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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 […]

When We Were Heroes

01.16.13
by Daniel Abraham

My new story in the Wild Cards universe (starring my very own morally-fallen trust-fund anti-superhero Jonathan “Bugsy” Tipton-Clarke and Carrie Vaughn’s Curveball). Come for the superheroic antics, stay for the coffee-shop analysis of Peter Weiss’ Marat/Sade. With thanks to George RR Martin and Melinda Snodgrass who edit the work in that project, John Picacio for the amazing art, and your friends and mine over ar Tor.com.

Two things you can look at, and a Star Wars update

01.14.13
by Ty Franck

Daniel and I were interviewed for the January issue of Locus.  If you don’t subscribe, y0u can still see some excerpts on their website.  We discuss our writing process and our love of lurid adventure tales.  If you want to know about those two things, you can give it a peek. Also, you can listen to our voices as we talk about pretty much the same stuff on the Machine Readable podcast from Mile Hi Con. Ground has been broken […]