Category Archives: Events

The Three Hoarsemen (Episode 15): World Fantasy Convention Wrap-Up and the Media We’re Consuming

As December descends and the Holidays loom, John E. O. Stevens, Fred Kiesche and Jeff Patterson saddle up after FAR too long an absence for a guestless catch-up episode.

Jeff recounts his adventures at the World Fantasy Convention (sporting his homemade Three Hoarsemen t-shirt), and then the gentlemen discuss the books, comics, and shows that have been vying for their hard-fought entertainment time (and funds).

Even as an interim episode, it still runs close to an hour!

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Watch Ursula K. Le Guin’s Awesome Speech Delivered When She Accepted the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

This week, Ursula K. Le Guin accepted the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards ceremony.

Congrats to Ms. Le Guin!

Hear her excellent, thought-provoking speech below…
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Odyssey Writing Workshops Announces New Online Classes for Speculative Fiction Writing

Odyssey Writing Workshops is offering 3 new online classes for Speculative Fiction writing in January 2015.

More details can be found in the following press release…

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NYC EVENT: Everything Is Terrifying!

If you’re in the New York City area on Monday October 27, so stop by Strand Books between 7:00PM and 8:00PM for the Everything Is Terrifying event.

You’ll get to see:

  • Laird Barron – author (The Croning, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All) and three-time winner of the Shirley Jackson award.
  • Ellen Datlow – winner of four Hugo awards, three Bram Stoker awards, nine World Fantasy awards, two Shirley Jackson awards, and five Locus awards for her work as an editor.
  • Grady Hendrix – has won zero awards. But he did write a book (Horrorstör) about a haunted Ikea.
  • John Langan – author (House of Windows, “A Season in Carcosa”) who, along with Laird Barron, was cited by Nic Pizzolatto as one of the literary influences on HBO’s True Detective.
  • Sarah Langan – author (Audrey’s Door, The Lost) who has won the Bram Stoker award three times for her novels.
  • JT Petty – director whose films such as S&Man, The Burrowers, and Hellbenders have played around the world.


  • WHEN: Monday, October 27 @ 7pm
  • WHERE: Strand Bookstore (828 Broadway, corner of Broadway and 12th Street)
  • ADMISSION: All you need to do is buy a book!

Join us for a Live SF Signal Podcast Recording at MileHiCon!

You are invited to join me for a special Live SF Signal Podcast recording on Saturday, October 25th at 4 PM at MileHiCon 46 in the Denver Tech Center.

Guests include:

Stop by, say hello and be part of the podcast!

CONVENTION ATTENTION: Context27 in Columbus, Ohio

Context27 logoLast month I attended Context27, a small and cozy speculative fiction convention in Columbus, OH. Context is a writers convention, and this year’s guests of honor where Jonathan Maberry and Betsy Mitchell. Other guests included Laura Resnick, Jennifer Brozek, Maurice Broaddus, Jerry Gordon, Jason Sizemore, Daniel and Trista Robichaud, Lucy Snyder, Ferrett Steinmetz, Michael West and more. Along with panels and workshops, the convention also had a flash fiction contest, well-appointed dealer room, a live recording of the Funky Werepig podcast, a consuite, and of course, parties! This was also my first time on panels, but more on that later.

For a small additional fee, attendees could sign up for one of the many workshops, which included Writing for Young Adults, Crafting a Compelling Plot, Characterization Through Dialog,Anthology Editing, and Point of View, among many others. The panels were also primarily writer and publishing focused, and included topics such as Busting Writer’s Block, Hot New Writers, Classics You May Have Missed, Getting a Day Job in Publishing, The Care and Feeding of Beta Readers, Skewering the Tropes, The Art of the Short Story, Social Media for Authors and Readers, Homebrewing Science, Podcasting, Publishing Disasters, Tales from the Slushpile, The Future of Magazines and Periodicals, What is an MFA and Do I Want One,and about a bazillion more. I really have no idea how all this incredible programming was jammed into 48 hours.
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Burlesque, Ogre, and the Not-So-Secret Origin of Klaw: My Adventures at Austin Comic Con 2014

Last week, I attended the Austin Comic Con (aka Wizard World Texas). Oddly, the show ran Thursday through Saturday. No Sunday at all. Since Saturday was Yom Kippur, I only went on Thursday evening, which ran from 4:30-9, and Friday, 2 until sundown.

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Fantastic Fiction at KGB Readings Now Available Online as Free Podcasts!

If you’ve been paying attention to our daily link posts over the past several years, you will recognize the Fantastic Fiction at KGB Readings. This awesome monthly event is a series of author readings held at the KGB Bar in New York City and organized by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel. Each event features two writers reading their work — not only a great way to sample their work, but also a chance to meet them in person.

Up until this week, you had to be in or around New York City at the time of the readings to enjoy them.

Not any more!
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Why You Want to Enter a Writing Contest

MB Partlow is a writer, a cranky optimist, a domestic goddess wannabe, a voracious reader across any genre, and the Director for the Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

Why on Earth (or Any Other Planet) Would You Want to Enter a Writing Contest?

by MB Partlow

If you have a manuscript you’re working on or a finished novel hiding on your hard drive, you might want to expose your brainchild to the world through a writing contest. You could want feedback, fame and/or glory*. Or you could be a masochist.

Step one is to always read the directions carefully. You wouldn’t want to spread your foot-fungus medication on the wrong body part, and you wouldn’t want to submit your manuscript to the wrong contest or in the wrong category. Maximize your results by taking the time to carefully read through what and how to submit. Many contests are open to published or unpublished authors, while others, like the Zebulon, are open to both.

So why enter a writing contest?

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Geeks Doing Good Fundraiser

Worldbuilders is the geeky charity founded by best-selling author Patrick Rothfuss. To date, they’ve raised over $3 million towards Heifer International’s efforts to end world hunger through an annual fundraiser where fans donate directly to Heifer for the chance to win something out of the lottery of thousands of books, games, and other coolness that Worldbuilders offers.

This summer, Worldbuilders is adding a second, mid-year fundraiser, with a different format that might appeal to a wider audience. Rather than have a lottery system where you might win anything, they’ve started an IndieGoGo campaign called Geeks Doing Good where they’re featuring cool new perks and merchandise. Some are exclusive to the campaign, some are pre-orders for future products, and some are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities at something really cool. They’ve pulled out the chance aspect and kept the awesome prizes, so now everyone who contributes will definitely get something.

A few of the cool items are:
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ApolloCon 2014 is This Weekend!

Well this sneaked up on me!

If you are in the Houston area this weekend, you should check out the always-fun ApolloCon convention.

This year’s guests include Guest of Honor David Gerrold, Artist Guest of Honor Theresa Mather, Editor Guest of Honor P.N. Elrod, and Fan Guest of Honor Al Griego as well as many regional guests.

Mythgard Institute is Offering a 12-Week Course on Science Fiction

This Summer, Mythgard Institute is offering a course on Science Fiction (Part I), taught by Dr. Amy H. Sturgis. The 12 week online course covers science fiction from Proto-Science Fiction through to the Golden Age and will run from August to November.

From the course page:

What does it mean to be human? Are we alone? What wonders or terrors will tomorrow hold? Join award-winning scholar Dr. Amy H. Sturgis as she explores the ways in which the literature of science fiction over time has asked the question: “What if?” This course will consider the development of the genre from “proto-SF” writings through the Golden Age, with an eye toward how the great works and movements within science fiction both reflect the concerns and attitudes of their time and imagine beyond them. Discover why author Ray Bradbury called science fiction “the most important literature in the history of the world.”

Here’s a video explaining more…
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Free Comic Book Day 2014: May 3rd

It’s that time of year again.

Saturday May 3rd, 2014 is Free Comic Book Day!

The annual event Free Comic Book Day is when participating comic book shops around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores. (Details provided at each retailer.) The Free Comic Day website has store locations.

There’s no shortage of stuff in this year’s selection. Snatch up some Buck Rogers, Atomic Robo & Friends, Grimm Fairy Tales, The Tick, V-Wars, All You Need Is Kill and many more….

So this weekend, stop by a store near you and grab some free comicy goodness!

Don’t believe me? Let Stan Lee tell you…

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Shared Worlds Turns 7! Announces 2014 Lineup

Congratulations to the fine folks behind the Shared Worlds writing program, which this year turns 7!

This year, they’ve got another spectacular lineup of special guests. read on to see!

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Mythgard Institute’s In-Depth Course on ENDER’S GAME

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.

Come See Rudy Rucker in San Francisco on Thursday, March 27th

Are you going to be in the San Francisco area on Thursday, March 27th?

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.

For location and more info, see the event details Eventbrite, Meetup and/or Facebook

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Presents: Short Film Friday

“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.

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Mythgard Institute’s Summer 2014 Season Includes an In-Depth Course on Harry Potter

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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Feeling Creative? Put Your Artistic Talents to the Test

The Illustration Academy and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live are offering aspiring artists the opportunity to put their illustration skills to the test and compete for a number of valuable prizes.

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.

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VIDEO: Andy Weir, Author of THE MARTIAN, Talks at Google

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.

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