The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 169): Interview with Hugo Award-Winning Fanzine Editor Christopher J. Garcia
In episode 165 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats at WorldCon with Douglas Hulick, author of Among Thieves.
About Douglas Hulick: Douglas Hulick was born in Fargo, ND, but spent much of his life moving about the Midwest. Somehow, he kept ending up in the vicinity of Chicago, IL, which helps explain his abiding love of deep-dish pizza, Ferris Bueller, and Goose Island beer. Somewhere along the way, a copy of A Dictionary of the Underworld by Eric Partridge fell into Douglas’s hands. Having sold a few fantasy short stories, Douglas thought a book that defined historical thieves cant (criminal jargon) and described some of the practices of that world might come in handy at some point. Little did he know. Among Thieves, his first novel, grew out of this unlikely seed over the course of a decade. It was acquired by Roc/Penguin U.S.A. on Douglas’s 44th birthday in 2009. Douglas lives with his wife and two sons in Minnesota. When not writing or chasing after his kids, he likes to practice and teach 17th century Italian rapier combat (in the tradition of Ridolfo Capoferro), cook, read, and hang out in coffee shops.
In episode 161 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats at WorldCon with Adam Christopher, who admits to loving American pancakes and Twinkies…
About Adam: Adam Christopher is the author of Empire State and Seven Wonders from Angry Robot, and the forthcoming Shadow’s Call from Tor Books. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Adam grew up watching Pertwee-era Doctor Who and listening to The Beatles, which isn’t a bad start for a child of the 80s. In 2006, Adam moved to the North West of England. When not writing Adam can be found drinking tea and obsessing over superhero comics and The Cure.
[EXCLUSIVE AUDIO] Live at WorldCon 2012: Hugh Howey Reads From His Story “The Walk Up Nameless Ridge”
Hugh Howey is as kind as he is a talented writer, and this live reading of The Walk Up Nameless Ridge will prove that I mean that as a compliment. Recorded from his reading at ChiCon7, this story is a Science Fiction adventure inspired by his ride to the top of publishing. Instead of Kindle charts, his unnamed narrator is striving to be the first to summit a 60,000 foot mountain on a distant planet. “The Walk…” has made it to #7 on the Kindle Singles chart. Now, let’s see how far our narrator makes it.
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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 155): Interview with Author, Editor and Small Press Publisher Jennifer Brozek
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 152): Special Worldcon Live Panel with James Enge, Howard Andrew Jones and John ONeill
In episode 152 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester gathers authors James Enge and Howard Andrew Jones along with Blackgate Magazine’s Publisher and Editor John O’Neill for a very special Live Panel at WorldCon / Chicon 7. Together, we discuss: Middle Eastern culture and fantasy, Tolkien, European-centric fantasy, Sinbad, Disney movies (specifically, Jafar), the history of Black Gate Magazine, sword and sorcery, being a short story editor, critiquing, Worldcon and much, much more.
Yes, Virginia, there are wombats in Wonderland, as you should know because Digger just won the Hugo for Best Graphic Novel. I loved Digger. But I didn’t expect it to win. Firstly, it was in black and white (unlike all other entries), secondly, it had no babes in it, let alone naked ones (alright, there was a young priestess, but she was veiled and mostly bald, so I didn’t count her) and thirdly, it was a complete story from beginning to end (unlike all other entries).
Why would a complete story line disqualify a nominee? Simple. People vote for their favorites. Some fans (like myself) see their Hugo ballots as a sacred responsibility. They pour over the nominees, weighing every word and agonizing over the choice when (as often happens) several candidates are worthy. Others approach their vote (and I’m not criticizing, just observing) with light-hearted cheer, partial to their favorite authors/artists/etc. even before they start reading, and dismissing other entries as casually as a junior editor burrowing through the slush pile of Sisyphus. Some fans even join WorldCon solely to nominate and promote a specific work. Again, I do not criticize. They are driven by love. But whatever the technique, however much thought does or does not go into it, it everyone votes for the one they like best.
Have you ever wondered what makes the gears of SF Signal spin? (Whatever for?) Is SF Signal just the poorly-written online ravings of a group of socially inept and psychotic misfits? (Likely.) Do you want a peek behind the curtain? (Don’t do it!) Or would you like to buy us pie? (Actually, that would go over extremely well!)
If you answered “yes” to any of these question (especially the last one), you’re about to get your chance.
If you have some free time on the afternoon of Saturday, September 1st, come on over to the Corner Bakery and say hello to SF Signal’s editors, contributors and readers. See here for details.
Hope to see you there!
(But in case you can’t make it, you now know where to send the pie. Just sayin’…)
In the past few weeks, CtC has asked a couple of pertinent questions: What makes a convention worth going to, and what did you love (and hate) about WorldCon, DragonCon and PAX? The feedback was intriguing, and it gave this rookie convention programming director some actionable (but painful) insights into running a successful con.
Bottom line: It’s a big-name guests that get people to a convention, but it’s the sense of community that keeps them coming back…
This weekend, three major geek conventions throw down all at once: PAX, DragonCon and WorldCon. Short of the Hollywood-infused spectacle that is Comic-Con, this will be the biggest convention weekend of 2010. As a rookie programming director for ConGlomeration 2011, it’s also my most hyperconcentrated research opportunity — so , of course, I’m unable to attend any of the trio of A-list conventions. (Stupid adult obligations)
That’s where you guys come in. Roughly 60,000 people attend PAX. Another 40,000 attend DragonCon. WorldCon averages something in the neighborhood of tenth of either previous figure. In any case, about 100,000 geeks — professional and otherwise — will be at a convention this weekend, and a bunch of you read SF Signal, too.
So spill it.
I want to know:
- What rocks and what sucks about each convention?
- What makes DragonCon so special?
- How did PAX double in size every year for the last seven?
- Are the Hugos really as awesome as we imagine?
- Who’s the geek ubermensch: Nathan Fillion or Wil Wheaton?
Cite specific examples and show your work.
- The Library of America is selling the boxed set of The Philip K. Dick Collection edited by Jonathan Lethem. It contains 13 novels in 3 volumes.
- Episode #22 of Sofanauts features Amy H. Sturgis, Damien G Walter, and Larry Santoro.
- Read an excerpt of Child of Fire by Harry Connolly.
- Brom’s Ode to Peter Pan.
- Science fiction breaks free from fantasy. Renowned physicist Dr Michio Kaku says that the world of science fiction may be closer to reality than fantasy.
- A Reader’s Manifesto: “Whatever happens, the old American scorn for pretension is bound to reassert itself someday, and dear God, let it be soon. In the meantime, I’ll be reading the kinds of books that Cormac McCarthy doesn’t understand.” [via John Ottinger III]
- For those who wish to support reading, Reading is Fundamental is currently running two campaigns:
- Damien G. Walter says: We Need a “Support our ‘Zines Day”. That day is October 1st.
- More charts from Ian Randal Strock: Attendance at the World Science Fiction Convention.
- @Tor.com: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Fiction, Part 1.
- Reason’s why other Texas cities are better than Houston for cool stuff: Your best chance to see Doctor “S” Battles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies on the big screen is Saturday, August 29, at the Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes as part of the San Antonio Horrific Film Fest.
- Eureka gets renewed.
- The Cloverfield Sequel Viral Marketing Begins.
- Here’s a video of “Ace of Spade”s by Motörhead featuring Mad Max clips. Right on. [via Poe TV]
- Doctor Who‘s Greatest Moments: The Companions.
- io9 lists The Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows Of All Time.
- GeekDad lists 5 Geeky Stories We Wish Had Been Written, But Weren’t. [via Futurismic]
- @Omnivoracious: Brian Francis Slattery’s Top 10 Books That Don’t Get Enough Respect
- Top 10 Most Expensive Trilogies Sold by AbeBooks. The Foundation Trilogy tops the list at $5,000.
- The LA Times Lev Grossman (The Magicians).
- The LA Times reviews Joe R. Lansdale and USA Today reviews Lev Grossman.
- Bibliophile Stalker interviews Lavie Tidhar.
- Diana Pharaoh Francis talks about Serializing a Novel at SF Novelists.
- Kaaron Warren has been added to the list of sf/f authors who blog.
- John Scalzi gives an update on BigIdeaAuthors.com.
- Space Atoms is an upcoming short SciFi comedy film from the UK.
- Irene Gallo, Tor’s Art Director, has a great art-centric roundup of WorldCon posted.
- Scott Edelman has posted video of his 2000 Nebula Awards Weekend speech…and blames Paul Levinson for the demise of Science Fiction Age.
- The Angry Black Woman is soliciting titles for mindblowing science fiction by people of color.
- Damnation Books, publishers of horror, dark fantasy, paranormals, thrillers, science fiction and dark-themed erotica, is giving away a 2nd book this week for folks who join their reader’s list.
- SciFiNow reminds us of this retro Star Trek spoof from Saturday Night Live.
- Real Science:
- Astrobiology and the quest for extraterrestrial life: “The discovery of life elsewhere in the Solar System would ‘profoundly change our understanding of where we came from and our place in the cosmos’, astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell told Sam Wong ahead of his public lecture on the subject this week…”
- TechRivet points us to this interesting article about the feasibility of a lunar nuclear reactor. Anyone else getting the image of the Moon from the remake of The Time Machine with Guy Pearce?
- A bar in Minneapolis reopens as a zombie-themed bar. [via Neatorama]
- Mmm…Doctor Who cakes… [via HardcoreNerdity]
- Some genre films make Quentin Tarantino Reveals His Top 20 Movies.
- Mania lists 7 SFX in Movies That Changed Everything.
- Marooned rounds up an impressive list of facsimiles of first edition sf book dust jackets selling for $22 each.
- Also from Marooned: Den of Geek’s Top 10 potential sci-fi franchises Hollywood ignored.
- AWARDS NEWS! It’s awards weekend at Anticipation. First up (with more to come!): Sidewise Awards Winners:
- San Antonio launches a Worldcon bid. Facebookers, if you like this idea, support the Facebook group.
- Interviews and Profiles:
- Fangs, Fur, & Fey introduces their latest staff addition: M.K. Hobson!
- Orbit announces the winner Most Awesomely Bad SFF Cover in the Universe contest.
- David Gill responds to the recent bookslut article of Philip K. Dick: “This article made me mad.”
- The latest issue of The Internet Review of Science Fiction features an interview with Robert Reed, articles by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Justin Howe; an essay by Daniel M. Kimmel; criticism by Hillary Henson; and reviews by Mark Tiedemann, Flynn Gallagher, and Lois Tilton.
- Real Science: New radar observations have revealed that a near-Earth asteroid is actually three rocks.
- Fantasy Magazine lists 10 Fantasy Movie Moments That Mess With Us.
- Is it surprising that most of the entries in CNet’s list of Top 40 movies not out on Blu-ray are genre films?
We’re a week out from Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, in my beloved Montreal.
Worldcons are fickle beasts, for the sole reason that there is just so damned much to do. We’re talking about thousands of people, hundreds of events, and every facet of this vast and ungainly thing we call “fandom” brought to light in some manner. Even after thirty years of attending cons, I still get little chills thinking about the singular experiences that never fail to pepper the long weekend: lucking into a Kaffeeklatsche; finding an unexpected pin next to my name on the Voodoo Message Board; encountering an author whose book I just happen to have on my person; having a wholly non-ironic conversation about broadcast engineering with a guy in an Elfquest outfit. Only at a Worldcon can you accidentally walk into a lecture about caring for your Stargate bobbleheads, wonder aloud why there are still Sailor Moon fans on the planet, and overhear extended passages from somebody’s “Me and Summer Glau Trapped on a Shuttlecraft in a Decaying Orbit” fan fiction while waiting for an elevator, all in one afternoon.
Even at their worst, Worldcons are magnificent.
I adroitly delude myself that I have the know-how and Con cred to efficiently maximize my enjoyment, but my plans, without exception, get tossed shortly after I grab my badge. Still, there are items and events that always tentpole the convention experience: