Dec 15, 2015

"Number Nine Moon" in F&SF, January/February 2016

Hey, here's the cover of the January/February 2016 Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, which among other goodies contains my short story "Number Nine Moon."


It's my first F&SF story in a year or so, and I think my fifteenth overall? I guess I should count. Also I should do more short stories. In a lot of ways they're my favorite things to write.


Dec 4, 2015

What You'll See from Me in 2016, So Far

A forecast of novels, comics, and stories I have coming out in the first half of 2016...

January: Short stories were my first love and I wish I could write more of them. Maybe this year I will.

"Number Nine Moon," in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

February: Two Marvel junior novelizations and the debut of a new comic series building up to the release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

Marvel Phase Two: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel Phase Two: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Deus Ex: Children's Crusade #1

March: New York Collapse! This book is really something different than the other tie-ins I've worked on. Multilayered and thoroughly woven into the game. Plus, more Deus Ex!

Tom Clancy's The Division: New York Collapse
Deus Ex: Children's Crusade #2

April: Ant-Man for the kids, plus more Children's Crusade!

Marvel Phase Two: Ant-Man
Deus Ex: Children's Crusade #3

May: Children's Crusade continues...

Deus Ex: Children's Crusade #4

June: The wrap-up of Children's Crusade, and a novelization of the Independence Day sequel, which (judging from the script) is even bigger and more spectacular than the original movie.

Independence Day: Resurgence
Deus Ex: Children's Crusade #5

Dec 1, 2015

Deux Ex: Children's Crusade

Hey, look! Here are a couple of covers for the first issue of a comic I'm writing, Deus Ex: Children's Crusade. The covers have different artists, as you can see, and John Aggs is doing the interior art (which looks great). What's it about, you ask? A bit of teaser copy:

With society still reeling from the Aug Incident – the Illuminati orchestrated event which caused augmented individuals to mindlessly attack their ‘natural’ counterparts – anti-aug sentiment is at an all-time global high. Task Force 29 – an Interpol-funded coalition, created to quash the rising tide of terrorist activity – stands as the world’s main defence against total anarchy.
In the city of Prague, where tension is especially high, the team’s latest recruit, Adam Jensen, readies for his first mission with the unit. But being augmented himself, how will the former SWAT officer handle himself when faced with the grim reality of the mechanical apartheid?




Aug 27, 2015

Ubisoft's Official Announcement of New York Collapse

Here's the official announcement of New York Collapse, a book I wrote related to Ubisoft's upcoming game The Division. It's not your run-of-the-mill licensed novel, as you'll see from the announcement. The book and the game are coming your way March 8!


Jun 17, 2015

New York Collapse

Today at E3 Ubisoft was showing around this excerpt from my next book: New York Collapse. It's a companion/backstory to their upcoming game The Division, taking the form of a survival guide filled with marginalia and diary entries from a survivor experiencing the pandemic that devastates New York. And as she reads, she starts to discover that maybe the book is more than what it appears to be at first glance...

Here are the front and back covers. I'm stoked to be part of this game world. 



May 19, 2015

Batman: Riddler's Gambit cover

Pretty slick, no?


Scribe Awards Nominees 2015

I'm very pleased to count myself among the nominees for the 2015 Scribe Awards, for my novelization of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Congratulations to all the other nominees! The whole slate, from the IAMTW website:

BEST ORIGINAL NOVEL – GENERAL
24: Deadline by James Swallow
Murder She Wrote: Death of a Blue Blood by Don Bain
Mike Hammer: King of the Weeds by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
Homeland: Saul’s Game by Andrew Kaplan
The Killing: Uncommon Denominator by Karen Dionne
BEST ORIGINAL NOVEL – SPECULATIVE
Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R. A. DeCandido
Grimm: Chopping Block by John Passarella
Star Trek: Disavowed by David Mack
Star Trek: Foul Deeds Will Rise by Greg Cox
Grimm: The Killing Time by Tim Waggoner
Pathfinder: The Redemption Engine by James Sutter
Fringe: Sins of the Father by Christa Faust
ADAPTED NOVEL – GENERAL AND SPECULATIVE
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by Alex Irvine
Noah by Mark Morris
War of the Worlds: Goliath by Adam Whitlach
YOUNG ADULT – ALL GENRES, ORIGINAL AND ADAPTED
Spirit Animals: Blood Ties by Garth Nix and Sean Williams
Battletech: The Nellus Academy Incident by Jennifer Brozak
Penguins of Madagascar by Tracey West
SHORT STORIES
Pathfinder: Hunter’s Folly by Josh Vogt
Mike Hammer: It’s in the Book by Max Collins and Mickey Spillane
Stargate: Perceptions by Diana Botsford
Pathfinder: Queen Sacrifice by Steven Savile
Tales of Valdemar: Written in the Wind by Jennifer Brozek 
AUDIO
Dark Shadows: The Darkest Shadow by Nev Fountain
Dark Shadows: The Devil Cat by Mark Thomas Passmore
Blake’s 7: Fortuitis by George Mann
Doctor Who: Iterations of I by John Dorney
Pathfinder Legends: The Skinsaw Murders by Cavan Scott

Apr 16, 2015

A Connie Willis Story

I just remembered this story after reading Connie Willis' heartfelt (and to my mind absolutely correct) assessment of the Sad Puppies debacle, which might more accurately be termed a hostage situation, since the Hugo Award--and by extension the question of how the science fiction field wants to be perceived by itself--is being held hostage by a few people who...well, read Connie's thoughts on the topic.

Anyway, the story:

In the late 1990s, while living in Denver for grad school, I was a member of the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop, an august institution to which I frequently brought stories. The practice was to bring a story to the group, hand it out, and then workshop it the next month. I did this with a story called "Intimations of Immortality," and then I got antsy. I couldn't wait. I put the story in the mail to F&SF even though it was still waiting for the workshop.

The workshop came around, and when it was over, "Intimations of Immortality" had been so thoroughly savaged that I slunk home with my tail between my legs, thinking I really shouldn't have put it in the mail, questioning whether I really knew what I was doing, et cetera. At this point I'd only ever sold one story, "Rossetti Song," and whatever confidence I had as a writer was sporadic and fragile.

Before I went inside my house, I checked the mail. In it was a check from F&SF.

Talk about a mood swing. I went from a funk of self-doubt to (I'm not going to lie) a brief frenzy of imagined I-told-you-so gloating. Then I settled down a little and just enjoyed the fact that I was going to have another story published! Maybe I was getting this writing thing figured out after all!

At the next workshop I told everyone about this and we all had a good laugh. Then a couple of months later, MileHiCon rolled around, and I was on a panel or something, and while I was standing around with a couple of NCWW colleagues who should walk up but Connie Willis. I had never met her before, and have never spoken to her since, but I was and am a long-time admirer of her fiction.

One of the other NCWW people--I think it was Ed Bryant, but I don't remember for sure--told Connie the first part of this anecdote and then handed it off to me so I could add the big finish about coming home to find a check in the mail for this story that they had so mercilessly annihilated.

She looked me dead in the eye and without missing a beat said, "Well, just because you sold the story doesn't mean it doesn't suck."

Which is technically true, but jeez, Connie. Anyway, she's exactly right about the Hugos, I think, and I'm glad she spoke up the way she did.