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SPEED AND DIRECTION: A GUIDE TO WHERE TO FIND US (JAN – MAR, 2017)

The New Year is coming up fast, and after you’ve recovered from the holidays and made all those resolutions that you’ll surely keep this year, your thoughts will doubtlessly drift to wondering where to find some of your favorite authors in the weeks ahead. Here at Novelocity, we want to make it easy for you, so here’s a list
:

JANUARY 2017

E. C. AMBROSE:
* January 13-17 – appearing on programming at Arisia in Boston, MA.

LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN:
* January 6th, noon – will be speaking as part of the WHAT IF lecture series at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
* January 6th, 9pm – will be the featured speaker at WSFA in Washington, DC.


FEBRUARY 2017

E. C. AMBROSE:
* February 7 – Elisha Mancer Book release!! Look for appearances in New Hampshire and Massachusetts
* February 17-19 – appearing on programming at Boskone in Boston, MA.


MARCH 2017

BETH CATO:
* March 12 – appearing on programming at the Tucson Festival of Books in Tucson, Arizona.

J. KATHLEEN CHENEY:
* March 18th – speaking on Historical Research for Fiction Writers at North Texas RWA in DFW, TX.

LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN:
* March 9-12 – will be the Guest of Honor at VancouFur in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

SPEED AND DIRECTION: A GUIDE TO WHERE TO FIND US (OCT – DEC, 2016)

Autumn is just around the corner which means new opportunities for holiday stalking visits with some of your favorite authors. Here’s a list of where you can find us during these hectic times:

OCTOBER 2016

LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN:
* Oct 7th – 9th – appearing on programming at Capclave in Gaithersburg, MD.
* Oct 27th – 30th – appearing on programming at World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, OH.

E. C. AMBROSE:
* Oct 27th – 30th – appearing on programming at World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, OH.

FRAN WILDE:
* Oct 7th – signing at New York Comic Con in New York, NY.
* Oct 7th – signing at Books of Wonder in New York, NY, 6pm.
* Oct 27th – 30th – appearing on programming at World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, OH.

DAVID WALTON:
* Oct 7th – 9th – appearing on programming at Capclave in Gaithersburg, MD.

NOVEMBER 2016

TINA CONNOLLY:
*Nov 5th – Book Tour – appearing on programming at Wordstock in Portland, OR
*Nov 7th – Book Tour –  Seriously Shifted at Powell’s Cedar Hills in Beaverton, OR, 7pm
*Nov 14th –  Book Tour – Seriously Shifted at U Books in Seattle, WA, 7pm
*Nov 15th – Book Tour – Seriously Shifted at the Corvallis Library in Corvallis, OR, 4pm
*Nov 16th – Book Tour – Seriously Shifted at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, CA, 7:30pm
*Nov 18th – 20th – appearing on programming at Orycon in Portland, OR.

DAVID WALTON:
* Nov 18th – 20th – appearing on programming at Philcon in Cherry Hill, NJ.

LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN:
* Nov 11th – reading at Mighty Writers West in Philadelphia, PA, 7pm.
* Nov 18th – 20th – appearing on programming at Philcon in Cherry Hill, NJ.

DECEMBER 2016

BETH CATO:
* Dec 10th – appearing on programming at LibCon in Glendale, AZ.

LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN:
* DEC 6th – guest lecture at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC.

TINA CONNOLLY:
* Dec 3rd – appearing at Another Read Through in Portland, OR, time TBD.

SPEED AND DIRECTION: A GUIDE TO WHERE TO FIND US (JUL – SEP, 2016)

Summer is coming, and with it the opportunity to stalk encounter many of us as we pop up here and there. The following list can help you keep track of where to do just that. :

JULY 2016

LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN:
* Jul 21st – 23rd – will be participating in the 23rd annual conference of the Klingon Language Institute (the qep’a’ cha’maH wejDIch) in Chicago, IL.
* Jul 29th – 31st – is a GoH and appearing on programming at Confluence in Pittsburgh, PA.

E. C. AMBROSE:
* Jul 8th – 10th – appearing on programming at Readercon in Quincy, MA.

FRAN WILDE:
* Jul 8th – 10th – appearing on programming at Readercon in Quincy, MA.

TEX THOMPSON:
* Jul 29th – 31st – will be attending ArmadilloCon in Austin, TX.

MICHAEL R. UNDERWOOD:
* Jun 30-Jul 3rd – Appearing on programming and running the Angry Robot booth at CONvergence in Bloomington, MN.

TINA CONNOLLY:
* July 1st – 4th – appearing on programming at WesterCon in Portland, OR.

J. KATHLEEN CHENEY:
* Jun 29th – 31st – appearing on programming at ArmadilloCon 38 in Austin, TX.

AUGUST 2016

TEX THOMPSON:
* Aug 12th – 14th – will present at the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, OR.
* Aug 17th – 21st – appearing on programming at WorldCon in Kansas City, MO.

MICHAEL R. UNDERWOOD:
Aug 4th-7th – Appearing on programming and running the Angry Robot booth at GenCon in Indianapolis, IN.
* Aug 17th-21st – Running the Angry Robot booth at MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, MO.

FRAN WILDE:
* Aug 17th – 21st – appearing on programming at Mid-American 2 (aka the 74th WorldCon) in Kansas City, MO.

LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN:
* Aug 4th – 7th – appearing on programming at Gen Con Writers’ Symposium in Indianapolis, IN.
* Aug 17th – 21st – appearing on programming at Mid-American 2 (aka the 74th WorldCon) in Kansas City, MO.

TINA CONNOLLY:
* Aug 17th – 21st – appearing on programming at WorldCon in Kansas City, MO. (Including launch party for debut collection On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories)

J. KATHLEEN CHENEY:
* Aug 17th – 21st – appearing on programming at Mid-American 2 (aka the 74th WorldCon) in Kansas City, MO.

BETH CATO:
* Aug 17th – 21st – appearing on programming at WorldCon in Kansas City, MO. (Including the launch of her new novel, Breath of Earth, to be officially released August 23rd)

STEVE BEIN
* Aug 4th – 7th – appearing on programming at Gen Con Writers’ Symposium in Indianapolis, IN.

SEPTEMBER 2016

TEX THOMPSON:
* Sep 2nd – 3rd – will be giving the keynote address at the Roanoke Writers Conference in Roanoke, TX.
* Sep  14th – 18th – will attend BoucherCon in New Orleans, LA.
* Sep  23rd – 25th – will appear on programming at FenCon in Irving, TX.

MICHAEL R. UNDERWOOD:
* Sep 17th-24th – Attending the Out of Excuses Writing Workshop and Retreat from Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

FRAN WILDE:
* Sep 2nd – 5th – appearing on programming at Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA.

LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN:
* Sep 23rd – 25th – appearing on programming at the Baltimore Book Festival in Baltimore Inner Harbor, MD.

J. KATHLEEN CHENEY:
* Sep 2nd – 3rd – will be attending the Roanoke Writers Conference in Roanoke, TX.
* Sep  23rd – 25th – appearing on programming at FenCon in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX.

SPEED AND DIRECTION: A GUIDE TO WHERE TO FIND US (APR – JUN, 2016)

With Spring comes more opportunities for you to encounter one or more Novelocitists as we traverse the cosmos from one venue to the next. To make it easier for you to find us, here’s a list of our upcoming appearances:

APRIL 2016

FRAN WILDE:
* April 28th – May 1st – is Staff at Paradise Lost Writers Retreat, San Antonio, TX.

TINA CONNOLLY:
* April 21st @ 7:30 – her 10-min show “Silence” is premiering with the Pulp Stage in Portland, OR.

J. KATHLEEN CHENEY:
* Apr 23rd – 24th – appearing on programming at  DFW Writers Conference in Fort Worth, TX.

TEX THOMPSON:
* Apr 23rd – 24th – will present at the DFW Writers Conference in Fort Worth, TX.

MAY 2016

LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN:
* May 12th – 15th – is an Award nominee and will be appearing on programming at the 2016 SFWA Nebula Conference in Chicago, IL.
* May 27th – 30th – is a GoH and appearing on programming at BayCon in San Mateo, CA.

BETH CATO:
* May 13th – 15th – is an Award nominee at the 2016 SFWA Nebula Conference in Chicago, IL.

TINA CONNOLLY
* May 1st – is co-teaching a Clarion West One-Day Workshop (From Idea to Story) in Seattle, WA
* May 13th – 14th – is an Award nominee and will be appearing on programming at the 2016 SFWA Nebula Conference in Chicago, IL
* May 13th, 2pm – will be signing at BEA in Chicago, IL

FRAN WILDE
May 3rd r/fantasy – is doing an AMA about “The Jewel & Her Lapidary,” Online.
May 4th , 7pm, Main Point Books “The Jewel & Her Lapidary” launch event, Bryn Mawr, PA.
May 12th – 15th – is an Award nominee and will be appearing on programming at the 2016 SFWA Nebula Conference in Chicago, IL.
* May 27-29 – is a Compton Crook Finalist and is appearing on programming at Balticon 50, Baltimore, MD.

MICHAEL R. UNDERWOOD:
* May 12th – 15th – will be appearing on programming at the 2016 SFWA Nebula Conference in Chicago, IL.
* May 27-30th – appearing on programming at Balticon 50 in Baltimore, MD

DAVID WALTON:
* May 27th – 30th – appearing on programming at Balticon 50 in Baltimore, MD.

TEX THOMPSON:
* May 12th – 14th – will present at the OWFI conference in Oklahoma City, OK.
* May 14th – 19th – will teach at the Writers Retreat Workshop in San Antonio, TX.
* May 25th – 27th – will appear on programming at ConQuest in Kansas City, MO.

JUNE 2016

J. KATHLEEN CHENEY:
* Jun 17-19th – appearing on programming at Comicpalooza in Houston, TX.

TEX THOMPSON:
* Jun 17th – 19th – will appear on programming at Comicpalooza in Houston, TX.
* Jun 24 – 26th – will appear on programming at SoonerCon in Oklahoma City, OK.

FRAN WILDE:
June 4th – is Speaking to the Garden State Speculative Writers’ Association, NJ.

MICHAEL R. UNDERWOOD:
* Jun 30-Jul 3rd – appearing on programming and running the Angry Robot booth at CONvergence in Bloomington, MN

BETH CATO:
* Jun 2nd – 4th – appearing on programming at Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, AZ.

Speed and Direction: A Guide to Where to Find Us (Jan – Mar, 2016)

By definition, Novelocitists are always in motion. Fortunately, knowing our speed and direction, our upcoming appearances can be predicted. Thus:

JANUARY 2016
LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN:
* Jan 15th – 18th – appearing on programming at Arisia in Boston, MA,.
* Jan 20th (7:00 PM Wednesday) – book release party for Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard at Barnes & Noble’s Rittenhouse Square store in Philadelphia, PA.
* Jan 21st (7:00 PM Thursday) – having a signing event for Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard at Schuler Books in Lansing, MI.
* Jan 22nd, (7:00 PM Friday) – part of the group Tor Authors signing event at Barnes & Noble in Northville, MI.
* Jan 22nd – 24th – appearing on programming at Life, the Universe, and ConFusion in Novi, MI.

E. C. AMBROSE:
* Jan 15th – 18th – appearing on programming at Arisia in Boston, MA.

MICHAEL R. UNDERWOOD:
* Jan 22nd – 24th – appearing on programming at Life, the Universe, and ConFusion in Novi, MI.

TINA CONNOLLY:
* Jan 9 (2:00 PM Saturday) – “Writing Dialogue with Sparkle & Snap” – free workshop for kids at the Cedar Hills Powells in Beaverton, OR.

FEBRUARY 2016
LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN:
* Feb 3rd (7:00 PM Wednesday) – signing for Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC.
* Feb 4th (7:00 PM Thursday) – also signing at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC.
* Feb 5th (7:00 PM Friday) – and a third Research Triangle area signing at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC.
* Feb 12th – 14th – will be appearing on programming at ConDFW XV in Dallas, TX.
* Feb 26th – 28th – and also speaking on programming at MystiCon in Roanoke, VA.

TEX THOMPSON:
* Feb 12th – 14th – appearing on programming at ConDFW XV in Dallas, TX.

E. C. AMBROSE:
* Feb 19th – 21st – appearing on programming at Boskone in Boston, MA,.

MARCH 2016
LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN:
* Mar 24th (7:00 PM Thursday) – having a signing event for Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard at the University Bookstore in Seattle, WA.
* Mar 25th – 27,th – appearing on programming at NorWescon 39 in SeaTac, WA.
* Mar 28th (7:00 PM Monday) – also signing at Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing store in Beaverton, OR.

BETH CATO:
* Mar 12 – appearing on programming at Tucson Festival of Books in Tucson, AZ.

TINA CONNOLLY:
* Mar 25th – 27th – appearing on programming at Norwescon 39 in SeaTac, WA.

Tina Connolly on Her New Crowd-Funding Projects

tina_connolly-300x450After never having done a crowd-funding project before, suddenly I’m working on two at the same time! One is an indiegogo campaign for a science fiction play I’m co-writing with Matt Haynes, called Box, which is going live in Portland at the end of January.

The other is the kickstarter Six by Six, which is “a new kind of spec-fic anthology.” It’s a really neat project to be working on. There are six of us – Brad Beaulieu, Brenda Cooper, Stephen Gaskell, Will McIntosh, Martha Wells, and me (Tina Connolly). And we’re each contributing a mini-collection of six
stories. There are a bunch of add-ons and bonuses too, and after the kickstarter is over, you will never again be able to buy all 36 stories together like this.

This is my first time collecting any of my work and it was really interesting to try to decide what sort of grouping to make. Should I collect 6 science fiction stories? 6 fantasy? What about making them all dark, or all humorous, or all YA?

One collection I briefly considered was a collection of my 6 stories from Clarion West, which have all since been published in various places. Pros – might be neat for someone looking to apply to the workshop, would be kind of cool in an anthropological way. Cons – it wouldn’t necessarily make a great theme, marketing-wise – who would search on Amazon for a collection of “Clarion West” stories?

So I thought some more. I knew I wanted to include one story that had never been published anywhere. I had a couple choices, but one immediately jumped out at me as the strongest and most exciting – “Scales and Honor.” In Miriam’s family, one woman in every generation becomes a dragon whenever danger approaches their island kingdom. When her older sister can no longer serve, Miriam is torn between the music she loves and her duty to her country.

Now I had a cornerstone to build the collection around. The story is YA and high fantasy, so I could have used either of those as a way to group the collection. But both of those labels are very broad. So I started thinking about a more narrow theme of the story – shapeshifting. I looked through my stories and yes, I had 6 stories that would easily fit the shapeshifting theme (funnily enough, 3 of the stories were actually written at Clarion West…perhaps it’s no surprise that transformation was on my mind there!)

So, that’s how I ended up with the collection and title – “Scales and Other Transformations.” I personally like themed collections quite a lot – and this fit my criteria for the question I should have asked to start with. Would I buy a collection of six stories about shapeshifters? Yes. Yes, I would.

Novelocity: Forthcoming Conventions

Here’s where you can find us over the next few months:

SEPTEMBER
BETH CATO: book release party for The Clockwork Dagger at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona, on Friday September 19th at 7pm.

MICHAEL R. UNDERWOOD & FRAN WILDE: appearing on programming at the Baltimore Book Festival September 26th through 28th.

OCTOBER
LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN: Attending the SFWA Authors and Editors Reception in New York, NY on October 6th.

TINA CONNOLLY: Book release party for SILVERBLIND at Powells Cedar Hills on Tuesday, October 7th at 7pm.

At New York Comic-Con, October 9th through 12th:
MICHAEL R. UNDERWOOD: attending to support THE YOUNGER GODS release
STEVE BEIN: speaking on a Dr. Who panel called “Trust Me, I’m the Doctor” on October 12th from 2:00-2:45. (Visit for more details as they become available.)
KEN LIU: speaking on a panel on 10/9 at 5:00-5:45 PM for Saga Press, S&S’s new genre imprint and his publisher, to introduce his debut novel THE GRACE OF KINGS.

BETH CATO: attending the Fall Discover Show of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association (MPIBA) on October 10th and 11th in Denver, Colorado.

LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN & FRAN WILDE: Appearing on programming at Capclave in Gaithersburg, MD, October 10th-12th.

NOVEMBER
KEN LIU: attending the Global Chinese Language Science Fiction Nebula Awards in Beijing as a special guest from 11/1-11/2. I’ll be introducing my English translation of Cixin Liu’s hard science fiction hit, THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM, to be published by Tor Books on 11/11. I’ll also be doing signings related to my Chinese short story collections as well as giving some talks on various topics of interest to Chinese SSF fans.

MICHAEL R. UNDERWOOD, BETH CATO, LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN, TINA CONNOLLY, E.C. AMBROSE, FRAN WILDE: Attending the World Fantasy Convention in Washington, D.C. November 6th-9th. We’ll release details on our programming as it becomes available.

LAWRENCE M. SCHOEN: Appearing on programming at Philcon in Cherry Hill, NJ. November 21st-23rd.