Balticon 2017 and New Story

May 26, 2017

I’m driving to Baltimore this morning and will be attending Balticon Friday through Sunday. Here’s where you can find me:

Saturday, 10am – 5th Floor, Guilford – The State of SFF Publishing panel

Saturday, 12pm – 5th Floor, Mt. Washington – Editing the Short Story panel

Saturday, 2pm – 6th Floor, St. George – Author reading (with John French and Elektra Hammond)

Saturday, 6pm – 8th Floor, Room 8006 – Contracts for Writers panel

Sunday, 9am – 8th Floor, Room 8029 – Kafeeklatsch (30 minutes)

Sunday, 10am – 6th Floor, St. George – Jews… In… Space… panel

Sunday, 12:30pm – 5th Floor, Autograph tables – Autograph session (with Starla Huchton) (30 minutes)

Sunday, 1pm – 8th Floor, Room 8029 – The Business of Short Fiction workshop

 

Meantime, read my latest SF flash fiction piece which came out from Daily Science Fiction this week:

Parametrization of Complex Weather Patterns for Two Variables

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Lunacon 2017 Schedule

April 7, 2017

First, I’d like to thank everyone who pledged to the UFO6 Kickstarter campaign or helped spread the word. We funded last night in a nail biter, with only 90 minutes or so to go. Focusing on the submissions now to try and keep our response time down below a week.

I will, however, be taking a one-day break to attend Lunacon tomorrow. If you happen to be at this convention here’s where you can find me:

10am – FUNNY STORIES panel – Grand Ballroom C

(with Anatoly Belilovsky, Elektra Hammond, Alisa Kwitney, and Darrell Schweitzer)

12pm – MYTHOLOGY IN THE MODERN WORLD panel – Grand Ballroom F

(with April Grey, Ef Deal, and Jordana Max Brodsky)

3pm – GAME MAKERS REPRESENT! panel – Grand Ballroom G

(with roughly half the game designers in New York I think? Seriously, there are 10 of us on this panel.)

7:30pm – Reading

(with just me. Who did you expect, Orson Wells?)

Should be a ton of fun!

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Albacon 2017 Schedule

March 29, 2017

I’ll be in Albany this weekend hanging out with lots of awesome people at the 2017 Albacon. Here’s where you can find me:

Friday, 7pm – Troy – The Golden Age of SF TV panel

Saturday, 1pm – Colonie – How NOT to get published panel

Saturday, 2pm – Lobby – Autograph session

Saturday, 3:30pm – Bar – Reading

Saturday, 8pm – Colonie – Chuck Gannon roast

Sunday, 10am – Colonie – Tales of the Less-than-Consolidated Tech Republic panel

Sunday, 11am – Troy – Twisted History panel

Meanwhile the UFO 6 kickstarter has a week left to go. Have you checked it out yet?
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Heliosphere 2017 schedule

March 8, 2017

Since yesterday was so busy with the launch of the UFO6 kickstarter (have you backed it yet? If not, why not?) I missed the chance to promote the release of Little Green Men — Attack! anthology which includes “First Million Contacts,” a story I co-wrote with Bryan Thomas Schmidt. There are many awesome authors there and it’s a humor anthology which is the sort of thing–I have to assume by now–readers of this blog like. So, pick one up? 🙂

This weekend I’ll be attending the first-ever Heliosphere convention in Tarrytown, NY.  My detailed program is posted here.

These are the times/items where you’ll be able to find me:

Friday, 3:30pm-5pm, Ballroom 5 – Reading
(with Anatoly Belilovsky, Mike Ventrella, Grant Carrington, and Keith DeCandido)

Saturday, 12pm-1:30pm – Ballroom 5 – Starting Your Own Small Press panel
(with Mike McPhail, Ian Randal Strock, and Carol Gyzander)

Saturday, 3:45-4:45, Tarrytown Room – Funny Horror book launch
Giveaways, signings, and readings from the latest UFO Publishing anthology.

Sunday, 12pm-1:30pm, Ballroom 6 – Books ‘N’ Brews (Kaffeeklatch)

Sunday, 2pm-3:30pm, Ballroom 3 – Injecting Humor into Science Fiction panel
(with David Gerrold, Richard Herr, and Ken Gale)

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Philcon 2016 Schedule

November 15, 2016

I’ll be attending Philcon this weekend. Here’s where to find me:

    • Fri 7:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three—Russian and Soviet SF (2491)  The early Soviet era was a very positivistic, technologically- and scientifically-minded society  (*). How have the changing cultural ideologies of the region impacted the kinds of science fiction its writers have produced over the last eighty years? How has Russian folklore influenced their stories and storytelling?

Anna Kashina (mod), Alex Shvartsman, Anastasia Klimchynskaya, Michael Swanwick

(*) Not my words. I will probably spend some time on this panel railing against whoever wrote this panel description.

    • Fri 11:00 PM in Plaza II (Two)—Crucifix Nail Nipples, and Other Horrors from the Slush Pile [18+] (2428) We’ve spent all day talking about some of the best science fiction and fantasy to see the light of day. Now let’s talk about the submissions that editors have dutifully faced…and fought to keep locked in a drawer.

Bernie Mojzes (mod), Neal Levin, Alex Shvartsman, Brian Koscienski, A.E. Decker, W. Randy Hoffman

    • Sat 10:00 AM in Plaza III (Three)—Speculating With Respect: Using Religious Texts as Inspiration for Fiction (2446) Nobody likes it when their religion is treated as less than sacred, but some of the oldest stories in the world are represented in texts that are considered canon to someone’s belief system. Here are some things to consider when seeking to use scripture as source material.

Alex Shvartsman (mod), Jay Smith, Peter Prellwitz, D.H. Aire

    • Sat 7:00 PM in Executive Suite 623—Readings: Alex Shvartsman at 7pm & Tom Purdom at 7:30pm (2685) Alex Shvartsman (mod), Tom Purdom

Saturday happens to be my birthday, too. So if you want to do something nice for me on that day, attend my reading. 🙂

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And speaking of early birthday presents, I’m happy to announce that Apex magazine accepted my translation of K. A. Teryna’s award-winning short story “Black Hole Heart.” I assume it will appear there sometime in 2017. Stay tuned!


Capclave 2016 Schedule

October 6, 2016

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I’ll be attending Capclave instead of the New York Comicon this weekend (why oh why do they always fall on the same weekend?!). Here’s where to find me:

Friday, 5pm-7pm – Suite 1209 – UFO5 and Humanity 2.0 anthologies launch party!
There will be refreshments served including the real Brooklyn bagels, so definitely come by this one!
Event page

Saturday, 10am-11am – Signing – Author hallway table

Saturday, 1pm-2pm – Salon A – Humor in SF&F panel

Saturday, 7:30-8:30pm – Salon A – Mass Autograph session

Sunday, 11:30am-12pm – Seneca – Reading

Sunday, 12pm-1pm – Rockville/Potomac – Cats in SF/F panel

Sunday, 1pm-2pm – Frederick – Markets for Published Stories panel

Link to my schedule at Capclave official page.

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Worldcon 2016 Schedule

August 17, 2016

I’ll be in Kansas City for Worldcon this coming weekend. Below is the list of panels and events I’m scheduled to attend. Please say hello if you see me! I’m also extremely honored to act as a designated acceptor for Daily Science Fiction at the Hugo ceremony. That means if they win, I will need to go up on stage and accept the award on their behalf. And, either way, I get to sit in one of the few front rows, attend the pre-party and the after party and otherwise have the VIP experience. So it’s really Jonathan and Michele at DSF doing me a favor, and not the other way around!

I will also spend some time at the Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick table in the dealer room, promoting our upcoming anthology and generally hanging out with the awesome folks there.  Other than that, here’s my schedule:

Thursday, 2pm: Galaxy’s Edge group reading, 2504B

Thursday, 4pm: Editing and Crafting the Short Story panel, 2206

Thursday, 5pm: Truly, Madly, Funny: SF That Makes Us Smile, 2204

Friday, 11am: Autographing (designated autographing space)

Friday, 2pm: The Art and Science of Fiction Translation. 3501F

Saturday, 10am: Designing Great Board Games, 2205

Link to a detailed schedule at the MidAmericon site.

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