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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
It is your last chance to vote in the P&E polls.
Dave Freer & Eric Flint are ahead in the Best SF/F Novel and Dave is currently near the top of the best Author ranks. Go vote!

In the other categories, friends of mine that I'm told were nominated included Sarah Hoyt, James Enge (for a short), Toni Weiskopf, Eric Flint,  and a few others who's names escape my feeble mind.


And I got my Arisia schedule:

272 Making Tropes Interesting Paul Revere B Literature   Sat 5:00 PM Duration: 01:00
 
308 Mirror Neurons, Empathy, and "Theory of Mind" Paul Revere A Science   Sat 8:00 PM Duration: 01:00
635 Bad Contracts and Publishing Scams Room 201 Literature   Sun 12:00 PM Duration: 01:00
4 Bioethics in Theory and Practice BU Suite (Regency Club) Science   Sun 1:00 PM Duration: 01:00

506 Grok, Hobbit! Paul Revere A Literature   Mon 12:00 PM Duration: 01:00

The rest of the time i'll probably wander through the dealers areas, the bar, the con suite, the bar, the green room, the bar, the lobby, the bar, the room parites, and i may remember to sleep...




P.S.
Reading a good submission by someone I'm not familiar with take waaaay more time than reading a published novel by someone I'm not familiar with.

onyxhawke: (Default)
( Jan. 3rd, 2009 10:35 am)
Slow Train To Arcturus has been nominated as for best sf/f novel in the
Preditors & Editors reader's poll. So go vote here:

http://www.critters.org/predpoll/novelsf.shtml

They require an email you can click from to validate to stop people doing
nefarious stuff like voting lots of times from the one email address.

Dave said that being in the middle of a move from one nation to another this type of award could be the difference in pushing him over the top in the minds of the paper pushers.
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( Dec. 23rd, 2008 09:29 am)
This one has exactly two entries because between slush of both varieties, and other aspects of real life, I haven't done much reading.

Wolfsbane and Mistletoe. Edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner

Excellent. I'm not much of a fan of short fiction, and most anthologies I pick up I end up reading two pages of about a third of the stories and jumping to the next one. This one I read all of them front to back except one. Some of the writers I've read and loved before, Carrie Vaughn's story was a real treat just as I expected. Donna Andrews put in a fun tale, Alan Gordon penned a story about true bonds and J.A. Kornath's story of blackouts and well bowel movements is one of the better ones in the anthology. Patricia Briggs Star of David is another one of the top stories. But my hands down favorite in this collection is Rob Thurmans Milk & Cookies is the product of the type of delightfully demented mind I'm looking for in a future wife.

The other book is Slow Train to Arcturus. Yes I did get to read it in unfinished form half an eon ago, but I just read it in final form for the first time. I love this story.

So for those of you (like me) who haven't finished their holiday shopping, go forth and book!.

Happy whatever you're celebrating!

Tags:
One is a webcomic I wish i had time to read more: http://xkcd.com/483/



The other is the brilliant idea by one of my clients to get several of his readers tuckerized.

Dave Freer covers all the hard work in his lj post here.



Conjecture has wrapped and i met some fun people. Getting to meet [livejournal.com profile] sartorias , [livejournal.com profile] shweta_narayan ,[personal profile] gregvaneekhout and half a dozen others was fun. I got to catch up with old friends, and was saved the wrath of a con chair when someone else brought up a topic i was told not to mention. Conjecture was a smallish fairly laid back con. The hotel wasn't bad, in fact for the cost of the rooms you got a real nice place to leave your things while you wandered around to parties, panels and other events.

The Darkcon party was a blast and had some interesting mixed drinks. I may some day be forgiven for assisting my friends and other party goers in trying some of them.


It's sorta funny how all cons have their own vibe and how much or little the vibe changes year year. I've been lucky enough to get to Ravencon is a quietly intense literary con that is moving strongly towards being more of a general SF con. Right now it has a feel that is remarkably similar to Boskone despite the lack of cross over.

Arisia, which is only a month and half a city away from Boskone is very different. Arisia is very much a general con, and a great place to make friends across the sf/f fandom spectrum. Costumes are probably as high as 1 in 10 people, where as i don't recall seeing anyone at Ravencon or Boskone in costume.

Pi-Con is higher-than-most-energy con, with a much younger base than the others I've mentioned and is heavily into gaming, with strong filk, fannish, and literary elements.

Conjecture, which was about the same size as Raven had a good mix of interesting people, but I think it needs more people from outside the immediate area to get it from a fun con to a great con. Myself, Jason Cordova, and David Drake seemed like the only real "outsiders" at the con. Everyone else seemed to know each other. This can be fun, and it was but there was a lack of spark that you get when new elements are mixed in at the right proportion. I do intend to go back some day because I did enjoy it, and i'll probably decide to make a real vacation out of the trip.

One thing I won't be doing if I go back is visiting Hunter's Steakhouse. We had reservations, got their at 8:45 Saturday night, and it wasn't too busy. We got sat pretty much right away. It took 15 minutes before our drink order was taken. The two tables that were sat after us, one by fifteen minutes, one by thirty both got their food before we did. In fact when the first of them was sat, the waitress had our drinks in her hands, put them down on an empty table, took their drink order, walked back by the drinks and our table like none of it was there. She then came back with something for the new table, and again walked by our drinks three times.

This is when one of the people i was with got up and got our drinks. The waitress came back as we are all drinking and apologized, saying that she was coming back to give them too us. Ten minutes had elapsed while our drinks sat there. Were now almost forty minutes into our window to eat and get back for one of the party of six to get back to a panel.

Time goes by...

Our orders come, I looked at the steak of the person who had ordered medium well. Generously speaking it was medium, honestly speaking it was too red for a lot of people who like medium rare. Not surprisingly she sent it back. About three minutes later the steak is brought back, it's still medium. Again it goes back. On the third try it was close enough to medium well for this person to eat. I've eaten with this person before, and never seen her send anything back. I've cooked and waited tables, and getting it wrong once is sad, but forgivable getting it wrong twice is about the time you should start worrying if the pooch is on birth control. It took us almost two and half hours to get in and out at a half full restaurant.

Conjecture was the last con of the year for me, and much as I wish i could go to WFC, Calgary is just too far to when I've been to Denver and San Diego already this year. I should be at WFC next year, and in Montreal. Ravencon and Lunacon are the only definite dates at this point. I'd like to go to Arisia, Balticon, and Boskone this year but other events might push them down the scale.

Don't forget [livejournal.com profile] davefreer's Slowtrain is available in hard cover on 10/1, and the paperback of Pyramid Power is now available. It should be noted that the Slowtrain review up does contain spoilers.
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( Sep. 20th, 2008 07:22 pm)
Being an evil agent can be pretty fun. There's kicking puppies which never gets old, telling vegetarians they smell like prey, ripping the tags off mattresses, and of course the fresh tastes of victory and vengeance as another domino falls in the plan for world conquest.


Then too there is the simple ability to inspire awe and envy by posting one simple picture.






Yesterday's  Shmoozing 101 panel was fun. Unfortunately Ginjer Buchanan wasn't with us, but thanks to Mary Robinette Kowal and John Sclazi, it was a fantastic panel. I like panels that don't suffer from dead air and panic as people realize they will have to actually talk instead of just sit at the table and hope someone will buy somethign in the dealers room or art room with their name on it.

Schmoozing 101 was a lot of fun, I'd never met John Scalzi before even if I've commented on his blog a couple times, Mary i met and got a ride to the con hotel from the overflow at WFC Austin and have run into a couple times since. The two of them did a lot of the work and I chimed in to the person who said "don't be stupid." I don't think i actually said it in those words, but I'm sure the sentiment got across.

I did get to meet a couple of my readers, and someone who submitted something to me during the Winter Workout and was willing to speak to me anyway.

For those who hadn't noticed, there is a full page ad for Lunacon in the program book right next to the one featuring Lois Bujolds new series. There is also a full page color ad that features both Slow Train and Pyramid Power, both of which are available for pre-order.


Today i have two events.

one is an eleven thirty panel The Agent Behind the Curtain in room 506, and the other is immediately after at 1pm a signing in Hall D. After that i can go back to being invisible and maybe go to lunch. Please stop by the signing even if just to say hello, feel free to pitch your book to me.

For those who know them: Silverdrake, and Mike, The Hoyt Collective Family, Kate Paulk, Greg D, Cynthia Gonslaves, and a few others are here.

Oh yeah, for anyone at the con who hasn't discovered it there's free Wi-Fi on the 16h street mall, its the "Downtown DenverWiFI" network, I'm able to sign into it sitting in the lobby of the Sheraton Plaza.

Cheers,
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( Aug. 5th, 2008 02:00 am)
Eric, who won the cover letter contest chose to get the paperback of Pyramid Power which is due out the end of September.

A fantabulous lady who is entirely too kind to a wayward bird i have an ARC of Slow Train to Arcturus to flash around at Denvention, Pi-Con and Conjecture!

[profile] davefreer and [profile] jamesenge will hopefully both participate in the Bittercon that [personal profile] sartorias posted about. Look for them later this week, I know Dave hopes only to be buried in the current WIP until Friday, but books happen and characters are occasionally mean.

As i mentioned elsewhere on the web, Wednesday morning for the casual breakfast I'll have a copy of Slow Train on my table. Say hi and join me if the mood strikes you.

In theory I will get into the Sheraton around between 11 and midnight. Look for the large, tired looking black guy in the Patriots Jersey. 

I have no idea how often I'll actually update during the con, but I'll try for once a day.

I should probably start packing now.

Cheers,
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( Jul. 22nd, 2008 07:57 pm)
Freer, Flint, 10/08 - Baen



Dave Freer, Eric Flint, Baen, October

Dave Freer, Eric Flint. October 2008

onyxhawke: (Default)
( Jul. 13th, 2008 01:28 pm)
For no reason other than I can I declare today Slow Train Sunday! There will be three chapters posted.

From Baen this October, by Eric Flint and Dave Freer

onyxhawke: (Default)
( Jul. 8th, 2008 11:15 pm)
Since no one commented the last time, or has mentioned it since I'd sorta forgotten i was supposed to be snippeting Slow Train.

Available from Baen books this October by Eric Flint and Dave Freer.

October
Freer & Flint
Baen


onyxhawke: (Default)
( Jun. 22nd, 2008 11:06 pm)
More Freer/Flint Goodness.

Due in October

onyxhawke: (Default)
( Jun. 13th, 2008 02:20 pm)
Slow Train will be out in October, until then there are one or two books you many want to read.

Dave Freer and & Eric Flint present:


onyxhawke: (Default)
( Jun. 13th, 2008 01:22 pm)
This is Eric Flint and Dave Freer's Slow Train to Arcturus available from Baen October 2008


onyxhawke: (Default)
( Jun. 3rd, 2008 04:47 pm)
Well, since one or two of you are enjoying your Slow Train to Artcturus reading, and its four months until the that book is released, I figured I could help by pointing out that Amazon in their infinite desire to help readers is having a sale. They are doing their 4 for 3 special. Among the ones available are;
A Mankind Witch by Dave Freer ( a fantasy novel)
The Forlorn by Dave Freer ( His debut novel, science fiction)
Rats, Bats and Vats by Dave Freer and Eric Flint (science fiction)
Pyramid Scheme by Eric Flint and Dave Freer (fantasy)
Incidentally, there are sequels to both of the last two. Enjoy.

P.S. Slow Train is available for preorder.
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