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Posted on Friday 22 February 2013 at 7:37 pm

Neil Gaiman Projects 2013

I have come to the realization over the past couple of weeks that Neil Gaiman has a bloody lot of stuff coming out this year. He has apparently also come to this realization as he posted on twitter yesterday "It is only February & already I am getting sick of Neil Gaiman in 2013. I think I will become a hermit in 2014 and write a long dark novel." I decided I'd try to do a quick rundown of everything I know is coming out to have it all in one place. Let me know if I've missed something!

Chu's Day: Kid's picture book that came out in January

Calendar of Tales: 12 short stories written in 3 days based on twitter prompts in response to questions from Gaiman about the months of the year. The stories are available for download as a free PDF here. People are submitting artwork (and later videos) in response to the stories and Gaiman will pick his favorites which will end up in one big calendar project thing. Anyone else read the stories yet and want to discuss them?
EDIT: And the Tales are available in audio format, read by Gaiman. Files of each story individually or one giant file of all of them here.

Neverwhere BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra adaptation: Coming in mid March (16 start date). The official BBC page isn't up yet as far as I can find, but I've posted most of the known information here.

Doctor Who - The Last Cyberman: The second Gaiman-penned Who episode is supposed to be the penultimate of the current series so should air sometime around mid to late May, I think. Lots of info on this floating around the web but hard to find it all in one place. Best general overview may be here.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane: Adult novel to be released 18 June in both the US and UK. Both covers have been revealed and Gaiman posted them on his blog here. I know it involves three women of three ages, a young boy, and a magical pond.

Fortunately, the Milk: Young reader novel to be released in September. The US and UK versions will be illustrated by different people. Gaiman discusses the book, making it sound fantastically awesome, and the UK illustrator in a video here. If you are video shy, just know it is about time travel, "aliens, dinosaurs, volcano gods and a pint of milk that saves the universe!"

Sandman prequel comics. Announced at Comic Con last summer. Will be out in November for the 25th anniversary of Sandman (coincidentally the 50th anniversary for Doctor Who and therefore a total geek month for me). The announcement video is here.

Possibility: He is working on a radio panel show that might or might not make it to air this year. There have been a couple of trial runs so it is possible. I posted about it here.

Possibility: Neverwhere novella. He has said for years that he has a half-written story tentatively called How The Marquis Got His Coat Back. He posted on twitter the other day: "The wonderful @amandapalmer brought me food. I will eat it if I get hungry later tonight while I make stuff up to ruin poor de Carabas's day." Has the radio adaptation prompted him to finish the story? Will it be out this year? Do you like my rhetorical questions?

Possibility: American Gods HBO series: Originally planned for release sometime late 2013 or early 2014. Given the lack of information currently available, I'm skeptical it will be end of this year but if they get moving soon it could still happen.

EDIT: *sigh* This is starting to get a bit ridiculous. I subscribe to Bookmarks Magazine, which I love. It is about books: new books, old books, whatever books. The latest issue was in the mail today and I started flicking through it after posting this. In the coming soon section I found this: "Unnatural Creatures: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman edited by Neil Gaiman: This anthology contains 16 stories by some of science fiction/fantasy's masters - from E. Nesbit to Gahan Wilson and Diana Wynne Jones. The unifying thread? The exploration of the fantastical creatures big (werewolves) and small (sunbirds)." With that we have something Gaiman confirmed for 8 out of 12 months this year.


Wine gums, envy, pieces of rainbow
qwentoozla at 7:07 am on 23 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I read the Calendar of Tales! I loved it. Which were your favorites?

I'm so excited for all this Neil stuff! He's going to be at San Diego Comic Con... nothing will prevent me from seeing him there! :D
bratty_jedi at 1:31 pm on 23 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Someday I'd like to make it to a ComicCon just to see the spectacle. I'm a fan of smaller cons though I haven't been to one in years.

Favorites from the Calendar of Tales:

October with the genie is easily my single favorite. It feels the most like a polished Gaiman story. January's new guy in contrast has potential but feels more like Gaiman saying "Hi! I just wrote 12 stories in 3 days and they are rough around the edges and I'm tired!" which is fair enough and kind of cool to see such an amazing writer in the rough stages rather than the finished product.

I also like the silliness of April (poker ducks) and May (universe technical difficulties) quite a bit. May is more my kind of absurdity so I like it a bit better than April.

The returning ring in September was also fun and the idea of burning records to get rid of illnesses from November quite appealed to me on a personal level as it almost certainly would for anyone with a fatal illness or an incurable chronic disorder.
Wine gums, envy, pieces of rainbow
qwentoozla at 10:42 pm on 24 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
This year will be my fourth year going to Comic Con. The spectacle is amazing!

I agree with your choices. October was my favorite too! Also loved April, May and June. :)
kizzia at 12:34 pm on 23 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Have you been able to find Neverwhere on the radio downloader to subscribe to yet? I can't seem to find it :(
bratty_jedi at 1:26 pm on 23 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
New shows only appear about a week before they air because it pulls from the BBC site and they only post their full schedule about a week out. Same reason the official BBC site isn't up yet. They don't like to act too far in advance. For older things that will be repeating, you can always find them and subscribe to them by going to the letter then clicking "All Programmes" rather than the default "Available Now and Coming Soon."
kizzia at 1:36 pm on 23 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I just wondered if it was me being technologically incompetent again :)
bratty_jedi at 1:47 pm on 23 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
No worries. We just have to have patience which is, unfortunately, not a virtue I possess.
kizzia at 1:49 pm on 23 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Me neither, at least not where Neil Gaiman and Benedict Cumberbatch's voice is concerned!
eanor at 4:23 pm on 23 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Wow, Neil Gaiman sure is a busy man! I'm impressed. :-)

Ad I totally want to read the Calender stories now, but I don't have time... Well, I'll let you know when I've found time to read them.
bratty_jedi at 4:34 pm on 23 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Each story is only two to three word doc pages so if you get even ten minutes here or there you could read one story at a time.
eanor at 9:35 pm on 27 February 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Read the Calendar of Tales now. :-) I can't really say which stories I liked best because they were all so unique. I agree with you that some of the stories felt a bit rough, but actually that's what I liked best about it. As you know, I write this kind of super-short flash fiction, too, so to see a writer like Neil Gaiman do the same and realize that he needs to polish and work on his stories, too, gives me some courage. Though obviously even a rough Neil Gaiman story is an awesome one. :-)

Thinking about it more, I really liked the March one. But they all were fun. Thanks again for the rec. :-)
bratty_jedi at 4:00 pm on 01 March 2013 (UTC) (Link)
March was a nice one. I like the bittersweet feel of it.

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