My Arisia 2018 Schedule

Arisia, January 12-15, 2018. Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10:00 am, Paine “Shape Note Sing” Participatory sing-along (music provided). Shape Note singing may just be the easiest way to get a roomful of people blasting out gorgeous harmonies, as singing from written notes is made easier by having different shapes (e.g., circle, square, triangle, and diamond) […]

My November Reading Log

Nonfiction: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is worth reading even if you aren’t a history buff, because it shows how very pervasive the genocide of America’s indigenous peoples is in our history and our present and our future, through things like our national myth of The Frontier, and the […]

My Philcon 2017 Schedule

This weekend, I’ll be at Philcon in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. My schedule is below. Saturday, November 11, 5:00 PM, Plaza Two “Things You Should Read” Scheherazade Jackson [moderator], Janny Wurts, James L. Cambias, Russ Colchamiro, Victoria Janssen, Michael J. Walsh Not every worthy novel or short story is noticed in time to be nominated […]

My August Reading Log

Nonfiction: Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction by John Rieder is highly recommended if if you’re at all interested in the subject. This book helped me make/clarify a plethora of mental connections between colonialism and Social Darwinism and racism and various types of early science fiction, from “undiscovered lands” adventures like H. Rider Haggard […]

My Readercon 2017 Schedule

I’ll be at Readercon July 13-16, 2017, in Quincy, Massachusetts. Thursday July 13, 2017, 8:00 PM, Room 5 “How to Moderate a Panel” Alex Jablokow, Victoria Janssen (leader), Kathleen Jennings, Tom Purdom, Kenneth Schneyer. The moderator plays a crucial role in making panels run smoothly and enjoyably for participants and attendees. This panel will cover […]