Sunday, April 26, 2009

Luc Reid launches self-motivation study site

Luc Reid's new site, WillpowerEngine.com, is a study site for better understanding how self-motivation works and for discussing insights, research, and self-motivation techniques. The site was started to spread some of the information he has gathered in his self-motivation research and coaching experience for current book project, The Willpower Engine.

Terminal Mind Wins Philip K. Dick Award

David Walton's novel Terminal Mind won the Philip K. Dick Award at Norwescon on April 10. The award is given annually for the best paperback original science fiction novel of the year.

Instead of presenting a special citation, this year's award was presented as a tie between Terminal Mind and Adam-Troy Castro's novel Emissaries from the Dead.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Silk and Shadow

Tony Pi's fantasy story "Silk and Shadow" is now available in issue 11 of Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

H. Beam Piper: The Most Influential Writer You Never Heard Of...

Guy Stewart's new article about H. Beam Piper is up on THE FRIDAY CHALLENGE, Bruce Bethke's (PKDick Award for HEADCRASH and inventor of the the word "cyberpunk") new blog at

http://thefridaychallenge.blogspot.com/

Bethke also posted an article Stewart wrote about Michael Shaara, Civil War writer and 1975 Pulitzer Prize winner for THE KILLER ANGELS...who started his career writing pulp SF and then graduated to REAL writing...You can find that one, under December 13, 2008, at:

http://rantingroom.blogspot.com/2008_12_01_archive.html

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Lonely Heart

Aliette de Bodard's horror story "The Lonely Heart" is now available in issue 9 of Black Static.

Codex Writers Participate in BYU Symposium

Several members of Codex will be participating in "Life, the Universe, and Everything," Brigham Young University's science fiction and fantasy symposium. Attendance is free. Events involving Codex members (in bold):

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19:

10:00 AM:
*Looking through a glass darkly: cautionary tales and post-apocalyptic fiction. Writing post-apocalyptic fiction can be a way to write a cautionary tale, or it can be a prediction of the future. Why are people so interested in this sub-genre and how can you as a writer tap into the form?
(James Dashner, Nathan Shumate, Eric James Stone, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Dan Wells)

4:00 PM:
*Reality in Sci-Fi. Or, "Why doesn't the cyborg's arm tear off when they lift a car?"
How can we make Sci-Fi more realistic? Can a writer create an internally consistent universe that also follows the basic laws of physics and still have an interesting story.
(Eric Swedin, Aleta Clegg, Robert J. Defendi, Eric James Stone, James Brown)

5:00 PM:
*Ami Chopine presentation: 3D on the Cheap: Creating your own 3D art for very little or even free

7:00 PM:
*Writing groups. What are they good for? How do you find one? How can you use one effectively?
(Suzy Gehring, Jeremy Remy, Eric James Stone, Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury, Bethany Fuller)


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20:
Noon:
*Writing Romance
(Lynn Kurland, Lesli Muir Lytle, Laura Hickman, Tracy Hickman, Stacy Whitman, Julie Wright)
1:00 PM:
*The Principles of Suspense: what things might the reader feel suspense about, how is suspense different in different genres, key factors in generating reader suspense, things that ruin it, and the role of suspense in a satisfying story.
(James Dashner, Roger White, Howard Tayler, John Brown, Berin Stephens)

3:00 PM:
*Podcasting for writers 1: What Podcasts will help you be a better writer
(Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Robert J. Defendi, Scott Danielson (m), Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, Dan Wells)

5:00 PM:
*Following through on your plot promises. So many times an author or a book promises to answer certain questions or solve certain problems, and then the book goes in a totally different direction. How can you be true to your story and true to your promise? How do you know if your story is making promises you can’t keep?
(Clint Johnson, Julie Wright, Tracy Hickman, Aleta Clegg (M), Greg Park)

6:00 PM:
*John Brown: “3 Things You Must Learn to Write Killer Stories” workshop

7:00 PM:
*John Brown: “3 Things You Must Learn to Write Killer Stories” workshop

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21:

9:00 AM:
*Current trends in Fantasy and Science Fiction. What are the current trends? How do you know what is hot, what is fading and what will be the next big thing? And should you even care?
(L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Brandon Sanderson, Eric James Stone, Dave Wolverton)

1:00 PM:
*Myth and Mythology in SF&F. How is myth and mythology used in science fiction and fantasy? How do you rewrite a myth to make it a new story? How can you create your own mythos without detracting from the tale. Or how can you make it the tale?
(Mette Ivie Harrison, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Aprilynne Pike, Nathan Shumate, John Brown)

2:00 PM:
*Signing (BYU Bookstore):
James Dashner
Jessica Day George
Rebecca Shelley
Greg Park
Julie Wright
Eric James Stone

3:00 PM:
*Readings (1/2 hour each): John Brown, Robert J. Defendi

5:00 PM:
*The Golden Age of Science Fiction. What makes it “golden” and who are the authors that we should read from this period?
(David Ferro, Eric Swedin, Scott Danielson, Janus Daniels (M), Julie Wright)
*Creating a world for your RPG/story. Robert J. Defendi

6:00 PM:
* SF Movies as Ambassador
(John Morehead, Eric Swedin, Nathan Shumate, Dan Willis, Robert J. Defendi)
*Readings (1/2 hour each): Roger White, Eric James Stone

7:00 PM:
*Copyright and the Internet. How to avoid plagiarim. How to know what you can and cant’ put on the Internet and still sell a story/novel/work of art. How can you protect yourself from plagiarism?
(Brandon Sanderson, Eric James Stone, Howard Tayler, Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury, JoSelle Vanderhooft)

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Pear Noir!

Jason Heller's story "The Astonishing New Adventures of Free Hot Boy Aboard the Slaveship to Venus" is available now in the debut issue Pear Noir!, a new literary magazine that runs the gamut from magic realism to bibliophilia. The first issue is 140 pages, perfect-bound, and can be purchased here.