WorldCon 76: Where You Can Find Me

The 76th World Science Fiction Convention starts on Thursday, August 16. I'll be there with a packed schedule. Here's where you can find me, though if you want to guarantee time to chat, sign up for my Kaffeeklatsch:


From Dystopia to Utopia (and back again)
Format: Panel
16 Aug 2018, Thursday 14:00 - 15:00, 210C (San Jose Convention Center)

Kaffeeklatsch: SB Divya
17 Aug 2018, Friday 13:00 - 14:00, 211B1 (San Jose Convention Center)

Stress Management for Creative People
17 Aug 2018, Friday 3:00 - 4:00pm, 210G (San Jose Convention Center)

Autographing (San Jose Convention Center)
17 Aug 2018, Friday 4:00 - 5:00pm

Escape Pod - Live at Worldcon
Format: Podcast
18 Aug 2018, Saturday 10:00 - 11:30, 210DH (San Jose Convention Center)

Stop Killing Us
18 Aug 2018, Saturday 3:00 - 4:00pm, 211C (San Jose Convention Center)

Reading: Escape Artists (Note: I'm attending this, not participating)
Saturday, 4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM  |  San Jose Convention Center , 211A

SETI: What Do We Do When We Find Them?
19 Aug 2018, Sunday 12:00 - 1:00pm, 210DH (San Jose Convention Center)

Reading: Hugo Finalist Uncanny Magazine
Format: Readings
19 Aug 2018, Sunday 1:00 - 2:00pm, 211A (San Jose Convention Center)

So You Want To Build A Science Fictional Device
Format: Panel/Improv
19 Aug 2018, Sunday 3:00 - 4:00pm, 210G (San Jose Convention Center)

Hugo Ceremony
Format: Main Event
19 Aug 2018, Sunday 8:00 - 11:00pm, Grand Ballroom (San Jose Convention Center)

New Short Story: "Loss of Signal"

In case you missed it, I have a new science fiction short story (quite short, but not flash) out on Loss of Signal. It's free to read online!

Here's a preview:

When the doors drifted open like wings, when I trained my cameras to the star-flecked blackness, when the metal arms released me from their embrace: that was the moment my first dream came true.

I checked it off the list.

“You’re clear of the shuttle, Toby. Begin translunar injection.”

Mission control’s voice sounded in my ear, but I had no ear. I had adapted to that change early on.


Escape Pod is a Finalist for the Hugo Award

I am incredibly thrilled to share the news that Escape Pod is a finalist for the 2018 Hugo Awards in the category of Best Semiprozine!

Read the full list of finalists here:


Of course, I wouldn't be here with many helping hands along the way, most of all, my awesome co-editor Mur Lafferty and our tireless assistant editor, Benjamin C. Kinney, as well as all of our other staff and Escape Artists' owners.

My journey here has taken three years, not a particularly long or winding road, but I wouldn't have started on it without an invitation from Rachael Jones and Nathaniel Lee. They brought me in as a slush reader (more officially, an associate editor) back in 2015. I wondered how I'd make time for it, but I knew it would be an invaluable experience. About a year later, Nathan was ready to take a break from assistant editor, and Norm Sherman was kind enough to offer me the job. Again, I wondered how'd I'd make time for it, but I also felt ready and eager to take on the work. I couldn't refuse! And then in 2017, after five years of making Escape Pod the best it could be, Norm stepped away, and I took his place alongside Mur, who has been the best co-pilot I could ask for.

Without the support of Rachael, Nathan, and Norm, I wouldn't be here, and I'll be forever grateful to the three of them for giving me the opportunity to be part of Escape Pod.