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ShunnCast #30

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Epidode #30 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which Bill receives a dire warning, meets his new companion, discusses biracial families, breaks more rules, and poses for blackmail photos. Plus, Laura picks a lock. Happy Thanksgiving!

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A relatively new science fiction podcast named "Retrieval Detachment" (part of the Radio Caravan podcast syndicate) features entertaining discussions of the concepts behind selected SF stories. This week they focus on my story "Observations from the City of Angels" and discuss the implications of full-sensory blogging:

Retrieval Detachment Episode 4 Subscribe to the podcast at the iTunes Music Store, or get the audio directly here.
I found the discussion very interesting, and in fact it gave me some ideas for the additional stories I plan to write in that milieu.

If you haven't read this story, you might want to before tuning in. You can hear Stephen Eley read it at "Escape Pod," or read it online (under a different title) at Salon.

"Observations from the City of Angels" will also appear in my chapbook, due next summer from Spilt Milk Press.

A nibble comes in, one admiring but not entirely won over, and yet again you find yourself crafting a book proposal to suit a particular audience of one. You like this audience of one, and you take their comments seriously, but you resolve not to internalize those comments at the expense of your own vision for the book. It's hard work, especially with a novel on hold for a week or so, but at last you find a way back inside the material. What comes out is a blend of the new, the old, and the very old. The one temptation you can't resist is the temptation to throw a piece of it out there the moment it rolls off your virtual platen.

So that's one place you could say it all started, my first day as a missionary in Canada. But you could also rewind a couple of years if you wanted, to a lonely back road somewhere east of Victorville in the California desert, and say it all started there. That's where, late in 1984, my father sprang a terrifying question on me.

"Son," he asked that afternoon, "do you want to serve a mission?"

Full entry

I was recently interviewed by Amy Brozio-Andrews for the Absolute Write newsletter. I learned today that the interview will run in the December 6th issue. I can't wait to be reminded what I said.

The most recent Absolute Write interivew is with, um, Richard Ford. But my interview was not conducted at the Four Seasons.

I mentioned this last week in a locked post, but wanted to mention it for the benefit of the world at large now that it's more or less official.

My novella "Inclination" has been selected by Rich Horton for the next edition of his Prime Books anthology Science Fiction: The Best of the Year. The company is damn fine, as you can see from this almost complete table of contents that publisher Sean Wallace has posted. I am thrilled to my very bones to be included!

ShunnCast #29

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Epidode #29 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which Bill reads his unpublished Mormons-in-space novelette "Not of This Fold," while the World Fantasy Convention in Austin remains pointedly undiscussed.

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My review of the new German film Requiem, about a girl who believes she is possessed by demons, is now available at Sci Fi Weekly.

Nice things

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In Rich Horton's roundup of Asimov's for the year, he has kind things to say about "Inclination." I see at least three other Blue Heaveners mentioned, including [info]paulmelko, [info]tim_pratt, and [info]gregvaneekhout. Did I miss anyone?

ShunnCast #28

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Epidode #28 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which Bill likens himself to Luke Skywalker of old, returning to the Death Star that is Calgary to do battle with Darth Vader and the Emperor, striving mightily not to be turned to the Dark Side of the Force.

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ShunnCast #27

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Epidode #27 of "ShunnCast" is now available, live from the breakfast table, in which the fugitive Bill makes good his border crossing, but runs afoul of unexpected complications in a bus station men's room.

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