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!
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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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Readercon 2016 Schedule

July 7, 2016

I’ll be spending the next three days in Quincy, MA, attending Readercon 27. Here’s where you’ll be able to find me:

Friday, 2pm, Salon E: Autograph session

Friday, 8:30pm, Salon B: Reading – A selection of urban fantasy humor short stories.

Saturday, 1pm, Salon 5: If Thor Can Hang out with Iron Man, Why Can’t Harry Dresden Use a Computer?
(with Gillian Daniels, Elaine Isaak, Andrea Phillips and E.J. Stevens)
What are the story benefits of setting up magic/nature/religion and technology/industry/science as either conflicting or complimentary? What cultural anxieties are addressed by each choice? How are these elements handled in stories from various cultures and eras?

Sunday, 1pm, Salon 6: Interstellar Empire in a Post-Scarcity World
(with Neil Clarke, John Clute, Robert Killheffer, John O’Neil)
If we had all the resources we needed and weren’t damaging our environment, would we still expand to space given technology that made that easy as well? Would there still be conflict with other interstellar empires? Would we have a responsibility to give this technology to all those we encounter?

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Balticon 50 (2016) Schedule

May 25, 2016

You can find me in Baltimore over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, attending Balticon 50 along with such luminaries as George R. R. Martin, Peter S. Beagle, John Varley and many more. I will spend most of the time in the dealer room, manning the UFO Publishing vending table. However, I’m also participating on several programming items. Here they are:

Friday, 9pm – St. George – Urban Fantasy Reading

I’ll read alongside Val Griswold-Ford, John Hartness, and S.L. Wideman. I’ll read “Dreidel of Dread: The Very Cthulhu Channukah” and maybe something else, time permitting.

Saturday, 9am – Parlor 11029 – The Business of Short Fiction

We’ll discuss researching short fiction markets, preparing manuscript for submission, cover letters, communication with editors, contract review and negotiation, reprint rights and markets, foreign rights, and other aspects of monetizing your short stories.  Advance registration is required for this seminar and attendance is limited.

Saturday, 5pm – Autograph Table 1 – Signing

Signing books with Sarah Pinsker and Michael Underwood.

Monday, 10am – Kent – Mass Signing

Lots of authors signing at the same time.

Monday, 11am – Parlor 8029 – How to Give and Get Critiques

With Sarah Pinsker (M), Scott Edelman, Connie Willis and K. M. Szpara

What goes into being a good critiquer. How to listen to others’ critiques of your work. Where to find critique partners, online and in person.

Monday, 12pm – Parlor 8029 – What’s Hot Short Fiction?

With Sarah Pinsker (M), Mike Underwood, Jean Marie Ward, Scott Edelman

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Lunacon 2016 Program

March 17, 2016

 

 

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I’ll be at Lunacon this weekend. Here’s where you can find me:

Friday

4pm – The Opening Page – Westchester Ballroom D6

Saturday

9am – Magazines and Other Outlets – Westchester Ballroom D4

11am – Currency of the Future – William Odelle

2pm – Fanzines on the Internet – Westchester Ballroom D4

3pm – Writers of the Weird Reading – Bartell

Sunday

12pm Touching the Face of the Cosmos – Westchester Ballroom D5

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See complete list of Lunacon panels here.