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!

“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.

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.

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!

“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.