Brenda Cooper

Archive for March, 2011

Reading Recommendation: Nnedi Okorafor’s “Who Fears Death”

While finishing up as much Nebula Awards reading as possible, I ordered and then devoured Nnedi Okorafor’s powerful novel “Who Fears Death.”  Interestingly enough, her story that I recommended a few posts ago, “The Book of Phoenix” fits into this novel.  The world-building is phenomenal, full of symbolism and magic and yet close enough for […]

Mayan December Available for Amazon Pre-Order

Mayan December now available at Amazon What do an ancient shaman, a modern-day scientist, a computer nerd in dreadlocks, and an eleven-year-old girl have in common? Join these adventurers as they traverse the Yucatan peninsula – and time itself – in a search for the meaning of life.  Oh, and for jaguars. Mayan December is […]

Robotics, Synchronicity, and Tales for Canterbury

I’ve been writing about robots this past year or so.  While I was preparing for a speech and looking deeply at robotics, story ideas fell out the air around me as I realized how much good work is happening in robotics. One of those stories is “The Robot’s Girl” which was published in Analog last […]

Mayan December Pre-orders are now available

I’m very pleased to announce that pre-orders are open on Amazon for the print copy of Mayan December (Pub date August 23rd, 2011).  And for those of you wondering, yes there will be a Kindle version!  Thanks to Prime Books!

Transcript of #sffwrtcht

In case you want a break from the generally disturbing news, here is the transcript of a lovely hour-long chat I had on Twitter at the hashtag #sffwrtcht.  Thanks to Bryan Thomas Schmidt for hosting an excellent event.  Topics included my next book, Mayan December, writing, collaborating, and dogs.  Well, you know, there has to […]

Mayan Reading: The Sacred Well, by Antoinette May

There are certain events – and places – that inspire creativity in many people.  Ancient Rome.  Egypt.  World War II.  One of those is also surely December 2012 and the end of the Mayan Calendar. The place – of course – is the Yucatan Peninsula. Now that I’m finished with my own novel set there […]

Crowd Power: Crowdsourcing Today

My newest column at Futurismic explores the power of crowds.  Before I started researching this, I knew about crowd-sourcing used to get people to a particular place to do something interesting like perform the Thriller dance in mass in public, or for demonstrations (Tahrir Square).  I knew about crowd-sourced translation projects.   I didn’t know […]

First comments back on Mayan December

This is from Glen Hiemstra of Mayan December is an exciting tale of the ancient Mayans and the end of the Mayan calendar in the near future, as seen through the eyes of a time-traveling youngster named Nixie.  What begins as an interesting trip to Chichen Itza for the December 2012 equinox becomes a […]

Reading Recommendation: Nnedi Okorafor’s The Book of Phoenix….

The whole title is The Book of Phoenix (Excerpted from The Great Book).  I listened to this as a podcast on the way over to the Rainforest Writer’s Retreat.  It was quite awesome.  I don’t really want to say too much about it since it’s not very long, but I like it a lot.  And, […]