Congratulations to Hillsborough author James Maxey, whose second fantasy series for Solaris Books has just doubled in size. Quickly on the heels of January’s Greatshadow is book 2 of The Dragon Apocalypse, Hush:
“The invulnerable, super-strong warrior Infidel has a secret: she’s lost her magical powers right at the moment when she needs them most. To keep a promise to a fallen friend, she must journey to the frozen wastelands of the north. Her quest leads her through the abstract realms of the Sea of Wine, where she uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all life. Hush, the primal dragon of cold, has formed an alliance with the ghost of a vengeful witch to murder Glorious, the dragon of the sun, plunging the world into an unending winter night. Without her magical strength, can Infidel possibly survive her battle with Hush? If she fails to save glorious, will the world see another morning?”
Via the Goodreads link here you can find it in your local IndieBound store, B&N, Powell’s, Amazon.com, etc. in both print and e-book. What better way to beat the heat this summer than with Hush, in which the eponymous primal dragon of cold, conspires to destroy the sun and plunge the world into ice? You may end up rooting for her…
- Wow. For the first day of a brand new convention, there was a lot of energy, lots and lots of art, and things just went really smoothly. Well done!
- It is pretty hard to fit even two years worth of local sf/f onto one table.
- Had a good time on the “Pirates in Literature” panel with John Claude Bemis and Danny Birt, moderated by Lee Martindale –rambled all over from Treasure Island to Ice Pirates, back to Peter Pan, “Pinkbeard”, the Dread Pirate Roberts, and On Stranger Tides.
- When someone asks if you play poker, and you answer “not very well”, they will invite you to play poker immediately.
Registration for ConTemporal opens today at 12 pm, at which time you can also start registering for the various author Salons — intimate 10-person conversations with many of the guest authors and artists of the convention. As for me, I have one panel today, at 4 pm: “Pirates in Literature”. If I have time today, I’ll also set up a table of a staggeringly heavy collection of local author books (for display, not for sale) in the Artist’s Alley.
(And the Dealer’s Room opens at 5, at which time you can come check out copies of Bull Spec #7 and find out for yourself how Steampunk-influenced a “Gearaffe” might be…)
I’m looking forward to setting up a Bull Spec and local authors display on Artists Alley tomorrow, but for today, which officially kicks off ConTemporal with this evenings dinner and concert festivities, I want to simply introduce you to the hashtag #contemporal2012 — look for quotes, pictures, and updates all weekend.
Local author (and 3-time fiction contributor, 3-time non-fiction contributor, and incoming Bull Spec fiction co-editor!) Natania Barron is ConTemporal Bound — though she doesn’t exactly have far to go. She’s posted her panel schedule, which includes a 10-person salon discussion on Saturday which you can register for when checking in at ConTemporal registration.
Why yes, it’s still ConTemporal week, with festivities getting started with Thursday evenings Guest of Honor dinner and concert (does anybody know if tickets are still available for these?) and continuing all weekend. I don’t have much to add today, having used up a half-handful of updates yesterday. But there is one thing I’ve had on my mind: something in particular to not forget.
You see, I received a few complaints after Lev Grossman’s reading at Flyleaf last fall that I didn’t give enough advance reminder notice to bring your copy of The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities to be signed. So I’m fixing that this year: no excuses! Literary guest of honor Cherie Priest is a contributor to the book as well.
It’s ConTemporal Week here in the Triangle, with things getting started with the guest of honor dinner this Thursday and continuing through closing ceremonies (and beyond to one last Maker swap meet) on Sunday. I’ll be there Friday and Saturday, with panels on pirates in literature, subplots, and manuscript preparation. (And I’ll be hunting down literary guest of honor Cherie Priest’s signing schedule…)
- ConTemporal has taken over The Escapist blog
- There’s a new trailer up on Vimeo
- The program of events has been released
- Webcomic Masked Manor will see you at ConTemporal
For those into sharing, there’s both an official Facebook event and a much less official Goodreads event. ConTemporal has its own 1-page flyer somewhere, and there’s also an entry for the convention on the current Bull Spec handout sheet. Tell your friends, and I hope to see a lot of you this weekend!
First: I hope as many of you as humanly possible were among the 40+ who went to see and hear Kevin Hearne at Flyleaf Books last Tuesday, and were able to do more than stop by Jeremy Whitley’s Princeless event last Saturday at Ultimate Comics. Did you go? Any pictures or memorable quotes?
Second: tomorrow is Maker Faire NC at the Kerr Scott Building at the NC State Fairgrounds. It runs from 10 am to 5 pm, and includes homemade robots, crafters, quilters, gadgeters, artists, and other “makers” from around the region. There isn’t an “official” Bull Spec presence this year, but hopefully I can convince some folks to take some copies of the flyer for interested parties.
Third: tomorrow is also Free RPG Day (the gaming world’s counterpart to Free Comic Book Day), with events and giveaways around the Triangle, particularly including Raleigh’s Game Theory and Durham’s Sci-Fi Genre.
Lastly: Hillsborough author M. David Blake (“Absinthe Fish”, Bull Spec #5) has a long and ranging interview with AmyBeth Inverness, in which you can see his beautiful fountain penmanship, read about the writing of “Absinthe Fish”, and more.
PS: A week from today we’ll be wrapping up a full day of programming at ConTemporal!