For my Brisbane pals: the Peter Hennessey “Making It Real” exhibition at The University of Queensland Art Museum is a major collection. Brilliant, intriguing stuff. See it if you can. It ends July 12th.
I meant to get this out earlier, but I’ve been flat-out with deadlines. Ah, what fun! Kevin J. Anderson, bless his generous heart, will be launching The Rebel: Second Chance at Supanova next week. Details: Sydney Showground, 1:15 pm on Saturday, June 20th at the Wrestling Ring. (No, they’re probably not going to make me wrestle!) If all goes according to plan, there will be James Dean and Marilyn Monroe look-alikes … and Jack and Kevin doing shtick. Hmm …
So, Sydney pals, if you’re around, I’d love to see you. Satalyte will have copies of the limited hardcover edition (we’re talking a BIG book here) and trade and ebook versions will be available. They will also have copies of the Reading the Entrails chapbook, which contains my Lucius Shepard interview and a very personal introduction.
Ah, I miss Lucius.
I’m flying into Sydney just for the day and will be at the Satalyte table. Stop and say hello.
From the preface to The Rebel: Second Chance:
This special edition of The Rebel is published in commemoration of James Dean’s death sixty years ago. My original working title for The Rebel was Second Chance, and it was my publisher’s idea to title this edition The Rebel: Second Chance; and, indeed, it is a second chance for this novel, as it explores in greater detail he lives of James Dean, Elvis Presley, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and the Kennedys in this, my alternate history of American pop culture. This version — with its greatly expanded scope — is meant to be a deeper meditation on the construction of myth and its creators.
I appreciate this opportunity to reveal my original conception, this rather large, fully painted canvass …
From the introduction to Reading the Entrails:
When we’re submerged in what I now think of as the ‘Green Years’ — that luminous time when everything was concentrated, when we rushed headlong shouting into what absolutely had to be an even grander future … that time when we were falling in love and doing such odd things as picking up refrigerators to express the joy and wonderment of it all (well, Lucius, fortified with Tequila, wanted to pick up my refrigerator after a night of falling in love) … that time when we were drunk stoned obsessed with the idea of writing and living and writing, when learning the craft was as exciting as parachuting out of airplanes, when fast friendships were made and the mundane, quiet days were merely inconvenient ellipses between adventures — when we’re living in those dilating supercharged times, we don’t consider (nor are we concerned) that we’re living history, albeit our personal history.
We’re too busy embracing experience, rushing forward, great locomotives speeding down the tracks of experience, until suddenly, suddenly we look at the gray face in the mirror and realize that we’ve arrived. We don’t necessarily know where we’ve arrived or what we’ve arrived at, but suddenly under lidded eyes we’re looking down those tracks, staring dumbly at what was and can never be again. And we know with some bizarre combination of shock and poignancy, that those green joys are over: oh, there are still joys, great geysers of the stuff; but those geysers are now taking place in a grayer, darker, shadowed time.
I found myself looking down those tracks on March 19th, 2014 when I found out that Lucius had died. I was — and am — in Australia, some 9,000 miles away from those green times; and when I heard the sad, obliterating news, I flashed through our shared past, remembering/reliving the good times, the bad times, selfishly grieving for my own loss of a dear friend; but also realizing that the world culture had just lost a white-hot, deadly penetrating, genius talent: the phenomenon known as Lucius Taylor Shepard …
We’re still trying to get the kinks out of this site, which is why there has been a dearth of posts from me. A lot has been happening, and I’m hoping to remedy the dearth/post situation.
I’ll be doing a guest gig at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Melbourne, which is taking place this weekend, April 10-12 at the Melbourne Showgrounds. I’ll be signing all weekend and doing a Q&A panel on Sunday at 11:00 am with K.J. Taylor, Jack Dann, Traci Harding and John Scalzi. It should be great fun. Here’s the title and the brief:
“When We Were Young”: Our panel of guest authors maybe natural born storytellers, but were their first attempts at writing the finely crafted narratives that we have come to expect from them now? A light-hearted peek into the early writing attempts of our guest authors, looking at their humble beginnings to becoming fan favourites today. “
And I should also have a few copies of the new chapbook interview with Lucius Shepard called Reading the Entrails.
Looking forward to seeing old and new pals. So if you’re attending, do say hi!
More soon (he writes with great confidence).
Mea culpa…haven’t been updating my website. I’ll try to turn that around with a few bits of news…
I’ll be attending the World Fantasy Convention in Washington and am looking forward to seeing pals and hanging out. I’m doing a workshop panel with Joe Haldeman, Lee Modesitt, and Janeen Webb on Thursday, November 6th. It will run from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, unless we all decide to go out for a beer <Grin>. Description follows:
“Critics have articulated rules for creating counterfactual fiction. Jack Dann has formulated a set of embracing concepts he believes are central to the craft. He and his fellow panelists examine these general concepts and explain the process and pitfalls of writing alternate history. To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org”
Should be fun. The more the merrier!
I’m also slated to be on a panel with Eileen Gunn, David Coe, Jean Marie Ward, and Rick Wilber on Saturday, November 8th. The panel is titled “Historical People in Fantasy.”
“When using Samuel Adams, Joseph Warren, or perhaps on of the most used names, Nikola Tesla and other real people as characters in fiction, what liberties can an author take and what holes do they have to fill? How close to the real Jack Kerouac does Nick Mamatas get in Move Under Ground? What do creators owe to history, especially if the players are in a new world as in Philip José Farmer’s Riverworld series. The panel will discuss where historical truth meets literary license.”
See everyone there!
The e-book version of my retrospective collection JUBILEE is just out from Satalyte Publishing. You can find it at http://satalyte.com.au/.
The brilliant Margo Lanagan will be launching it in Canberra at Conflux 10 at 6:45 pm, October 3 (Friday). Herewith the convention’s URL: http://conflux.org.au/tag/conflux-10/
Join us if you can…
This is just a heads-up for those who might be interested in attending my workshop at Continuum X, the 53rd Australian National Science Fiction Convention. I’m told there has been strong interest–well, we all know that writers are masochists by definition <Grin>. The workshop will be held on Sunday, June 9th from 9:30-12:00. Here are the details: CLICK HERE
If you’d like an idea what I’ll (most likely) be discussing, take a look at this short video I did for the Queensland Writers’ Centre. I should mention in advance that the low technical quality is the fault of the speaker, not the Centre. CLICK HERE
For my Australian friends: I’ll be reading a story from my collection Jubilee (soon to be out in e-book format from Satalyte Publishing , my new e-book publisher!).
Official details are: Monday, June 2nd 10.30am-11am at the Lamm Jewish Library of Australia, 304 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield South, VIC 3162.
Herewith the publisher’s blurb (bless their hearts!):
Wonder inducing. Mind blowing. Comprehensive. Simply amazing. This entire collection includes hundreds of popular and award-winning science fiction and fantasy stories collected in thirty-five volumes gathered by the winner of fifteen Hugo awards for editing, the inimitable Gardner Dozois, and award-winning writer and anthologist, Jack Dann.
We are presenting these thirty-five anthologies in six discount bundles. Get them all, and you will own a huge swath of some of the best short science fiction ever written.
These are luminous, superb stories collected around popular science fiction and fantasy themes. They are written by dozens and dozens of amazing authors. Poul Anderson, Charles Sheffield, Gregory Benford, Fritz Leiber, Brian Aldiss, Ursula K. LeGuin, Arthur C. Clarke, Harry Turtledove, Neal Stephenson, Cordwainer Smith, Greg Bear, William Gibson, Gene Wolfe, Nancy Kress, Fred Saberhagen—the distinguished list goes on and on!
Here is the link: CLICK HERE
Jack has done an interview with Moment Magazine on the topic of “What Does the Concept of the Messiah Mean Today?” It can be found at: http://www.momentmag.com/moment/issues/2012/04/Symposium.html