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“Ernesto” is here!

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Yesterday, buried in the pile of unread mail from my trip to China and Hong Kong, I found a pleasant surprise: my author’s copies of the March 2012 issue of Analog, which includes my short story “Ernesto.” This story, an X-Files-inspired mystery featuring the young Hemingway in the Spanish Civil War, is my third story published in Analog in the past twelve months, and seeing it in print is a nice way to cap off the year. (Oddly enough, Analog‘s website is still two issues out of date, which, combined with the fact that its message boards have been inactive for months, makes me a little concerned about its digital presence. Is someone over there taking the name of this magazine too literally?)

I should also mention, with all due modesty, that the current issue includes a short profile of yours truly by the great Richard A. Lovett, with whom I spoke on the phone all the way back in May. (Analog likes to do profiles of writers after they’ve sold at least three stories there, so I was due.) This is, in fact, the first published profile of me as an author to appear anywhere, and it does a nice job of grounding my interest in science fiction with my other activities as a writer, especially my work in suspense. I’m grateful to Rick Lovett for doing such a good job, and while most of the material here will be familiar to readers of this blog, if you’re a Nevala-Lee completist—there are some of you out there, right?—this issue is definitely one for the archives.

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December 13, 2011 at 9:57 am

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.

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May 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

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