Super Famous

SFX Book SpecialWell, I feel Big Time today because I received the special SF & Fantasy Book Special issue of SFX today, and I’m in it as part of the Ten by Ten section, where they ask ten questions of ten authors and print their responses. Holy frick, I’m in the same section as Charles Stross, Jennifer Rardin, Lili Saintcrow, Neil Gaiman, and R Scott Bakker (among others), which is heady company to be in. It’s like I’ve been invited to a great party. I don’t often get invited to parties, on account of the drinking and potty-mouth, so this was pretty cool.

Here’s a sample question/answer from my piece:

If you weren’t a writer what job would you be doing?

Easy: Stalking the neighborhood in a greasy longcoat and a bottle of Rye, terrorizing the good citizens and begging. What, other writers have skills? Like, marketable skills? This is news to me. I assumed that writers unable to earn a living writing were gently placed on public assistance with a liquor stipend. The fact that this is not so is shocking. Civilization has failed me. I am angry now.

I don’t think it’s on sale until 7/11 and I’m not even sure if it comes out in the US. But I have a physical copy so I’m pretty sure it happened.


  1. Craig

    Well, since you were asked 10 questions and you posted one of them, I think you have 9 more days of blog items should the ole well start running dry.

    Congrats on getting into the mag.

    I’m at a point in the Digital Plague – how do I say this without spoiling it for anyone – where you took a concept currently popular in movies and comics and added a cool scientific basis for it — then you slid it into the story from left field and I love the book even more for it. Didn’t see that coming or think that would be possible.

  2. Millah

    Hi Jeff,
    Just started The Electric Church and have not thrown it on the floor! (which is what I do with most recent SciFi things I pick up) I’m not being some kinda whacked purist or anything…just that besides Sean Williams, China Mieville, Gibson etc. I can’t be bothered to get into the seemingly millions of SF novels out there. And also because most things that draw a line from the past from 3 Stigmata of Plamer Eldrich, Tiger Tiger, etc. are usually what I persist with.

  3. jsomers (Post author)

    Hi Millah,

    Thanks! Glad to hear it. Most people hit a “throw-it-on-the-floor” stage around page 250, so I’m sure your time will come!


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