Tor.com wins Locus Award for Best Magazine

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The Locus Awards have been announced, and I’m pleased to say that Tor.com — to which I have been a regular contributor since 2011 — won for Best Magazine!

This is especially impressive given that the competition included Analog, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Beneath, Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, File 770, Lightspeed, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Uncanny.

I have no idea how much my articles on the original Star Trek, the 1966 Batman, and Luke Cage (which is what I specifically was writing about for the site in 2016) contributed to the site getting the award, but I’m happy to take at least a little bit of credit for it. My solo fiction is unlikely ever to win a Locus Award — for whatever reason, I don’t write the kind of fiction that wins awards, and I’m fine with that — but this is kinda nifty. Glad to have been part of it, and it’s been great to continue to be part of the Tor.com family, as it’s a superb site. It’s been an honor to share bloggy space with the likes of Emily Asher-Perrin, Leigh Butler, Alex Brown, Leah Schnelbach, Chris Lough, Marie Brennan, Mari Ness, Emily Nordling, Alasdair Stuart, and bunches of other folks I’m forgetting to mention because I’m really tired, but yay us!

I also want to particularly congratulate winners Charlie Jane Anders, Ellen Datlow, and Seanan McGuire, all buddies of mine. Brava!

 

gratuitous book pimping post!

In honor of the release of Stargate SG-1/Atlantis: Homeworlds, here’s a little reminder of all the things of mine that are out or will be out in 2017…..

 

OUT NOW:

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Marvel’s Warriors Three: Godhood’s End (Book 3 of the “Tales of Asgard” trilogy).

The final book in this trilogy about Marvel’s version of the Norse gods, this novel sees the Golden Apples of Immortality stolen by a frost giant, and Fandral the Dashing, Hogun the Grim, and Volstagg the Voluminous must journey through the Realm Eternal, facing many dangers along the way, to get them back before the gods of Asgard are debilitated. (For whatever reason, this is only available as an eBook; Joe Books has decided not to do a print edition. However, there will be an omnibus of the whole trilogy that will be released in print, see below.)

Order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo.

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“Identity” in Baker Street Irregulars.

This anthology features alternative Sherlock Holmes stories, ranging from Holmes as a vampire, a parrot, a reality-show host — and, in my case, a brilliant young woman in New York City who requires companionship, and her ailing aunt offers it to a young African-American medical student who needs a place to live. See the first case for Shirley Holmes and Jack Watson in “Identity.”

Other stories by Jim Avelli, Austin Farmer, David Gerrold, coeditor Jonathan Maberry, Gail Z. Martin, Heidi McLaughlin, Jody Lynn Nye, Beth W. Patterson, Martin Rose, Hildy Silverman, Ryk Spoor, and Mike Strauss.

Order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Indie Bound, or direct from the publisher.

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“Deep Background” in Aliens: Bug Hunt.

Just in time for the release of Alien: Covenant comes this collection of tales about the Colonial Marines, whom we got to see up close and personal in Aliens. Some of these stories feature the characters from that second movie in the series, others, like my “Deep Background,” focus on other characters. In my case, it’s a reporter who is embedded with a platoon of Marines — but there’s more than one secret agenda at work as they check out some sinkholes on an alien world.

Other stories by Dan Abnett, Rachel Caine, Larry Correia, David Farland, Matt Forbeck, Ray Garton, Christopher Golden, Heather Graham, Brian Keene, Paul Kupperberg, Tim Lebbon, editor Jonathan Maberry, James A. Moore, Yvonne Navarro, Weston Ochse, Mike Resnick & Marina J. Lostetter, and Scott Sigler.

Order the book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or Indie Bound.

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“Behind the Wheel” in TV Gods: Summer Programming.

The latest tale of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet — urban fantasy stories set in Key West — has Cassie encountering a TV crew that wants to interview Jamie McIntyre for a feature on stock car drivers like him. The problem is that Jamie is really the Norse god Tyr, and his pit crew are the dwarves Eitri and Brokkr, and that’s probably not something that should be broadcast on national television……..

Other stories by Cliff Ackman, Russ Colchamiro, Michael D’Ambrosio, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Elektra Hammond, Eric Hardenbrook, coeditor Lee C. Hillman, Larry Ivkovich, Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano, Caw Miller, KT Pinto, Aaron Rosenberg, Hildy Silverman, Maria V. Snyder, Ian Randal Strock, and coeditor Jeff Young.

Order from Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, or direct from the publisher.

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“House Arrest” in The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries.

This Dragon Precinct story first appeared in Bad-Ass Faeries back in 2007, and in honor of the tenth anniversary of that anthology series’ debut, eSpec has put out a best-of that includes this two-person story as Lieutenant Torin ban Wyvald of the Cliff’s End Castle Guard interrogates a house faerie about a murder in the home that he’s responsible for caretaking.

Other stories by editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail, N.R. Brown, James Chambers, John L. French, Kelly A. Harmon, Jesse Harris, the late C.J. Henderson, coeditor Lee C. Hillman, Adam P. Knave, Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano, coeditor L. Jagi Lamplighter, coeditor Jeffrey Lyman, Bernie Mojzes, Jody Lynn Nye, John Passarella, James Daniel Ross, Patrick Thomas, D.L. Thurston, and Robert E. Waters.

Order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or Indie Bound.

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“Sun-Breaker” in Stargate SG-1/Atlantis: Homeworlds.

The third Stargate anthology from Fandemonium Books features five SG-1 stories and five Atlantis stories, and like my tale for the first one, “Sun-Breaker” is a Carter and Teal’c story. But this one takes place several years after the show ended, with Carter in charge of her own starship, the USS George Hammond, as she and Teal’c take on the Lucian Alliance. (At present, this is only available in Kindle, but other eBook formats and the print edition are all forthcoming.)

Other stories by Geonn Cannon, Barbara Ellisor, Ron Francis, Jo Graham, Amy Griswold, Aaron Rosenberg, Melissa Scott, Susannah Parker Sinard, and Suzanne Wood.

Order from Amazon.

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Super City Cops novellas: Avenging Amethyst, Undercover Blues, and Secret Identities.

Three new novellas featuring the beleaguered cops in the Super City Police Department, who have to deal with all manner of craziness involving the costumed heroes and villains that call Super City home. In Avenging Amethyst, the mysterious hero known as Amethyst dies — but the man under the mask is in his twenties, and Amethyst has been around for 25 years. Plus, soon a new Amethyst shows up, complicating matters. In Undercover Blues, a detective infiltrates the gang of the super-villain Apollo, but the operation is disrupted by the well-meaning but disastrous interference of the Cowboy. And in Secret Identities, Lieutenant Therese Zimmerman is shocked to learn that her on-again-off-again boyfriend Marc McLean is, in fact, the hero known as Spectacular Man. (At present, these novellas are only available as eBooks.)

Order Avenging Amethyst from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or direct from the publisher.

Order Undercover Blues from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or direct from the publisher.

Order Secret Identities from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or direct from the publisher.

 

OUT THIS SUMMER:

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Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report.

Officially credited to the fictional Dr. Delphine Cormier, one of the characters on Orphan Black, it’s actually written by me and is a compilation by Delphine (assisted by Cosima) of material relating to the various clones. With Orphan Black concluding its run, this is the perfect companion piece to the finished series, with tons of supplemental material including reports, e-mails, newspaper articles, photographs, texts, transcripts, and more.

Preorder from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or Indie Bound.

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“Live and On the Scene” in Nights of the Living Dead.

A score of stories told in and around the events of the seminal 1968 zombie film Night of the Living Dead, this collection is coedited by the director of the film his own damn self. And holy shit, am I in good company on this one. It’s an honor to have my little tale about a TV reporter who finds himself confronted by the most bizarre story of his career and a family crisis to boot be a part of it.

Other stories by Joe Bonansinga, Max Brallier, Ryan Brown, Mike Carey, Craig E. Engler, Mira Grant, Brian Keene, Joe R. Lansdale, coeditor Jonathan Maberry, Isaac Marion, coeditor George A. Romero, John A. Russo, Carrie Ryan, David J. Schow, Neal & Brendan Shusterman, John Skipp, David Wellington, and Chuck Wendig.

Preorder from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or Indie Bound.

 

OUT IN THE FALL:

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Mermaid Precinct.

This book was successfully Kickstarted with a goal of October publication, and that remains what I’m shooting for in this fifth book in my fantasy police procedural series. The Pirate Queen is dead, and Lieutenants Torin ban Wyvald and Danthres Tresyllione must find out who killed the legendary figure. Also there’s a major change coming in how the Cliff’s End Castle Guard operates…..

Not yet available for preorder.

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Marvel’s Thor: Tales of Asgard Trilogy.

This omnibus will pull together Marvel’s Thor: Dueling with GiantsMarvel’s Sif: Even Dragons Have Their Endings, and Marvel’s Warriors Three: Godhood’s End into a single volume, just in time for the release of Thor: Ragnarok! See Thor do epic battle with Hrungnir the Frost Giant to save the life of Frigga, see Sif save a small town from being destroyed by a vicious dragon, and see the Warriors Three go on a dangerous quest to save the Golden Apples of Immortality.

Preorder from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or Indie Bound.

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Ganbatte” in Joe Ledger: Unstoppable.

Jonathan Maberry has opened up his fantastical thriller series starring Joe Ledger to other authors for this new anthology Unstoppable, and it features a mess of stories involving the various characters and situations in Jonathan’s fun world. In my case, I decided to do the secret original of Lydia “Warbride” Ruiz, a member of Joe’s team in the Department of Military Sciences.

Other stories by Steve Alten, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Larry Correia, David Farland, Dana Fredsti, Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon, Mira Grant, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, coeditor Jonathan Maberry, Jon McGoran, Joe McKinney, James A. Moore, Weston Ochse, Jeremy Robinson, Aaron Rosenberg, coeditor Bryan Thomas Schmidt & G.P. Charles, Scott Sigler, Nicholas Steven, and James Ray Tuck.

Preorder from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or Indie Bound.

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Supernatural: John Winchester Journal.

This ruled journal is a notebook you can use, but it’s also partly a facsimile of John Winchester’s notebook from the TV show, and I wrote the text for it. Very cool little collector’s item.

Preorder from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, or direct from the publisher.

 

OUT SOME TIME THIS YEAR IF ALL GOES WELL:

A Furnace Sealed.

This is the first book in my new urban fantasy series from WordFire Press. WFP doesn’t schedule books until they’re done (which is smart for a medium-press to do), and I haven’t finished it yet, so it’s not scheduled, but I’m hoping to get back to it by month’s end and get it completed in July.

Not yet available for preorder.

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“‘The Big Goodbye’: A Hard Rain” in Outside In Makes It So.

The latest of ATB Publishing’s Outside In series features unique takes on each episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. In my case, I provided a short story that looks at “The Big Goodbye” from the point of view of one of the holodeck characters, Detective McNary. Had a lot of fun writing in the pulpy style, too….

Not yet available for preorder.

 

OTHER STUFF:

I’ve been writing regularly for Tor.com, of course, about various pop-culture things.

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Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch.

I’m in the home stretch of this extensive look at Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the gang, including all 79 live-action episodes, all 22 animated episodes, and all ten movies that star them.

Read the rewatch.

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Holy Rewatch Batman!

I just last month completed this detailed look at the late Adam West’s incarnation of the Caped Crusader, as I break down the three seasons and one movie of the 1960s series, with looks at some ancillary stuff, including the recent animated film.

Read the rewatch.

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Comic books adapted to the screen.

I’ve been writing about a bunch of the recent spate of screen adaptations of comic books, including articles on Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Wonder Woman. And coming up is going to be a detailed overview of live-action film adaptations of comic books, tentatively titled “From 4-Color to 35-Millimeter.”

 

out now: Stargate: Homeworlds

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The new Stargate SG-1/Stargate Atlantis anthology Homeworlds is now out as an eBook! At present, it’s only available in Kindle form from Amazon, but it’ll be out from other eBook retailers, including Crossroad Press, very soon. and the print edition will be along next month some time.

The anthology includes ten new Stargate stories — five SG-1, five Atlantis — including my post-finale SG-1 story “Sun-Breaker,” which focuses on Carter and Teal’c, the former now in command of her own starship, the USS George Hammond, as established in Atlantis‘s finale and seen in Stargate Universe‘s premiere episode and first-season finale.

So go! Check it out!

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Me in Rome in 1981. I was twelve years old, and this was part of a month-long trip to Italy that also included Siena, Florence, Padua, Bologna, Venice, and Sequals, the latter being the small town that much of my father’s family comes from, and also where my grandfather retired to. The main function of the trip was to visit him — Nonno paid our airfare for us to come visit him, and so one of the four weeks was spent in Sequals with him. The other three weeks, we saw the sites. It was glorious, one of the best trips of my life, full of tons of art, amazing food, beautiful scenery, and family camaraderie.

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I never could get the hang of Thursdays

Things are insanely busy here. Besides the usual work craziness and the added teaching duties while Shihan is out, we’re doing some serious work on the homestead.

The place we moved into last August is a three-bedroom space. Up until a week ago, Wrenn’s cousin Matt was staying with us while he did an apprenticeship as an electrician at Julliard. That ended, and now he’s off to do a summer gig upstate. We had him staying in the master bedroom, while Wrenn and I set up a bed in our office. (It’s actually the biggest of the three bedrooms, but that means we can use it for both office and bedroom space easily.)

Now that Matt’s gone, we can actually sleep in the bedroom. My parents gave us a new bed as a wedding present, including both a mattress and a wooden platform/storage bed. The platform is going to take three months to get — it’s being hand made, and will be worth the wait — but we have the mattress. We ordered a simple metal frame to hold us over that was supposed to be delivered yesterday. According to Amazon’s status update, it was supposed to arrive Wednesday before 8pm. Up until 8.05pm, anyhow — after that, it suddenly changed to saying it will arrive some time between the 21st and 24th. Good thing we paid for that Prime membership for fast shipping, huh?

It’s supposedly out for delivery today. We’ll see. We’ve heard that song before.

We’re looking forward to sleeping in our actual bedroom, thus allowing the office to become a guest room as we intended…..

 

YOU NEED A COOKIE!

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My wife is a superb baker. She makes amazing brownies and pies and crumbles — and cookies! Her cookies are fantastic. We have brought them to many a convention and dojo function, but why limit ourselves to people we happen to be in the same room with?

To that end, Wrenn has launched a Kickstarter that enables you to get your grubby paws on your very own ginger spice cookies! The options are for the regular ol’ ginger spice cookies, or ones dipped in chocolate.

So go! Pledge! Get cookies! YOU NEED A COOKIE!