3 bits of local and regional author awards news

Three quick-hitting bits of local and regional author awards news, which all deserve more detailed mention, but at least deserve this quick mention:

1. The storySouth Million Writers Award Notable Stories of 2011 have been announced (*), and these include:

Congratulations to all!

2. SFWA announced the winners of the 2011 Nebula Awards, which included Kij Johnson’s novella “The Man Who Bridged the Mist”. Congrats, Kij!

3. Speaking of T.C. McCarthy, his 2011 debut novel Germline is the winner of the Compton Crook Award, presented annually by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society for the year’s best first novel in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Big-time congratulations, T.C.!

(*) And I’ll take this little space here to add a couple more (OK, several) of my favorite online stories of 2011: Eric Gregory’s “The Harrowers” (Lightspeed, January 2011), Richard Butner’s “Through the Uprights” (Electric Velocipede, December 2011), Lewis Shiner’s “A Box of Thunder” (Strange Horizons, September 2011), Katherine Sparrow’s “The Migratory Patterns of Dancers” (Giganotosaurus, July 2011), “Nadirah Sends Her Love” by Ada Milenkovic Brown (Crossed Genres, February 2011), “Thirty Seconds From Now” by John Chu (Boston Review, September 2011), “The Bio-Documentarian of the British Library” by Deborah Walker (Cosmos, March 2011), …

Two events tonight, a local author book release, and a local author new edition

The first of the two events is local author David Halperin’s reading and discussion of his novel Journal of a UFO Investigator at the Durham County Southwest Regional Library, at 7 pm: “Join Dr. David Halperin, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at UNC-CH, for a reading and discussion of his novel Journal of a UFO Investigator. This coming of age novel uses science fiction themes to explore the mysteries inside us, weaving together compelling psychological drama and vivid outer space adventure. A book-signing will follow the reading. This program is part of Guilty Pleasures: A Celebration of Genre Fiction.”

The second is Barnes & Noble of Cary hosting author Alethea Kontis on tour for her novel Enchanted, also at 7 pm: “Author Alethea Kontis will discuss her new book, Enchanted, a clever fantasy that weaves favorite childhood fairy tales into an engaging teen novel. A frog, a good prince, an evil prince, a magical kiss and more intertwine into an exciting story.”

Third, congratulations are due Hillsborough author John Claude Bemis, as his latest novel, THE PRINCE WHO FELL FROM THE SKY, goes on sale today. It’s an Amazon Best Book of the Month, described as a “post-apocalyptic Jungle Book”:

Lastly, Pittsboro author David Drake’s Out of the Waters is now out in mass market paperback from Tor, after being released last year in hardcover. It’s book two in Drake’s Books of the Elements series after 2010’s The Legions of Fire:

Yet another new event! Book Launch Extravaganza for The Prince Who Fell From the Sky by John Claude Bemis

Hillsborough author John Claude Bemis wrote to let me know that:
I’m thrilled to share that my new book The Prince Who Fell from the Sky comes out May 22!  I am thankful that it is already being well-received. Amazon picked it as a Best Book of the Month for May (you can pre-order it 40% off, or get it at your local indy bookstore or Barnes and Noble).
I hope you’ll be able to join me for my book launch party.  Lots of fun for the whole family with music, a book performance by my young acting troupe, refreshments, and reading from the book. Copies of my four novels will be available for purchase from local Purple Crow Books, and I’ll be ready to personalize your copy.

What:  Book Launch Party Extravaganza for The Prince Who Fell from the Sky
When: Saturday, June 2 at 3 pm
WhereThe Public Market House (downtown farmer’s market pavilion), 144 E. Margaret Ln, Hillsborough
I greatly appreciate all your support!  Thank you for helping to spread the word to others who might enjoy this event by forwarding this email or sharing the link to my website on Facebook.  http://johnclaudebemis.com/2012/03/launch-party-for-the-prince-who-fell-from-the-sky/
Thanks so much!  I hope to see you at the celebration on June 2.
Best wishes,
John Claude Bemis
Author of The Clockwork Dark trilogy:
THE NINE POUND HAMMER (Random House, 2009)
THE WOLF TREE (Random House, 2010)
THE WHITE CITY (Random House, 2011)
THE PRINCE WHO FELL FROM THE SKY (Random House, spring 2012)
If you have missed the “medicine show” style launch parties for John’s books in the past, you… well, you obviously don’t know what you’re missing, so I’ll have to explain. They’re a blast for all ages, and if I have learned anything about John in the past few years, it’s that he will have some original guitar music which is thematically suited to the book, which in this case is a folkloric/post-apocalyptic tale of talking animals and the most interesting animal they’ve yet met: a human boy. (No pressure, John. Just saying that “The Ballad of The Prince Who Fell From the Sky” could make a welcome appearance!)
I updated the newsletter and, of course, here’s an updated handout/flyer with the event inserted. Oh, and the fantastic cover art:

Poetry poetry poetry!

Here’s some speculative poetry news, both relating to Bull Spec.

First, as Bull Spec poetry editor Dan Campbell notes:

Issue 7 of Bull Spec is now for sale! It has poetry by [info]alexa_seidel, Daniel A. Rabuzzi, [info]thunderpigeon, Deborah Walker, Athena Andreadis, Mari Ness, Damon Shaw, and Sofia Samatar.

Also out now is The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry, edited by Rose Lemberg. Three of the poems included in the antho originally appeared in Bull Spec, and I’m thrilled with the line-up of poets in the book.

[info]rose_lemberg announces the antho here, and [info]tithenai has a SQEEEE about it here.  :-)   Go buy it!

Second, Mike Allen has an excellent introduction to speculative poetry over at Locus, which name-drops Bull Spec as a place to look:

Where do you find this work? For one, in the same places you find short fiction: Asimov’s Science FictionStrange HorizonsApex MagazineBull SpecAbyss & Apex, sometimes even Analog. There’s also some spectacular websites and …

And, since I didn’t quite get the Terri Windling cover art for The Moment of Change into Bull Spec #7 as planned, here you go:

New local event (and flyer): Chapel Hill Comics to host signing for the collected Eisner-nominated PRINCELESS, with writer Jeremy Whitley.

The collected Princeless was originally set for the end of April but was delayed due to printing delays, meaning the planned event also had to be delayed. I’m happy to report that, at least sometimes, delays do not necessarily mean cancellations, as Chapel Hill Comics is set to host a signing event for collected Eisner-nominated comic Princeless with writer Jeremy Whitley on Saturday May 26 from 1 to 3 pm:

Also: I added this (NEW-NEW) to the Bull Spec events newsletter, and here’s a slightly updated flyer/handout PDF which has the event as well. Spread the word and see you there!

Update, May 16: Even more slightly updated Bull Spec flyer/handout PDF.

Vote today against a dystopian future.

It’s one of my favorite genres of sf: dystopian fiction. In the great Orwellian tradition of Nineteen Eighty-Four, it isn’t enough to simply have an oppressive government; the government in question must be doing its oppression in the name of doublespoken freedom.

Here in North Carolina, a fairly typical dystopian plank appears on our ballots today, Tuesday, May 8th, 2012: put the human rights of a minority up for a majority vote and call it democratic justice. Well, I say no thanks. I am pretty uncomfortable being blatantly political here; I haven’t before and don’t think myself too likely to do so again outside a repeat of this kind of nonsense. The thing is, history shows that this kind of thinking is barely cold; North Carolina cleaned up our last Constitutional marriage mess just 35 years ago:

“Amendment to Article Fourteen: All marriages between a white person and a negro, or between a white person and a negro descendant to the third generation inclusive, are hereby forever prohibited.”

“Article 14, Section 8 was adopted during the Constitutional Convention of 1875. The amendment, outlawing interracial marriage, remained a part of the North Carolina Constitution until 1971, when a new state constitution was adopted. In 1977 the General Assembly passed a law validating all interracial marriages that occurred prior to March 24, 1977, the date of the law’s passage.”

So. Find your precinct. Find the time, whether before work or school, on your lunch break, or … You don’t have to research and vote in any of the other primary and other elections going on; you can simply vote against, turn in your ballot, get your sticker, and go home.  (Though if you want to, you can bring in a cheat sheet of paper to help remember your choices.)

The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.  If you are standing in line at 7:30 p.m. when the polls close you will be allowed to vote.

Find the time. Vote against dystopia, no matter how interesting the fiction might be.


Samuel Montgomery-Blinn

Publisher, Bull Spec

New local event: Flyleaf Books to host Kevin Hearne, author of The Iron Druid Chronicles

Pretty much every time I send out the monthly events newsletter, the first thing that happens is that I get e-mails about the events I’ve missed. While I can update them on the website (search for NEW-NEW to find things added after the e-mails go out), sometimes the events warrant a post of their own — and this is just such an event.

Kevin Hearne is the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles series (HoundedHexed, Hammered, and just-released Tricked) which tell the story of Atticus O’Sullivan, the titular druid who has been running for two thousand years — and he’s a bit tired of it, having settled down more or less in… Tempe, Arizona, of course. Out in print and e-book from Orbit, and in audio from Brilliance Audio, though the latter two versions are a bit harder to sign, you’ll get a chance to see Hearne try as he’ll be visiting Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books on Tuesday, June 12 at 7 pm for a reading and signing event. (Started a Facebook event here to send around. Let’s fill up Flyleaf again!)

I added the event and updated the current Bull Spec flyer/handout PDF. So print some, post them, hand them out. And see you there!

Update, May 10: Slightly updated Bull Spec flyer/handout PDF.

Update, May 16: Even more slightly updated Bull Spec flyer/handout PDF.


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