Alec Nevala-Lee

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A preview of coming distractions

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As I continue to push forward on the sequel to The Icon Thief—as of this week, I’ve finally made it past the halfway point—I find myself sidetracked by a number of welcome distractions. On Wednesday, I had a pleasant phone chat with Richard A. Lovett, the incredibly prolific author of short science fiction and nonfiction, who will be writing up a one-page profile of me for Analog. These profiles are technically supposed to appear in the same issue as the subject’s third published Analog story, although in my case it will either be the fourth (“The Boneless One”) or fifth (“Ernesto”). (It’s been quite the banner year for short fiction: after a gap of more than five years between my first and second published stories, I’m looking to publish three more in Analog this calendar year alone, along with a fourth in the Clamoring Spring anthology.)

I had a good time talking with Rick Lovett, whose work I’ve greatly enjoyed in Analog in the past. We spoke about many of the subjects that I’ve covered on this blog before—the writing and brainstorming process, what makes a good story, the appeal of science fiction, the influence of The X-Files on my work, and more—and I also learned a lot from Rick, who over the past eight or nine years has quickly become one of the most prolific contributors in the magazine’s history. I’m hoping to chat with him again one of these days, and I’m also looking forward to seeing the results of the interview. (My wife, overhearing my end of the conversation from the next room, says that I came off as reasonably smart. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.)

An even more unexpected distraction is the fact that “Kawataro” may soon be going out for movie rights. I haven’t spoken much about film rights so far, mostly because I don’t want to jinx it, but also because the process is so extended and unpredictable that there hasn’t been much to talk about at this point. Suffice to say that The Icon Thief is out for rights as well, and while there’s been some degree of interest, it’s also a daunting prospect: it’s a dense, layered novel with a lot of plot that would need to be reworked for a movie of manageable size, which would take a highly motivated screenwriter or producer to accomplish. “Kawataro,” on the other hand, is a much more natural fit for adaptation—not a lot of plot, but a good, spooky setting, a decent twist, and a monster that hasn’t been seen a million times before. So who knows? Something may come of it. Though hopefully not in 3-D. Stay tuned for further details.

Written by nevalalee

May 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

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  1. “I find myself sidetracked by a number of welcome distractions”

    like being washed ashore on an abandoned but interesting island?

    “The Island of Dr. Moreau”
    that movie and “Planet of the Apes” favourite sci-fi…

    Somehow I think you would be up for any unexpected distractions…not that you aren’t prolific though in your output.


    May 14, 2011 at 11:39 am

  2. Kawataro in 3-D
    Yes, Yes, Yes


    May 15, 2011 at 9:50 am

  3. Japan lends itself to the perfect milieu for sci-fi for a North America reader/audience.

    The culture is the most distinctly different from ours. Everything feels foreign and otherworldly. And very isolated.


    May 15, 2011 at 10:51 am

  4. “The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.”

    -Philip K. DickPhilip K. Dick (1928–1982), U.S. science fiction writer. “How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later,”


    May 15, 2011 at 10:56 am

  5. “At my second Asian wedding in two weeks. The dancing, as usual, isn’t great”

    It’s hard to hip hop to yo-yo ma.


    May 15, 2011 at 10:57 am

  6. …starring andy serkis as the kawataro in cutting edge motion capture technology!


    May 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm

  7. That’s pretty good casting, actually.


    May 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm

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