Monday, July 12, 2010

Alasdair Stuart is a Suave Dude...

I first learned of Alasdair as the genial Serling at the horror podcast Pseudopod, introducing some fine, terrifying horror stories, and also three of my own. He seemed like a very suave dude in podcast - and this spring, when we met up in Brighton at the World Horror Convention, it became clear his suaveness was not limited to the podcasting world. Alasdair is also an editor, of the U.K. sf online 'zine The Hub, and a blogger, for SFX, the British sf / f / h newsmagazine.

Well, one thing led to another - and before I knew it, I was back in Canada and we were conducting hot man-interview over email. We spoke of Captain Scarlet and Harlan Ellison, horror movies and short horror stories, and Eutopia, my forthcoming novel. Alasdair put it together, in a neat package.

And now it's up. At SFX. Right here.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Words in the Wilderness

This just in: I'm heading north in a couple of weeks, to talk horror, literature and blackflies in Sudbury, at the brand-spankin'-new Words in the Wilderness Literary Festival. It's being organized at least in part by Ken Lillie-Paetz, and it's a week-long festival to draw together writers and artists and readers from across Ontario.

I'm doing my bit on Sunday July 25, from 3-5 p.m. at the Rainbow Cinema in town. There'll be a reading and some talk, and some book-selling-and-signing going on.

Friday, July 9, 2010

The Polaris File...

It is that time again - the height of the summer, when our heat-poached brains turn to television and movies and bright, exciting stories presented in a variety of dimensions. Also Polaris - the media-favouring Toronto sf convention that is taking place weekend after this one, in Richmond Hill. For the past few years, they've been letting the writers in - writers including me - along with the stars.

Polaris is taking place July 16-18 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel - roughly at Highways 7 and 404. For directions and other miscellany, click right here.
I'll be there all three days, talking up Supernatural and Lost and Dollhouse, a bit about publishing, and also reading and signing.

Here is my schedule.
I will be reading, probably from my upcoming novel Eutopia, possibly a short story,  at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the President's Boardroom

A post-series discussion of the mythology of Lost.Colleen Hillerup (M), David Nickle, Robert Smith?, Nikki Stafford, Lance Sibley
Scheduled day/time: Saturday 1:00 PM

  Is the Internet — with web distribution, e-books, and buying of books online — going to kill the publishing business? What about authors and independent booksellers?
Panelists: Kenneth Tam (M), David Nickle, Rob St. Martin, Karen Dales, Robert J. Sawyer
Note: No more Panelists are being accepted for this Panel.
Scheduled day/time: Saturday 5:00 PM
A discussion of the plot and character advancements in the second (and final) season of Dollhouse. What did you think of how it ended? What could have been done better?
Panelists: Samantha Daigneault (M), David Nickle, Michelle Rowen, Sheena Callighen
Scheduled day/time: Saturday 6:00 PM
 A discussion of the ethical and technological ideas presented in the most recently cancelled Joss Whedon show, Dollhouse.
Panelists: Samantha Daigneault (M), David Nickle, Julie E. Czerneda, Christin Milloy, Douglas Smith
  Scheduled day/time: Saturday 10:00 PM
Lucifer is risen, God is AWOL, and both Angels and Demons are ready for their last dance of the night. As the armies get into position there is more to Sam and Dean than mere hunters. Discuss the brothers' roles in the coming apocalypse.
David Nickle, Kelley Armstrong, Gemma Files, Sheena Callighen, Suzanne Church
Scheduled day/time:
Sunday 12:00 PM

Thursday, July 1, 2010


I have no empirical evidence, but I'm going to guess that most regular Yard-apes are not regular perusers of No More Potlucks, the Montreal-based online culture journal. So I commend you to my story "OOPS," just now gone live in their Mea Culpa issue. Guest-editor Mariko Tamaki approached me to write a Mea Culpa story - and I wrote this one, which starts something like this:

   A little electric contraption inside played a song every time you opened it. Da, da da Da. Da, da da Da.

  He hadn't heard the song in nearly ten years, but he would have recognized it even if it hadn't been Sarah Michelle Gellar on the front of the card: wooden stake clutched in one hand, hovering over her breast – her airbrush-smoothed face unmistakably stricken. 

  Whatever had happened with that stake, she hadn't meant it.

  Inside, one word:


So yard-apes, please accept my apologies. And check out "OOPS," right here.

A Sunburst Award - Missed It By That Much...

Very flattering news from the Sunburst Awards jury, who announced the finalists for the 2010 Sunburst Award for Canadian speculative fiction. While it appears I will remain in the cheering section this year for my friends Karl Schroeder and Cory Doctorow - both of whose books made the short list - Monstrous Affections was one of four books to make the recommended reading/honorable mention list.

So congratulations to adult fiction nominees Karl and Cory, Charles De Lint, Robert Charles Wilson and A.M. Dellamonica - and to fellow mention-ees Douglas Coupland, Barbara Roden and Don LePan.

Here's the link.