Friday Quick Updates: Some miscelleaneous news, and events TODAY with Kelly Sue DeConnick and Mary Robinette Kowal

Friday updates for May 10, 2013:

First, there’s two new Exploding Spaceship reviews that went up yesterday:

Second, some other tidbits:

  • Gabriel Dunston has a new podcast, “Getting Paid: a periodic podcast for creative professionals who want their living to be made off of their own creations.”
  • Mur Lafferty’s podcast of her forthcoming novel The Shambling Guide to New York City has just put out episode two.
  • Issue #8 cover artist Cynthia Sheppard is involved with a Kickstarter for Shogun Rising: The Graphic Novel, and writes: “199 backers so far !!! Let’s see how far we can get past 200 today”. More info:
  • Richard Dansky recently posted a blurb for his forthcoming novel VAPORWARE, due out in two weeks: ‘So this is what Jeff Strand said about VAPORWARE: “Richard Dansky writes about passionate, complex, flawed, and completely believable people in this absorbing novel about the toll of caring so deeply about your art. Very highly recommended!’

Lastly, though in terms of time urgency it should have been first, the upcoming events, two of which are TODAY!


10 (Friday) 11 am to 2 pm — Ultimate Comics hosts Kelly Sue DeConnick for a signing, followed by a writing workshop at 6 pm. More info:

10 (Friday) 7:30 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts Hugo Award winner MARY ROBINETTE KOWAL for Without a Summer. “The magical book that might result if Jane Austen’s Emma were set against the Luddite uprising in the Year Without a Summer.”

11 (Saturday) 12 pm (registration starts at 10 am) — Atomic Empire hosts a regional Netrunner tournament. More info:

16 (Thurday) 7:30 pm – Science and Speculative Fiction Book Group meeting at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. This month’s book is Consider Phlebas by Iain Banks. Flyer:

18 (Saturday) 10 am — Hillsborough author James Maxey will be teaching a class at the Orange County Library in Hillsboroug from 10 til noon called “Behind Every Great Book is a Great Rewrite.” From Maxey: “It’s going to start from the assumption that you’ve managed to write the first draft of a story or novel, and focus on the things that you should look to fix in later draft”

18 (Saturday) 1 to 3 pm — Chapel Hill Comics hosts Lucy Knisley for a signing of her graphic novel memoir, Relish. “We’ll have copies of Relish, as well as her previous memoir, French Milk, and copies of the Adventure Time comics for which she has provided stories.” More info:

21 (Tuesday) 7 pm — RTSFS book discussion group. Currently they are discussion this year’s Hugo Award nominees for best novel. Location: Barnes & Noble at The Streets at Southpoint shopping center, 8030 Renaissance Parkway Suite 855, Durham, NC 27713.

29 (Wednesday) — Quail Ridge Books hosts JOHN SCALZI – Hugo Winner With The Human Division at 7:30 pm.

[For more upcoming events, see the newsletter or the attached flyer.]


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