Robert Jackson Bennett is a two-time award winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, an Edgar Award winner for Best Paperback Original, and is also the 2010 recipient of the Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, and a Philip K Dick Award Citation of Excellence. His fifth novel, City of Stairs, is in stores now.
He lives in Austin with his wife and son. He can be found on Twitter at @robertjbennett.
Long, super wonky blog post coming. Be forewarned.
I. The Proposition
Uber and Lyft – ridesharing companies – and the city of Austin have been having fights for a long time.
Ridesharing companies, if you’re unaware, are app companies in which private users download the app, become “contractor” drivers for the app company, and the app then connects the contractor driver with people who need a ride.
The problem the city of Austin has is that ridesharing companies
There are a hell of a lot of thinkpieces going up right now on Trump, and Sanders, and Cruz, and Hillary.
This isn’t one of those. I’m going to do my best to avoid mentioning those names.
There’s a lot of talk going on right now about ruling elites, about inequality, about corporate interests and super PACs. What’s pervasive right now is this concept of a giant, moneyed conspiracy oppressing the common American, stamping out opportunity and trying to throttle progress while it
So a while back I did a post on the sort of music I listened to while writing CITY OF STAIRS. I called it a “soundscape” because I guess I’m a 19 year old art student or something, I don’t know. But anyways, I thought I’d go ahead and do one of these for CITY OF BLADES, because that’s another book where I used very specific songs and moods to help me get inside scenes and write my way out of them.
Probably the biggest change here is that instead of a lot of Russian classical composers
I’m doing an extremely fun project with artist Chanh Quach – she’ll be creating images of the cast of THE DIVINE CITIES series! And for our first installment, here’s General Turyin Mulaghesh, protagonist of CITY OF BLADES!
Next is Ashara (or just “Shara” to her friends) Komayd, protagonist of CITY OF STAIRS!
More will be coming out in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned! I’ll keep updating this post with recent arrivals.
UPDATE: Pretty pleased to show you the next two – S
So man. It’s been, like, a while since I finished this sucker – literally almost a year since I was pretty much done with it – but hey, the time is here, the time is now, it’s party time, and let’s get ready for this.
That’s right, folks. CITY OF BLADES is coming out tomorrow.
(It looks like this.)
OR, if you’re in the UK, it looks like this:
You should buy it because I’m me, the guy who is writing this, and also wrote these, both of them, right up above here.
I’ll be at the upcoming ConFusion convention in Detroit later this month, January 21-24. If you’d like to come by and see me, my schedule is as follows:
Friday 6:00:00 PM SFF Debates 2016! Six of your favorite SFF personalities debate the issues of our time in this live debate, moderated by Robert Jackson Bennett. Diana Rowland, John Scalzi, Wesley Chu, Delilah S. Dawson, Robert Jackson Bennett (M), Mark Oshiro, Brent Weeks
Friday 7:00:00 PM Pitch Me Your Elev
I finished CITY OF MIRACLES last night, the third and last installment in the DIVINE CITIES series – preceded, as I’m sure (or at least hope) you’re aware, by CITY OF STAIRS and CITY OF BLADES (which I am legally obligated to say will be out January 26).
It’s a weird feeling. Finishing a book is one thing, but finishing a series is another. It’s a little like moving out of a house you’ve lived in for a long time. One book is a house you build. A series is one you have to stay inside f
I recently read an interesting essay by M. John Harrison about the damaging value of worldbuilding in fiction – specifically SFF fiction. You can read the whole essay here, but the important quotes are:
Every moment of a science fiction story must represent the triumph of writing over worldbuilding.
Worldbuilding is dull. Worldbuilding literalises the urge to invent. Worldbuilding gives an unneccessary permission for acts of writing (indeed, for acts of reading). Worldbuilding
I’m pretty sure that everyone’s sick of me talking about television and story – but I’m not! And I’m here to prove that I never will be, ever, and just like the Judge at the end of Blood Meridian, I will forever be talking about television too much, forever and ever.
Anyways, here are my various hitjobs on:
Hannibal (which I originally really liked, but eventually had problems with)
The Legend of Korra
Korra, the character hersel
When I sat down to watch the new Marvel show Jessica Jones, I was incredibly excited. It had everything I wanted in a television show.
A cynical superhero working as a PI? Awesome. I love mystery formats in my genre. That’s my thang.
The promise of exploring such heady social topics as PTSD, surviving abuse, and misogyny? Great. I love when superhero stories examine human failings, especially ones as important as this.
And also it had terrific actors. Krysten