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Eat, Meet, GEEK

I just accepted an invitation to speak at the Eat, Meet, GEEK meetup group’s monthly meeting/dinner in Los Angeles on April 25.

Here’s a little blurb describing the group:

A monthly meeting of the best and brightest in the LA Art Scene. Whether you do VFX, comic books, act, write, or stand on your head, you don’t want to miss out on this dinner. We come together on the last Thursday of every month to catch up on news, meet fellow professionals, find work, hear our speaker and eat!

Info about my event in particular is here. Anyone is welcome to attend. They ask for a $5 fee to help cover the cost of their speakers.

If you’re in the LA area and you’re free, come check it out!

ROBOT UPRISINGS is now on sale!

ROBOT UPRISINGS, my new anthology co-edited with Daniel H. Wilson, is now on sale! You can learn more on the ROBOT UPRISINGS website, including where you can buy the book.

Robot Uprisings


Humans beware. As the robotic revolution continues to creep into our lives, it brings with it an impending sense of doom. What horrifying scenarios might unfold if our technology were to go awry? From self-aware robotic toys to intelligent machines violently malfunctioning, this anthology brings to life the half-formed questions and fears we all have about the increasing presence of robots in our lives. With contributions from a mix of bestselling, award-winning, and up-and-coming writers, and including a rare story by “the father of artificial intelligence,” Dr. John McCarthy, Robot Uprisings meticulously describes the exhilarating and terrifying near-future in which humans can only survive by being cleverer than the rebellious machines they have created.


  • Foreword—Daniel H. Wilson
  • Complex God—Scott Sigler
  • Cycles—Charles Yu
  • Lullaby—Anna North
  • Eighty Miles an Hour All the Way to Paradise—Genevieve Valentine
  • Executable—Hugh Howey (reprint)
  • The Omnibot Incident—Ernest Cline
  • Epoch—Cory Doctorow (reprint)
  • Human Intelligence—Jeff Abbott
  • The Golden Hour—Julianna Baggott
  • Sleepover—Alastair Reynolds (reprint)
  • Seasoning—Alan Dean Foster
  • Nanonauts! In Battle with Tiny Death-subs!—Ian McDonald
  • Of Dying Heroes and Deathless Deeds—Robin Wasserman
  • The Robot and the Baby—John McCarthy (reprint)
  • We are All Misfit Toys in the Aftermath of the Velveteen War—Seanan McGuire
  • Spider the Artist—Nnedi Okorafor (reprint)
  • Small Things—Daniel H. Wilson



I’m doing an “Ask Me Anything” interview on Reddit today

If you’ve got any questions you’ve been dying to ask me, pop on over to Reddit today and leave a question there for me to answer. Since it’s called an “Ask Me Anything” interview, you can ask me whatever you want, even if it’s just about whether or not I like pie.

The AMA is located at

My Military Fantasy Anthology Has a Title: OPERATION ARCANA

You may recall back in December I announced a title contest for my military fantasy anthology, which will be published in early 2015 by Baen Books. Well, the contest is now over, and all the entries have been duly considered, and we’ve decided on a title: OPERATION ARCANA.

The lucky winner who suggested OPERATION ARCANA is J.P. Behrens. Honorable Mention goes to Steven Howell for his suggestion of RUNES OF ENGAGEMENT. (And he almost had the same suggestion as the winner, with ARMS & ARCANA.)

So a big thanks to J.P. and Steven, and to all of the 150+ folks who made suggestions. (Since you could submit up to five titles, in total there were more than 700 entries!)

I’ll be clear to announce the full table of contents in about a month or so. Stay tuned!


New Anthology Sale: PRESS START TO PLAY Sold to Vintage Books


Exciting news! I just sold a new anthology to Vintage Books, again in collaboration with Daniel H. Wilson (with whom I co-edited ROBOT UPRISINGS, which is due out April 8).


Video games are a multi-billion dollar a year industry that has outpaced movies and books combined. The humble, pixelated games of the ‘70s and ‘80s have evolved into the vivid, realistic, and immersive form of entertainment that now rivals all other forms of media for dominance in the consumer marketplace. For many, video games have become the cultural icons around which pop culture revolves.

PRESS START TO PLAY is an anthology of stories inspired by video games: stories that attempt to recreate the feel of a video game in prose form; stories that play with the concepts common (or exclusive) to video games; and stories about the creation of video games and/or about the video games—or the gamers—themselves.

These stories will appeal to anyone who has interacted with games, from hardcore teenaged fanatics, to men and women who game after their children have gone to bed, to your well-meaning aunt who won’t stop inviting you to join her farm-based Facebook games.

At the helm of this project are Daniel H. Wilson—bestselling novelist and expert in artificial intelligence—and John Joseph Adams—bestselling, Hugo Award-nominated editor of more than a dozen science fiction/fantasy anthologies and series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy (volume one forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin in 2015). Together, they have drawn on their wide-ranging contacts to assemble an incredibly talented group of authors who are eager to attack the topic of video games from startling and fascinating angles.

Under the direction of an A.I. specialist and a veteran editor, the anthology will expose readers to a strategically chosen mix of stories that explore novel video game concepts in prose narratives, such as save points, kill screens, gold-farming, respawning, first-person shooters, unlocking achievements, and getting “pwned.” Likewise, each of our authors is an accomplished specialist in areas such as science fiction, fantasy, and techno-thrillers, and many have experience writing for video games professionally.

Combining unique viewpoints and exacting realism, this anthology promises to thrill generations of readers, from those who grew up with Atari 2600s to the console and PC gamers of today.

PUBLISHER: Vintage Books

THE END IS NIGH is Now On Sale!

THE END IS NIGH, volume one of THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH series I’m co-editing (and publishing) with Hugh Howey, is now on sale!

Pop on over to THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH website to check out the (TOTALLY AWESOME) table of contents, which includes all-new, never-before-published stories by Hugh Howey, Paolo Bacigalupi, Seanan McGuire, Charlie Jane Anders, Scott Sigler, Nancy Kress, Ben H. Winters, Tananarive Due, Robin Wasserman, and many more!

The End is Nigh

Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy

I’m delighted to announce that I have agreed to serve as the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, a new entry in the prestigious Best American Series® published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Our inaugural guest editor will be bestselling author and all-around swell guy Joe Hill. The first volume will be published in October 2015, collecting the best of 2014. [press release]

To help ensure that I don’t miss anything great, I am currently, and will be for the foreseeable future, accepting reader recommendations. I am also open to writers submitting their stories directly, and, in fact, would encourage writers to do so to help ensure I see everything.

To learn more about the series, including how to submit a story or recommendation, and what is eligible, please visit , visit


THE END IS NIGH is Now Available for Pre-Order!

THE END IS NIGH, volume one of THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH series I’m co-editing (and publishing) with Hugh Howey, is now available for pre-order. It goes on sale March 1. (We were originally going to publish it in June, but we finished it early, so…MARCH IT IS!)

Pop on over to THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH website to check out the (TOTALLY AWESOME) table of contents.

The End is Nigh



Cover & TOC Reveal: WASTELANDS 2

Here’s the cover, a description (not final cover copy), and table of contents for WASTELANDS 2. You may recall that it was originally going to come out from Night Shade in 2013, but that deal fell through, and so now it’s forthcoming in February 2015, from Titan Books. It should be available for pre-order soon.

(If you see the old Night Shade listing online, don’t try to pre-order that edition; no harm done if you do, but it’s wasted effort as that should be removed from all databases soon and all those orders will be cancelled.)

In any case, without further adieu…

Wastelands 2


World Fantasy Awards Nomination Period Now Open + Free Stuff for World Fantasy Members

This year’s World Fantasy Awards nomination period is now open.

The World Fantasy Awards will be presented in Washington, D.C. during the World Fantasy Convention (Nov. 6-9). Deadline for nominating is and ballots must be received by May 31, 2014.

All registered members of the 2012 World Fantasy Convention in California, the 2013 World Fantasy Convention in Canada, and the 2014 event in Washington, D.C. will be eligible to vote before the deadline. If you didn’t attend one of the previously mentioned World Fantasy conventions, and you don’t plan to attend this year, you can still nominate by purchasing a supporting membership.

Already registered? Go and nominate your favorite works! Voting information is available on the World Fantasy Convention 2013 website.

To assist you in finding material to nominate, I’ve assembled this post to list everything that I worked on in 2013.

  • All of Lightspeed‘s original fiction from 2013 is available online (and also much of the 2013 original fiction is available as a podcast).
  • All of Nightmare‘s original fiction from 2013 is available online (and also much of the 2013 original fiction is available as a podcast).
  • Selected stories from Oz Reimagined are available online.
  • Selected stories from The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination are available online.

If you are planning and eligible to vote for the World Fantasy Awards this year, if you email me proof of your World Fantasy membership (i.e., your name is listed on the World Fantasy website as an attending member, or the email confirmation or receipt you received when you purchased your membership, etc.) I would be happy to make all of my 2013 content available to you in digital format.

After the jump, you’ll find all of the 2013 eligible stories/authors that either appeared in Lightspeed or Nightmare, or in projects I’m otherwise affiliated with.