October 8th, 2010

Living Dead 2 Book Launch at McNally Jackson

Here are some photos from our zombie panel at McNally Jackson bookstore in SoHo to celebrate the release of The Living Dead 2.

Matt London ("Mouja"), John Joseph Adams (editor), David Barr Kirtley ("The Skull-Faced
), Bob Fingerman ("The Summer Place"), David Wellington ("Good People")

Topics included: Favorite zombie movies. Fast zombies vs. slow zombies. Infected living vs. walking dead. Zombie mashups. Zombie survival strategies. Plausibility issues with zombies. Zombies as metaphor. And finally, why is it considered gross to have sex with a zombie but not a vampire when aren't they both just animated corpses and isn't that discrimination?

Way of the Wizard John Joseph Adams Table of Contents

Here's the table of contents for the John Joseph Adams anthology The Way of the Wizard. Check out my story in the #2 slot, right after George R. R. Martin. Not too shabby.

In the Lost Lands — George R.R. Martin
Family Tree — David Barr Kirtley
John Uskglass and the Cambrian Charcoal Burner — Susanna Clarke
Wizard’s Apprentice — Delia Sherman
The Sorcerer Minus — Jeffrey Ford
Life So Dear Or Peace So Sweet — C. C. Finlay
Card Sharp — Rajan Khanna
So Deep That the Bottom Could Not Be Seen — Genevieve Valentine
The Go-Slow — Nnedi Okorafor
Too Fatal a Poison — Krista Hoeppner Leahy
Jamaica — Orson Scott Card
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice — Robert Silverberg
The Secret of Calling Rabbits — Wendy N. Wagner
The Wizards of Perfil — Kelly Link
How to Sell the Ponti Bridge — Neil Gaiman
The Magician and the Maid and Other Stories — Christie Yant
Winter Solstice — Mike Resnick
The Trader and the Slave — Cinda Williams Chima
Cerile and the Journeyer — Adam-Troy Castro
Counting the Shapes — Yoon Ha Lee
Endgame — Lev Grossman
Street Wizard — Simon R. Green
Mommy Issues of the Dead — T. A. Pratt
One Click Banishment — Jeremiah Tolbert
The Ereshkigal Working — Jonathan L. Howard
Feeding the Feral Children — David Farland
The Orange-Tree Sacrifice — Vylar Kaftan
Love is the Spell That Casts Out Fear — Desirina Boskovich
El Regalo — Peter S. Beagle
The Word of Unbinding — Ursula K. Le Guin
The Thirteen Texts of Arthyria — John R. Fultz
The Secret of the Blue Star — Marion Zimmer Bradley

io9 is Really Popular

Wow, I knew io9 was popular, but I guess I didn't realize how popular. In the last ten months, Episode 1 of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy has gotten the most page views of any episode, with just over 5,000, and also a handful of comments. Episode 22, our first to appear on io9, has already gotten 16,000+ page views and almost 100 comments in less than 48 hours. (And a fair number of those comments are even about something other than my annoying chuckle.) I mean, I'm sure it helps that it's George R. R. Martin (who even linked to us from his blog), but still, what a difference.

Geek's Guide to the Galaxy to Interview Jennifer Oullette

Geek's Guide to the Galaxy will be interviewing Jennifer Oullette, author of the books Black Bodies and Quantum Cats: Tales from the Annals of Physics and The Physics of the Buffyverse. Her latest book is called The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse. So if anyone has any questions they'd like us to ask her, feel free to suggest them. When we contacted her (just now), she replied, "I've actually started listening to your podcast since you moved to io9. It's great and I'd be honored to be a guest." Wow. Even more testament to the mojo of io9.

Game, Set, Match by Nana Malone and David Barr Kirtley

So this morning I sent Amazon an email asking if they could add The Way of the Wizard to my Author Central profile, so that people would see it if they search for my books. Amazon wanted a link that verified that I was actually in the book, so I sent them this link to the table of contents. A few hours later I get an email saying that they were able to confirm that I wrote a book called Game, Set, Match, and that I would be showing up soon as one of the authors. Obviously I immediately pressed the "No, this did not solve my problem" button, and explained that I wanted to be added to the John Joseph Adams anthology The Way of the Wizard, and sent the link again, and said that I'd never even heard of any book called Game, Set, Match. Well, a few hours later and I'm now listed as one of the authors of Game, Set, Match. I honestly had no hand in writing this book, so all I can tell you about it is that apparently "you'll want to wait until your significant other is around to read the love scenes. If you love steamy, this book definitely delivers."