Having waited ten years to find out what’s up with Coldhands and stuff, I see that Dance with Dragons will finally be released! On July 12th … the day before Alpha starts. *headdesk*
I’ve also posted the text of my short story “Veil of Ignorance” (the audio has been online for a while). I get a pretty regular stream of people coming to my site from Wikipedia looking for this story, I assume because it’s mentioned here. They’re usually from a university, and they usually poke around briefly, and when they can’t find the story in text format they leave. Rarely someone will listen to the audio, but mostly they just leave. They never look at any of my other stories, and they never buy a copy of the story from Fictionwise. This has been going on for years. So I’m throwing in the towel and just making the text of the story free. Enjoy.
And if you haven’t read the story, do check it out. It’s got a cool shifting first-person viewpoint.
I updated my Media page with text versions of some of my older stories. These are all things I wrote when I was a teenager:
|“The Trial of Thomas Jefferson”
A court in the future puts historical figures on trial.
|“Lest We Forget”
Two friends debate the ethics of erasing painful memories.
A teenage boy falls in love with a virtual girl he’s created.
|“The Sorcerer and the Charlatan”
A mighty lord hatches a plot to ensnare a wizard.
Man, reading the lyrics on people’s YouTube videos is a painful experience for anyone with a rudimentary grasp of grammar.
New Game of Thrones trailer. Gives me chills, it does.
Episode 31 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy is now up at io9. In this show we interview Chris Roberson, award-winning science fiction novelist and publisher of Monkey Brain Books, who recently landed his dream gig of writing for the Superman monthly comic. Then stick around after the interview as John and I discuss upcoming superhero movies, superheroes in prose fiction, Marvel and DC trademarking the word “superhero,” and “porn face” in comics.
This week Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy made it up to #5 on the iTunes list of Top Literature Podcasts. A new record!
Reposted from the Alpha website:
The Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing just announced its winner, runners-up, and honorable mentions.
Like last year, Alphans have made a very strong showing. How strong? Eight Alphans were honored. The full list, taken from the Dell Award Facebook page, follows. Alphans are listed in bold.
Winner: “The Immaculate Conception of Private Ritter” by Seth Dickinson, University of Chicago
First Runner-up: “Aunt Victoria” by Amanda Olson, St. Olaf College
Second Runner-up: “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchists Bees,” by Eugenia Lily Yu of Princeton University
Third Runner-up: “In the Time of Drought,” by Rachel Sobel of the University of Washington
“A Clarity of Mind,” by Rachel Halpern of Grinnell College
“Caveat,” by Kendra Leigh Speedling of the University of Minnesota
“Perchance to Dream,” by Sarah Brand of Vanderbilt University
“The Little Man’s Call,” by Rebecca McNulty of the College of New Jersey
“The Case of the Wayward Sister,” by Lara Donnelly of Wright State University
“A Treatise on the Duality of Peace and Accomplishing a Rewarding Parent-Child Relationship Based upon Mutual Respect and Love,” by Tina Tseng of UCLA
“Death’s Lady,” by Miah Saunders of High Point University.
This is an amazing accomplishment for all the students, and everyone involved with Alpha is thrilled to see so many familiar names on the list. It’s not the first time Alphans have done well–last year saw five stories by four Alphans, all of whom returned in 2011–but eight is a new record. Many of the workshop’s staff can also be found on the page of Past Honorees.
More importantly, the submissions for the Dell Award were incredibly strong. The award administrators noted that they received a record number of submissions of very high quality. This is absolutely clear when you look at the list of Past Honorees: this is the first year since 1996 that there have been more than seven awards given, and eleven is the most of any year.
This year, more stories by Alphans were given awards than stories by anyone in any of the past ten years.
Alphans are mighty. Congratulations!
So I got totally screwed over when I tried to watch the Super Bowl on iTunes. First of all, they listed the final score of the game in the product description. Thanks a lot, assholes, it’s not like I was planning to actually, you know, watch that game after I downloaded it or anything. Then it wasn’t even the actual game, as advertised, but a painfully lame post-game highlights show that I turned off after 30 seconds. I posted a complaint, which is currently ranked the “most helpful” review of the Super Bowl on iTunes, and they have now taken down their bullshit fake Super Bowl file.
Edited to add: I also complained directly to Apple, and they did reverse the charges.
Episode 30 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy is up at io9. In this show we interview Jennifer Ouellette, author of three popular science books, Black Bodies and Quantum Cats: Tales from the Annals of Physics, The Physics of the Buffyverse, and The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse. She also maintains a blog called Cocktail Party Physics, and for the past three years has been the director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange, an initiative of the National Academy of Sciences that seeks to improve the way that science and scientists are portrayed by Hollywood. Then stick around after the interview as John and I discuss fantasy & science fiction on television.
Just want to give everyone fair warning that I’ll be teaching at Alpha again this summer, so unless you want to spend a week in my vicinity, you probably don’t want to apply by the March 1st deadline.
For newcomers to this blog, here’s a list of science fiction podcasts I’ve been involved with over the years:
|Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy is a talk show hosted by me and John Joseph Adams. We’ve interviewed authors such as George R. R. Martin, Orson Scott Card, and Robert Kirkman.|
|Lightspeed is an online science fiction magazine, and they also have a podcast on iTunes. My story “Cats in Victory” appeared in the debut issue.|
|StarShipSofa is a podcast magazine featuring stories and interviews. My story “Cats in Victory” appeared in Episode 141.|
|Escape Pod is a science fiction short story podcast. My stories “Save Me Plz” and “Blood of Virgins” appeared here.|
|Pseudopod is a horror short story podcast. My stories “The Skull-Faced Boy” and “The Disciple” appeared here.|
|MechMuse, a science fiction short story podcast, is now sadly defunct. My stories “Veil of Ignorance” and “The Second Rat” appeared in the debut issue.|
Find more science fiction podcasts over on Worlds Without End.
Just noticed that my old pal Tom Gerencer, author of such maniacally comedic short stories as “Primordial Chili,” “Trailer Trash Savior,” and “Why I Bring a Bag Lunch Now,” now has his own YouTube channel where he posts videos of his insane whitewater hijinks. Check out his highlight reel, along with such comic shorts as “Costa Rica Rocks,” “Rock Love,” and “Tom Gerencer, Whitewater Hero.”
Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy clawed its way up to #7 on the iTunes Literature podcasts list this morning. That’s the highest I’ve seen it climb.