''The sea's off somewhere, doing nothing. Listen."
David Hartwell --1941-2016
He was more than an editor, he was our rabbi. Our creator. He helped make SF the literary field it is today. He sustained it. For fun, for principle, for love. He loved us and we loved him. We should give thanks as we grieve, for the gift was as heavy as the loss, the terrible loss.
IN THE MAGS
I managed to sell a couple of short stories last year: "Robot from the Future" to F&SF and "Life After Death" to The Baffler. The robot story is in the Jan-Feb F&SF and the Baffler piece is in #28. And look for my historical piece, "The Black Patch War" in American History magazine, March 2016.
IN THE BOOKS
Octavia's Brood is a new anthology of stories by writers inspired by SF great Octavia Butler. Put together by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown, it showcases an eclectic and exciting mix of innovative writers of color and activists in social justice movements. I am honored to be included.
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 there I am along with Michael Moore, Frances Fox Piven, Martín Espada, Mumia Abu Jamal, Bill Ayers, Angela Davis, Juan Gonzalez, and other patriotic types.
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.
BACKLIST-- good as new! Now E-vailable on Kindle, Nook, Apple, Kobo, etc.
Hey! I got to Mars before THE MARTIAN did. The first trip to the Red Planet is produced by Hollywood, not NASA; and as the genre demands ,somebody gets left behind.
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.
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. 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: My first short story collection, and Numbers Don't Lie, my fix-up novella of three Wilson Wu short stories.
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.
Carter Scholz is getting strong reviews for his mournful new starship novel, GYPSY. It's "Hard SF," so hard it rings. Ask not ...
Charles Stross, Joe Lansdale, Elizabeth Hand and Harlan Elison are in the works. Chip Delany is thinking about it. (Of course, as befits a legend, Chip is almost always thinking about almost everything.)
I'm proud of the Outspoken Author list which looks like a science fiction Who's Who or Hall of Fame, except that I include myself. Because I could.
A short film based on my short story "Bears Discover Fire", produced and directed by Scott Riehs and Ben Leonberg, screened at the 2016 Phillip K Dick Future Film Festival in New York City. They have also optioned "Bears" for a feature film. Leonardo DiCaprio is said not to be returning their calls.
The Paul Robeson film that I scripted with Richard Akel of Four Stars International is still "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. I'm still hopeful.
My lunar junkyard adventure, "The Hole in the Hole," is under option by Brooklyn actor/director David Capurso. It's adapted from the first section of Numbers Don't Lie.
My day job is writing THIS MONTH IN HISTORY, for Locus magazine. It's the longest-running trade magazine fiction feature in the history of the Universe.