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I had a great time at AggieCon this weekend. Friends came in to stay with us, and I did fun panels with Katy Stauber (who has a new SF novel, Spin the Sky, coming out soon), Seanan McGuire (who just had new novel Discount Armadgeddon come out), Jody Lynn Nye (who has a new book Myth-Fortunes, coming out soon that's illustrated by Phil Foglio, Todd McCaffrey, and Lou Antonelli. We had great Mexican food, Middle Eastern/Greek food, and topped it off with a birthday dinner for a friend on Sunday night.

I bought a Doctor Who t-shirt, the one with the Van Gogh exploding Tardis image. (Speaking of DW, the BBC put up a trailer for the new season this morning.)

Also got to see the poster for the event that the Cushing Library Special Collections is doing next year in March. They have George R.R. Martin's papers and they're going to be doing an exhibit for his work similar to the one they did last year for the Science Fiction/Fantasy collection in general (my photos of the previous exhibit are in this post here.) This is very cool, as Martin has been an AggieCon guest in the past (he was guest of honor for AggieCon 17 in 1986, when I was con chairman.)


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Anthology kickstarter: I have a story in this kickstarter for a fantasy anthology, along with Lynn Flewelling, Harry Connolly, Juliet McKenna, Robert Mancebo, and Julie Czerneda. The way kickstarter works, if the goal doesn't get met, the editor doesn't get the money and the book doesn't get produced. The minimum buy-in is $5.00, which gets you an ebook version of the book if the goal is met. (If the goal isn't met, you don't pay and nobody gets anything.)

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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 08:43 am
marthawells: (Wheel of the Infinite)
I love, love, love this image from Cool Vibe.

Yesterday, [personal profile] killalla linked me to The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society's Holiday Gift Guide.

Speaking of H.P. Lovecraft, Just a Sci-Fi Kid Like Me (a blog on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection in Cushing Memorial Library and Archives) has a post on some new Lovecraft and horror fanzines that were just donated to the collection.

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Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 09:55 am
marthawells: (Wheel of the Infinite)
I'm hoping I can get some work done today, since it hasn't been going well lately. Mostly because I'm hitting that middle-of-the-book slog.

On Faceplace, I was talking about Tasha and her lair in the corner of the dining room where she stores all the bug legs, lizard tails, and other bits of small moving things she's hunted down in the house and killed. Latest victim was a wasp, dead but still intact and very carefully arranged. If Tasha was a human, she would be the serial killer from Saw.


Tasha last Halloween

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Writer friends from Austin visited the Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection at the Cushing Library, at Texas A&M University, the fourth largest collection in the US, and the Hundred Years Hence exhibit.

No Fear of the Future: Sci-Fi Excursion to College Station

Nicky Drayden: Writer’s Life: A Three-Hour Tour, A Three-Hour Tour

I posted about the exhibit's opening last spring here and a visit a couple of years ago to the collection's stacks here.

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Monday, May 10th, 2010 08:29 am
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The weather was unexpectedly cool this weekend (cloudy and in the low 80s as opposed to the low 90s), so it was great for going out and doing stuff. A friend came in from out of town and we watched Sherlock Holmes on DVD, since she had never seen it. (It's my fourth time to see it and it's still awesome.) On Saturday morning we went up to campus so she could see the One Hundred Years Hence: SF and Fantasy at Texas A&M University exhibit.

So I could show her this:
my book in the exhibit )
Because that's never going to get old for me. (The other photos are in this post here.)

Then we went out to the Antique Rose Emporium, where everything was in bloom, and it was incredibly gorgeous. Tonight, we're going out to see Iron Man 2.


link: Why Writer Beware Doesn't Provide Publisher Recommendations (Plus Some Advice)
That's not to say there aren't still literary agent scams (there are), or amateur "agents" attempting to break into the business without any vestige of publishing industry knowledge or contacts (sadly, there are still plenty of these). But new ones aren't popping up every couple of weeks, the way they once did. Nowadays, Writer Beware receives far more reports and complaints about questionable publishers.

Because so many people are trying self-publishing, there's a big industry now to scam those people or just sell them crap they don't need. (Like Publish America Auctioning off tickets to Book Expo America Tickets that you can buy for yourself for a flat $140.) Finding out as much as you can about how publishing actually works is the best defense.

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Monday, April 12th, 2010 09:21 am
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Okay, I know we've been having a run of bad luck, but this is getting crazy. The water pump on Troyce's nineteen year old pick-up broke yesterday, so we dropped it off at the garage early this morning, and I took him to work. Coming back, not far from home, I was at a light behind a van with a trailer, with a small pick-up behind me, and a large SUV behind the pick-up. Then a car came along, didn't stop, and hit the SUV. The bang was huge, and I looked up into the mirror into time to see the SUV jolt forward and hear the second huge bang, and anticipate the next huge bang which was the pick up slamming into me. Nobody was hurt, though the airbag went off in the pick-up behind me. I have an imprint of a Green landscaping company trailer in the front of my Prius. The back has a loose slightly mushed panel but was not near as bad as it seemed like it was going to be.

Anyway, I want a redo on this day. And possibly on this year.


Post I was planning to make before all the fun:

SF/F Symposium at Texas A&M Cushing Memorial Library & Archives will host both local and visiting “scholars of the fantastic” in a science fiction studies symposium on April 15 from 1 to 5 p.m. Following on the heels of the popular exhibit “One Hundred Years Hence: Science Fiction & Fantasy at Texas A&M,” which opened this past March, “Amazing, Fantastic, Weird: Science Fiction Studies in Texas” will feature nine speakers discussing such topics as race in science fiction fandom, the roles and rhetoric of fan fiction, pulp magazines, Islamic and Hispanic science fiction and more. “Amazing, Fantastic, Weird: Science Fiction Studies in Texas” will take place in the Mayo-Thomas Room of Cushing Library. The event is free and open to the public.

From [profile] rclementmoore: The Wind up and the Pitch: Conference Season Begins on pitching to agents at conferences.

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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 09:35 am
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One last word on the One Hundred Years Hence Exhibit: at a party this weekend, someone asked one of my friends how the exhibit was, and he said, "Glorious." I realized that summed up my feelings about it, too. For the people who have promoting SF/F on campus for years, some since they were college kids, and who faced all the usual crap about it that SF/F fans, academics, and writers usually get, this was a glorious validation.

My post-ice-holocaust yard: I pulled up the rest of the dead plants, which did help. Now it looks like a post-holocaust scene without dead plants. (At least there's no zombies.) I can't afford to buy replacements right now, though I am going to a big fund-raising plant sale in Houston next week, where I should be able to pick up some good cheap ones.


[personal profile] jimhines Novel Survey Results Post I This post concentrates on busting writing myths, such as "Short Story Path to Publication" and "Self-Publishing Your Breakout Novel." To those proclaiming queries and the slush pile are for suckers, and self-publishing is the way to land a major novel deal, I have bad news: only 1 author out of 246 self-published their book and went on to sell that book to a professional publisher.

[personal profile] mahoni linked to IO9: Batman fighting a giant shark with a lightsabre. Yeah, baby.
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The exhibit is on the second floor of the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, and it should be up for about six months. It's basically an overview of their SF/F collection.

I got there at a little before the opening at 3:00, and it was already starting to fill up. There were a large number of students there, especially considering it was the Friday before Spring Break. There was a booksigning table in the reading room for James Gunn and Elizabeth Moon, and a local bookstore had supplies of their books for sale. By the time the presentation started at 3:30, the reading room had filled up, people were standing along the walls, and someone estimated that about 200 people there. Michael Moorcock also showed up, not as one of the speakers, but just there to see the exhibit.

The first case I saw:

On the impact of Star Trek, with a novelization, a fanzine, and some of the products.


Two handwritten letters by J.R.R. Tolkien

more photos )
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I'm going to do a bigger post on the Hundred Years Hence exhibit once I get all the photos uploaded, but I had to go ahead and post this:



This was a huge, wonderful surprise. My book The Ships of Air was in the case highlighting Texas SF/F writers, with the first page of the manuscript.

Seeing one of your books published for the first time and holding it in your hands is a big emotional thing. But I didn't realize seeing one of your books in a case in a museum exhibit would be a big deal too, or that it would ever happen at all. !!!!!

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Thursday, March 11th, 2010 11:29 am
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My lousy day suddenly got a lot better: I got invited to go out to dinner tonight with Hal Hall, some other librarians, and James Gunn, who's here for the opening of the One Hundred Years Hence exhibit.

I'm also going to the opening of exhibit tomorrow at 3:00, and the people who have seen the catalog already say it's fabulous. James Gunn and Elizabeth Moon are going to be the speakers for the opening ceremony.
marthawells: (Atlantis fog)
The Cushing Memorial Library and Archives at Texas A&M University will be doing a special exhibit: One Hundred Years Hence: Science Fiction & Fantasy at Texas A&M

The exhibit will officially open to the public at 3:00 pm on March 12, with a short ceremony to follow at 3:30. Nebula Award-winning science fiction author Elizabeth Moon and writer and scholar James Gunn will be featured speakers, introduced by Cushing Library's Science Fiction Curator, Professor Hal Hall. Special giveaways and contests will follow.

Quoting from a previous post on this, the web site doesn't really give you any idea how many books and magazines the special SF&F collection has. I've had two tours of the stacks, and it's hard to describe the effect it had on me. It was like I remembered the original sense of wonder I had when I first blundered into the SF/F section at the public library. They have every SF/F book you read as a kid. They have every book you read as a kid, and in the original edition that you read it in.



The banners that have been put up for it on campus are really neat: Flickr photo set

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