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 email@example.com”
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.
Tickets: http://www.mjwf.com.au/tickets/ or call (03) 9272 5611. Would be great if you can make it. Come up and say hello! For more information, CLICK
Baen Books will be publishing e-book editions of the entire Magic Tales fantasy and science fiction series I edited with that editor’s editor and raconteur Gardner Dozois. They have commissioned new covers, and the books look wonderful! The first of six ‘discounted bundles’ is now out. (The volumes can, of course, also be purchased individually.)
This first bundle includes:
Aliens Among Us
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