Bull Spec events newsletter April 2012

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Bull Spec events newsletter April 2012

Posted on 2012-04-13 at 20:2 by montsamu

Vol 2. No. 3, Friday, April 13, 2012:

Well. There’s been a lot going on since February’s newsletter, and there’s a lot coming up just around the corner including this Sunday’s NC Speculative Fiction Night at Durham’s Sci-Fi Genre Comics & Games. But before I get to the events, some back-patting and congratulations:

  • Mur Lafferty announced the sale of her novel,The Shambling Guide to New York City, to Orbit, for 2013 publication in a 2-book deal. Congrats, Mur!
  • The annual Locus Recommended Reading list included M. David Blake's "Absinthe Fish", published in Bull Spec #5 -- this is absolutely awesome, and until Sunday April 15 you can vote for the story (among voting for your favorite novels and magazines, some of which, cough cough, you may have to write in) in their annual poll and survey. You don't have to be a Locus subscriber to vote, so make your voice heard!
  • "Absinthe Fish" also took 6th place in the Tor.com Readers' Choice Awards! Congrats again, Marc!
  • Meanwhile, it was Preston Grassmann's "Cael's Continuum", also in issue #5, which found its way onto the Tangent Online Recommended Reading List for 2011 -- so, yeah, go go, issue #5!
  • This year's Nebula nominations included Bull Spec contributors Kij Johnson and Kate Sparrow
  • This year's Hugo nominations included Bull Spec contributors Kij Johnson and Daniel M. Kimmel, and Mur Lafferty is one of the nominees for The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer -- if you are a member (attending or supporting) of this year's World Con, don't forget to vote!
  • Jeremy Whitley's writing work on the comic Princeless has been recognized with not just one but two Eisner Award nominations, for Best Single Issue and Best Publication for Kids -- Jeremy is the writer of the current Bull Spec-serialized graphic short "The Long Lives of Heroes"
  • Lastly, nominations are open for the 2012 World Fantasy Award, with ballots due May 31
And, at long last at least for me, Bull Spec #7 is printed, cut, stapled, folded, packaged, and shipped. Boxes of Bull Spec #7 are on their way to my house right now! This is a very good feeling. Issues should make their way into stores and to subscribers in the coming weeks, starting with their debut this Sunday. I hope to see a lot of you there, and thank you so much for your support -- and patience.



  • James Maxey's Greatshadow in print and e-book from Solaris (January)
  • Gail Z. Martin's The Dread in print and e-book from Orbit (January) and in audiobook from Tantor (February)
  • Tony Daniel's Guardian of Night, in print and e-book from Baen and in audiobook from Audible (February)
  • Mark L. Van Name's Jon & Lobo series in audiobook from Audible (March)
  • David Drake's The Road of Danger (Lt. Leary series), in print and e-book from Bean and in audiobook from Audible (April)
  • Clay and Susan Griffith's The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, Book 1), in audiobook from Buzzy Multimedia (April)

APRIL 2012

NEW: 15 (Sunday) 5 to 7 pm — NC Speculative Fiction Night at Durham’s Sci-Fi Genre Comics & Games, with authors David Drake, Natania Barron, J.L. Hilton, comics writer Jeremy Whitley, and game designer Steve Segedy, along with the launch of Bull Spec #7. And! As part of the NC Science Festival, a roundtable discussion of “The Science of Science Fiction”. More info including flyers, the #BullSpecNC hashtag, and more: /2012/04/12/nc-speculative-fiction-night-this-sunday-meet-hashtag-bullspecnc/

NEW: 16 (Monday) 4:30 pm —  Quail Ridge Books hosts Erin Hunter for a signing line / ticketed event with her new book, Warriors: Omen of the Stars #6: The Last Hope. More info: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/erin-hunter-warriors-omen-stars-last-hope

NEW: 22 (Sunday) 3 pm — Raleigh Review’s Readings in the Loft series hosts John Kessel and Smitri Ravindra: http://www.raleighreview.org/Bookshop_Loft.html

NEW-NEW: 27 (Friday) 4 pm — North Carolina State University’s graduating MFA student reading, including Kij Johnson and Eric Gregory and many other fiction and poetry writers: https://www.facebook.com/events/260570940705977/

POSTPONED: NEW: 28 (Saturday) 11 am — Ultimate Comics hosts Jeremy Whitley for a signing of his Eisner-nominated comic Princeless, with fencing demos, snacks, and more. UPDATE: This event has been postponed until after Free Comic Book Day. Stay tuned!

MAY 2012

NEW: 5 (Saturday) -- Free Comic Book Day with events throughout the Triangle and around the world: http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

NEW: 14 (Monday) 7 pm — Flyleaf Books hosts a discussion of Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in its Deep Dish Theater Book Discussions series. More info: http://flyleafbooks.com/event/deep-dish-theatre-discussion-douglas-adamss-hitchhikers-guide-galaxy-conjunction-theaters-prod

NEW-NEW: 19-20 (Saturday and Sunday) — Durham Count’s  Southwest Regional Library hosts its Comics Fest 2012.

NEW: 20 (Sunday) 3 to 5 pm — Quail Ridge Books hosts John Claude Bemis, Karen Lee, and Stephen Messer for the annual SCBWI “Schmooze” — “Aspiring writers and illustrators may submit the first 250 words of a children’s book or an illustration for panel review at the event. Open to all.” More info: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/scbwi-schmooze-john-bemis-stephen-messer

22 — Local author new novel: Hillsborough’s John Claude Bemis’s The Prince Who Fell From the Sky to be published by Random House Books for Young Readers.

29 -- Local author new novel: Baen to publish Raleigh author Mark L. Van Name's newest novel in his Jon & Lobo series, No Going Back. More info: http://www.baen.com/order_isbn.asp?isbn=9781451638103

JUNE 2012

1-3: ConCarolinas (June 1-3, 2012) in Charlotte with writer guest of honor Jack McDevitt and many local and regional guests and panelists. More info: http://www.concarolinas.org/

NEW: 16 (Saturday) 10 am to 5 pm — MakerFaire NC at the NC State Fairgrounds: http://makerfairenc.com/

NEW-NEW: 13-17 (Wednesday through Sunday) — The North American Jules Verne Society will hold its 2012 annual meeting in Marion, NC, near the site of the Great Eyry referenced in Verne’s novel Master of the World. More info: http://www.najvs.org/meetings.shtml

21-24: ConTemporal (June 21-24, 2012) in Chapel Hill with literary guest of honor Cherie Priest and comic book guests of honor Studio Foglio. More info: http://contemporal.org/

26 — Local author new novel: Solaris Books to publish Hillsborough author James Maxey’s Hush — continuing his new fantasy series which began with Greatshadow in January.

JULY 2012

17: Regional author new novel: Tor to publish Greensboro author Orson Scott Card’s (along with Aaron Johnson) Earth Unaware: The First Formic War.


1 — Local editor new anthology: Raleigh author and anthologist John Kessel’s latest anthology (co-edited with James Patrick Kelly) to be released: Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology from Tachyon Publications.

NEW: 5 (Sunday) 2 to 4 pm — Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books hosts the 2nd Bull Spec summer literary sf festival with Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, Tobias S. Buckell, Karin Lowachee, Will Hindmarch, and more. Last year was a veritable Steampunk Cabinet of Curiosities. This year, it’s getting Weird.

14 — Local author new collection: Raleigh author Kij Johnson’s fiction collection At the Mouth of the River of Bees to be published by Small Beer Press.

NEW: 23 (Thursday) — The Raleigh Browncoats will present their annual charity screening of  the Firefly movie, Serenity, at the Raleigh Grande Theatre: http://www.ncbrowncoats.com/


TBD — Local author new novel: Raleigh authors Clay and Susan Griffith conclude their Vampire Empire series with book 3, The Kingmakers, after 2010’s The Greyfriar and 2011’s The Rift Walker, from Pyr Books. More info: http://clayandsusangriffith.blogspot.com/


17-18 (Saturday and Sunday) — NC Comicon at the Durham Convention Center: http://nccomicon.com/

NEW-NEW: TBD — Local author new novel: J.L. Hilton’s Stellarnet Prince, sequel to January’s Stellarnet Rebel, to be published by Carina Press.


NEW: 11-13 (Friday to Sunday) — illogiCon 2 will be held at the Embassy Suites of Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle on January 11-13, 2013, with writer guest of honor Tim Powers and webcomic guest of honor Garth Graham: http://www.illogicon.com/


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