I’ll be attending FOGcon for the first time this year. It’s going to be held March 6-8 in Walnut Creek, CA. They’ve been kind enough to put me on a really fun panel, the Fake Authentic Folklore Improv at 9:30 PM on Saturday.

The part about this that’s baffling is how the programming committee knew that folklore is a research interest of mine. I really didn’t think I’d mentioned that to anyone.  Continue reading

New Classics: Five Recent SF & F Books You Should Read

I’m back from BayCon, which was a tremendously fun con, where I was on eight (yes, eight) different panels. Most of those were me talking about writing, but the last one — on Monday after a good chunk of of attendees had already left — gave me the chance to talk as a reader. It was a panel called “New Classics: Five Recent SF & F Books You Should Read,” which I shared with writer Laurel Anne Hill and uber-reader Randy Smith. It was surprisingly difficult for me to boil the great science fiction and fantasy of the past decade down to a list of five, but I managed to do so, and so I thought it would be worth sharing my picks here. Continue reading