This Spring, Mythgard Institute is offering a free course on Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, taught by Dr. Amy H. Sturgis. The six week online course will focus on book for the first five weeks, and then the Gavin Hood film in the final session. The course runs from April 1st to May 6.
From the course page:
This spring, the Mythgard Academy explores new frontiers, making its first foray into the genre of science fiction with the much-loved modern classic, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. We will discuss the book in five weekly sessions, and then take a sixth session in which to discuss the recent film adaptation of the book. Like all Mythgard Academy classes, this study is free and open to the public. You can download audio or video recordings of the class sessions here from our website, through our Mythgard podcast feed on iTunes, or through our Ender’s Game course on iTunes U. You are also invited to participate in the class live! The first 100 attendees will be able to take part in the interactive class discussions, which will take place on Tuesday evenings at 9:30 pm (EDT), starting on April 1, 2014.
Get more details at the Mythgard Institute course page.
Rudy Rucker and Scribd will be teaming up to give away free books to Rudy’s fans and offer them a chance to meet him in person and hear him speak about The Big Aha. Rudy Rucker is regarded as a contemporary master of science fiction. He is a two-time Philip K. Dick award-winner, futurist, mathematician, and artist.
The orgaziers welcome Rudy’s fans and members of the San Francisco reading & writing community to join them. This is sure to be a fun evening!
Event will include:
- A talk and reading from his newest novel, The Big Aha, which he kicked off with a Kickstarter campaign
- An audience Q&A
- A book signing for all attendees
- A free copy of Rudy Rucker’s The Big Aha
- Event: Rudy Rucker, Cyberpunk Legend
- Date: Thursday, March 27
- Doors open at 5:30. Event begins at 6PM sharp.
- Complimentary coffee, tea, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks
- Free copies of his new book, The Big Aha. We have a limited number, so please arrive on-time.
- Use #ScribdAuthors to share with friends on social media.
“I’m watching the future of art unfold before my eyes!”
—Michael R. Whelan (Said at the inaugural SFAL event)
As part of the promotional content for the upcoming Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, sculptor Tim Bruckner has created a series of short videos highlighting a handful of the nearly 200 painters, sculptors, and illustrators who will be in attendance May 9-11, 2014, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Spectrum Fantastic Art Live is an event you don’t want to miss, and these minute-long teasers are sure to tempt you with their examples of the immense talent of the artists working in the field today. Biographic information on the artists is drawn largely from their respective web pages.
Altogether there is approximately 15 minutes of total viewing time here, but I promise you that they are minutes packed with eye-popping goodness. So sit back, enjoy the show, and let us know if any of the art speaks to you. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live has been described as “The Art Fair with a Sense of Wonder”. This is a mere glimpse of why that is so.
Hey, Harry Potter fans! The Summer 2014 season of learning at the Mythgard Institute includes the course Taking Harry Seriously, taught by Dr. Amy H. Sturgis. The course is designed to examine the artistry and meanings of the Harry Potter saga.
Here’s the course description and video:
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Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 (SFAL) will be held the weekend of May 9-11, 2014, in Kansas City Missouri. SFAL will feature some 200 artists who work in a variety of mediums creating art that falls in the realm of the fantastic. In addition to providing the opportunity for fans to interact with artists and buy great art, SFAL provides the opportunity for budding artists to have their portfolios reviewed by creative directors from some of the prominent SFF publishing houses (including Tor and Orbit) and attend educational opportunities held during the weekend.
The Illustration Academy is offering some tremendously valuable prizes for young people in high school and those continuing education artists aged 18 and above.
I’m almost done reading Andy Weir’s debut novel The Martian and enjoying it quite a bit. (Review soon!) One of the reasons is the realistic science that’s used in the novel.
Here’s the author at a recent talk at Google HQ. It starts with a 11 minute reading from the first chapter, then he discusses the realistic science that went into the novel. Beware! There’s a slight story spoiler when Weir discusses the software he wrote to calculate some of the orbital mechanics used in the novel.
Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Shimmer, Nightmare Magazine, Strange Horizons, Icarus, The Minnesota Review, and The Rumpus, among others. He is a graduate of the 2012 Clarion Writer’s Workshop, and the co-editor of Horror After 9/11, an anthology published by the University of Texas Press. Visit him at www.samjmiller.com and follow him on Twitter as @sentencebender.
For twelve years, Electric Velocipede published some of the most exciting genre fiction anywhere. Over 250 authors and artists were featured in its 27 issues, from SFF rock stars to brand new geniuses.When my own story “The Beasts We Want To Be” was accepted into Electric Velocipede, that’s when I felt like I had arrived as a science fiction writer.
“Electric Velocipede was not the place where you sent the kind of story you twisted into shape for the Zombies on Medicare themed anthology,” says writer Richard Bowes. “And you didn’t send the stories you created to satisfy the well known kinks and wordcount of a specific market. EV was for the story you wrote because it was so fucking much fun to write. And because you knew that your story would find itself in very good company!”
That’s why it was so devastating when the announcement went out that the 27th issue would be its last.
And that’s why, on February 28th, New York City will be sending the old gal off in style, with an old-fashioned memorial service. Ten writers whose work was published in Electric Velocipede will come together to eulogize, rhapsodize, and read from their EV pieces.
If you’re in or anywhere near NYC, you should definitely consider coming.
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“Fantastic art should never be boring. And no one should ever be ashamed of having a love of–or connection to–genre.” ~Arnie Fenner
For twenty years Cathy and Arnie Fenner have celebrated the love of genre with the annual release of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. In 2012 the Fenners brought this multiple-award winning art book to life with the first Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event. Held in Kansas City, Missouri, the event featured over 200 artists whose creations fit within the broad definition of genre art.
This incredible interactive event returns to Kansas City for its 3rd outing on May 9-11, 2014 and it promises to be something special.
Do you live in Vermont? Mark your calendar!
One of my pet projects here in Vermont is working to encourage and network a sort of science fiction scene in my home state. The result was Geek Mountain State, a community blog that focuses on all things Geek happening in the state. Last year, we started to branch out into events with the Vermont SF Writer’s Series. Our next reading will be on February 1st, from 3-5pm in Phoenix Books’ Burlington location: 191 Bank Street in downtown Burlington
The authors reading this time around are Rachel Carter, Rob Friesel, Mike Luoma, Ryan Meath, Rachel Mullis and Dean Whitlock! To RSVP, head over to the event page that we’ve set up on Facebook.
It must be the season or something. I’m back off to NIH on Tuesday for surgery followed by some extensive and fairly brutal immunotherapy. As recently discussed, this is a very expensive process for me and my family. Not the treatments themselves, which are covered by NIH at no cost to me, but the expense of having my caregivers in Maryland for five weeks while I am being treated. Not to mention the expense already incurred during our two-week visit for enrollment.
Premiums are still being organized. There has been some excellent generosity from various donors, and I’ve put a dozen copies of The January Machine in myself. Hopefully by Monday that will all be up on the fundraising site.
I have very mixed feelings about tapping the generosity of my friends and fans again, but this is where we are. Still fighting for my life, slowly losing, but trying everything we can.
On February 8, the Alternate Realities group of Houston (ARGH) is sponsoring a birthday party for legendary novelist Jules Verne!
There’ll be cake and games and good times had by all. And if you’re like me, they had you at cake.
- WHEN: February 8, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
- WHERE: Katy Budget Books, 2450 Fry Road in Houston, TX.
Registration is now open at Mythgard Institute for the SF-centric online class The Gothic Tradition, taught
Dr. Amy H. Sturgis.
Here’s the course description:
The Gothic literary tradition began in the mid-eighteenth century in Europe and lives on in various forms across the globe through contemporary fiction, poetry, art, music, film, and television. Mad scientists, blasted heaths, abandoned ruins, elusive ghosts, charming vampires, and even little green men people its stories. With ingredients such as a highly developed sense of atmosphere, extreme emotions including fear and awe, and emphases on the mysterious and the paranormal, Gothic works tend to express anxieties about social, political, religious, and economic issues of the time, as well as rejection of prevailing modes of thought and behavior. This course will investigate the fascinating and subversive Gothic imagination (from the haunted castles of Horace Walpole to the threatening aliens of H.P. Lovecraft, from Dracula to Coraline), identify the historical conditions that have inspired it, consider how it has developed across time and place and medium, and explore how it has left its indelible imprint on the modern genres of science fiction and fantasy.
For more details and the course schedule, check out the The Gothic Tradition at Mythgard Institute.
And look! A trailer!
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Novelist Kim Stanley Robinson (Red Mars,2312, and Shaman) debates the merits of utopian thinking with Aeon Magazine’s Marina Benjamin and political theorist Alex Callinicos.
Wanna hang out with Orbit authors Daniel Abraham, Ann Leckie and Rachel Bach? Orbit is hosting a Google Hangout called A Night at the Space Opera: Science Fiction Writers on Our Future in Space on Thursday November 7 allowing you to do just that.
Here are the deets (because I am apparently in too much of a rush to type out the word “details”, but not overly long parenthetical sentences that include the word I was trying to avoid anyway…)
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Here’s an interesting video of the panel “Cyberpunk: The Dystopian Prism” held at the Nine Worlds Geekfest in London. The panel includes Rafel Praszczalek, Antoni Strzalkowski, Jan Wagner, Cory Doctorow, Charles Stross, Dr. Demis Hassabis, Kieron Gillen, and Helen Keen (moderating).
Technology is advancing at a huge rate and with it are the moral and social questions it brings. Is Cyberpunk culture’s immune response to this advancement, engulfing the issues within stories, films and games to flag these issues in advance or has it become a self-fulfilling prophecy with the inevitable end where we’ll be reading a DRM-locked copy of Neuromancer in Google Glass as the irony passes us by. Join us and some of the top creators in this field to talk, cyber, punk, tech, specs and crashes together.
Do you support diversity in science fiction and fantasy? If so, you will want to know that two publicist, Ellen B. Wright (with Orbit) and Faye Bi (with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) will be running the NYC Marathon to raise money to start a Diverse Worlds Grant, administered by the Speculative Literature Foundation, aimed at helping writers from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the genre to start and continue publishing.
The Last Unicorn, the 1982 animated fantasy film directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr. and featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, and Angela Lansbury…is on tour and Peter S. Beagle, author of the book on which is was adapted, will be there.
From the press release:
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