New Story: “Questions Asked In the Belly of The World” Published at Tor.com!

Dear S—-,

I need you to keep me honest. In the next story I write I’m not allowed to use my favorite props, i.e. body-less voices, ghosts, and characters whose lives revolve around making things. Bonus points if no one gets eaten.

In the meantime, I’ve created a monster.

This was an email I sent to my friends in November 2015 when I asked them to read a very early and very rough draft of this story. It was only a shadow of what this story would become, but I knew even then that there was something in it worth telling.

I’m very pleased to announce that that first draft became “Questions Asked in the Belly of the World” and it is now live and free to read over at Tor.com.

This is a story that took me five years to get right, partly because it was outside my skill level to tell until recently and partly because it took me a while to figure out what the story was actually about. It is one of the strangest stories I’ve ever written and one of my most ambitious ones to date.

My writing soundtrack to this story was “Arsonist’s Lullaby” by Hozier.

Hope you enjoy my monster!

Schedule for Capclave 2021

It’s been a few weeks since my last post. I haven’t had much news to report – I’ve mostly been working on stories that will be published later this year or early 2022. If everything goes to plan, I’ll have 3 more stories coming out in 2021, the first of which is “Questions Asked in the Belly of the World” which will be published at Tor.com on September 29th!

In the meantime, I will be at Capclave on Oct. 1st – Oct 3rd. I’m so excited and it’ll be wonderful to meet up with old friends and make new ones.

Here’s my schedule:

  • Non Traditional Protagonists – Saturday, Oct 2nd @ 11am EST
    • Description: The typical protagonist is an unmarried young white male (or more recently female). But what about protagonists who don’t fit this mold. What about older characters, non-white characters, and characters with disabilities or handicaps? How does changing the protagonist change the story? And are there stories that require such a character to be told?
    • Panelists: Peter S. BeagleMary FanA. T. GreenblattJ. S. KelleyJennifer Povey (M)
  • Why Write Short Stories – Saturday, Oct 2nd @ 12pm EST
  • Author Reading – Saturday, Oct 2nd @ 3:30pm EST
    • Don’t know what I’ll read yet. Open to suggestions.

If you’re going to be at the conference, please feel free to come and say hello!

Schedule for Readercon 2021

Happy summer, everyone! (Or happy winter if you’re in the southern hemisphere.) This is simply a quick post to say that I will be at virtual Readercon on August 13-15th and will part of programming for the first time! Here’s my schedule:

The Emotions of Dystopia – Sunday, August 15th at 10 am EST

  • With Scott Edelman, Aliza Greenblatt, Bracken MacLeod, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Holly Lyn Walrath
  • Panel Description: Dull and even miserable affect and emotion have been hallmarks of the dystopia genre since 1984 and Brave New World, with joy depicted as fleeting and pleasure considered hollow or fake. But in the real world, emotional responses to hardship vary from person to person and from culture to culture. Panelists will probe and challenge the cultural and aesthetic basis for the supposed authenticity of unmitigated bleakness in dystopia and consider other emotional tones that dystopian stories might explore.

Author Reading – Sunday, August 15th at 2:30 pm EST

Hope to see you there if you’re planning on attending the convention, either at the panels or on the Discord server!

New Essay Published at AAPD

Hello Friends!

This is simply a quick post to say that I have a new essay published on the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) blog. It’s called “A Million and One Different Ways to Find Your Artistic Voice” because apparently, I have a thing for long titles.

Here’s the description.

A. T. Greenblatt, a Nebula Award winning writer and mechanical engineer in Philadelphia, shares insights into her own journey in finding her artistic voice. Her essay includes plenty of nuggets for other disabled creatives about perseverance, introspection, and community, each important parts of the journey towards finding a unique voice as an artist. Greenblatt also shares about her internal dialogue over disabled characters in her writing and what meaningful representation means

AAPD Newsletter

I had fun writing this essay and hope it’s helpful!

Convention Schedule for June 2021

“June is ages away,” I told myself. “You don’t need to think too hard about events in June yet.” Then I looked at a calendar.

With June being three days away, I thought I should mention that I’m going to be at three different events in the next few weeks in the form of panels, readings, and Q&A sessions. Here’s the list:

  1. Nebula Conference Online – June 4th-6th

I will be on a panel on June 4th, 8:00 am-9:00 am PDT on “Crafting the First Line” with Leah CypessC. L. Polk (they/them)Kristin Osani (moderator) and P. Djèlí Clark.

I will also be hanging out virtually at the con most the weekend. Please feel free to say hello if you see me!

2. 4th Street Fantasy – June 18th-20th

There will be a prerecorded panel with Elizabeth Bear, Robyn Bennis, Reuben Poling (Moderator), Jasmine Silvera,
John Wiswell, and myself where we talk about “Personalizing the Apocalypse: Meaningful Stakes on Grand Scales”. Then on June 19th at 4:00 pm CDT, we’ll be doing a live Q&A with the audience.

3. Locus Awards Weekend – June 23rd-26th (By the way, I’m a finalist for the Locus Awards!)

Leading up the the Locus Award Ceremony on June 26th, there will be several evenings of readings by the finalists. I’ll be giving a reading on Thursday June 24th at 5:00 pm PDT with one other author. (Not sure who yet, but the mystery is thrilling.)

One word of caution, please note the time zones if you’re planning on coming to these events. They are all virtual, though I believe all of them require a registration fee ($20- $125). Hope to see you there!

Schedule for Luxcon and Flights of Foundry 2021

Only in an pandemic can I attend two conferences on the same weekend. There are pros and cons to this new world we live in.

The first conference is Luxcon, a SFF conference that is based in Luxembourg. The second is Flights of Foundry, a massive online conference that spans all weekend and is free to attend.

Here’s my schedule…

Luxcon Schedule: April 17th, 2021

10:00am EST – The Art of the Short Story with Fran Wilde, A. T. Greenblatt, Sam J. Miller, Jean Bürlesk

12:00pm EST – Disability in Genre with Fran Wilde, A. T. Greenblatt, Peadar O’Guilín, John Wiswell, Marissa Lingen

Flights of Foundry Schedule: April 17th, 2021

9:00pm EST – Imagining Accessible Worlds in SFF with Andi C. Buchanan, Ace Ratcliff, A. T. Greenblatt, and Katherine Duckett

Flights of Foundry Schedule: April 18th, 2021

11:30am EST – Author Reading

1:00pm EST – Character, Stakes, and Conflict: Engaging the Reader on an Emotional Journey with Aimee Ogden, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Stuart Hardwick, A. T. Greenblatt, Danny Lore

Hope to see you there!

“Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super” is a finalist for the Hugo Award.

I have really exciting new today. My novelette “Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super“, first published in Uncanny Magazine, is a finalist for the Hugo Award!

The Hugo Award is an annual science fiction and fantasy award celebrating writers, artists, podcasters, game writers, editors, and TV/film writers. It is one of the most prestigious awards in the field and the ceremony is hosted every year by the World Science Fiction Convention or WorldCon. This year the convention will be on Dec 15th-19th, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Here’s the link to the full 2021 Hugo Award ballot. It is truly an honor to be listed among so many amazing creators.

New Story: “The Family in the Adit” in Nightmare Magazine!

I’m happy to announce my first horror story is now live in Nightmare Magazine! It’s called “The Family in the Adit“. I’ve never written horror successfully before and this was an experiment in stretching my abilities as a writer. I’m quite pleased with the result. I’m not going to go into too much detail about the history or the process of creating this story, because I do that here.

The song I used as a soundtrack for this story was “Tell Mama” by The Civil Wars.

Hope you enjoy the story!

“Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super” Finalist for the Nebula Awards!!!

I’m so thrilled to announce that my novelette “Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super” which was originally published in Uncanny Magazine, is a finalist for the 2020 Nebula Award!

The finalists were announced last night by having SAG/AFTRA professional audiobook narrators do one minute reading of all the nominated works. It was really cool! Check out the video. (“Burn” starts around the 21:26 mark.)

If you’re wondering what the Nebula Awards are, they’re like the Golden Globes for science fiction and fantasy writers. Every year members of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) nominate works in several categories and vote on the final ballot. There’s a conference and an awards ceremony on the weekend of June 4th-6th. Like last year, the conference and ceremony will be online.

Here’s the full list of nominees.

The winners will be announced on June 5th, 2021.

I know I’ve said this in the past, but it’s still true. I’m so honored to have this story as a finalist among such good writers and their amazing work.

Upcoming Live Readings in March

The nice thing about the pandemic is that I can have two readings in one week half a continent away from each other. The downside is I would love to be in both Toronto and Orlando right now. But either way, I’m excited for both of these events next week.

The first event is on March 17th, at 7pm for the Ephemera Reading series in Toronto. The theme is joy, which I think I can find a story for. I’ll be reading with Curtis Chen and Rebecca Hirsch Garcia. I’m thrilled to be a part of this reading series!

The second event is for the convention ICFA which is usually in Orlando every year, except this year it will be online. I’ll be reading with Richard Butner and Gregory Norman Bossert on March 20th, at 9 pm EST. I’ve always enjoyed reading at ICFA, so I’m looking forward to this event too.

Hope to *see* you there.