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Fantastic Toronto: The Big Smoke in SF & Fantasy

Fantastic TorontoHere’s a cool site for any fellow Torontonians who are also fans of speculative fiction. Friend and fellow writer, Karen Bennett, maintains Fantastic Toronto, a web site that presents "a bibliography of science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy and horror set in (or with major mentions of) Toronto."

A New Zelazny Novel!!

Roger ZelaznyI am a huge fan of the late Roger Zelazny (pictured here), one of the three so-called "New Wave" writers who redefined the SF&F field in the sixties and seventies (bonus points if you can name the other two). Zelazny died in 1995 from cancer, far too young at 58.

Story Sale: New magazine in Israel

My story "State of Disorder" will be translated into Hebrew for publication in Mercury, a new magazine in Israel. "State of Disorder" was first published in the long running and now defunct (again) US magazine, Amazing Stories, in 1999 (cover shown here).

Ciao from Bella Roma!

I'm in Rome for the first time this week, on a business trip with some time to play tourist tacked onto the end. To mark the occasion, here are two of my stories that have previously been published in Italian. "Scream Angel" appeared in the Italian print magazine, Robot (from Delos Publishing) in 2005.

Story Sale: New SF Magazine in Romania

Sci-Fi Magazin (Romania) Sample CoverA new monthly Romanian print magazine, Sci-Fi Magazin (yes, that's how it's spelled), will be translating and publishing my Aurora-winning short story "Scream Angel" later this year, likely in their April issue.

Readers, Writers, and THAT Question

Maybe it comes during a panel at a convention, or at a party, or in an interview. But if you're a writer, sooner or later someone will ask you that question:

"Where do you get the ideas for your stories?"

It is both the single most common question asked of writers and the one that puzzles writers the most. And our answers, I think, usually puzzle our questioners just as much.

I can explain the problem.

They're Gonna Put Me in the Movies...

Well, one of my stories, at least.

Story Sale: DESOLATE PLACES anthology

My story "Enlightenment," which first appeared in the UK SF magazine, InterZone, in 2004, will be reprinted in early 2008 in the upcoming anthology Desolate Places from Hadley Rille Books in the US.


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