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For those who’re interested . . .

05.13.13
by Daniel Abraham

Upcoming4me just put up a little article about the story behind The Dagger & the Coin. “For my first fantasy series – The Long Price Quartet – I wanted to do something really different, and so I did.  It had a structure I hadn’t seen anyone do before, a different setting than the usual, an idea for magic that I’m still kind of proud of.  And then I saw this ketchup bottle.”

The Wide World of Daniel Abraham Roundup Edition

05.11.13
by Daniel Abraham

So yeah.  There’s been a lot going on of late, professionally speaking.  So partly because I figured some folks might be interested and partly so I could see it all in one place, here’s the state of play right now: NOVELS   Graveyard Child by MLN Hanover came out last month. We’re in between contracts on that one, and I’ll share more news on it as it comes in. The Tyrant’s Law by Daniel Abraham comes out in four days, […]

Tyrant’s Law in Review

05.10.13
by Daniel Abraham

Well, so far, it’s looking pretty nice out there.   “Banking and ancient races, these are two of the main forces driving the narrative of the characters of and world events in Daniel Abraham’s The Tyrant’s Law. The novel is the third book of his series The Dagger and the Coin, and is further proof that Daniel is crafting what is arguably one of the finest long form epic stories of the 21st Century.” — Tor.com “The third novel in the Dagger […]

Locus Award Short List!

05.08.13
by Daniel Abraham

The Locus Award shortlist is out, and Caliban’s War is on it!  And it’s a pretty amazing slate all the way ’round.  Check it out.

A Brief Thought on Cliffhangers

04.28.13
by Daniel Abraham

Ty and I were talking about the idea of closed vs. open cliffhangers.  The idea is that bad cliffhangers get their power from witholding information while good ones get their power from providing information. This isn’t an idea that’s original with us, but I don’t remember who we got it from.  So if you know, remind me. Anyway, our best understanding is that it would go kind of like this: Closed (bad) cliffhanger: His telephone rang.  Cassie’s voice sounded thin […]

Writing craft philosophical provocation of the day

04.10.13
by Daniel Abraham

“Inaccessibility in a work of art is either a failure of craft or a statement of contempt.” Discuss.

Daniel’s Early April Roundup

04.02.13
by Daniel Abraham

Jaysus, but I appear to be everywhere right now.  Seriously. I weigh in on Grimdark over at the once-again Hugo nominated Clarkesworld. At A Dribble of Ink, I reflect fondly on Sean Stewart, even though he isn’t dead. And at Apex Magazine, they’ve reprinted one of my favorite stories *and* interviewed me about it (and other things). Also, some folks are apparently going to be seeing advance copies of Tyrant’s Law any minute now. I think that’s about it for now. […]

Quick PSA

03.21.13
by Daniel Abraham

For folks looking to follow James SA Corey on Facebook, be aware that https://www.facebook.com/jamess.corey.54 *isn’t* us, we don’t know who it *is* and they’ve apparently blocked the real Jimmy Corey facebook page so they probably don’t mean well.  We’re talking to the fine folks at Facebook about it, but in the meantime, try https://www.facebook.com/james.s.corey.9 Share and enjoy!

Pleasure and Unease: The Balfour & Meriwether Stories

03.05.13
by Daniel Abraham

So this all started a while back.  As I recall it, I was invited into a steampunk project.  Now I’m not a particularly steampunk sort of fella in general.  I admire the aesthetic, but as with almost all versions of style, it’s a little too much effort for me to really maintain.  Class me as an admirer.  But I’d read some steampunk, and read some criticism of steampunk, and come to the part of that particular project that was interesting […]

If you’re hanging around Albuquerque this Saturday…

02.14.13
by Daniel Abraham

… I’ll be hanging out with Steve Gould — author of Jumper and Impulse, my endorsed nominee for SFWA president, and all around good guy — at Alamosa Books. The gig starts at 2 pm and lasts until we leave.  I’m not sure exactly what we’l be doing apart from signing books and being charming, but it’s a great little indie bookstore with a bent toward kid’s books that reminds my of a store called Trespasser’s Will that saved my […]