Monthly Archives: April 2015

Vectors: History in Need of Writing

Today we confront the subject: Is there a time period you would love to write about, but haven’t? Why?

J. Kathleen CheneyJ. Kathleen Cheney

I’d love to write a novel set in 1933 in Saratoga Springs that would be a sort of sequel to the “Tales from Hawk’s Folly Farm” series of novellas that I did. But those are set in 1905-1909, which is a totally different world than 1933. Fortunately for me, we’re planning on returning to Saratoga Springs this fall (for World Fantasy Con) and I’ve added a day to our stay there specifically so I can visit the public library and start some serious research.

 


 

PakalImage1M.K. Hutchins

My mind pretty much imploded when I realized that Queen Seondeok of Silla and K’inich Jaanab’ Pakal of Palenque were alive at the same time. There’s still a desperate part of my heart that wants to write a story where these two magically get to meet, but I’m terrified of actually trying it.

I’m not sure I could do it without sounding like a fangirl. These are two of my favorite historical figures, period. Both acceded to the throne during turbulent times. They not only overcame vast difficulties and held their nations together, they improved their countries and left amazing legacies behind.

SeondeokI’m also worried about the research. I’d want it to be perfect, especially since I’m dealing with real people I admire. But eventually, I’d have to make up some day-to-day details. At least for the Maya portion of the research, I have access to most everything in English and can read the glyphs myself. I’d only be making up what archaeology and history couldn’t provide.

But most English-language texts tend to focus on Korea from the Korean War to the present. Sadly, most of what I know about Queen Seondeok comes from Wikipedia and articles about the historicity of The Great Queen Seondeok, a really excellent k-drama that got me interested in Queen Seondeok in the first place. Maybe when my small children are older and I have more time to study Korean, I can try to tackle this. Or maybe I can make a friend with an expert in Korean history and we can co-author it. For now, it’s just a daydream.


 

stephanie feldmanGuest: Stephanie Feldman
I’ve got two American eras on my mind: the 1950s and the 1990s, especially their countercultures. (I mean, the 1960s counterculture is too obvious, right? And has been done to death.)

For the 50s, I’m less interested in Kerouac and friends (that phase in my life is over, and I’m not looking back), and more interested in McCarthyism and the black list. Political alliances were drawn with cartoonishly hard lines, something that I think resonates with our politics today. And I would love to explore relationships and ethical decisions under that kind of pressure.
angeloflosses
In the 90s, punk and hip hop went mainstream with responses to the 80s’s decadence, and the limits and failures of the 60s’ revolutions, but were quickly commercialized and co-opted. It was a cynical time, but also innocent: Communism fell, the U.S. economy was ascendant. There was ethnic cleansing in Europe and Africa, but no Global War on Terror.

Or maybe it’s that the 90s were my formative years. This is when I was first learning how to be a writer, and how to critically think about music and film and books, so it feels natural to come back to this time in my work.

Bio: Stephanie Feldman is a graduate of Barnard College. Her first novel, The Angel of Losses, is winner of the Crawford Fantasy Award, a nominee for the Locus Award for Best First Novel, and one of The Washington Post’s Top Five SFF Books of 2014. She lives outside Philadelphia with her family.

 


 

Beth Cato
Mussel Slough markerI’m a California girl, born and raised, and I feel an intimate connection to the state, especially the San Joaquin Valley. There’s very little speculative fiction set there. I’ve been fortunate to sell a few stories based around the Mussel Slough Tragedy in 1880, which took place miles away from where I grew up. I would love to explore the region’s past century in more detail. So many migrants have sought refuge there, from the Armenians fleeing genocide, to the Portuguese who settled many farms and dairies, to the Japanese who cultivated orchards around Armona and lost so much during World War II internment. Where are their stories? I can look more into my own past, too. I had a great-grandfather work in the oil fields of Coalinga during the 1920s boom–surely there’s material there to build on.

Finding historical sources is a problem. I have a number of books on the region and they often cite materials that are rare, out of print, and not scanned online. My hometown of Hanford has several archives to tap, but often when I am home for a visit, it’s around holidays when places like the Carnegie Museum are closed. Slowly but surely, I am gathering more info, though. Last Thanksgiving I was able to visit the Taoist Temple Museum in China Alley. I bought a fantastic book and took pictures of their exhibits. This is information I can use for my new novel series and, I hope, more stories.


 

Julie-McGalliardGuest: Julie McGalliard
My first thought was of you, Victorian England. My earliest favorite book was one of yours: Alice in Wonderland, with those amazing engraved illustrations by John Tenniel. There was always something about you that appealed to me. You were the opposite of everything I knew as a child in the sun-blasted Southern California of the 1970s. You were ghost stories and rainy days, fountain pens and loose-leaf tea. You were elaborate buildings, elaborate outfits, elaborate manners. You were creepy black and white photographs of faked ectoplasm. You were dense rooms full of treasures and mysteries stolen from all over the world.

You were gorgeous, but you were also troubling. You soared in a glittering airship of wealth, but its engine was grinding poverty and a filth of disease and pollution. You commanded a glorious empire, crushing many lives and cultures under the heel of your delicate lace-up ankle boots. The Egyptian artifacts in your British Museum are a testament to their culture, as beautiful and rich and strangely morbid as your own. But they are also evidence of your many thoughtless robberies.

entrance to Highgate Cemetery

Entrance to Highgate Cemetery; image by Julie McGalliard

Yet, I have never written fiction about you. I have never set anything in the world of Dracula; The Turn of the Screw; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Sherlock Holmes; Jack the Ripper; Ada Lovelace; J.M.W. Turner; the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. I have never used your enticingly named “underground” as a backdrop. So far, I have let the steampunk locomotive chug right past me.

Now I wonder why that is. We seem like such a natural fit. Do I know you too well? Am I too intimidated by the writers who go before me? Do I feel like there’s nothing more to say about you? Do I feel like you belong to others more than to me? Are you too big? Am I afraid of getting you wrong? Or, am I afraid that if I were to write about you, I would lapse into cliches?

At this point, there’s only one way to answer my questions: write about you, and see what happens.

Spitalfields, Jack the Ripper's old haunts; image by Julie McGalliard

Spitalfields, Jack the Ripper’s old haunts; image by Julie McGalliard

Bio: Julie McGalliard is a writer and occasional cartoonist.

Her first novel, Waking Up Naked in Strange Places, was released in 2015. Her short stories have appeared in the magazine Talebones and in the anthologies Witches, Stitches & Bitches: A Three Little Words Anthology (Volume 1) and Space Grunts: Full-Throttle Space Tales #3.

She lives in Seattle with her husband Paul, a fellow lover of books and New Orleans.

At her day job she is a web developer for Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute. She is not, technically speaking, a scientist. But she is a scientist enabler.​

 

Steve Bein
Daughter of the SwordI haven’t yet written about the Meiji Era (1868-1912), but it’s been on my mind for a long time.

It’s an amazing period in Japanese history. In 1868, Japan is still a feudal society. Samurai walk the streets wearing their trademark twin swords and topknots. The Tokugawa shoguns have ruled for 265 years, and for all of that time the emperor has been little more than a supremely comfortable hostage. (“Figurehead” is too august a term to describe him; his function is closer to that of a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.) But despite their pride in their martial prowess, the shoguns and the samurai learn that militarily they’re no match for the West. With a handful of ships, Commodore Perry holds the entire country at gunpoint.

By 1912 the emperor reigns again and the whole samurai caste is made illegal. Railroads and telegraph wires criss-cross the country, the economy is fully industrialized, and — impossibly, unthinkably, stupefyingly — tiny little Japan has defeated huge, hulking Russia in war. No Asian country had ever defeated a Western power in the modern era. In effect, Japan transformed itself from a feudal backwater to a major world power in less than fifty years. It’s a hell of an achievement.

The famed Inazuma swords of my Fated Blades books were all active during the Meiji Era. One of these days I’ll have to figure out what they were up to.


 

Lawrence M. Schoen
Gilgamesh in the LouvreI’m currently working on a new novel about cities, and part of the impetus for this was Uruk, arguably among the first cities the world ever had. We’re talking six thousand years ago. There is something critical about the formation of cities (at least, I think so, and it’s a major plot point in the new book). Urbanization typically corresponds to all sorts of development — social, technological, political — for people. It gives you bronze tools and medicine and astronomy. It marks the shift from subsistence agriculture to surplus and population expansion and trade. Human beings had been crawling around the globe for a long time, but about six thousand years ago with the creation of the first cities, we took a major detour from the status quo. And we’ve never looked back.

So, while I’m as fond of reading fantasies set in Europe as anyone (and indeed, the new book does involve a major city from what is basically 5th century Italy), I want to go back further and play with civilization, back to the cradle of humanity in those wondrous river-valleys.

“Why Uruk?” you ask? Well, for one thing, somewhere between 2800 and 2500 BC they had this king named Gilgamesh. I assume you’ve heard of him, as well as his best buddy Enkidu, and their adventures defeating giant monsters like Humbaba and the Bull of Heaven. After Enkidu dies, Gilgamesh travels to the land of the dead, seeking the secret of immortality. The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest, surviving story on our planet. What better time and place for a writer to focus his attention and desire?


 

New Release: “The Deepest Poison” from Beth Cato

Beth Cato’s Clockwork Dagger short story “The Deepest Poison” is out from Harper Voyager Impulse today! This story takes place before The Clockwork Dagger, but either can be read first. This story is just 99-cents.

Deepest Poison

Octavia Leander, a young healer with incredible powers, has found her place among Miss Percival’s medicians-in-training. Called to the frontlines of a never-ending war between Caskentia and the immoral Wasters, the two women must uncover the source of a devastating illness that is killing thousands of soldiers. But when Octavia’s natural talents far outshine her teacher’s, jealousy threatens to destroy their relationship—as time runs out to save the encampment.

Fans of Beth Cato’s debut, The Clockwork Dagger, will love this journey into Octavia’s past—as well as an exclusive excerpt from the sequel, The Clockwork Crown (which comes out on June 9th)!

Release: April 28th, 2015 Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

New release: GRAIL MAIDEN novella by E.C. Ambrose

I’m excited to announce the release of a Dark Apostle tie-in novella, The Grail Maiden.

Grail Maiden

1307, Carlisle, England

Young Allyson is the first to hear of the death of King Edward II during a battle with the Scots—but cannot reveal her knowledge lest she be exposed as a witch.

When the man she loves, a Templar, returns from France with news of the disbanding of his order and the arrest of its leaders, she realizes that the heir to England might well betray the Templars to his own advantage. She must turn for aid to the one man she dare not trust: her own husband.

Each of them holds a secret that will change the lives of the others as they work to prevent the war with Scotland from becoming the ruin of them all.

For those who are fans of The Dark Apostle, you’ll meet characters you thought you knew, with a history you’d never suspect. For those who have yet to read Elisha Barber, there’s an excerpt included in this novella!

You can purchase the ebook at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com or through Smashwords. Trade paperback forthcoming!

Vectors: Child-like Protagonists

Our topic for this week: “Who’s your favorite child or child-like protagonist?”

marshall ryan marsecaGuest: Marshall Ryan Maresca
I’m going to have to lean into “child-like” to answer this, as my favorite isn’t a child. He’s a rabbit.

watership downWatership Down is probably my favorite book of all time. I’ve worn the cover off of two different copies due to my multiple re-reads. The story is both simple and epic: a small group of heroes flees their community to avoid its destruction, forms a new community, and then fights to protect it. The fact that they’re rabbits is incidental, but it’s a superb work of fantasy filled with deep and colorful worldbuilding, despite all taking place within a few square miles in southern England. The heroes are all richly drawn, from the wise leader Hazel, to the brave warrior Bigwig, clever Blackberry, charming Dandelion, and many more.

Including Fiver, who is the heart of the story.

Fiver— officially named Hrair-roo, “Little Thousand”– was the runt of his litter. So while he’s the same age as Hazel— which is still young for a rabbit, as they are both a year old at the start of the book— his size means he is treated like a child. The book makes it very clear that size is power in the rabbit society. The biggest and strongest are brought into the Owsla, the rabbit police, and the strongest of all of them becomes the Chief Rabbit.

But what Fiver lacks in size, he makes up in vision. He sees the destruction of the warren coming, but the Chief Rabbit ignores him, thinking Fiver just a child seeking attention. But the strength of his words and conviction are enough to convince Hazel and others that the threat is real, and they all run away together entirely on his belief. When they find a potential home with strange rabbits, it’s Fiver who sees that something is wrong with the place. The rest are ready to settle in, but he discovers the truth: that this warren is filled with snares, which the others never talk about. When Bigwig is caught in a snare, it’s Fiver who is able to rescue him by being small enough to bite through the peg.

THE-THORN-OF-DENTONHILL-coverFiver shows his warren that there is more to being strong than pure size. This is put to the test when the warren is sieged by General Woundwort and the cruel rabbits from Efrafa. Isolated from the rest of his friends, Fiver is confronted by Efrafan soldiers. He fights back with chilling prophecies that unnerve the Efrafans, breaking their spirit more than any victory of combat would have.

While Hazel is the true protagonist of the story, Fiver is the source of his wisdom and vision. His humanity— err… rabbitity?— is what shines through the whole book.

Bio: Marshall Ryan Maresca is a fantasy and science-fiction writer, author of The Thorn of Dentonhill and A Murder of Mages, both to be released by DAW Books in 2015. His website is www.mrmaresca.com.

IDD coverSteve Bein
I think I’ll go with Jane, the changeling protagonist of Michael Swanwick’s The Iron Dragon’s Daughter.

We meet her when she’s young, a slave in the foundries of a dragonworks. By book’s end she’s a young woman — or rather, a young sorceress, world-wise and puissant. Except maybe none of that is real, and maybe some good psychotropic meds can make all the magic go away. Either way, she’s fascinating.

I like her best as a child, perhaps because that’s when she’s at her most vulnerable. She’s clever but she’s forced into a position of weakness, which makes her enormously sympathetic. It’s also during her childhood (i.e. the early chapters) that she makes her most badass move. I won’t give away spoilers, but suffice it to say that the fight card says Little Kid vs. Iron Dragon yet somehow it’s pretty close to a fair fight.

Chronicles 2 cover by Larry ElmoreBeth Cato
Tasslehoff Burrfoot. I was obsessed with the Dragonlance series through my teen years, and Tas was one of my favorite characters. He’s a kender, one of a unique race on Krynn that remains child-like even as an adult. They are whimsical and imaginative and compulsive thieves, but don’t call them “thief” to their faces. I figure some readers would be really annoyed by Tas’s antics–he sure annoys the other characters–but I thought he added levity to some plot lines that were otherwise extremely dark. In particular, Tas has strong bonds with Flint the dwarf and a wonderful, absent-minded old wizard named Fizban.

wee free menI just realized it’s been almost 20 years since I read and obsessed over those books and I just recounted all that without doing a single search to jog my memory. That says a lot about the impression these characters left on me! (And why I won’t re-read the books now, as I’ve been told they do not hold up well.)

Fran Wilde
Tiffany Aching, from Terry Pratchet’s Wee Free Men and Hat Full of Sky.

See also the Nac Mac Feegles therein. Crivens!

I liked the thoughtfulness with which Tiffany approached the world. There was sadness too, and a lot of hope. Even when she was tying her little brother to the riverside as monster bait. Much hope.

witch weekTina Connolly
I read so much Middle Grade and YA that I’m having a hard time remembering child protagonists from adult books. But a couple of my crossover favorites are Menolly from Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonsong series, and Aerin from Robin McKinley’s The Hero and the Crown. Both of those heroines were Mary Sues to me in the very best sense – by which I mean the young me adored them and wanted to be them as they rose to greatness.

I also want to mention Nan from Diana Wynne Jones’ Witch Week. Everyone at her cliquey school dismisses her as dumpy and weird. She’s also grumpy and stubborn and she saves the day. I love her.

wrinkle in timeJ. Kathleen Cheney
Charles Wallace Murray, in A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle.

Although I related far more to his older sister Meg when it came to my appearance, in schooling matters, I often felt like Charles Wallace Murray. He’s smart, ahead of other students his age, and a bit snotty about it. Well, a lot snotty about it. And while I’d like to think I was never like that, I strongly suspect I was pretty smart mouthed from time to time.

But we get to see Charles Wallace grow up. He has snarky moments, gets sucked into a vast world-controlling consciousness because he thinks he’s smarter than It, and has to be saved by his sister’s love. He’s cynical, and hard to like sometimes. But by the time he’s fifteen, we get to see a far more compassionate Charles Wallace as he tries to untangle a time-travel mistake in the third book to avert a nuclear disaster.

I liked watching him grow up.

Tex Thompson
Child-characters are tough to do well, at least in the younger set. They always seem to be demon-haunted murderers, creepy-sinister AI holograms, or unbearable smartasses.

mattieI tell you what, though: for my money, it doesn’t get better than True Grit‘s Mattie Ross. She’s a 14-year-old girl with no ambition for greatness – but when a hired man kills her father and lights off for Indian territory, Mattie is the only one willing to hitch up her britches and go after him. All she has is her father’s rusty old pistol and a perfect willingness to threaten legal action, but that’s enough to get her a horse, a manhunt, and a washed-up drunk of a marshal named Rooster Cogburn to help her see it through.

And I think what I love most about her, besides her titular grit, is that she is both a child and an adult. She’s fierce, eloquent, and sharp as razor-wire – but she also names her new horse according to an old nursery rhyme, and cries for it when it’s whipped, and for herself, when she’s turned over a ranger’s knee for a humiliating spanking. Mattie lives in a hard world that hasn’t left much of her innocence intact, but she’s not just a tough woman in the making – she’s also an exceptional girl in the present, and one of my favorite heroines.

New release: DISCIPLE OF THE WIND by Steve Bein

Disciple of the Wind by Steve Bein

On April 7th, the third book of Steve Bein’s Fates Blades series was released:

When Tokyo falls victim to a deadly terrorist attack, Mariko Oshiro knows who is responsible, even though she doesn’t have proof. She pleads with her commanding officers to arrest the perpetrator, an insane zealot who was just released from police custody. When her pleas fall on deaf ears, she loses her temper and then her badge, as well as her best chance of fighting back.

Left on her own, Mariko must work outside the system to stop a terrorist mastermind, armed with only her cunning and her famed Inazuma blade. But going rogue draws the attention of an underground syndicate that has been controlling Japanese politics from the shadows for centuries. They are the Wind, and they have a penchant for mystical relics—relics like Mariko’s own sword, and the iron demon mask whose evil curse is bound to the blade. Now the Wind is set on acquiring Mariko.

Mariko is left with a perilous choice: join an illicit insurgency to thwart a deadly villain or remain true to the law. Either way, she cannot escape her sword’s curse. As sure as the blade will bring her to victory, it will eventually destroy her…

For more information, visit http://www.philosofiction.com or follow Steve on Facebook or Twitter @AllBeinMyself.

Book Release: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

Ken Liu’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings, is out today.

Grace of Kings

The Grace of Kings is a silkpunk epic fantasy that re-imagines the rise of the Han Dynasty in a secondary world archipelago setting. It’s the story of two unlikely friends, a prison-guard-turned-bandit and a disinherited son of a duke, who join together to overthrow tyranny only to find themselves on opposite sides of a deadly rivalry over how to construct a more just society.

The novel features a melding of classical Western epic narrative techniques with tropes taken from Chinese historical romances and wuxia fantasies. The “silkpunk” aesthetic is a twist on steampunk with Classical Chinese inspirations: silk-draped airships, soaring battle kites, undersea tunneling machines enhanced by herbal lore, honor-infused duels that are as much dance as warfare, magical tomes that describe our desires better than we know them ourselves, gods who regret the deeds done in their names, women who plot and fight alongside men, princesses and maids who form lifelong friendships, and, of course, sea beasts that bring about tsunamis and storms but also guide soldiers safely to shores.

You can read an excerpt of the book on Tor.com.

The Grace of Kings is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Powell’s and other retailers.

Vectors: Our April News

Conventions season nears and new releases abound. Our members discuss their forthcoming appearances and releases!

medicine for the deadTex Thompson
Well, sports-fans, it’s that time again: it’s book-launch thirty, and the big hand’s on me!

This month, I’m celebrating the release of the second book in my epic fantasy Western series, the delectably-titled Medicine for the Dead. (Needless to say, I’m pretty stoked.)

This second book is more of a journey/quest fantasy than the first, which meant that I got to expand the world and treat the characters to a road trip from hell. In that respect, Medicine for the Dead is basically Lord of the Rings, if Frodo and Sam were Native Americans, and the One Ring was a corpse getting riper by the day, and the quest involved getting said corpse through Mordor and home for burial without getting killed by demons, drought, or a vicious case of magical dysentery. And if that’s not a recipe for a good time…!

Anyway, I’m also looking forward to some road-tripping of my own this spring: I’ll be jetting off to EasterCon in London at the beginning of April, followed by Comicpalooza and ApolloCon in Houston, BayCon in San Jose, SoonerCon in Oklahoma City, and CONvergence in Minneapolis. If you’re in the neighborhood, look me up and we’ll hang out!

Michael R. Underwood
Upcoming conventions:

  • BaltiCon (May 22-25th) Baltimore, MD
  • BEA/BookCon (May 27th-31st) New York, NY
  • CONvergence (July 2-5th) Bloomington, MN

 

Tina Connolly
My next book, Seriously Wicked, is coming out May 5th from Tor Teen, and I have a bunch of events coming up to go with it!

Launch Party! Seriously Wicked signing at Powell’s Cedar Hills.(Cupcakes!)
Beaverton, Oregon, May 5, 7pm

Seriously Wicked by Tina ConnollySeriously Wicked signing at Mysterious Galaxy as part of their big birthday bash. (There will be cake!)
San Diego, California, May 9, 1pm

How Not to Write a Novel, a workshop with Jennifer Brozek, Cat Rambo, and Raven Oak at the Redmond Library.
Redmond, Washington, May 16, 12:30-3:30

Seriously Wicked signing at Seattle Mystery Bookshop
Seattle, Washington, May 23, 12:00

Talking about Seriously Wicked at the Stayton Library
Stayton, Oregon, June 4th, 7pm

Campbell Conference (probably)
Lawrence, Kansas, June 12-14

Later in the year, I plan to be at WorldCon and World Fantasy as well. Looking forward to all of these…

 


 

shoresofspainJ. Kathleen Cheney
My next book, The Shores of Spain will come out July 7 in Trade paperback, and the Mass Market paperback of The Seat of Magic will release the same day!

And I will be at the following occasions this summer:

  • RT (Romantic TImes) Convention, May 12-17, DFW
  • SoonerCon, June 26-28, Oklahoma City (panelist)
  • ArmadilloCon, July 24-26, Austin (panelist)

 

 

Daughter of the SwordSteve Bein
Will attend:
C2E2 (Chicago, April 24-26)
Comicpalooza (Houston, May 22-25)

 


 

M.K. Hutchins
I had a great time at LTUE this February, and I’m looking forward to two more conferences this year:

Worldcon (Spokane, August 19-23)
Salt Lake Comic Con (Salt Lake City, Sept 24-26)

 


 

Beth Cato

Deepest PoisonFirst of all, my Clockwork Dagger short story ‘The Deepest Poison” is out on April 29th! It can be preordered everywhere now.

My sequel novel, The Clockwork Crown, is out on June 9th.

There are a number of signings and events in the works!

– May 27th 7pm at Poisoned Pen’s SciFi Extravaganza in Scottsdale, AZ (note location may change).

– May 29th through 31st at Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, AZ.

– August 19th through 23rd at WorldCon/Sasquan in Spokane, WA.


 

Elisha_Magus(1)E.C. Ambrose

April 22, launch of “The Grail Maiden” a Dark Apostle tie-in novella, featuring characters you thought you knew, with a history you never dreamed of.

July 7, Launch of book 3 in The Dark Apostle series, Elisha Rex

July 9-12, Readercon convention in Burlington, MA

August 19-23 Sasquan, World Science Fiction Convention, Spokane, WA


 

Barsk by Lawrence M. SchoenLawrence M. Schoen
I have the pleasure of being one of the GOHs at RavenCon, April 24th thru 26th.

I may be day-tripping down to Balticon on Saturday, May 23rd.

I will be signing complimentary ARCs of my forthcoming novel, Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard at the Tor Books booth during BEA, May 27th thru 29th, and BookCon, May 30th and 31st. Actual times and days are still up in the air.

June 4th thru 7th, you can find me at the 50th Nebula Awards Conference. In particular, I’ll be participating in the Receptions on Thursday and Friday evenings, the Mass Autographing also on Friday afternoon, and the Awards Banquet on Saturday.

Late July, specifically the 22nd thru the 26th, will have me in Chicago, IL for the twenty-second annual conference of the Klingon Language Institute, or as the Klingons refer to it, qep’a’ cha’maH cha’DIch.

I have a nephew getting married in southern California on August 8th, and I plan on being there. I wouldn’t mind if you all dropped in, but I can’t say that the parents of the bride and groom will be as pleased.

And I’ll round out my summer travels at the 73rd annual Worldcon, Sasquan, taking place in Spokane, WA from August 19th thru 23rd.