Review: Oryx and Crake of The MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood

I recently started listening to the audiobook version of MaddAddam but then stopped after the first disc. I had read Oryx and Crake when it first came out 11 or so years ago (as well as The Year of the Flood when it first came out), and I realized I needed a refresher in MargaretContinue reading “Review: Oryx and Crake of The MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood”

Help Joe Hill help Sci-Fi & Fantasy

An intriguing string of tweets earlier this week: That’s right, after all these years, the “Best American …” series will finally start to showcase the best in Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and you can help guest editor Joe Hill by sending him recommendations for stories via this webpage: http://submissions.johnjosephadams.com/basff/submit/.

‘Angela and the Scar’ called a ‘standout’ tale in ‘Long Hidden’

In case you didn’t know, the anthology of all-new short fiction “Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History” comes out on Friday, May 9, 2014. A review from RT Books says the editors “have assembled some superstar-powered stories,” and then it goes on to point out three “standout tales” out of the 27Continue reading “‘Angela and the Scar’ called a ‘standout’ tale in ‘Long Hidden’”

UPDATE: Mark your calendars: Long Hidden, the anthology, is on its way

UPDATE: Change of date and time (see below) The anthology “Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History,” which includes one of my short stories (“Angela and the Scar”), has a release date: May 9, 2014. Where can you buy the book? Check out the publisher’s page, Crossed Genres. The trade paperback edition isContinue reading “UPDATE: Mark your calendars: Long Hidden, the anthology, is on its way”

In which I get interviewed about my short story ‘The Advanced Ward’

I have a short story in a new anthology of military sci-fi called “Veterans of the Future Wars.” In conjunction with the release of this new book, I was interviewed by the publisher about myself, books, writing and the story behind the story, among other things. After years of being a journalist, it was funContinue reading “In which I get interviewed about my short story ‘The Advanced Ward’”

Review: The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King My rating: 3 of 5 stars The TV show Haven brought me to this tale, which was more of a story about stories — a kind of using fiction to figure out a kind of aesthetic — that makes a clever distinction between stories that are good for theContinue reading “Review: The Colorado Kid by Stephen King”

Review: The Dispossessed

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin My rating: 5 of 5 stars Awesome. Wonderful. Confounding. Clever. Brilliant. A coworker handed me her copy of this great Ursula K. Le Guin novel when she heard that I hadn’t read it yet. The book requires attention, and it wasn’t until I had long stretches of timeContinue reading “Review: The Dispossessed”

New on Goodreads: Veterans of the Future Wars

An anthology of military sci-fi that I am in — Veterans of the Future Wars — has just been added to Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20691034-vfw. If you haven’t already seen it, go check it out today. It is being put together by Martinus Publishing. Here’s what’s cool about the anthology: It’s military sci-fi about veterans, toContinue reading “New on Goodreads: Veterans of the Future Wars”

My latest identity upgrade: ‘Goodreads Author’

I just got this email from Goodreads: Hi Michael, Welcome to the Goodreads Authors program! We have upgraded your profile to an official author account. Your special status as a Goodreads Author gives you greater access to the millions of readers in our Goodreads community—so expect to get to know some passionate book lovers! Here’sContinue reading “My latest identity upgrade: ‘Goodreads Author’”