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Eating Authors: Harry Connolly

Written on July 28th, 2014 by
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Harry Connolly

Hiya. I’m typing up these words on Sunday afternoon. Since Wednesday night I’ve been hanging with some two dozen speakers of the Klingon language in a hotel just south of the Philadelphia Airport. There has been little sleep but a great deal of linguistic silliness. It is fair to say I am exhausted. It’s also my birthday. By all rights, I should be taking a nap or eating cake (though probably not both at the same time). Instead, I’m here, typing this up, because you need to know about Harry Connolly, who will be the EATING AUTHOR guest when you read this on Monday. So, let’s get to it.

Harry’s the author of the Twenty Palaces series of first-person mystery/fantasy novels. I have to say, I haven’t been able to find out all that much more about him. He’s a mystery, or maybe a fantasy, or both which would be just a bit too perfect given his books. I’m pretty sure he lives in Seattle, that he once lived in Philadelphia, and that he has a son. But that’s it. Heck, I couldn’t even get a full color photo out of the man!

His latest book is Bad Little Girls Die Horrible Deaths: And Other Tales Of Dark Fantasy, but it won’t hold that special place for long because he’s currently working on a new series, The Great Way, which will debut with book one, The Way Into Chaos, in early September.

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Eating Authors: Mike Resnick

Written on July 21st, 2014 by
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Mike Resnick

I’ve more or less been on vacation for the past week, and what better way to come back than with a bang and a guest at EATING AUTHORS who is a legend in the field. I first came across Mike Resnick in his column, “Ask Bwana,” back in the pages of Speculations when I was a struggling neo-pro, which is to say my earliest experience of the man was reading his advice as he paid it forward.

Mike’s been described as the field’s leading award winner for short fiction. He’s won the Hugo award five times (out of an insane thirty-six nominations), taken home a Nebula award (after a mere eleven nominations), received far too many international awards and prizes to list here, and been honored with a Skylark for Lifetime Achievement in the field. And he’s a long way from being done. Want proof? His latest sale is entitled Mike Resnick’s Worldcons, and will be out in time for next month’s Worldcon in London.

In addition to being famous for his short fiction, Mike has also written novels, fanzines, film scripts (two with his wife, Carol), nonfiction, and that isn’t even beginning to talk about the many many anthologies he’s edited. He’s also collaborated with plenty of authors, and again in the tradition of “paying it forward” has mentored new writers as well. I could go on and on, because his career and his life’s adventures lend themselves to endless stories, but this isn’t the place or time. Instead, before handing the mic to Mike, I’ll tell you one thing. Go read “Kirinyaga.”

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Eating Authors: Mark Budz

Written on July 14th, 2014 by
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Mark Budz

If you’re reading this on the Monday that it posts, please know that I am far far away from home, grabbing some much needed down time. While most of the east coast’s pod of authors are recovering from Readercon, I snuck off to a mountain lake resort in the Poconos, where there’s nary a rocketship or flaming sword to be seen. Before I set off on my brief getaway, I made sure you’d have this week’s EATING AUTHOR guest, Mark Budz, here to entertain you.

Mark took second place in the 1992 Writers of the Future contest. He’s been nominated for the Philip K. Dick award and won the Emperor Norton award (not to be confused with the Andre Norton award, as falsely reported on Wikipedia — someone go and fix that, okay?), in both cases for his novel, Clade.

He was born just over the river in Cherry Hill, NJ, but bounced around the country quite a bit, a side effect of having a father employed by the National Park Service, but has long since settled in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains on the west coast.

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Eating Authors: Ann Leckie

Written on July 7th, 2014 by
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Ann Leckie

I first encountered this week’s guest, Ann Leckie, back in February of 2012 when she contacted me in my position as SFWA’s Election officer to express her desire to run for Secretary. She won that contest, and served for a year on SFWA’s board at a time when our community reeled with what should have been obvious issues of harassment. Ann’s comments at the time were direct, cogent, and well worth including a link to here because, absurd as it may seem, the problem has not gone away.

But that was two years ago, and you might well ask what has she been up to since? Seriously, unless you’ve been living under that proverbial rock, the answer should be clear. Her debut novel, Ancillary Justice came out last fall to critical acclaim and in the months since has tied for the BSFA award, won the Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke awards, and less than two weeks ago she came away with the Locus Award. The book is also up for the Hugo, and that decision will come down next month in London.

Her first novel is the first book of a trilogy. The second volume, Ancillary Sword, comes out next October. Go ahead and pre-order it today.

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Eating Authors: Mike Brotherton

Written on June 30th, 2014 by
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Michael S. Brotherton

As many of your have likely noticed, here at EATING AUTHORS we’re very big on the tradition of “paying it forward.” This week’s guest, Mike Brotherton, has found a way to do this that is both awesome and inspiring.

By day, Mike is a tenured professor of Astronomy at the Laramie campus of the University of Wyoming. But for one week each summer (since 2007) he has organized Launch Pad, an Astronomy Workshop for writers. I’ve been wanting to apply for years and one thing or another has always prevented me, but I’m setting my sights on 2015 to be my year to sit out under the stars with people who know what the hell they’re talking about, not to mention trips to the Red Buttes Observatory and the Wyoming Infrared Observatory.

This year’s session starts in two weeks, and if you’re one of the lucky folks going, yay for you. If you’re not, then do the next best thing and pick up one of Mike’s books.

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Eating Authors: Karen Joy Fowler

Written on June 23rd, 2014 by
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Karen Joy Fowler

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, welcome to Summer. If you’re somewhere that’s antipodean to Summer, well, please remember to dress warmly. To celebrate the change of seasons, EATING AUTHORS is proud to welcome Karen Joy Fowler.

Karen is dangerous; her books make you think (sometimes more than I might want to). Of her debut novel, Sarah Canary, she has remarked that she wanted SF readers to read it as SF, and mainstream readers to read it as mainstream. How is such a thing possible? For you or me, it’s probably not. For Karen, pish tosh, the proof that it can be done is there on the page.

She’s among that rare group of authors who has seen her work translated to the big screen (The Jane Austen Book Club) and she’s taken home many awards, including a handful of World Fantasy awards, two Nebula awards (out of nine nominations!), as well as the Pen/Faulkner and Shirley Jackson awards. And as if earning these prizes wasn’t enough, she’s also credited (along with Pat Murphy) with starting the James Tiptree Award.

Clearly, if you’ve not read her work before now, you really need to be asking yourself “why the hell not?”

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Eating Authors: Ty Franck

Written on June 16th, 2014 by
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Ty Franck

Hello, and thanks for being here. If it’s Monday, that means you’ve survived both Friday the 13th and Father’s Day, and are now ready to face an exciting new week. I’m going to start you off right with today’s EATING AUTHORS guest, Try Franck. If you don’t immediately recognize his name, you’re probably nonetheless familiar with his writing. Ty partners with Daniel Abraham to comprise the pseudonym of James S. A. Corey, the author of The Expanse series of books (Leviathan Wakes, which was nominated for both the Hugo and Locus awards for best novel, Caliban’s War, Abaddon’s Gate, and Cibola Burn, which releases tomorrow!) as well as short stories and novellae (“The Butcher of Anderson Station”, “Gods of Risk”, and “The Churn”). For my money, this series is the best thing to hit Space Opera in a very long time.

And apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. Earlier this year the Syfy channel green lighted (green lit?) a televisions show based on the series and ordered an initial ten episodes. Oh, baby!

But lest you worry that the television show is going to overtake the written word, set your mind at ease. At least two more novels and three more novellae are on order.

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Eating Authors: Sofia Samatar (Campbell Award nominee)

Written on June 9th, 2014 by
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Sofia Samatar

Welcome to another special edition of EATING AUTHORS as we continue our sacred mission of introducing you to this year’s Campbell Award nominees. Max Gladstone was featured last year during his first term of eligibility, and Wesley Chu landed here a few months back in the regular course of the blog. Over the last two weeks you’ve met Ramez Naam and Benjanun Sriduangkaew, which leaves this week’s participant, Sofia Samatar.

She’s been having a year that few authors get to experience. In addition to her Campbell nomination, Sofia’s debut novel, A Stranger in Olondria, was a finalist for the Nebula Award, and her short story, “Selkie Stories Are for Losers,” was nominated for both the Nebula and the Hugo. All of that aside, she won me over when I learned she has a PhD in African Languages and Literature. Seriously, how cool is that?

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