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Here’s my schedule for Boskone this weekend!

Loose Ends and Contradictions in Doctor Who – Friday 18:00 – 18:50, Marina 4 (Westin)

*Spoilers, sweetie!* Doctor Who has become infamous for its loose ends and contradictions — most of which get explained away with a little timey-wimey flash and sparkle. Yet, we still love The Doctor. In fact, many of those seeming problems tend to open future storylines and plot points. Which do we most want to see resolved? Which seem too far gone to pull back? And will we see River again … or has that loose end been tied?

Welcome to the Dark Side! – Friday 21:00 – 21:50, Marina 3 (Westin)

Where there are heros, there be villains. And Star Wars is packed with wonderfully wretched scum (versus lovable rogues who prefer to go solo). It’s so good to be bad in that far-, far-away galaxy. From palpably evil Emperor Palpatine to emo king Kylo Ren, jellybellied Jabba the Hut to big bad Lord Vader, aren’t the villains the ones who make Star Wars sing? Why do these wicked characters work? Why do we love them, or love to hate them? And are they all really the bad guys they seem to be?

Reading: Susan Jane Bigelow – Saturday 10:00 – 10:25, Independence (Westin)

The J.J. Abrams Effect – Saturday 12:00 – 12:50, Marina 2 (Westin)

J.J. Abrams is taking the Hollywood box office by storm with his innovative new films, television series, and reboots. From Lost to Star Trek to Star Wars and beyond, Abrams-developed projects delight in redefining visual storytelling, but is there a point where his creative “genius” goes too far or not far enough? What makes his work feel so innovative despite his tendency to reboot without reinvention?

The Sandman Legacy – Saturday 15:00 – 15:50, Burroughs (Westin)

At a time when the comics industry was trying to survive, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman was published. Back then, many thought comics were dying. The Sandman opened their eyes. A gateway comic series for new readers, including women, how has its reputation fared in succeeding years? Looking back at its success, what impact has it had on comics? Could you describe the series’ influence on today’s comics, fiction, and film as, well, Endless?

Steven Universe and the Cartoon Renaissance – Saturday 20:00 – 20:50, Marina 4 (Westin)

“Believe in Steven!” Cartoons are back with a bang, and the incredible Steven (a half-human, half-Gem hero) is helping save the world. Steven Universe is just one of several adult speculative cartoons that have been praised for their complex characters and rich worldbuilding. From Space Ghost to Futurama to Robot Chicken, these shows have captured our imaginations. Why do we love them so much, and what else should we be watching?

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Lots has happened in the last, uh, year. I’m bad at blogging. I never used to be, there was a time when I would blog every day about this or that.

So, let’s sum up the things:

1. Short stories came out! Die, Sophie, Die was in QUEERS DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION, and Traffic Circles of Old Connecticut was in Luna Station Quarterly.

2. Book news! The forthcoming final book in the Extrahuman Union series is now titled EXTRAHUMANS, and is scheduled for release late this year. The first three books, now titled BROKEN, SKY RANGER, and THE SPARK, will be coming out as re-releases before then. BROKEN is due out on March 22! We have a cool new cover and all kinds of great stuff planned.

3. Secrets! I can’t tell you what they are but they’re cool.

I am going to conventions, naturally, and I’ll post my schedule as those come up.

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The ebook for WAR STORIES is out now!

Go grab it DRM-free over at Apex. My story “The Radio” is in the “Wartime Systems” section of the book.

“The Radio” is the story of Kay, a Synthetic soldier made from machine parts and the corpse of a volunteer, who gets left behind after her unit is destroyed in hostile territory. Hope you get the chance to read it! The rest of the book is fantastic, too.

If you’d prefer to wait for the print version, those will be out on October 7th.

I was thinking today about Wanda from The Sandman. Wanda was one of the first trans characters I ever came across in fiction, but I always felt so sad about how her story ended.

And so I wrote her a poem. I don’t usually write poems, so take that as you will. Here it is:

 

A Poem for Wanda

 

I couldn’t travel the moon’s road, you said.
I wasn’t woman enough for those old rules.
So now I remain behind to wait for you
As the walls shake and the skies open.

Who am I but a lesson waiting to happen,
An awkward funeral, five letters she’ll scrawl
On a prairie tombstone in fading pink,
And a ghost to endure as your story fades?

When I’m gone she’ll dream me pretty.
She’ll remember me reborn, acceptable, new.
But I’ll refuse Death’s consolation prize,
I’d rather have my own breath than beauty.

I have my own magic, ancient witch.
I’ve sailed a dark ocean between worlds,
Ridden bright down the roads of sun and moon
Across lands wilder than any you can know.

My magic is my own heart’s blood
It is the shining sun on my upturned face
The swirl of skirts around bare legs
And moonlit hair falling on my shoulders.

Our magic brings the tide in.
When I die I’ll bring this city down
And write my name on your soul
In letters no storm will ever wash away.

I’ve got a new short story up at Strange Horizons today!

And thus endeth the long, no-fiction-being-published drought. Whew.

Some notes on the story, if you’re interested in that sort of thing: It came from a dream that wouldn’t leave me alone. Basically, it’s the first dream Sarah has, with a few changes. I’ve written a couple things dealing with my own (rather voluntary) infertility; this is one, the forthcoming book SEEKER STAR is the second.

The setting is similar to my old hometown. I don’t usually do that; but this story wanted to be close to home.

Yeah, it’s focused on trans stuff. Again, this story landed so near that I can see the impact crater from where I sit.

I wrote the first draft of this story in less than 12 hours. I’ve found that the good ones are like that; they won’t let me sleep till I finish them! I was thrilled when Strange Horizons accepted it (after a rewrite).

I’ve actually got quite a bit of short fiction coming out. At least one more during the summer, probably two. Then another late in the year, or early in 2015. Take that, novels!

The Table of Contents for the forthcoming WAR STORIES anthology from Apex is out! This means the book’s getting closer to publication, which is totally exciting. Mine’s the third story, in the “Systems” section.

I like the way the sections are broken down into “Systems,” “Combat,” “Armored,” and “Aftermath.” I’m especially looking forward to that last section.

This is going to be a fun anthology, I hope everyone checks it out when it’s released!

There’s about a month left for Hugo voters to nominate works for the 2014 Hugo Awards, so I thought I’d remind everyone what works of mine or works I’m in that are eligible!

Best novel: THE DAUGHTER STAR

Best related work: QUEERS DIG TIME LORDS

It would be extra cool if QUEERS DIG TIME LORDS got some recognition, it is a fantastic collection of amazing voices.

So there you go!


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BROKEN

Extrahuman Union #1

SKY RANGER

Extrahuman Union #2

THE SPARK

Extrahumans #3

THE DEMON GIRL’S SONG

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