Monday, July 28, 2014

My London WorldCon (LonCon 3) Schedule

In a couple of weeks, I'll be attending LonCon 3, the 72nd annual WorldCon (and my first). Last week, they officially announced their programming schedule, and I'm pleased to say I'll be on a couple of panels. In addition to participating in the stuff below, I'll be bouncing around the con in a dizzy haze, pulling my hair out trying to decide which awesome thing to see at pretty much any given time.

Feel free to keep an eye out for me if you're going. My wife will be with me in London, but she's a muggle, so I'll be attending the con all by my lonesome. In other words, friendly company will be welcome. Not to mention this is my first time paneling, so I'd appreciate the moral support! Come say hi.

SFWA Reception

Friday 7:00pm

This doesn't appear to be an item on the official program (yet?), but SFWA is hosting a reception for members on Friday evening. I plan to attend.

From Indie to AAA

Saturday 4:30pm, Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL)

Should Indie games aim for AAA status, or are they better off as a forum for arts and creative development? Can the two live together?

Sylvia Wrigley, Gemma Thomson, Colin Harvey, James Swallow, J.W. Alden

Lizard Wizards in Space! Bethesda vs Bioware

Sunday 11:00am, Capital Suite 1 (ExCeL)

Panel examining the impact of Bioware and Bethesda videogames on recent gaming experiences. Baldur's Gate, Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Skyrim have all advanced player experiences in games, providing us with rich worlds, exciting possibilities and diverse characters to play. Both companies pride themselves on allowing the player to choose their own pathway through the game, and to experience each world on their own terms. This panel investigates the strengths and weakness of these games, and looks at the ways they are influencing play.

Jenni Hill, Sylvia Wrigley, L. M. Myles, Ashley M.L. Brown, J.W. Alden

As you can see, both of my panels are related to video games. You might think I'd prefer to be on panels related to SFF or writing/publishing, but this is actually kind of a relief. As I mentioned above, this will be my first time as a panelist, and I feel very much like I'm jumping into the deep end. But talking about video games will make it easier for me to just nerd out up there without much impostor syndrome kicking in. Plus it means my "panel research" has consisted of playing Mass Effect, Skyrim, and a bunch of awesome indie games. So there's that.


Monday, June 30, 2014

Read "The Unworthy" in Fantasy Scroll Magazine

The second issue of Fantasy Scroll Magazine hit the interweb today, featuring a flash piece of mine called "The Unworthy." Along with my story, you'll find great stuff by Mike Resnick, Brandon Barrows, and many other fine folks. They also pack each issue with author interviews, book and movie reviews, and more.

You can read the issue for free at the link above, but if you'd like to support the efforts of a brand new fantasy and science fiction magazine, you can purchase a copy for your mobile reader device of choice, or even set up a subscription.

"The Unworthy" is a fantasy story of mine told from the perspective of a divine creature taking measure of his creation. Fantasy Scroll Magazine interviewed me in March when they were running their Kickstarter campaign, and they asked me about the story. This is what I had to say back then:

When I was a kid, I saw an HBO movie called Cast a Deadly Spell. At the end of this movie (spoiler alert, circa 1991), the bad guy summons this giant, Lovecraftian monster. This was long before I'd read anything by Lovecraft, so the homage was lost on me back then. But for some reason, I felt strangely sympathetic toward this bestial horror, even when it started eating people. I couldn't help but wonder what was going through this powerful entity's mind. It had presumably been minding its own business, then suddenly found itself on Earth with these odd little beings staring up at it in terror and awe. This thought was the seed that eventually sprouted into The Unworthy, decades later.

If it sounds like it's up your alley, I hope you'll give it a read. If not, there's probably something else you'll enjoy in FSM.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kickstarter Watch: Fantasy Scroll Mag

If you read my last post, you may be familiar with Fantasy Scroll Mag, a new science fiction and fantasy magazine that will be publishing a story of mine called The Unworthy in one of its first issues. Fantasy Scroll Mag is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to support the launch of the magazine. This, of course, makes them perfect fodder for the next installment of Kickstarter Watch!

In their own words, Fantasy Scroll Magazine publishes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short stories, with one mission in mind: to provide high quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction. 

They recently released a small sample issue to give readers a glimpse of what to expect when the magazine launches, featuring two short stories you can read right now for free. They're also running a series of interviews on their Kickstarter updates page with the authors who will be contributing to future issues--including Yours Truly

If you're a reader of science fiction and fantasy, it's more important than ever to support new markets in the short fiction space. It's also worth mentioning that one of Fantasy Scroll's stretch goals is to be able to raise their pay for writers to pro-rates, and that would be fantastic. As of this writing, they're in their last week of funding. So please give them a read and consider kicking a few dollars their way to help out. 
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