Lizard Brain is a shared blog about Science Fiction and Fantasy from Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

SF Signal and the AV Club: Am I Above the Law Yet?

by Daniel Abraham

Ok, this may be the best morning ever.

First off, Patrick Hester interviewed me for the SF Signal podcast.  (Not a repeat from Orbit’s podcast.)

Then, James SA Corey is up to do a Big Idea for Scalzi in a couple months (my first).

And then I got reviewed in the AV Club.  (B+, the same grade as David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King)

“And for the first half of the book, it seems Abraham is perfectly content to coast on such clichés. Then slowly, cumulatively, almost magically, The Dragon’s Path does something unexpected: It gets really damn good.”

“…as the story progresses, it becomes obvious what Abraham’s up to: In order to juggle so many characters, events, and races of unfamiliar humanoids (no easy elves here), he’s hoping to err on the side of clarity. Which he does, brilliantly. As the plotlines take root and braid together, his stereotypes shed their stock skins and start taking big, deep breaths. Abraham’s dialogue starts to pop, all while retaining a subtle economy that communicates far more than the words being spoken.”

Oh good day, very good day.

[ED: *And* the podcast with is out too.  I believe I have achieved saturation.]


Lo, Daniel is Podcast

by Daniel Abraham

Jack Womack, author of Elvissey, talks to me about Dragon’s Path in the new Orbit podcast.

Have I mentioned recently that I love my life?  I freaking love my life.

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Killing Rites

by Daniel Abraham

Jayné's New Look

The new cover art for Killing Rites is now with us.  It’s a departure in that Jayné has gotten some color and appears to be approaching a BMI that might be healthy for her.  I think she looks lovely.

And hey, nice crow, right?


My Left Ear

by Daniel Abraham

For those who missed the signing at the Poisoned Pen, good news!  It was live webcast and (mostly) recorded.  There were a few minute of chatting with folks before the show started, but that was mostly just explaining what happened with the big switch from Tor to Orbit after the Long Price books.

Ken, who was there, had a review of the event.  Also, my thanks to Sam Sykes for helping get out the word.

Watch live streaming video from poisonedpenauthorevent at



by Daniel Abraham

“If we don’t find an antidote her heart’s gonna explode like a sausage casing full of weasels.”

No more monologuing, or I'll Swiss-cheese you on principle.

Normally, I sped my time on the blog subtly trying to charm everyone in general into buying my books, nominating me for the Tiptree, stuff like that.  But not today.  Today, I’m doing humanity in general and you in particular a huge favor. I’m telling you to go buy this. If you trust me, just go do it.  Don’t ask, don’t read about it, just make the purchase, clear the evening, and cruise through the first three episodes. This series was built for fans and sophisticates of fantasy and science fiction, and they are nigh infinitely rewatchable. I heard about it from Carrie Vaughn.  I’ve converted Ian Tregellis and Pat Rogers.  Somehow this has flown almost entirely under the radar.  It should be celebrated as at least the equal of Bubbahotep, The Tick, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavera and — yes, I’ll say it — Firefly. If you need more persuasion, it’s available. Oh, and


The Poisoned Pen

by Daniel Abraham

Just a reminder to all the folks out in Arizona that MLN Hanover and Daniel Abraham will be hanging out, visiting, signing books, and making jokes at the expense of our enemies at The Poisoned Pen tomorrow, April 20th.  James S A Corey will also sort of be there, but will only be signing his first name.

If you can’t be there, but would like to get a signed copy of something, you can reach the store at (888) 560-9919 and they’ll probably be up for arranging shipping and such.

Please do consider telling all your friends and relatives.  The fine folks at Orbit have been very kind in sponsoring the trip, the folks at The Poisoned Pen are kind to have me, and only you and your vast and powerful social network can justify their faith in me.  (More on that later.)

One word of warning: starting unfounded rumors that I’m really a secret billionaire who’s been hiring Neil Gaiman to ghostwrite for me is, however tempting, still considered unethical.  I asked.


George RR Martin, LOST, and Endings (with a little tiny bit o’ Daniel)

by Daniel Abraham

For those of y’all who missed this (which is, I assume, everyone) TV Squad interviewed George about his tiny little flame war with the creators of LOST, and in the course of things talked about our own gentleman’s disagreement over Babylon 5.



NYT and Slate: Reviewing the Reviewers

by Daniel Abraham

The guys at Orbit asked my my opinion.  I said.

“From the creative writing professor who won’t accept “that kind” of work to the friend who sneers at you for buying the latest Harry Dresden to the professional critic who will make grand

Above: The odds-on favorite in the Westeros v NYT softball tournament

generalizations instead of real arguments, people who are interested in high culture – and in gaining social status by what they read and who they look down on – have always found an easy target in fantasy and science fiction.  If they were strapped down and shown the importance and relevance of Ursula Le Guin, Philip K Dick, Octavia Butler, Stephen King, and the other giants in the field, it wouldn’t help. Be angry at the sun for setting if these things anger you, (he says, quoting Robinson Jeffers).

But they bring up what is, to me, a more interesting question.  The editors of Slate and the New York Times have selected these people and given them high-status venues from which to express their opinions.  They expect me and their other readers to appreciate these reviews and to care what the reviewers think.  My question is: why?”

Here’s the rest.


Leviathan Wakes in Publishers Weekly

by Daniel Abraham

Leviathan Wakes

"Kickass space opera" -- the totally unbiased George RR Martin

Ladies and gentlemen, I am tickled to announce (and offer links to) Publisher’s Weekly’s coverage of Leviathan Wakes.

In addition to the review (starred!), the fine folks at PW were kind enough to include a short interview with me (James) and Ty (Corey).  The bits of the interview that didn’t make it into PW are not, however, lost.  They’re captured at the Genreville blog.

And remember, you can get an advance copy of Leviathan Wakes if you get Dragon’s Path on the ebook platform of your choice.  Then the guys at Orbit’ll throw it in for free.

The authors (meaning us) would like to thank Rose Fox for pretty much just rocking.


I am remiss

by Daniel Abraham

In case you missed it, I had an article up at Orbit’s website about the roots of epic fantasy.

The definition of epic fantasy: a map! Wait, no...

“The faux-Medieval world of dragons and knights seems like an odd genre to have caught our collective attention, but I think you can gauge a cultural moment by its guilty pleasures.  The same way that our huge romance industry tells us something about our fears about love, and urban fantasies like True Blood and Anita Blake tell us something about our discomfort with femininity and power, the knights and orcs that got us laughed at in middle school are attracting literally billions of dollars.  That means something interesting has happened.

We as a culture are anxious about something, and these particular stories comfort us.  They say something that we, the audience are willing to pay a lot of money to hear but from a distance that we can stand to hear it.

In particular, our two Tolkiens are telling us that we’re tired of war.”