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July 4th, 2015

A link to my thoughts about the new Netflix science fiction series Sense8.  Contains mild spoilers for individual scenes and moments, not so much plot points.


July 1st, 2015

I'm delighted to say that John Joseph Adams just bought my fantasy story "The Plausibility of Dragons" for Lightspeed Magazine. This is my first sale ever to John, and I couldn't be happier.  I'll let you know when it comes out.

June 17th, 2015

Happy birthday, Annette!

A very happy birthday to moonette1!  Wishing you the best of all things, and a joyous year to come.

February 9th, 2015

My Boskone Schedule

Embarrased Chimp
Here's my schedule for Boskone 52, February 13-15 at the Westin Boston Waterfront.  Hmmm, they have me moderating three (!) panels, and doing three (!) readings. *Gulp*

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Reading: Kenneth Schneyer

Friday 21:30 - 21:55, Griffin

Kenneth Schneyer

Dune — 50 Years later

Saturday 13:00 - 13:50, Harbor I

Frank Herbert's Dune, published in 1955, was an epic science fiction saga that won the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award in 1966. Now, 50 years after its publication, we look back at the legacy left by Frank Herbert and his unique vision of a feudal interstellar society that was rocked by political machinations, contentious religious orders, and a very lucrative spice trade — and giant worms! How has this seminal work held up over time? What place might it take in the science fiction hall of fame? Panelists also discuss the impact that Dune has had on their own work as well as on the development of science and science fiction.

Kenneth Schneyer (Moderator) , Scott Lynch , Beth Meacham , Joan Slonczewski, Walter Jon Williams , Karl Schroeder

Constructive Criticism for Revising Novel-Length Work

Saturday 15:00 - 15:50, Burroughs

Both getting and giving constructive criticism can be a challenge when going through the revision process, particularly for longer works. As a writer: how do you know what to ask of a potential critic, and how do you provide feedback on the success of the critique? As a critic: how do you identify and communicate issues or problems to the author? How do you keep track of plot threads, identify themes, and figure out what questions need to be asked? Also, how should writer and critic approach a series?

Kenneth Schneyer (Moderator) , Gregory Feeley, Ken Liu, John P. Murphy, Margaret Ronald

Cambridge SF Workshop Group Reading

Saturday 18:00 - 18:50, Griffin

A rapid-fire reading by the members of the Cambridge Science Fiction Writers Workshop, featuring Heather Albano, James Cambias, Brett Cox, James Patrick Kelly, Alex Jablokov, Steven Popkes (M), Kenneth Schneyer, and Sarah Smith.

Flash Fiction Slam

Sunday 09:30 - 11:00, Marina 4

Join Boskone's second Flash Fiction Slam. Be one of eleven (11) writers to compete for the title of The Flash, reading your own original fiction — which must tell a complete tale within a 3-minute period. Our expert panel of judges will score your work, and you automatically lose 10 percent for going over your 3-minute time. You may only read your own work. The reader with the top score wins! Sign up before the con for one of eight (8) reading slots on a first-come, first-served basis by e-mailing erin.m.underwood@gmail.com. Or sign up onsite at Program Ops in the Galleria for one of three (3) at-con openings. A waiting list will also be available.

Carrie Cuinn (M), James Patrick Kelly , Kenneth Schneyer, Fran Wilde, F. Brett Cox

Writing Workshops: What's Right for You as a New Writer?

Sunday 11:00 - 11:50, Marina 3

Thinking about attending a writing workshop or an MFA program? Wondering how to pick which one is right for you? Once you do, then what? There is no magic formula to elicit an acceptance letter, but a solid application is a good place to start. Join representatives from various writing programs and learn how to present the best of what you have to offer as a student.

Kenneth Schneyer (Moderator), Debra Doyle, Theodora Goss , Shahid Mahmud, Jill Shultz

Autographing: Mur Lafferty, Kenneth Schneyer, Alison Sinclair, Charles Stross

Sunday 13:00 - 13:50, Galleria-Autographing

My Dad's Bridge Column

Over on my other LJ, I've been talking about my Dad's bridge column, which he published in a local newspaper from 1967 to 1971.  Dad was a very well-spoken and funny man, and he knew the game of bridge inside and out.

I've decided to post these slowly, maybe one per week -- there are over 140 of them in my possession, so this is going to take a few years.  Here's a link to a list of all the columns by date & title.  As I post new ones on LJ, I'll link its name on this master list to its location.

If you're interested in the game of bridge, or if you just like funny amateur writing, you might want to give these a try.

Happy birthday Bel!

A very happy birthday to tdu000, a delightful and supportive friend.

December 1st, 2014

My story "Living in the Niche" is now available on Triptych Tales.

I hope you enjoy it . . . unless your name is Wilton Soal.

May 3rd, 2014

"Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer" is on the 2014 list of finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award!

Here's the whole list:

  • "Bloom," Gregory Norman Bossert. Asimov's, Dec 2013.

  • "The Weight of the Sunrise," Vylar Kaftan. Asimov's, Feb 2013.

  • "They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass," Alaya Dawn Johnson. Asimov's, Jan 2013.

  • "Over There," Will McIntosh. Asimov's, Jan 2013.

  • "The Wildfires of Antarctica," Alan De Niro. Tyrannia and Other Renditions, Small Beer Press.

  • "The Irish Astronaut," Val Nolan. Electric Velocipede, May 2013.

  • "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind," Sarah Pinsker. Strange Horizons, July 2013.

  • "Mystic Falls," Robert Reed. Clarkesworld, Nov 2013.

  • "Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer," Kenneth Scheyer. Clockwork Phoenix 4, Mythic Delirium Books.

  • "The Urishima Effect," E. Lily Yu. Clarkesworld, June 2013.

Congrats to all of other finalists, who are amazing writers!


February 25th, 2014

Nebula Nomination

Louis Laughing
Um, wow?


This is a Big Deal. *gulp*

February 1st, 2014

JKR on the H/R Ship

Embarrased Chimp
Uh oh.


How about it, aberforths_rug, amamama, bandcandy, chreechree, gioiamia, girlspell, hhbarmaid, ladywhizbee, stmargarets, moonette1, mickawber, sherylyn, ?

I am sure that madderbrad is laughing his head off right about now...
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