“Peter Skilling” on DUST: Horizons

The new podcast series DUST: Horizons is live! Check out my contribution, “Peter Skilling” — and give the rest a listen, too.

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(“Peter Skilling” was originally published on in 2004, and reprinted in F&SF shortly after that. This version is slightly revised.)

Forthcoming: DUST Horizons, Chisel and Chime, Anthropocene Rag

Next week the podcast series DUST Horizons debuts, including an audio adaptation of my story “Peter Skilling.” If you didn’t catch it on or F&SF when it was originally published, here’s your chance to hear what happens when an ordinary person is resurrected in a totalitarian future and finds out that new laws have put him in a frightening Catch-22. Check out the DUST website for more info — and a ton of cool short films!

Not too long after that, my short novella “Chisel and Chime” will appear in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It’s about art, power, magic, and desire, and it’s set in Borea, the location of two previous F&SF stories, “Wizard’s Six” and “Dragon’s Teeth.” (But not a part of Borea seen in those stories.) Also, you should subscribe!

And of course I’m not going to stop waving the flag for Anthropocene Rag, a short novel coming from in March 2020!


More announcements coming soon…!

Anthropocene Rag Cover Reveal

Feast your eyes on this beauty:


From the announcement:

In the future United States, our own history has faded into myth and traveling across the country means navigating wastelands and ever-changing landscapes.

The country teems with monsters and artificial intelligences try to unpack their own becoming by recreating myths and legends of their human creators. Prospector Ed, an emergent AI who wants to understand the people who made him, assembles a ragtag team to reach the mythical Monument City.

In this nanotech Western, Irvine infuses American mythmaking with terrifying questions about the future and who we will become.

Coming your way next March!

Pub Date and Preorder Links for Anthropocene Rag

We have a pub date for Anthropocene Rag: March 31, 2020. Preorder links have appeared. Beat the rush and get your order in now!

Here’s the listing on IndieBound, to order through your local bookstore.

Or if you’re not close to a bookstore, here’s the Amazon link.

You can also get it straight from the publisher.

(Also I’ve seen a draft cover, which is great and I’ll share it as soon as I can.)

July Appearances and Peregrinations

July is shaping up to be a busy month. Here’s a rundown of where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing:

July 6 — I’ll be signing The Comic Book Story of Baseball at Vault of Midnight in Detroit from 1-3pm, or 3:30, or whenever I have to leave to make the first pitch of the Tigers-Red Sox game down the street at Comerica Park. Come by!


July 14 — In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon mission, I’ll be signing and chatting about The Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11’s Third Man, at Print: A Bookstore in Portland. If you have a kid who likes space, that kid will also like this book. See you there!


July 17-21 I’ll be at San Diego Comic-Con, resolutely avoiding formal obligations and conducting business over fish tacos and beer, the way it should be done. Then I’ll be in LA for meetings the next week.

It’s a busy month! Hope to see you either in Detroit, Portland, San Diego, or LA.

Father’s Day Gift Got You Stumped? Worry No More!

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re like most people, you’re cursing your old man for being so damn hard to buy for. This year, do something a little different! Don’t get Dad a tie he’ll never wear or a grill cookbook he’ll only open once because hell, if he doesn’t know how to make a burger by now then what have you kids been eating all these years?

Get him The Comic Book Story of Baseball!*


*Amazon link for convenient reference and sample pages; buy local if you can!