Next week the podcast series DUST Horizons debuts, including an audio adaptation of my story “Peter Skilling.” If you didn’t catch it on Salon.com 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!
More announcements coming soon…!
Feast your eyes on this beauty:
From the Tor.com 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!
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.)
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!
Man, I can’t wait for July 6. First, I’m going to go to Vault of Midnight in Detroit, where I’m going to sign The Comic Book Story of Baseball for whoever shows up…and then I’m going to stroll over to Comerica Park for the 4:10 first pitch of that afternoon’s Tigers-Red Sox tilt. What a day it will be! Come down, say hi, get a book!
And is this an excellent poster or what?
I am thrilled to link to this freshly posted Tor.com announcement of my upcoming novella Anthropocene Rag…along with two other novellas by Carrie Vaughn and Eddie Robson! I’m looking forward to reading them.
Anthropocene Rag is my first original book-length fiction in (gulp) a long time, and I want to thank Jonathan Strahan and the editorial team at Tor.com for getting behind it. They asked me to say a little something about the book, and although I find summarizing my own work agonizing, here’s what I came up with:
Anthropocene Rag is the confluence of two different ideas that I started thinking about years apart. One was a lunatic scheme to save the world’s monuments in the face of ongoing disaster, putting them all together in a secret location that becomes a Willy Wonka-esque myth to the outside world. The other was a question: When emergent digital intelligences appear, what stories will they tell themselves about their origins? How will they respond to the myths of their creators, and what myths will they create in turn… especially about their creators? Once those two things simmered together for a while, what came out was this story.
Can’t wait to see this book out in the world next year! I think you’re going to dig it.