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I’m at Emerald City Comic Con this Friday—and I’m on some podcasts!

February 26, 2024

I want to take a quick break from 90-Second Newbery Film Festival updates to give some news about upcoming Bride of the Tornado appearances!

This Friday, March 1, I’ll be at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. I’m speaking on the “It’s Getting Dark” panel with authors Autumn Krause, Peter V. Brett, and Claire Legrand. This panel will be at 5:15 pm in Room 434 of the Seattle Convention Center Summit Building, followed by a book signing at 6:15 pm on Level 2 at the University Book Store (Booth #20627). The last time I was in Seattle was marvelous, so I’m really looking forward to this!

And I have other events coming up all over the country. On Thursday, March 7 I’m in conversation with big-deal Chicago horror writer Cynthia Pelayo (my third event with her!) at Bookie’s Bookstore (10324 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL) at 6 pm. And two days later, on Saturday, March 9 (my birthday!) I’m hosting the Chicago screening of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival with Mary Winn Heider.

Further down the line, I’m doing author events at Porter Square Books in Boston (on Thursday, April 4) and Good Neighbor Bookstore in Lakewood, New York (on Wednesday, April 17) leading up to the 90-Second Newbery Boston screening and Rochester, NY screening respectively. Check out my events page for the full rundown!

In the meantime, here are some online appearances I’ve made recently! I first met philosopher Greg Sadler when my sci-fi novel Dare to Know came out. He dug it, we became friends, and he ended up doing an excellent interview with me on his “Worlds of Speculative Fiction” podcast.

Now that Bride of the Tornado is out, Greg has had me on for another episode, in which he reads from passages of both Dare to Know and Bride of the Tornado and teases out the philosophical ideas of both books. As Greg says in his post about this episode, “I had the chance to interview him about his influences, his novels, what role philosophy plays, and a number of other subjects, and clips from that are woven into the video itself.” Check out the video, but put aside some time for it—it’s almost two hours long!

In Greg’s interview with me, I mention the influence that G.K. Chesterton’s short, weird, visionary novel The Man Who Was Thursday had on me. And that made me remember that I had been on a different podcast, called The Legendarium, in which they invited me to speak about that very book . . . but I had never mentioned it on this blog!

This episode is a somewhat shorter than the above. In it, I talk about my personal life in a bit more detail than usual, and use it to make my own idiosyncratic points about Chesterton’s very strange book. Watch and listen here:

(Actually, I’ve been a guest on The Legendarium twice; the first time, I gave a talk about “Determinism in Science Fiction and Fantasy,” and I floated my theory that there are four distinct types of predestination in fiction: “Durable,” “Fragile,” “Volitional,” and “Broken.” You can listen to that here.)

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today. See you in Seattle, I hope . . . or at some other event in the next few busy months!