One Week To Go!

Did you know there’s only one week to go before Implanted is loosed upon the world?

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Things are rolling along–make that steamrolling–and I wanted to briefly check in before I head to Austin for ArmadilloCon later this week.

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I had a great time at RWA Nationals in Denver. It was intense, inspiring, and I left with lots of new contacts and things to think about. This is me (furthest on the right) and my New Mexico chaptermates having a blast:

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When I got back to town, the amazing Fran Wilde put together a worldbuilding roundtable with a group of awe-inspiring SF authors, including me, Mike Chen, Malka Older, Peng Shepard, and Tade Thompson. Check it out at Tor.com.

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I also got interviewed by the great team at Unreliable Narrators, where we talk about Implanted, the path to publication, and some of my influences. I had a lot of fun with their thoughtful questions.

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Finally, early reviews have been trickling in, which is gratifying to see. Even more so since people seem to like Implanted! Special thanks to all the reviewers who took a chance on a debut author.

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Hopefully one of those convinced you to preorder the book, if you haven’t already!

Recent Oddments

Lots of things have been happening behind the scenes of late. Lots of writing (of course!) as well as editorial and administrative stuff to get my novel Implanted out into the world. But the busyness is helping to keep my nerves at bay as review copies are getting prepped and I start turning my attention to promotion.

In fact, I was recently interviewed by the wonderful people at the Breaking the Glass Slipper podcast, where I was able to talk about my influences in writing the book. I had a lot of fun with the questions, so be sure to check it out:

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In other news, my story “Glitch,” appearing in Shohola Press’s Abandoned Places anthology, got a shoutout by SFF Reviews, and they also liked the anthology overall, so that’s always good to hear.

Finally, a few weeks ago, I was able to participate in the Jack Williamson Lectureship, which is held at Eastern New Mexico University every year. S. M. Stirling was the guest of honor, and luminaries like Connie Willis and Walter Jon Williams were in attendance as well. Fellow NM authors Emily Mah and Sarena Ulibarri, who is also editor in chief of World Weaver Press, were also guests, and it was just plain fun to hang out and talk shop for the weekend with other SFF enthusiasts in the community.

 

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That’s it for me. Stay tuned!

Book Deal with Angry Robot!

I’m thrilled to share the news that Angry Robot will be publishing my debut novel Implanted, out this August. I’m certain the next few months will be an amazing whirlwind in the lead up to the release.

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You can read more about announcement at the Angry Robot homepage. You can also check out the cover and read a little more about my story world over at SFF World. And if you are really interested, Christopher Cornell on the Unreliable Narrators podcast teased a few questions out of me a few weeks ago while I was on there promoting the release of the Abandoned Places anthology from Shohola press.

You can even add the book to your To-Read list on Goodreads if that’s your thing.

All that said, it is an exciting time and I’m looking forward to the next stage on this journey. Accordingly, there will be some changes around here, so I hope you’ll stick around!

New Story in Shohola Press’s Abandoned Places anthology!

I’m happy to announce my short story “Glitch” can be found in Shohola Press’s first anthology Abandoned Places, edited by George Galuchak and Christopher Cornell.

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The anthology comes out March 9th, and if you live in the Bay Area, there are some fun launch events coming up.

I recently had the opportunity to talk about the story on the Unreliable Narrators podcast with editor Chris Cornell. Other contributors are also interviewed about their stories and creative process, and the Unreliable Narrators crew always creates an entertaining podcast.

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So give it a listen, and as a bonus you’ll get a sneak peek at a special announcement from me!

And be sure to check out the anthology when it’s released. I had a blast writing my story. “Glitch” is about abandoned code bases, video games, and murder birds, and you can get a bit of a sense for the story’s aesthetic based on the related Pinterest page.

Remembering Victor Milán

Last week, sad news came in that prolific New Mexican author Victor Milán passed away after complications with pneumonia. That’s a bit deceptive as he had been in and out of emergency room since early December, but so much time in the hospital took its toll and robbed us of one of the greatest adventure writers out there. Some good retrospectives on his writing career can be found at Locus, File 770, Tor, and GRRM’s blog.

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Victor Milan, John Jos Miller, Jane Lindskold, Lauren C. Teffeau, S.M. Stirling and Emily Mah at Page 1 Books, June 2015

Vic had a tremendous impact on the local science fiction and fantasy community here in Albuquerque, and it’s only fitting there will be a remembrance ceremony celebrating his life and work at Bubonicon, the local SFF convention, this August.

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Victor Milan at the Dinosaur Lords release party / birthday — August 2015

I met Vic through the NM-based Critical Mass writers’ group, which I first joined back in fall of 2012. He was always witty and kind and an insightful critiquer. I felt privileged to have read his work in turn, most notably his Dinosaur Lords series with Tor. His encouragement and support of my own writing over the years was a huge gift, and one I’ll carry with me for a long time.

 

 

 

When he got sick, getting shuttled from emergency rooms to hospital beds to nursing rehabilitation facilities only to be sent back to the ER for the process to start all over again, it was hard seeing such a gentle vibrant man brought low by illness and an indifferent healthcare system. But he was fighting up to the very end.

My last visit with him, a few days before his passing, was a good one. I wanted to see him before I left town for a weeklong trip back East to visit family. There were the usual gripes about the facility, interruptions by staff members taking vitals or administering meds, but he brightened up considerably when I mentioned some editorial feedback I’d received on a project, happy to talk about the writing process he’d devoted so much of his life to. When I left, he was still weak but showing outward signs of improving, even as pneumonia and sepsis were unknowingly setting in. I didn’t realize that would be the last time I’d see him.

After that visit, he sent me the following text:

 

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I didn’t respond—I was going to see him as soon as I got back to town. We could talk then, right? Wrong. In any case, here’s my belated reply:

No, Vic. Thank you. And wherever you are now, happy voyaging!