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First Glimpse and Quite Possibly Final Philcon 2013 Schedule

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Philcon

The fine folks at Philcon sent out program assignments today, a full eight days before the convention is to start. This may not seem impressive to some of you, but it’s a vast improvement over last year’s state of affairs.

I’ll be day tripping in from my home (which also isn’t exactly in Philadelphia, but is at least in PA) and only showing up on Friday and Saturday. You’re on your own for Sunday. Currently, all of my programming is set for Saturday as follows:

Saturday, November 9th

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | Executive Suite 623 | Reading
Update! This just in: I will be joined during this hour by the brilliant Fran Wilde. That’s right, people, TWO readings for the price of one!

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.| Autograph Table | Signing
I’ll be sitting alongside Tom Doyle, handing out postcards for a free novella, and signing such things as you bring me

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Plaza IV | – Planning to write a series
If you don’t plan, you may come up with a really neat idea in book 5 which is unfortunately inconsistent with the first four books. How can you keep it interesting and not get tied to your outline.
with Tom Doyle (mod), Danielle Ackley-McPhail, D.H. Aire, Gail Z. Martin, and me.

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Plaza IV | – Expanding a short story into a novel
How do you turn a short work into a longer work without just simply padding. What are proper ways to expand a story
with Steve Miller (mod), Sharon Lee, Mike McPhail, and me.

And of course, Barry will be with me for much of the convention, eagerly hoping you’ll ask to pose for a photograph with him.

Semi-Final Capclave 2013 Schedule

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The fine folks at Capclave have posted their program schedule here. Here’s what I know regarding my own small piece of it:

Friday, October 11th
5:00 – 5:25 p.m. | Frederick | Reading
Since it’s up for the WSFS small press award, I’ll probably read from my short story, “Coca Xocalatl.”

Saturday, October 12th
10:00 – 10:55 a.m. | Salon A | Moving Beyond the Small Press
A look at how small presses in the age of the eReaders – where anyone can be a publisher – have their limits, and what to do when you’ve hit them. There is also the additional pressure of performing on a higher level. Listen to panelists describe what to do when you have plateaued with your own independent publisher, and what lies ahead if or when you step up to corporate publishers.
With Philippa Ballantine (M), Ron Garner, and Michael A. Ventrella.

1:00 – 1:55 p.m.| Author’s Hallway | Author’s Table (M)
I’ll be here for nearly an hour, with an assortment of books from Paper Golem, hanging out chatting, signing things if you have things for me to sign, and so forth.
Me and Barry.

3:00 – 3:55 p.m.| Salon A | Life and Death of the Shared Universe
Why did these become so popular? What about Wildcards and others made them survive? Can the Internet revive this form? Or is its demise a victory of art over commercialization?
With Iver Cooper (M), Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Bob Greenberger, and Annette Klause.

7:30 – 8:25 p.m.| Salon A – E | Mass Signing
The Saturday evening mass autographing session with *everyone*.

8:30 – 9:25 p.m.| Salon A – E | Awards Reception and Presentation
For the second year in a row, I’m up for the WSFS Small Press Award. Will this be my year? Who knows?

Sunday, October 13th
9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. | Rockville/Potomac | Agents and You
Agents are very important to authors. Sometimes you have a great match from the beginning, other times the situation changes. Hear the experiences of authors at different stages in their careers.
With Tom Doyle, Emmie Mears, and Michael Swanwick. Oh, and I’m moderating.

10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. | Salons CDE | Hand Waving or Sci-fantasy?
Many classic Science Fiction authors didn’t spend a lot of time describing the technology or science of their futures. Things worked, but if you look more closely, they may not make sense. Today authors still use this technique. Is this a legitimate form of science fiction or lazy writing? Have the standard furniture of sf — the FTL drive and time machine — become so common the author does not need to explain them, just use them for a story? Do all the details and the scientific equations get in the way?
With David Bartell, D. Douglas Fratz, Inge Heyer, and Jamie Todd Rubin. And again I’ll be moderating.

Of course the convention is still nearly four weeks away, and it’s likely there’ll be some changes to the schedule. I’ll keep you posted.

Heading to Shore Leave 2013 Tomorrow

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ReDeus: Native Lands

The car’s all gassed up and I just had the oil changed and the tire pressure checked, so I guess I’m ready for a trip. Tomorrow (Friday) morning I’ll be heading down toward Baltimore to spend the day at Shore Leave. As noted on my schedule page, although the convention runs through Sunday, I’ll only be present on Friday.

I have meetings planned for both lunch and dinner, and I’ve even managed to find myself on a panel this year at 8pm, but the main reason for my being there is the big Meet the Pros / Autograph Session that runs from 10:00 pm through midnight. That’s when I’ll be joining nine other authors for the debut of volume three of the ReDeus shared universe series, ReDeus: Native Lands (which by no mere coincidence includes my story “The Fourth Person”). This is my third appearance in ReDeus, and continues the adventures of retired professor Matlal Alejandro Garcia y Fuentes as he promotes the indigenous languages of Mexico and the history of the Aztec gods by writing pop songs for a teen superstar. The current story is set in Minnesota and focuses on the mythology of the Ojibwe’s spirits (with a bit of Norse mythology thrown in because, hey, it’s Minnesota!). There’s even a minor Ojibwe grammar lesson thrown in, just because.

So if you’re planning being at Shore Leave, I hope you’ll stop by my table during the signing. I’ll be happy to autograph anything you put in front of me. And naturally, I’ll have copies of my own books and some books from Paper Golem available as well. See you there!

Alembical – Limited Time Offer!

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Alembical

At the Nebula Awards this year I was having a chat with Jay Lake. We had both been nominated for the prize in the novella category, and he said the best novella he’d ever written was “America, Such As She Is,” published back in November, 2008. I had to agree (and not just because I was his editor for it). The work appeared in Alembical, the second book ever published by Paper Golem and the start of our series of collections of brilliant novellas.

After I returned from San Jose, a quick check of the stock room revealed a surplus of the hardbound edition of Alembical, 50 of them. Recalling my conversation with Jay, I decided it was time for a sale.

The list price on the book is $25.

For a limited time, you can use the PayPal button below to order a copy of the book for $15, which includes the cost of shipping (US residents only).





Again, this is for the hardbound edition of Alembical, which contains the following four novellas:

  • “America, Such As She Is” by Jay Lake
  • “13 Miles to Paradise” by Bruce Taylor
  • “Harvest” by James Van Pelt
  • “Now You See Us” by Ray Vukcevich


As noted above, I have only 50 copies available at this price. When they’re all spoken for, the PayPal button will redirect you to Amazon.com, where you can still buy the book, just not at this sale price.

March 2013 Ebook Short – “Gift Time”

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I’ve been somewhat lax in my original plan to release as an ebook at least one previously published short story every month. Then again, February really beat the crap out of me. And besides, none of you called me on it, so too late. I claim diplomatic immunity, or take the fifth, or invoke the statute of limitations, or simply stand here with my hands on my ears and chanting “Nyah, nyah, nyah, I can’t hear you, I can’t hear you.”

Ahem.

Gift Time

Meanwhile, the eldritch forces responsible for such things have cleared my latest upload, “Gift Time,” and you can now find it available for your e-reading delight in mobi format (favored by Kindle readers the world over) at Amazon.com, and in ePub format (favored by even more, non-proprietary readers throughout the galaxy) at BN.com.

Hadley Rille Books originally published this story in their anthology Barren Worlds, edited by Eric T. Reynolds with Adam Nakama and Rob Darnell. I don’t want to give too much away (it is only a short story after all), but I can tell offer you this as a teaser:

Somewhere in the city of Chiago, a man visits the storage unit he rents to house his collection of time machines. Where do they all come from? And of all possible dates, why does he choose his birthday to drop by?

“Gift Time” runs a bit under 2400 words. It’s a quick read, and like all of my ebook shorts it’s only a buck. I hope you like it.

Tom Doyle at PSFS this Friday

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The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS) meets this Friday night at 9:00 p.m. and their guest will be author Tom Doyle. Here’s the official blurb from PSFS:

“Tom Doyle writes science fiction and fantasy in a spooky turret in Washington, DC. He grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, so when he attended the Clarion Writers’ Workshop there in 2003, it was like coming home. He lived in Japan for over a year and has traveled widely. In 2004, he visited Ireland for the celebrations of the hundredth anniversary of Bloomsday, and that experience contributed greatly to his 2012 Writers of the Future story.

Tom won the 2008 WSFA Small Press Award. He has published stories in Strange Horizons, Futurismic, Aeon, and Ideomancer, among others. His essays on science fiction and millennialism have appeared in Fictitious Force and Strange Horizons, and in the book The End That Does. Paper Golem Press has published a collection of his short fiction, The Wizard of Macatawa and Other Stories. Tom has appeared on the Hour of the Wolf radio program and the Fast Forward TV show, and he has given a presentation on L. Frank Baum at the Library of Congress.”

Full disclosure, I published Tom’s short story collection. I did it because I think he’s a brilliant and extremely talented writer. But even better than that, he does a reading that is nothing short of awesome! So, if you’re anywhere near Philadelphia on Friday, or can get there, you need to go to Tom’s appearance at PSFS.

Oh, one more thing that PSFS didn’t know was happening when they invited Tom to be their feature speaker on Friday: He just signed a three book deal with Tor. Congratulations, Tom!

PSFS will be meeting at the University of Pennsylvania’s International House, located at 3701 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia, PA.

I can’t be there because I’ll be up in New York doing a hypnosis thing. So, tell Tom I sent you. Thanks.

More Ebook Shorts

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I put up a couple more ebook short stories a day ago:

“Thinking” was originally published in 2006 in ÆON Magazine #8. It’s a fun short about a kid in school taking one of those “life placement” kinds of tests, when the testing page begins to act a bit… strange.

“The Wrestler and the Spear Fisher” is both older and newer. Older in that I wrote it ages ago, but it never found a home until 2010, when it came out in The Stories in Between as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of Between Books, a wonderful independent bookstore in Claymont, Delaware. This one’s another rare occasion where I wrote a bit of dark fantasy.

I should also note that since I’m slowly working through my inventory of short stories and making them available as ePub and mobi files, I’ve added an Ebooks page to my website with handy links to each and every story that’s available. My first novel is listed there too, and as soon as the proof reader works her way through the other books, they’ll show up on that page too.

If you’re feeling inclined to acquire one (or more) of these ebooks, I encourage you to use the links on this page. They go through an affiliate program and while it doesn’t change your cost one whit, I get a couple extra pennies on each one. And hey, those pennies add up!

Thinking The Wrestler and the Spear Fisher
Kindle (mobi) | Nook (ePub) Kindle (mobi) | Nook (ePub)
     

Some Early 2013 Ebook Shorts

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2013 is going to be the year of ebook publishing for me (it may be other things too, but that’s how I’m starting out).

On January 1st, I put up six short stories as $1.00 ebooks on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. They cleared through processing some time over night and they’re all now available.

Here are the six covers:

The Sky's The Limit
Pidgin
Mars Needs Baby Seals

The Game of Leaf and Smile
The Moment
Bidding the Walrus

Clicking on any of the cover images above will take you to the appropriate page at Amazon.

For the rest of the world (including me) that uses the ePub format to read on their phones or tablets, here are the respective links over at Barnes & Noble:

      “The Sky’s The Limit” || “Pidgin” || “Mars Needs Baby Seals
      “The Game of Leaf and Smile” || “The Moment” || “Bidding the Walrus

I don’t know what, if anything, will come of this. I’ve been wanting to get more of my work out there in ebook form, and I’m of the school of thought that says if you just give it away for free people will assume it’s crap. That said, I will probably set up some kind of rotation in which some one of these will be free for a week or two, at any given point in time.

And, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that making the covers was kind of fun, and a great way to decompress from the stresses of the past week.