Archive for May, 2012

photo credit: Nightmare Magazine, Creeping Hemlock Press

The amazing anthologist and editor John Joseph Adams has decided to Kickstart a new online magazine, Nightmare Magazine, featuring stories of horror and dark fantasy. Like Adams’ other publication, Lightspeed Magazine, Nightmare will have both original fiction and reprints every month. The first issue will feature stories from Laird Barron, Sarah Langan, Jonathan Maberry, and Genevieve Valentine. Assistant editors were announced two days ago (I saw via twitter, they may have been announced elsewhere, as well): E.C. Myers, author of Fair Coin, and Erika Holt, an Inkpunks contributor. The magazine has been fully funded, but there are still a few days left to get in on the first issue! (Note for writers: Nightmare is not yet open for submissions. The Kickstarter page says it’ll be open to submissions shortly after it’s funded, so make sure to check its website for further updates.)

photo credit: Fireside Magazine, Patrick Garvin

Another Kickstarter project to look at is Fireside Magazine, Issue 2 (and beyond). Fireside Magazine is a quarterly magazine that publishes short fiction and comics. If successfully funded, the second issue will feature stories by Stephen Blackmoore, Damien Walters Grintalis, Kat Howard, and Jake Kerr, and a comic by Steven Walker and the magazine’s editor, Brian White. The cover artist for issue 2 is Galen Dara. Contributors for issue 3 will be Daniel Abraham, Elizabeth Bear, and Mary Robinette Kowal, with the comic written by Rachel Deering. Fireside 2 is almost 50% funded, with a litte over a week to go. The line-up for issue 2 (and 3) are all stellar writers; if you enjoy speculative short fiction, you won’t be disappointed.


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The Things by Peter Watts is a 2011 Hugo Award Nominee, 2010 BSFA Award Finalist, 2010 Shirley Jackson Award Winner, 2011 Finalist: the Locus Award for Best Short Story, 2011 Theodore Sturgeon Award Nominee. I’ve not seen John Carpenter’s The Thing, the movie Watts’ story is based on, but I found Watts’ story captivating nonetheless. It’s available for free over at Clarkesworld Magazine.

Something else that’s currently available: an excerpt from The Siren Depths, the third book in Martha WellsRaksura series. I read and enjoyed the first two books, The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea earlier this year. The Siren Depths is one book I’ll be looking forward to this December!

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I noticed a number of awesome-sounding conventions and workshops happening in my neck of the woods (Northern California-ish) in the near future. I thought I’d share, even though I’ll be out of the state for most of them.

  • EFA NorCal Chapter Meeting: Editor’s POV book discussion: The Hunger Games, May 21, Sacramento, CA. They’ll be discussing the book from a writer/editor point of view, not a literary point of view. Questions that may be considered: Why is this book so successful? What techniques does the writer use that have created such emotional responses from readers? Does the writer break writing “rules,” and if so how does it work for her?

    I’m actually quite interested in this topic, especially since I’m still in Sacramento! Whether I can go depends on if my apartment is 85% packed by 6pm. Let’s just say I have a lot of stuff. ;)

  • Bay Con 2012, May 25-28, Santa Clara, CA. The San Francisco Bay Area’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention since 1982. Guests of honor include Brandon Sanderson, Stephan Martiniere, Scott and Cathy Beckstead, Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin.

    Conventions are a great place to meet authors, editors, and fans of the genre. The panels offer a range of topics, from writing to the business of writing to topics of related interest (like Dr. Who and Joss Whedon). BayCon also offers regency dances and a Magic: The Gathering tournament with Brandon Sanderson! Check out the programming.

  • Cascade Writers Workshop, July 26-29, Vancouver, WA. This is a Milford-style workshop, meaning you read and critique each person’s story in your workshop group. Workshop leaders include Beth Meacham (Tor Executive Editor), Michael Carr (literary agent), Ken Scholes (author), Tina Connolly (author), Jay Lake (author), and Barb & JC Hendee (authors). Guest speakers include Sheryn Hara (topic: self-publishing), Spencer Ellsworth (topic: pitches), Karen Weatherall Davis (topic: copyright and contracts), Mark Teppo (topic: outlining your novel), Shelly Beber (topic: taxes for writers).

    Looks like a great line-up of very knowledgeable and friendly people! Registration is open until June 15th, or the last 8 spots are filled.

  • Westercon 65, July 5-8, Seattle, WA. Guests of honor include Robin Hobb(!), Art Bozlee, Frank Wu, Chaz Boston Baden, and the filk duo Vixy & Tony.

    Not only is Seattle a gorgeous city, but Robin Hobb is one of my favorite fantasy authors. I’m pretty bummed I won’t be able to attend, but I’ll be in the middle of my summer publishing program. There are too many interesting things happening all at once!

  • Mythcon 43, August 3-6, Berkeley, CA.The conference discusses myths and legends from Europe and Asia. Guests of honor include Professor G. Ronald Murphy, SJ, and YA author Malindo Lo.

    If you’re interested in European and Asian mythologies, take a look!

  • Westercon 66, July 4-7, 2013, Sacramento, CA. It looks like they haven’t yet settled on guests of honor or programming, but given that it’s more than a year away, that’s not surprising.

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    2011 Nebula Winners!

    Congratulations to the winners, and all the nominees!

    Best Novel: Among Others by Jo Walton

    Best Novella: “The Man Who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson

    Best Novelette: “What We Found” by Geoff Ryman

    Best Short Story: “The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu

    Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation Winner: Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife” by Neil Gaiman (writer) and Richard Clark (director)

    Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Winner: The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman

    2011 Damon Knight Grand Master Award: Connie Willis

    To see all of the nominees, complete with links to the works in question, check out the SFWA Nebula Awards site.

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    Links Round-up

    Links to articles that have caught my interest from the past few days. Most of them are about books.

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