Year End Eligibility Post 2021

I’m not sure what happened to 2021. Where 2020 seemed to drag on and on, 2021 flew by. I suspect the pandemic has truly warped my sense of time. It’s a little frightening.

In terms of writing though, 2021 was another amazing year. I had one novelette, four short stories, and one essay published. One of my stories from last year was a finalist for the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Awards. My work has been translated into a half dozen different languages, including Klingon. I got an agent and I taught my first writing related class.

I’m still stunned to be honest.

Anyway, if you’re catching up on reading from 2021, here’s my work that came out this year:

1. Questions Asked in the Belly of the World

  • Published in Tor.com – September 29, 2021
  • 9,000 words
Cover Art by Rebekka Dunlap

2. The Stop After the Last Station

  • Published in Uncanny Magazine – Issue 43, November/December 2021
  • 3,000 words
  • Audio version at the link
Cover Art by Grace P. Fong

3. The Family in the Adit

  • Published in Nightmare Magazine – Issue 103, April 2021
  • 3,000 words
  • Audio version at the link
Cover Art by Alexandra Petruk

4. RE: Bubble 476

  • Published in Asimov’s – March/April 2021
  • 5,100 words
Cover Art by NASA

5. The Memory of a Memory is a Spirit

  • Published in Lightspeed Magazine – Issue 129, February 2021
  • 4,000 words
Cover Art by Grandfailure

6. Essay: A Million And One Different Ways to Find Your Artistic Voice

  • Published by AAPD
  • 1,000 words

That’s what I have for 2021. What have you read and loved this year? I’m always looks for recommendations.

Happy reading!

Bridge to Elsewhere Anthology Kickstarter

As I write this, it’s almost the weekend and I’m settling in for a few days of story revisions and writing related work. I have a handful of stories coming out in 2022 if all goes well – two that are finished and accepted, one that I’m revising this weekend, and one that is only a few opening sentences in my notebook. (That last one is a problem child.)

However, one of the two finished stories is going to be in the Bridge to Elsewhere anthology, edited by Julia Rios and Alana Joli Abbott, published by Outland Entertainment. The anthology is centered around space exploration and daring crews. My story “The Music of a New Path” is about an AI ship that changes course without warning, while the crew races to figure out why before it’s too late. It was fun to write!

The project is currently running a Kickstarter and the list of authors included for this project is amazing. Please consider supporting the anthology here.

That’s it for now. I’ll be posting my year end eligibility post at some point this weekend. Probably.

In any case, thanks for reading and I hope you are staying safe and happy wherever you are.

New Story: “The Stop After the Last Station” in Uncanny Magazine!

I’m excited to announce I have a new piece published in the November/December 2021 issue of Uncanny Magazine! It’s called “The Stop After the Last Station” and I still can’t believe I got away with writing this story. I always try to do something new with every story I write and in this case the experiment was “Can I tell a story that in reverse?” It took me a while to get this story right. If you’re curious, I chat about the process with Lynne Thomas over on Uncanny’s podcast.

Also, as a warning, 75% of my upcoming stories have a train or trolley in them. I don’t know why this is my current obsession, but it is.

My soundtrack for this story was “Georgia” by Phoebe Bridgers.

Hope you enjoy!

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!

“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 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!

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?

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)!