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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Last New Year, my resolutions were to write faster and to blog more. I seem to have accomplished the latter. Comments have been (mostly) all I could wish for - thanks to all, and special thanks to regular commenters.
As for writing: I had a delayed start on my next novel after The Night Sessions, partly because I made a false start on a sequel (which I may yet write). Then I took a long time over planning out the novel I'm actually writing, The Restoration Game. That was well worth doing, but my blithe assumption that it would make the actual writing a lot faster turned out to be mistaken. One side-effect of that blithe assumption was that commissioned stories and non-fiction pieces I'd blithely agreed to fell due in time I'd expected to be clear when I agreed to them. But the book's coming along fine, and is still on course for publication in 2009.
Next Monday, I'm starting a part-time job as one of two (hi, Pippa) Writers in Residence for the Genomics Forum, based at Edinburgh University. A large part of my work will consist of, ah, writing science fiction, and Darren Nash, my editor at Orbit, is very much on board for a science fiction novel with a genomics angle, so everything should fit together reasonably well (touch wood).
But I'm even more elated and enthusiastic about the prospect of doing other work - getting to know social scientists and biological scientists in their natural habitat, and taking part in outreach activities such as an event on Darwinian evolution and computer games sponsored by listings freesheet The Skinny, scheduled for 7 February.
My first project, I think, might be to circulate a list of SF short stories and novels relevant to (a) sociology and (b) genomics. I have a few in mind, but any suggestions will be gratefully recieved, even if I've thought of them already.
All the best for 2009 to all my readers (except the spammers, obviously).