Where to find me at Boskone

Hello! This weekend is Boskone, a science fiction convention in Boston, MA. I’ll be doing a bunch of things there, so please come say hello if you are attending!

Here’s where to find me:

Friday

Reviving Printed Short Fiction

Format: Panel
14 Feb 2020, Friday 17:00 - 17:50, Burroughs (Westin)
Jeffrey Ford, Steve Davidson (Amazing Stories), Theodora Goss, Julia Rios (M), Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor Books)

Short fiction is a major form of published speculative fiction. Writers write it. Readers read it. Publishers want to publish it. So why is printed short fiction struggling? What new ideas can publishers and authors use to attract readers? How might we rethink anthologies and magazines to help make them more affordable and accessible?

Adam Stemple and Brimstone Rhine Present Distant Stars and Irish Bars

Format: Concert
14 February 2020, Friday 20:00 - 20:50, Lewis (Westin)
Adam Stemple, C. S. E. Cooney, Carlos Hernandez, Faye Ringel

Brimstone Rhine is C. S. E. Cooney’s rock star name, and she’s sharing a 50 minute concert slot with Adam Stemple! I’ll be singing with her on some of the songs, which are from her Ballads From a Distant Star project. Her brother Jeremy is flying in from Arizona to be part of the show, too! Faye Ringel and Carlos Hernandez will also be part of the band. This one is sure to be a ton of fun!

Saturday

Themes Within Latin American Speculative Fiction

Format: Panel
15 Feb 2020, Saturday 12:00 - 12:50, Burroughs (Westin)
Julia Rios, Carlos Hernandez (M), Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Latin American speculative fiction has some of the planet’s most haunting and elegant themes woven into the fabric of the genre. What are some of these themes? What do they represent within the genre, as well as through a larger literary view? How do cultural traditions, regional histories, and religion develop deeper meanings within the fiction? What are some of the best examples that will open new readers to Latin American SF?

Shaping the Genre

Format: Panel
15 Feb 2020, Saturday 13:00 - 13:50, Marina 2 (Westin)
Julia Rios (M), Steve Miller (Liaden Universe), Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor Books), Shahid Mahmud (Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick)

With the evolution of print, ebooks, and audiobooks — not to mention other digital media — the speculative genre keeps changing. How has SF shaped and been shaped by society? Past transformational writers included Asimov, Bradbury, Butler, and Le Guin, to name a few. What authors are reshaping the genre today? How much do current technology and delivery media affect the power to mold SF? What role do publishers, large and small, play in the genre's evolution?

Books That Get Kids Reading!

Format: Panel
15 Feb 2020, Saturday 18:00 - 18:50, Burroughs (Westin)
Michael Stearns (Upstart Crow Literary), Juliana Spink Mills (M), Julia Rios, Adi Rule, Trisha J. Wooldridge

Hundreds of new children's books are published every year. Yet recommended reading lists still include the same old children's classics, with only a few new titles. Our panelists share some of their favorite new children's books and authors from recent years that should be added to the lists.

Sunday

Lost in Translation?

Format: Panel
16 Feb 2020, Sunday 11:00 - 11:50, Marina 1 (Westin)
Julie C. Day, Julia Rios, John Chu, Max Gladstone (M), Silvia Moreno-Garcia

It’s a familiar phrase — but what actually is lost in translation? What does a good translator privilege: literal meaning, connotation, cultural significance, wordplay, poetry or musicality? What can she discard first? What must she insist on keeping? What are some of the best translations of the literature of the fantastic? What makes them so fantastische, harika, and downright kediegwu?

The Unlikely Imaginarium: A Group Reading

Format: Reading
16 Feb 2020, Sunday 13:00 - 13:50, Griffin (Westin)

Authors C. S. E. Cooney, Zig Zag Claybourne, Carlos Hernandez, Julia Rios, and Elaine Isaak gather around the dark bonfire of their collective imagination to tell stories of women, wolves, woods, bones, enraged ninjas, AI toilets, the end of the world, and basically, the whole entire multiverse. Or maybe something completely different. Attend our wild and rambunctious reading to find out for yourselves!

Interview with C. S. E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez (Part 2)

  
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Here’s the second half of my two part interview with authors, C. S. E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez!

In my last post for my paid subscribers, I talked about the common advice that creative people should choose one niche in which to specialize. In the first part of this interview, we explored how ignoring that advice can actually help creativity grow stronger, but in this second part we’re diving into the question of how to narrow your focus in order to finish projects, even when they’re really hard and you feel stuck.

Image Description: Sal and Gabi Break the Universe and The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez and Jack O’ the Hills, How to Flirt in Faerieland and Other Wild Rhymes, Bone Swans, and Desdemona and the Deep by C. S. E. Cooney.

Carlos’s Sal and Gabi Break the Universe won the Pura Belpré Medal for Latinx creators whose work portrays Latinx experiences well for young readers! Carlos also has a story in The Mythic Dream, an anthology edited by Navah Wolfe and Dominik Parisien. You can find Carlos on Twitter as @WriteTeachPlay.

Claire’s Bone Swans won the World Fantasy Award for Best Collection! Her novella, Desdemona and the Deep is wonderful, too, and I am not just saying that because the title character was named after my late cat, Desdemona (but she really was! She is even called Desdemonster sometimes, which we also called my cat!) Claire has also narrated over 100 audiobooks, and has an alter ego as a rock star named Brimstone Rhine.

Both of them will be at Boskone in February in Boston, Massachusetts, and so will I! In fact, we’ll all be performing together in one of Claire’s Brimstone Rhine concerts, AND we’ll be reading excerpts of our work together. I’ll post my full Boskone schedule soon, so you’ll know where to find us!

Technical note: If you are reading these show notes in email or on the web, you don’t have to listen in a web browser! You can subscribe to this podcast in the podcatcher of your choice by clicking the “Listen in podcast app” link at the top of this message. It will send you an email, which will have a button in it that you can click while viewing the email on your phone, and that will generate a private RSS feed just for you. It will give you options to add it to one of several podcast apps by clicking a link, or to copy the RSS feed and add it to the podcast app you use. Once you add this feed to your app, future episodes should download to your phone automatically if you choose to autorefresh the feed. If you are a paid subscriber, you can use your private feed for both the paid and free episodes.

Interview with C. S. E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez (Part 1)

  
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Here’s part one of a two part interview with authors, C. S. E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez!

Claire and Carlos are both multi-talented creative powerhouses. Here’s a picture of some of their books:

Image Description: Sal and Gabi Break the Universe and The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez and Jack O’ the Hills, How to Flirt in Faerieland and Other Wild Rhymes, Bone Swans, and Desdemona and the Deep by C. S. E. Cooney.

Carlos’s Sal and Gabi Break the Universe just won the Pura Belpré Medal for Latinx creators whose work portrays Latinx experiences well for young readers! And when I say he just won this award, I mean this happened literally yesterday at the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference in Philadelphia. How exciting!

In 2016 Claire’s Bone Swans won the World Fantasy Award for Best Collection. But they don’t JUST write books! Both of them are poets, musicians, screenwriters, game writers, and more! Claire has also narrated over 100 audiobooks, and has an alter ego as a rock star named Brimstone Rhine.

In my last post for my paid subscribers, I talked about the common advice that creative people should choose one niche in which to specialize. In this interview, we’re exploring just how many grains of salt you can take that advice with.

Technical note: If you are reading these show notes in email or on the web, you don’t have to listen in a web browser! You can subscribe to this podcast in the podcatcher of your choice by clicking the “Listen in podcast app” link at the top of this message. It will send you an email, which will have a button in it that you can click while viewing the email on your phone, and that will generate a private RSS feed just for you. It will give you options to add it to one of several podcast apps by clicking a link, or to copy the RSS feed and add it to the podcast app you use. Once you add this feed to your app, future episodes should download to your phone automatically if you choose to autorefresh the feed. If you are a paid subscriber, you can use your private feed for both the paid and free episodes.

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