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The Silence of Six at BEA

PrintWill you be at Book Expo America in NYC next week? On Wednesday, May 27, come by Table 11 from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. and I will sign copies of The Silence of Six!

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This is my first time at BEA, and I’m really excited!

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“We Are the Cloud” is a Finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Award

Last week I learned that my novelette “We Are the Cloud,” originally published in Lightspeed, is a finalist for the incredible Theodore Sturgeon Award… alongside amazing work by writers I adore, like Tananarive Due, Eugie Foster, Daryl Gregory, Ken Liu… and Octavia Butler.

This story owes a profound debt to Octavia Butler’s Mind of My Mind, my favorite science fiction novel ever, so for it to be nominated up against a story by her for a prestigious award is totally messing with my emotions. I’m honored, and humbled.

Source Article from http://samjmiller.com/we-are-the-cloud-is-a-finalist-for-the-theodore-sturgeon-award/

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Review of “The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies”

cw_104_700I received this nice review of my story “The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies” in the latest Clarkesworld Magazine​ from Charles Payseur at Quick Sip Reviews: “A powerful story about generational abuse and release and the dream of freedom, this story does a lot of things right. The setting is incredibly original and imaginative, the world of Aya, the main character, one of near abstraction, where Gardeners care to plants that are entire realms, entire universes… It’s a great story, the characters not humanoid but their tendencies definitely human-like. It’s just the sort of science fiction that I love, full of interesting ideas and yet grounded in the idea that people are capable of doing better, capable of being better. Indeed!” 

The full review is available here.

Source Article from http://www.matthewkressel.net/2015/05/12/review-of-the-garden-beyond-her-infinite-skies/

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Podcast of “Forgotten” Online at Toasted Cake

toasted-cake-podcast-logo-thumb-120x120-162Toasted Cake has published a podcast of my flash fiction piece “Forgotten”. Tina Connolly does a wonderful job with the reading. You can give it a listen HERE.


Source Article from http://www.devinjpoore.com/blog/?p=1501

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“Demon in Aisle 6”

I’m happy to announce I’ve sold a new story, “Demon in Aisle 6,” to Nightmare Magazine. The story is about a high school kid who begins seeing a demon in the aisle of a mega mart where he works after his close friend dies. It’s my first story in Nighmare Magazine and my first horror story in a long while. Happy to have it appear there. According to managing editor Wendy Wagner, my story will appear there in the October issue, which is great because that’s also the same month that King of Shards debuts.

Source Article from http://www.matthewkressel.net/2015/05/11/demon-in-aisle-6/

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Albacon Schedule

I’ll be headed up to Albany this weekend for Albacon. There will be readings! And panels! And general con cheer! Looking forward to a fun weekend talking books! My schedule follows:

Saturday, 10:00 AM — Reading with Mercurio D. Rivera (not sure who will be reading first, but we both have 30 minutes. I may do voices for Mercurio’s story.)

Saturday, 4:00 PM, Troy, “Social Media” — Kressel, Lafferty*, Laity, Shvartsman (no description online yet, but I believe this panel is about using social media for promotion.)

Saturday, 5:00 PM, Troy, “How Others View Us” — Frederick*, Grant, Kressel, Rivera, Kauderer (they hate us! they despise us! they—who are “they”?)

Sunday, 12:00 PM, Troy, “Novel Craft – great plotting & effective world-building” — Doyle, Kressel, Macdonald*, Stine (looking forward to this one!)

Hope to see all you shiny folks there!

 

Source Article from http://www.matthewkressel.net/2015/05/07/albacon-schedule/

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Carmen Maria Machado Astride Her War Triceratops

I made this illustration for Carmen Maria Machado, my Clarion sister and BFF and fellow Nebula nominee and one of the most exciting brilliant subversive new writers out there!

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Source Article from http://samjmiller.com/carmen-maria-machado-astride-her-war-triceratops/

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“The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies” published in Clarkesworld

cw_104_700My story “The Garden Beyond Her Infinite Skies” is out in this month’s Clarkesworld Magazine. It’s a story about generational abuse, repression, and farmers of universes. The first commenter on the story said it would make an excellent graphic novel, and I couldn’t agree more!

There’s also a podcast of the story by the fabulous Kate Baker.

Source Article from http://www.matthewkressel.net/2015/05/02/the-garden-beyond-her-infinite-skies-published-in-clarkesworld/

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A Weekend in Providence

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of speaking to Kenneth Schneyer’s Science Fiction Lit class at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. His students had read my Nebula-nominated story “The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye” for class and had discussed it prior to my visit. I spoke a bit about my path into writing and some of the adventures I’d had along the way, like my early class with Alice K. Turner, the formation of Sybil’s Garage, how I ended up publishing Paper Cities, which went on to win the World Fantasy Award. I spoke about how I became the co-host of Fantastic Fiction at KGB and how I became a member of Altered Fluid.

The students were great and very engaged, and they asked a lot of interesting questions. Here are a couple of shots of me speaking to the class.

Guest speaker action shot.

Guest speaker action shot.

Action shot #2. Notice the expression!

Action shot #2. Notice the expression! (And the sweater has come off; he must be serious!)

Ken & Me outside the classrooms.

Ken & Me outside the classrooms

Christine and I stayed at the Christopher Dodge House, and old Bed and Breakfast just northwest of downtown. I chose our room because it had this little writing nook (and readers of this blog know how much I love finding great writing spots), where I worked on a new story in the mornings while the windows beaded with rain and I looked out at Providence’s many-gabled roofs across the street.

My little writing nook at the B&B

My little writing nook at the B&B

Here’s a photo of me outside the B&B right before we headed over to the university.

Yours squinty

Yours squinty

We spent the rest of the long weekend exploring Providence, which we’d never visited before. The first day we wandered down Benefit street with no particular plan. The sky was bleak and gray, and the air held a sharp chill. A thick fog hung over the streets, dropping beads of moisture on everything. It was the perfect weather to explore Providence’s old buildings and graveyards, places where both Poe and Lovecraft once haunted. 

A building on Benefit Street

A building on Benefit Street

The Court B&B, rumored to be haunted

The Old Court B&B, rumored to be haunted. Would you sleep here?

Ye olde armory

Ye olde armory

A student center and cafe for RISD students

A student center and cafe for RISD students

On Benefit Street

On Benefit Street

Some old colonials off of Benefit Street

Some old colonials off of Benefit Street

Outside an Art Gallery that Lovecraft used to visit

Outside an Art Gallery that Lovecraft used to visit

So Chris and I began walking up this hill, and the crows were circling overhead, hundreds of them (seriously) cackling madly, and it was getting late in the day and there was no one around, and both of us started to get a little creeped out. And of course my reaction was, “Let’s get closer and check it out.” These pics are the result of that. I should have taken a video, just so you could hear the crows, but if you look carefully, you can see them in the photos. Perhaps you can imagine them cackling as we walked under this cold spring sky.

The creepy building on the hill

The creepy building on the hill

The crows, waiting

The crows, waiting

More crows

More crows

We walked around a bit more and I took some photos of the interesting buildings along the street.

An enormous old church, quiet as we passed

An enormous old church, quiet as we passed

Another colonial

Another colonial

Looking through the shrubbery

Looking through the shrubbery

The next day was quite a bit sunnier and warmer, and we explored Providence a bit more. I’m glad we did, because I got to visit the Athenaeum, an old public library where Poe supposedly met his wife. It was mostly filled with RISD students, but the library still had this air of mystery and antiquity to it. I imagined I might find some ancient tome here that could unlock the gates to bizarre dimensions beyond human ken. Or something.

The Athenaeum exterior

The Athenaeum exterior

Inside the library

Inside the library

The bust of H.P. Lovecraft

The bust of H.P. Lovecraft

View from a studying nook on the second floor

View from a studying nook on the second floor

View from the second floor

View from the second floor

A chair in the back, facing a thicket

A chair in the back, facing a thicket

Overall, Providence was a lovely city and I’d visit again in a heartbeat. I’ve heard the winters are hellacious, but part of me wishes to find a cozy writing nook somewhere in one of those old colonials, or perhaps inside the Athenaeum, and spend one winter hibernating and writing, writing and hibernating, until I emerge in the spring, much thinner, long of beard, and with a completed manuscript.

Source Article from http://www.matthewkressel.net/2015/04/28/a-weekend-in-providence/

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Ben Flies Again

Just a reminder that tomorrow is my Reddit AMA starting at 7PM EST. For those who don’t know, AMA stands for Ask Me Anything and that’s what I’ll be doing. If you want to ask me something, just log onto the site and ask away. The site address is: http://www.reddit.com/r/books

Of course the question I’ve been asked most since the release of Falling Sky happens to be, “Will there be a sequel?” Now that contracts have been signed, I can say definitively that yes, there will be a sequel. Pyr has bought a follow-up to Falling Sky continuing the story of Ben and his companions in their post-apocalyptic future. The sequel is currently called Rising Tide and will hopefully throw readers some thrills and surprises.

I still have to turn in the completed manuscript so no release date yet but I will update here and on social media as soon as there is one.

I’m excited to continue the story of Ben Gold and I hope you’ll be excited to read it.

Source Article from http://www.rajankhanna.com/2015/02/18/ben-flies-again/

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