You are currently browsing the archives for the “News” category.


Taken Out of Context

September 30th, 2014

Context 27 LogoContext always ends too soon. Three amazing days of panels, readings, special events, and networking — and suddenly it’s over for another year. Alas!

I’ve been attending since 2007, and in that time Context has become one of my favorite regional SF cons. It’s a small affair with big ambitions, and it always manages to attract some of the top names in the field (this year’s GoHs included Jonathan Maberry and Betsy Mitchell) as well as a healthy contingent of readers, fans, and aspiring writers.

It’s been said that the people make a great convention . . . [Read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

This Week’s Mine Meld at SF Signal:
Favorite Library and Bookstore Memories

August 6th, 2014

Somewhere A VoiceFrom this week’s installment of The Mine Meld at SF Signal:

I grew up in Levittown in the 1960s. Ten square miles of uniformity, hundreds of houses just like mine, thousands of people just like me. To escape the normalcy, my friends and I imagined strange worlds with alien landscapes, adventures in places where weird became the new normal, where anything could happen.

A few times a month, when we’d saved enough pocket change to make the trip worthwhile, we mounted our bikes and rode into a dimension of color and imagination that waited in the corner store of an ordinary-looking strip mall . . . .

[Read the rest of this bookstore memory, along with those of 13 other writers, at this week's installment of The Mind Meld at SF Signal.]

Fantasy, SF, and Horror @ Rickert & Beagle

August 2nd, 2014

rickert+beagle-exterior-237x300Join Michael ArnzenStephanie Wytovich and Lawrence Connolly for a reading and booksigning at Rickert & Beagle Books — Pittsburgh’s awesome new bookstore for fantasy, science-fiction and horror fiction — at 2pm on August 2nd, 2014.

If you haven’t been to the store yet, this is a great opportunity to check it out. Peter S. Beagle (author of The Last Unicorn) and . . . [Read more at Gorelets.com].

Theatre Stories @ Riley’s (Part 1):
Michael McBurney

June 30th, 2014

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”

So says one of the characters in William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and this month, at Riley’s Pour House, an impressive roster of storytellers got the chance to prove the wisdom of those words.

The event was Storytelling Night at Riley’s, he theme was Theatre Stories, and once again, the house was packed. In all, the night prove . . . [Read more at The 21st-Century Scop].