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“We broke no Laws,” I said.
"Kirit," Wik said, reaching out, then stopping. "We broke all of them."
Horizon, Book 3 of the Bone Universe
out 9-26-17

Horizon's page proofs are in! That means we're in the home stretch and preorder season is here. I'm cooking up some preorder surprises, and if you want to get started early -- well, Amazon & Barnes & Noble (online) | Main Point Books & Mysterious Galaxy (by phone at the moment) are among those stores happy to oblige you! 

If you know reviewers & librarians who might be interested in Horizon, point them at Eidelweis please! Every bit helps (and thank you so much for helping spread the word!).

The official launch date is September 26, and we're heading back to Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse Square (Chuck Wendig puts the "we" in... er, 'WE"). More details soon.

The Nebulas were great! I got to say hi to a real astronaut (Kjell Lindgren), hang out with friends, hear some really excellent panels and, best of all, I got to GIVE an award (which is a lot of fun). Then I was home for four days and back out on the road to be Compton Crook Year Two Guest of Honor at Balticon, where I introduced this year's Compton Crook Winner, Ada Palmer, author of Too Like the Lightning.

Meantime, Aliette de Bodard and I interviewed Ruthanna Emrys for Cooking the Books (She's got a great answer for the Booksmugglers' question of what monster she'd prefer to be eaten by.  Next up are Malka Older and Yoon Ha Lee!

I've finished a draft on a new book, a Middle Grade novel (shhhh), and sent it off to my betas. Keep your fingers crossed - this one's really been hard to write. And I put together two concepts for more Gemworld Novellas - a far-flung future epic and a metatext - Keep your fingers crossed there too - those will be fun.

Soon after I finished, my old and trusty laptop decided on a career change ... to a brick. It had been coming for months, but I'd hoped it would hang on a little longer. I feel pretty lucky I finished the drafts first! (sounds of a little weeping, but it all worked out - I have a shiny new ... well, okay, the credit card company owns most of it, but someday it will be mine.).

Meantime, and this almost takes the laptop pain away, The Jewel and Her Lapidary is also a finalist in both the Locus Awards and the Hugos. If you're eligible to vote in the Hugos, you'll find it there. There's a pretty deep review up here. 

If you're eligible to vote for World Fantasy, a heads up that ballots must be emailed or postmarked May 31 (that's tomorrow - the ballot is here: - (Because of wordcount, in the case of WFC, if you're considering it, Jewel is a Novella.)

In July, I'm going to be at the Philadelphia Public Library on July 14 at 7:30pm with Chuck Wendig & Kevin Hearne, and then I'm off to Readercon immediately after for shenanigans including a "How I wrote the series" presentation about the Bone Universe trilogy. In August, I'm doing a presentation in Uppsala, appearing at SF Bokhandeln, and then heading to Worldcon in Helsinki.  It's going to be a really busy summer, and I'm hoping a good one. 

If you're wondering what happened to the old newsletter style, I've decided to simplify a little bit, letting newsletter subscribers know where I'm going to be, what's coming up soon, giving sneak peeks at new work and early notice of treats and surprises, as well as outright sharing of same with you at random. I'll also keep you posted on great upcoming books I've read, random things I like, and possibly some research tidbits. 

Meantime, photos & morning poems will continue to appear on Instagram, various enthusiasms on twitter and occasional tumblrs, and book bites, cooking the books, and longer reading lists and rainshouting will go on the blog. 

Excellent! So glad you're traveling with me.


July 8 - SF Association of Bergen County - Paramus Barnes & Noble 7pm
July 14 - Philadelphia Free Library with Kevin Hearne & Chuck Wendig 7:30 pm
July 15-16 - Readercon!
August 4-6 - presenter, Byzantine Futures Conference, Upsala, Sweden
August 7 - Science Fiction Bokhandeln with Elizabeth Bear & Scott Lynch (stay tuned, this is going to be cool), Stockholm, Sweden
August 9-13 - Worldcon, Helsinki, Finland
September 6 - Children's Bookstore, Haverford PA - The Girl with the Red Balloon launch
ptember 26 - HORIZON LAUNCH! Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse Square! 
October & November - more shenanigans...
October - Festival of the Book & teaching/reading at University of Richmond

November - World Fantasy Convention - San Jose, CA


Five Books I'm Excited About: 

Things I Really Love: 
Things I'm thinking about: 
  • How fast media cycles turn over these days, and how to make things stick
  • How vulnerable we are to becoming inured to just about anything
  • Whether destruction or disappearance is scarier
  • And (yes, still) my upcoming story in September's Uncanny Magazine, "Grotesquerie," which is about as different as you'll see from me.
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