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Addicts lie: Rob Ford and the future of Toronto

Addicts lie: Rob Ford and the future of Toronto

“I’m just so sad,” my mom told me, when she learned Toronto Police Services Chief Bill Blair told reporters he had seen video of the mayor smoking crack cocaine. “It’s just…sad.” It is sad. It’s sad that my partner has to wonder about his mayor screaming in his face and shoving him the way he does other journalists, when the mayor bothers to show up for work — though he apparently has no issue showing up drunk at two a.m….

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You should really be watching Top of the Lake right now

You should really be watching Top of the Lake right now

Seriously, why aren’t you watching Top of the Lake right now? It’s written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee and it has Elizabeth Moss and Holly Hunter and Faramir and that guy who plays the really pretty beast from the CW version of Beauty and the Beast, on in this he has a bunch of tattoos and a real script. Top of the Lake is a Sundance Channel production, and it’s available in Canada via the Sony PlayStation Network, and…

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My WorldCon 2013 schedule

My WorldCon 2013 schedule

Having loaded up on hand sanitizer and dusting powder, I am relatively ready for LoneStarCon. If you’d like to come say hello, here is where I will be: Thursday, 13:00-14:00, Autographing. (Or as I call it, “Kicking back and and testing the open container regulations while searching for open wi-fi, because I doubt anybody will want me to sign books.”) Friday, 10:00-11:00, US Animation Influenced by Japanese Animation. (In which we talk about Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I rant…

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Kindle users: here’s a copy of iD just for you.

Kindle users: here’s a copy of iD just for you.

For some reason, Amazon is holding back copies of iD from its Kindle store. My paranoid, conspiracy-minded brain says they don’t like the content; what vN delivered in violence, iD delivers in sex. (Spoiler alert.) And, Amazon has a shitty record of randomly screwing with their Kindle editions. My editor, however, says it’s a production delay. Either way, it’s a bit Kafkaesque. Especially since Amazon has yet to give us any details on when my book will be released on…

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iD drops today!

iD drops today!

Today sees the launch of my second novel, iD: The Second Machine Dynasty, from Angry Robot Books. If you’d like to get a jump on reading it, there’s a massive excerpt over here at Tor.com. I’ve also blogged quite a bit about the process of writing this book. If you’re curious, you could check out my Big Idea piece at Whatever, where I talk about how losing my passport and PR card prepared me to write iD, and an interview…

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This summer: appearances

This summer: appearances

I’m pretty busy this summer. So busy, in fact, that I bought new luggage. The piece of luggage I usually travel with has only two wheels and only one functional zipper. It’s gone with me a bunch of places, but during the 12-hour Greyhound trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles after my wallet was stolen last year, I decided that if I ever made it out of this jam I would invest in something more user-friendly. Speaking of San…

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My World Fantasy 2012 schedule

My World Fantasy 2012 schedule

Friday, 2:30 pm: Reading, Aurora …And that’s it. It’s my first World Fantasy, and since the focus is admirably narrow and laser-like on Northern Gothic, I don’t really have a lot to contribute. That’s fine, because Dave hits the Northern Gothic pretty hard, and he’ll be doing a panel and a reading. But basically, I’m just glad to be home. I returned to Canada a month ago, and promptly wrote a whole feature on my experiences in SF and LA…

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New story: “Photographic Memory”

New story: “Photographic Memory”

Today is Day Zero of the Intel Developer Forum, where I’ll be on two panels regarding futurism and science fiction. I’m also very pleased to announce that one of my stories, “Photographic Memory,” is now available in The Tomorrow Project Anthology: Imagining the Future and Building It. “Photographic Memory” is a story inspired by two things. The first is this piece by Jennifer Kahn for the New York Times, called“Can You Call A Nine-Year-Old A Psychopath?”. When I first read…

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La fiesta de vN está llegando

La fiesta de vN está llegando

Press “play”: Okay, now you’re in the right mood. Now we can talk about the launch party for vN, which is coming up this Saturday at 3pm at Bakka Phoenix Books on Harbord off Spadina. I will sign books, wipe my eyes a lot, and possibly do a reading. There will also be some other surprises and lots of food. I hope you can make it.

My last-minute Worldcon schedule

My last-minute Worldcon schedule

That’s right, folks, I’m in Chicago. It’s beautiful. Stunning, really. Today involved deep-dish pizza with my editor and fellow Angry Robot authors, jaw-dropping architecture, fireworks, and an absurdly huge bed. I’m here by the grace of the folks at the Intel Developer Forum, whose surprise prodding got me to renew my permanent residency faster than my heels were otherwise inclined to drag. (More on that, and on procrastination in general, later.) Anyway, I was very lucky to score some programming….

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