2017 Books

I read a lot, but this year I deliberately read less, because at some point in 2016, I felt like reading had become an obligation. When you’re writer and an editor, I suppose it happens. Reading is actually part of your work, and I think I’d forgotten how to read…

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The Last Leia

Leia was dead: to begin with. I feel like that’s where Episode IX begins, because how can it not? I came out of The Last Jedi wondering how on earth they meant to go on, without Carrie Fisher, without giving us the Leia film that so clearly should be Episode…

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Tomb Raider

Patience is hard. Especially as a writer, maybe, because we have so many lovely things we want to show you. When I started writing the Folley and Mallory adventures, I knew that eventually they would have to explore a tomb, because a) it’s Egypt so duh and b) I’ve loved…

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Ice Ice Baby

2016 was hard. And 2017, well. WELL. I feel like we all need a little extra fun now and then, right? We need to be able to put the real world on pause, while we explore the depths of a world that isn’t poised to lose so much of what…

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Hooked

Last Thursday, I did something I’d been thinking about for a while; I picked up a crochet hook and started crocheting. I found a video on YouTube and away I went, hooking yarn as if I’d done it all my life, spinning out hats and cowls and arm warmers and–…

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Old Things

If you are acquainted with my writing, you know I like old things. My stories and novels gravitate toward history — albeit sometimes history we haven’t written down yet. There are two universes I like to play in: one is rooted in ancient Egypt, the other in the timeless fields…

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Baroness

I love space. I also love our solar system. It’s never not fascinating. New Horizons going to Pluto? Curiosity going to Mars? Cassini studying Saturn? Juno peeping at Jupiter? Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! We live in an amazing age for this stuff. I eat it up! My new Clarkesworld story, “Baroness,” is set…

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Murmuration

You probably know about the face on Mars, the mesa imaged by Viking I in 1976. It looks like a mask, a face, something that could only exist because Martians built it. But, it turns out, it’s just a rock (a really beautiful rock), only looking like a face when…

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