Alexander Jablokov


I'm a writer, mostly of science fiction, with a new novel, Brain Thief.

The name is pronounced Yablokov, and the legal name is Jablokow.  My best friends can't spell or pronounce it, so you shouldn't worry about it either.

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"How Sere Picked Up Her Laundry", Asimov's Science Fiction July/August 2017(out now)

"The Forgotten Taste of Honey", Asimov's Science Fiction, October/November 2016

"The Return of Black Murray", Asimov's Science Fiction, April/May 2016

"The Instructive Tale of the Archeologist and His Wife", Asimov's Science Fiction, July 2014

"Bad Day on Boscobel", The Other Half of the Sky.

"Feral Moon", novella, Asimov's Science Fiction, March 2013

"Since You Seem to Need a Certain Amount of Guidance", Daily Science Fiction, November 6, 2012

"The Comfort of Strangers", short story, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January/February 2012

"Blind Cat Dance" reprinted in Gardner Dozois's Best Science Fiction of the Year 28

"The Day the Wires Came Down", novelette, Asimov's Science Fiction, April/May 2011

"Plinth Without Figure", short story, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November/December 2010

"Warning Label", short story, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine August 2010

"Blind Cat Dance", short story, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine March 2010

Brain Thief, a novel, Tor Books, January 2010


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Forced to proofread

I was on a business trip this week. I was doing something both interesting and stressful:  videoing analysts at the company I provide marketing for.  I had to learn how to set up lighting and sound, select and buy equipment, and then learn to use all of it. I think it all came out well.

But somewhere along the way I lost my Kindle.  I'll try to track it down today.  I don't favor the Kindle for regular reading, but when traveling or camping, it's great, given how much it can carry.  So I had no other reading material with me, and only discovered the loss in the departure lounge.

To entertain myself I was forced to do something I've been putting off: proofreading the scanned files from my backlist, starting with Carve the Sky, preparatory to turning them into ebooks for a new generation of readers.

I got maybe 15% of the way by the end of the flight.  This is going to take awhile.  But it is essential.  I'm resisting the urge to rewrite anything, though I do fix an occasional word choice I no longer agree with.

But, you know what?  The book's not bad.  I try to write things I would like to read, and Carve certainly qualifies.  Maybe it can find a new life as pixels, since ink on paper (its natural medium) just didn't cut it. The question is whether I can give the task the time it really needs, given that I want to keep writing new stuff too.


Reader Comments (6)

Carve the Sky is a remarkable book and I, for one, would welcome more books in that universe.

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAthena Andreadis

@Athena: Dig up "River of Dust"

"'s eyes moved like a jaguar." [shiver]

September 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfvngvs

Fvngvs: I've read both novels set in that universe. Why do I think I asked Alex to write me a Miriam Kostal story for my anthology?

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAthena Andreadis

And don't forget there's at least one short story. (I'm thinking of "The Breath of Suspension".) Maybe there are others?

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchris t

The book's not bad is a gross understatement: that was a really excellent novel, and you should be proud of it.

September 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhil Maloney

Thanks, all. Yes, Athena has restimulated my interest in this particular line of reality. Let's see if anything comes of it.

September 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterAlexander Jablokov

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