Do you live in and/or near Boston? Fantastic! Cat Valente will be in your neighborhood (roughly) TOMORROW at Speculative Boston. Come see her read from Space Opera, and see two other brilliant authors at this event: Elizabeth Bear and Cadwell Turnbull! Since Trident Booksellers and Café is temporarily closed, head on over to the Coolidge Corner Library at 7 PM on Tuesday, April 24.


Now for some Space Opera news: 

Have you wondered what The Big Idea is with Space Opera, anyway? Well, it’s a good thing John Scalzi runs the series of guest posts that lets you find out:

Sometimes you plan a book. Carefully. Meticulously. You hone it, prune it, and shepherd it through the publication progress with all the gentleness you’d give to a particularly shy child.

And sometimes a book comes to you. And the book says: I’m happening. Deal with it. I’m happening right now. Just…hold on to something.

Space Opera, you may not be surprised to learn, was the second kind of book. [Keep reading here.]

Or perhaps you’re more interested in the writing process than the idea behind the book. In that case, you want to read Cat’s guest post over on Chuck Wendig’s Terribleminds: “5 Things I Learned Writing Space Opera.”

Did you miss Cat’s AMA on Reddit over the weekend? Not to worry! You can read how it all went down right here.

That’s all the news that’s fit to print this morning – unless you’d be interested in a Twitter thread covering all the species names and proper alien names from Space Opera, along with their translations from the languages of various Eurovision countries. In which case, enjoy!

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Outtake from Lumen’s First Reddit Photo Shoot

Look at your calendar. Now back to me: is it Saturday, April 21? Then you’re not too late! (Maybe. I don’t actually know what time in the future you’re reading this.)

Here’s what you need to know: Cat Valente is doing a Reddit AMA on April 21 at 2 PM EST. You can join in by having a Reddit account and watching out for the thread on r/books. Come for the Ask, stay for the Anything: you can ply her for secret details, detailed secrets, behind-the-scenes snippets, and her favorite recipes. Chase your Space Opera high or your Mass Effect Quarian feels!

She’ll see you there.

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Good afternoon, all! We come bearing treats, the best and the shiniest that could be found – they’re all polished up and waiting for you, so let’s be brief. Here’s the good stuff:

Subterranean Press now taking pre-orders for The Future is Blue

Cat is excited to share that Subterranean Press is publishing a gorgeous limited edition hardcover of her first major short fiction collection in five years! The Future is Blue comes with a showstopping dust jacket illustration from Galen Dara, and collects 13 stories, including three never before printed! Right now, this is the only place in print you can find “Major Tom,” “Two and Two is Seven,” and her novelette with the evocative title “Flame, Pearl, Mother, Autumn, Virgin, Sword, Kiss, Blood, Heart, and Grave.” This volume also collects her return to Fairyland, “The Beasts Who Fought for Fairyland Until the Very End and Further Still.” Pre-order now to ensure your signed and numbered copy. has an exclusive excerpt of Space Opera available NOW:

Can’t bear to wait another month before trying Cat’s latest novel in all its Eurovision-in-SPAAAACE glory? You don’t have to! has shared an exclusive excerpt and you can read the first chapter now-right-now. So stop reading these words and go read those:

“Once upon a time on a small, watery, excitable planet called Earth, in a small, watery, excitable country called Italy, a soft-spoken, rather nice-looking gentleman by the name of Enrico Fermi was born into a family so overprotective that he felt compelled to invent the atomic bomb. Somewhere in between discovering various heretofore cripplingly socially anxious particles and transuranic elements and digging through plutonium to find the treat at the bottom of the nuclear box, he found the time to consider what would come to be known as the Fermi Paradox.” Keep reading at! 

That’s it for today. Enjoy!

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We’re heading into the SFF awards season, which means it must be January: Happy New Year, and welcome to 2018! You’ve likely seen authors sharing their eligible works across your social media streams, and we’re here to share the same. With so much fantastic fiction published each year, it’s important for creatives to make and post a list of their eligible stories and novels (and more!) for readers and pros who will be voting and participating in the awards process.  

Nebula Awards
If you’re a member of the SFWA (any type), you can nominate a work for the Nebula Awards. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.

Hugo Awards
Nominations for the Hugo Awards aren’t open yet, but they will be soon. In order to nominate and vote in the awards, you must be an attending or supporting member of Worldcon 75 (last year’s), Worldcon 76 (this year’s), or Worldcon 77 (next year’s).

World Fantasy Awards
Attendees of the World Fantasy Convention can nominate works to be considered for the World Fantasy Award, but you’ll need to contact them for details on the process.

Mythopoeic Awards
If you’re a member of the Mythopoeic Society, you can nominate works to be considered for the Mythopoeic Awards, which include awards for adult literature, children’s literature and more that exemplify the spirit of the Inklings (a group of writers including J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis). (The Glass Town Game is a great fit!)

Here’s what Cat wrote that’s eligible this year:


The Glass Town Game (Margaret K. McElderry Books)


The Refrigerator Monologues (Saga Press)

Important note: The Refrigerator Monologues actually straddles the line between novella and novel at 41,000 words. While it likely can be nominated as a novella for the Nebula Awards, it will probably be classified as novel for the Hugo Award. You can nominate it as a novella for the Hugo, but make sure you leave one slot free on your “Best Novel” nominations in case Hugo Award nominations need to reclassify your The Refrigerator Monologues nomination.


The Ordinary Woman and the Unquiet Emperor (part of’s Nevertheless, She Persisted anthology)

Down and Out in R’lyeh (in Uncanny Magazine, Issue 18)

Thanks for your consideration, everyone! Remember: nominate early, vote often, and read always.

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This weekend, the Southern Festival of Books is taking place in Nashville, Tennessee! This three-day festival celebrates many kinds of books with over 200 authors from all across the country. The Southern Festival of Books is free and open to the public.

You can find Cat at the festival on Saturday at the following panel:

October 14 – 11 AM – 12 PM
NPL Conf Room 3
“Mazes of the Mind: Thrilling Adventurers for Middle Grades”
with Catherynne M. Valente & Deron R. Hicks

Come out and see her and talk about The Glass Town Game! For updates to her schedule and information about any signings, follow her Twitter this weekend.

If you’d like to see the full Southern Festival of Books schedule, click here.

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