Miss Universe: The recap.
Miss Universe: The recap.Miss Universe is a beauty pageant that’s about more than just beauty. It’s a tribute to international cooperation. It’s a tribute to modern sensibilities. It’s a tribute to Hostage Face. “Come watch the dreams of dozens get mercilessly crushed!”…
Miss Universe: National Costume Contest
Miss Universe: National Costume ContestThe best thing in the entire world has happened: the annual Miss Universe National Costume Contest. Every country took a different approach; most of them failed miserably, providing endless joy for yours truly! A photo essay is below, though in case you’re thinking, “Is this a little tasteless for my browsing pleasure?”, please know that this is the outfit that WON.…
“How to Write a Sad Song” in Jabberwocky 4!
Jabberwocky 4 is available! Along with about half my friendslist, I have a piece in this volume, a short piece titled “How to Write a Sad Song.” 1. You will need a typewriter. You cannot write a sad song otherwise; computers are cold, and handwriting gives you consumption. The old lady at the secondhand shop will give you a look over the top of her glasses like she thinks you’re too young to know anything about sad songs, but she’s just heartless (they all are, once they reach a certain age, don’t be frightened).…
“Carthago Delenda Est” at Escape Pod
“Carthago Delenda Est,” my story from Federations, is up at Escape Pod! (The reading is by Kate Baker, and it’s kind of great.)…
Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti
I’ve sold a book! Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti is coming from Prime in 2011. It’s about a post-apocalyptic steampunk circus, and what happens when a dozen brittle, vicious people are forced to form a makeshift family whether they like it or not. Also, there’s war. This is the vaugely-back-cover-copy logline: The Mechanical Circus Tresaulti travels the landscape of a ruined country under the spectre of war, but when two of its performers become locked in a battle of wills, the circus’s own past may be the biggest threat of all.…
“Advection” at Clarkesworld!
My story “Advection” is up at Clarkesworld! This story is close to my heart for a lot of reasons. A while back, I worked an event for a friend of mine. I ended up spending more time in Roseland Ballroom than I ever imagined possible for someone who doesn’t go to concerts, and the maze of dressing rooms, back halls, and fire exits was just crying out for an ambiguous-escape scene.…