News and Events
FOGCon - it stands for "Friends of the Genre" - is a literary themed SF/F convention held annually in the San Francisco Bay area. It takes place this year over the weekend of March 7th - 12th, and Chaz (and Karen) will be there.
Want to know more? Chaz tells all in a guest post in the FOGCon blog.
Kipling on Mars
Something to read online: Chaz'z story The Burial of Sir John Mawe at Cassini has been published in the Spring issue of Subterranean Online. As Chaz explains in his LiveJournal, he has been muttering this last year or so about a work in progress involving Kipling (yes, that Kipling) on Mars. This is where it starts. Where it all starts, this whole outrageous mash-up of Eng Lit and the British Empire and the Red Planet and Chaz. And you can read it now, online.
As Chaz puts it in his LiveJournal:
So a number of years ago, I wrote a novel(la) - this seems to be a favourite trick of mine, to write novellae long enough to fall within established definitions of a novel - called Being Small. It has, I think, a strong genre sensibility without falling comfortably into any observable genre. Various publishers were variously interested - we nearly sold it as literature, yet - but it never found a home where it could settle.
I am delighted to be able to announce that this tale of foetus in foetu, of dead twins and mad mothers, of Moleskine notebooks and teen friendships and AIDS carers and more, will be published by Per Aspera Press.
Per Aspera have now announced their forthcoming books for 2014: the publication date for Being Small is August 12th, 2014, a Glorious Twelfth indeed! Like all their titles it will be released simultaneously in hardcover, trade paper, and a variety of e-book formats.
Chaz in the Café
Chaz is interviewed at Book View Café by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel. He answers questions on his many pseudonyms, some recurrent themes in his writing, family, cooking and what he is currently writing - with "a generous pinch of oh-should-I-really-say-that?" (But he does.)
"In the far future, the wealthy and bold -- or the foolhardy -- can planet-hop by means the mysterious Chutes. The Upshot, as they call themselves, leave one body behind and find themselves at their destination in a brand-new body, one chosen randomly, which means they change gender, appearance, genetic heritage as they travel. On the huge orbital station called Rotten Row, however, the rules are different. If you have the cash, you can order up any identity you want.
"This novella is more a meditation on identity and art than the more ordinary kinds of SF. Beautifully written, and crafted by a master stylist."
Chaz in the Garden
Chaz'z 1990 novel, The Garden, has been brought back into print by Lethe Press; it is now available in both the UK and the US, with a beautiful new cover design. It is also, for the first time, available as an eBook.
But what sort of book is it? Chaz says: "It's not a whodunnit, it's not even strictly a whydunnit, though both of those elements are there. Basically, it's a book about hurt and grief and recovery. Of a sort.."
Find out more about The Garden.
Chaz in Disguise
Desdæmona's done a bad, bad thing.
A thing so, so terrible that she has to run away from the consequences. Again.
Where better to look for shelter than with the boy she was running from before? But trouble follows. And if it's not Jacey's parents who sent the deadly crow-men, the Twa Corbies, in chase of her, then who is it?
SF star Charles Stross found it "Riveting... A gripping ghost-ride through the daemon-haunted landscape of modern England."
Read more about Pandaemonium - including where Ben Macallan gets his ideas from...
Wondering what Ben Macallan has to do with Chaz Brenchley? There's a clue here...