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My October Schedule

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So. Turns out, October is going to be a busy month. If you’re in the St Louis area, there will be lots of chances to get your book signed!

It goes like this:

On Wednesday, October 1 I’m going to be at the Heartland Fall Forum in Minneapolis. Specifically, I’ll be at the Moveable Feast Author Lunch.

Tuesday, October 7 is BOOK DAY! Ancillary Sword will be officially out!

Wednesday, October 8 I’ll be at the University City Library at 7pm. There’ll be books available for purchase, and I’ll be happy to sign them, or sign books you already have. I might read from AS, if people want me to, and I’ll certainly answer questions.

Saturday, October 11 I’ll be at Lit in the Lou. Specifically, I’ll be doing the reading/talking/answering questions thing from 11-12 in the Main Tent, and then there’s a panel on “Building your SciFi/Fantasy World” from 1-2 in the St Louis Writers Guild Tent 2.

On Monday, October 3 at 7pm I’ll be at Left Bank Books. Right, talking, signing, etc. Books available, of course!

On Thursday, October 16 at 7pm I’ll be at the Spencer Road Branch of the St Charles Library. Books available, me signing them if you want! Reading, talking, answering questions too.

On Friday, October 17 I will collapse into a heap.

Ancillary Sword Giveaway 2: The Re-Givening

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And it’s time for me to give away two more copies of Ancillary Sword!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Sword

by Ann Leckie

Giveaway ends September 19, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

You’ve got two days to enter. And I plan to have at least one more (hopefully two more) before Book Day.

If that widget above doesn’t work, follow this link to enter.

Ancillary Justice….Hardcover!

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So, every now and then someone emails me, or pops up in comments, to ask if there’ll be a hardcover edition of Ancillary Justice. And until very, very recently the answer has been, “Nope. It would be awesome, I agree, but there are no such plans at the moment.”

Well, that is no longer true. Y’all know Subterranean Press, right? If you don’t, you should. My very first genre sale was actually to issue number four of Subterranean Magazine, an issue guest-edited by John Scalzi. Sadly, Subterranean Magazine is no more, but Subterranean Press puts out lovely limited-edition hardcovers.

And yes, some time next year they’re going to be doing a signed, limited-edition hardcover of Ancillary Justice. So, those of you who have desired such a thing, watch this space!

Pre-Order Ancillary Sword & Get a Signed Bookplate PLUS Chapter 1 Posted

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So, basically, what it says in the subject line up there. If you’ve pre-ordered Ancillary Sword (or if you do pre-order it in the next couple of weeks), click on over to this form, fill it out (including a copy and paste or an image file of your receipt), and I will sign a bookplate for you.

Here’s that link again: Pre-Order Ancillary Sword and Receive a Signed Bookplate

And! This basically steals fire from my “sentence a day” plan, but that’s all right. I’ll continue it in case anyone still wants the slow drip (they’re all already scheduled anyway!). But. You can read Chapter 1 IN ITS ENTIRETY on Orbit’s website.

Ancillary Sword coming October 7, 2014

So, the other day a blogger posted their predictions for next year’s Hugo ballot for Best Novel. (Strikes me as a bit early in that game, but hey, de gustibus, and if that’s what they enjoy thinking about and writing about, I genuinely wish them all the enjoyment the topic can afford them.)

Flatteringly enough, they considered Ancillary Sword to be a likely candidate. Unless, of course, AS turns out to be an utter disaster. Or unless it didn’t actually come out this year–they cited the lack of a pre-order button on Amazon and the lack of marketing push to be signs that perhaps the book would be delayed.

So. Just so it’s clear. I’ve been largely silent on the Amazon business, but I’ll say explicitly here that yes, Orbit is part of Hachette, and all of that Amazon vs Hachette business is indeed affecting my books. Amazon is delaying shipment of paper copies of Ancillary Justice, and has removed the pre-order button on Ancillary Sword. It has nothing to do with the book not coming out on time.

(I am not happy with Amazon right now, and have stopped buying anything at all through them. I probably won’t go back to it if I can possibly help it. But I haven’t called for any kind of Amazon-avoidance, largely because I’m pretty sure a lot of readers are more or less locked into Kindle at this point. Personally I’d have advised against getting into that position to begin with, but cost is a factor there, with vanilla e-readers being cheaper than the tablets that let you run various bookstore apps, and besides I can’t tell you all how to run your book-buying lives. So, buy your books wherever works best for you.)

The marketing push? Well, you know, you push too early and by the time the thing comes out everyone’s either sick of it or has forgotten. Push too late and you don’t get the buildup you want in time for release. Early reviews are only just now coming out. Things are moving along as they should be.

At any rate, here are a few of those early reviews: Publishers Weekly liked it, Kirkus liked it. There’ll be a (starred, I’m told!) Library Journal review come September. There was a lovely review in RT Book Reviews, which I can’t link to because it’s in the latest issue.

Here’s the publisher’s page.

So. Mark your calendars! Ancillary Sword will be out on October 7.

I’ll be doing some signings in the St Louis area in the week or two following its release, by the way, so watch this space for times and locations.

Translations of Ancillary Justice

Among the wonderful people I met at Worldcon were several who were interested in whether or when AJ would be translated into various languages. In some cases I could answer pretty easily, off the top of my head, but not in all, and I figured I ought to list upcoming translations here so folks who are interested will know.

So. Thus far, there are plans to translate Ancillary Justice into something like a dozen languages.

  • Hebrew–SiAl
  • Dutch–Luitingh Fantasy
  • Spanish–Ediciones B SFF
  • Czech–Albatros Media
  • French–J’ai Lu
  • Italian–Fanucci Editore
  • Polish–Muza
  • Japanese–Tokyo Sogensha
  • Hungarian–Gabo
  • Bulgarian–Bard
  • Russian–Fantastika Book Club Publishers
  • Romanian–Art Grup Editorial
  • German–Heyne Verlag
  • Turkish–Ithaki Yayinlari
  • Portuguese (in Brazil)–Editora Aleph
  • There may or may not be more coming.

    I am really interested in how certain aspects of the novel will translate into certain languages. Hungarian, for example, doesn’t have gendered pronouns to begin with. And I had a really lovely conversation with my German translator (Hi, Bernard!) about how he’s thinking of handling some of the nouns, which have to be gendered in German. (Lieutenant, for example!)

    I’m also eager for the Spanish translation, since my daughter, who has been studying Spanish for five or six years now and really enjoying it, has said she’ll condescend to read it when it’s available in Spanish. Partly because it’s my novel, and partly, she says, because she’s sure she’ll learn a lot in the attempt.

    So, anyway, there’s the current list of upcoming translations. If there are more, I’ll blog about them so people can find them.

    Worldcon!

    I’m back! And I had a fabulous, if exhausting, time. I arrived Wednesday morning, got all registered and everything–good call, because I gather the lines the next day or so were pretty amazingly huge–and went to the Orbit party, which was in a lovely venue near St Paul’s with a wonderful view. Met a zillion wonderful people, some of whom I’d met before, some of whom I only knew from the internet, some of whom were entirely new to me. It was fabulous.

    That “met a zillion wonderful people” thing was a major theme of the week. I met so many people, in fact, that a day or two in my social circuits were more or less overwhelmed and I was having trouble sorting out who I’d met and when, and a few times I remembered that someone had said something–but it turned out, someone else had said it. Usually it was someone else who had been part of the same conversation and I’d just failed to tag it correctly in memory, I guess, but it was a strange experience.

    The venue was GINORMOUS. I never did get to the other end of it, where things besides Loncon were happening. I swear I did more walking in a few days than I generally do in a couple of weeks. But the venue was really nice. I was dubious about the Fan Village thing, but it seemed to work out really well. There seemed to be plenty of elevators and ramps (though there may have been access problems I didn’t know about), traffic flowed pretty well, except in a couple of hallways where most of the panels were, which were really freaking crowded during shift changes. I did really like the whole “food court” kind of thing they had going on–not that any of it was life-changingly delicious, but so often at a con you’re stuck with the (incredibly expensive and often crowded) hotel restaurant, and then you hope there’s something decent within walking distance. The setup at the ExCel meant there was generally a good variety of food available right there at the con.

    As seems to be the case with me and Worldcons, I attended only one panel. This time it was the Coode Street Podcast recording. I was on a couple others, and had a good time doing them.

    So, you know, I had a great time.

    Oh, and there was the Hugo Ceremony on Sunday night. Yeah. That little thing.

    So, honestly, I expected Wheel of Time to take the rocket home. And I was good with that. There is, annually, some hand-wringing about the Hugos–they’re broken, they’re a sign of [insert thing you despise], they’re meaningless, they should be abolished, whatever. But it’s always seemed to me that the whole point of the Hugos is that people vote for the things that they love. This is not always the same as “the best” or “the most literary” or “the most sophisticated” or whatever–but determining “the best” or any of those other things is a really complicated question, and in the end it’s not actually what the Hugos are about. The Hugos are about what the members of Worldcon love.

    Of course, at this point I have a vested interest in saying such a thing. But I’ve always felt that was the case, and never had much of a problem with it. Yeah, sometimes things I don’t love (or things I actively dislike) will win, but that’s the breaks. I might grouse about it to friends, and wish the thing I’d voted for had done better, but eh, it’s not the end of the world. This isn’t to say I don’t think winners should be held up for criticism–I absolutely do. But I generally don’t find that my preferred candidate not winning–or even my not having a candidate I think much of–is a sign of the ultimate bankruptcy of science fiction or whatever.

    Anyway. I knew how many people really, really love the Wheel of Time. It’s not my thing, but it doesn’t need to be, does it. So I was just happy to go to London and dress up and go to the parties and be within spitting distance of the Hugo.

    Yeah. About that.

    Oh. My. God. Afterwards, people were saying, “Did you see, when your name was called…” or “Did you hear…” and I was like, I saw and heard nothing. I was just trying not to fall the fuck over from shock on my way up the steps. Cause, like I said, I was sure it belonged to WoT and I was all ready to cheer for it.

    I did have one or two people tell me they were WoT fans but had put AJ in first place, and I would like to say how much that means to me. Because like I said, I know fans of WoT really, really love it.

    And then my Twitter and my email exploded, and haven’t yet quite recovered. If you have emailed me or tweeted at me (particularly if you tweeted at me, Twitter doesn’t really want to show me all of my mentions right now, and I don’t blame it, there are a zillion of them) I would like to say THANK YOU. If you had told me at any time before Sunday night that winning a Hugo (let alone any other awards) was anything more than an embarrassingly grandiose fantasy, I would have said (did, in fact, to a couple people) that it was nice of you to say so, but come on, now, really.

    Uh huh. Wow. I just…really, words fail.

    It doesn’t help that I just got home last night, and my body still kind of thinks it should be in London, so I’m not exactly at my most witty and articulate, but I think I’d be having problems even if I weren’t tired and jetlagged. Holy crap.

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    I knew I’d forgotten something

    11) The inimitable Cat Rambo has a Patreon. Signing up gets you new stories in your email, fresh from Cat’s elegant pen.

    If enough pledges accumulate, patrons will get audio versions of stories, or perhaps even a serialized fantasy. Or–at the highest level–she’ll edit her own magazine. Remember when Cat was editor of Fantasy? Yes? Do you long for those days to return? Okay, maybe not all of those days, and certainly not the parts that might have been unpleasant for you, but the part where Cat edited stories for us to read? Well.

    As little as a dollar per story gets you short fiction in your email every two weeks. More gets you, well, more. If it’s something you’re able to do, please consider it.

    Friday: A Miscellany

    1) I went to the Launchpad Astronomy Workshop two weeks ago, and had the most amazing time, and met the most amazing people. Some of them have written blog posts about it. I fully intended to, but I suspect there’s no way I’ll really be able to in any way that seems sufficient to me.

    2)Readers who are familiar with my short fiction–a minority these days, for fairly obvious reasons–will recall that I wrote a fair amount of fantasy, nearly all of it set in the same universe. A new story, “Saving Bacon”–set in that same universe!–has gone live at Podcastle. Perhaps you will enjoy it.

    3)Related to that last item, once, years ago, Mr Leckie and I visited some friends who’d moved out of the city and bought a farm. They had a pig penned outside, and they explained that the first year they’d gotten a pig, they’d named it and everything, and then when it came time to do what they’d bought the pig for to begin with, it was really hard on them. (Yes, yes, I imagine it was harder on the pig, but the pig, sadly, wasn’t telling the story.) The next year, they named their pig “Ham” so that they would never forget what that pig’s job was. Next morning, we were served (delicious) sausage that was very obviously home-made, and I said, “Is this Ham?” One of the friends said, very solemnly, “No, Ann, that’s sausage.” And then busted up laughing. She’d been waiting and waiting to make that crack. And yes, it was Ham.

    4)Left Bank Books in St Louis has a regular science fiction book discussion thingy, and the next one is Thursday August 7, at 7pm. And the book they’ll be discussing? Ancillary Justice. And I’ll be there. Drop by if you’re interested.

    5)There are (or were last I checked) signed copies of Ancillary Justice at both Subterranean Books and Left Bank Books. So if you’re in St Louis and want one of those, that’s where you’d go to get them.

    6)I fail at subtweeting. I tried, but instead started a conversation about cilantro. Oh, well, that’s the breaks. I’ll do it more explicitly here, since there’s more space–obviously since cilantro tastes vile to me, people who rave about it only “like” it because it’s fashionable. They are deluded, brainwashed, perhaps even sheep-like. You cannot convince me otherwise, I know the truth, and I don’t care about what herbs might be in style, I just like good food. And cilantro isn’t good food.

    7)Same goes for people who like chili peppers. They’ve got to be lying in order to appear cool, or so invested in the idea of being cool they’ve convinced themselves eating them is actually pleasant.

    8)No, I don’t sincerely think that. But I am a wimp when it comes to spicy, and cilantro tastes like a mouthful of soap. Ick.

    9)Yes, I am aware there’s probably a genetic component to the whole “cilantro tastes like soap” thing. Supposedly there’s also an “it’s in your head” component as well, but I’m not sure how any amount of exposure is going to make a mouthful of soap into some kind of pleasant experience.

    10)I guess that’s everything. See you on the other side of Worldcon, unless I realize I forgot something.