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LICENCE EXPIRED is now available!

LICENCE EXPIRED is now available!

It’s here! It’s finally here! If you’re in Canada, you can now buy LICENCE EXPIRED: THE UNAUTHORIZED JAMES BOND. Why only in Canada? Well, copyright is a funny thing. This year, Ian Fleming’s Bond novels entered Canadian public domain, because in Canada, and until the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ratified, copyright is death-plus-fifty years. In the US and the UK, copyright is death-plus-seventy years, because those countries have powerful media empires with the money to pay very good lobbyists to convince…

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Mammograms are not scary. Everything else is.

Mammograms are not scary. Everything else is.

As a result of my family’s long history of cancer, I’m part of the Ontario Breast Screening Program. That means I’m eligible to receive mammograms and breast MRIs on a regular basis starting at an earlier age than most other women in Canada. It also means I’ve just had my first mammogram at the age of thirty-two. If you’re in your early thirties, and you’re curious about mammograms, I want to tell you that they’re not scary. They don’t even…

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Licence Expired: the TOC and the TL;DR

Licence Expired: the TOC and the TL;DR

The Table of Contents for my anthology with David Nickle, Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond is now available. (You can pre-order it here.) I’m extremely proud of all the stories we included. It’s my first anthology, and there are stories by Charles Stross, Robert Wiersema, Kelly Robson, EL Chen, Jacqueline Baker, and others. These writers bit into the Bond mythos with sharp teeth, and they drew blood. Public domain — such as Ian Fleming’s Bond books and stories are,…

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LICENCE EXPIRED: open for submissions!

LICENCE EXPIRED: open for submissions!

That’s right, agents. We’re open for business. David Nickle and Madeline Ashby are co-editing Licence Expired: the Unauthorized James Bond for ChiZine Publications, seeking stories based on the character of James Bond as described in Ian Fleming’s fourteen published works. The anthology will be published by ChiZine Publications in Canada only, as Fleming’s work has entered the public domain only in Canada and a few other countries. Because of those legal restrictions, stories must only reference elements from Fleming’s stories,…

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Immigration is an information design problem.

Immigration is an information design problem.

While writing this column for the Ottawa Citizen on proposed changes to Canada’s immigration policy, an idea occurred to me that had taken years to crystallize. It emerged, strange but sharp, like a thorn buried under the skin that slowly eases free of the body’s confines. Immigration is an information design problem.

Meet me in Winnipeg!

Meet me in Winnipeg!

Actually, meet me and David Nickle, hosted by SM Beiko and Chadwick Ginther. Yes, in the fine old tradition of Bogart and Bacall, Gaiman and Palmer, and Bob and Bing, the nice folks at the McNally Robinson Bookstore in Winnipeg are presenting An Evening With Madeline Ashby & David Nickle, Friday March 13 at 7:30. (Yes, that’s Friday the 13th. Bring your own chainsaw.) Come watch us do our William Tell routine. We’ll read, we’ll sign, we’ll do the whole…

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About LICENCE EXPIRED, the unauthorized Bond anthology I’m co-editing with David Nickle

About LICENCE EXPIRED, the unauthorized Bond anthology I’m co-editing with David Nickle

It’s true! Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels and short stories are now public domain in Canada. When I heard this, I immediately asked my Twitter followers if I should write a James Bond novel. (Response was enthusiastic.) The thing is, I’ve already sort of written one — my second novel, iD: The Second Machine Dynasty, drew a great deal of inspiration from Fleming’s work. It’s a fast, brutal, pulpy adventure story about an Hispanic self-replicating humanoid trying to find a…

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My Can-Con schedule

My Can-Con schedule

I know I should be writing about the amazing time I had on the Hieroglyph anthology Northeastern tour events in NYC and DC, but I’m still processing them. But you can check out the #abetterfuture hashtag on Twitter for a sense of the mood, or take a look at David Hartwell’s photos of the Hieroglyph event at Tumblr. In the meantime, here is my Can-Con schedule! Friday 7pm, Room 5: Reading 8pm, Room 2: The Past, Present, and Future of…

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