27 Jun

Node has a collection of interviews with science fiction writers, of which I’m one

James Cambias, Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, Vandana Singh and I all responded to a number of questions about SF/F for Node:

Do you think that science fiction can or should predict the future?

I think science fiction should engage with the future. That doesn’t mean predict it, though that’s often the common perception. We also warn about the future. Beg you not to go down a certain path. Warn incessantly about horrible possible futures. Wonder if a certain future would be interesting. Dream about a certain future. There are many different ways to engage.

(Via Can science fiction predict the future? A collection of interviews with science fiction writers : Node.)

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23 Jun

Tumblr crossposting test post

Okay, so I don’t have a Facebook page (I don’t know why, I hate Facebook, I grudgingly use an account for local and family stuff, but that’s it), but I have set up a Tumblr account and am testing cross posting from this site.

That is all this is.

update: The Tumblr is here. Testing what happens when I update a post after the fact!

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23 Jun

Ratcatcher a Best Science Fiction of the Year: Recommended Reading List

Neil Clarke at Clarkesworld posted a short list of 2015 short stories recommended for reading, and that included my short story Ratcatcher:

All of those stories are represented in the anthology, either as a reprints or in the recommended reading list at the end of the book. They were all great stories that deserve attention, so with my publisher’s permission, I share that list with you now:

(Via Best Science Fiction of the Year: Recommended Reading List – Neil Clarke.)

Rat catcher is the original story available in Xenowealth: A Collection.

Not bad for a story that Kickstarter backers helped usher into the world.

Thank you to both Neil and to everyone who helped Xenowealth: A Collection become real.

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20 Jun

I’ll have a story in Fractures: Extraordinary Tales from the Halo Canon

This may have been dropped between the cracks as I was in the middle of another deadline when news dropped. But one of the more frequent questions I get is, is anything more Halo coming out from me? Well, I can reveal that on September 20th, I have a novelette coming out in a collection of Halo stories called Fractures:

Launch once more into galaxy-spanning conflict and legendary heroism…shards of an ever-expanding journey where human and alien alike find their finest hours in facing their greatest challenges. These scattered stories span untold millennia, from the age of the ancient custodial race known as the Forerunners…to the aftermath of the Covenant’s bloody war against humanity…and even the shocking events surrounding the resurrection of the mysterious Guardians. Halo: Fractures explores mythic tales of bravery and sacrifice that blaze brightly at the very heart of the Halo universe.

(Via Fractures: Extraordinary Tales from the Halo Canon: Various: 9781501140679: Amazon.com: Books.)

The short story I have in it will be called ‘Oasis.’

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25 Mar

San Francisco Book Review reviews Xenowealth: A Collection

Pepper makes an appearance in each of the stories in this collection, but the rest of characters – some readers will recognize from Buckell’s Xenowealth novels – are developed, fascinating people of color that readers soon care for and want to do well. But in this tough world, it is often hard to get by.|

Xenowealth: A Collection is a great diving board for new readers to delve into this world and quickly get hooked.

(Via Xenowealth: A Collection – San Francisco Book ReviewSan Francisco Book Review.)

Xenowealth: A Collection

Xenowealth: A Collection

Series: Short Story Collections, Book 5
High concept, adventurous science fiction stories featuring the beloved characters and settings from Tobias S. Buckell’s popular Xenowealth novels. More info →
Buy now!

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17 Mar

A reminder: All Her Children Fought, the Snugboro film of my short story, is eligible for the Hugo. Just saying

Hey, the people at Snugboro Films worked really hard on the 15 minute short film of All Her Children Fought, and we released it to the internet on Youtube last year.

That means it’s eligible for the Hugo.

Most folk voting are looking at series television made in New York or L.A. But this 15 minute film might be of interest, and I just wanted to signal boost that if you’ve seen it and liked it, and you vote for the Hugos, then I’d love it if you considered it.

The people at Snugboro worked really hard on it, so I just wanted to shill a bit harder than usual to make sure I get this bumped back up to people’s attention:

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07 Mar

Locus reviews Xenowealth: A Collection

Locus Magazine has two reviews of Xenowealth: A Collection in the March issue.

The first review is by Karen Burnham:

Buckell has a very important goal: to tip the tables and ask us to empathize with the colonized instead of the colonizer. To be the ones with our lives disrupted, whether by alien invasion or mercenary violence. And yet the political and cultural subtext of these stories never overwhelms their primary goal: to be stories with plenty of action, intrigue, and characters to care about, stories that are enjoyable at the same time that they are thoughtful. Buckell is particularly strong at short length; his previous Kickstarter-funded collection, Mitigated Futures, is packed-full of near future SF that pair excellent world-building with action-packed plots. Fun SF is great, smart fun SF is even better, and Buckell continues to provide it.

Rich Horton also weighs in on Xenowealth: A Collection, focusing on the original story in the collection:

I thought ‘‘Ratcatcher’’ particularly good, as it follows Pepper, the series’ most important character, on a desperate mission through vacuum to a wormhole-traversing train, where he hopes to confront a brutal alien killer, but instead must deal with a bitter veteran cop who knows something of his violent history. Cool future tech and powerful action mix very well.

Xenowealth: A Collection

Xenowealth: A Collection

Series: Short Story Collections, Book 5
High concept, adventurous science fiction stories featuring the beloved characters and settings from Tobias S. Buckell’s popular Xenowealth novels. More info →
Buy now!

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01 Mar

Caribbean Beat Magazine interviews Nalo Hopkinson, RSA Garcia, Karen Lord, and me!

Caribbean Beat Magazine is the in-flight magazine of Caribbean Airlines, and they recently did profiles of me, Nalo Hopkinson, Karen Lord and RSA Garcia and our writing:

How is speculative fiction specifically relevant to the Caribbean?

We have to have a literature that envisions ourselves in the future. If we don’t have that, then we force ourselves to live only in the present. There’s nothing wrong with the present, but we have to have something we’re working towards, or that we’re warning ourselves away from. That’s what science fiction can serve as.

(Via Stories of what-if – Caribbean Beat Magazine – Caribbean Beat Magazine.)

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21 Feb

Publishers Weekly review of Xenowealth: A Collection

Publishers Weekly reviewed Xenowealth: A Collection and said nice things:

Fans curious about the background of Buckell’s Xenowealth tetralogy (lastly The Apocalypse Ocean) have crowdfunded this collection of nine glimpses into an exciting future. First, technologically superior aliens “pacified” Earth and brought it into the Benevolent Satrapy, a tightly controlled empire of 48 worlds. Then, rebels whom the aliens had scattered through the stars established the totalitarian League and plotted to exclude or else exterminate their masters. Finally, the Xenowealth evolved into a system that would let humans and aliens live together. Most of these stories feature Pepper, a cybernetically enhanced mercenary who usually intervenes with a maximum of deadly force whenever he imagines human values are threatened. Sometimes he fights cruel alien monsters, and sometimes men whose obsessions have made them even more dangerous. Buckell draws on his experiences growing up in the Caribbean to effectively describe what life feels like for powerless people at the fringes of massive events, and these taut but thoughtful scenes of the human race’s uncertain progress reward careful reading. (BookLife)

Pretty nifty. There are more reviews to come, as I’ve seeded a number of ARCs out there into the wilderness. I know a few people passed on reviewing a Kickstarter short story collection, but I know we have a few more of these coming.

I also hope to have some details on what independent book stores will specifically be carrying the collection.

Xenowealth: A Collection

Xenowealth: A Collection

Series: Short Story Collections, Book 5
High concept, adventurous science fiction stories featuring the beloved characters and settings from Tobias S. Buckell’s popular Xenowealth novels. More info →
Buy now!

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