This past weekend much beloved author Terry Pratchett was wrapping up the US tour for his latest book, Snuff. He had a sold-out speaking event at the National Press Club here in Washington, DC. He also came by the studio and gave Fast Forward an interview, which we hope to post on the website in the next week or so!
Then, on Saturday, Mr. Pratchett and his assistant, Rob Wilkins, stopped by Capclave (a local science fiction convention that Fast Forward team members are involved with). Author and editor Scott Edelman has posted his flipcam video of the event on Youtube.
There is also an audio only version of the talk on the Capclave web site.
Terry Pratchett at Capclave ©2011 Michael Nelson
All in all, a very busy weekend!
It is almost that time for National Novel Writing Month, which begins on November 1, 2011. We all have at least one novel in us, so give it a try. It is a lot of fun, and a transforming experience.
Last year for NaNoWriMo 2010, I wrote the novel Coffee with Thunderbolts, and published it. The novel is in the genre of urban metaphysical, or paranormal, depending on your point of view, and tackles the infamous Mayan calendar rollover date of December 21, 2012. It is a crazy ride. The book is available from Lulu, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine on-line booksellers. Click on the title link above, and you can read a two chapter preview to see if it is your cup of Mayan coffee.
For this year’s NaNoWriMo, I will be doing a sequel to this book. You can follow my daily progress on my blog The Star the Tiger Follows.
So, come and join in the November madness of NaNoWriMo 2011! Get ready to sharpen your pencils and write!!
Looking forward to attending and seeing lots of friends at Capclave, the annual convention of the Washington Science Fiction Association, which starts on Friday just up the road in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Now entering its second decade, Capclave has evolved into a lovely, literature-centric con that always draws fun and interesting people.
I just read “All About Emily”, this year’s Christmas story by Connie Willis. It is in the December 2011 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine.
It’s been a couple of years since Connie has had a Christmas story published, so I was looking forward to it, and wasn’t disappointed. It’s just what I have come to expect from her Christmas tales – light and humorous, with lots of classic movie and theatre references – and little notes about what humanity can be at its best (and worst) tucked in for good measure.
The story is told from the point of view of Claire Havilland, an aging, somewhat cynical Broadway star. Claire is, unbeknownst to her, embarking on a little voyage of self-discovery, courtesy of the media campaign surrounding some new technological gadgetry. To find out more than that, you need to read the story…
While there isn’t much science fictional heavy lifting happening in this story, it is entertaining and fun. So, if you’re in the mood for some robots, Broadway, and Holiday atmosphere, you should give “All About Emily” a try.
Whether you loved him or loved to hate him, it’s hard to deny that Steve Jobs had a significant impact on the computer and media industries over the past three decades. Now that he’s gone, it will interesting to see how consumer technologies develop and change in the short term.
Are you a science fiction fan? Into steampunk? Hooked on anime? Love LARPing? You might want to try attending a convention, if you haven’t already. These days there are conventions dedicated to almost every facet of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, from literature to media to costuming to gaming. If you’re having trouble finding conventions to attend in your region, try visiting the web site con-news.com.
At the con-news site, you not only get a comprehensive list of links to conventions all over the US (and some located in other countries), but also a daily blog with news and reviews from the convention world.