Archive for November, 2011

Wild Cards news

I just finished and submitted the first draft of my story for Lowball, the 22nd volume in George R. R. Martin’s Wild Cards series. There will be much revising and head-scratching before it’s complete, but I’m pleased with this draft and thrilled to be participating in this long-running project.

Although you’ll have to wait until 2012 or 2013 to read Lowball, the audiobook of Wild Cards Volume I (the revised edition, including my story “Powers”) is now available from Brilliance Audio in audio CD, MP3 CD, and WMA download format wherever fine audiobooks are sold. The second volume of Wild Cards, Aces High, will be available as an audiobook on December 20 and is now available for pre-order. Here’s a very complimentary review of the Wild Cards Volume I audiobook.

If you’d rather read Wild Cards than listen to it, Tor is running a special holiday sale on the ebook editions of the first four Wild Cards books (Wild Cards, Inside Straight, Busted Flush, and Suicide Kings) — just $2.99 each from now through December 14. Here’s the announcement.

If you prefer dead tree format, you can buy the trade paperback of Wild Cards I now, or preorder the mass-market paperback which will be out on June 26 of next year.

And if you want something visual that’s not too abysmal, Wild Cards has been optioned as a movie. Of course, you might have to wait a while for it to be released…

The Drabblecast podcast is now offering a 10-episode “highlight reel” or “primer” to introduce themselves to new readers, and my stories “Charlie the Purple Giraffe” and “Babel Probe” are included. You can download it here:

My OryCon schedule, also Powell’s Sci-Fi AuthorFest

My goodness, OryCon begins tomorrow! Here’s my programming schedule:


3:00PM, Hamilton: Workshop: Story Outline in an hour. Bring something to write on and write with. You’ll have an outline (or a good start) to a story by the end of this panel. Bonus–this would be a great head start to that creative writing class homework you’re ignoring over the weekend. David D. Levine [M], Mary Robinette Kowal


12:00PM, Mult/Holl: Ask Dr. Genius: Ad-Lib Answers to Audience Questions. No, really, they’re real scientists, honest. Bring your science questions, and if they don’t have an answer they’ll make something up, and it might even be sort of right. Louise Owen [M], David D. Levine, Andrew S. Fuller, Daniel H. Wilson

3:00PM, Idaho: Mission to Mars: Is a 6 month journey really too long? Artificial gravity to prevent blood clots. Living on 3 gallons of water a day. We’re making advances, but can we realistically put men on Mars? What are the issues, and how close are we to solving them? David D. Levine [M], Dan Dubrick, G. David Nordley

4:30PM, Grant: David Levine Reading. David reads from his own work.

8:00PM, Hawthorne: Lionel Fanthorpe Presentation. OryCon Public Broadcasting’s homage to the legendary Lionel Fanthorpe. Debbie Cross [M], David D. Levine, Paul Wrigley, Brian Hunt

10:00PM, Jefferson/Adams: Whose Line Is It Anyway? Ya want funny? Louise Owen, Mary Robinette Kowal, David D. Levine, M.K. Hobson, Cindy Fangour


12:00PM, Hawthorne: Spaceships, Colonists, and Castaways. How Small Communities Function in isolated conditions with minimal resources. David D. Levine [M], Camille Alexa, G. David Nordley, Krista Wohlfeil

Also on Sunday (4:30-6:00PM) will be the Sci-Fi AuthorFest at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing. Two dozen authors, including Vonda McIntyre and Ursula K. Le Guin, will be there for you to meet and get autographs. Free and open to the public.