Thursday, July 3, 2014

CONvergence Schedule!

I'm now in lovely Minneapolis, getting ready for CONvergence! Here's my panel lineup for the weekend:

  • Skiffy & Fanty Show - Live at CONvergence! Thursday @ 2pm, with Michael Underwood, Martha Wells, David Annandale, Shaun Duke, and Paul Weimer
  • Hard SF Movies are Back! Friday @ 9:30am, with Romeo Azar, Mark McPherson, and Dave Margosian
  • You Against the Game Friday @ 2pm with Craig A. Finseth, Walter Sullivan, Michael Black, and Dave Benhart
  • Oregon Trail... WITH ZOMBIES! Sunday @ 9:30am with Michael Black, Karl Tingelstad, and Sam Wroge

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ready for Apollocon 2014!

The title says it all. I'm back in Houston and looking forward to a weekend of catching up with local writer friends and chowing down on Lupe Tortilla's incomparable beef fajitas.

Here's my schedule for the weekend. If you're coming to Apollocon at the DoubleTree Intercontinental, stop by and say hello!

Friday, June 27

  • "How Science Fiction Changed My Life" - with David Gerrold, Marianne Dyson, and Dr. Dominick D'Aunno (M) at 8 PM
  • "Digital Landscapes of Storytelling" - with Jonathan Schwarz and Leo King at 10 PM
Saturday, June 28
  • Writers' Workshop, leading with Cassandra Rose Clarke at 9 AM. LET'S GET IT ON, MORNING PEOPLE
  • Reading from The Buried Life - 2 PM. Live, for the first time ever! There will be BEER*
  • "Dystopian Fiction" - moderating, with Este Io, D.L. Young, and Lawrence Person at 4 PM
Sunday, June 29
  • "The New Star Wars" - with Dr. Dominick D'Aunno, Larry Friesen, and Shanna Swendson (M) at 11 AM
  • "It Learns While You Play: AI in Sci-Fi" - moderating, with Cassandra Rose Clarke, David Gerrold, D.L. Young, and Brad Frank at 1 PM
  • "What Next? Writing Your Sequel" - moderating, with David Gerrold and Cassandra Rose Clarke at 2 PM
* a bar attached to the convention hotel. Which is unrelated to the reading but worth mention anyway.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Buried Life cover reveal!

It's been a while since I've ventured 'round these parts, but today's a great day to break the silence.

The cover for The Buried Life has been revealed, and SF Signal is hosting a giveaway!

You can check out the details via the link above, but for now, here's the cover (and thanks to John Coulthart for the fabulous art!):

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Maverick and first impressions

Over the holidays, I finally saw Top Gun. I had not seen it before. Don't ask me why, there is no reason.

I watched it with three other people who had seen it before and could probably recite the lyrics to "Danger Zone."

We all came to the same conclusion. Maverick is a dick. Iceman is actually the good guy.

It almost seems silly to write this because it was so obvious while we were all watching it. And yet, it hadn't occurred to my three companions in their previous viewings, and none of the people who had said "WHAT you've never seen Top Gun?!" over the years had mentioned that the supposed protagonist was a whiny brat.

I have tried to figure out how the filmmakers managed to portray Maverick as the good guy, and I think it comes down to first impressions and perspective. The first time we see Iceman, he's checking Maverick out and twirling his pen. But the first thing he actually says to Maverick?

"Congratulations on Top Gun."

What a JERK.

Everything else he says is either downright decent or a justified criticism of Maverick's recklessness. Taken at face value, none of it is actually confrontational. If it sounds that way, it's only because we're following Maverick and witnessing the exchange through his eyes, and he sees everything as a challenge. Kind of like how Skyler White only seems like a shrew because we're following Walter.

Also, Iceman's pick-up strategies don't appear to involve following women into the bathroom.

I guess the moral of the story is that perspective and first impressions are powerful. That, or bleached tips create the presumption of douchery.