ELIZABETH BEAR was the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2005. She has won two Hugo Awards for her short fiction, a Sturgeon Award, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Bear lives in Brookfield, Massachusetts.
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I just finished and handed in a draft of "Perfect Gun," a mil-SF short story about a boy and his war machine. And I got word that Stone Mad, which is the final title for the novella formerly called Rook and Ruin, has been accepted with its revisions.Details soon.
Subscribed Patrons can read a snippet of the new story here.
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Over the next ten days, under the auspices of Slate, Héctor Tobar, Ben H. Winters, Nisi Shawl, Saladin Ahmed, Lauren Beukes, Jeff VanderMeer, Kashana Cauley, J. Robert Lennon, Edan Lepucki, and I will present a series of short, sharp investigations of what the near future in America might bring.
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THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A NARRATIVE, PART III
11) But what if I want to write a tragedy?
Well then. Let’s look at Unforgiven, shall we? I’m not going to go into the whole damned movie, because this is already four thousand words long. But it serves as a good example of catharsis through the denial of character growth. It’s a tragedy, and it leaves that haunted, achy feeling behind th
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THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A NARRATIVE, PART II
7) The road winds ever on.
Then there are the really long stories. These tend to have the picaresque, episodic, or epic structures.
Picaresque is a series of events which are unconnected to one another, and in which each event does not have any effect on following events. Picture the classic episodic television shows of the era
The following is a version of the lecture on how to plot a story that I gave versions of every year at Viable Paradise from 2008 to 2013, to one each Clarion and Clarion West classes, and also once at Odyssey.
I’m retiring it now and putting it here, where it can serve both as resource material for future incoming VP classes and as an example of the sort of thing we talk about while we’re there.
This lecture assumes that the reader has some basic competence with narrative, and i
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Freshly-published debut author.
Get off tumblr, stop worrying about what people think, and go write your next book.
Okay look, I'm not saying that one should not consider thoughtful criticism of one's work, or that one should isolate one's self from the community. I'm not saying that criticism has no value. I'm not saying be an inconsiderate asshole.
Don't be an inconsiderate asshole. Or try not to: we all fail that one
Above, a photo of three adolescent kittens. Please ignore the background clutter: it's an actual picture of my actual bedroom 30 seconds ago, unretouched except for a little color correction, complete with the clean sheets I didn't manage to get on the bed yesterday.
The goofy tuxedo cleaning his toes is Duncan; the elegant blue blending into my robe is Gurney. They're littermates.
Here is the text of the emails I just sent to my U.S. Senators, Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey,
I grant the right under Creative Commons for anyone who wishes to repurpose this text for their own use when contacting their elected representative.
Dear Senator Warren,In light of recent allegations and ongoing concern about foreign meddling in the U.S. Electoral process, and in light of concerns that President-Elect Trump may, in effect, be influenced by a foreig
INT: BEDROOM: 8:00 AM MONKEY rolls over and yawns, hugging a pillow.
ENTER SEMI-FERAL NINJA PRINCESS QUEEN EXILED FROM BEYOND THE MIRROR DIMENSION, slowly sidling up the bed toward the visible hand. She flops down about 18 inches away from the monkey, back to her for plausible deniability, and headbutts the monkey's hand.
Karen woke me up at 5:45 this morning in order to write down two pages of draft introducing a villain and including the sentence, "Managing a person as needs managed is like managing a horse with no manners."
So I wrote 500 good words before dawn this morning, and feel like Hemingway. Of course, it was 500 words of a book that's not under contract, when I have four unfinished books that are.
A thin, dry snow is falling, and it's time to wake up now, and c
My muse is apparently back from a long vacation and feeling a little manic and eager to get back to work.
And it's really nice to have my creativity suddenly flooding back, and be so full of ideas and bits of dialogue and stuff just being handed to me, after literally years of having to go out, as Jack London said, and get it with a club.
But I do kind of wish she'd stop being quite so "LOOK IMMA LET YOU FINISH THE ACTUAL WORK YOU NEED TO DO TO PAY THE MORTGAGE B