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.

“RE: Bubble 476” Published in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

I’m excited to announce that my story “RE: Bubble 476” is now available to read in the March/April issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. Unlike nearly all my fiction publications, I can’t provide a link to the story because it’s in print. Like arrived-in-my-mailbox in print. Like it’s a physical thing I can hold and I have the pictures to prove it!

Which means, if you’d like to read it, you’ll need a copy for yourself.

This is the first time I’ve had a story published in one of the Big Three (Analog, Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction), so that’s a good feeling. I’m not going to talk here about my process or the story behind the story because I did an author interview post on Asimov’s blog. (ETA: Interview is now live!)

The song I used as a soundtrack for this story was There is a House by The Holy.

As always, I wouldn’t be able to publish my stories in this fashion without magazines like Asimov’s. So, if you can, please consider buying this issue or a subscription. It helps us all continue to tell stories.

New Story: “The Memory of a Memory is a Spirit”

Hello friends and friendly readers! I’m happy to share that I have a new story available in Lightspeed Magazine! It’s called “The Memory of a Memory is a Spirit” which is definitely my most poetic title to date. I’m not going to talk about my process and the journey of this story too much in this post because there’s an author interview where I do just that.

I will say instead that I’m super excited to have a story published in Lightspeed Magazine. It was one of the first magazines I read when I started writing eleven years ago and one of the first places I submitted a story to. It’s been on my list of markets I’d like to be published in for a very long time.

My writing soundtrack for this story was two songs by the band Daughter. The first is a cover of the song Poke by Frightened Rabbit and the other song is called Lifeforms. So dark and broody and I love it.

Hope you enjoy the story!

Story Hour Reading February, 10th!

Is this my first post of 2021? I think it is. Happy New Year, everyone! We made it through 2020, so that’s something.

In all honesty, I’m not sure what this next year looks like for writing and appearances. I have three stories coming out in the next three months and I’m planning on attending both ICFA and the Nebula Conference virtually. But I’ll have seperate posts for all of those stories and events in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, I’m excited to say that I’ll be doing another online reading for Story Hour on Wednesday, February 10th, at 10pm EST/7pm PST. I’ll be reading with Barbara Krasnoff! Barbara is a fantastic writer and I’m thrilled to be sharing a reading with her. So, if you’d like to hear some stories, the reading is free and open to anyone who’d like to attend.

Anyway, stay safe, healthy, and find joy where you can.

Year End Eligibility Post 2020

Oh man, what a year. It feels like it’s been both a month long and stretching out for centuries. Still, I can’t complain too much, I’ve been lucky. And I know I’ve said this every year for the last few years, but this has truly been an amazing year for my writing career. I got stories accepted by magazines that I’ve been trying to break into for a decade. I finished some very difficult pieces and did some tie-in writing for Magic the Gathering. Also, I won a Nebula!

So, yeah, no complaints.

I had two stories come out this year – a novelette and short story. I’d be thrilled if you checked them out. They both have audio versions too.

Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super

  • Uncanny Magazine Issue 33, May/June 2020 -9,000 words.
  • Audio link

One Time, A Reluctant Traveler

  • Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue #166, July 2020 – 5,800 words
  • Audio link

That’s what I got this year! But I’m always looking for recommendations. What have you read this year that you’ve enjoyed?