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R/evolution and Smoketown Ebooks Up at Weightless Books

Just in time for Fat Tuesday, both novels are up on the wonderful Weightless Books , home of some amazing writing and all is DRM-free! For more about Weightless check out this PW article


R/evolution Review up at Future Fire

Future Fire has posted a very thorough and engaging review by Kate Onyett. Here are the highlights:

“The scope of this series of interconnected tales is nothing short of epic. A stylishly presented larger tale covering the state of the USA as it turns upon a near-future of decreasing resources and heavy social unrest. Thematically, this is not a frivolous book; it is politically driven with strong views on racial and social discrimination . . . The book moves at a feisty pace, the content is uncompromising and marvellously lacking in over-sentimental fluff. This is a thought-provoking, moving and clever piece of writing, which seems to shift the turn with definite sense of musicality; a symphony of meanings. I was intrigued and challenged. Highly recommended.”


“Only Then Can I Sleep” in Love and Darker Passions

“Only Then Can I Sleep,” a short dark fantasy story about what one will do for love will be published in the upcoming anthology Love and Darker Passions out soon. I’ll update with exact publications info as soon as I can.


2012 Readings (First Draft)

I’ll be reading at the  International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts on March 23rd with a group of great writers including Rebecca Rowe, Nick DiChario and Will Ludwigsen. Kelly Link and China Mieville are the author guests of honor this year so should be a great one.

And in August I have the great pleasure of reading with Jeffrey Ford at KGB Bar’s Fantastic Fiction series, curated by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel. August 15th, 8pm, KGB Bar, Manhattan.

I’ll update more as more dates are added.


Smoketown Reviews Are In

Lambda Literary’s take:
Smoketown, on the surface, is a creative attempt at shaping a story around one of today’s most pressing concerns, climate change, and man’s timeless battle to control nature. There is a post-apocalyptic feel to the novel that stems from its underlying theme of loss and isolation. The tandem fuels what essentially is a story of intrigue and mystery. The novel unfolds to reveal a fate of devastation incurred by man’s relentless quest for technology and disregard for the environment.  Ms. Johnson tackles the complex relationship between nature, humans, and technology, from a wonderfully imaginative and engaging perspective.

Fellow writer and reviewer Craig Gidney had this to say:

Smoketown, the debut novel of Tenea D. Johnson, belongs in a rare subset of speculative fiction novels that examine the relationship between art and society. These books include Pat Murphy’s The City, Not Long After and a number of Samuel R. Delany’s work, most notably Dhalgren. Smoketown, like the aforementioned works, blurs the boundaries between perception, magic and science, and the futuristic/transformed landscape is both a living metaphor and geography . . . Johnson weaves all these strands together with lyrical prose and a thematic eye towards redemption and transformation.


Fluidity of Time gave Smoketown 5 of 5, An ‘Amazing’ Rating: 

” . . . A fascinating setting that is both intriguing and disturbing, and a story that completely captures me . . .This book is also beautifully written . . . Reading it made me feel quiet and thoughtful, and it made me want to read more from this author.

This one’s just in from Mrs. Giggles reviews:

. . . Smoketown is more of an exploration of the human psyche. Loss, loneliness, idealism, cynicism, and hope may be by themselves banal words but in this story, these concepts take wings like the birds in this story. I find myself fascinated by the characters, thanks to the author’s graceful prose.

Smoketown isn’t a romance novel or a typical action-oriented urban fantasy romp. It has elements of both, but it’s more about the believable human emotions that endure through harsh climates and heartbreaks. I did not know what to expect when I picked this book up, but I’m completely satisfied with what I got out of it.”

 From Publisher’s Weekly:

In the neurosis-filled city of Smoketown, where birds are outlawed after being blamed for a devastating plague, three purposes collide to alter the city’s future. Genetic artist Anna, seeking a lost friend, creates something beautiful that the city fears. Eugenio, recording survivors’ remembrances of the plague, unearths Smoketown’s deepest secret. Rory, an elderly survivor who has barricaded himself from the city in a luxury apartment, fights his own greatest fear after discovering a connection to Eugenio’s discovery. All of Johnson’s characters come nicely slantways at their unintended roles in Smoketown’s destiny, often hardly caring about the parts they play as they gauge the personal successes of their quests, and the understated, lyrical prose makes even small moments, such as the appearance of a flock of birds within the city’s force field, feel triumphant.


R/evolution Audio Excerpt Now Available

World Fantasy reminded me of how much I really do enjoy a good reading -getting and giving. So without further ado and some help from the folks at Sound Cloud here’s the opening of the new mosaic novel.

Hope you enjoy.

 


Coup, An Evening of R/evolution

Join me for drinks, words, music, and more. I’ll be reading from the new novel , performing compositions (storytelling to music), premiering a short film inspired by R/evolution – and, hopefully having the pleasure of meeting you

L Train, 900 Central Avenue Suite 25B, St. Petersburg, FL 33705


Short Movie for R/evolution up at YouTube

A new short film of The Measure of a Man, a chapter of R/evolution premiered at the L Train theater this past weekend and can now be found up at YouTube here

If you’ve got 4.5 minutes, there are worse ways to spend it.


World Fantasy 2011 Reading

Next week I’m off to WFC 2011 in San Diego.  I’ll be launching the new mosaic novel  R/evolution (due out 11.11.11) . My reading is @2:30.

Drop in after the Year in Fantasy panel with Datlow/ Hartwell/ Guran/Strahan, see me,  and then on to Neil Gaiman’s interview. Doesn’t that sound lovely?

No? OK how about the Beautiful Monstrosities panel or Kapur  or Grabien readings, then me, then Maureen McHugh. Still no?

I guess I’ll just leave it to you then. Explore your options.

 


R/evolution is Coming

People are starving, biogenetic adaptations are prevalent amongst the privileged, and the poor are being ground to a sharp and dangerous point.  This is the future US where in the struggle for survival citizens are pushed to the breaking point as relationships start to fracture along the lines of class and race. These are stories of the leaders and the followers, the victims, heroes, and the everyday people caught in history’s wake, chief among them Dr. Ezekiel Carter, a genius in his field, who decides to offer genetic reparations to those being left behind. In this world, what will become of the people at the fringes and of humanity itself?

 

R/evolution (Book One), a novel-in-stories, will be released in ebook and print this Fall.


Indie Love: Finding Smoketown at Your Local Fave

Finding individual titles at individual shops can be a bit of a bear, so to make life easy check out Indie Bound or ABE Books to find the book online or in town.


If You Publish a Novel You Can Have a Party

 

invite people, meet new ones,

admire odd beauty,

eat yourself silly

 

 

and make your family proud.*

*while eating yourself silly

How’s that for motivation?


Read an Excerpt: Smoketown’s First Chapter

The folks at Blind Eye Books have been kind enough to make Chapter 1 available as a downloadable PDF, just click here for the link: Smoketown Chapter 1


Smoketown and R/evolution at Blue Lucy

Come join us as we celebrate the launch of Smoketown, a novel, and the upcoming release of R/evolution, a novel in stories, at Blue Lucy Gallery. Great music, original artwork, sushi, signed copies and good times.

When: Saturday, August 6, 2011, 7:00-9:00 PM

Where: Blue Lucy Gallery, 653 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33701


Smoketown in Publisher’s Weekly

Publisher’s Weekly Review of Smoketown is in:

In the neurosis-filled city of Smoketown, where birds are outlawed after being blamed for a devastating plague, three purposes collide to alter the city’s future. Genetic artist Anna, seeking a lost friend, creates something beautiful that the city fears. Eugenio, recording survivors’ remembrances of the plague, unearths Smoketown’s deepest secret. Rory, an elderly survivor who has barricaded himself from the city in a luxury apartment, fights his own greatest fear after discovering a connection to Eugenio’s discovery…