Fun for a good cause

Fun for a good cause

The Things want everyone to be happy and healthy, to know love, safety, and security. That’s why they are truly honored to be part of Rachel Swirsky’s bottomly fundraiser, raising funds for Lyon-Martin Women’s Health Services. Lyon-Martin focuses on caring for the LGBTQIAA community, especially low-income lesbian, bisexual, and trans people. Any Patreon money she receives this month will go directly to Lyon-Martin. She currently has over $400 pledged, if she gets to $500 the THINGS will do a comic about bottoms – tricky…

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The Nebula Awards 50th Anniversary Conference aka ZOMG I JUST CAN’T EVEN WITH WORDS

The Nebula Awards 50th Anniversary Conference aka ZOMG I JUST CAN’T EVEN WITH WORDS

The Nebula Awards Conference was wonderful! So many great people, great programming, my only sadness was that I didn’t get to spend more time with ALL THE PEOPLE, and I really should have organized having meals with people a little bit better. I ended up not eating very much, but hospitality’s delicious ham and frozen fruit kept me going. I made a strong decision to use the Nebula Awards Conference as a place to run some experiments and challenge myself….

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Nebula Awards Conference Programming

Nebula Awards Conference Programming

Hello! I will be at the Nebula Awards 50th Anniversary Conference, exciting stuff! I’ll be doing a spot of programming, an ask an expert session, the author signing, and possibly a little bit of dancing! Thursday, May 12 • 3:00pm – 4:00pm The Future of Racism The past’s virulent racism against the Irish has now faded to linguistic artifacts like “paddy wagon” and “red-headed stepchild.” What traces will present-day racism leave behind, and what new forms of racism will emerge? Jennifer…

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Australian

Australian

Yesterday I was re-reading a story of mine as I was working on a creative residency application. “Soon She Will Be Forty” still makes me tear up, and reading about the life of a derby player has extra resonance right now. The postie made a clatter when he dropped off mail and parcels. I went to the door and one of the packages was my contributor’s copy of Antipodes, Antipodes, the official journal of the American Association of Australasian Literary…

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Things at the Nebula Conference

Things at the Nebula Conference

The 2016 Nebula Conference will be celebrating 50 years of the Nebula Awards and the line up of folks shortlisted is quite spectacular. It’s the sort of shortlist that makes you want to read all the things and fall in love with reading all over again. The programming looks so interesting I’m worried I might forget to socialize! I’m glad there are specifically set aside spots of time for lunch. I will be part of the participants signing and have ordered a short…

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Two Author Spotlights! Christopher Barzak and Rudy Rucker

Two Author Spotlights! Christopher Barzak and Rudy Rucker

Moar neat stuff up at Lightspeed Magazine! Sweet stuff for free and if you want to subscribe you’re supporting MOAR AWESOME! I interviewed Christopher Barzak about his story Map of Seventeen, it’s the sort of coming of age story in a rural and remote community with all the sorts of nuance I love. The Story. The Interview. And more recently, I interviewed Rudy Rucker about his story The Knobby Giraffe. Physics, shaping reality with some love for Leibniz and a splash…

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In memoriam and into the future

In memoriam and into the future

This year seems to have contained more death than usual. I don’t know if it’s the way the seasons move, my generation is old enough to have more people in the danger zone. Death is a constant, but some major voices have been lost, and I’m still not over Whitlam. Within one year we have lost David Bowie, Alan Rickman, David G. Hartwell, Leonard Nimoy, and Sir Terry Pratchett, among many. And now Prince. There is a bitter sweetness of death that…

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Interview with Kat Howard

Interview with Kat Howard

My boss at Lightspeed (Robyn Lupo) and I interviewed Kat Howard about her story Maiden, Hunter, Beast. It mentions unicorn stickers and pictures of cats, so you know you want to read it… you might want to read the story first. You can read the article for free online, but you can also support and see a whole lot of radness by subscribing. Individual issues cost just $3.99, and/or you can subscribe for just $35.88/year and you know you’ll be supporting…

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David Hartwell

David Hartwell

I had a different post planned for today, but this must take precedence. David Hartwell has had a massive brain bleed and is not expected to recover. I think of what an absence he will be, such a smiling face to look forward to at conventions, the instant knowledge that that part of the bar or party would be imbued with life and good conversation because he was there. I think of what a blow it must be to those who…

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