, or aspects of technology, how can these be integrated with fantasy – and what makes it different from SF?

Panelists: Ginjer Buchanan (Penguin Random House), Joe Abercrombie, A. T. Greenblatt , Peter Adrian Behravesh (PodCastle), Jo Walton (M)

I’ve never had a Kaffeeklatsch before, so that should be fun. If you’re going to be in Dublin, feel free to come and say hello!

Stories Published in 2019 (So Far)

2019, so far, has been a good year for me in terms of writing. Like an extremely good year. Like, I haven’t been doing a proper job of talking about which stories have come out, which ones have audio links, what’s been reprinted, etc.

So, this is a post to recap what’s out and what’s coming out soon!

Online Publications:

Stories in Anthologies:

  • The Gods of Empty Places – Pantheon Magazine – February 15, 2019
  • Forthcoming: “Heavy Lifting” – Best Science Fiction of the Year Vol. 4 – July, 2019 (preorder here)
  • Forthcoming: “And Yet” – The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2019 – September 2019 (preorder here)

Podcasted Stories:

Seriously though, I’m still stunned by this list.

Happy reading!

Where to Find Me at the Nebulas 2019

I’m at the Nebula Convention this weekend in Los Angeles! Here’s my schedule:

Writing on the Side – Thursday, May 16th at 5:00 pm

  • How to be a productive writer when your life is already time-starved, list-bound and career-committed.
  • Panelist: Caitlin Starling, K. A. Doore, A. T. Greenblatt, Mark Tompkins

The Why and How of Accessibility Guidelines – May 17th, 2:00 pm

  • People with disabilities used to be hidden away as a matter of course. Buildings were not built to be accommodating and that excluded people from participating fully in society. That began to change with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but he had to travel with a portable ramp. It took another sixty years to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act. In the 21st century, people still fight for access. The goal of The Accessibility Checklist for SFWA Spaces is full accessibility to all participants, attendees, and guests of SFWA events such as the Nebula Conference. Our panelists give examples of the experiences that drove it, discuss the importance of its creation, and how it’s being used by SFWA and convention-runners all around the country. As we move forward, what should the future of accessibility look like?
  • Panelist: Lee Martindale, K. A. Doore, A. T. Greenblatt, Mark Tompkins

Mass Autographing – Saturday, May 18th, 1:30 pm

If you’re at the conference this weekend, please don’t hesistate to come and say hello!

“Move Forward, Disappear, Transcend” Now Live at Clarkesworld!

I’m a few days late in posting this, but I have a new story out! “Move Forward, Disappear, Transcend” is now available for your reading pleasure over at Clarkesworld Magazine!

With every story I write, I always try to do something that I haven’t tried before. With this piece, that meant writing a story from the point of view of a much older protagonist than myself. It took me a few drafts to get right.

My soundtrack for this story was Empiricist by Typhoon. (Their whole album “Offerings” is great though, I highly recommend.)

If you like this story or any other story Clarkesworld has published, please consider supporting them.

Happy reading!

Podcast of “And Yet” Now Up at Escape Pod!

A narrated version of my Nebula nominated story “And Yet” is now up and available for your listening pleasure over at Escape Pod.

It’s always fun to listen to other people’s takes on stories and the narrator Alethea Kontis does a fantastic job!

If you’re interested in the background post for this story when it was originally published in Uncanny Magazine, you can find that here.

Finally, if you like this story or any of the podcasts the Escape Artists team does, please consider supporting them.

Happy reading!

“Before the World Crumbles Away” Live at Uncanny Magazine

A new story is up and free to read online over at Uncanny Magazine! “Before the World Crumbles Away” is a bit different from most of my other stories. It’s near future focused and centered around a relationship of two people with different world views. There’s also an interview posted where I discuss the story in more detail and talk about its influences.

I listened to two different songs on repeat as I wrote this story. The first was “Gone” by My Bubba and the second was “Forgive Me” by Sky Gienger.

This is the third(!) story of mine that Uncanny Magazine has published. Uncanny and other magazines rely on readership support to continue publishing short fiction. If you like this story or any story they have published, please consider supporting them.

Lastly, a podcast of “And Yet” should be up later this week at Escape Pod. I’ll post an update here when it is!

Happy reading!

“Team Work” Now Live at Fireside Magazine!

I’m please to say that my short story “Team Work” is now up and free to read (or listen to) at Fireside Magazine!

My goal for this story was to get better at writing flash fiction – stories that are 1,000 words or less. You’d think that after spending so many years as an editor assistant for Every Day Fiction and Flash Fiction Online, I could put together a flash story, no problem. But unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Writing them still takes tons of practice.

Anyway, in this story I wanted to combine my love of weird, almost useless superhero powers with anxiety and acceptance. I listened to tunnels pt.2 by Joshua Burnside on repeat while I was writing and editing this story. For me, the song captured a sense of urgency and anxiety.

I also want to add that if you’ve enjoyed my stories or the magazines that published them, please consider getting a subscription or supporting them on Patreon. Most fiction magazines run on razor thin margins and need the support of readers to survive. Fireside Magazine makes both ebooks and print books for their subscribers. I get the print books quarterly and they’re beautiful!

That’s it for now. Next week my story “Before the World Crumbles Away” will be live at Uncanny Magazine and an audio version of “And Yet” will be podcasted in Escape Pod. I’ll post updates here when they’re available, so stay tuned!

As always, thanks for reading!

“And Yet” Finalist for a Nebula Award

So this happened. My short story “And Yet“, which was originally published in Uncanny Magazine, is a finalist for the 2018 Nebula Award!

For those who aren’t familiar with the Nebula Awards, they are organized and voted on by the members of Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). It’s basically like the Golden Globes of science fiction and fantasy writing, with an awards ceremony and everything. Here’s the full list of nominees.

The winners will be announced on May 19th.

I’m so honored to have this story listed among such good writers and works. It’s been about a week since I found out and honestly, I’m still stunned.

Best Science Fiction of the Year Vol. 4 + ICFA Schedule

So, my first bit of exciting news is that my story “Heavy Lifting” is going to be republished in Neil Clarke’s Best Science Fiction of the Year Vol. 4! This story first appeared in Uncanny’s Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction and it’s quite dear to me. It was also my attempt to learn how to write better science fiction stories, since I naturally gravitate towards fantasy.

Second, I’ll be attending the International Conference of Fine Arts (ICFA) again this year. I’m excited and looking forward to meeting new and old friends there. Also, I’m going to be reading with some awesome people!

Schedule: Author Reading 9 – Thursday March 14th – 4:15pm-5:45pm

Hosted by Mimi Mondal. Authors are Sarah Pinsker, Julie C. Day, A. T. Greenblatt, and Jean Lorrah.

If you’re going to be at ICFA, please feel free to come say hi!

“Give the Family My Love” Live at Clarkesworld Magazine!

I’m thrilled to announce that my story “Give the Family My Love” is now free to read over at Clarkesworld Magazine! In a few weeks, it will also be narrated by Kate Baker and on the Clarkesworld podcast. I’ll post a link when that’s available.

This is my first story to appear in Clarkesworld and it took me years to write. For a long time, I didn’t quite have the skills to tell it and frankly, the future Earth in this story is based on climate change research, and it terrifies me.

I don’t remember what I was listening to when I was working on the first draft of this story (it was that long ago), but for later drafts is was Florence + The Machine’s Big God on repeat.

Hope you enjoy the story!