Thursday, June 4, 2015

Novel sale, Nebula nomination (2015 update)

It's been almost a year since my last update, so here's quick recap of news from the last year:

First, I sold a book. Here's the announcement I made at the time:

I've sold a book!!!! SALSA FOR FIDEL, a YA novel set in Cuba, will be published by Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins) in 2016. For those people in my life who don't know, this is my first US novel and something I've been hoping to achieve for many, many years. The book is the story of two kids who go to Cuba for dance and romance but discover that reality isn't quite the Havana Nights fantasy they had in mind.

Thanks to everyone who has helped me with this one -- my agent Ammi-Joan Paquette, my new editor Ben Rosenthal, and my many test readers in Cuba, the States, Latvia and elsewhere! Extra thanks to all my friends, hosts, acquaintances and chance connections from Pinar del Rio to Havana, to Cienfuegos and Trinidad and Camag├╝ey, and Santiago de Cuba over the past few years -- this book wouldn't exist without you. I've done my best to be true to your beautiful land and I hope you will enjoy the result.

Thanks also to the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa -- I wrote half of this book while enjoying their fine hospitality.

And finally, of course, thanks to all the dancers in my life. . . to casineros everywhere!

Second, my novelette "The Magician and Laplace's Demon" was nominated for a Nebula Award. You can go read it here. The story will also appear in a number of foreign languages, and has been selected for inclusion in Rich Horton's Year's Best and Allan Kaster's Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction. 
Third, I've been busy working on a variety of new writing projects, as well as teaching business classes and speaking at various conferences as part of my day job. I save my writing energy for new fiction these days, so social media and blog updates are scarce. That said, if you'd like to keep up with me, the easiest way is to follow me on Facebook.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

What Giant Robots Teach Us About Life -- TEDxRiga

Last week I did a talk at TEDxRiga called "What Giant Robots Teach Us About Life". It's about the intersections of life and fiction, with dashes of SF, Wall Street and other diversions. Watch it here.
 

In the meantime, I maintain my radio silence. Recently I've been focusing on writing novels -- of which a couple are ready for submission, and one more is about to be finished. My other project these days is Academia DeCubaSon, a dance school in Riga which I helped found earlier this year.

Life is good. More here when I have something writing-related to report!

Friday, February 22, 2013

"Fragmentation" up for a Nebula

Very happy to report my short story "Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes", from April's Clarkesworld, has been nominated for a Nebula Award. Thanks to everyone who helped with this story, to Clarkesworld for publishing it (and Kate Baker for reading the audio version), and to all the readers who found it worthy. I'm thrilled.

This blog post is brief as I'm currently in Cuba, where internet is scarce.

Here's the story if you haven't had a chance to read it yet.

Friday, November 23, 2012

"A Well-Adjusted Man" out in Lightspeed

My story "A Well-Adjusted Man" is now out in Lightspeed Magazine.

Blurb: In the near future, police cope with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder by reliving their trauma and erasing their original memories. Sometimes this works better than expected. . .

The story draws heavily on my experiences at the RMCAT self-defense and firearms course, as well as on research into adrenaline, memory formation and PTSD. I talk about the ideas behind the story in the author interview accompanying the piece.