Sunday, April 28, 2013
Every want to write a short story? Or wonder if shorts are viable in literature? From Aesop’s fables to the modern fables of O. Henry, as well as modern masters of the literary form such as Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut and Joyce Carol Oates, short does not equal simple or forgettable. We have invited short story and science-fiction author Lou Antonelli this year to talk about the short stories. In his class The Short and the Short Of It, Lou will discuss why short stories are popular as literature. He will also explain what it takes to write a tight, memorable short story, and how to hook an editor as well as the reader.
But we can’t leave Lou with just doing short stories. In The Future As We Know It Lou will diving into the world of the unknown. The Italians call it Science Fantasy. The German term translates as Future Fiction. In English-speaking nations we call it Science Fiction. What does Cyberpunk, Space Opera and Hard Science Fiction mean? What is the difference between Steampunk, Alternate History and Secret History? From the visions of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells to the images of Rod Serling and George Lucas, Lou will explore about the various facets of these related sub-genres, and what it takes to write in them.
A life-long science fiction reader, Lou Antonelli turned his hand to writing fiction in middle age; his first story was published in 2003 when he was 46. Since then he has had 76 short stories published in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, in venues such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jim Baen’s Universe, Dark Recesses, Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, Greatest Uncommon Denominator (GUD), and Daily Science Fiction, among many others. He has received eleven honorable mentions in annual anthology The Year’s Best Science Fiction published by St. Martin’s Press for 2010, 2008, 2006, 2005 and 2004. In September 2005 his steampunk short story, “A Rocket for the Republic”, was published in Asimov’s and placed third in the annual Reader’s Poll. His collections include “Fantastic Texas” published in 2009 and “Texas & Other Planets” published in 2010. A collection of collaborative short stories co-authored with Oregon-based author Edward Morris, “Music for Four Hands”, was published in 2011.
He is a professional journalist and the managing editor of The Daily Tribune in Mount Pleasant, Texas. A Massachusetts native, he moved to Texas in 1985 and is married to Dallas native Patricia (Randolph) Antonelli. They have two adopted furbaby children, Millie and Sugar Antonelli. You can read more from Lou Antonelli at http://louantonelli.blogspot.com.
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