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Another reason I’m happy to live in Canada:

Another reason I’m happy to live in Canada:

Today, Ontario’s top court legalized brothels, with the intent to protect sex workers. Snip: All five judges said the law prohibiting the operation of bawdy houses “is grossly disproportionate” to its stated aim of avoiding disorder and maintaining public health standards. “The record is clear that the safest way to sell sex is for a prostitute to work indoors, in a location under her control,” they said. The court emphasized that prostitutes are forced to break the law if they…

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The prologue of vN is live!

The prologue of vN is live!

And you can read it right here! Special thanks to Rudy Rucker for deciding to share it with everybody. Coincidentally, I am now sitting in almost the exact same location I was when I wrote the first draft of this little vignette, way back before I knew it was a novel, and long before I had any inkling that anybody would want to publish it. I’m on retreat with my writers’ workshop, and it was on just such an occasion…

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Reading at the Augusta House!

Reading at the Augusta House!

It’s absurd that I haven’t blogged this before, but tomorrow night, February 8, I’ll be at the Augusta House, reading from vN. I’ll be joined by none other than writers Mike Bryant and Adrienne Kress, and ukulelist Kari Maaren. The Facebook event page is here, so you can throw your name in the ring of attendees. This will be my first time reading from vN, and it’s a little intimidating — not least because I’m still recovering from the flu,…

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I’m on TVO this evening!

I’m on TVO this evening!

Today I made my first appearance on television with The Agenda with Steve Paikin, a panel show on TV Ontario that airs five nights a week at 8 and 11. I was in a segment with Rob Sawyer, Jesse Hirsch, and James Hughes. We were talking about The Future, and I got to relay a funny story from Anticipation, the Montreal Worldcon, among other things. Note: You can now watch the entire episode here. I’m still recovering a from a…

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If you’re feeling generous…

If you’re feeling generous…

The nominations for the Hugo Awards are open, and if you like, you could nominate my work for a couple of things: Best Novelette: The Education of Junior Number 12 Best Fan Writer: For my work at Tor.com Naturally, it goes without saying that I think you should nominate Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism, by David Nickle, for Best Novel. But I’m biased.

Bordertown in the National Post

Bordertown in the National Post

You may recall that in September, I participated in the Bordertown design studio, a ten-week project based out of Toronto’s Site 3 hackspace. We met each week to discuss readings, to dialogue with guest speakers on the subject of international border policy, and to play design games. We also created art installations for the Detroit Design Festival. Now you can read an interview with the project founders at the National Post.

My SFContario schedule

My SFContario schedule

This year, I will again be a panelist at SFContario, Toronto’s only downtown SF convention. It takes place November 18-20, and in addition to being a panelist I will also be presenting an Aurora award for the Best Graphic Novel in English. (Hopefully I don’t have this same scratchy throat a month from now.) Here is my schedule: Targeting the Appropriate Market – Sat. 11 AM Parkview Often selling a story is all about finding the right market. How do…

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The Detroit Step

The Detroit Step

From Detroit “The Detroit Step is what New Yorkers do when you tell them where you’re from,” the man said. We met outside Comerica Park, the new stadium for the Detroit Tigers. I was hanging off the fence, taking a photo. I was informed that this was the exact reason why the stadium had been dug below street level, so that kids could climb up a waist-height wall and see the game from behind wrought iron fencing for free. “You…

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On cancer

On cancer

My mother is a cancer survivor. During my third year of university, we learned that she was suffering from ductal carcinoma in-situ, a slow form of breast cancer that was undetectable by self-exam or mammogram. In her case, it took a stubborn doctor and a galactogram to diagnose her. Another family member had been diagnosed a few years earlier with another form of breast cancer. That same woman now has stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Another has leukemia. Just last week,…

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