Schedule for Philcon 2020

Next weekend one of the oldest east coast cons will be holding a virtual convention. Philcon is running from Nov 20th to Nov 22nd. It’s free to attend and has many different tracks. Check out the program here.

I will be on two panels and have one reading. Here’s my schedule:

  • How to Sell the Story You Wrote vs How to Write a Story ‘That Will Sell: Saturday, Nov 21st, 8:30 pm EST
    • Where: Plaza 3
    • Panelists:  A.T. Greenblatt (moderator), Brenda W. Clough, Ty Drago, Alex Shvartsman, Barna William Donovan
    • Description: Many books provide tips to improve your likelihood of selling a book or a film treatment by making the story follow a certain formula. But what if you’re looking to sell something that intentionally breaks the popular molds, rather than conforming to them?
  • How Do You Make Your Work Stand Out: Sunday, Nov 22nd, 10 am EST
    • Where: Plaza 2
    • Panelists:  A.T. Greenblatt (moderator), Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Avril Dannenbaum, Christine Norris, Aaron Rosenberg
    • Description: A thousand different books land at the doors of editors, publishers and agents every day. What can you do to improve the chance that they’ll decide yours is a “must-have” for their company?
  • Author Reading: Sunday, Nov 22nd, 3:30 pm EST
    • Where: Readings
    • Panelists:  A.T. Greenblatt
    • Description: Let me read you a story!

As always, if you’re planning on attending, please feel free to come say hello to me!

Hope you are all staying safe and healthy wherever you are.

My Schedule for IEEE and Capclave

Greeting all! I mentioned in my post last week that I will be attending two other online conventions this month. Here’s my schedule for both of them.

First up, IEEE. A one day cross over convention between electrical engineers and science fiction writers.

  • Panel: Does Science Fiction Influence Technical and Social Change? – Sat 10/10, 3pm EST
    • Panelists – Mary Turzillo, A. T. Greenblatt
  • Panel: Round Table Discussion with All Panelists – Sat 10/10 4pm EST

Second, Capclave, which is one of the local conventions I enjoy attending every year. Also, “Give the Family My Love” is a finalist for the Washington Science Fiction Small Press Award, which will be presented Saturday night. I’m so honored to be among such excellent finalists!

  • Panel: Ask Me Anything – Author Edition – Sat 10/17, 9:00 AM
    • Ask our panel of authors absolutely anything about what they do – writing, getting published, elevator pitches, getting an agent, dealing with writers block, writers workshop etc. Includes many non-writer-parts-of-being-a-writer, such as being your own boss, setting schedules, and so on.
    • A. T. Greenblatt (mod), Bjorn Hasseler, Ken Liu, Lawrence M. Schoen, Mary G. Thompson
  • Author Reading– Sat 10/17, 1:00 PM
  • Panel: Writing Time Travel and Paradoxes – Sat 10/17, 3:00 PM
    • Time travel stories date to the 19th century. How can you make your type of time travel unique, or have all the twists already been mined? How do writers keep everything (relatively) straight for the writer and readers, even while the characters are facing convolutions? How can you explain worldbuilding challenges, such as why time travellers don’t mob every historical event? Panelists will discuss what makes some time travel stories work and which ones do not.
    • A. T. Greenblatt, Ian Randal Strock, Iver P Cooper, James Morrow
  • Kaffeeklatsch with Cato, Colter & Greenblatt – Sat 10/17, 4:30 PM
    • Beth Cato (mod), A. T. Greenblatt, L. D. Colter
  • Panel: Intro to Short Fiction Markets – Sun 10/18, 3:00 PM
    • Where can writers go to sell their short fiction? How do new authors find out about markets? What new markets have opened up? Are there too many online sources that pay less than market rates? Are print magazines still dying or are they in recovery with new print publications opening up?
    • A. T. Greenblatt (mod), Karlo Yeager Rodriguez, Neil Clarke, Sarena Ulibarri, Scot Noel

That’s it for me for the month of October! As always, stay safe and healthy and Americans, please vote!

Where to Find Me (Virtually) at C’monfluence.

Usually, I’m traveling up and down the east coast for various conferences in September and October. I’m really going to miss that this year, but fortunately, many cons are still happening online.

The first of which is C’monfluence – the virtual incarnation of Confluence. It’s runs from Oct 2nd-4th and registration is free.

Here’s my schedule:

  • Friday Oct 2, 2020 8:00pm-8:50pm EST – Old Dogs, New Tricks
    • Track 1: Sanctuary Moon
    • There may be some newer ways to organize, develop and build your story than using pen and paper. And I ain’t talking about that new-fangled computer thing either. With: Julie Czerneda, Steven H Silver, A.T. Greenblatt, Robert Angell & J. Thorn.
  • Saturday Oct 3, 2020 11:00am-11:50am EST – Kaffeeklatsch/Literary Beer with A.T. Greenblatt & Aliette de Bodard
    • Track 4: Indigo Cloud
    • Bring your beverage of choice and come hang out with A.T. Greenblatt & Aliette de Bodard. This interactive, social chat is limited to 15 lucky participants. Spaces may be determined via a lottery system. Duration: 50 minutes.
  • Saturday Oct 3, 2020 5:00pm-5:25pm EST – Reading by A. T. Greenblatt
    • Track 3: Kish Karad
  • Saturday Oct 3, 2020 8:00pm-8:50pm EST – A. T. Greenblatt Author Interview
    • Track 2: Opal Night
    • A.T. Greenblatt will be interviewed by Maddy Dietz.

As always, please feel free to say hello to me. I really like meeting new people and seeing old friends

I’m also going to be participating at two other virtual conferences in the coming weeks, but I don’t think they posted their schedules yet. So, I’ll hold off on talking about those.

I hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy. And for those of you in the USA, please, please, please vote.

Magic: The Gathering Short Stories

Hello all! I mentioned on my last post that I was working on a certain project this summer and I’m happy to announce that my first tie-in fiction is now up and free to read on the Magic: The Gathering website!

For those of you who may not be familiar with Magic: The Gathering, it’s a card game that’s set on various fantasy worlds. With each new deck release, there’s a story that goes along with the cards and the characters featured in the deck. The stories I’ve been working on are for the Zendikar Rising deck release. It even has a cool trailer.

I wrote a total of five stories for this project and they will be released every Wednesday in the month of September.

It’s been a fun project and a nice break from hitting my head against all the unfinished stories on my hard drive. This is my first time writing stories in a preexisting fictional universe. Like, seriously – I’ve never even written fan fiction before, though now I understand why my friends enjoy writing it so much.

Don’t worry, SFF fans and editors, my plan is to return to my own short stories in the next few weeks.

But in the meantime, I hope you are having a safe and lovely Labor Day (or just a safe and lovely Monday)!

Podcasts and Kickstarters

Hello all! It’s been a while since my last update. I’ve been busy working on a new project this summer, and if all goes well, that should be available online soon.

In the meantime, I should mention I was on an episode of Coode Street Podcast. Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan were kind enough to host me for the “Ten Minutes With…” series. Gary and I chatted about what I’ve been reading during the pandemic. Which, if you know me, I love rambling about books.

The second thing I should mention is that The Long List Anthology Volume 6 Kickstarter is now live and available to purchase books and/or ebooks through. This is an annual anthology that publishes the stories and novelettes didn’t quite make the Hugo Award final ballot. “Give the Family My Love” just missed the finalists cutoff this year, but the Short Story ballot was full of amazing stories, so I can’t complain.

If you’d like to support one more Kickstarter, Uncanny Magazine is in its final week of its annual Kickstarter. I love this magazine and it has been the home for several of my stories and essays, most recently the novelette “Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super.”

That’s all for now! I hope you are staying safe and healthy during the pandemic. And for those of you in the US, please remember to check if you’re registered to vote in November!

“One Time, A Reluctant Traveler” Out Now at Clarkesworld!

Hello all! I’m excited to announce that I have a new story out. It’s called “One Time, A Reluctant Traveler” published in Clarkesworld Magazine!

This is a story I wrote during the pandemic and consequently, it was a difficult story to write. Partly because global catastrophes tend to atrophy your creativity. Partly because it’s a story about depression and the cyclical and generational nature of it.

But it also includes things which I had so much fun writing, like a sarcastic park ranger robot and stories within stories. It’s been years since I’ve ridden a bike outside, but I had a great time reimagining what that would feel like in a strange landscape.

In terms of music, a weird thing has been happening to me lately. When I write, I usually find one or two songs that act as a soundtrack to the story, then I listen to them on repeat. That hasn’t been the case lately. Instead I’ve been listening to playlists or entire albums. But I think of all the songs I listened to while writing this, Jordan Klassen’s Virtuous Circle and Surprised/Not Surprised are the two songs I associate most with this piece.

As always, I hope you enjoy the story. And more importantly, I hope you are staying safe and healthy.

Story Hour Reading 6/24 and Clarion West Write-A-Thon

Hello everyone! Once again, this should probably be two separate blog posts, but I only have the energy to write one today. Which is to say, I have two pieces of news to share with you today.

First, I’ll be doing an online reading for Story Hour this Wednesday at June 24th, at 10pm EST/7pm PST. I’ll be reading with Dawn Vogel! It’s free to anyone who’d like to tune in!

Second bit of news, I’m participating in the Clarion West Write-A-thon again this year. This is an annual fundraiser for the workshop where donors are encouraged to sponsor their favorite writers. If that’s something that interests you, here’s my profile,

That’s all I got for now. I hope you all are staying safe and healthy. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, I hope you had a lovely summer solstice. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, I hope you’re staying warm.

Reading at the Philly Free Library + New Story Day!

This should probably be two separate blog posts, but it’s been a busy few days, so both announcements are going into one lump sum. Basically, I have some exciting news!

1) I’ll be doing an online reading for the Philadelphia Free Library this Friday, June 5th at 7pm with Molly Lazer. It’s part of an ongoing reading series by local authors and you can stream it for free here.

2) I have a new novelette available at Uncanny Magazine today! It’s called “Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super.” You can read it OR listen to the podcast. At the end of the podcast there’s also a short interview with me.

This story is very dear to me and it took me a long time to get right. Seven years, to be exact. There were many, MANY drafts of this piece and many points when I thought this story was the best it could be – when it wasn’t.

It was only when I reread the story last August, after a few years of it collecting dust on my hard drive, that I understood what it was missing. The story wasn’t weird enough. So, characters’ abilities were made stranger and wormholes were added.

The songs I listened to on repeat while writing this was “Lion’s Roar” by First Aid Kit and “Welcome Home” by Radical Face. This story also takes place in the same universe as “Team Work” published in Fireside last year

The world is a scary, scary place right now, but I hope stories continue to bring you relief and joy.

Stay safe.

“Give the Family My Love” Wins a Nebula Award!

So, this happened. “Give The Family My Love” published in Clarkesworld Magazine won the Nebula award for Best Short Story last night. Honestly, I’m still completely stunned and I would love to say something profound here, but I’m really, really tired tonight.

So I figured I’ll transcribed my acceptance speech here instead

But before I do that, if you like to see the awards ceremony you can watch it in its entirety here. If you only want to see the short story category and my speech, skip to the 34:30 minute mark.

Here’s the speech:

Um, so, wow. This is a shock and surprise. Thank you all so, so much for this amazing honor. It is truly a dream come true. Writing is a lonely process, but nothing is created alone.

So, I’d like to thank Neil Clarke for taking a chance on this story and to Kate Baker for her amazing narration. Thank you to my fabulous critique group who saw a half finished draft of this story several years ago and understood what I was trying to do.

Thank you to all my friends, online and in-person, who have been my consistent support network. And thank you to my family who have always been supportive and encouraging through the ups and downs in my career. Who don’t mind that I disappear for hours on the weekends to write. I love you very much.

Finally, thank you to all the readers who believed in this story. These are truly terrifying times where tomorrow is not necessarily guaranteed. But being human means we’re complicated creatures with complicated emotions and opposable thumbs. Which means we can hold our fear and our dread in one hand and our hope in the other.

And I hope you hold tight to that hope, that desire to make good art and make the world a bit better, even when things look bleak.

Especially when things look bleak.

Thank you so much.

Here’s a list of all the winners.

Schedule for the 2020 Nebula Virtual Conference

I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe these last few months. I’m one of the lucky ones who is able to work from home. It’s both great and lonely and I’ve never been so grateful to have a dog. Tilly is making sure I’m getting up for walks a few times a day and going to bed a reasonable times because there’s no better alarm clock than an alarm clock dog.

Most of the conferences I was planning on going to this year have been cancelled. Fortunately, the Nebula Conference put on by Science Fiction Writers of America is going to be virtual the weekend. In addition to the awards ceremony on Saturday night (which will be streamed live and free to all), they have put together a wonderful list of panels.

I’ll be on two panels on Sunday:

Moving the Line: Advanced Imposter Syndrome – May 31, 2020 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm EST

Panelists:Mike Chen (He/Him), G. V. Anderson, K.M. Szpara, A. T. Greenblatt and Karen Osborne (moderator)

Authors discuss strategies to cope with their own Imposter Syndrome as their careers evolve and they branch out into new areas of writing.

Forming and Sustaining a Successful Writing or Critique Group – May 31, 2020 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm EST

Panelists:A. T. Greenblatt, A.C. Wise, Vylar Kaftan, Curtis C. Chen and Rebecca Gomez Farrell (moderator)

Panelists will discuss the factors that go into building a successful group, both online and in-person, and what they’ve learned about keeping one going.

I’ll be around at the con all weekend “hanging out.” If you’re going to be there too, please feel free to say hello to me.