My COSine 2018 Schedule

cosinebanner320My first convention of the year is just around the corner (January 19-21).  COSine is a small SF convention held annually in Colorado Springs, my hometown.  It has always been a wonderful experience for me.  This year, the Guest of Honor is Jody Lynn Nye, and as is tradition, Connie and Courtney Willis are the con’s Special Guests.   The Science Guest is Biomechanical Engineer Dr. Dana Carpenter.  Expect some interesting talks on the effects of space travel on the human body.

Here are the panels I will be on at the convention:

Friday (1/19/2018)

5pm – Moon, Mars, or Beyond – the objectives of manned space flight

8pm – Inventorying and Valuing your Collection

Saturday (1/20/2018)

Noon – Why are we paying for the privilege of inviting Big Brother into our homes and lives?

I will also be at the Author’s Reception and Signing on Saturday evening.

Sunday (1/21/2018)

2pm – We Kid Because We Love – parodies of science fiction and fantasy

COSine 2018 is going to be great fun.  I hope to see you there.

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Flotsam of 2017

It has been over two months since I’ve posted anything here, so I suppose I ought to collect all the detritus that has been jostling about the shores of procrastination.  Call it a year end post, if you like, but mostly it is just an overdue post, filled with the things I should have told you during the preceding two months.

I will start with the recent news that my story “Spooky Action” made the Tangent Online 2017 Recommended Reading List.  It not only made the list, but received the list’s highest distinction as a three star recommendation.  I am the sort of writer who alternates between seeing my literary babies as adorable one day, and abominations that should be locked away in a closet the next.  So this sort of recognition helps.

Third Flatiron, publishers of the Cat’s Breakfast anthology, has produced a podcast of “Spooky Action” that you can listen to here.  You will also find a Q&A in which I discuss the genesis of the story, among other things.

“Toasterpocalypse” was published in November in Edward Bryant’s Sphere of Influence.  There appears to be two different print versions of this anthology available, 0974161977 & 0974161985.  I honestly don’t know the difference between the two other than that they are sometimes priced differently.  If you are looking to buy a copy, I suggest checking both to see which offers the better price at the time.  There is also a digital edition.

As for 2018, expect more frequent story announcements.  I have decided to dedicate myself to writing fiction this year.  This means that some other endeavors (like Scide Splitters & Retro Hugo reviews) will have to sit this one out.  It is high time I got serious about my writing and I hope the added focus will yield a very fruitful year.