Aussiecon4: 68th Science Fiction Convention

Jack will be attending the ‘Worldcon’ in Melbourne, which is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center (MCEC). He would love to see you there. Here is a ‘shortlist’ of his speaking engagements:

Thursday 2 September
Jack Dann and Janeen Webb to launch the collection Baggage, edited by Gillian Polack
Borders South Wharf, 20 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, 1:00 pm

Friday 3 September
Panel: Write What You Know
Jack Dann, with Chris Lawson, Kim Stanley Robinson, , and Kaaron Warren
MCEC, Room P1, 1:00 pm

Saturday 4 September
Panel: Reading from the Other Shelf: When SF becomes Literature
Jack Dann with John Clute, Rani Graff, and Simon Spanton
MCEC, Room 213, 11:00 am

Panel: Finding the Right Voice: Tips, Stratagies, and Techniques for accurately Representing Speech in Fiction
Jack Dann with Karen Miller, Deborah Kalin, and Kaaron Warren
MCEC, Room 204, 4:00 pm

Jack Dann Reading: Jack reads from his work-in-progress Shadows In the Stone
MCEC, Room 207, 5:00 pm

Sunday 5 September
Jack Dann to launch the first six novels of Chimera Publications Classic Australian SF series
MCEC, Room 203, 11:00 am

Kaffeeklatch with Jack Dann: an Informal Chat with the Author
MCEC, Room 201,  12:00 pm

Panel: Dreaming Down-Under, again
Jack Dann with  Janeen Webb, Jenny Blackford, Jason Nahrung, Stephanie Smith, and others
MCEC, Room 211, 2:00

Monday, 6 September
Panel: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
Jack Dann with Ellen Kushner Robert Silverberg, and Glenda Larke
MCEC, Room  P3, 10:00 am

Panel: A House Made from Stories: Building the Anthology
Jack Dann with Ellen Datlow, Robert Silverberg, Alisa Krasnostein, and Jonathan Strahan
MCEC, Room P3, 1:00 pm

Jack to speak at event with astronomer Fred Watson…

Jack will be speaking at an event hosted by the RiAus (Royal Institution of Australia). The topic is Science Fiction to Science Fact. Jack and astronomer and popular-science writer Fred Watson will explore how science and science fiction borrow from each other to entertain and to expand knowledge of the universe. In association with the Playing With Words Festival, the event will take place on Sunday 11 July from 10:45 am to 12:15 pm at the West Gippsland Arts Center, Warragul, Victoria, Australia. To book go to http://scifitoscifactwarragul.eventbrite.com/

Jack’s essay “Antinomies” and “Life Matters” on ABC National…

Jack’s essay “Antinomies” has been published in 50 Voices of Disbelief, edited by Russell Blackford and Udo Schuklenk (Wiley-Blackwell). Jack was a guest on ABC Radio National’s Life Matters. This was the final talk-back show of the year, and you can listen to the show or download it as a podcast. You will also find an excerpt from the essay, which they have titled “An Atheist’s Prayer.”

Look for the Dragon Book…

The Dragon Book—Jack’s new blockbuster young adult anthology co-edited with the redoubtable Gardner Dozois—has just been published by Penguin in the US, Random House in Australia, and The Anderson Press (part of Random House) in the UK.
It features stories by Cecelia Holland, Naomi Novik, Jonathan Stroud, Kage Baker, Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, Liz Williams, Peter S. Beagle, Samuel Sykes and Diana Gabaldon, Garth Nix, Sean Williams, Tad Williams, Harry Turtledove, Diana Wynne Jones, Gregory Maguire, Bruce Coville, Tanith Lee, Tamora Pierce, Mary Rosenblum, and Andy Duncan.
The Anderson Press has created a beautiful website for the book, which includes author biographies and links, a special short story competition, screensaver downloads, and more. Check it out at http://www.thedragonbook.co.uk/