"Every tree has a story, and every story is the same. Pretty much."
I'll be at the Howard Zinn Book Fair in San Francisco, November 15th.
Talking about Captain John Brown, and participating in a panel discussion
about lefty ('hopeful') Science Fiction (i.e., history under construction).
The legendary leftist literary agent Frances Goldin put this book together, and it's well worth checking out. She figured there should be something by a science fiction writer, so I'm included, along with Michael Moore, Frances Fox Piven, Martín Espada, Mumia Abu Jamal, Bill Ayers, Angela Davis, Juan Gonzalez, and other patriotic types.
CAMPBELL AWARD NOMINATED NOVEL--
Any Day Now is not exactly science fiction and not exactly not. It's an alternate history of 1968. John Crowley was kind enough to say, "If you were there then, this is where you were." I would only add: If you weren't there then, this is where you weren't.
Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review and made it a Pick of the Week. It also got a good review in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Bay Area literary icon Richard Wolinsky gave me a generous interview on KPFA.
And it was nominated for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel of the year. (Didn't win, but got second place.)
My most recent collection of short stories TVA BABY is from PM Press. It includes a little shop story, a starship story, a noir detective story, a time travel tale (with paradox), an un-mundane adventure, a retro romantic comedy (with cigarettes and lingerie), and a plundering of pirates.
My utopian novel FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN (also PM) is about what might have been if abolitionist John Brown's 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry had succeeded. It has a generous (and perceptive) introduction by Mumia Abu Jamal.
BISSON BACKLIST-- good as new! Now E-vailable on Kindle, Nook, Apple, Kobo, etc.
Three novellas: Planet of Mystery about the first landing on Venus; Almost Home a YA adventure for adults; and Dear Abbey an eco-trip to the End of Time in the spirit of Edward Abbey.
And four novels: My World Fantasy Award loser Talking Man is a solid book filled with practical tips for all those planning an auto trip to the North Pole. Costs less than a gallon of gas. The bureaucratic saga Pirates of the Universe is about a Disney-Windows employee trying to hold onto his perks. The Pick-Up Artist is about a guy who makes room for new art by destroying the old. In Voyage to the Red Planet, the first trip to Mars is produced by Hollywood.
All with new covers by LIsa Roth.
And don't forget, from Bob Kruger's legendary ElectricStory:
I am editing a cool SF series for PM called Outspoken Authors. Each volume includes a story, a rant, an interview and an argument by a lefty writer with Something to Say.
Karen Joy Fowler has been shortlisted for the Man-Booker prize for her novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Her Outspoken Author title The Science of Herself (above) is also not to be missed. Norman Spinrad's newest, Raising Hell, will convince you that class struggle persists in the realms of the damned. Paul Krassner (yes, that Paul Krassner), calls in on our latest. Carter Scholz, Charles Stross, Joe Lansdale and Marge Piercy are in the works. I'm proud of the Outspoken Author list which looks like a science fiction Who's Who or Hall of Fame, except that I included myself. Because I could.
The Paul Robeson film that I scripted with Richard Akel of Four Stars International is "in pre-production" (IMDB) with some big names: Director Vondie Curtis-Hall; Lou Gossett Jr. as W.E.B. DuBois, and Sidney Poitier's daughter Sydney as Robeson's glamorous, brilliant and faithful wife Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson. Shooting scheduled for 2015. How can it fail?
My lunar junkyard adventure, "The Hole in the Hole," is under option by the Brooklyn film team of John Ramaine and David Capurso. I think these guys have what it takes.
My day job is writing a regular feature, THIS MONTH IN HISTORY, for Locus magazine. It's the longest-running trade magazine fiction feature in the history of the Universe.