Tuesday, November 22, 2011

RIP Anne McCaffrey

Word is going around that Anne McCaffrey has died. What can I say... I was nine when I started reading Pern (the Dragonriders omnibus from the Science Fiction Book Club!), and it forever altered the way I view books--not to mention the way genres can (and should) be warped and juxtaposed. Above all, though, her stories took me to a different place when I really needed to go there. Thanks, Anne.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


I somehow managed to work Rush, the Arcade Fire, and the Descendents into the same A.V. Club article. My head hurts.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Exhibit A

The mailman just dropped off a boxful of my first novel. Is this what euphoria feels like?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Liberation songs

One of my favorite writers working today, Brian Francis Slattery, recorded an album. In it, he and his band interpret excerpts from his brilliant post-collapse novel, Liberation. Friggin' awesome. And it might just be enough to hold me over until his new book, Lost Everything, comes out in April.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Clarkesworld editorship

Clarkesworld Magazine has a new nonfiction editor, and I am it (unless I'm dreaming or something, which wouldn't surprise me). Seriously, I feel incredibly honored, and I'll be doing my best to expand the scope of Clarkesworld's nonfiction while staying true to the magazine's award-winning integrity and awesomeness. Publisher Neil Clarke has a few words on the subject in his announcement today.

Okay, now back to pinching myself.

Like an iceberg starting a band with the Titanic

My review of Lulu, the morbidly anticipated collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica, is up at The A.V. Club. Commenters are going nuts. Rock may be dead, but at least its corpse is alive with hosts of vermin scouring it clean.