I will be on the following panels at COSine 2019 in Colorado Springs this weekend (January 18-20):
Fri 3-4pm: Must Time Travel Change History?
Sat 10-11am: Writing for the video game generation
Sat noon-1pm: Swords and Rayguns: Classic SF as Proto-Steampunk Literature
Sat 2-3pm: Is Elon Musk “The Man Who Sold the Moon”?
Sat 4-5pm: Revisiting the Drake Equation
I will also be at the author reception/signing from 5:30-7:00pm Saturday evening. And then at the annual writers gathering at Storybook Brewing Saturday night.
…and Beyond. This could be the last COSine. Rumor has it (actually not a rumor) that this is the end of the line for my favorite little SF convention. There will be no COSine 2020, but I have hopes that COSine will rise again, as it did the last time this happened.
As for my 2019 plans, I’ll be working on a novel for the next six or seven months. In the meantime, a short story or two may surface as the ones that are complete find homes.
My 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:
5pm – Moon, Mars, or Beyond – the objectives of manned space flight
8pm – Inventorying and Valuing your Collection
11am – 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.
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.
This past weekend I attended COSine, a small SF convention held annually in Colorado Springs, my hometown. It was, as has been the case every year I have attended, an excellent experience. The Guest of Honor Jo Walton, Science Guest Jon Singer, and Special Guests Connie and Courtney Willis were all fantastic. The same can be said for all the other attendees that I interacted with, including dozens of other authors, scientists and engineers.
I was on three panels that I think were reasonably successful. You would think by now that I would have figured out that I should announce such appearances ahead of time rather than inform you about them after the fact. But the low volume of traffic here at this site, plus the need to spend my time writing fiction, tends to result in these posts taking a back seat. I will try to do better in the future. In any case, the convention was outstanding and I encourage you to join us next year.
On the review front at Amazing Stories Magazine, I recently posted a a Scide Splitters blog examining four stories by William Tenn: “Party of the Two Parts,” “The Flat-Eyed Monster,” “Lisbon Cubed,” and “On Venus, Have We Got a Rabbi!” If nothing else, find and read “Party of the Two Parts.” It is just too funny.
Fun with search engines department: Looking for a graphic to use in association with this post, I put “COSine 2017” in as my search terms and Yahoo gave me -0.798635510047
Last weekend I attended COSine, a cozy science fiction convention held annually in Colorado Springs. The guest of honor was Jim Butcher, the affable author of the Dresden Files. Other authors in attendance included Connie Willis, Wil McCarthy, John Stith, Sarah Hoyt, Cynthia Felice and dozens more. COSine offers an intimate con experience with a variety of activities. I availed myself of a dozen or so panels and even joined in on a bit of filking (those who know me well will know how much of a shock that is).
After the convention, it was time to make plans for the main event – Worldcon. I made the mistake of booking my hotel three hours after bookings opened and missed out on the cheapest, or should I say most economical, rooms. Maybe I will be able to find a roommate to share the cost. In any case, I will be at MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City this August (that’s the Worldcon) and hope to meet some of the people whom I have only conversed with across the internet.
With my registration and hotel room for MidAmeriCon all set, the next step will be to make nominations for the Hugo and Retro Hugo Awards (to be handed out at the convention). I will post more about the Hugos and Retro Hugos tomorrow. If it is not obvious enough, this is a new website and I have a ways to go in setting it up (compounded by a learning curve in figuring out how all this works).