Inside the Writing Process virtual panel on July 1

June 29, 2020

I’ll be joining Russ, Hildy, and Errick to talk about the writing process on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

You can register here in order to (virtually) attend this panel.
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Amazing Con 2020

June 10, 2020

This weekend I’ll be part of the inaugural Amazing Con. Please visit their page and register to listen in on panels, workshops, and readings throughout the weekend. Here’s what I’ll be doing (the times posted are Eastern US time):

Friday, 6pm, Shelley Room
PANEL: HUMOR IN SCIENCE FICTION Why did the space chicken cross the orbit?  You’ll have to attend this panel to find out why that might – or might not – be funny. With Marie Bilodeau, Ira Nayman, Alex Shvartsman, Sean Grigsby & Brad Preslar

Saturday, 3pm, Shelley Room
PANEL: SF IN TRANSLATION
 Translated works are becoming much more common, contributing greatly to the globalization of the genre.  Why now? and what’s involved in bringing these works to print? With Julie Novakova, Alex Shvartsman, Rachel Cordasco, Petrea Mitchell

Sunday, 11am, Gernsback Room
READING: ALEX SHVARTSMAN & ROSEMARY CLAIRE SMITH
Alex will read from ERIDANI’S CROWN, a political epic fantasy novel.
Rosemary will read Dinomancer. What could possibly go wrong when hiring a cut-rate tour guide to go see Cretaceous dinosaurs?
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Flights of Foundry 2020

May 16, 2020

Reminder: Flights of Foundry is this weekend! There’s lots of great programming throughout, but here are the sessions I will be participating on (in Eastern time):

Saturday

10am Editing as and with a Self-Published Author – panel

11am Secrets of the Short Form – panel

5pm Creatives Crowdfund – panel

Sunday

1pm Considerations for Translation – panel

5pm Traitor for a Living: The Craft of Literary Translation – presentation

7pm Reading

Each session is one hour long. For more details and to join visit here.


Translation News

April 27, 2020

1) My translation of “The Green Hills of Dimitry Totzkiy” by Eldar Safin is now live (and free to read) at Samovar!

2) I’ll be one of the Guests of Honor at the upcoming Flights of Foundry virtual convention, alongside Liz Gorinsky, Ken Liu, Rachel Cordasco, and many other awesome guests. This convention will take place on May 16-17 and is free to attend (though an optional donation is appreciated by the organizers.)

Virtual conventions are a new thing and we’re all figuring things out so far. Earlier this month I participated on a virtual panel for Heliosphere and that went really well, which makes me very optimistic about this event.

I will also be a guest at AmazingCon, another virtual convention organized by the Amazing Stories team. This one will take place on June 12-14 and I should have more details later on.
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Live Panel and IGMS Free Fiction!

April 4, 2020

Live Panel Today!

Since we’re all locked in and living in a poorly-written disaster novel, science fiction conventions are going virtual! This weekend I was supposed to be hanging out with all the cool people at Heliosphere in Tarrytown, NY, but — alas. So, Heliosphere has gone virtual and are doing some of their programming via Zoom.

The entire program is available here:
http://www.heliosphereny.org/beyond-the-corona-2/

Whereas my panel will be at 3pm. It’s called “I Wrote a Thing! Now what… ?” and I’ll be joined by authors and editors Mike Ventrella, Ian Randall Strock, and Amy Grech. You need no special equipment, just click on this link at or around 3pm Eastern time:
https://zoom.us/j/265441882

Free Fiction!

Over the years, Intergalactic Medicine Show published some of my best short stories. Only problem was, their content was usually hidden behind the paywall. Although IGMS is no longer publishing new issues, they recently made the move to make their entire 14-year run of stories free for everyone to read! Which is awesome, because there was is a LOT of great stuff in there.

Here’s the link to the entire run, followed by my individual story links, in chronological order. This includes my most successful story by far, “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma.” If you haven’t read any of my fiction yet – start there!

Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i33&article=_004

High-Tech Fairies and the Pandora Perplexity
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i37&article=_003

The Golem of Deneb Seven
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i40&article=_001

The Fiddle Game (includes audio)
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i41&article=_006

Customer Service Support Ticket at All-American Wizardry Supply and Custom Floor Mat Emporium (includes audio)
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i62&article=_006

The Gilga-Mess (a Coffee Corps story)
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i67&article=_001

UFO8 Update

We’re in the final week of the UFO8 kickstarter campaign and, as I write these words, still need to raise over $2000 in order to get funded. When I launched the campaign I had no idea the world would change so drastically. My business has been shuttered by the state of New York as non-essential, which puts even more pressure on me to fund a project like this out of pocket. So, if you are able to support this book (and snag some really cool rewards in the process), please do!

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Sweet & Reading Series at Ample Hills – March 24

March 5, 2020

Tuesday, March 24 I will be reading in downtown Brooklyn alongside Sam J. Miller and Nibedita Sen. This will be the inaugural event of a brand-new reading series, hosted by Randee Dawn. Please see the event Facebook page for details!
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Philcon 2019 Schedule

November 7, 2019

I’ll be at Philcon this weekend. Here’s my schedule:

Fri 7:00 PM in Plaza III (1 hour) GENRE PUBLICATIONS IN 2019
Fri 8:00 PM in Plaza II (1 hour) CREATING IDIOMS FOR FANTASY WORLDS
Sat 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour) ASK A SMALL PUBLISHER
Sat 3:00 PM in Plaza V (1 hour) JEWISH SCIENCE FICTION
Sun 10:00 AM in Executive Suite 623 (1 hour) READINGS: ANNA KASHINA, ALEX SHVARTSMAN, STEPHANIE BURKE
Sun 11:00 AM in Crystal Ballroom Promenade (1 hour) AUTOGRAPHS: ANNA KASHINA, ALEX SHVARTSMAN
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Baltimore Book Festival 2019 Schedule

October 31, 2019

I’m at the Baltimore Book Festival this Friday and Saturday. Here’s the complete schedule and here’s where to find me:

Friday, 12pm: The Business and Craft of Self-Publishing
Friday, 8pm: Debut Book Party
Saturday, 1pm: Signing
Saturday, 4pm: Nobody Wins the Game of Thrones: Moving Beyond Monarchy in Fantasy

All events will take place at the SFWA Stage – USM Columbus Center.
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Galactic Philadelphia Reading

October 13, 2019

This coming Tuesday, October 15, I will be participating in the Galactic Philadelphia reading alongside Anna Kashina. We’re both Soviet-born fantasy authors with recently-launched or upcoming books, so fans of swordplay and sorcery should have a grand time at this event!

The event will begin at 7pm and each of us will read for approximately 20 minutes, followed by a Q&A and a book signing. Bring your own copies or buy some of ours! Should be a load of fun, and a nice way to get your hands on Eridani’s Crown prior to the launch at Capclave next weekend.

Details are posted here.

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Albacon 2019 Schedule

September 12, 2019

I’m over at Albacon this weekend. Here’s where to find me.

10am Friday – Wombat – So You Want to Be an Author panel
5pm Friday – Wombat – How to Steal from History panel
10am Saturday – Hartwell room – What TV shows are you missing? panel
1pm Saturday – Bar – Reading
3pm Saturday – Wombat – Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard: Humor in SF panel

I will probably head back Saturday evening and skip Sunday this time, as I have no programming then.
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