Douglas Clegg & John Langan, April 16th

FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present:

Neverland by Doug Clegg Douglas Clegg is the award-winning author of more than 25 books and 50 short stories, including Neverland and The Machinery of Night. For the past five years, he’s worked on a new novel and several novellas and stories. He will read from one of these as-yet secret fictions.

Clegg lives on the coast of Connecticut with his husband, Raul, in a house called Villa Diodati.

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The Wide Carnivorous Sky by John Langan John Langan‘s latest collection, The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies was called “a must-read” by Publishers Weekly, He is the author of a previous collection, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, and a novel, House of Windows. His recent stories have appeared in Ellen Datlow’s Lovecraft’s Monsters and Joseph Pulver’s The Grimscribe’s Puppets.

He lives in upstate New York with his wife, younger son, dogs, cats, rats, fish, hermit crabs, and a honey badger–really, it’s a zoo.

Wednesday, April 16th, 7pm at

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)

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Adventures in Reading Reviews “The Sounds of Old Earth”

Recently in the wild I spotted this nice review of my Nebula-nominated story “The Sounds of Old Earth” from Adventures in Reading. They say:

“While the story details the last days of this old man on “Old Earth” and his interactions with his family and some of those who have not yet moved on, what the story really seems to be about is of understanding where we came from and of holding a sense of place in your heart.  That we, as humans, came from somewhere and that somewhere is important and belonging to a place is important.  It is sad and wistful, seen through the eyes of a sentimental old man who doesn’t want to leave his home and homeworld, even though it is taking all of his technological skill to keep the poisoned world from intruding onto this one small place of habitation.  It is beautiful, from that perspective, and sad.

And, it is wonderful… I think you should read it.”

It’s nice to know that the story has been received so well. You can read the full review here, but please note it does contain a few spoilers.

 

 

Photos from March 19th with Ellen Kushner & David D. Levine

Ellen Kushner & David D. Levine

Ellen Kushner & David D. Levine

The house and our cups overflowed this past Wednesday, as we were delighted by readers Ellen Kushner and David D. Levine. David read part of his story “The Wreck of the Mars Adventure” from the Old Mars anthology, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, about a mission to Mars using sailing vessels and balloons for lift. Ellen Kushner read an excerpt from her novel-in-progress, a new edition to the Swordspoint series. Fellow Altered-fluidian Mercurio D. Rivera subbed in for Ellen Datlow, who was away at ICFA. (Contrary to hopes, he did not wear a wig.) Meanwhile, I snapped photos of unsuspecting guests doing my best to imitate Ellen’s photographic style.

My photos of the night can be seen here.

Source Article from http://www.kgbfantasticfiction.org/2014/03/21/photos-from-march-19th-with-ellen-kushner-david-d-levine/

Stories to Be Translated into Czech Magazine XB-1

Recently Martin Šust of the Czech magazine XB-1 contacted me about translating two of my stories. They will be publishing translated versions of “The History Within Us” and “The Sounds of Old Earth,” the latter of which is up for a Nebula Award. I was very flattered that Martin asked to translate these stories. I became familiar with the Czech magazine after my friend Mercurio D. Rivera had several of his stories appear there. Their covers are always superb, and the magazine itself is beautiful. I’m not sure when the stories will appear yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing them, as they will be my first translated works.

 

XB-1 Cover March 2014

XB-1 Cover March 2014

Lunacon this Weekend
Lunacon

Cats in space reading ebooks.

This weekend I’ll be at Lunacon in Rye Brook, NY. I’ll be on two panels, and supposedly reading with Mercurio D. Rivera in the “library pit” at 8pm Saturday night. I have no idea if this means that if the audience doesn’t like our stories, they will throw us into the “pit”.

My schedule:

Sat, 1pm – “The Future of Privacy”, Westchester Ballroom
Our concepts of privacy are changing daily and mostly due to technology. What will the future hold?

Sat 8pm – Reading with Mercurio D. Rivera, “The Library Pit”[?]

Sun, 1pm – “Writing Groups and Professional Associations” William Odelle
Writing groups? Professional Associations? Secret Society? SFWA, HWA, MWA, the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers and ____. All are writing organizations, either local or international. Do they really serve a purpose in our writing lives or are they another distraction from writing? Come here writers discuss their experiences.

Come up and say hi if you’re there!

Finding A Place to Write

As most writers know, finding the perfect place to write is almost as challenging as writing itself. Of course, some will say that there is no perfect place to write. That you must write everywhere and anywhere you can. Perhaps that’s true. But for anyone who has ever tried to write in a crowded coffee shop, with babies screaming, people on cell phones, and the guy in the table beside you who keeps sniffling and smells like he put on too much cologne this morning — well, I’d say that some spots are better than others.

I used to write in my living room / office nook, which for most of the day is about as dark as a cave. But since I use the same computer for my day job stuff as a web designer / programmer, I found it was best to separate the two locations. So I wrote in the kitchen, on the hard wooden chairs. That’s where I finished the final draft of “The Sounds of Old Earth,” which is now up for a Nebula Award. You would think that I’d stay put, since the location appears to have worked in my favor.

But ever on the search for a better place, one day I was hit with one of those lightning bolt realizations. My bedroom is sunny almost all day. I don’t know why it had never occurred to me before. So now, this is where I do most of my writing:

My writing desk

My writing desk in Queens, NY

Yeah, it may not be the most ergonomic setup imaginable. But it suits me. On those cold winter days, when it was 7 degrees outside, I found myself right beside the radiator. That and with the sun, I am usually quite toasty here. I even have a small succulent plant to keep me company. C and I call her Bertha.

I have a secret. This new writing location didn’t come entirely out of the blue. Though it took me several months to come up with the idea, I modeled my setup after this:

My writing desk in Maine

My writing desk in West Bath, Maine

This past summer, C and I spent a week at a cottage in West Bath, Maine that overlooked a tidal estuary. Every six hours the tide went in and out, and the waters receded so much you could (if you had the right shoes) walk across to the other side. I wrote at this desk every morning, a mug of hot tea beside me, while the local wildlife chirped, twittered and cheeped from the bordering forest. If ever there was a writing desk, this was it.

And so I modeled my home desk after this perfect spot. And while the M-train subway cars rattling outside my window aren’t quite as natural as the trickling tides, I do find soothing the regular rumble of the trains. And while my current view is a cement backyard, and a barb-wire fence, and a bus depot and train yard, none of this really matters when the sun is shining and the words are flowing, because I’m deep into a story, somewhere in outer space in the far future, or at a rock concert swarming with time travelers, or walking through old factories in a New England post-industrial town, or somewhere else.

So maybe those people who say you must be able to write anywhere are correct; once your imagination takes over, it doesn’t matter where you are. But I still believe that some spots are more conducive to creativity. And those spots don’t necessarily need to be at a cottage overlooking a tidal estuary. There might be one right beside you.

In addition to writing science fiction & fantasy, I maintain a living by working as a freelance developer, system administrator, and graphic designer. If you need a new website, IT services for your business, or a graphic designer, I’m your man.

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