Ethics in Speculative Fiction

Misty MasseyMisty Massey

I spent this weekend at Mysticon, in Roanoke VA, where I learned a few things, taught a few other things, observed wacky behaviors and brilliant ones, too, and generally had a great time surrounded by my people. I rode up with Gail Martin and John Hartness. We drove through nearly impenetrable fog and snow-covered hills, chatting and laughing all the way. On Saturday morning, I joined John to read our work to an appreciative audience, and premiered Miniature Pirate Theater as accompaniment to the reading. Trust me, you haven’t lived until you’ve watched tiny plastic pirates work a tiny plastic stripper pole while John reads from Bubba the Monster Hunter. Gail’s launch party for her latest, Ice Forged, was a raucous affair, full of happy people eating cake and buying books. I met a couple of writers who’ll probably be making guest appearances here later on this year, and [...]

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Con Season tips, tricks and “OHMAGERD! DON’T!”s

John G. Hartness

So I’ll try not to live up to the number of caps in the title, because it’s early, I’m not quite caffeinated yet, and I’m sitting at my desk at the new day job writing this post.

Yep, I set an awesome example for my employees.

As Con Season is kicking into high gear, and said season seems, like NASCAR, last longer and longer each year, I wanted to take a moment to both offer up a few shameless plugs and talk about a few con issues that have become pretty prevalent over the last year, although I’m sure they’ve been issues for much longer.

First, the plugs – Misty, Stuart Jaffe and I will all be at MystiCon this weekend. If you’re anywhere near Roanoke, Virginia, come by and say hello! Especially at 11AM on Saturday morning, when Misty and I are sharing a reading time [...]

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