Late Saturday night, I finished teaching a writing workshop about history, alternate history, and time travel for professional writers. We read a bunch of books, worked on technique, and talked about turning points in history. Turning points are important for time travel and alternate history. Identifying turning points and then postulating what would happen if something went differently is an essential skill for the time […]
Great news! Publishers Weekly, the trade journal of the publishing industry, has given Women of Futures Past a starred boxed review. That’s the highest honor the magazine gives. It’ll also encourage libraries and bookstores to order the book. The magazine says, “…the tales themselves are the true stars: smart, beautiful, gracefully aged, and still challenging, each builds on the others in the collection.” It also […]
After a few months of quiet on the short story front, I’ve just published another one. Asimov’s SF Magazine has published “The First Step.” Unlike many of my stories of late, this one’s short. It involves time travel and cranky professors and…well, you’ll see. You can download Asimov’s on a variety of sites or pick it up at your favorite newsstand or subscribe, for heaven’s […]
…And Now Doth Time Waste Me. Or so writes Shakespeare in Richard II. I know, I know, I should be thinking of time wasted here, but all I come up with are puns. Wasted time—drunk, man. It’s wasted. Time wasted me—it took me out. But not before I got to it first. Yeah, I’m punchy. Time travel does that to me. If time travel is done wrong—and […]
Sometimes things get missed, particularly in publishing. Which is what happened with Time Travel: Recent Trips. I knew I had a reprint story coming up in the volume; I just never knew the publication date. Which was last year. In mid-February, I found out that the book had already appeared. Fortunately for you time travel fans, this is an anthology, not a magazine. You can still […]
I generally post my recommended reading list a month or three after I’ve done the reading. Which means that all of the holiday stories that I read get recommended in January or February. In 2011, I decided to do a compilation of past holiday recommends so that you can get them for the appropriate season. I’m also going to mention, by way of shameless self […]
September 1920, New York City: Phillipa D’Arco makes a living investigating the past for the United States Government. Bloodless, they call her, making her one of the best operatives. So, when Phillipa fails to return back to 2057 to report her findings, Assistant Attorney General Preston Lane needs to make a decision: send in yet another investigator or lose a valuable asset.
Whatever Lane decides, he knows he’ll face consequences. But the truth behind Phillipa’s disappearance will cause ripples in time Lane can’t begin to imagine.
I always tell my writing students they should never ever pre-edit for an editor. Which means that the writer should let the editor decide what goes in his magazine. I’d like to say I take my own advice, but if it weren’t for Dean, I wouldn’t have a story in Analog this month. I wrote “Snapshots” while working on the upcoming Smokey Dalton novel, and figured […]
Homicide Detective Ned Zaleski resents the chief’s decision to enlist Sherlock Holmes’ help in Zaleski’s latest murder investigation. Zaleski fails to see how Holmes, newly transported to the 1990s from his own time by the Santa Cruz Time Wizards, can shed any light on a modern-day serial killer. But Zaleski soon learns Holmes’ earned his reputation for insight honestly. And that insight might lead Zaleski […]
Or something like that. I mean, even I get tired of calling these news posts “News!” So, here’s a few things you might want to catch up on. First, WMG Publishing has put together a Diving Bundle. They’ve compiled six of the novellas from the Diving universe into one hefty ebook, and had me write an introduction. If you’ve read the first four Diving novels, […]