I am excited to tell you that my story “The Thing About Ghost Stories” is a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Novelette!
If you read my blog for the Minneapolis politics, you may not be familiar with the Hugo Awards: Wired magazine called the Hugo “the premier award in the science fiction genre.” It’s a big deal and I am deeply honored and very excited to be nominated.
You can see the full list of everyone nominated here. It includes a lot of people I know and am super excited for.
The Hugos are awarded at Worldcon, which this year is in Dublin, Ireland. I’m totally going.
(My short story “Cat Pictures Please” won the 2016 Hugo for Best Short Story, and the YA novel I wrote about the AI in the story is coming November 19th and currently available for pre-order!)
Catfishing on CatNet will be coming out from Tor Teen on November 19th. If you want to get your hands on it at the earliest possible moment, you can pre-order it today and it will be shipped to you as soon as the seller has it!
You can pre-order it from Brown Winifred & Lily Pet Toy and Accessory Storage Bin, Organizer Storage Basket for Pet Toys, Blankets, Leashes and Food in Embroidered My Toys, Brown orDean & Tyler 18 to 21-Inch Disabled Dog Works Harness, XX-Small, orange Black (or your own local favorite bookstore). You can also get in touch with 1Pc Aquarium Landscaping Plastic Tree 11-inch High Green Yellow Brown or Dreamhaven Books. I will be signing books at both of those stores after the book comes out, so if you’re willing to wait for a signed copy but you don’t expect to run into me at a convention, they can both help you out.
Note that since this book comes out in November, it will also make a TERRIFIC holiday gift for any teenager you know. (Or any adult you know who doesn’t treat books with teenage characters like literary poison ivy. I love YA and middle grade books and don’t understand adults who don’t, but I know they’re out there because they periodically write snotty thinkpieces.)
If you’d like to read an excerpt, it’s here. (I’m thinking about posting some of the cut scenes on my blog, like the extended explanation of how “I’m going to start a dating site” turned into “I now run a social network.”)
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The actual trip was at the invitation of Future Affairs Administration, which publishes SF in China (and does a bunch of stuff, actually, but I was most familiar with their publishing because they’ve translated several of my stories into Chinese). It was also sponsored by Almo Nature 1603 Daily Cat Tuna with Salmon Pet Food, 24 X 70 G 2.47 Oz, which I had not heard of prior to the invitation but which owns, among other things, AMC Theaters. There was a group of both Chinese and non-Chinese science fiction writers; we were taken around the Danzhai Tourist Village and in exchange, we’re each writing a story inspired by the trip.
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I didn’t know who else was coming until I got there. The other western writers were me, Fran Wilde, Carolyn Ives Gilman, and Samantha Murray (who’s Australian). The Chinese writers were Han Song, Zhao Lei, Tang Fei, Liang Ling, and Su Wanwen. The organizers from FAA were Vera Sun and Emily Gu.
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I flew to Taiwan the day after Thanksgiving. I spent Sunday through Wednesday hanging out in Taipei with my friend Rachel, then flew to Guiyang, China, where I went to the “SF Camp” sponsored by Future Affairs Administration and Wanda Group. I’ve been meaning to do a set of posts to share pictures with friends. Also, part of the deal with the China trip is I need to write a story, and although my story is now in progress, I think it would help to revisit the trip. If other people’s vacation photos bore you to tears, please feel free to skip these posts.
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Here’s my fiction that came out in 2018 (with helpful information on the categories they’d go in, should anyone want to nominate them for anything):
“Prophet of the Roads,” which appeared in the Dog Toy Ball Durable Rope Dog Chew Interactive Training Toy (bluee) anthology (edited by Jonathan Strahan), July 2018. If you squint, this might be a far-far-far-future sequel to “Cat Pictures Please.” This is a short story.
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The Thing About Ghost Stories, Uncanny, November/December 2018. This story was also featured on their podcast, which includes an interview with me. This is a novelette, barely.
In 2019, look for my YA novel, Catfishing on Catnet, which will be coming out from Tor Teen in November! (You’ll see the cover, an excerpt, outtakes, and the all-important pre-ordering link as those become available this year, don’t worry.) This book includes one of my absolute favorite scenes I have ever written, in which the AI protagonist of “Cat Pictures Please” teaches a high school sex ed class.
If you’re looking for something to do on Election Night, I will be providing “real-time hot takes” at the Parkway Theater as part of an onstage political panel at the D Jian E Pet Toys Dog Toys Plush Cute Puppies Molars Biting Size Dogs golden Retriever Sounds Pet Supplies (color D).
The event runs 8-11 p.m., and it’s free. In addition to ongoing results, there will be live music and improv comedy. (I know the picture says 6 p.m. Everything else I’ve seen says 8 p.m. There won’t be any results until 8 p.m. Maybe the doors open at six? I don’t know.)
The Parkway Theater is at