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Great news for folks in the Baltimore, Maryland, USA area who are interested in seeing the "I Remember the Future" film! By special arrangement with KAS Creations, it will be screened at the Baltimore Science Fiction Society in November.

Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 7 pm
3310 E Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21224
Preceded by coming attractions and Balticon film festival items of interest.
Snacks and beverages. BYOB.

For more information, call (410) 563-2737

I'd like to thank KAS Creations for making this special screening available for fans in the Baltimore area.

Official trailer
Interview on File 770
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To begin with, consider this an official notification that I am done writing and providing stories for the GISHWHES 2014 scavenger hunt. I know the hunt is still going on, but I've been up late many nights this week writing stories, and I need to reconnect with my family. :-)

In the end, I provided stories to 63 teams. In addition, I published one story that the team decided not to use ("Ashley and the Moon") and ended up with one other story for which the team that requested it never got back to me. (Actually, a few teams requested stories and then told my assistant that they managed to secure a story from another writer; I wished them well, rewrote those stories, and provided them to other teams.) So, 65 flash stories written in the space of a week, 63 being used for GISHWHES. Not bad.

I am delighted by how many of these stories I managed to churn out and I am frankly hoping that I provided more stories than any other writer. Will someone let me know if I set that record once the hunt is over?

And now for the thank-yous...

My first thank-you goes to my sister-in-law Rachel, who is very involved with GISHWHES and has done this before. I provided her with the first story I wrote for this madness, and she generously gave me permission to provide stories for other teams, even though that would make it harder for her team to win. So, thank you Rachel, for all that.

My second thank-you goes to all the teams who were willing to buy my story collection I Remember the Future as a condition of having me write you a story. When I saw that so many teams needed stories and weren't going to get them from Neil Gaiman, I realized that this gave me an opportunity to expose more people to my work. Some writers mentioned online that they were approached by people in a rude way; I am very pleased to say that not a single person who contacted me was rude about my own request, or complained about it. I'm hoping that those of you who bought the book will actually enjoy the stories contained within; and that fact is that every single story in that book save one was either a Hugo nominee, a Nebula nominee, or both. So at least one of those stories has to have been worth your $5. So thanks to all of you for your own random act of kindness to me. I hope you all win.

Finally, thanks to Annie Houston and especially Misha Collins. I must admit that I do not watch Supernatural, although it is exactly the sort of show I would watch. My wife and I did watch the first season, but then had to give it up for other things. (See The Brookline Parent for an example of what occupies our time.) Making item #78 one that required the teams to find a previously published science-fiction writer was a stroke of genius on your part. I hope you'll do something similar next year. I stand ready to serve.
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So, although I wasn't able to attend the screening of I Remember the Future this past weekend at Worldfest Houston, [ profile] amysisson did! She has posted a review along with reviews of the four other films that constituted the Sci-Fi Shorts.

I am very glad to say that she liked the film:

...I'm not sure which surprised me more: the "Australian" part or the "student" part, because I can definitely say that there was nothing "student" about this film...

I Remember the Future is the reason I became aware of the festival in the first place, and the reason I went. This one film was worth making the trip across town for just by itself; the fact that I got to see a couple of other really good short films too was icing on the cake.

You can read more of her thoughts about the film and the other films here:

Sci-Fi Shorts at Worldfest-Houston 2014

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This Sunday marks the US premiere of the KAS Creations short film based on my story "I Remember the Future."

As you can see from the Worldfest Houston schedule, the film will be shown twice, at 1 pm as part of the SCI-FI SHORTS MATINEE SHOW #7 and at 3 pm as part of the WORLD SHORTS MATINEE SHOW #10. From the schedule, you can click on the link to purchase tickets.

If you happen to be in Houston, I hope you'll check it out.

And as always, to learn more about the book, check out the Burstein Books website, and to read the story, check it out on the Apex Blog.

I don't think I remembered to note this here, so...

The film for "I Remember the Future" now has a website.

This also means that yes, I now have an IMDB page. (Sadly, it doesn't include my work as an extra in "The Front," "The Goodbye Girl," or "Radio Days.")

Also, I'm delighted to announce that the film will have its US premiere at the 47th annual Worldfest-Houston film festival in April 2014.

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As I mentioned here last week, this week Apex Publications is posting five free stories on the Apex Blog, one each day, in honor of the release of the movie trailer for "I Remember the Future."

Today's free story is my Hugo- and Nebula-nominated story "Kaddish for the Last Survivor" (Analog, November 2000). I continue to be very proud of this story, and hope you'll take the time to read it.

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In honor of the release of the movie trailer for "I Remember the Future" from KAS Creations, Apex Publications will be posting THREE of my stories from the book next week on their blog, for free! Details on their blog today.

First of all, I'd like to thank the many, many of you who offered congratulations to me on the "I Remember the Future" film. To tell the truth, I did very little except grant permission to KAS Creations to make the film, and like you, I too am looking forward to seeing the final product.

As I mentioned before, it is technically a student film, even though I think we'd all agree it's professionally done. The film should be debuting at a film festival in the United States sometime this year, and we are beginning to explore the possibility of screening it at other festivals and conventions. I will try to keep you all posted here, but for faster information, I'd strongly suggest "liking" the KAS Creations page if you have a Facebook account.

Finally, a few of you have asked about reading the original story. I have been in touch with Apex Publications, and they are planning to put it up on their website again for folks to read for free. (Between you and me, I'm hoping it'll prompt a few more sales of the book, which is available quite easily and inexpensively as an ebook direct from the publisher and from the usual places.) When the link is available, I will post it.

Thank you all again.

Every now and then, someone will get in touch with me and ask about the film rights for one of my stories. About a year ago, an Australian student filmmaker named Klayton Stainer inquired about making a short student film of my story "I Remember the Future." (There is also a German student filmmaker who has been working on a version as well.) Mr. Stainer and I came to an agreement, and the resulting trailer has just been posted.

I Remember the Future - Official Trailer

If you know the story, you can see how well Mr. Stainer has brought it to life.

If you don't know the story, well, it's still in print in the book collection of the same name. It's even an ebook, so you can download it immediately and start reading.

As for me, I'm looking forward to seeing what Klayton Stainer does in his own future. This is a filmmaker to watch out for.

I've been meaning to post more here recently, but unfortunately, all I have time for right now is a short update. I had some rather important deadlines to meet in April, so it kept me from doing much else with my life other than work and spend time with the family.

When I have a moment, I do want to talk about a few things, including:

• Local politics. A modified version of my warrant article to regulate political robocalls, Article 20, was approved by the town's Advisory Committee, and I want to say more about that; I also want to talk about an interesting Town Meeting race in my precinct, in which I've endorsed Jonathan A. Karon.

• Fiction. The movie version of "I Remember the Future" is proceeding apace, and the Bulgarian magazine Objects is reprinting the story in their April issue.

The Dan Kimmel Film Festival. At my suggestion, Dan is encouraging people to watch one recommended SF film per month, which he'll then discuss on his blog, Behind the Scenes. Go take a look.

Anything else people want to hear about? Note that I'll be off-line for a few days for Passover.
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I've now set up an Amazon Author Page for myself.

There's not much there yet, although I was able to use it to find that someone in California recently bought a copy of I Remember the Future. Thank you, person in California!
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This is cool.

Apex Publications is now offering I Remember the Future as an app for the iPhone.

Even if you don't have an iPhone, you can find the app listed and described here:
I Remember the Future iPhone app

Of course, you're probably going to be more interested in finding it in the App Store from your you can download it directly.

Cost for the app: $4.99.
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Author Kate Milford (whose novel The Boneshaker will be out in May) has decided to blog about the current Nebula nominees in short fiction. In her first post on the topic, she discusses the nominees in Short Story, including "I Remember the Future," and has some fascinating things to say about all of them. Here's what she says in summary:

These are stories about identity. They’re about what it means to be the man or woman who you think you are, or who you want to be: a writer, a futurist, a physician, a good Muslim, a father or a mother, a husband or a wife, your own person, a legacy, a love, a family. Free to choose. Alive, or just surviving. Human, or not. They’re about what it means to belong, or not. They’re about how you maintain yourself, the person you believe you are, the way you want yourself to be–how you do that when the world you inhabit, whether it’s a city or a tiny life raft or a space exploration program, seems bent on turning you into something else. It’s about the things you do, from simple decisions made to extraordinary actions taken, to stay true to the person you know yourself–or want yourself–to be.

If you're interested in this year's Nebula nominees, her post is most definitely worth reading. You can find it here:

The Informed Voter Project, Part the First: The Nebula Award Short Story Finalists
I'm pleased to boost the signal on the following announcement:

For the month of March, is selling nineteen Apex Publications books as downloadable PDFs for only $1 each!

If you've been thinking of picking up an Apex title, but haven't been completely sure if you wanted the book on your bookshelf, this is your big chance. Buy a PDF for only $1, read, and enjoy. (I recommend a bunch of titles, including but not limited to Descended From Darkness, The Changed, The Apex Book of World SF, Harlan County Horrors, Open Your Eyes, and The Convent of the Pure.)

Naturally, I Remember the Future is among the books being sold as a downloadable PDF for $1. I know a few people who were disappointed when I noted in my Personal Nebula Thoughts last month that the short story "I Remember the Future" wasn't going to be made available for free despite being nominated for the Nebula Award. If you really want to read the story, for $1 you'll not only get access to that story but fourteen other stories I've written, almost all of them award nominees, plus afterwords to each story.

Here's the link:
I Remember the Future at DriveThruSciFi for $1

To start off, I'd like to thank everyone who congratulated me (and I'm sure there will be others) on my nomination. I'd also like to congratulate all my fellow nominees. Some of them are being nominated for the Nebula for their very first time, and I know how awesome that feels.

This is my fourth Nebula nomination, and to be honest I don't think my chances of winning are likely. I'm up against some very good stories, including one by an author to whom I've already lost a Nebula. Still, I plan to enjoy the ride, as I always do. I'm just grateful that my writing colleagues and peers still feel that my work is worth honoring.

Now to answer a few of the questions I've gotten since the ballot was posted.

Q: Are you excited? It must be exciting!

It's always delightful to be nominated for an award, but I have to admit, I'm a little jaded too. Part of that is because of my long losing streak; it's difficult to work up the same level of excitement as I had when my first published story got nominated for the Hugo, all the way back in 1996. When I got the call on Wednesday informing me of my nomination, the caller even acknowledged that I probably already knew how this worked. (Actually, having run the Nebulas in 1999, I'm more aware than most of how the whole process works.) So I would say that I'm somewhat excited, but probably not as excited as some of the other nominees. I've been up these same stairs before.

On the other hand, knowing that people like my work? That never gets old.

Q: Will you be going to the Nebula Awards banquet?

Sad to say, that's rather unlikely. The Nebulas are being held in Florida this year, the weekend before the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Leaving aside the religious issues, it's a little harder for Nomi and me to travel anywhere nowadays, what with adding Muffin and Squeaker into the combination. I'll probably just stay at home, refreshing the SFWA webpage until the results are posted.

Q: Why don't you just go to the Nebulas by yourself, and leave Nomi at home to take care of the kids?

Tell you what. Why don't you go suggest that to her? I'll be standing over here, two towns over. :-)

Seriously, though, I've been to the Nebula Awards twice without Nomi and twice with Nomi. It's a lot more fun when she's around. And I don't want to be away from my kids for even a weekend. They still have that brand-new baby smell. :-)

Q: So who are you going to ask to serve as your official acceptor, should you win?

I have no idea. Jason Sizemore, the publisher of Apex Publications, is the obvious person to ask, but I already know that he's not planning to be at the Nebulas either. I might ask Stanley Schmidt to do so; he served as my acceptor when I won the Campbell Award in 1997, and he's often played the role of my acceptor again at various Hugo and Nebula ceremonies (except that he's never had to actually, you know, accept for me, since I haven't won). But it would feel odd asking him to accept for a story that I didn't offer to him for Analog.

Maybe I'll hold a contest.

Q: Why isn't "I Remember the Future" available for free on the Internet, like some of the other stories on the ballot?

A few people have asked me if I plan to make "I Remember the Future" available for free on the web for people to read. The short answer is no, not at this time. Here's the much longer answer.

Over the years, I've been happy to offer some of my stories for free over the Internet for one reason or another. In every single case, I've already had the story published by a paying market. In one case, the story was published by an online magazine that posted it for free for readers, but I got paid nevertheless. Writers have different perspectives on how much of their work to provide for free in electronic format and what good they think will come of it. I see it as a thank-you to readers who have supported me in the past and as a way to attract new readers.

The most logical reason for me to post a Nebula-nominated story online for free would be if it were eligible for the Hugo Award. This would give potential Hugo nominators a chance to read it and nominate it should they feel it as worthy as the Nebula nominators did. But by an odd quirk of the Nebula rules changes, "I Remember the Future" was still eligible for the Nebula this year even though it was published in 2008. Its chance to be on the Hugo ballot was last year, and although it did receive a lot of nominations, it failed to make it to the ballot. So as much as I would love to have that as an excuse to post the story online, I don't.

And I'll be blunt here – I'd like to sell more copies of the book I Remember the Future and I imagine my publisher would like to as well. This Nebula nomination is a chance for us to spotlight the book one more time, and possibly to convince a reader who hasn't bought it yet to finally get it. If a reader is interested enough and the story is only available in the book, it's that much more likely we'll sell more copies of the book.

All that said, I remind anyone who wants to read the story but can't afford to shell out money for the trade paperback or the hardcover of two things. One, the story is available in a variety of ebook formats, some DRM-free, for a much lower price than the hard copies. And two, you can always request that your local library acquire a copy.

Q: But doesn't that hurt your chances of winning a Nebula?

Not really.

Q: But if people can't read the story, they won't vote for it.

The only people who can vote in the Nebulas are active members of SFWA, and it so happens that the story is available to all of them in the private SFWA forums on the SFWA website. (In fact, that's probably how it ended up earning a few of its nominations.) If you're a member of SFWA, just follow this link and you'll be able to read the story.

Q: So what happens now?

I go back to work, do more writing, try to get some sleep, and celebrate my birthday in one week.
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I am delighted to announce that the title short story in I Remember the Future has been nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story.

I am now up to ten Hugo nominations and four Nebula nominations for my short fiction.

I'd like to thank Jason Sizemore of Apex Publications for publishing the story in my collection.

More information on the Nebula Awards, including a list of all nominees, can be found here:
2009 Nebula Awards Final Ballot.

Thanks to everyone who found "I Remember the Future" worthy of nomination.
I've been informed by my publisher that I Remember the Future is now available at Smashwords:

Smashwords: I Remember the Future

Apparently, this is a precursor to the book being made available for Barnes & Noble's new ebook reader, the Nook.

I have more IRTF news coming, but it's going to have to wait a day or two.

Meanwhile, at some point, I promise more posts on writing and on life. Anyone wanting to suggest a topic is welcome to do so...
Excellent news! Thanks to the assistance of a former student of mine who has agreed to help us out, Nomi and I will be showing up at Boskone this Sunday at around 11 am and will be bringing the girls, so people can meet them. Our plan is basically just to plop down in the Con Suite or some hallway so folks can come by and see us (since carrying two fifteen-pound babies around will tire us out easily).

I know it's not really attending the con a lot, but this way we do get to see people.

Three notes:

1. If you think you'll want to make sure to see us, be in touch with me and and I'll email you my cell number.

2. As it so happens, I'll be doing one panel item at 2 pm, "Sequels I Want to Read."

3. I still have copies of I Remember the Future that I can sell on consignment from the publisher and personally autograph. However, given everything that we have to carry to the convention for the kids, I can't just drag a box of books along as well. If you know you'll be at Boskone and want a personally signed copy of the book, let me know in advance and I'll bring one. As usual, hardcovers are $35, trade paperbacks $22, and you can give me a check made out to Apex Publications.
In honor of my upcoming birthday this month (at least, that's what I'm assuming is the reason), Apex Publications is making all of their Kindle ebooks available for purchase for only $2.

That includes I Remember the Future! Fifteen stories that among them have been nominated for ten Hugos and three Nebulas, along with author afterwords, for only two bucks!

Don't own a Kindle? If you own an iPhone, you can download the free Kindle app.

Don't own an iPhone? The ebook is still available at Fictionwise and Barnes & Noble for only $4.99.

Okay, I'm done now.
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For those of you looking to get a copy of I Remember the Future at a discount, the publisher, Apex Publications is having a 30% off sale today in honor of Cyber Monday:

"Apex Cyber Monday sale–30% off all orders today only! Enter code CYBERMONDAY on checkout!"

The sale is on all their products, not just IRTF...

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