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[sticky post]Laura Anne's Almost Inevitably Incomplete* Bibliography!
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Welcome! This entry is for newcomers wondering 'who is this Gilman person, anyway,' and a reminder to the old hands about what's forthcoming and already-written.

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So much STUFF to talk about! But first, a Disaster....
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Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in a series of really EPIC disasters - from a safe reading distance? Of course you have.

And the folk at Storybundle heard you....

Every time you turn on the news, you see a different possibility for how the world might end—and imminently! Climate change, Ebola, asteroid impact, nuclear war...zombie apocalypse. How will you prepare? How will you save your family? How will you help save the world for your children and future generations? Obviously, the best preparation is to read up on every possible disaster scenario. That's where The Disasters Bundle comes in.

One of our favorite curators, Kevin J. Anderson, has put together a new bundle of 11 epic disaster novels that cover the gamut of What Can Go Wrong. Think of it as 50 Shades of Doom. But these aren't just tales of disaster...but tales of heroism, persistence, ingenuity, and survival. These are truly the best things to read while you're huddled underground in your bomb shelter (or just in your living room, in the meantime)....







Pay what you think's fair - pay $15 or more, and get FIVE bonus books!  The money goes directly to the authors (with a chunk to Storybundle, so they can continue the good work).  No DRM. No tricks.

And you'll be getting one of the projects I'm most proud of - the darkly SFnal DRAGON VIRUS.

But you only have 21 days to score the bundle!

Sasquan, Friday-Through-Sunday
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Yeah, I know, I shouldn't even TRY to liveblog conventions. It never ends well.

So.

The big news of Sasquan was NOT the Puppies (probably to their everlasting hurt) but the fires raging, turning the sky thick with ash and prompting Dire Warnings about air quality. For a while there, Spokane beat out Beijing for the Worst Air in the World. Then it cleared up a bit on Saturday, but many people were wearing facemaks, and using scarves to filter when they had to go outside.

The Book View Cafe party for GoH Vonda McIntyre was packed, and the cake was delish, and the wine was consumed, and we didn't get shut down by hotel security until things were starting to wind down anyway. :-)

My panels went well, my reading was decently-attended for the hour, and I got the hoped for "5 second audience hush" after reading my bit from SILVER ON THE ROAD, and the gasp of "no fair cliffhanger!" for the excerpt from THE WORK OF HUNTERS. And my kaffeklatch was full-up, including someone who said she'd been to my first 'klatch back in 2005, too, and they all seemed quite interested in SILVER/The Devil's West. So I call all that a success.

And then the Hugos happened. I observed from a safe distance (the hotel bar, via livestream and Twitter). The votes tell the story: the Puppy agenda was rejected, some awesome people deservedly won, including Laura Mixon for Best Fan Writer, for blogging about in-community abuses, and Wes Chu winning the Campbell for best new professional writer.

And now I am home, and holy shit this week's busy. *eeeks a little*
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Sasquan, Thursday
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Made it to Sasquan safely, and - as per usual - spent most of the afternoon trying to get from point A to point B without meeting a dozen people along the way I had to stop and say hi to.

The fires are a thing on most peoples' mind - how can it not, with the smoke clotting the sky, and turning the sun and moon both reddish? - but it's not slowing the pace of events.

The autographing went quite well - got to hang out with Fran Wilde, while signing a lovely number of books from my varied publishing past (not so many of the PSI books, but a LOT of Retrievers and a metric load of Vineart War, plus a number of anthologies). And I gave out many nifty new bookmarks, and people got to fondle the galley of SILVER ON THE ROAD.

Then it was on to the Horror/Paranormal panel, where things occasionally threatened to derail into sidebar issues, but our moderator brought things back more or less on track.

And then the usual dinner with Lawrence M. Schoen and Valerie Green Schoen, Howard Tayler, Barbara Ferrer, and Gail Carriger at a place so good we turned around and made another reservation for Saturday night.

And then bar-time until we realized that we'd been awake since 5:30 and maybe it was time to fall over...

Today has another mix of social and work and social work, and then the Book View Cafe party! If you're at Sasquan, find me for more info!
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Sassssqaaaaaaaaaaaaaan! (AKA My WorldCon Schedule)
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When you absolutely, positively have to find me at Sasquan (WorldCon), here's how you do it.

In addtion to putting in my hours as part of the Writing Workshop I will be doing the following Fabulous Items:


Autographing
(Ann Chamberlin, Laura Anne Gilman, Kay Kenyon, Mike Resnick, Shanna Swendson, Fran Wilde)
Thursday 15:00 - 15:45, Exhibit Hall B (CC)

(for those of you who also like mysteries, I will happily sign L.A. Kornetsky's work, as well).


Horror/Paranormal: What's New
Thursday 17:00 - 17:45, Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree)
Found anything scary...or scary and somehow, well, romantic? A look at current paranormal writing, trends for the future and is the current spate of horror & paranormal on TV helping or hurting the genre?

Joshua Bilmes, Nick Mamatas, Christie Meierz, Laura Anne Gilman

Building a Better Tomorrow
Friday 15:00 - 15:45, 302AB (CC)

Young adult science fiction is thriving, presenting an array of possible futures for humanity. While YA SF seems to be taking off, many of those stories feature dark futures. Why might teens be drawn to these types of settings that feature dystopic settings? Will there be a brighter or better tomorrow for us?
Laura Anne Gilman (M) , Paolo Bacigalupi , Troy Bucher, Dan Wells

(as moderator if you have anything you want brought up, I'm the person to ask.  Leave your Qs in the comments)


Reading - Laura Anne Gilman
Saturday 10:30 - 11:00, 303B (CC)

Twenty minutes of Sneak Peak at what I'm working on now.... (yes, this means both The Devil's West AND Sylvan Investigatons!)


KaffeeKlatche - Laura Anne Gilman
Saturday 14:00 - 14:45, 202B-KK3 (CC)
Join a panelist and up to 9 other fans for a small discussion/AMA.

(I will have Goodies for anyone who shows up.  Limited edition goodies, even, maybe...)


Stroll with the Stars
Sunday 09:00 - 09:45, Breezeway/Statue (CC)

A gentle morning stroll with some of your favorite authors, artists and editors. Meeting each morning at 9AM in the Breezeway between the INB Theater and the Convention Center (check your map), and returning in time for 10AM programming.

(yes, you can bring your coffee.  Dog knows I'm gonna...)


There will also be  Book View Cafe party Friday night.  Details to come....

Happy News of the Short (Story) Kind...
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Confirmation: I have indeed sold a story ("First Dance") to Jonathan Maberry's OUT OF TUNE II.

Let the environmentally-friendly and biodegradable confetti fly!



For those paying attention, this story could, if you squint, be read as happening in the world of The Devil's West. Or it could be our own. Who can say for certain...?


(not even the author, apparently)


Weekend Dreams
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Friday night, I dreamed an incredibly detailed dream of taking a publishing-related course in Germany. I'm pleased to say that once I found the classroom (the tiny cabins filled with firewood within the hotel facade were a nice touch, brain) everything worked out well, despite a) my arriving late and b) my having about five words in German.

Also, my classmates were splendid people.


Last night's dream - getting a ride from not-quite-strangers down along a dirt road, and then getting out of the truck and perching on rocks over a steep, muddy slide down into the churning ocean water - don't fall don't fall - to get an utterly amazing shot of what I think might have been a siren watching ships go by, framed by grey rock and muted sunset.

And then I started walking back to wherever I had to go.



When my dreams linger into morning, with that much detail and vibrancy, it's time to start writing again.

What She Read 2015
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A quick catch-up of everything read and reading...



15. THE GOSPEL OF LOKI, Joanne Harris
14. OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS, Kristi Charish
13. THE SERPENT SEA, Martha Wells
12. UNTITLED, Clint Manuscript
11. UNTITLED, client manuscript
10. THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, Aliette de Bodard (ARC)
9. UNTITLED, client manuscript
8. UNTITLED, client manuscript
7. DOWN TO AGINCOURT (Books 1-3), Sepirs
6. DEJA DEAD, Kathy Reichs
5. UNTITLED, client manuscript
4. THE CLOCKWORK CROWN, Beth Cato (ARC)
3. UNTITLED, client manuscript
2. TAINTED WATERS, Leah Cutter (beta-read)
1. FOXGLOVE SUMMER, Ben Aaronovitch
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That’s actually pretty much how it goes…
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Me, listening to my iPod on the way to the side gig:

...Now I been out in the desert, just doin' my time
Searchin' through the dust, lookin' for a sign
If there's a light up ahead well brother I don't know
But I got this fever burnin' in my soul
So let's take the good times as they go
And I'll meet you further on up the road."*



And my brain says “there.”

Me: “what?”

“That’s the song that’s the base of that story.”

“What story?”

“The story of how the devil claimed the Territory.”

“Oh. That story. We weren’t going to write that story for a while yet. If ever.”

“Surprise!”

“There’s like, two novels and a novella and a short story in queue ahead of it.”

“But Shiny!”

*sighs* “I guess I could write it as a year-end story-present to readers....”

“Um yeah. It’s a novel.”

“oh, FUCK YOU, brain.”



*"Further on Up The Road," B. Springsteen

Like Wednesday for Monday
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Today has been.... a day.

I caught the later bus to work which would have been fine except...

A storm front rolled in, threatening to bucket down on me en route. But that would have been fine since I had my bike and could probably beat it, except...


My bike threw a flat a hundred feet into my ride. But a local farmer driving a pickup truck stopped for me and drove me the two miles to my gig, so that was okay, except...


Halfway through work our internet gave out, causing our POS software to go toes-up. I was able to download the software onto my tablet and use my 4G connection, so that was okay, except...


We had a rush of visitors in the afternoon and I had to hand-enter every single credit card (and couldn't print out receipts). Thankfully, everyone was chill about having to wait, so things were good, except....


I still had to get back to the bus somehow, but Barbara Ferrer came and got me and took me back to have pizza with the family so that turned out okay except...


The bus back into town was 40 minutes late.


But Barbara said "what the hell, it's after rush hour," and drove me back into town.


And now I am home and I still have to get to work somehow tomorrow and figure out how to get the bike to the bike shop (4 miles away) but that is trauma for tomorrow. I'm going to bed now.

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That's 40 shots over the course of 5 minutes, for one perfect second.






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Contemplating collections....
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There exists, already, a Cosa Nostradamus story collection.

Likewise there exists DRAGON VIRUS, the collection/linked novella of stories set in that universe.

But I have a great many stories that fall into neither category, that are currently out of print and out of contract. So now it falls to me to determine which will go into the new collection.

So if anyone has a favorite, sing out!

(there may be a poll to pick specific stories, later, but if you don't vote now, there's no surety your fave will be on the list...)

Busy! Busy! Busy!
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Yeah, the book's done (for now) but GISHWHES started this morning, and the Agency Retreat is next weekend, and I have houseguests coming, and shifts at the winery, and...

Screw it.

Gonna kick back with a glass of wine and enjoy tonight's rather awesome sundown.


Sassssqaaaaaaaaaaaaaan! (AKA "My WorldCon Schedule")
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When you absolutely, positively have to find me at Sasquan (WorldCon), here's how you do it.

In addtion to putting in my hours as part of the Writing Workshop I will be doing the following Fabulous Items:


Autographing
(Ann Chamberlin, Laura Anne Gilman, Kay Kenyon, Mike Resnick, Shanna Swendson, Fran Wilde)
Thursday 15:00 - 15:45, Exhibit Hall B (CC)

(for those of you who also like mysteries, I will happily sign L.A. Kornetsky's work, as well).


Horror/Paranormal: What's New
Thursday 17:00 - 17:45, Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree)
Found anything scary...or scary and somehow, well, romantic? A look at current paranormal writing, trends for the future and is the current spate of horror & paranormal on TV helping or hurting the genre?

Joshua Bilmes, Nick Mamatas, Christie Meierz, Laura Anne Gilman

Building a Better Tomorrow
Friday 15:00 - 15:45, 302AB (CC)

Young adult science fiction is thriving, presenting an array of possible futures for humanity. While YA SF seems to be taking off, many of those stories feature dark futures. Why might teens be drawn to these types of settings that feature dystopic settings? Will there be a brighter or better tomorrow for us?
Laura Anne Gilman (M) , Paolo Bacigalupi , Troy Bucher, Dan Wells

(as moderator if you have anything you want brought up, I'm the person to ask.  Leave your Qs in the comments)


Reading - Laura Anne Gilman
Saturday 10:30 - 11:00, 303B (CC)

Twenty minutes of Sneak Peak at what I'm working on now....


KaffeeKlatche - Laura Anne Gilman
Saturday 14:00 - 14:45, 202B-KK3 (CC)
Join a panelist and up to 9 other fans for a small discussion. Coffee and snacks available for sale on the 2nd floor.

(it's entirely possible I will have Goodies for anyone who shows up.  Limited edition goodies, even, maybe...)


Stroll with the Stars
Sunday 09:00 - 09:45, Breezeway/Statue (CC)

A gentle morning stroll with some of your favorite authors, artists and editors. Meeting each morning at 9AM in the Breezeway between the INB Theater and the Convention Center (check your map), and returning in time for 10AM programming.

(yes, you can bring your coffee.  Dog knows I'm gonna...)


I am contemplating having a morning meet-up, for those of us who actually wake up before things get rolling.
There will also be  Book View Cafe party Friday night.  Details to come....

Book 2, more or less on deadline.
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110,000 words and still in need of some editorial poking and prodding to get it to where it needs to be, but hey, that’s WHY I have an editor. And it’s his problem now. :-)



*falls over goes thud for 16 hours before GISHWHES starts*




And, because I'm at the far edge of obsessing about these things, I checked WorldCat. The Seattle Public Library reportedly has 4 copies of SILVER ON THE ROAD on order, and the Minnetonka (MN) library has 3 requests, so here's hoping they get at least one copy in.

And that's it.

(Dear NYPL: you don't love me any more?)

Okay, it's VERY early days, I know. But if you happen to wander past your local librarian and leave a note saying "I'd really love it if you got a copy of this book in for me," that's - I'm told - really helpful to librarians trying to wrangle their budgets over book lists....

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