matociquala: (sf sapphire and steel winning)
My contribution to the Trump Story Project, "What Someone Else Does Not Want Printed," is now live at Slate.
matociquala: (david bowie realism _ truepenny)

My short story "Form and Void" is now available for free in issue 3 of Fireside.

It's about mean girls and space exploration and Io.

Before she turned into a dragon, Kathy Cutter was Comanche Zariphes’ best friend.

You might say Comanche Zariphes was Kathy Cutter’s only friend.

That wasn’t because nobody wanted to be friends with Kathy Cutter. It was because Kathy Cutter didn’t want to be friends with anybody else.


matociquala: (problem cat)
Two things, both awesome:

A totally ridiculous Star Trek: The Backcompatibalized Original Original Series vid that makes me happy and stuff:




Popular Science magazine recruited a bunch of SF authors and artists to play futurist! Features John Picacio, Scott Lynch, Nancy Kress, David Palumbo, Ian Tregillis, Dave Seeley, Karl Schroeder, Daniel Dociu, Kim Stanley Robinson, Elizabeth Bear (that's me!), Stephan Martiniere, Kathleen Ann Goonan, James S. A. Corey, and Vandana Singh.
matociquala: (david bowie black tie - sosostris2012)
A very short Eternal Sky story featuring a Tibetan folk tale is up at Dark Faerie Tales for their Fantastic Fables event!

Samarkar retells "The Three Genjias."



Also, there's a giveaway.
matociquala: (always winter)

My sky-mining a gas giant story from Jonathan Strahan's Edge of Infinity anthology, "The Deeps of the Sky," is up in its entirety at io9.

Happy holidays!

matociquala: (lion in winter broken because you're bri)
My holiday gift to the internets: my novella, "In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns," online in its entirety for the first time.
matociquala: (rengeek kit faustus commodorified)
I have a new story up at Tor.com today.

"Faster Gun."



It’s hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, and a hundred times too big to be a ship. It looks like nothing anyone ever saw. And it’s crashed just outside Tombstone with something alive inside.
matociquala: (writing eternal sky rog)
"When You Visit the Magoebaskloof Hotel, Be Certain Not To Miss The Samango Monkeys" is live at Drabblecast.

And I just handed in the revision of Shattered Pillars.

I think it's good.

It had better be good.

Meanwhile, a preview copy of Range of Ghosts washed up on my doorstep yesterday.




Isn't it pretty? It raises the dead.
matociquala: (ruffian)
Range of Ghoooooooooooooooooooooosts!

That is to say, there's an excerpt at Tor.com!



Also, [livejournal.com profile] scott_lynch and I will be doing a reading and signing at Flights of Fantasy in Albany on April 24th.

So here's where you can find me for the next 10 3/4 months or so.

2012 bear appearances

Boskone: February 17-19, Boston MA
ConStellation: April 13-15, Lincoln NE (Guest of Honor)
KGB Reading (not mine: I'm Mr. Lynch's arm candy for this one): April 18, 2012 KGB bar, Manhattan
Reading/Signing (with Scott Lynch): April 24, Albany NY, Flights of Fantasy bookstore
WisCon: May 25-28, Madison WI
4th Street Fantasy Conversation: June 21-24, Minneapolis MN
ConVergence: July 5-8, Minneapolis MN
Readercon: July 12-15, Burlington MA
Armadillocon: July 26-29, Austin TX
ChiCon: August 30-Sept 3, Chicago IL
Viable Paradise: October 5-14, Oak Bluffs MA
World Fantasy Convention: November 1-4, 2012, Toronto

There will also be a reading at Pandemonium Books in Boston at some point, although the date is not yet set.
matociquala: (spies mfu hustle napoleon & albert our a)

A podcast of my short story "Dolly" is up at StarShipSofa, along with something by Mr. Paul Cornell.


And in other news, my near-future biomedical SF short story "Gods of the Forge" will be in the forthcoming special SF issue of the MIT Technology Review, along with stories by Ma Boyong, Tobias Buckell, Pat Cadigan, Paul Di Filippo, Cory Doctorow, Joe Haldeman, Gwyneth Jones, Geoffrey Landis, Ken Liu, and Vandana Singh.

The issue will be on newstands soon, or can be pre-ordered here.
matociquala: (rengeek fucking silence)
Much delayed by travel, hard drive crash, and full dance card (or possibly empty brain), put Post Card #2 of the Post Card Project is going out tomorrow to an undisclosed recipient. I have hopes to do a couple of these a week until I'm caught up, and I really want to thank everybody who requested one for their patience.

They're turning into more booklets than post cards. It turns out 250 words is a lot. *g*

In other news, there will be another book sale next week, because by God I am not moving all these author copies to Massachusetts.

2011 09 08 postcard project 001

2011 09 08 postcard project 002



And meanwhile, a very spoilery, very early review of ad eternum. Did I warn you it was spoilery? No, REALLY spoilery.
matociquala: (writing companion to wolves _ truepenny)
In seven days, it will be time for The Tempering of Men.

[livejournal.com profile] truepenny and I thought it would be nice to give you a preview. And so, Chapter 1!

Vethulf and Skjaldwulf did not get along. )
matociquala: (writing companion to wolves _ truepenny)
In seven days, it will be time for The Tempering of Men.

[livejournal.com profile] truepenny and I thought it would be nice to give you a preview. And so, Chapter 1!

Vethulf and Skjaldwulf did not get along. )
matociquala: (writing softcore nerdporn _ heres_luck)
One of my email .sig files reads:

"To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes." -- Akira Kurosawa


And that's the thing. That never? Means never. Which includes the good stuff as well as the bad, goddammit. It bothers me when I see the focus of my genre more and more sliding to unrelieved bleakness.

Real life has some of both, you know?

Which is one of the reasons why I'm in on a new podcast: the SFF Squeecast!, debuting soon. My co-podcasters are Catherynne Valente, Paul Cornell, Lynne Thomas, and Seanan McGuire, with occasional guests.

And in this podcast, we talk about shit that rocks. In upcoming episodes, look forward to squealing about The Middleman, Nnedi Okorafor, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and other awesome stuff what are awesome.



Speaking of squealing, there's a new annual scholarly journal devoted to Christopher Marlowe.



My story "The Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe" has been reprinted at Chizine.

She cuts him from the belly of a shark.

If this were another kind of story, I should now tell you, fashionably, that the shark is not a shark. That she is not a she and he is not a he. That your language and symbology do not suffice for my purposes, and so I am driven to speak in metaphor, to construct three-dimensional approximations of ten-dimensional realities. That you are inadequate to the task of comprehension.

Poppycock.

You are a God.

The shark is a shark. A Great White, Carcharodon carcharias, the sublime killer. It is a blind evolutionary shot-in-the-dark, a primitive entity unchanged except in detail for―by the time of our narrative―billions of years.




I took some amazing photos of the raggedy bit of Canada when we were flying over it on the way home from Stockholm. I'll be updating my flickr stream as soon as I wash off the sweat from running this morning.

Also, 4th Street Fantasy Conversation was awesome. If you like nerdy talk about books with writers, you should totally come next year.
matociquala: (writing softcore nerdporn _ heres_luck)
One of my email .sig files reads:

"To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes." -- Akira Kurosawa


And that's the thing. That never? Means never. Which includes the good stuff as well as the bad, goddammit. It bothers me when I see the focus of my genre more and more sliding to unrelieved bleakness.

Real life has some of both, you know?

Which is one of the reasons why I'm in on a new podcast: the SFF Squeecast!, debuting soon. My co-podcasters are Catherynne Valente, Paul Cornell, Lynne Thomas, and Seanan McGuire, with occasional guests.

And in this podcast, we talk about shit that rocks. In upcoming episodes, look forward to squealing about The Middleman, Nnedi Okorafor, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and other awesome stuff what are awesome.



Speaking of squealing, there's a new annual scholarly journal devoted to Christopher Marlowe.



My story "The Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe" has been reprinted at Chizine.

She cuts him from the belly of a shark.

If this were another kind of story, I should now tell you, fashionably, that the shark is not a shark. That she is not a she and he is not a he. That your language and symbology do not suffice for my purposes, and so I am driven to speak in metaphor, to construct three-dimensional approximations of ten-dimensional realities. That you are inadequate to the task of comprehension.

Poppycock.

You are a God.

The shark is a shark. A Great White, Carcharodon carcharias, the sublime killer. It is a blind evolutionary shot-in-the-dark, a primitive entity unchanged except in detail for―by the time of our narrative―billions of years.




I took some amazing photos of the raggedy bit of Canada when we were flying over it on the way home from Stockholm. I'll be updating my flickr stream as soon as I wash off the sweat from running this morning.

Also, 4th Street Fantasy Conversation was awesome. If you like nerdy talk about books with writers, you should totally come next year.
matociquala: (rengeek player king)
The first post card of the post card project is going out tomorrow to an undisclosed recipient!

This one is a whimsical story about a penguin named david:

2011 04 22 Post Card Project 001

2011 04 22 Post Card Project 002
matociquala: (masturbation)
Al Stewart and Josephine Baker are following me around this week.

Got up, took the dog out, did some yoga (20 minutes of sun salutations.) Ate a food and started bread and did the dishes. La la la. Goal for the rest of the day: practice some guitar, and then finish this damned draft of Too Many Necromancers.

I shall not sleep before the draft is done. Even if it's just a slurry of bracket notes and WTF. Because I really have no clue how to finish this thing. I've got the wrong end of it somehow and I have to do a tricky trick and flip it around while making it look like I meant to do that the whole damned time.

In order to keep you entertained while I am engaged in Death Race 2011 (now with 111% less DavidCarradineandSylvesterStallone, not to mention horrid 70's eye makeup), I bring you the second half of "Boojum" from Drabblecast. With a second and equally nifty image of the Lavinia Whately.

"Boojum," Part One

"Boojum," Part Two

Teacup today: Green stoneware. Serious business requires a high-capacity mug.
Tea today: Upton's Sencha, Shizuoka #2; Upton's China Pre-Chingming Golden Monkey

2011 04 19 Daily Commute 002  2011 04 19 Daily Commute 001

(tea photo is blurry, but you get the idea)

And now... This Draftus Must Die.

Here's where we start for the day:

Too Many Necromancers aka The Shaded King aka This Thing Needs A Different Title

hours since draftkill commencement: 0
words since draftkill commencement: 0
words total: 15,000

15000 / 25000 (60.00%)

Research: --
Exercise: yoga (20 mins of sun salutations),
Sustenance: redneck huevos rancheros (spicy black beans, tortilla strips, tomato, fried eggs). cantaloupe so ripe I had to eat it over the sink
Caffeine: sencha, golden monkey
Alcohol: --
Dancing:
with the dog
Mean things: --
Darling:  --
words Word don't know: --
words I'm surprised Word does know: --
Tyop: --
matociquala: (criminal minds reid airquotes)


Drabblecast has part one of "Boojum," a Lovecraftian space pirate story that [livejournal.com profile] truepenny and I wrote together!

Win!

matociquala: (phil ochs troubador)
1) Bm, even the cheater version, is farther away than I think it is. Also, the non-cheater version of F (which I am finally attempting to learn for reals this time after many abortive efforts) is extra hard when you have crooked fingers.

Barre chords, still the devil.

2) There was just a thunderstorm. This really is Fimbulwinter.

3) I sucked roc eggs climbing today. No strength in my mantling muscles at all.

4) First Grails sighted in the wild! Free excerpt here!

5) And, alas, I figured out that the first two chapters of May Mazer and the Ghost Ship are totally wrong, and I have to take them apart completely and write something different. The good news is, it's also something better. So yay with that!

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