Saturday, October 28, 2017

My expanded WindyCon schedule

WindyCon is coming up in two weeks. It is Chicagoland’s oldest science fiction convention. Windycon 44 will be held on November 10-12, 2017, at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center (70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL 60148).

I've posted my schedule before, but here is the expanded schedule panel descriptions and panelists. As you can see, I am moderating two of the panels.

10am Autograph Session - Saturday, 11-11-2017 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am - Signing Tables
Lou Antonelli / Lance Erlick
L. Antonelli
L. Erlick

11am Readings - Saturday, 11-11-2017 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm - Boardroom
11:00am Lou Antonelli 11:30am Lance Erlick
L. Antonelli
L. Erlick

Everything Old is New Again - Saturday, 11-11-2017 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Grand Ballroom H
Remember 1967's The Time Tunnel? Well Time Travel is back on TV. How has time travel on TV changed?
L. Antonelli (M)
J. Nikitow
J. Ward

VillianCon Submissions - Saturday, 11-11-2017 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm - Lilac C
What if writers of dystopian stories are really submitting their world domination plans for peer review?
L. Antonelli
S. Burke (M)
C. Gerrib

Developing a Language (Texters need not apply) - Saturday, 11-11-2017 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Grand Ballroom H
Since your work is being read here we know it'll probably be in English but your world may have it's own unique slang, terms, or profanities (we won't ask). How to acquaint your reader to this language without interrupting the flow of you narrative.
L. Antonelli
W. Boyes
S. Burke (M)

Will They Get It? - Saturday, 11-11-2017 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Lilac B
When and what popular culture references/jokes can you write into a story or novel and how can you be sure your reader will understand them.
L. Antonelli (M)
E. Distad
R. Garfinkle
A. Woolard

Writing for Kids - Saturday, 11-11-2017 - 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm - Lilac B
An Adult discussion about sharing ideas with our youth.
L. Antonelli
R. Frencl
U. Vernon (M)

How RFID/NFC works - Sunday, 11-12-2017 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm - Maple
How Radio Frequency IDentification / Near Field Communications work how they fit into our everyday life.
L. Antonelli
W. Boyes
J. Higgins
R. Waterson (M)

Will The Internet Survive the End Times? - Sunday, 11-12-2017 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm - Grand Ballroom H
Only the Nodes know for sure. Could the internet technology evolve to survive the end of times?
L. Antonelli
C. Johns (M)
F. McDonald

Friday, October 27, 2017

Curse you, auto correct!


I was going through the final file for More Alternative Truths - which is being released Nov. 11 - and saw that in my story "Queens Crossing" somebody's auto correct changed "DeBlasio" to "Delusional".

Sheesh...

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Remember the date: 11/11 at 1

I have a reading half hour at the WindyCon convention in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. and I will take the opportunity to read my short story "Queens Crossing", which is featured in the new anthology More Alternative Truths.

This will be the public unveiling of the story, whose launch party is the following weekend at Orycon in Portland.

It's an alternate history that riffs off the fact that Donald Trump and Jerry Springer are roughly contemporaries who both grew up in Queens, New York, and... well, you'll just have to buy the book - or come see me at WindyCon.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Coming soon!


This is one of my best ever alternate histories.

A tale of two pretties...

 Here's a small point in my background of growing up: I went to one school district for seven years, and then another for five.

We all know people who went from the first day of kindergarten to graduation in the same school district. We also know people who bounced from district to district growing up - this is especially common in military families.

I am right in the middle. I spent seven years in one school district north of Boston, then we moved when my father was transferred in his job to a town south of Boston.

Although I spent more years in the first district, I've always considered the second my home because that's where I graduated from high school.

Now, because of the internet and digitization, high school yearbooks are now available to view on-line. I had a thought the other day - to look up the yearbook of the Class of 1975 at the FIRST school district I attended to see what it looked like.

In other words, what did the school and the students look like in the school I MIGHT have graduated from?

It looks a lot like my own yearbook - mainly because, I suppose, they're contemporary. The clothes and hair styles and furniture all look the same.

I was a bit surprised at how many of the seniors I still remembered despite not having seen them after seventh grade. The girl who I gave my first elementary Valentine card in second grade to. The girl I had my first serious crush on.

One thing that jumped out at me is that I somehow knew some of those students would have filled the same relationship roles as other students with me at the second school. The quiet friend. The goofy friend. The wild friend. I saw one student and he even had the same hair and expression as the guy who was my best friend in high school.

I thought to myself, "Omigod, if I had stayed there, HE would have been my [best friend's name]."

It's personal alternate history. I guess.

There was a girl in the first school who struck me years ago as having been very much like the girl in my graduating class who I took to the Senior Prom - the girl I dated my senior year.

When I looked up the first high yearbook, I read her entry, and yes, she was involved in many similar activities.

But what was the most striking is how much the two young ladies even looked alike. So I've cut and pasted the photos here.

There an alternate history triple play here. In one parallel world, my family didn't move and I dated and married the first girl.

In another parallel world, I dated and married the second one.

Now in point of fact, the girl I did date in high school had the good sense to dump me, and left me to mature and get a little wisdom so that years later I would be able to date and marry my wife. This is the best of those possible worlds, I'm sure.

Oh, you may be thinking, which of these girls is the one I dated and which is the one that was left behind when I moved.

I'm not saying. Does it really matter?

Friday, October 20, 2017

My WindyCon schedule

Here is my schedule for the upcoming Windycon Nov. 11-12:

Saturday, 10:00 am-11:00 am - Signing Tables -
10am Autograph Session

Saturday, 11:00 am-12:00 pm - Boardroom - 11am Readings

Saturday, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm - Grand Ballroom H - Everything Old is New Again


Saturday, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm - Lilac C - VillianCon Submissions
Saturday, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm - Grand Ballroom H - Developing a Language (Texters need not apply)

Saturday, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm - Lilac B - Will They Get It?

Saturday, 8:00 pm-9:00 pm - Lilac B - Writing for Kids

Sunday, 11:00 am-12:00 pm - Maple - How RFID/NFC works

Sunday, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm - Grand Ballroom H - Will The Internet Survive the End Times?

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Weeky Roundup

Last Saturday, as part of the Red River County Historical Society's annual Fall Bazaar, the Red River County Public Library hosted a half dozen authors from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Thanks go to Library Director Rachel Ellsworth, who purchased a copy of "Another Girl, Another Planet" for the library's collection.

I think Rachel bought a book from every author who was that day, which was a great thing to do.
She also bought a copy of AGAP for herself. Thanks, Rachel!

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Only 12 days left in the Word Fire Press Adventure Science Fiction Story Bundle. For only $15 you get "Another Girl, Another Planet" PLUS another dozen excellent titles by authors Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye, Kevin J. Anderson, Robert J. Sawyer, Gray Rinehart, T. Allen Diaz. Paul Di Filippo, Raymond Bolton, Andrew Keith, William H. Keith Jr., Louis Agresta, Brenda Cooper, and Jonathan Brazee.

Can't beat that deal with a stick! Click here!

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It's another good day, meaning I signed yet another contract, this time with the Planetary Stories: Mercury anthology to publish my short story "Last Call".

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

From the You Learn Something Every Day Dept:


The Gold Medalist in this photo from the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, Tommie Smith, was born in Clarksville, Texas, where I live and edit the newspaper today.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Spin rack latest


Those of you who follow me regularly know my policy of buying mass market paperbacks from the spin rack in dollar stores to encourage the stores to stock them (whether I plan to actually read the books or not). I've written about this in the past, with posts such as "The Spin Rack is Making a Comeback".
Yesterday afternoon I picked up this book at the Dollar General store in Blossom, Texas.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Word Fire Press Adventure Sci-Fi Story Bundle supports Challenger Center for Space Science Education.


The Word Fire Press Adventure Sci-Fi Story Bundle, organized by Kevin J. Anderson, launched Wednesday.

On his blog Kevin gave a rundown on the books in the bundle:

Strap into your cockpit, fire up the faster-than-light engines, and set course for the nearest star. I’ve got a grab bag of 13 excellent science fiction books all in one new Adventure SF StoryBundle. Get them all for as little as $15, and help out a great charity, too!

I put in a brand new action-packed story, The Blood Prize, featuring the popular character Colt the Outlander from Heavy Metal magazines, with all new art by the Aradio Brothers. Robert J. Sawyer offers his classic novel Far Seer (a planet of intelligent dinosaurs!). Raymond Bolton’s Awakening shows a fantasy civilization on the cusp of the industrial revolution faced with an alien invasion.

You’ll read different adventures on very different lunar colonies in Gray Rinehart’s Walking on a Sea of Clouds, Lou Agresta’s Club Anyone, and T. Allen Diaz’s Lunatic City, as well as Louis Antonelli’s alternate space race and murder on the moon in Dragon-Award nominee Another Girl, Another Planet.

Jody Lynn Nye’s Taylor’s Ark follows the adventures of a star-traveling MD with a specialty in environmental medicine, and Brenda Cooper’s Endeavor-Award winning The Silver Ship and the Sea is a gripping story of prisoners of war abandoned on a rugged colony planet. Acclaimed, award-winning author Paul di Filippo gives a collection of his best stories in Lost Among the Stars.

And for thrilling military SF, the bundle also has Honor and Fidelity by Andrew Keith and William H. Keith, Recruit by Jonathan P. Brazee, and the hilarious adventures of Phule’s Company in Robert Lynn Asprin’s Phule’s Paradise.

The Adventure SF Story Bundle runs for only three weeks. You can get the base level of five books for $5, or all 14 for as little as $15. Pay what you like, and a portion goes to support the great efforts of the Challenger Learning Centers for Space Science Education.

In the aftermath of the Challenger accident, the space shuttle Challenger crew’s families came together, firmly committed to the belief that they must carry on the spirit of their loved ones by continuing the Challenger crew’s educational mission. Their efforts resulted in the creation of Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

Challenger Center and its global network of Challenger Learning Centers use space-themed simulated learning and role-playing strategies to help students bring their classroom studies to life and cultivate skills needed for future success, such as problem solving, critical thinking, communication and teamwork.

Challenger Center transports students to a cutting edge Mission Control room and a high-tech Space Station. Whether their mission is flying to the Moon, intercepting a comet, visiting Mars, or studying the Earth from the International Space Station, students see classroom lessons brought to life in the engaging, dynamic, simulated learning environment.

A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education organization, Challenger Center reaches hundreds of thousands of students, and tens of thousands of teachers every year.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Latest sale

It's always great to start the month by signing a contract. I'm honored to have signed my contract with B Cubed Press this morning for the publication of my alternate history short story "Queens Crossing" in the More Alternative Truths anthology, due for release in November.

The subscription saga continues

The new printer was delivered to the Clarksville Times office today, and we got it up and running. We were able to print mailing labels - th...