Texas Monthly interview: Will Dystopian Times Inspire Utopian Art?

I recently had the opportunity to talk with fellow Austin author Nicky Drayden and Texas Monthly Deputy Editor Jeff Salamon about writing science fiction in the post-pandemic world, for the magazine’s future-focused July issue. A condensed version of the interview appeared in the print issue that hit the stands this past weekend, and the full transcript is now available online. I really love the headline they came up with, which is a theme I have been thinking about a lot, and I totally dig the illustration by Mark Pernice (included above), which channels the groovy spirit of the great 1970s sf paperback covers.

Texas Monthly: Will Dystopian Times Inspire Utopian Art?

 

 

 

Field Notes and Failed State

I’ve started a new weekly newsletter of urban nature writing over at Substack. I’ve been wanting to do more with this material for some time, and a newsletter seems like an ideal format. If that sounds of interest, please check it out and consider subscribing—the first installment of Field Notes is out this morning.

In other news, my new novel FAILED STATE is in the production queue. This one features the same protagonist as RULE OF CAPTURE, lawyer Donny Kimoe, only this time he is defending a client who has been hauled in front of a post-revolutionary truth and reconciliation tribunal. It tries to get a little closer to utopia than the last two books. It’s available for preorder, and the cover by Owen Corrigan is pretty awesome. Summer 2020 totally needs a hot pink post-apocalyptic lawyer story.

Failed State

 

RULE OF CAPTURE cover reveal

RuleOfCapture PB hi-res final

I am delighted to share this cover reveal for my new novel Rule of Capture, forthcoming from Harper this summer. Please click through to the Harper Voyager blog for a guest post in which I get to share my more detailed thoughts about the cover, explain why it suits the story so well, and tell a bit more about the story and what we mean when we call it a “dystopian legal thriller.” And if it sounds interesting to you, please consider pre-ordering the book, which will be available in print, e-book and audio formats.

Cover Reveal: RULE OF CAPTURE by Christopher Brown

 

Тропик Канзаса

ToK Russian back cover  ToK Russian cover higher res

Loving this cover (and back cover) for the Russian translation of Tropic of Kansas, forthcoming in April from Fanzon / Eksmo. It really nails the atmosphere of the book. Details (and excerpt) at the link (quality translations welcome—though I love the way the bot translates one passage in the creative copy as “fake smiles are broken in teeth,” and translates the character name Sig to “Whitefish”—then makes an allusive play on catching fish).

Тропик Канзаса

 

Recent and upcoming appearances

The fine folks at Malvern Books have posted this video of my recent reading at the store of a very short excerpt from my forthcoming novel RULE OF CAPTURE, currently slated for publication by Harper Voyager in 2019. Thanks to Malvern for hosting the group event of which this was a part. Also up at the Malvern YouTube page are the readings from my fellow Austin writers Patrice Sarath, who put the event together, Jessica Reisman, Stina Leicht, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Amanda Downum, and Robert Ashcroft.

This weekend I will be at Worldcon in San Jose, with a couple of panels and an autographing. Hope to see some of you there.

CB Worldcon 2018 programming

 

TROPIC OF KANSAS a Campbell Award finalist

Campbell finalists 2018

I was honored to see Tropic of Kansas among the finalists for the 2018 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel of the year, especially among such remarkable company. Congratulations to all the nominees, who include many friends and colleagues, and particular congratulations to the winner announced at last Friday’s ceremony, David Walton.

KGB Fantastic Fiction—photos and audio

KGB by Kressel 12-20-17

Matt Kressel shared this great photo he took of me reading at KGB Fantastic Fiction in New York last month, together with the amazing N. K. Jemisin. We had an awesome turnout of folks on a cold night, and both ended up reading stories of revolution and resistance in a bar full of relics of the Russian revolution. Thanks to Matt and co-host Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel, to Nora for sharing the podium, and to everyone who joined us in the audience (including some of my New York friends and family).

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Here’s a photo I took of Matt and Ellen, with Henry Wessells just behind Matthew to the left.

Ellen’s photos from the night are now up at her Flickr, including this nice shot of me with my cousin the dancer and choreographer Katiti King.

katiti and chris kgb 12-20-17

And Matt just posted audio of my reading, from the opening of Tropic of Kansas. Thanks to Gordon Linzner for the great recording. It is also available through the KGB podcast at your preferred provider.

Lastly, a very nice photo Ellen took of me and my newly NYC-based son, Hugo Nakashima-Brown.

hugo and chris kgb 12-20-17

 

Talking heads

In the year 2017, science fiction writers will be invited to appear as commentators on Sunday morning public affairs shows.

I was deleted to have the opportunity to appear as a guest on “Story in the Public Square,” a great new program hosted by Jim Ludes of the Pell Center at Salve Regina University in Newport and G. Wayne Miller of the Providence Journal-Bulletin, broadcast on Rhode Island Public Television and the SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. channel. We discussed Tropic of Kansas, dystopian realism, and the nexus of speculative fiction & American political life, in what I thought it was an engaging conversation. I very much appreciated the opportunity, and expect we will see more public dialogues like this as our daily reality becomes increasingly science fictional.

Story in the Public Square: Christopher Brown

News: new books

PW 11-24-17 full

I am delighted to share the news reported in this week’s Publishers Weekly that I am going to be working on two new books with Harper Voyager—speculative legal thrillers about a criminal defense lawyer working in the mirror America of Tropic of Kansas, pitched as “Better Call Saul” meets Nineteen Eighty-Four. The first book is slated for summer 2019 and the second for summer 2020. This is an exciting opportunity to try to weave together some of my disparate interests and explore some new territory. As currently conceived, the first book will deal with a dystopia in the making, while the second will explore more utopian territory. We will see if that’s where the characters, and the ideas, want to go as they come into being on the page.

Very happy to continue working with David Pomerico and the team at Harper Voyager, and big thanks to my agent Mark Gottlieb.

Details here at PW.

 

World Fantasy Convention and Texas Book Festival

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This Thursday and Friday I will be at the World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio, moderating two panels:

And this weekend I will be at the Texas Book Festival, including a panel and signing on Sunday afternoon:

Hope to see some of you there!