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Nature v. Nurture Vol. 1 (5)

NATURE V. NURTURE: A Greg Rucka Newsletter
Volume 1. Issue 5.

The “What’s He Doing Writing This, He Should Be Working On (insert title here)” Edition.


Which is a bastardization of one of my favorite Mark Twain quotes, which goes something like this:

An average English word is four letters and a half. By hard, honest labor I’ve dug all the large words out of my vocabulary and shaved it down till the average is three and a half. . . . I never write “metropolis” for seven cents, because I can get the same money for “city.” I never write “policeman,” because I can get the same price for “cop.” . . . I never write “valetudinarian” at all, for not even hunger and wretchedness can humble me to the point where I will do a word like that for seven cents; I wouldn’t do it for fifteen.

Which is my way of saying I’m going to try to keep this short.


We’re back in the convention season; either that, or the convention season never really ended (which seems more likely, frankly). I’m trying to limit my appearances for 2006, but there are a few shows and the like that I have committed to, and certainly are worth mentioning.

First of all, for those of you in England (the three of you, heh), I will be attending Left Coast Crime 2006 in Bristol from 16 March through 19 March. I’m moderating at least one panel—God help us all—and appearing on at least two more, and there will be all sorts of events surrounding the convention. This is not a comic book convention, but rather a gathering of mystery fans and writers. It’s the first one of these I’ve attended in a long time, and I’m very much looking forward to it.

In addition to LCC, I will also be appearing at the new Forbidden Planet Megastore that’s opened in Bristol on 18 March, from 1.00 pm until 2.00 pm, or until I’m finished, whichever comes first. If you’re in the area and don’t want to, or can’t, pay the fee to get into LCC, and still want to meet me, have a chat, and get your books signed (meaning, of course, that I will sign the books that I have written, not the books I haven’t, because that’s both tacky and takes too much time), please stop by.

Come the end of April, both Jennifer and I will be attending the Paradise Comics Toronto ComicCon. The show runs from 28 April through 30 April. I’ve heard great things about this show, and after having missed it the last time around, am excited about being there this year.

Then, at the end of June, we have Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina. The show runs from 30 June through 2 July, and it looks to be an enormous one this year, with an incredible array of talent. Should be a lot of fun!


PATRIOT ACTS, the latest in the saga of that man-with-a-silly-name who gets all gushy for the pretty girls is limping towards its completion. An excerpt will go up onto the web-site within the next month or three, and I don’t want to give away too much as yet, but for the fans of Atticus Kodiak out there, I will offer the following:

The novel begins roughly 30 minutes after the end of CRITICAL SPACE, and proceeds to cover the next four years of Atticus’ life. Drama/Alena is in it. Danilov Korckeva is in it. John Panno is in it (hi John!). John’s friend Sean Barron is in it (surprise!). It’s got all that good Kodiak goodness you’ve come to expect, now with extra gunfights and conspiracies!

Look for more novel announcements in the next couple of months.

Over in the land of the funny book, the calm after the Infinite Crisis storm has ended, at least for me, and now the new books are beginning to trundle out. I’m writing three titles for DC Comics post INFINITE CRISIS—CHECKMATE, which is a new take on an old idea about espionage and espionage-related activities in the world of super-heroes; SUPERGIRL, which I have inherited from the amazing Jeph Loeb; and I’m one of the four writers on the mother of all projects, 52, DC’S weekly—yes, you heard that right—comic series that will run from 2006 through 2007.

No wonder I don?t have time to play my Xbox online. (Gamer tag is Shae Kest, for those of you looking to pound me into dirt while playing Battlefront II, for the record).


Really, it is. Not much more to add at the moment. Look for another newsletter with substantial goodness, or at least random thought, sometime in April.

Stay angry, folks—there’s a hell of a lot out there to be angry about.