Last week has been rather eventful, what with yet another school shooting and the most recent round of Mueller indictments. On the good side of the equation, the movie Black Panther has soared past all the predictions of its box office intake. (YES!!!) That said, there's a lot out there to discuss. Let's get started, shall we?
Angela Basset OFMG! It's so great to see her on the screen again. I adore her. And how psyched am I to see black women portrayed as warriors and generals? SUPER PSYCHED! GIVE ME MORE WOMEN IN THESE TYPES OF ROLES, PLEASE! That's two movies featuring non-sexualized warrior women within a year of one another. I'm so happy! More women of Wakanda! More women of Themyscira! Yayayayyay!
Okay, now for the links. :)
Good morning, y'all. Are you ready for some righteous anger? Let's do this thing. First up, today's video.
Be careful out there, bats and ghouls and all monsters in between. This one is a beast. Dane brought it home. One day I was perfectly fine and the next it hit me like a runaway freight train. I was only able to remain awake for thirty minutes at a time and then would pass out for three hours. I didn't want to eat. And when I did, I puked. And the coughing and the body aches... That's why you haven't heard from me. My brain still hasn't recovered. Everything will go back to normal next week. I'm seeing the end of it, thank the gods. But...yeah. Don't get this. Dane and I planned on getting a flu shot. We'd even seriously discussed when but the flu took us out before we acted. Grrr.
Anyway, sorry I don't have much else to say today. Except that I've been binging Downton Abby and Altered Carbon and that's been mixing in my brain in interesting ways. LOL.
Take care, y'all.
My novel Blackthorne is on the Locus 2017 Recommended Reading List. I'm so very thrilled to have my work included among such SFF literary greats. It means a lot to me. The list is used for the Locus Awards. So, if you've read Blackthorne and enjoyed it, please take a few minutes over at the Locus site and give it and several of the other wonderful works listed a vote. (If you have a favorite that isn't listed, you can write it in.) You don't have to be a subscriber to vote. So, why not vote and support your favorite writers?
Second (as announced on FB and Twitter), I'm extremely honored to be the 2018 Literary Guest of Honor at Luxcon in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg! The convention is April 14th and 15th. This is something I didn't think would ever really happen, and I'm thrilled to death. This will not only be my first time as a GOH but my first time on the European continent. More on that as details are pulled together. (You can also check out their FB page.)
Okay. Now, back to writing. Deadline looms. And stuff.
 If you'd like suggestions, how about any (pick five in each category) of these?
SF novels: Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey, The Stars Are Legion, Kameron Hurley, Provenance, Ann Leckie, Luna: Wolf Moon, Ian McDonald, The Last Good Man, Linda Nagata, Null States, Malka Older, The Wrong Stars, Tim Pratt, The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi, Empire Games, Charles Stross, Borne, Jeff VanderMeer
Fantasy novels: The Stone in the Skull, Elizabeth Bear, City of Miracles, Robert Jackson Bennett, Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr, John Crowley, The House of Binding Thorns, Aliette de Bodard, The Ruin of Angels, Max Gladstone, Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory, An Unkindness of Magicians, Kat Howard, The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin, The River Bank, Kij Johnson, Jade City, Fonda Lee, A Tyranny of Queens, Foz Meadows, The Beautiful Ones, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Delirium Brief, Charles Stross, Creatures of Will and Temper, Molly Tanzer, Horizon, Fran Wilde
YA: Before the Devil Breaks You, Libba Bray, In Other Lands, Sarah Rees Brennan, The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, Stephanie Burgis, Sovereign, April Daniels, Buried Heart, Kate Elliott, Frogkisser!, Garth Nix, Akata Warrior, Nnedi Okorafor, Shadowhouse Fall, Daniel José Older, Want, Cindy Pon
1st Novels: Tropic of Kansas, Christopher Brown, Dreadnought, April Daniels, The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss, The Art of Starving, Sam J. Miller
Editors and authors listed in non-novel categories: Joe Monti, John Joseph Adams, Ellen Datlow, Jonathan Strahan, Peter S. Beagle, Sarah Gailey, Neil Gaiman, Cassandra Khaw, Ellen Klages, Seanan McGuire, Nnedi Okorafor, Sarah Pinsker, Christopher Rowe, Peter Straub, Cynthia Ward, Martha Wells, JY Yang, Charlie Jane Anders, Samuel R. Delany, Greg Egan, Maria Dahvana Headley, Mary Robinette Kowal, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, Scott Lynch, Seanan McGuire, Kelly Robson, Marie Brennan, Tobias S. Buckell, C.S.E. Cooney, Karen Joy Fowler, Darcie Little Badger, Maureen McHugh, Rebecca Roanhorse, Nisi Shawl, Carrie Vaughn, Caroline M. Yoachim, E. Lily Yu
is a Science Fiction and Fantasy author living in Texas.