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[links] Link salad watches the leaves spin from October

My novella “Chain of Stars” has gone live at Subterranean — Part 1 of 4.

The Agony Column reviews The Book of Dreams from Subterranean Press — In which I am favorably mentioned, along with diuers other better-known writers.

with some good thoughts on writing, process, muse and motivation

How Neutrinos Could Revolutionize Communications with Submarines — Strange doings. Lieutenant Commander La Forge to the bridge, please.

A Nobel prize for a Bush critic — (Thanks to .)

The Politics of Spite — Paul Krugman on conservative reaction to Chicago losing the Olympic bid. …at this point, the guiding principle of one of our nation’s two great political parties is spite pure and simple. If Republicans think something might be good for the president, they’re against it — whether or not it’s good for America.

?otD: Who shrove Tuesday?

Body movement: 90 minutes of suburbam walking
Hours slept: 6.0
This morning’s weigh-in: 227.8
Currently reading: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman

[publishing] My 2009 bibliography, first cut

Here’s a tentative update to my bibliography for 2009. This may not be completely exhaustive, and obviously, forthcoming work may slip into 2010 in some cases.


Golden Pepper“; Flash Fiction Online; February, 2009
On the Human Plan“; Lone Star Stories; February, 2009
“Witness to the Fall”; Crime Spells, ed. Martin H. Greenberg and Loren Coleman, DAW; February, 2009
Escapement; Tor Books; April, 2009 [mass market paperback release]
Rolling Steel: A Pre-Apocalyptic Love Story” (with Shannon Page); Clarkesworld; April, 2009
To Stone” (with Shannon Page); Morrigan eZine, May, 2009
Green; Tor Books; June, 2009 [trade hardback release]
Leopard“; Jim Baen’s Universe, June, 2009
“To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves”; The New Space Opera 2, ed. Gardner Dozois and Jonathan Strahan, Eos Books; June, 2009 [Sunspin continuity]
People of Leaf and Branch“; Fantasy; June, 2009 [Green continuity]
“Black Heart, White Mourning”; Grant’s Pass, ed. Jennifer Brozek and Amanda Pillar, Morrigan Books; August, 2009
“In the Forests of the Night”; Metatropolis, ed. John Scalzi, Subterranean Press; August, 2009
“Tale of the Poet and the Dog”; Japanese Dreams, ed. Sean Wallace, Prime Books; Summer, 2009
“An Elderly Pirate Recalls the Death of Love”; Electric Velocipede Issue 17/18
“Red Dirt Kingdoms”; Realms of Fantasy, October, 2009
Madness of Flowers; Night Shade Books; October, 2009


“Bone Island” (with Shannon Page); Interzone
“Bringing the Future Home”; Global Warming Aftermaths, ed. Eric T. Reynolds, Hadley Rille Books
“Chain of Stars”; Subterranean [Mainspring continuity]
Death of a Starship; MonkeyBrain Books
“Human Error”; Interzone [prequel to “The Sky That Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue and Into the Black“]
“In the Emperor’s Garden” (with Shannon Page); Fantasy
“Last Drink Bird Head”; Last Drink Bird Head, ed. Jeff vanderMeer; Ministry of Whimsy Press
“Looking for Truth in a Wild Blue Yonder” (with Ken Scholes);
“Shedding Skin; Or How the World Came to Be”; Shimmer (Clockwork Jungle Issue)
“The Starship Mechanic” (with Ken Scholes);

[writing] Short fiction continues

2,200 new words on the flight back from San Francisco, on a joint story with with the working title of “From the Countries of Her Dreams”. Home now, tired, to bed very soon.

But first, a bit of WIP:

Radko returned to studying his ale. His right index finger made nonsense patterns in the spill glistening on worn oak bartop. “I’ll go with you,” he muttered.

“I… I haven’t worked yet tonight. Cannot leave.”

The man reached into the inner pocket of his sheepskin vest. “You’re four coppers, same as Solis, right?”

Laris just stared.

“For a flatback and half a candle’s worth of time,” Radko added, in case she had not understood.

“Yes, but I-”

“I ain’t going with you,” he snarled. Now they were both embarrassed. “Just buying your time. So’s we can say farewell to Solis together.” Five coppers clinked onto the bar.

Well, thought Laris, I won’t have to pay Undine for the room. Against her better judgment, she reached shivering for the coins. She left one behind for the barback to take in payment for her abandoned wine, thin as winter blood and almost as cold.

[personal] A stray thought about religion and SF

Was thinking this morning about my anecdotal observation that genre fandom and writerdom skew heavily to the irreligious, far more so than the general population so far as I can tell. (I have no data on this, but if someone does, please do post in comments.) I wonder if this is because of our fascination with the classic “sense of wonder.”

Does sensawunda scratch the same itch that spiritual experiences scratch, at least in some of us? Am I full of it?

What do you think?

[links] Link salad returns to the Day Jobbe

An unanticipated personal encounter with the Canadian health system — Tobias Buckell in Montreal.

Smackdown: Orwell vs Huxley — Advantage Huxley. (Thanks to KF.)

Steampunk Monkey Nation — Mmm. Art.

Nanowires that behave like cells — For you futurists and hard SF types reading this. Some cool tech.

The Earth Impact Database — In case you were wondering.

Titan: A ‘Fishing License’ to Broaden the Hunt for LifeCentauri Dreams with more exobiology. I especially like the discussion of terrestrial or Martian contamination on the outer moons.

Tangled phrases or straight-out lies?Language Log goes deep on the bizarre (largely) conservative meme that Medicare is not a government program.

The Edge of the American West on the New Stupid — Underneath the snarky rhetoric (which I did enjoy), an interesting analysis of why right wing idiocy seems so much more idiotic now (birtherism, deatherism, etc.) than it was in years past.

?otD: Tuesday again?

Body movement: n/a (post conventioneering oversleeping)
This morning’s weigh-in: 224.0 (yikes!)
Currently reading: Eight Skilled Gentlemen by Barry Hughart; Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

[writing] The quarter just ended

First quarter of 2009 has been interesting from a writing perspective.

Sold three solo stories (one flash, one short, one novella) and two co-authored with (one short, one novelette). Ten short fiction rejections.

Sold three stories in reprint, along with Polish rights to Trial of Flowers.

40,900 words of new short fiction (one novella, one novelette, three short stories).

Revised Pinion and delivered it to Tor for editorial review.

Delivered The Sky That Wraps to Subterranean for pre-production.

Extended The Heart of the Beast from ‘s outline and partial, including 50,100 new words. Back to him for revision.

Outlined Endurance from scratch, twice.

Wrote the foreword for ‘s Push of the Sky.

Made the Hugo ballot, sort of, as an explanatory note to the Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form nomination for METAtropolis.

Plus a bunch of blog posts, twittering, miscellanous blurbage, nonfiction writing and Ghu knows what else.

How was your writing year so far?