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 Futurist.com: 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, […]