February Roundup

Happy Leap Day, the day that we dedicate to the quiet contemplation of the dangers of calendar drift.

In my Colony of Edge books, the characters consider, somewhat jokingly, what the basic unit of time is and decide that it is the day. Years are defined as a number of days (sometimes varying). Hours are a division of days. Minutes, seconds, and all that. Pretty much all the way down. So, then, what happens now that the colonists have moved to a new planet with a new length of day?

Also, this is the last day for Nebula nominations, and Hugo nominations are on their way. Check my eligibility if that’s a thing you’re interested in.

Writing Updates

A picture of a man in a trench coat and fedora with a church in the background. The title reads The Man Who Walked in the Dark

The Man Who Walked in the Dark is ALMOST HERE! March 11th is the official release date, but you can grab it a week early through my bookstore. I’m incredibly proud of this sci-fi noir, and SO excited to see it out in the world.

Other than that, it’s been a busy month full of chaos. I’ve finished the first draft of Grandfather State, the next book in the Old Code series. Ajay is going to jail, and there’s not one thing he can do about it. I’ve also finished the first pass of Devil in the Gravity Lounge, which is the sequel to The Man Who Walked in the Dark. My brain is full of sci-fi noir, and I’m loving it.

The convention schedule is pretty much solidified now. It’ll be The Nebulas, followed immediately by 4th Street Fantasy. Then, later in the summer, I’ll be an invited guest at the Gen Con Writers Symposium.

Reading Updates

February has been a great month for reading. I picked up a pile of books and recs at ConFusion, and I’ve managed to put a pretty decent dent in them. Let me tell you, it’s weird and surreal reading about climate change in the warm February afternoons here in Minnesota. Quite surreal.

The Lost Cause by Corey Doctorow

I generally like Doctorow’s nonfiction more than his fiction, but this book is full of ideas and definitely worth the read. The protagonist represents an optimistic generation, and the ways his philosophy affects and reflects the world is fantastic. There are ideas about housing and climate crisis in here that I don’t really see anywhere else. The older generation pushes back against change (to the point where it feels a bit ageist), but the book does an excellent job of showing how change is possible.

Night Roll by Michael J. DeLuca

Night Roll is a faerie story taking place in a post-industrial collapse of Detroit. It pulls in themes of climate change, single parenthood, and found family. It’s a beautiful book and definitely worth a look.

System Collapse by Martha Wells

I probably don’t need to say a lot about this one. If you love Murderbot, then you’re probably going to love this book. If you haven’t read Murderbot, then you should probably take some time to read the first book. This is some of the best sci-fi out there in modern times, and it works because it’s incredible on many levels. I mean, it’s good action and humor, but it’s also a powerful and insightful look at neurodiversity and mental health. And found family. Love me some found family.

Grave Mistakes by J. M. Samland

Samland’s Grave Mistakes is a genuinely fun take on necromancy and I really enjoyed it. Believe me, I know that it’s a risk whenever you pick up a new indie author. I mean, nobody’s out there gatekeeping. The book could be anything! Well, turns out this one’s genuinely good. It’s a lighter fantasy with piles of magic and piles of good characters. Definitely worth a read.

Automating Inequality by Virginia Eubanks

Feeling hopeful? Well, I’ve got a cure for that. Automating Inequality is a book about how technology and automation have amplified bias in a number of different ways throughout our society. From healthcare to housing, it looks at programs around the nation and how they’ve failed their stated purposes (or succeeded in some cases, depending on how horrible their goals were). It’s a powerful book and a great read, but be careful. You may come away angry.

And so it goes. Lots to read, lots to do. Join the newsletter if you’re interested in more details on my kitchen renovation, chicken adventures, or my amazing dog, Bear.

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