Bay Area Double Spoon Launch!

People of the bay area: No matter what side of the water you call home, one thing unites us in these troubled times: I want you all to buy my books.

Spoonbenders is being published on June 27 (uh, that’s 2017, Google Search Bot finally finding this page). I’ll be doing a signing and mercifully quick reading at two–TWO!–locations that week. I’d love to see you.

East Bay! Tue. June 27, A Great Good Place for Books, 7-8:30pm.

Come to the bookstore at
6120 LaSalle Avenue Oakland, CA 94611

After, we’re going to walk down to Crogan’s (6101 LaSalle Ave) for drinks. Stop by even if you can’t get to the bookstore!

San Francisco! Wed. June 28, Borderlands Books, 6-8pm. With wine & snacks!

Come to the bookstore at
866 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 

Then stay for free wine and snacks!

Teaching Clarion West 2017

In a few weeks I’ll be teaching the first week of Clarion West. This means a lot to me. It feels like coming full circle.

I went to Clarion (the original Clarion, sometimes called Clarion East, which at that time was being held in East Lansing, MI) back in 1988, and the experience was hugely important to me, one of the landmark moments in my writing life. There’s B.C. — Before Clarion — and everything after.

Before Clarion, I’d never talked to a writer more than a couple minutes, and I’d never met a published science fiction writer. I didn’t know about cons, or how to submit to magazines–and forget about novels. Becoming a writer was like choosing a career as an alligator wrestler: I knew the job existed, and I’d seen it done on TV, but where do you get the alligators?

I had wonderful teachers for those six weeks–Tim Powers, Lisa Goldstein, Samuel R Delany, Kim Stanley Robinson, Kate Wilhelm, and Damon Knight. I learned a lot from them, and learned even more from reading them constantly in the years since. Stan and Tim have become friends.

I also learned a tremendous amount from my fellow students.  Here’s a pic of us goofing off, courtesy of pal and fellow student Mark Tiedemann. I’m in yellow, juggling. Yes, it was the 80s.

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L-R: Lou (L.A.) Grinzo, John Brazier, Daryl Gregory, Kimberly Rufer-Bach, Kelly McClymer, Mark Tiedmann, Peg Kerr Ihinger, Brooks Caruthers, Sharon Wahl,Nicola Griffith, Kelley Eskridge, George Ruefener, Glenda Loeffler, Sue Ellen Sloca, Mark Kehl,   Paula Robinson,  Andrew Tisbert. (Paula Robinson not shown.)

I’ve been lucky enough to stay in contact with a lot of these folks over the decades, and some are friends for life.  Lou and I trade emails all the time. I saw Mark last week at the Nebula Awards. I went to Andrew’s wedding a few weeks ago. Kelley & Nicola live in Seattle, and I’ll see them when I go teach. I love them all, even the ones I haven’t seen since 1988, because of how important they were to me then.

This past week I’ve been reading through the 2017 students’ submission stories and personal essays, and one thing is clear: These students are more accomplished, on average, than my class was. Most of them have already published short stories, and one submission story was already in a year’s best collection. They’re also more diverse, and come from countries around the globe. They all belong at Clarion.

My job is to give them a  supportive but challenging first week. I know I’ll do a little damage to them–because that’s what workshops do, they break you down a bit and dent your ego so you can see how far you need to improve — but I’ll try not to damage them permanently.

It’ll be fun.

 

SF in SF with Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amara

This is old news, but I wanted to get this on to the website because I enjoyed it so much. On September 30, 2016 I was the guest moderator at SF in SF, where the guest guests were Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amara, there to discuss their book, Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg. My job was to prompt them to talk, which, if you know Bob Silverberg or have met Alvaro,  was no trouble at all. It was a lovely, wide-ranging discussion of Bob’s life and work.

Here’s the podcast recording of the evening, thanks to the lovely folks at SomaFM.

We Are All Completely Fine in Israel

Hot off the presses! The Israeli edition of  We Are All Completely Fine is now available. It’s published by that smiling man below, Rani Graff, and translated into Hebrew by Didi Chonoch. This is my third book with Graff Publishing, after Pandemonium and The Devil’s Alphabet, which won the Geffen Award for best translated novel. I’m kinda sorta thrilled. I love that cover.

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MASH UP out now!

The cover to the anthology MASHUP

Look at all these great writers!

My story “Begone” is appearing in this Gardner Dozois-edited anthology. Each story starts with the first line of a famous work of literature, and mine’s from the beginning of David Copperfield: “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” But the story is also a mashup of another great work of literature, the TV show “Bewitched.”

This anthology started life as an audio-only book published by Audible.com in 2015. Last year, “Begone” was also published in Asimov’s. And now it’s in print again, courtesy of Titan Books.

Here’s the official write-up for the anthology.

Mash Up—Gardner Dozois, editor (June 7, Titan Books)
Pride and Prejudice meets Macbeth by way of The Wizard of Oz and a dollop of the speculative, in this entertaining anthology where authors get inspiration for short stories from the first lines of famous works of literature. Edited by respected anthologist Gardner Dozois, the collection features Mary Robinette Kowal’s Hugo Award-winning story “The Lady Astronaut of Mars.”

Spoonbenders TV Deal

So this is a thing that happened:

Hot Drama About Eccentric Magicians Scores Deal With Knopf, Paramount TV (Hollywood Reporter)

I’m pretty pretty happy. As the article notes, we had a bidding process going on among various studios and production groups. The clincher about the Paramount offer was the chance to work with the folks from Anonymous Content. They’re the people behind True Detective, Spotlight, The Revenant, and one of my favorite small movies, The End of the Tour.

Another clincher–I’ll be an executive producer on the show, and I’ll let you know what that means as soon as I figure it out.

Audio! Me and Hannu at SF in SF

IMG_0646A month or so ago I appeared at SF in SF, the San Francisco reading series run by the lovely and dynamic Rina Weisman (that’s her in the back). I read alongside Hannu Rajaniemi, author of the Quantum Thief trilogy (handsome guy to the right), and the event was moderated, as usual, by the also handsome Terry Bisson, one of my literary heroes.

The people at Soma FM were there to record the readings and the Q&A section that followed. You can listen to the MP3. Or, peruse all their podcasts at their Soma FM Podcast page.

I read two stories. “A Thousand Gomorrahs,” my apocalyptic love letter to coffee shops, has only been published in Hebrew; it was written for a con in Israel run by my friends Ehud Maimon and Keren Landsman. “Digital,” about a man whose sense of self moves from behind his eyes to the index finger of his left hand, appeared in my short story collection, Unpossible and Other Stories.

 

My Worldcon 2015 Schedule

Hiya folks,

Next week I’ll be heading off to Spokane to attend Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon. What with all the science fictional controversy this year, this worldcon should be… interesting.

Here’s my schedule. If you note any gaps, please insert the item “Bar.”

Autographing – Dave Bara, Beth Cato, Daryl Gregory, Stefan Rudnicki, Jeff Sturgeon
Thursday 14:00 – 14:45, Hall B (CC)

What Prose Writers Can Learn From Comics

Friday 15:00 – 15:45, Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree)

Prose and comic writing are different. How a prose writer can apply some of the techniques from comics to help them become a better writer.

Daryl Gregory (M), Cassandra Rose Clarke, Grá Linnaea, Esther Jones

The Craft of Short Fiction
Saturday 11:00 – 11:45, 300C (CC)

Short fiction is very different from novels, both for readers and writers. A group of writers of short fiction talk about their approaches, and how those approaches differ from how a writer handles longer works.

Eileen Gunn (M), Daryl Gregory, Jack Skillingstead, Eric James Stone, C. C. Finlay

H.P. Lovecraft and Recent Weird Fiction
Saturday 17:00 – 17:45, 300C (CC)

H.P. Lovecraft was considered pretty weird and out there. Who is writing now that is also considered pretty weird and out there?

Elizabeth Bear (M), Ellen Datlow, Daryl Gregory, Sharon King

Reading – Daryl Gregory
Sunday 10:30 – 11:00, 303B (CC)

Wes Craven and SyFy Are Completely Fine

Somebody hands you an envelope of cash and a puppy. The puppy has a 99% of dying in twelve months. This is called a movie option.

But there’s always that one percent, right? I found out last night that Wes Craven is developing a TV show for my novella We Are All Completely Fine.

Wes Craven He’ll be writing the script for the pilot and directing it for the SyFy channel. You can read about it on Deadline Hollywood and elsewhere.

Assuming all goes well–that the script is good and the pilot works, that all the stars align, etc–it will be turned into a TV show. Nice, right?

But there are many hoops to jump through, and it may turn out that no show is made at all.

But I will say that I’m cautiously optimistic, and I’m thinking about naming the puppy.

Harrison Squared Tour: The Aftermath

Oh citizens of America, I had such a good time on the Harrison Squared tour. I’m thankful for the people who came out, and the booksellers who hosted.

Here are a few related pics of my travels from State College to Pittsburgh to Atlanta, and then to Lexington and Knoxville. Let’s do this again sometime.