Yikes! Well, I’ve been busy. And lazy. Lazy busy. I suspect in the fall when things start to ramp up for Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly and A Head Full of Ghosts, I’ll be peeking my head in here much more often.
In the mean time, here’s a scattershot update of sorts.
—Floating Boy is now out in Canada! If you live in the US, do you need a better reason to cross the border? Or you can wait until October, if you wish.
–CZP is having a .99 cent ebook sale on backlist titles through July 4th. So get your e-copies of In the Meantime and Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye cheap!
–Short stories! My story “Notes from ‘The Barn in the Wild'” is now available in the The Children of Old Leech anthology. Just announced, my story “The Large Man” will be appearing in Streets of Shadows, out later this fall. Other short stories sold to anthologies that I can’t quite name yet include “The Dead Boy,” “______”, and “The Ice Tower.”
—Readercon is July 10-13. My schedule:
Friday, July 12
2:30 PM ENV Reading: Paul Tremblay. Paul Tremblay reads selections from the upcoming, co-written YA novel, Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly.
5:00 PM ENL The Satirist’s Progress. Marc Abrahams, F. Brett Cox, Alex Jablokow, James Morrow (leader), Paul Tremblay. In an interview at Clarkesworld Magazine, Nick Mamatas said, “Speculative fiction has become much less about transparent allegories or satires and such, and much more about itself,” while also asserting that “Even if it’s only a minor current within speculative fiction, satire will always have a place in it, because exaggeration is crucial to satire. You cannot satirize the here and now simply through reproduction of it via bourgeois realism.” In response, Paul Tremblay offered examples of three picaresque novels “devoid of speculative fiction elements” that he considered satirical: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine, and Home Land by Sam Lipsyte. To what extent has the core of genre SF moved away from satire? And is satire possible within pure realism?
Sunday July 13
11:00 AM F The Shirley Jackson Awards. Chesya Burke, F. Brett Cox, Jack Haringa, John Langan, Sarah Langan, Kit Reed, Paul Tremblay. In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, the Shirley Jackson Awards have been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. Jackson (1916–1965) wrote classic novels such as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, “The Lottery.” Her work continues to be a major influence on writers of every kind of fiction, from the most traditional genre offerings to the most innovative literary work. The awards given in her name have been voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a Board of Advisors, for the best work published in the calendar year of 2013 in the following categories: Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology.
–What else? Oh, here’s picture of my freaky thumb celebrating the completion of some edits on the new novel.