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“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 3
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“The Singularity is in Your Hair”
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“Will You Meet Me There, Out Beyond the Bend?”
Nightmare Magazine 63
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Smokopolitan nr 10
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“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
Bifrost
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“In Memory of a Summer’s Day”
Mad Hatters and March Hares
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“The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)”
Tor.com
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“Love Engine Optimization”
Lightspeed Magazine 85
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“One Spring in Cherryville”
Available in most ebook formats
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“The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies”
XB-1
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“The Singularity is in Your Hair”
Cyber World
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
科幻世界 (Science Fiction World)
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“The Problem of Meat”
Grendelsong
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“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
Nebula Awards Showcase 2016
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“Demon in Aisle 6”
Nightmare Magazine 38
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“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
World Chinese SF Association
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“The Thing in the Refrigerator That Could Stop Time”
Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest
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“Marie and the Mathematicians”
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #26
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“The Writing’s on the Wall”
Farrago's Wainscot #5
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“The Sembla”
A Field Guide to Surreal Botany
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“The Girl in the Basement”
Hatter Bones
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“Saving Diego”
Interzone #221
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“The Spaces Between Things”
Electric Velocipede 17/18
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“The Girl in the Basement”
Apex Magazine, Vol 3, Issue 3
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“The Suffering Gallery”
Beneath Ceaseless Skies - Issue 57
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“The History Within Us”
Clarkesworld Magazine #42
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“The History Within Us”
The People of the Book
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“The Hands That Feed”
Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories
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“The Bricks of Gelecek”
Naked City
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“The Hands That Feed”
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk
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“The Suffering Gallery”
The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year Three
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“The Great Game at the End of the World”
After
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Lightspeed Magazine and io9.com
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“The History Within Us”
Clarkesworld Year Four
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“The Last Probe”
Launch Pad
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“Pheth’s Aviary”
Beneath Ceaseless Skies - Issue 133
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“The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye”
Clarkesworld Magazine #92
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
XB-1 Issue 8/2014
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Космопорт (Kosmoport)
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“The History Within Us”
XB-1 Issue 11/2014
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“Cameron Rhyder’s Legs”
Clarkesworld Magazine #98
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“The Sounds of Old Earth”
Nebula Awards Showcase 2015
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“The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies”
Clarkesworld Magazine
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Podcast and Essay

kgbbarOver at Fran Wilde’s Cooking the Books, Ellen Datlow and I share inside secrets about the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series, the esoteric art of anthology editing, and the black divination of novel writing. Fran has a Patreon to support the podcast, and if you donate she’ll send you some of our outtakes! Why would you want to hear those outtakes? Well, because Ellen doesn’t want you to!

Also, this week I’ll be writing a series of essays for the Jewish Book Council. In “The Shortening of the Way” I speak about about Dune, the Baal Shem Tov, the Kwisatz Haderach, and genre shibboleths. 

Give a listen! Give a read! And leave a comment, so I know there are people out there who are interested in this stuff.


Coming Up For Air
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This is me

I feel like a whale who has just come up for air or the hermit who has reentered civilization after months of seclusion. The reason? I just turned in the manuscript for Queen of Static, the follow-up to last year’s King of ShardsQueen of Static picks up where Shards left off, and follows Daniel as he seeks a route back to Sheol. More characters are introduced (many in fact) but some familiar ones, like Mashit, Ashmedai, Kokabiel and others return.

And I know I am biased, but I feel Queen of Static is a damn fine book. It goes much further than Shards, and as I was writing I kept discovering synchronicities in the text. Connections I didn’t consciously intend to make kept happening. It seemed, at points, as if the book was writing itself. I also noticed a new fluency in my writing. I’m not sure exactly where it has come from, but I suspect when you spend many hours every day, month after month, year after year, eventually you level up. Something clicked into place, I think. The result is, as you will see, an extraordinary book.

But, as I said, I’m biased of course.

Anyway, it’s good to breathe. Hello. How are you? My, the sun is bright.


King of Shards Available as Audiobook in UK and EU

AudibleKing of Shards has just been released as an audiobook in the United Kingdom and the European Union, which is great news, because some people had contacted me who wanted to download the audiobook, only to find the audiobook wasn’t available in their country. Well, that has changed! Here is the link to download audiobook from Audible. And the first one to comment here gets a code to download the free audiobook (available in the UK and EU only).

King of Shards Audible Audiobook (UK & EU version)


My Arisia Schedule

colorlogoI’ll be at Arisia this weekend. I’ve never been to the con before, so I’m excited! Here’s my schedule:

Reading – Saturday, 10am, Hale, Writing Track, with Matthew Kressel, Shira Lipkin, Lauren M. Roy, Julia Rios

Panel – Sunday, 11:30am, Marina 2, Literature Track, with Ken Schneyer (moderator), B.A. Chepaitis, Matthew Kressel, Susan Weiner, N.S. Dolkart, MJ Cunniff.

Hope to see you there!


Interview in Fantasy Scroll Magazine

Fantasy Scroll Magazine

Over at Fantasy Scroll Magazine, Iulian Ionescu interviews me in their December issue. I give my life story in three paragraphs, wax philosophical about character creation, and give (gasp!) advice to aspiring writers. Not for the faint of heart! Here’s a brief excerpt:

Here’s one question many writers dread, but I ask it anyway: what is your advice for young writers today?

The sooner you can develop a thick skin, the better off you will be. The writing life is full of rejection and heartbreak. You can spend five years working on your epic novel only to have it sit in a drawer because no one wants to buy it. You can have your favorite story rejected twenty times by all your favorite markets. You can have your beloved author or review site pan your work. Etc., etc. You have to learn not to care about this too much. It’s really hard, because we’re social creatures and primed to seek approval from others. I still struggle with this. But at the end of the day you have to just acknowledge the hurt and put your derrière back in the chairière and do the old clackety-clack.

You can read the full interview here.

 

 


Interview in the Brooklyn Rail

The Brooklyn RailOver at The Brooklyn Rail, Valya Dudycz Lupescu interviews me about King of Shards and my short fiction, delving deep into themes that recur frequently in my work. And Valya really dug deep, finding themes I wasn’t consciously aware of at the time. I have to say this was one of the best interviews I’ve ever had the pleasure of participating in. If Valya ever asks to interview you, make sure you say Yes!

Here’s a brief excerpt:

In Kressel’s short fiction and his novel, King of Shards, he introduces us to places that exist on the threshold of destruction and creation, populated with characters clinging desperately to the fragments of their shattered lives. But Kressel also weaves us through his worlds with Welty’s “golden thread.” As we encounter his characters struggling to create meaning and beauty amidst the chaos, Kressel never fails to keep us grounded in the experience of what it means to be human. His characters and their lives may be fantastic in all senses of the word—demons and angels and monsters—but their longing is not unlike our longing: for freedom, for connection, for home.

You can read the full interview here.