Monthly Archives: October 2012

Happy Halloween!

Want a free ghost story what I wrote? “The Cold Death of Papa November” is still up to read – and listen to – at Three-Lobed Burning Eye.

image by Brian LeBlanc

And because I feel like it and I’ve been mainlining horror on Netflix Instant for the last two weeks, here are – in no particular order – my Top Twenty Favorite Horror Films of My Life So Far.

  • Alien
  • Jacob’s Ladder
  • Splinter
  • Event Horizon
  • A Tale of Two Sisters
  • The Ring
  • Hunger
  • The Exorcist
  • The Signal
  • 28 Days Later
  • The Evil Dead (I and II, and yes this counts as one)
  • Susperia
  • Prince of Darkness
  • Pontypool
  • Grave Encounters
  • Rec
  • Audition
  • Psycho
  • The Birds
  • Hellraiser

What else? What are yours? Let’s eat candy and yell at each other about horror movies.

Line and Orbit: The Cast

This is the third of a series of posts that I’ve been doing to introduce the world of Line and Orbit and the people who inhabit it (if you missed any of the previous stuff, they’re all linked here).

This time I want to dig in to the characters themselves – our primary cast, at least. For this I decided I wanted to do it in I Surrender style. Normally I honestly wouldn’t be so into this, because I’m really about letting readers imagine characters however they want to with the few details we give them. However, it was fun, and, like I said, I think it’s a good way to introduce them.


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A Trick of Light is three years old; have a free story

Per the title above: This site is three years old on the dot today! Kind of can’t believe it. They grow up so fast.

In honor of the blogiversary, I’m posting a free story. It’s one that I’ve been working on for a while, that was inspired by a bunch of ideas from a bunch of different places. For those of us who prefer our fiction in audio format, I’m also including an mp3 of me reading the story. Whichever format you chose, I hope very much that you enjoy.

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Line and Orbit: Oh, the places you’ll go

This is the second part of a series of posts I’m doing on the worldbuilding side of Line and Orbit, since the worldbuilding is something that my co-author and I worked especially hard on – though of course, we worked hard on everything. Last time I posted about the different factions featured in the book. This time: A guided tour of Line and Orbit.

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Capclave 2012 Recap

As I’m sure you guessed from the post title, this is my Capclave 2012 recap. It was my first Capclave, and it’s left me pretty goddamn wiped, so instead of writing something narratively coherent and richly descriptive I’m going to just vomit up a bunch of bullet points. If that’s okay.

  • The panels were great. I went to a bunch on e-publishing and reading in the context of a lot of changing technology (Neil Clarke was on most of these and I wonder if he thinks I was stalking him or something). Also a panel on the autobiography of Cthulhu, which was both interesting and really funny, as well as confirming for me that I haven’t spent all these years entirely mispronouncing the dread name of the great tentacled horror from beyond the stars. Also a fun talk by John Ashmead on quantum mechanics that featured all the requisite bad Schrodinger’s Cat jokes. Also I’d seriously watch a TV show that was just a series of conversations between Nick Mamatas and John Scalzi.
  • The people were great. I finally got to meet Neil Clarke (see above) and he was intensely nice, and I was also relieved to see that he’s looking quite well, health-wise. He confirmed that Clarkesworld is going to be picking back up with its print issues, and also its annual anthologies, which is very happy-making. I also got to meet John Scalzi briefly, and he was incredibly gracious while I was awkward and blushing fiercely, and he signed a copy of Old Man’s War as a Christmas present for my dad (who introduced me to Robert Heinlein, so it seems like an appropriate gift). Also I ended up explaining Twitter backchannels to programming director Bill Lawhorn, which was also sort of awkward but quite fun.
  • Something I would like to do next time: Get on the program. I wasn’t in time to do that this go-round, but given how fun the panels were to attend, I’d like to try to be on some. I remember that went a long way toward helping me feel more at home when I went to Wiscon. Also, I need to work on being more social in general. I’m violently introverted (there was actually a panel on dealing with this, incidentally) and it’s really hard for me to approach people I don’t know. But given that I still don’t know most people at these things, I better suck it up and start doing some approaching.
  • Something I would like to see more of next time: A more vibrant Twitter backchannel. This is something I think Wiscon does really well, I think it’s  a really useful tool for introverts like myself in making connections with people that can translate over into physical space, and it also just generates good discussion. I feel like it’s mostly a cultural thing for it to be less present, and I’m not sure how to help foster it in this case. But I’d love to see it.

Thanks so much to everyone involved for making it such a good time.

It’s looking 99.99% likely that I’ll be at Philcon in a few weeks. RavenCon and MystiCon are also now on the table. The updated list of probables is here. It’s a bit odd to go from doing maybe one con a year to attempting to do six, but I’m looking forward to it.

Heiresses of Russ 2012: on sale and reviewed!

This is an awesome week for writerly things. First, Heiresses of Russ 2012 is now on sale and it’s awesome. Second, Brit Mandelo has reviewed it over at and gives my story a nice little nod:

Sunny Moraine’s “The Thick Night” is a complicated attempt at exploring cultural clashes between the offering of aid and the folks who receive it in rural Africa, while also dealing with the strength and resilience of the protagonist, Mkali, as she survives the murder of her parents to raise her younger siblings, doing what she must because there’s no other choice. Her unexpected romance with the android that she has been given by the American aid workers is tender, but also immensely ethically complicated. Moraine never lets the reader forget that there are elements of slavery or the impossibility of knowing what is “real” for Madini, the android. It’s an ambitious piece dealing with difficult topics in what seems, to my eyes, a respectful way.

Check out the full review. Also check out the whole book. Seriously, it’s awesome. The lineup includes Lisa Nohealani Morton, Nalo Hopkinson, Amal El-Mohtar, An Owomoyela, and Laird Barron, among others.

Circlet’s Fantastic Erotica is out now and I’m in it

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To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Circlet Press, Fantastic Erotica presents the very best erotic science fiction and fantasy short stories published by Circlet in the past five years. Chosen by popular vote by the readership from among all the stories published by Circlet from 2008 to the present, these favorites are the cream of the crop.

A winner and two runners-up were chosen. N.K. Jemisin’s “The Dancer’s War” shows us the sensuous magic not of a stock fantasy medieval Europe, but of an Africa that never was. Bernie Mojzes “Ink” combines H.P. Lovecraft and Raymond Chandler into a surprisingly soulful story of sexual transformation. And our winner, “Ota Discovers Fire,” by Vinnie Tesla pokes gentle fun at all the traipsing into exotic lands depicted in fantasy quests. Sometimes the traveler you meet on the road is nothing like what you expect.

Featuring stories by Frances Selkirk, Elizabeth Schechter, Kierstin Cherry, Angela Caperton, Sacchi Green, Kal Cobalt, Elizabeth Reeve, Kathleen Tudor, Monique Poirier, Sunny Moraine, Clarice Clique, Nobilis Reed, David Sklar, Michael M. Jones, David Hubbard, Shanna Germain, N.K. Jemisin, Bernie Mojzes, and Vinnie Tesla.

“The best of [these stories] fully integrate sex with SF/Fantasy and provide erotic heat… it’s imaginative and a cut above most such offerings.”
—Publishers Weekly

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