Total Oblivion

"A fast-paced, suspenseful dystopian picaresque, part Huck Finn and part bizarro-world Swiss Family Robinson..."



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Long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Crawford Award. Title short story listed for the 2000 O. Henry award.

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St. Louis reading tomorrow!

Hey folks, if you happen to be from St. Louis and reading this, I’ll be reading there tomorrow at 7pm with some other folks as part of the Exploding Swan reading series. It will be at a farm. In the city. Precisely, Slow Rocket Farm on 1944 Cherokee St. So I do hope you can […]

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Fri, May 21 2010 » Total Oblivion » No Comments

Reading Tonight at UVA Bookstore

As noted on my Appearances page (quick, look above you), I’ll be reading w/ three other fabulous writers under the aegis of “The Ways We Come of Age”, 6:00 at the UVA Bookstore. I’ll be around all weekend in town, and at the Author’s Reception for the VA Festival of the Book, so feel free […]

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Thu, March 18 2010 » Total Oblivion » No Comments


It’s been a really busy month, so I thought I’d do some small-batch catch-up: Total Oblivion got a great review from the LA Times. I also partook in the Big Idea out in John Scalzi’s blogosphere, where I delved into some of the ideas of oblivion that informed the book. Very fun. The novel also […]

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Tue, February 2 2010 » Fiction, Total Oblivion » No Comments

The Watcher’s Journal (Total Oblivion outtake)

They’re replacing the furnace in our house, so as the living room gets colder and colder, I’m typing faster, as if that will provide some heat. But before I set up some space heater contraption, I thought I’d post this, before the new year: a relatively short outtake from Total Oblivion, More or Less. Consider […]

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Thu, December 31 2009 » Total Oblivion » No Comments

Signing at Uncle Hugo’s

Hi folks, for those in town, I’ll be signing (and chatting and the like) at Uncle Hugo’s in Minneapolis, this Saturday from 1-2 p.m. The last week, I know, has been full of these little semaphores as there’s been much busyness and much afoot, but I hope to get back in the blogging swing of […]

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Fri, December 11 2009 » Total Oblivion » No Comments

Radio (again) and reading

I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants this week, but wanted to let everyone know that I’m going to be on KFAI in the Twin Cities, on the Write On radio show that runs from 11-12 am Central (not sure when exactly I’ll be on during the show). You can listen live right […]

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Thu, December 3 2009 » Total Oblivion » No Comments

Radio appearance today

Really brief notice, but today I’m going to be on the radio show Fictional Frontiers (5 pm EST), WNJC-1360 AM in Philadelphia. I’ll be on at 5:20 or thereabouts, but it looks like a fantastic show all-around! You can listen live via their webstream, or catch it on their podcast site later on.

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Mon, November 30 2009 » Total Oblivion » No Comments

Total Oblivion, More or Less released today + Announcement

Well, at the end of a long day, two dogs sacked out next to me and our oldest cat somewhat skittishly on the arm of my couch, I have to look back at it and really try to take stock of it. The book came out today, and I did, in fact, see it “in […]

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Wed, November 25 2009 » Life Studies, Total Oblivion » 1 Comment

Starred Booklist Review for Total Oblivion, More or Less + Locus review

It’s a bit belated, but Total Oblivion, More or Less received a starred review from Booklist: TOTAL OBLIVION, MORE OR LESS by Alan DeNiro: For 16-year-old Macy, the whole world has gone crazy, quite literally. Barbarians from antiquity have invaded America, while bizarre plagues and impossibly shifting landscapes ravage her Minnesota homeland. Together with her […]

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Mon, November 9 2009 » Total Oblivion » No Comments

Reviews Afoot of Total Oblivion, More or Less

From Publishers Weekly: As this peculiar but entertaining first novel begins, geography and cosmology have shifted. Natural laws work unpredictably. The U.S. government has disappeared and plundering bands of Goths and Scythians roam the Midwest. Sea serpents close the shipping lanes, and oil companies convert their tankers into slave ships that cruise the Mississippi. Clear-eyed, […]

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Mon, October 19 2009 » Total Oblivion » No Comments

Final Cover

Really very happy with the way it’s turned out. Many thanks to the art department at my publisher.

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Sun, August 30 2009 » Total Oblivion » 3 Comments

Total Oblivion, More or Less (Twitter & otherwise)

Hey folks, the novel — eek, the novel! It’s coming out in November, which is, like a blink. So things are continuing apace in preparation of its release. I’ve set up a Twitter “news” feed set in the world of the novel. Highly apocryphal, but would you expect anything less from Jack Anubis Enterprises? Anything […]

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Sat, August 22 2009 » Total Oblivion » 1 Comment