Saturda, June 13, 2015: Upcoming events, books on sale, new podcasts, a new writing contest, and a crowd-funding roundup await you in this belated Saturday installment of “Friday Quick Updates”. But let’s be quick about it, because there are three (count ’em) events today alone:
- June 13 (Saturday) 11 am to 2 pm — Raleigh’s Event Horizon Games hosts a multi-author book signing event for Garner-based publisher Red Adept along with publisher Lynn McNamee. Among those appearing will be local author Karissa Laurel, whose debut novel Midnight Burning is forthcoming from Red Adept.
- June 13 (Saturday) 1 to 3 pm — Chapel Hill Comics hosts comedian and Deadpool comics writer Brian Posehn for an in-store signing.
- June 13 (Saturday) 2 pm — The Burlington B&N hosts Samantha Bryant for a reading and signing of her debut novel Going Through the Change.
Meanwhile, on the latest episode of the Baen Free Radio Hour podcast, editor David Afsharirad hosts a discussion of his recently-released anthology The Year’s Best Military SF and Space Opera with authors Matthew Johnson, David D. Levine, Linda Nagata, and more. As Afsharirad says, “It’s a good one, if I say so myself.”
Speaking of that anthology, voting on the first annual Year’s Best Military Science Fiction and Space Opera Award continues through August 31.
Speaking of voting, final voting for this year’s Manly Wade Wellman Award is open through Monday, June 29, with the winner(s) will be announced at ConGregate on July 11. To register to place an award ballot, please submit a voter registration form.
Writers! There’s a new writing contest hosted by Amazing Stories called the Gernsback Science Fiction Short Story Contest. “Our new contest will be judged by SFWA members Cat Rambo (current VP and SFWA President come July 1st), Dave Creek and Jack Clemons. We’ll be publishing the top 10 stories and first, second and third places will receive a prize of 6 cents per word for their stories. All Top Ten finalists will be optioned for a forthcoming anthology and will receive 6 cents per word for non-exclusive anthology rights. Authors must write their stories to the theme of “what will our solar system look like 250 years from now?”, and all must have a positive outlook on that future.”
All right, it’s crowd-funding time. First up, Monica Byrne launched a Patreon campaign for a new culture column,
The New Mainstream” and has already collected pledges for $478 of her $550 goal per column, which “is about artists who create the future through their work. Who gets to decide what pop culture is? We do.”
And there are two new Kickstarter projects to pass along, first up MONSTERS! the anthology by Silence in the Library Publishing, which is “an anthology about vampires, zombies, and other horrors from some of the best writers in the business.” Those writers include NC writers Janine Spendlove, Gail Z. Martin, Beth Revis, Carrie Ryan, John Hartness, and Roland T. Garner. The project is funding through July 8.
And a new Brockton McKinney comic book project, Zoe Dare v/s the Disasteroid, “a new all-ages comic book about a young stuntwoman, Zoe Dare, who is tasked with saving the Earth.” Funding through July 10.
I missed the Champions of Aetaltis heroic fantasy anthology Kickstarter, which includes NC author Steven S. Long as well as big-name authors such as Marc Tassin, Elizabeth Vaughan, Aaron Rosenberg, Cat Rambo, Jean Rabe, Dave Gross, Erin Evans, David Farland, Michael A. Stackpole, “Elminster” author Ed Greenwood, and more, funding through Tuesday, June 23.
And there is a new transmedia shared world anthology Kickstarter since this update: Tales of the Lost Citadel featuring Natania Barron: “New stories by some of the most acclaimed voices in fantasy AND horror, set in the last remaining city in a world ravaged by death.” It’s pitched as “what if a high fantasy world crumbled into a low fantasy world? and we had elves and dwarves in a low fantasy setting?” And it looks fantastic. Funding through July 12:
And! Jaym Gates is a contributor to Dirty Diamonds #6: Beauty (an all-girl comic anthology) which is funding through Friday, June 26, pitched as “An all-girl comic anthology celebrating, examining, challenging, and embracing what beauty is all about.”
Whew! I’m sure there’s more, but until then:
UPCOMING EVENTS, JUNE 2015
- June 16 (Tuesday) — The RTSFS book club discusses Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin at the Southpoint B&N.
- June 16 (Tuesday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts Chapel Hill author Katie Rose Guest Pryal discusses her novel Entanglement. “Awkward, 21-year-old Greta Donovan, the fiercely intelligent daughter of a philandering physics professor, doesn’t relate to people nearly as well as she relates to facts and figures. While Greta gets quarks and string theory, she hasn’t a clue where men are concerned. Which is exactly why she doesn’t see it coming when someone tries to kill her.” (Fiction.)
- June 18 (Thursday) 6:30 pm — Noir at the Bar with (among others) Nathan Ballingrud (The Visible Filth), Eryk Pruitt (Hashtag), Jeremy Hawkins (The Last Days of Video), and more, at 106 Main in Durham.
- June 19 (Friday, through June 27) — The Raleigh Little Theatre (301 Pogue Street) stages an outdoor production of Macbeth which “features a new take on the ‘Scottish play’, with a re-cut script by Blum that focuses on the disintegration of family within the jealous power-hungry struggle known so well to theatergoers.”
- June 19-21 (Friday to Sunday) — HeroesCon at the Charlotte Convention Center.
- June 20 (Saturday) 10 am — Free RPG Day at gaming stores everywhere including: Free RPG Day at Atomic Empire in Durham, Event Horizon Games in Raleigh, and The Gamer’s Armory in Cary.
- June 20 (Saturday) 4 pm — Hillsborough’s Orange County Library hosts James Maxey, Nathan Kotecki, and Samantha Bryant for “The Hero Showdown,” where the panel and the audience will get to debate matchups between iconic fictional heroes. “Not just fights, but some oddball questions as well. Who makes better use of their money? Tony Stark or Scrooge McDuck?) You can visit the library website to nominate heroes in advance!”
[As always for the most recent/complete event listings see this month’s newsletter.]