My 2015 Capclave Schedule

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Assuming I survive my trip to Manhattan (and I don’t mean Kansas) the day before for the New York Comic Con, on Friday, October 9th, I’ll head down to the greater D.C. area (Gaithersburg, MD, to be precise) to take part once again in Capclave

Alas, my schedule will only allow me to be there on Friday and Saturday, but it should be a great trip all the same. Here’s where you’ll be able to find me and what I’ll be doing as my part of the convention:

Friday, October 9th
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Your Day Job As Your Muse
SF writers who work for NASA have it easy. What about the rest of us? How does your day job influence what you write when you are off the clock? Do you base characters on coworkers? Turn daydreams of being the corporate hero into your creative works?

Saturday, October 10th
10:00 – 10:25 a.m. Reading
To no one’s surprise, I’ll probably read from my forthcoming novel, Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, and if we reach critical mass, I’ll randomly give an Advanced Reader Copy of the book to some lucky attendee.

11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Discovering New Authors
How do readers find new good authors? At a time when Amazon has zillions of self-published and small press authors, how can you tell who is good? What new writers in the last five years would you recommend?

4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Linguistics In SF
What are some of the creative ways writers use language and linguistics in their fictions? How can language be used as a weapon or to unite different peoples? How can writers portray linguistic differences in a way that is not condescending?

And of course Reggie, my plush buffalito, will be with me — though you may not recognize him as I think he’ll be coming in disguise. So if you do spot Reggie, be sure to snap a selfie with him!

See you in Gaithersburg!

My 2015 Baltimore Book Festival Schedule

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Baltimore Book Festival

After the chaos and joy and travail of transportation that marked last month’s Worldcon, I’ve been resting up and recovering. But all too soon I’ll be on the road again.

The first event in what is shaping up to be a busy autumn takes place in nearby Baltimore. From September 25 through the 27th, the city will be celebrating a book festival in their inner harbor with lots of great genre authors showing up (including such fine folks as Anatoly Belilovsky, Tobias Buckell, Brenda Clough, Scott Edelman, Anna Kashina, Emmie Mears, Sarah Pinsker, Cat Rambo, Alan Smale, Michael R. Underwood, and Fran Wilde).

There will be panels, readings, signings galore, and even a chance for you to meet and greet many of the authors.

I’ll only be in attendance on Saturday, the 26th. Here’s where you’ll be able to find me:

Saturday, September 26th
3:00 p.m. (SFWA Tent) Reading Group 4
Four intrepid readers will transport you to other planets and magical lands, all without you leaving the comfort of your chair.
With Cinda Chima, Kelly Harmon, and Justina Ireland.

4:00 p.m. (SFWA Tent) Signing
I’ll have a limited number of free Advanced Reader Copies of Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard to sign and give away, so come on by!
With Kelly Harmon, and Justina Ireland.

5:00 p.m. (SFWA Tent) Earl Grey, Hot: Future Food, Fantastical Food
From food pills to food printers to the latest in Elven lembas bread, the panelists will whet your appetite for fictional food.
With K Ceres, Diana Peterfreund, Cat Rambo, Bud Sparhawk, and Fran Wilde.

6:00 p.m. (SFWA Tent) Meet the Authors!
Rub elbows with your new favorite science fiction and fantasy authors at this annual event!

And of course all weekend long under the SFWA Tent, you’ll find lots of writers, local and regional, published and self-published authors, all talking about their books.

See you in Balitmore!

Eating Authors: Kyell Gold

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Kyell Gold

So there I was, sitting in the SFWA suite last month at Sasquan, sharing tales and news with various writers as we relaxed and snacked. Naturally enough, I was talking up Barsk, and that’s when I discovered that two other people at the table were also anthropomorphic authors (by which I mean writers of anthropomorphic fiction, not that they were… oh, nevermind). One of them, Kyell Gold, had published several novels, which meant he was eligible for appearing on EATING AUTHORS. I immediately handed him one of the business cards I was packing for just that purpose. We followed up soon after the convention, and lo, here he is as this week’s guest!

If you’re not familiar with his work, then I encourage you to click on one or more of the covers below. Kyell writes furry fiction, sometimes in a contemporary (albeit furry) world, sometimes in a Renaissance-era furry world with nobility and courts. His short stories and novels often contain varying amounts of adult content, which as you know, Bob, is also a common occurrence in a significant portion of furry fiction. And he must be doing it right because over the years Kyell has taken home an even dozen Ursa Major awards, considered the Hugo equivalent for anthropomorphic writing.

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Eating Authors: Patrick Swenson

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Patrick Swenson

One of the wonderful things that can happen at a Worldcon is that I’ll run into someone I haven’t seen in years, which is precisely the case with this week’s guest, Patrick Swenson. I found him at a table in the Dealers’ Room, and over a very quick chat (it was his table and he was shamelessly involved in acts of commerce) learned that he’d had a novel (The Ultra Thin Man) come out the previous summer, and indeed that the paperback version had been released only the month before. Naturally, I had to invite him to visit here on EATING AUTHORS.

If you’re a writer, you probably know Patrick because you sent him a submission. For fourteen years, he edited Talebones, a magazine published by the imprint he started in 2000, Fairwood Press. The magazine is gone, but the press continues, publishing books by some impressive authors including Michael Bishop, Ken Scholes, James Van Pelt, and the late Jay Lake.

In addition to running a small press, Patrick also facilitates one of the most popular writing escapes, the Rainforest Writers’ Retreat. Set on the shores of Lake Quinault, in the Quinault Rainforest, it’s an excuse to get away to paradise. Oh, and also to write. Check it out, but I’ll warn you now, the three 2016 sessions are already sold out. However, Patrick assures me you can sign up for a spot on the waiting list.

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Eating Authors: Fran Wilde

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Fran Wilde

I’ve been looking forward to this week’s edition of EATING AUTHORS for months. Not just because Fran Wilde is another of the coterie of Philadelphia-based authors, nor because she’s branded as one of Tor Books’ Next Generation of SFF Authors, nor even because she writes the very popular blog Cooking the Books. No, I’ve been eagerly awaiting this installment because it gives me such delight to be able to tell you that her debut novel, Updraft, releases tomorrow!

Before going any further, some disambiguation is in order. This is not the Fran Wilde who is a New Zealand politician. Nor does she have a bridge named after her (don’t believe her if she tells you otherwise). On the other hand, that same-name former Wellington mayor surely lacks my guest’s cred as a Geek Mom, programmer, or writing instructor. And don’t get me started on her interest in food. It’s become schtick to put the two of us on Food Panels together when we’re at the same conventions.

The other thing I have to tell you is that while tomorrow’s release is her novel debut, it is not her writing debut. Other stories exist (both published and soon-to-be) in her Bone Universe, as well as short works in two other series (her Moon Universe and the Gem Universe), as well as a world she’s created for the folks Storium for their storyteller gaming world. Fran has ideas, and they’re too big to be contained in single stories or even individual novels.

The last thing you need to know is that somehow Fran has managed to alter all the world’s calendars. Tomorrow is not the first day of September. Rather, at least for 2015, the month is to be known as “Uptember.” Trust me, I’ve learned not to argue with her.

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Eating Authors: Brian Staveley

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Brian Staveley

If all has gone according to plan, it’s the Monday after Sasquan and you are reading this blog post while I am waking up in my hotel room in Spokane. I’ll be lingering here for a couple more days, recovering from the joy and madness that was the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention. I wish I could regale you with glowing accounts of all that happened there, but as I write this none of it has taken place yet. I’m banking this post a week in advance because hey, I’m at the Worldcon, when would I find the time to write it?

And while at the time of this writing I cannot tell you who won the Hugo, since this month is all about awards, I’m happy to use that as a shameless segue to introduce this week’s guest, Brian Staveley, who just a couple weeks ago won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut Novel for The Emperor’s Blades, the first volume in his Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy. Book two, The Providence of Fire, comes out mid-January, followed by the concluding novel, The Last Mortal Bond, two months later.

In addition to writing epic fantasy, Brian wears a few other hats, hats to give one pause. Depending on how you choose to parse it, he’s a poet who edits (in his case, for Antilever Press), or an editor who writes poetry. But don’t take my word for it, you’ll see the combination of both in the crisp sparseness of the following report of his most memorable meal.

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Eating Authors: Matthew Johnson

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Matthew Johnson

If you’re reading this on Monday morning, the odds are very good that I am airborne. In theory, I should be winging my way westward to the wilds of Spokane, WA, where in two day’s time the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention opens its doors. They’re expecting about 5,000 authors, artists, and fans, and I am very happy to get to be a part of it.

But just because I am away, do not for a moment believe that I have shirked my responsibilities to you, gentle reader. Far from it. For I have crossed an international border to bring you this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest, none other than Canadian writer, Matthew Johnson.

His first novel, Fall from Earth, was published by Bundoran Press, a Canadian publisher whose authors have shared meals with us in the past (e.g., M. Darusha Wehm). If you missed it, follow the link. But let me also encourage you to pick up a copy of his more recent book, the collection Irregular Verbs, which I had the great pleasure to read and blurb in advance of its release from ChiZine Publications. Each story hit me as more fresh and compelling than its kin.

There’s a deceptive ease to Matthew’s writing that gives it a significant punch. Fair warning then, if his description of his most memorable meal may sneak up on you as well.

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Eating Authors: Laura J. Underwood

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Laura J. Underwood

If all goes as planned, you’re reading this on a Monday morning and I’m recovering from a wild weekend of flying to southern California (and back) where I witnessed the nuptials of my youngest nephew to a delightful woman who is surely too good for him. Not to put any pressure on the happy couple, but he represents the only shot of the family name continuing on into another generation.

In any case, I’m preparing this post late on Friday, so that even if the unthinkable happens (i.e., I consume my weight in shrimp at the reception and need to be rushed to a hospital) you won’t suffer. Or something like that.

And with that complete and utter lack of segue, let me tell you about this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest, Laura J. Underwood. The two of us go way back, to the glory days of and nested topic threads that devoured more potential writing time than I care to acknowledge. Laura always had entertaining posts because in addition to binge an author, she is a member of that most holy of professions. I speak of course of librarians. She’s also a a harpist, a champion fencer, an unapologetic hiker, but really after librarian all the rest is just gilding the lilly.

Back in the 90’s, Laura’s short fiction could regularly be found in the pages of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s FANTASY Magazine. She followed these appearances with other works, both short and long, published by a range of small press publishers, perhaps most notably Yard Dog Press. And she’s still at. Thanks to the development of epublishing, many of her early works are available again, just waiting for your attention. Laura writes fantasy, and her stories show a degree of accuracy you’d expect from someone with a librarian’s eye (to say nothing of the details in the swordplay and musical bits). Why aren’t you reading more of her stuff?

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