Wow. Where did November go? For that matter, where did summer go? This year flew like the devil was chasing it.
Lucky for us, December and her wintery sister months offer some excellent blogosphere and realsphere events. Such as:
On the heels of Rinn’s Science Fiction Month is Carl’s SciFi Experience, at Stainless Steel Droppings which runs during December and January. Over 25 bloggers are already signed up, go check it out!
This week starts The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin read along, hosted by Dab of Darkness, Violin in a Void, On Starships and Dragonwings and yours truly. It’s not too late to sign up if you’d like to get the discussion questions early.
On Starships and Dragonwings has also started a most excellent friday feature, it’s called Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fridays, where bloggers are invited to post links to recently posted reviews of speculative fiction books and give aways.
I’ll be posting my top books of the year later this month. The top three or four are easy. After that, it gets a little dicey.
January brings Vintage Science Fiction Month. 1979 is the magic year, Project Gutenberg is your friend, and I’m on the lookout for Science fiction from 1938. I have some guest posters signed up, but I’m still looking for more. Topics are pretty open, can be books, authors, tv shows, the Moon landing, cover art . . . if it’s science fiction, fantasy, or real science related, and it’s from before 1979, I want you to talk about it here.
January also brings ConFusion, my favorite local Science Fiction convention. Guests at the con include Ian Tregillis, Jacqueline Carey, Cherie Priest, Mike Carey, and many, many more. There’s not much on their website yet, but I’m hoping they’ll post some preliminary programming soon. I’ll be cosplaying as . . . well, if you’re the rightest sort of Right People, you’ll recognize me.
February brings another fun bloggy project, I’m organizing the Book of Apex Volume 4 blog tour. This anthology offers 33 original pieces that were published as part of Apex Magazine (if it counts for anything, my favorite recent story over there was a dark Sesame Street parody by Jim Hines). Let me tell you, this is a great opportunity to read award winning authors such as Catherynne Valente, A.C. Wise, Ken Liu, Elizabeth Bear, Alethea Kontis, Alex Bledsoe, Rachel Swirsky, and more. I’ve gotten positive feedback about this from nearly everyone I’ve e-mailed about this. And I’m kinda curious about how many more bloggers I can get on board. Sooper Speshul stuff awaits the participants! if you’re interested in learning more or getting involved, let me know.
and after all that, maybe I’ll take a vacation. #yeahright