Next week I’m travelling to the Adelaide Writers’ Week in Australia. I will post a selected itinerary over the next few days. Unfortunately, I will be travelling at the time that the Kitschies are being awarded, and I have no guarantee of wifi in airports or on planes. Expect intermittent twitter and blog-silence next week and the week after.
I was too busy to post about it, but yes, on 12 February the US edition (Del Rey) of The Best of All Possible Worlds was released. The audiobook was also released on that day by Audible.com. Today, the Spanish edition is out from RBA Literatura Fantástica. I have updated my sidebar links accordingly, so go browse!
And finally, Episode 6 of SF Crossing the Gulf is up. Karen and I discuss The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, and we get fairly giddy with all the lovely, complex, layered literary goodness the book has to offer.
This is the second promised podcast! I chatted with Nalo Hopkinson and Karen Burnham while in San Diego, and it was fantastic. I caught myself listening to it all over again in the wee hours of the night. Do go check it out. Nalo’s brilliant, in case you didn’t know.
So here‘s the first of the podcasts I promised you. Charles Tan, blogger, nominee for the World Fantasy Special Award (Non-Professional) 2011, intelligent critic and reviewer of speculative fiction, allowed me to babble on. And I warn you, I do babble. But there may be a few gems amid the dross. Go check it out.
The result is here: (Global) Women in Science Fiction Round Table. I think it’s a very important addition to the discussion about women writers in SF, not only because gender issues vary widely across the globe (and therefore SF may not be seen as a boy’s game in some cultures), but also because for some of us being a foreign writer is as much (or more) of an obstacle to being published in SF as being a woman writer. Please go read and comment.
I’ve participated in the recent Mind Meld at SF Signal which asks the question ‘What civilizations and cultures are neglected as inspirations in Fantasy and Science Fiction?’. An interesting question, and not an easy one to answer as you will see from the responses.
It is with a mixture of joy and fear that I direct you to the most recent episode of the Coode Street Podcast, hosted by Jonathan Strahan of Perth, Australia and Gary K. Wolfe of Chicago, USA. Joy because I had such a great time it makes me smile to remember it, but fear because Skpye laboured to connect Perth, Chicago and Barbados. The clipping, the drop-outs, the slowed then speeded speech – I really had to listen hard and fill in gaps most of the time, and even then I’m sure I was only firing on half my comprehension cylinders.
Just a quick note to point your attention to SF Signal where various authors have written on the master worldbuilders and what they learned from them. I’ve added my two cents, and my choices will not be at all strange to anyone who knows me, though I should point out that the constraints of brevity made me simplify my post. I focused on those elements of worldbuilding that I found most striking (which is not the same as endorsing that author’s world as being the best all-round example at worldbuilding in all aspects, nor does it mean that I think it was the only thing the author was good at).
I am a bit of a nit-picker when it comes to structures and processes, and incongruities and inconsistencies will niggle at me when they undermine plot and characterisation. Having said that, making a beautiful world with poor plot and flat characters is a far less tolerable mistake.
In other news, I’ve been a bit scarce due to workload, and will continue to be so, but things are improving on the technology front. I have a new, zippy little macbook air 11, and we are getting along as if made for each other!
Go right now to Shveta’s Livejournal where you will find I am Day One of Three Days of Fey (ooh, also on Dreamwidth). I get to ramble on about the djombi, those strange beings in Redemption in Indigo who are sometimes tricksters, sometimes guardian angels. If you ever wondered where I got them from, you’ll find out in that post. Thanks for inviting me to guest-post, Shveta!
Then go to Jeff VanderMeer’s blog where you will see that I am part of an upcoming anthology that he’s putting together with his wife, the award-winning editor Ann VanderMeer. I have written a story about the Counsellor Crow: a mundane name, an ordinary-seeming creature, but–