Lawless Lands: Tales From The Weird Frontier funding on Kickstarter through Wed, Jan 25 2017 12:45 PM EST.
January 13-15 (Friday to Sunday) — Local science fiction convention illogiCon returns for a 6th year at the Embassy Suites RDU with guests of honor Daniel José Older and Dave Ellis, along with program participants Natania Barron, Samantha Bryant, Richard Butner, Tony Daniel, Richard Dansky, Nicole Givens Kurtz, J.L. Hilton, Mur Lafferty, Josh Leone, Ian Malone, Gail Z. Martin, Misty Massey, James Maxey, Gray Rinehart, and many more.
January 14 (Saturday) 10:30 am -- Ultimate Comics hosts writer Jeremy Whitley for a signing of his latest book The Unstoppable Wasp #1. "Writer Jeremy Whitley will be in-store to sign your copies of Wasp #1, Princeless, and My Little Pony Friends Forever! Appearing at each store throughout the day! Durham 10:30-11:30am, Cary 12:00-2:00pm, Raleigh 3:00-5:00pm."
February 9 (Thursday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts Jason Rekulak for his debut novel The Impossible Fortress. The Quirk publisher who brought us Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and others brings his quirky sensibilities to his own debut coming-of-age novel. Jason Rekulak shares The Impossible Fortress with us on Thursday, February 9, at 7 pm. The 80s live again as a group of teenage boys seek a near-impossible goal: a forbidden copy of Playboy. Will a store owner's daughter be their path to success, or an unmoveable obstacle? “Rekulak’s novel will have readers of a certain age waxing nostalgic about Space Invaders and humming Hall and Oates, … a fun ride that will appeal to all.”—Publishers Weekly."
February 13 (Monday) 7:30 pm -- The Regulator Bookshop presents an off-site event at Motorco Music Hall with author John Darnielle, for his new book Universal Harvester. "Set in Iowa in the late 1990s, life in a small town takes a dark turn when mysterious footage begins appearing on VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut."
Febuary 15 (Wednesday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts John Darnielle for Universal Harvester.
February 24 (Friday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts Scott Westerfeld for his new young adult science fiction novel Horizon. "He's one of the most fascinating speakers we've had, as well as one of the most inventive writers in YA fantasy today. Scott Westerfeld returns on Friday, Feb. 24, at 7 pm with Horizon, the start of a new supernatural series for slightly younger readers. Imagine Survivor on steroids. Eight young people crash in the Arctic. But instead of an icy landscape, they find themselves in a forbidding jungle, with impossibly bizarre flora and fauna. Survival means banding together, which may be equally impossible."
March 7 (Tuesday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts Charlie Lovett for his new novel The Lost Book of the Grail. "It takes a bibliophile to know one. An English professor's passion for ancient manuscripts, his Cathedral, and all things to do with the Holy Grail comes under threat in a story of medieval mysteries, modern technological threats, and perhaps a bit of romance."
March 14 (Tuesday) 7 pm -- Flyleaf Books hosts London author Samantha Shannon for her new novel The Song Rising. "On the eve of a new decade, after two hundred years of Scion rule, a rebellion is stirring. Its unlikely cradle is the clairvoyant underworld in London, and even a shattering betrayal within the community cannot stop it. Paige Mahoney is now Underqueen in London, determined to fight for her fellow clairvoyants against overwhelming odds. Her tentative alliance with the Ranthen is tested, and her rule is threatened by a technology so powerful it could destroy the world as she knows it. Racing against the clock, Paige goes north in search of a solution—but with a new enemy pulling the strings, and war on the horizon, she will have to make dangerous sacrifices to protect the ones she loves."
March 18-19 (Saturday and Sunday) -- NC Comicon: Oak City 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center.
March 22 (Wednesday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts John Scalzi for his new science fiction novel The Collapsing Empire. "The first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Redshirts and Old Man's War."
March 23 (Thursday) 7 pm -- Flyleaf Books hosts John Scalzi for his new science fiction novel The Collapsing Empire. "The first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Redshirts and Old Man's War." [Facebook]
April 7 (Friday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts John Kessel for his first new novel in some time, The Moon and the Other forthcoming from Saga Press. "Welcome to the Moon of the 22nd century where politics, rival city—states, and a matriarchal society collide. Passions, both sexual and warlike, come to a boil as the players must decide what really matters to them."
May 30 (Tuesday) 7 pm -- Quail Ridge Books hosts Kij Johnson for hew new novel The River Bank: A sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows forthcoming from Small Beer Press. "Kij Johnson has won the major awards for fantasy (Sturgeon, World Fantasy, Hugo). Now Johnson turns to the most elemental of fantasies – the fairy tale – as she lovingly re-creates Kenneth Grahame's world, and expands upon it."
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- January newsletter: illogiCon welcomes Daniel Jose Older, Jeremy Whitley signs “Wasp”, the 2016-17 Manly Wade Wellman Award season gets underway, and more
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Monthly Archives: March 2013
March 29, 2013, DURHAM, NC — Bull Spec is delighted to announce its third annual summer speculative fiction event, to be held Saturday August 3, 2013 at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC from 7 to 9 pm. … Continue reading
Friday Quick Updates: Ursula Vernon tonight! Then: ConTemporal at UNC-TV, Jeaniene Frost, and Richard Case
Before I get to the imminently forthcoming events, I have to take a quick moment to thank Jaym Gates again for putting the April 23 World Book Night / NC Speculative Fiction Night / Bull Spec Launch Party extravaganza together. It’s … Continue reading
North Carolina Speculative Fiction Night Presented by Bull Spec Magazine Hosted by Samuel Montgomery-Blinn and Jaym Gates Celebrating World Book Night, North Carolina Authors, and Bull Spec Magazine Atomic Empire, 7pm, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 3400 Westgate Drive, Suite 14B … Continue reading
Review of Mirage by Jenn Reese (Candlewick Press, March 5, 2013). Mirage is the second volume of the Above World middle grades science fiction series by Jenn Reese. Most middle grades books in the science fiction and fantasy area are fantasy; … Continue reading
Review of The Golden Age of Death by Amber Benson (Ace Feb 26, 2013) This is the fifth volume of Amber Benson’s stories about Calliope Reaper-Jones (Callie), the daughter of the Grim Reaper. The Reaper himself is deceased, making Callie the … Continue reading
Friday quick updates: Big event announcements, The Court of Air, book groups, ConTemporal visits UNC-TV, and more
First, two major event announcements, in brief as we’re still working on the full write-ups for both. But, since beans are spilling left and right: Tuesday, April 23, 7 to 9 pm: Durham’s Atomic Empire (formerly Sci-Fi Genre Comics & … Continue reading
Review of The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell The Cadet of Tildor is a new Penguin teen fantasy book which came out January 10, 2013. This is a teen coming-of-age tale featuring a female military academy cadet named Renee de … Continue reading
Friday Quick Updates: Kotecki/McHugh at Quail Ridge, new James Maxey audiobook, a new monthly sf reading group, and ConTemporal visits UNC-TV
Well, another Friday has come around, and while there’s “only” one event on my calendar this weekend (Nathan Kotecki and PT McHugh at Quail Ridge Books on Saturday at 3 pm) there’s some other things to report as well: James … Continue reading
Review of David Weber’s Shadow of Freedom This is the newest Honor Harrington book, but since this volume depicts events which are occurring simultaneously with those in A Rising Thunder (the previous volume), Honor herself is not present. The story … Continue reading
Even if you’re not heading over to StellarCon today (or Saturday, or Sunday) there’s enough to do in the Triangle this weekend to make a mini-con of it without straying too far from US-15/501. Meanwhile! Mur Lafferty’s superhero novel Playing … Continue reading