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.


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.