March 2, 2014
February 24, 2014
The Book Carriage & Coffee Shop in Roanoke, Texas, will host a meet and greet on Saturday, March 8, 2014, from 1 PM until 3 PM. Guests will have a chance ask questions and purchase books of three local scifi and fantasy authors. Scot C. Morgan, C. A. Szarek, and Matthew Bryant will be in attendance with their books.
Matthew Bryant - World Between Series The first book in the series, Towers, is available on Kindle for free from February 24th until February 28th.
February 23, 2014
All-Con is upping the ante on costumes this year. They are now giving a $1000 cash prize to the winner of the Championship Costuming competition. This is like Thunder Dome, 30 contestants enter, one costumer leaves! As of a week ago, only 10 of the 30 had been filled, so hurry and get your application in!
One thing to keep in mind is that this is not a cosplay event. There will be no group entries only solo. Judging will focus on the design, construction, and creativity of the costume!
What kind of costumes do you like to see in competition? Have you got a costume idea that know one has tried yet?
February 21, 2014
ConDFW starts today ConDFW XIII and I just wanted to remind everyone before I left out for the Crowne Plaza. I’m looking forward to a great weekend. During load-in, I found that I’ll be setting right next to Selina Rosen and Yard Dog Press. That’s a fun group of people and I’m very happy about my location with them! I’m looking forward to also seeing my friends Gloria Oliver, Jaye Wells, and so many others. You can also keep up on Twitter by following the hashtag #ConDFW. If you’ve got some free time this weekend, come see us!
If you can’t make it to us but still have some free time, go up to Denton and check out Mini-Akon. My friend David Doub will be up there having fun on Saturday. It’s at a few locations, so be sure and check out the Facebook event page for more info.
All in all, have a great weekend in Dallas, enjoy the warm weather, and above all, keep on geekin’!
What events are you or would you go to? If not these, just what are you up to this weekend?
February 19, 2014
I’m getting geared up for ConDFW this weekend. I’ve got a table selling new & used books and assorteds, so it should be fun hanging out with everyone. You can check out their website for more info here, but the big name is going to be Kevin J. Anderson! This man is a rock star (or at least knows one) and has his fingers in so many pies, it’s ridiculous how much he creates. You can look at his bio here.
If you haven’t ever been to ConDFW it’s a great way to meet authors and artists, especially the locals. They are also big on workshops and programs where you can learn things or just hear about your favorite topics. In addition, there will be a costume contest and a Bookswap.
So, what’s your favorite part of ConDFW ? What? You haven’t been? Then, what’s holding you back?
February 13, 2014
Lewisville Science Fiction Book Group meets up Friday evening, February 14, at 7:30 PM to discuss Robert Charles Wilson’s Spin. The group, led by Louis Barber, meets at the IHOP at I35 and Round Grove Road in Lewisville.
This is what Amazon.com has to say about Robert Charles Wilson’s SPIN:
Spin is Robert Charles Wilson's Hugo Award-winning masterpiece—a stunning combination of a galactic "what if" and a small-scale, very human story.
One night in October when he was ten years old, Tyler Dupree stood in his back yard and watched the stars go out. They all flared into brilliance at once, then disappeared, replaced by a flat, empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.
The effect is worldwide. The sun is now a featureless disk—a heat source, rather than an astronomical object. The moon is gone, but tides remain. Not only have the world's artificial satellites fallen out of orbit, their recovered remains are pitted and aged, as though they'd been in space far longer than their known lifespans. As Tyler, Jason, and Diane grow up, a space probe reveals a bizarre truth: The barrier is artificial, generated by huge alien artifacts. Time is passing faster outside the barrier than inside—more than a hundred million years per year on Earth. At this rate, the death throes of the sun are only about forty years in our future.
Jason, now a promising young scientist, devotes his life to working against this slow-moving apocalypse. Diane throws herself into hedonism, marrying a sinister cult leader who's forged a new religion out of the fears of the masses.
Earth sends terraforming machines to Mars to let the onrush of time do its work, turning the planet green. Next they send humans…and immediately get back an emissary with thousands of years of stories to tell about the settling of Mars. Then Earth's probes reveal that an identical barrier has appeared around Mars. Jason, desperate, seeds near space with self-replicating machines that will scatter copies of themselves outward from the sun—and report back on what they find.
Life on Earth is about to get much, much stranger.
IHOP is located at 2345 Stemmons Fwy, Lewisville, Texas, 75067.
February 7, 2014
If you haven’t heard, this is the big SciFi Expo weekend with some of the biggest names in the business, be they actors, artists, or what have you. I’m excited to see Richard Dreyfuss, yes, that Richard Dreyfuss, Karl Urban, and Stephen Amell of ‘Arrow.’ There are just too many to list, so go to the guest list here and check it out. There’s also a ton of comic book talent to be met, so you’re gonna be hard-pressed to get it all done in two days. But I’m rootin’ for ya!