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sydney writers' festival

If you're coming to Sydney for the Aurealis Awards bash, why not start the day a little earlier? I'll be talking with Peter Hollo about remixing as part of the Sydney Writers' Festival, which I'm attending as a guest (and very excited about it I am, too). Garth Nix and I will be larking about as well, here and there. Full program available here.

Master Remix with Sean Williams

Saturday, 21 May 1.00-2.00
Sydney Dance Company Studio 2/3

Sean Williams has collaborated with Garth Nix, Shane Dix and Simon Brown. But the list doesn’t end there. He’s also collaborated with Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Darwin (rewriting his most famous work as a series of haiku using his own words, using them to portray the evolution of the poetic form) and Gary Numan (in a series of novels in which one character speaks solely in his lyrics). He tells Peter Hollo of FourPlay how he makes it all work creatively (and legally).



come out and play

Got a free afternoon on Sunday the 27th? Join Richard Harland and I at the Adelaide Festival Centre Amphitheatre at 2.45 for half an hour of fun and frivolity and . . . actually, I don't know what we'll be doing, exactly. We'll make it up as we go along. But we'll have a good time, and I guarantee that you will too.

This is part of the awesome ComeOut Festival, a program for children, young people, and families. There are workshops and performances and all manner of excellent things. I'm also taking a five-day workshop for young writers with A. J. Mackinnon, one of the most entertaining writers and speakers you'll ever see. All in all, it's going to be a busy and brilliant week.
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troubletwister teaser trailer #1

This is the first of several trailers for Troublestwisters, the the series Garth Nix and I have been working on for a while now. More to come!

Here's the blurb:

When their home mysteriously explodes around their ears, twins Jack and Jaide are sent to live in a place they have never heard of, to stay with a grandmother they have never met. Portland might seem like a quiet coastal town, but it soon becomes apparent that Grandma X is more than a little eccentric, and the strange things going on in the town are anything but ordinary.

Talking cats, swarms of cockroaches, a miniature tornado trashing their room—life is about to get a lot more interesting!

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cash for karma

There are lots of initiatives around to help save our beloved Queenslanders from the mud of La Nina. If you know all this, please skip the hard sell and just go to the links in order to improve your chances in the next life.

One sterling effort is Writers on Rafts, where you buy chances to win cool stuff in several different categories. I've volunteered some signed books, some face time, and a Tuckerization.

There's also Authors for Queensland, for those who like to bid directly rather than take your chances. I have some signed series and rare hardbacks on offer.

All the money goes to the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal to help victims of the Queensland floods. And that's a good thing, yessir. (I'm hoping to come back as a meerkat. Or a fez. Either one.)


It’s Hugo time again, and I have a couple of eligible novellas. 

The first is “A Glimpse of the Magnificent Structure (and the Threat it Entails)” from Godlike Machines, edited by Jonathan Strahan and published by SF Book Club. It’s a little hard to find outside the US, but has been received very well and is, I think, one of the best things I’ve ever written. That would be my pick if you wanted to nominate me for anything.

But if you were to go completely crazy and want to nominate two things, the other novella is “The Spark (A Romance in Four Acts): A Tale of the Change” from Legends of Australian Fantasy, edited by Jack Dann and the mighty Jonathan Strahan again, published by HarperCollins Australia.

It’s very hard to compare the two--since one’s mind/space-bending SF and the other is a fantastical story about a creature that eats love, and I’m equally proud of both--but I figure “Structure” has the best shot, for what that’s worth.

Remember, everyone who had a membership to AussieCon IV can nominate. The window closes late March, so you have plenty of time to think about it (and for the cheques to clear). If you’re outside the distribution reach of either anthology, let me know and I’ll see if I can get you an electronic copy.
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an atheist writer's prayer for 2011

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone. I hope 2010 ends with a bang that echoes through 2011 and well into 2012. May your sales be at pro rates, your royalties high, and your work/play ratio in perfect balance. May all your words be magical, and reviewed accordingly. May we catch up at numerous cons and drink pink drinks into the wee hours. May we all offend someone at least once, apologise sincerely, and be forgiven in good grace. May we  grow wiser and--in my case in particular--more patient with those who hold with crazy ideas opinions that differ to mine. May I preach less, reason more, and meet all my deadlines. Amen.

words about words about words about

I’ve been writing hard the last few weeks (two short stories, one novel, numerous treatments of the Crooked Letter TV series pitch document), so I’ve been slack when it comes to posting to reviews of The Force Unleashed II, The Fixers, my story in Godlike Machines, and evenThe Grand Conjunction, plus a quick plug in The Australian Literary Review (thanks, Rowena). So there are some links, if you’re interested.

There have also been a ton of interviews, articles and podcasts. Most relate to The Force Unleashed II, but not all. I try to give new answers each time, which leads me to wonder if I’ve ever contradicted myself. Hopefully I have. It’d be a shame not to leave something for future scholars to argue over...

“Romantic preconceptions of sitting in an old leather chair, at a classically carved wooden desk edged by a quill pen, writing pad and a rustic typewriter quickly dissolve as Sean talks about balancing his writing duties with literary boards, international travel, publicity interviews, phone calls to an accountant, phone calls to editors, phone calls to publicists, washing clothes and the occasional trip to the shops.” (ABC) 

“I like to shake things up a bit, creatively. Doing the same thing over and over again is the quickest way to kill the excitement one should feel when working on a novel.” (Titan Books)

“[T]he character of Nitram was originally a Clantaani, but he was changed to the more familiar Bothan. In a galaxy so huge and varied, it seems a shame to me to default to the least unusual, but it doesn’t always happen, and being obscure sometimes comes with its own risks.” (Total Sci-Fi Online)

“My stepsons think I’m a total geek because I don’t like sport and love shows like Doctor Who. My study is full of remote-control Daleks, Colonial Vipers, steampunk Godzillas, and so on. I also have an Energy Dome, which probably gives me a bigger claim to geek status than anything sci-fi-related. I mean, sci-fi is so mainstream now. You have to dig deep to find something that people will really find odd.” (Geek Syndicate)

“Ultimately I’m writing an adaptation of the game–the canonical version, to boot–so getting the book right isn’t entirely a matter of aping what happens on the small screen. It’s about telling the right story.” (Blogomatic 3000)

“James talks to Sean Williams, author of The Force Unleashed II novelization.” (Rebelscum) - 

“As we continue our conversation we look into what happens to a story when major villains are brought into it and the consequences following. Why sometimes it's easier to omit something than change the entire course of a story. How these figures formulate the design or even alter the story itself.” (Galactic Holofeed)

“The staff of Star Wars Action News are excited for the return of Starkiller, and so this week they ... talked to Sean about the writing process of the books, as well as Sean's other Star Wars tie-in novel, The Old Republic -- Fatal Alliance!” (Star Wars Action News) 

Sorry to dump it all in one huge lump. I'll try to be good from now on!