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!

“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.

“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.

“Give the Family My Love” Finalist for Nebula Award

I’m beyond excited to announce that my short story “Give the Family My Love“, which was originally published in Clarkesworld Magazine, is a finalist for the 2019 Nebula Award!

If you’re wondering what the Nebula Awards are, they’re like the Oscars for science fiction and fantasy writers. Members of Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) nominate works in several categories and vote on the final ballot. There’s an awards ceremony and everything. Here’s the full list of nominees.

The winners will be announced on May 30th, 2020.

I’m so honored to have this story listed among such good writers and their amazing work.

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!

“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!

“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!