OK. Let’s see these flyers posted all over the Triangle, please?
Color PDF: orbit-2012-august-v1
Black and white PDF: orbit-2012-august-v1-bw
Facebook event link:
Some quick-hitting notes for the end of July:
- Tickets for tomorrow’s (Sunday) Raleigh Browncoats charity screening of Serenity (the Firefly movie) are SOLD OUT — they will not be available at the door, etc. Looking forward to seeing people out there! Come out and get in on the charity raffle, which will include issues 1-7 (the complete run… so far!) of Bull Spec.
- Local publisher Light Messages is publishing Siberian author Irina Lopatina’s fantasy novel White Raven: The Sword of Northern Ancestors on Monday, July 30. Until then, there’s still a 30% off pre-order offer.
- Also Monday (July 30) at 7 pm is another of the Duke Young Writers Camp readings at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham. While students’ work is all over the map, with one of the classes being “Phantasmagoria: Writing Strange Fiction” my guess is we’ll see at least one take on the fantastic.
- Wednesday, August 1, a local feature-length horror film, “Jiggly Baby 3″ will premiere at the Raleigh Grande Theatre at 7 pm. More info including a trailer:
- Friday, August 3, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is hosting a screening of three short films based on the late Ray Bradbury’s work. The event starts at 5, with the films starting at 7.
- And don’t forget that next weekend (August 4-5) is a huge weekend for speculative fiction in NC, with two major events: an absolutely start-studded “extravaganza” at Asheville’s Malaprop’s Bookstore Nathan Ballingrud, Tobias Buckell, Will Hindmarch, Naomi Novik, Karin Lowachee, and Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, moderated by Shared Worlds director Jeremy L.C. Jones) and Bull Spec’s own “summer literary speculative fiction festival” comprising a writers meet-and-greet on Saturday evening (e-mail Sam for details) and the reading and signing at Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books on Sunday from 2 to 4 with featured regional authors T.C. McCarthy and Michael J. Sullivan.
Today (Monday July 23): Special Star Trek: The Next Generation episode screenings across the Triangle (and NC, and…)Posted: 23 July, 2012
As I mentioned in the June newsletter, tonight (Monday July 23) Star Trek: The Next Generation is back on the big screen to celebrate its 25th anniversary with two hand-picked episodes, with three Triangle-area theaters among many state- and nation-wide, including Crossroads 20 in Cary, Brier Creek 14 (at 7 pm), and North Hills 15.
There are two events I’d like to tell you all about, both taking place the weekend of August 4-5.
The first is on Saturday, August 4, at Asheville’s Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, from 7 to 9 pm. Continuing a “tradition” which started last year of the staff and visiting instructors from Wofford College’s Shared Worlds teen writing camp, Malaprop’s is hosting a Fantasy and Science Fiction Extravaganza with Nathan Ballingrud, Tobias Buckell, Naomi Novik, Will Hindmarch, Karin Lowachee, and Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, moderated by Shared Worlds director Jeremy L.C. Jones:
The second is one I hope you’ve all heard about and are excited about already, on Sunday, August 5, at Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books, from 2 to 4 pm. This is also the second in a “series” which began last year, as the VanderMeers (along with Ekaterina Sedia, SJ Chambers, Scott Eagle, Jeremy L.C. Jones, and more including Durham’s own Mur Lafferty) came down to Durham’s Fullsteam Brewery (in partnership with local bookstore The Regulator Bookshop) after their Malaprop’s reading last year. This year I’m hosting a second “Bull Spec summer literary speculative fiction festival”, this time at Flyleaf Books, with South Carolina science fiction author T.C. McCarthy and Virginia fantasy author Michael J. Sullivan.
It never really fails that as soon as I get a new flyer put together, and some copies printed, a new event comes along. Well, no surprise, as the author of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, Steven Erikson, is coming to Flyleaf Books on Monday, September 24, to read and sign the first novel in a new fantasy trilogy set in the same world. That book is Forge of Darkness:
“The Forge of Darkness introduces readers to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness, and tells an epic tale of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in shaping the world of the Malazan Empire. It’s a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, the realm of Darkness, where Mother Dark reigns. But this ancient land was once home to many a power… and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners’ great hero, Vatha Urusander, is being promoted by his followers to take Mother Dark’s hand in marriage, but her Consort, Lord Draconus, stands in the way of such ambitions.”
Well, on the positive side, I haven’t sent out the July newsletter yet. On that front, I’m still working out the details for a writers-oriented event on the evening of Saturday, August 4, preceding the Sunday August 5 event at Flyleaf Books with TC McCarthy and Michael J. Sullivan. Stay tuned…