MOON A great new Science Fiction movie

Just when I had lost hope in ever seeing a good science fiction movie along comes MOON. Duncan Jones’ latest release is going to be coming to San Antonio’s Santikos Bijou at Crossroads on July 10, 2009. From what it sounds like there’s going to be a number of local writers and artists attending this little event, and I’m going to try to be there.

ApolloCon 2009 Programming Guide Announced

ApolloOkay, I’m gearing up for Apollocon 2009 in Houston this coming weekend. I just received the programming guide and it looks like it’s going to be a great convention. The special guest of honor this year is Wil McCarthy and I’m really looking forward to meeting him.

Apollocon 2009 will run from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28 at the DoubleTree Houston Intercontinental Airport and there are still rooms available.

Here’s a list of what I’ll be doing.

Friday, June 26:

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Opening Ceremonies

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm – “Raiders of the Lost Maguffin” This is a panel discussion on the appeal of action adventure novels. I’ll be sitting in with Rosemary Clement-Moore, Gail Dayton, and Tim Frayser. This will be in the Scottsdale Room.

Saturday, June 27:

11:00 am to 12:00 pm – “Modern Horror: The Changing Face of Fear” This is a panel discussion on current trends in horror fiction and how the genre is evolving. I’ll be sitting in with Lee Thomas, Linda Donahue, and Gabrielle S. Faust. This will be in the Tucson Room.

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – “Writing 101” This is a panel discussion on the business of writing. I’ll be sitting in with Martha Wells, Bill Crider, Julie Kenner, and K.M. Tolan. This will be in the Seattle II Room.

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Autographs. I’ll be signing copies of my novels Dead City and Quarantined, plus several collections in which I’ve appeared, including History is Dead (Permuted Press), Potter’s Field 3 (Sam’s Dot Publishing), and Nights of Blood 2: More Tales of the Vampire (23 House Publishing). I’ll be sharing space at the autographing table with Lillian Stewart Carl and Gail Dayton. This, logically enough, will be at the autographing table.

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm – “YA Dark Fantasy: Beyond Twilight” This is a panel discussion on the present state of young adult dark fantasy. I’ll be sitting in with Gabrielle S. Faust, K. Hutson Price, and Lee Thomas. This will be in the Seattle II Room.

Sunday, June 28:

11:00 am to 12:00 pm – I’ll be reading from my latest novel, Quarantined. Lillian Stewart Carl will also be reading from her work. We will be reading in the Tucson Room.

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm – “Mythology Schmythology: Is Joseph Cambell Over-Used in Fantasy?” This is a panel discussion on the uses of mythology in speculative fiction, dealing especially with the map of the hero’s journey as made famous by Joseph Campbell’s landmark book The Hero With a Thousand Faces. I’ll be sitting in with A. Lee Martinez, Mel. White, K. Hutson Price, and Linda Donahue. I am ready to be a monomyth. This will be in the Seattle II Room.

I’ll be returning to San Antonio shortly after the Joseph Campbell panel, but I’ll probably grab a bite to eat first. I hope to see you all there.

ArmadilloCon 2008

I’m going to be in Austin later this month attending one of Texas’ oldest and largest science fiction conventions, ArmadilloCon 2008.  It’s going to be a great Con this year, featuring guests of honor John Scalzi, author of Old Man’s War and The Ghost Brigades, and Joe Haldeman, author of the SF classic The Forever War, Forever Peace, Old Twentieth, and The Hemingway Hoax.  I’ll be sitting on a few panels, signing books, shaking hands at the meet and greet ceremony, and reading passages from my upcoming novels Quarantined and Peacekeepers.

 

Here’s what I’ll be doing there.

 

Friday August 15, 2008

 

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm – I’ll be on a panel in the deWitt Room talking about electronically published fiction.  The panel will consist of:

 

Elizabeth Burton

Samantha Henderson

Gorg Huff

Eric T. Marin

Joe McKinney

Mikal Trimm

 

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm – I’ll be at the opening ceremonies in the Phoenix North Room.

 

8:00 pm to 9:00 pm – I’ll be at the Meet the Pros party, where I’ll be talking with readers and some of my favorite writers.

 

Saturday August 16, 2008

 

11:00 am to Noon – I’ll be autographing copies of Dead City, The Sound of Horror, and History is Dead in the Dealer’s Room.

 

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm – I’ll be reading passages from my upcoming novels Quarantined and Peacekeepers and answering questions in the Fourth Floor Capital Room.

 

9:00 pm to 10:00 pm – I’ll be on a panel in the Phoenix North Room talking about vampires.  The panel will consist of:

 

Matthew Bey

Tess Mallory

A Lee Martinez

Joe McKinney

Paige E. Roberts

C.L. Smith

Steven Wedel

 

Sunday August 17, 2008

 

I’ll be wandering the floor, attending the panels, and generally having a great time.  Hope to see you there!

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