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( Mar. 31st, 2009 01:06 am)
Dave Freer was mentioned as one of the funniest writers in SF/F. This is of course not news to those who read devour everything he writes.
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( Mar. 30th, 2009 11:16 am)
For those of you who already know and love the writing of James Enge, there is now a new taste online at Pyr's website. For those who have yet to have the pleasure; first hit is free.
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( Mar. 26th, 2009 01:10 pm)
I'm told both Amazon & B&N have Blood of Ambrose in stock. I'm also told that the delivery gremlins are not horsing around in delivering author & contributor copies.
What you read was the blatant reminder to preorder if you haven't, the subtle one is below the cut. )
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( Mar. 25th, 2009 08:25 pm)
I'm looking for a few cons of at least 500 people a year and outside the Northeast-Mid Atlantic to do in 2010. I'm probably only willing to do two real long distance ones since I'm told I have to be productive at least twice a year so two cons in anyone area are probably out. All i want is the aforementioned headcount, and of course a literary bent to the convention if there are writers workshops as part of the con even better.

So tell me about the cons in your neck of the woods.
There was an interview with Dave Freer about two weeks ago. Enjoy.
I was invited back to Ravencon and being a well run con they had me up on their website months ago. Being an airhead, I managed to forget to book room. I've just done so. Now i just need to figure out if I'm flying, driving, or taking the train.

Ravencon is great, and anyone who's got some time and energy should go. Rumor has it Sara Harvey [livejournal.com profile] saraphina_marie   will be in the building, as well as Chuck Gannon. The Guest of Honor this year is Jack McDevitt, and the who's who on the rest of the list shames a lot of cons larger and older than Raven.

Those who were at Lunacon will be unsurprised that the Good is by far the longest section.


The good:
I arrived just before seven pm Thursday, having not eaten since mid day, I was merely famished. Dave & Barb Freer were in the lobby ready to start eating anyone who stopped moving, or was wearing an attractive cologne not having had a chance to eat since very early in the day. Eric Flint was there, as well as the Hoyt Collective. Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon arrived not to long after I did. We finally departed a bit after nine when it became noticeable that the Freer's and I were possibly not joking about which people would taste best with teriyaki and which with mango and papaya slices. Read more... )

Next Con:
Ravencon!
chris signing



                                                Con Report — Lunacon 2009

Hilton Rye Town

 

the report )

Chris McMahon



Sightings and hug-bys:
Mary Robinette Kowal, Ian Randal Strock, Joshua Palimatier, Lawrence Schoen, Bob Eggleton, Kate Paulk, Jeff Warner, Gail Martin and of course all the Guests.

Oh, and Mercedes Lackey reccomended http://moonedit.com/

More later.
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( Mar. 19th, 2009 11:36 pm)
One of the more important early sites is:

a fan with great tasted
























More throughout the Con
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( Mar. 17th, 2009 11:28 pm)
In addition to Dave Freer i have two other clients attending Lunacon. Chris is an Aussie so he probably won't make it to cons stateside all that often, Charles Gannon is known to quiet a few from his days as a game writer.
Schedules )
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( Mar. 15th, 2009 09:16 pm)
I come back to LJ after days away due to Real Life and other foul substances, and the first thing I run across is yet another post on Racefail '09. I don't know where to begin on that rolling, rotting, insipid heap in vitriol, ignorance and self congratulation, so I will for the sake of not making dozens of people cry or jump off bridges stay out of it. Somebody please post something interesting that has nothing to do with this in comments.





(yes that really was the song playing at random when I wrote this.)

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( Mar. 12th, 2009 08:51 pm)
James Enge has sold a second sequel to the forthcoming The Blood Of Ambrose. April twenty first will be the first time you can get your hands on The Blood of Ambrose, and the recently turned in sequel This Crooked Way is due on shelves this October.

Pre-order and conquer!
(edited twice, once for a correction, ones to note the correction)
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( Mar. 10th, 2009 03:23 pm)
So, who's coming for sure, who hopes to make it and when are you arriving for Lunacon?

I'll be there early Friday.

You can see the list of who's who and their schedule here.

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( Mar. 7th, 2009 11:42 am)
My beloved clients [livejournal.com profile] davefreer & [livejournal.com profile] jamesenge  have both had fan pages started for them. Dave and James await your arrival.

As with most things Facebook you'll need to be signed in before you join.

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( Mar. 7th, 2009 12:06 am)
Not that I've been around much lately, but expect me not to be reading anyone's LJ for a few days until the current round of "X is a racist. Y is a bigot. Z is a fathead just stirring shit up is over." There are two reasons for this:
1) Drama is a nice thing to major in during college, but not one of those things I'm interested in.
2) I doubt anyone on either any side of the debate mindless emotional maelstrom of nonsense wants me to speak the truth at them, or will appreciate it when they hear it.
I'm not sure I'll ever figure out the publishing industry. Leaving aside some of the arcane intricacies of how things are paid for, and the interesting paths a book may take from writer to publisher to book stores, there are all sorts of weird things going on. The latest and at least to me most perplexing are the recent decisions by two name game creators to start and discontinue their non gaming publications. Wizards of the Coast started their imprint, and not long later it went poof. Games Workshop started their imprint a bit longer ago, and has had some really entertaining series and works, and yet they've decided that despite being a money earner, It just isn't something they wish to continue. So, Solaris is up for sale.

Because of the "credit crunch" that has precipitated the whole economic slowdown around the world, If someone wants to buy them they will probably have to pay in cash or have an enormous amount of brownie points stored up with some bank. Given the number of publishers who have official, or unofficial buying freezes, this probably makes for a very short list. Either way, this likely means either a major change, or extinction of a brand that is entertaining, and well run.

Given the well documented layoffs, and reorganizations of major publishers, i can't see anyone who has an SF/F imprint taking on Solaris and doing the right thing by making it mostly or completely autonomous. It's just not enough a part of human nature for someone to make a purchase that large and then leave it alone. Either favors will be called in, or some bean counter will wish for a more profitable editorial team (read less expensive) or they will decide to move the imprint to the US or Germany, or Russia or wherever and lose people that way. On a small team that already lost a key person to Angry Robot recently, those one or two people lost could have a huge impact on the product.

Who knows, maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised and someone will buy them and take a hands off approach, or Games Workshop will decide that as good as the goose might taste the eggs are a nicer thing to have overall. Either way I wish the Solaris team, and their authors good luck wherever the land.

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( Feb. 23rd, 2009 01:55 pm)
The cover artist for James Enge's forthcoming The Blood of Ambrose has posted it to his blog, with some commentary as well.

Dominic Harman

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( Feb. 22nd, 2009 09:45 pm)
Hello,

I've noticed a lot of new people lately. And it has been several months since I waived hi and asked people what they are looking for in content here. So new folks, please say hi and how you heard of my little corner of the internet,  and all-y'all if you have something you'd like to hear my 2 cents on speak now or forever (about 2-3 months) hold your homekeys.

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