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Recent Writing News


As most readers of this site know, I've been writing for George RR Martin's WILD CARDS project since the very beginning way back in 1986, with appreances (as of August 2016) in 17 of the 23 volumes (HIGH STAKES, the 23rd book in the series, will be launched at MidAmeriCon II late August, and yes, I'm one of the writers in that mosaic novel).

However, the Big News is that Wild Cards will be coming to your home screens in a year or two -- at least it appears so. I'll quote George from his own blog:

Universal Cable Productions (UCP) has acquired the rights to adapt our long-running Wild Cards series of anthologies and mosaic novels for television. Development will begin immediately on what we hope will be the first of several interlocking series. Melinda M. Snodgrass, my assistant editor and right-hand man on Wild Cards since its inception, the creator of Dr. Tachyon, Double Helix, and Franny Black, and a seasoned television writer/ producer whose credits include STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION ("Measure of a Man"), REASONABLE DOUBTS, THE PROFILER, and STAR COMMAND, is attached as an executive producer on the project, together with Gregory Noveck of RED, Slow Learner, and SyFy Films

UCP creates innovative and critically acclaimed television and digital content across various media platforms for domestic and international distribution. Their programming can be seen across numerous networks and channels across the world, and includes the Golden Globe and Peabody award-winning drama MR. ROBOT, the exciting new SF series COLONY, PLAYING HOUSE, ROYAL PAINS, and SUITS on the USA Network; Lev Grossman's brilliant THE MAGICIANS, 12 MONKEYS, and KILLJOYS on SyFY; GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO DIVORCE on Bravo; THE ROYALS on E!; and DIFFICULT PEOPLE on Hulu. UCP's content library includes such fan favorites such as the Emmy-award winning MONK, PYSCH, and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Follow them at @UCPisTV)

I'm very exxcited at the thought of seeing some of my characters coming to life in the series! Melinda and Gregory will do us proud, I'm certain.


Will be published on July 4, 2017. Go grab it for your summer read!


I suspect some of you  have already indulged in CROW -- and if you have, and if you liked the book, why not share that feeling?  Write a review on Amazon or B&N or on Facebook or your blog.  Let people know about the book!  After all, word of mouth is the most effective sales tool.

BUT... if you haven't, CROW is now out in mass market paperback form (and a cheaper e-book version ) as of March, 2016.  The cover remains the same.  

Go read it!


As I said above, I'm one of the writers in the forthcoming "Wild Cards" book HIGH STAKES -- a full mosaic novel which has been finished and handed in to Tor Books.  It's pubication date is August, 2016.  I'm looking forward to reading this one, since -- as a 'mosaic novel' -- I wrote all the sections with my viewpoint character (Barbara Baden, or "Babel"), and have read the scenes where Babel has interaction with the other characters to give my approval of how she was used, but that means that are still large sections of the book I've yet to read, so I'll be looking forward to seeing how George and Melinda managed to cut-and-paste it all together.  Should be a great read, from the partst I have seen!


MISSISSIPPI ROLL will be the next book in the long-running WILD CARDS series, and I've written the interstitial material for the book. MISSISSIPPI ROLL is set on a supposedly haunted steamboat on the Mississippi -- and will be released by Tor Books in December of 2017!


... and it will be coming along. I just can't talk about it yet.

Upcoming Appearances


Free Stuff!

Here's a audio version of a story of mine. "You, by Anonymous" appeared in I, Alien, edited by Mike Resnick, and has been reprinted in Rich Horton's Best SF of 2006 as well. I put together this recording of me reading the story here in the office (with a few sound effects). I offer it here for your listening pleasure. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.

There are lots of free sample chapters to read. Here's a sampling: THE WOODS, A MAGIC OF TWILIGHT (Nessantico #1), A MAGIC OF NIGHTFALL (Nessantico #2), A MAGIC OF DAWN (Nessantico #3), HOLDER OF LIGHTNING (Cloudmages #1), MAGE OF CLOUDS (Cloudmages 21), HEIR OF STONE (Cloudmages #3), DARK WATER'S EMBRACE (Mictlan #1), SPEAKING STONES (Mictlan #2). There are others as well. Look around and you'll find 'em. There is a ton of material on the ON WRITING page...