I had a great time at Kington’s inaugural Limestone Genre Expo last year. This year, they’ve expanded it to two days (although I’ll only be there Sunday.) I recommend it. The full schedule is online.
Here’s my schedule:
Sunday, July 24 2016
- 11 a.m. Far Out: What’s Happening in Science Fiction? Nina Munteanu, Charlotte Ashley, Ira Nayman, Andrew Barton, Derek Kunsken and Kate Heartfield, moderated by Matt Moore.
- 1 p.m.: Accessible Worlds: Disability in Speculative Fiction. Derek Newman Stille, Jen Frankel, Suzanne Church, Alison Sinclair, Madona Skaff, Vanessa Ricci-Thode, moderated by Kate Heartfield
- 4 p.m. Magic and Magical Systems. Derek Künsken, Darke Conteur, Karen Dales, Brandon Crilly, Nancy Baker, moderated by Suzanne Church.
The clever Aidan Doyle wrote a program to turn stories into emoji and colour palettes, using words that appear in the text. I asked him to turn The Semaphore Society into emoji, because if ever I had a story that demanded to be turned into symbols, that’s the one.
Look how cool it is!
You can listen to The Semaphore Society at Escape Pod or read it at Crossed Genres.
This near-future SF story of mine has been out for a while for purchase, but it now online for free.
It’s part of the fascinating Governments issue at Lackington’s. “The Automatic Prime Ministers” is a thought experiment and an exploration of friendship. It began, in my mind, as a story about punch-card kings, and turned into something quite different.
A couple of new in-depth interviews with me are out in the world: A text one at Airship Ambassador, and an hour-long audio one with Derek Newman-Stille at Through the Twisted Woods. Both focus on my story “The Seven O’Clock Man” but go beyond that too.
Clockwork Canada, the anthology where that story appears, has been racking up more great reviews, including at Lightspeed and AE.
And in story-sale news, I’ll make a couple of appearances in Kaleidotrope in 2017: one flash-fiction piece of my own, and one collaboration. I haven’t collaborated on a short story before (unless you count Star Wars fan fiction with my six-year-old), so this is exciting.
As for the writing itself, these days I’m buried in a very rough first draft of a new novel, and revising a short story. Both are historical, but in slightly different settings than I’ve ever written in before. I do like to have new research to do all the time.
The “Governments” issue of Lackington’s, one of my favourite magazines, is available now. It includes my story “The Automatic Prime Ministers”, which is a near-future science-fictional thought experiment. It also explores the friendship between the eponymous prime ministers, of Canada and India. Bonus points for readers who guess why I named the Canadian prime minister “Flora.”
Some stories just flow; they either work or they don’t. This was not one of those stories. Much like my other most recent story, “The Seven O’Clock Man,” this one is a bundle of moving parts, and it took a lot of feedback from my clever critique partners to get it straight in my head. This story has a million ways to fail; I hope it fails beautifully, at least.
If you’re at all interested in political responses to climate change, in modelling as a policy tool, in the tension between a politician’s conscience and her duty to constituents, in the deceptively complicated role of evidence in politics and policy, in the ethics of first contact or the ethics of friendship, you’re the ideal reader for this one.
It’s also always fun to see a story of mine out in the world set in Ottawa, where I live.
I’m overdue for a roundup post! Lots of stuff going on of late.
There’s a new interview with me up at Unreliable Narrators: This was so much fun. We mostly talked about my Shakespearean fantasy novella in Monstrous Little Voices, but hit a few other topics too.
As of May 1, you can now buy the terrific anthology Clockwork Canada, from Exile Editions, edited by Dominik Parisien. We launched it at Ad Astra this weekend and had a great time. It includes my story “The Seven O’Clock Man”, which is a bit spooky, and a lot about colonialism and autonomy and automation.
The anthology has been getting great reviews, including one from Haralambi Markov at Tor.com and Lee A. Farruga at Steampunk Canada. Derek Newman-Stille at Speculating Canada has been posting reviews of all the stories, including The Seven O’Clock Man.
And there are interviews up with Dominik and with my fellow contributor, Charlotte Ashley, at Airship Ambassador. My interview there will be up soon, and there are a couple of other podcast interviews with me coming soon, so I’ll do a part 2 round-up in a couple of weeks.
I’ll be in Toronto April 29 to May 1 for Ad Astra. Here’s my schedule (with a caveat that these things are always subject to change):
Friday, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.: The Influence of Shakespeare on SFF (panel with Arlene Marks and Kate Story)
Friday, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Clockwork Canada launch party with readings
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Steampunk reading with Nicole Lavigne and D. L. Narrol
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Do You Binge-Read? (panel with Brandon Draga, Nicole Lavigne and Robert J. Wiersema)
Saturday 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: A Guide to Submitting Your Short Stories (panel with Nicole Lavigne, Gregory A. Wilson and Robert Boyczuk)
Saturday 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Magicians: From Page to TV Screens (panel with Robert J. Wiersema)