“Is This Your Day” to make a Brave New Worlds reference?
If you’re me, it is! My story “Is This Your Day to Join the Revolution?”, which originally appeared in Futurismic, is being reprinted (alongside a pretty outstanding TOC) in Brave New Worlds, a new John Joseph Adams anthology whose website, as you can see, went live today. It has additional free fiction and some author interviews, including, eventually, the one in which I talk about The Handmaid’s Tale being some creepy shenanigans.…
Abridged Classics: Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Every once in a while, my friends Eileen and Andrew at Defenestration knock me on the shoulder with their billy-club of friendship and say, “You’re up!”, and I fire up the world’s worst video-editing software, Abridge some Classics, and mortify the English professors who only ever tried to make me appreciate literature.…
Set Your TiVo: “The Borgias”
Next year Showtime will be premiering its new series The Borgias, a spiritual successor to The Tudors, and source of endless joy for anyone who’s been thinking, “Well, NOW who will have a Ham-Off all over the place on my television?” Jeremy Irons will! Irons, suffering indigestion from overeating scenery. Now, hopefully we all understand that the historical-accuracy quotient is subject to change at any moment.…
In which I am full of nonsense.
I think we all know my feelings about manners and/or being a preliminary geezer, and how sometimes I pull a Muppet over something that doesn’t matter to anyone but me. Well, today is one of those! So, recently, Christie’s auctioned off a lot of rare books from the collection of Edward Tufte, an expert on analytical design.…
“Zeppelin” in Strahan’s Best SF & F Volume 5
As it says on the tin, I’m excited to announce that my story “The Zeppelin Conductors’ Society Annual Gentlemen’s Ball” will appear in Jonathan Strahan’s The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 5! Fun fact: I am in seriously outstanding company. Check out this Table of Contents. Also a fun fact: I have yet to type this story’s title correctly the first time.…
We Need to Talk: Centurion
After Catwoman, you’d think that I would have declared a moratorium on awful movies and just watched decent stuff for one weekend to recover, but we all know that’s not true. Before Catwoman’s pixels were even cold on my screen, I watched Centurion, a Roman-era bloodfest shot entirely on Hipstamatic. Now, you’d think I’d enjoy this movie, since it has Michael Fassbender in it (oh, Fassbender Syndrome).…