Why Star Wars Matters To Me

My son, four years old, said he wanted to go outside and play Star Wars. I said shit yeah, kid, let’s do it. So he got his Darth Vader lightsaber, and gave me this foam sword that’s more like a medieval knight’s sword, and we headed outside. He said he wanted to be Kylo Ren. I didn’t even realize he knew who Kylo Ren was. He told me I was Darth Vader, and that Ren was now a good guy, and he was fighting Darth Vader. So, we battled for... Read The Rest →

Aliette de Bodard: The Character At The Heart Of The Book

Aliette de Bodard is one of those authors whose talent will destroy any sense of self you have, which means you really have no choice but to jump in and be taken away by the power of her prose. She wanted to come by and talk about the nature of character inside fiction — and how the world is seen through their lens, and how the character is seen by the reader. * * * In a modern genre book, the protagonist is an important notion: working out who they... Read The Rest →

Fran Wilde’s Somewhat Questionable Answers To All Your Publishing Questions

Fran Wilde said she wanted to answer all the publishing questions ever in the universe, and I said, hey, sure. I could use the vacation. So here she is, with all the answers to all* the publishing questions you have ever had. Also, her debut novel Updraft is out today, which you need to go get with your sticky book-desiring hands. Oh. Oh! I’ll also be at Doylestown Bookshop with her tomorrow night, talking with her about that very book. Come say hi! * two publishing questions * * * When... Read The Rest →

On The Subject Of Your Discouragement

This past week I put up a post about some mistakes I see in the stories of new(er) writers, and it’s one of those posts that went further and wider than I expected — and for the most part, the response was pretty positive. But there’s this other effect that happens, and sometimes this effect is revealed in emails or I see it in social media, and the effect is this: I have discouraged you. My nonsense has stitched into your soul quilt a BLACK SQUARE OF DOUBT. That saddens me... Read The Rest →

Shuddering News Spasms

(I know, I’m doing a lot of news-bit posts lately. I apologize! But we’re hitting a rather tumultous time of releases here — ZER0ES just landed. STAR WARS: AFTERMATH hits next week. BLACKBIRDS hits middle of September in gloriously shiny hardcover. It’s a busy time but it’ll quiet down again as fall rumbles on.) Let us begin. • Hey, look. It’s me over at The Mary Sue, interviewed about ZER0ES. My thoughts on the book, why I wrote it, and why hackers are awesome and artificial intelligence is scary. • (Actually,... Read The Rest →

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