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How we workshop fiction

How we workshop fiction

While I was in Seattle recently (scroll down for photos in the navbar to your right), my friend Jerry took me to lunch at the Wild Wheat Bakery Café & Restaurant in the south end. (I ate a delightful salmon tostada salad, then walked out with a squishably soft loaf of garlic rosemary bread and a tiny gift-sized creme brulee.) While there, Jerry’s friend Kascha asked me how my workshop works. She, like many writers, has had nasty experiences with…

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So, I have some books coming out.

So, I have some books coming out.

Damn, it feels good to type those words. My first novel, vN, will be published by Angry Robot Books in August, 2012. They summarize it far more concisely than I’ve ever been able to: vN introduces us to Amy. She’s been grown in a stable family environment, with her robot mother and human father. But alone of all her kind, her human-protecting failsafe has stopped working for some reason. Soon she’s on the run from the law, and worse –…

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My Polaris schedule

My Polaris schedule

Today I head up to Polaris, where I’ll be a panelist. Here’s my official schedule: Putting the Science Into Science Fiction Saturday 04:00 PM UNIONVILLE Standing at the Borders of the Future Sunday 01:00 PM NEWMARKET Unofficially, I’ll be attending a programming participant party this evening. It’s free, and I hope you’ll drop by to say hello. Otherwise, I’ll be wandering around attending readings and presentations. Absurdly, it’s my first time attending Polaris, so my light schedule will be a…

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GRAND ideas

GRAND ideas

I’m writing this post from the Vancouver Convention Centre, where I am at the 2011 GRAND conference. I’m here for the PLAYPR project, which focuses on the future of play and performance in gaming. This means I’ve been spending my weekend with Kinect hackers, game developers, haptic coders — the kind of people whose brains are veritable Swiss Army knives. It’s been a fantastic weekend so far. Until recently, my education was primarily in the humanities. This means I never…

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My SFContario schedule

My SFContario schedule

This November you can find me at SFContario, where I’ll be on a bunch of panels as both a participant and moderator. Here’s my schedule: Friday 10 PM – Ballroom A Cyborgs AI and Androids in Anime Japan leads the world in developing humanoid robots and anime productions address the question of what it means to be human if the human body is increasingly mechanized. Conversely when does a self aware system become worthy of being regarded as equal or…

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In case you hadn't heard, Peter won a Hugo.

In case you hadn't heard, Peter won a Hugo.

Unless you’ve been on an Internet cleanse, you’ve probably already heard this news. Still, I feel like commemorating it here, mostly because I CALLED IT, and I get a healthy squirt of dopamine when the things I predict come true. Dave feels the same, and has a post on the subject with a snazzy photo from the ceremony. Welcome Squid Overlords, indeed. Peter, come home soon. NOTE: Mom, you can read the winning novelette here. I must confess I totally…

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When your guidelines exclude a Hugo nominee, there’s a problem.

When your guidelines exclude a Hugo nominee, there’s a problem.

These are the guidelines for Tesseracts 15, a Canadian anthology of genre fiction that is focusing on YA stories this year. I was really excited about submitting to this anthology, until I read the guidelines. (They’re available as a PDF on the website linked above.) Snip: If yours doesn’t fit, please don’t submit it. Whatever other definitions of a story suited to a 13 and older reader you may encounter or hold, the only ones that matter to this anthology…

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Review: Ferro

Review: Ferro

Please excuse the over-exposure of this photo. It’s the inevitable consequence of low lighting and late eating. For a recent family birthday dinner, we visited Ferro, and this drink, the Negroni, convinced me to blog the location.

DeathRay Rants: This Is Not A Digital Revolution

DeathRay Rants: This Is Not A Digital Revolution

Note: My husband typed this during his usual comics-consumption time. If it was important enough to interrupt that, you should definitely read it. This is Not a Digital Revolution or You Won’t Believe What Watching The Runaways Taught Me About the Fight Over Manga and DRM In my last year of high school, I wrote an essay that used the French Revolution as a model to describe the fall of communism in the U.S.S.R. as a revolution. The realisation that…

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