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Eating Authors: Daryl Gregory

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The 2014 Hugo ballot came out over the weekend and there is much hooplah in the streets of our genre right now. Congratulations to the many fine people who were nominated; I’m looking forward to seeing you in London. But that’s months away, and we need to focus on more immediate concerns, such as this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest!

Like me, Daryl Gregory was born in that city that led Carl Sandberg to wax poetic about its many aspects, and thus doom thousands of junior high students to painful memorization (I’m talking about Chicago here, in case that was too obscure or bizarre a reference). Unlike me, his parents didn’t haul him west. I’m sure there are other differences too.

And unlike some writers who find they can work at only one length or format, Daryl writes novels and short stories, comic books and graphic novels, and he does them all well. His first novel, Pandemonium, won the Crawford Award, and was short-listed for the World Fantasy Award, the Mythopoeic Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award.

Daryl’s latest novel, Afterparty, hits bookstores everywhere tomorrow. Go buy a copy, because there’s a good chance you’ll be seeing it on next year’s Hugo list!

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Eating Authors: M. K. Hutchins

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As I type this, it’s early Sunday morning and birds are chirping outside my office window. The weather forecast is for a bright and sunny day with the warmest temperatures of the year. Yes, my friends, it seems that Spring has come to my little corner of existence and all is right with the world. And with that chipper opening, let me introduce you to this week’s guest here at EATING AUTHORS, M. K. Hutchins, whose debut novel Drift comes out tomorrow from the fine folks over at Tu Books. I confess, I’ve not read it yet, but if books can be judged by their covers, than this one is going to be fantastic!

In the interests of full disclosure I should tell you that I published one of Megan’s short stories. It happened back in 2012 as part of the experimental anthology Cucurbital 3, in which all the authors wrote stories based on the same three prompts: Madness, Darkness, and Mattress. Hey, I said “experimental.”

The other thing I want to tell you about Megan is that she’s compiled histories of Mayan glyphs. Are you kidding me? Mayan glyphs are like kryptonite to me (if in addition to being Superman’s weakness, kryptonite also was a tasty and addictive candy with a rich nougat center and lots of chocolate throughout). So, knowing this, how could I not ask her to come here and tell us about her most memorable meal? And maybe some day she’ll let me take a peek at those compilations.

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Eating Authors: Joe Haldeman

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I don’t know about you, but so far April has been unfolding into quite possibly the best month I’ve had for a long time. And having this week’s guest at EATING AUTHORS continues that trend. He’s Joe Haldeman, and if you don’t know who Joe is, then you probably shouldn’t be reading this blog. But no, everybody knows Joe. He’s just that approachable, both in person and in his fiction.

I’ve had the great pleasure to be on panels with Joe at the Worldcon, and to sit and chat with him numerous times over the years, dating back to my first meeting with him at the Nebula Weekend in 1999 (where he won the Best Novel Nebula for Best for Forever Peace).

Joe’s career in the field is long and glorious. He’s won five Hugos, five Nebulas, a LOCUS Award, a Campbell Award (not that Campbell Award, the other Campbell Award), a Tiptree, a World Fantasy, and three Rhysling Awards for his poetry. Oh yeah, and in 2010 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America inducted him as a Grand Master.

But what I envy most about Joe is that he gets to spend half the year in Florida and the other half teaching at M.I.T. Speaking as a lapsed academician who misses that whole “life of the mind” thing, I can’t help but believe that he’s got it all.

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Nebula Voting / Hugo Nomination Deadline 2014 Edition

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If you’re a card-carrying Active or Lifetime member of SFWA :

The deadline for casting your vote for the Nebula Awards (and Norton and Bradbury Awards) is just days away.

Similarly, if you :

* have an attending or supporting LonCon 3 membership, and/or
* had an attending or supporting LoneStar 3 membership, and/or
* have an attending or supporting Sasquan membership:

The deadline for submitting your Nomination Ballot for the Hugo Awards (and Campbell Award) is also about to land.

Specifically, it’s next Sunday, March 30, 11:59pm PDT for the Nebulas, and Monday, March 31, 11:59pm PDT for the Hugos.

To vote online for the Nebulas, SFWA members can go to http://www.sfwa.org/nebula-awards/vote/.

To vote online for the Hugos, convention members can go to http://www.loncon3.org/nominations.php.

And now that we’ve got that covered, let’s shift from Public Service Announcement to Self-Serving Reminder. My novella, “Trial of the Century,” has been nominated for the Nebula Award for BEST NOVELLA.

It’s also eligible for a Hugo Award in that same category.

If you like my work, and you’re empowered to vote or nominate, I hope you’ve read my novella and that you’ll cast your ballot accordingly.

In the event that I actually win either award, I promise to have a Klingon acceptance speech.

Now, go and do your part!

Eating Authors: Linda Nagata

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Linda Nagata

This week’s guest here at EATING AUTHORS is Linda Nagata, and even if you haven’t read her fiction (and if not, why not?), you should recognize her name because her novel The Red: First Light is on the short list this year for the prestigious Nebula Award. In addition to the book’s obvious talents, it has the distinction of being the first time a self-published title has been nominated for the Best Novel Nebula, making it one of the exceptions that prove the rule about signal to noise in the world of self-publishing.

Nor is Linda a stranger to such notoriety. She won the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 1996 with The Bohr Maker, and had a previous Nebula nomination for her novella “Goddesses” in 2000.

In addition to her very popular series, The Nanotech Succession, she has several stand alone novels, a couple of short story collections, as well as the Stories of the Puzzle Lands series.

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Eating Authors: Carol Berg

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Today is St. Patrick’s Day, which for me is loaded with meaning far beyond automotive snakes and green beer. Today would have been my paternal grandfather’s hundredth-something birthday, as well as my parents’ wedding anniversary. It’s also the anniversary of the passing of Ghang, my dog of eighteen years (and the unconscious inspiration for a quarter million words of fiction). I’m typically awash in bittersweet memories on this day, and I suspect today will be little different, though at times I’ll be quite busy as I’m away in New York for some hypnosis training.

But never mind all that, you’re not here to read about me; let’s get on to the main feature. My guest this week is a writer of Fantasy novels, and she’s quite good at them. Carol Berg has won the Mythopoeic Award (for her The Lighthouse Duet, Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone), several Colorado Book Awards (for Song of the Beast, The Soul Mirror, as well as the afore-mentioned Breath and Bone), and the Geffen Award for Best Translated Fantasy (for Transformation, the first book of her Rai-Kirah series). Other works include her Bridge of D’Arnath and Novels of the Collegia Magica series.

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Eating Authors: Eugene C. Myers

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Forget what you know about March being the month of lions and lambs. Over the last several years, for me, March has been the month of a torrent of mail as hundreds of SFWA members send in their ballots to determine the composition of the organization’s Board. It’s my own fault, mind you, as the volunteer head of the Election Committee. Later today I’ll walk down the driveway to check my mailbox and collect the day’s dozens of sealed ballots. None of them will be opened for weeks yet, but for now talk of SFWA Elections provides an introduction of sorts for today’s EATING AUTHOR guest, E. C. Myers, the exiting Eastern Regional Director of SFWA. I mention this because it tells you a bit about the king of guy Eugene is. When the previous Director had to step down, he stepped up and offered to complete the term of office. So, speaking as a card-carrying SFWA member living in the greater Philadelphia area, thanks, Eugene!

Meanwhile, back to the more traditional matters of this blog feature’s introductions. If you’re not already acquainted with Eugene’s work, you should know that his debut novel, Fair Coin took home last year’s Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy (which puts him in a very select club alongside such names as Terry Pratchett and J. K. Rowling). I was present at the banquet when his win was announced, and it was only then that I learned that this author, E. C. Myers, lived in Philadelphia, that he knew all the same local area writers that I knew, and yet I’d never heard of him or met him at any of the local gatherings, readings, or conventions. Doh, did I ever feel stupid!

I’m happy to say that this oversight has since been corrected, and in the year since I’ve had the opportunity to hang out and even dine with Eugene on multiple occasions. And as part of my making up for it, it’s a great pleasure to have him here on the blog.

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Eating Authors: Marie Brennan

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I need to confess to a bit of apprehension as I type this week’s EATING AUTHOR post. The latest round of the season’s snowpocalypse is about to hit, and it makes me a bit uneasy as to whether this entry will post as planned. I suspect so, though I might not be able to access it myself if the power goes out again.

But let me put aside all such doom and gloom and tell you a bit about this week’s guest, Marie Brennan. She’s a self-described “former academic,” having left graduate school prior to completing her doctorate in folklore and anthropology to focus her energies on her writing instead. And with admirable results!

Marie writes fantasy. You might know her from her Doppelganger duology (Warrior and Witch), or from her Onyx Court series (beginning with Midnight Never Come. And it’s the kind of fantasy you’d expect from someone who’s put time in studying anthropology and folklore. There’s a verisimilitude to her work that other authors would kill for.

And that trait especially shows up in her latest work, the Memoirs of Lady Trent series, which began with A Natural History of Dragons. The second book, The Tropic of Serpents, hits the stands tomorrow. Trust me, if you like dragons and natural history, you are going to love these books.

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