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.
Even if this is going to be another season of futility for the Tigers,* Opening Day is one of my favorite days of the year. It’s also (if I do say so myself) a perfect time to grab yourself a copy of The Comic Book Story of Baseball!
*I saw two of their spring training games, and although they’re not going to be very good, they’ve got some young players to watch. And Miguel Cabrera looked like Miguel Cabrera again, so at least there’s the chance to watch one of the all-time greats continue his march toward 3000 hits and 500 home runs. Assuming he gets there (he’s got 2676 hits and 465 homers now), that will make him only the 7th player in the history of the game to do it.
Agents, it’s publication day for The Division: Broken Dawn in the US!* You know what to do…
*Amazon link included for convenience, but buy from your local shop when you can!
Yesterday I was griping because UPS couldn’t find my house (which is in plain sight, after all). Today they located me, and dropped off an unexpected delight: A set of Marvel Battle Lines trading cards with a custom binder!
Spiffy, no? Now I’m going to have to design a tabletop version of the game.
It’s that time of year, when we freelancers look back at what we accomplished and take a minute to feel good about everything instead of being stressed over what comes next. If you’ve read any of these things, thank you. (And if you haven’t, it’s not too late!)
Things I published in 2018
Things I finished in 2018 that will appear in 2019
- The Division: Broken Dawn, a novel linking the first and second Division games and expanding the lore beyond New York and Washington DC
- “Isla Tiburon,” a short story in Asimov’s
- A kids’ picture book adaptation of Avengers: Infinity War
- A picture book adventure about Shuri and the Avengers
- More stuff I can’t announce yet
Happy New Year! And thanks again for reading!