Wait. Just wait a minute. Year 2 has barely started and I’m talking about Year 3?
I’m talking about Year 3.
When I started Bull Spec, I committed to two years. Thanks to an awful lot of support (and trust, and work) from you all, I think that the magazine should go longer. I haven’t been accepting stories, or, in point of fact, reading many stories—if I can’t accept them, I shouldn’t be reading them, or at least that’s my excuse today—and that simply can’t go on. So I’ve been trying to get a plan set which not only means there will be a third year, but (in my opinion) that the magazine will be stronger.
That means among other things that’s it’s time for me to let the professionals get to work. On that note, I’m very happy indeed to announce that Natania Barron and Eric Gregory are coming on as Bull Spec‘s fiction editors.
What does this mean? The stories they accept will appear (along with a few I already have accepted) as early as Issue 8 publication wise, but effective immediately they’ll be the ones reading and accepting and editing stories. (Though it doesn’t yet mean that we’re open for new submissions, as there are still quite a lot of stories to be read, and we have a reading process to get into place.) It also means that Bull Spec‘s fiction will be even stronger, as Natania and Eric are very talented and imaginative young writers (and editors—Natania was most recently co-editor at Crossed Genres and Eric is one of the fiction editors at The Raleigh Review) with great eyes for good stories. I’m very excited about this, and I hope you all are as well.
It also means that Bull Spec is in good hands going forward, for Year 3 and beyond. Hooray! (And as a side note, completely unrelated I assure you, a subscription starting with issue 6 is now available, which means the first issue of Year 3 is, in a way, available for pre-order already!)
And there’s more plans. Finally, finally, real e-book versions? A completely re-vamped and (non-Sam-edited-by-hand-nonsense) website? A pile of book giveaways and other promotions? Yes. Soon. But for today, let’s celebrate Natania and Eric being so
foolish awesome, and look forward to their reign of terror awesome over the slushpile. Again: Hooray!
With all apologies to George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones: SUMMER IS COMING! From the VanderMeers to Lev Grossman to our own Mighty Mur, there’s an awful lot going on.
7 The “summer” pretty much got started as Free Comic Book Day was here again. Ultimate Comics had (among others) locals Tommy Lee Edwards (TURF), Dale Mettam (Viper Comics), and Firetower Studios (The Order of Dagonet) and Chapel Hill Comics had Thomas Boatwright (Zeke Deadwood, Zombie Lawman) doing sketches.
12-28 Durham’s Manbites Dog Theater plays host to Howard L. Craft’s new play Jade City Chronicles Volume 1, the first of a trilogy concerning the search for a new, great, black superhero. Craft was recently on WUNC’s The State of Things to talk about the play. (And earlier in the same show, James Maxey was on to talk about comic books and culture.) (Facebook event link to share around.)
19-22 SFWA brings the Nebula Awards weekend to Washington, DC. A weekend of programs, workshops, and, of course, the Nebula Awards, where Raleigh’s Kij Johnson and Raleigh native Mary Robinette Kowal are nominees.
21 Durham County Libraries Southwest Regional branch hosts a day-long Comics Fest! Presentations by: Jarrett Krosoczka (the Lunch Lady Comics, Punk Farm) @ 1 p.m. Jason Lutes (Berlin, Jar of Fools, Houdini Handcuff King) @ 2:30 p.m. Cartooning workshop with Casey @ 2:30. Cosplay Prom @ 4:00. Plus superhero photo station, crafts, giveaways, and more, going on through out the day.
30 Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books hosts Lev Grossman on his national tour in support of The Magician King, the sequel to his NYT-bestselling novel The Magicians. Not to be missed! This event is a real coup for the Triangle, so tell your friends, come out, and help send a message to the big publishers that RDU should continue to be a destination for author tours. (Facebook event link to pass around.)
20 Pyr to publish The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire: Book 2) by Raleigh’s Clay and Susan Griffith. Sequel to last November’s The Greyfriar.
5-6 NC Comicon at the Morrisville Outlet Mall. Also check out their summer signing series which has June 25 and July 16 events already scheduled.
Whew. And there’s so much more to come! Natania’s debut novel Pilgrim of the Sky (Candlemark & Gleam), Jay Requard‘s The Night (Peak City Publishing), Teresa Frohock‘s Miserere (Night Shade, July), Rebecca Rowe‘s Circle Tide (EDGE Sci-Fi, Fall 2011), and two new SF conventions right here in the Triangle: illogiCon (January 13-15, 2012, with literary guest of honor Joe Haldeman) and ConTemporal (June 21-24, 2012). Between them, an exciting lineup for High Point’s StellarCon (March 2-4, 2012) with literary guest of honor Patrick Rothfuss. I keep saying it, but: it’s a fun time to be into speculative fiction in the Triangle.
Help do your part to spread the word! Use the Facebook event links above to easily invite your Facebook friends, or download and print the PDF flyers. Here’s a four-event flyer which is good for posting around. And I hope to see folks out and about!
Did you know that you can still register as a supporting member of World Fantasy Convention 2011 and submit your nominations for best novel, life achievement, and other categories? You can, until May 31. While San Diego’s World Fantasy Convention 2011 is full up on attending memberships (they do have a wait list set up) a supporting membership includes nomination privileges. So: go forth, register, and let your voice be heard. And if you were a registered member of last year’s convention in Columbus, or the year before in San Jose, you’re already eligible to vote. You can do so via mail or via e-mail, and the ballot is here.
While the World Fantasy Awards are indeed a judged/juried award, two of the nominations are decided by these votes. There’s been some good suggestions from John Klima in recent years (here’s his 2008 and 2009 posts) as to the Life Achievement category. (Note that Terry Pratchett was one of those awarded last year.) In individual categories, while my previous posts on local and regional eligibility for the Hugo awards stand fairly well, they are not sorted specifically for fantasy. So I’ll do a quick run-down of those:
- David Drake, The Legions of Fire (Tor)
- Clay and Susan Griffith, The Greyfriar: Vampire Empire, Book 1 (Pyr)
- Mary Robinette Kowal, Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor)
- Warren Rochelle, The Called (Golden Gryphon)
- Tim Akers, The Horns of Ruin (Pyr)
- Richard Dansky, “Mad Eyes of the Heron King” in Dark Faith (Apex)
- Michael Jasper and Jay Lake, “Devil on the Wind” in Black Gate 2010
- Kij Johnson, “Ponies” at Tor.com
- James Maxey, “Where Their Worm Dieth Not” in Masked (Simon & Schuster) and “Greatshadow” in Blood & Devotion
- C.S. Fuqua, “Rise Up” in Bull Spec #1
- Uri Grey, “The Sad Story of the Naga” in Bull Spec #2
- Kaolin Fire, “By the Dragon’s Tail” in Bull Spec #2
- Lavie Tidhar, “The Story of Listener and Yu-En” in Bull Spec #3
- Katherine Sparrow, “Like Parchment in the Fire” in Bull Spec #3
- David Tallerman, “The Burning Room” in Bull Spec #4
- Nick Mamatas, “Oh, Harvard Square!” in Bull Spec #4