The first part of my PBS interview on Well Read just went up on the web. Sadly the usual embed code doesn't seem to work, so you'll have to go look at it on the website.
To see the rest--I talk for a bit longer than the posted twelve minutes*, and then later Terry Tazioli talks to Mary Ann Gwinn about Hild and other books (I think; I wasn't there for that part!)--you'll have to watch it on TV. Check here for local listing.
ETA: Their website is down. Temporarily I hope.
* More: Website is back up. And now it's the whole 30-min programme, yay! (Though the embed code still doesn't seem to work...)
On Sunday 4/13 I'm teaching "The Magic of Immersive Fiction," a one-day workshop on how to submerge a reader into the world of your fiction--essentially, how to run your software on their hardware, no matter what genre you're interested in. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Seattle's University District, and costs $130.
Sunday, April 13
The Magic of Immersive Fiction
Immersive fiction sweeps you off your feet and puts you right there, right then, living and breathing with the characters. With writing exercises, discussion, and handouts we’ll learn how to create the excitement, sensory detail, and clarity that brings a whole world and its people alive.
Last night Kelley and I had a lovely intercontinental chat via Skype with Jonathan Strahan and Gary Wolfe, in Seattle, Perth, and Chicago respectively. It's the kind of conversation that would have suited a late night in a hotel bar: Hild, historicity, genre, reading stance and more from four people who love to read and think.
The unedited podcast is up. There's about an hour. Enjoy.
My internist eschewed SF a long time ago but--of course!--read it enthusiastically as a pre-adult. And now he's getting interested again.
He's been thinking about a story he read as a kid, in one of the magazines of the day (I'm guessing 50s), something like Analog or Astounding (he thinks it began with an A). But he doesn't remember the title or author.
He's asked me to help him identify it. So I'm asking you.
Here's the plot as he remembers it:
A ship crash-lands on a planet. The damage is so bad that it will take a long time--generations--to repair. The inadvertent colonists immediately set about the task. The problem? Each generation lives shorter lives than the last. And the rate of reduction in lifespan accelerates. He remembers lots of tension: will they get the ship aloft before they become extinct?Do you recognise any part of this? If so, please drop a comment, or tweet, or email me. This doctor has gone above and beyond for me and mine; I'd like to return the favour.
On-site Reading25 for 25: A Lambda Literary Foundation Celebration Reading
Featuring: Rigoberto Gonzalez, Nicola Griffith, and Ellery Washington
Friday, February 28, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Room 615/616/617, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Off-site Reading25 for 25 Lambda Fellows Reading & ReunionR Place(Above info stolen whole cloth from the Lambda Literary website.)
619 East Pine St (206) 322-8828
Friday, February 28, 6-9 pm
|Talya the Russian Princess (who is served by Anne) has her way with Hild|
LukeAmmonite is now 21 years old. In sfnal terms that's ancient. But when I reread it a couple of years ago in preparation for the Gollancz Masterworks Series republication in the UK I found it still supple. That's the beauty of writing about a distant planet in the far-off future: there are no vacuum-tubes or wired telephones or short-skirted 60s uniforms to stick out like cacti on the Yorkshire moors. I remember trying very hard not to be too specific about technology and although I think I failed in one or two places in general I think I succeeded. The women-only world thought-experiment--seeing women playing all the roles, being fully human in, of, and by themselves--is, sadly, still relevant today. And of course I think the story, the internal change and growth of the central character, works. I am proud of that book.
I have got Slow River, which hopefully I shall read some time in the near future. Ammonite has crossed my SF book searching in Waterstones. Hopefully, I'll get to read it at some point.
How do you feel now about your ventures into SF, particularly those 2 novels?
From: Sara FineganI want HILD II to be done, too. It isn't. But as you're a ranter after my own heart, here's a snippet of info.
I keep heading over to your blog to find out if you've already answered my question but it's difficult to navigate in that there are round-ups galore sort of clogging it up. The cat pictures are great and very entertaining to my Siamese, who actually feel as strongly as I do that you should just get with the program and produce Volume Two right now, this very minute, and why the hell is it taking so long because really, we've re-read Hild 3 times now and we do not have a lot of patience.
Which leads me to the question: When the hell is Volume Two coming and why the hell is it taking so long, because I've read Hild 3 times now and look, I always keep one Harry Potter book half-read because I don't really want to leave Hogwarts and with only one Hild volume available it will become slightly difficult to remain partially immersed, and now I can only hop between Hogwarts and Muggle world when I SHOULD be able to bop between Hogwarts, Muggle world, and Anglo Saxon Britain.We all appreciate that you get to get married and that your agent wants you doing interviews and book tour things but let us be frank (and when I say "we", of course, I'm really referring to ME and the Siamese) there are things more important than you getting married and interviews and book tours, and #1 on that list is providing us with more access to Hild World and the rest of, or another part of, her story. When you think about it, what else could be even close to as important? Nothing that WE can think of.By now you've wasted an incredible amount of good writing time reading this email so just give me a due date and go WRITE, damnit!
|Fitz (who owns Traci Castleberry) loves library books|
|Bliss (who supervises Jo Booms) reads to the fish|
|Hilda (who advises Pastor Pilgrim) communes with an ARC|
No interviews this week, just reviews. No photos of pets reading Hild, either (pity--I like those). Instead, lots of email from readers (male and female, old and young, American and not) telling me how much my work means to them, and in what ways Hild (and Aud, and Lore, and Marghe--yes, all this week) has helped them see the world differently. I am deeply touched. Thank you.
Previous roundups here. Enjoy.
From: ColleenJust a note to tell you I've just purchased Hild at the Audible.com site.Yes, I prefer to have an actual book in my hands when I read but I must drive about hither thither and yon all over creation for work and I've found that the traffic and knob head drivers are ever so much easier to tune out when I'm immersed in another world. Also, I have the worst migraines and it is hard to forgo the reading even when I cannot see properly. So, audiobooks are my mana these days.At any rate, I want to thank you for using an English reader for your audiobook. I am an American (who grew up in Kenya - long story) but I cannot abide historical tales read aloud in American voices. Is it me? Shhh, don't tell the others.I hope that you will eventually be back to San Francisco with your lovely wife, for some readings etc.I wish you only the best of health this coming year.
Now I'm just desperate to know what spin-patterned cloth looks like. I Googled it but got all kinds of things that are clearly not spin patterned cloth. Do you have any links to good photos of this???
I meant to post this in early November. But, eh, we all know what happened that month...
@nicolaz I read Ammonite a long time ago, and it only gets better with time. Thanks for excellent sci-fi. http://t.co/j4gmPjkXqR
— Alix Heintzman (@AlixHeintzman) October 22, 2013
@AlixHeintzman @nicolaz Great book! I recently handed my copy to my 16 year old. Can't wait to talk to her about it : )
— Cathy Pegau (@CathyPegau) October 22, 2013
@CathyPegau @nicolaz You know what's awesome? MY Mom gave it to me when I was 15 or 16. The Great Circle of Life...This pleases me enormously (the link in the first tweet leads to an excellent review). In our household we call Ammonite the little book that could. It started life twenty years ago as a cut-price mass-market paperback with what looked like a jellybean spaceship on the cover--all in lurid orange and yellow.
— Alix Heintzman (@AlixHeintzman) October 22, 2013
From Leslie:[This is probably the most frequent question I've had since mid-November. I picked this one at random from literally dozens of variations on a theme.]
I bought Hild at the suggestion of NPR--I often rely on their book reviews to point me in the direction of new and wonderful books, and this time was no exception. I devoured this book. I read it in every waking minute I had available for reading. I got cross at my husband when he wanted to watch "our" TV shows because I couldn't be torn away from this book. Admittedly, some of the language threw me at first, and having the e-book, the pronunciation guide was at the end, and not as accessible as a paper book*. But I hunkered down and gathered the meaning from context and I WAS OFF.
Thank you for writing this book. I completely felt like I was in a different world. I love this history of women… how much they were relied on to keep the entire community running, how they could be strong like Hild. I never got the sense from the whole book that the women were treated as property (well, save Gwladus' situation) and from official history, that's all you get. Women were an afterthought. But they had such huge roles! This was a refreshing read.
I'm not a writer, just an avid reader, but when I came to the end of this book, I simply wanted to know more. What happens to Cian and Hild? What of the war? Does Edwin lose power? I have so many questions that are unanswered… Are you thinking of continuing her story? I would buy it immediately. Thank you again, for such an engaging read, and I plan on checking out some of your other work as well. Thank you for letting me get lost in the story.