Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Toronto the Good... place to set a story.


Conventional wisdom suggests that this is not so. My hometown has a long history of standing in for various U.S. cities when the dollar is low and the SARS is dormant (we're not New York, but we play one on television); but most people (read, movie and TV people) think Toronto is a little too clean, dull and cold to be a cool spot for an actual tale to take place.

Well, not me. According to Fantastic Toronto, Karen Bennett's comprehensive bibliography of
all things Toronto in speculative fiction, I've written two stories taking place in the shadow of the CN Tower and the wake of amalgamation. I think it's three, but I'll have to email her and check to see if the suburbs count...

UPDATE, JUNE 4, 2007:

Turns out it's four. Karen has added two stories - one of which takes place not quite in Toronto, but the Greater Toronto Area, which strikes me as admirably open-minded. She did not, however, include any of the many stories I've written in which Toronto locations are standing in for New York. Then again, I did not ask her to.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Who'd have thought feature film production was so easy?


Well, I'm still not sure it is - but Jim Munroe and his vidoegrapher pals sure made it look easy last night, at the premiere of their $900 feature Infest Wisely. Shot on borrowed cameras, with a script written in seven days, in seven episodes directed by seven directors, it tells the tale of how biological nanites come to infest the world and cause all sorts of trouble. It's got a bicycle chase, a musical number, the most convincing fake bank machine you've ever laid eyes on, hot bathroom sex and an intelligent cat. Overall, a kickass piece of science fiction (they call it a "lo-fi sci-fi movie," so there you go). If there is anything wrong with it, it is the fact that it is not terribly well lit.

So shine a flashlight at your screen. You can watch it on your computer for free, an episode at a time, here.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

One Old Novel = Finished? Not so fast...


There's been a couple of changes at the Devil's Exercise Yard, me pretties. Specifically, two new pages, hand-crafted to convince you to click on over to Amazon.com and buy yourself a copy of The Claus Effect, the best Santa Claus novel 'pon which Karl Schroeder and I have ever collaborated. There are reviews, a bigger picture of
the cover shown here on the right, and even a sample chapter.

We published The Claus Effect 10 years ago, to riotous critical acclaim and less riotous sales: meaning, there are one or two copies of the first print run kicking around. Karl, for those of you who don't read a lot of science fiction, has been doing awfully well with a run of cutting-edge, very cool science fiction novels like Sun of Suns, Ventus, Lady of Mazes and Permanence.

This, one might say, is where it all started.

So go look. Here's the link.

The Claus Effect

Thursday, May 3, 2007

One Novel = finished... sort of.

Does anybody but the author care when a draft of a horror novel that still needs a lot of work is finished? The only way to find out for sure is to blog it when it happens and watch the lauditory comments pile up. Or not...

Here's the birth announcement, as sent out earlier this week to the members of a certain writer's workshop, concerning the completion of Mister Juke - a horror novel about the early American eugenics movement, of which you will hopefully read more in forthcoming months:

A screaming baby Juke was delivered at approximately 8:23 a.m. Tuesday May 1. It is deformed, mis-shapen and extremely agitated, and weighs approximately 136,000 words. However, with a little surgery...

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In the spirit of personal/professional blogging that I have seen elsewhere, some details: I am wearing running gear, drinking tepid coffee and not listening to any music, although still trying to decode the very interesting CD label from Year Zero...