Rest in Peace, Jay Lake

I am incredibly sad to hear today that Jay Lake has passed away. He was a force unto himself, full of incredible energy and talent. He was a good person with a good heart, and I wish I had more time to get to know him.

Back when I was still doing my One Word Interviews, he sent in this response to the word “Spark.”

SPARK
Rushing from the primordial darkness, spark was what God got when She said, “Luke’s Fiat.” Spark, and fire, and ice, and earth, and air, and all the vengeful writhing business of life, love, fiction and the inner light that drives us all to be better than ourselves. Spark is creation.
– Jay Lake

His response still makes me smile. Spark will always remind me of Jay Lake and of creation: creation of imagination, creation of fiction, creation of friendship, and creation of life…

Dear Jay, you will be missed. Rest in peace.

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SF Author Catherine Asaro & Her Very Cool Kickstarter

If you have read my blog long enough, you know I adore interesting new projects and that I love supporting Kickstarter projects because they connect artists with their work in a very interesting…and entrepreneurial way. So, it probably won’t surprise you that I love this new project that is being Kickstarted by award-winning SF author Catherine Asaro. She’s turning her anthology Aurora in Four Voices into an audio book, which is a totally cool idea.

The exciting thing about this project is that it exemplifies how SF authors can expand upon their own work, finding new life in existing mediums for new fans. So, this should be a lot of fun for Catherine as well as her readers/listeners.

Here’s some of the text from Catherine Asaro’s Kickstarter:

Creating an audiobook of my anthology, Aurora in Four Voices, which includes the Nebula Award-winning “Spacetime Pool”

When my short story Light and Shadow appeared in Analog Magazine (1994), it was my first published story. It was also began The Saga of the Skolian Empire, also known as the Ruby Dynasty series, which has grown to include at least 14 novels, plus several novellas and a number of short stories. Roland Green at Booklist described the series: “Asaro’s portrait of interstellar intrigue, weird socio-political customs and galactic history has come to approach the neighborhood of such classics as Frank Herbert’s Dune series.”

In 2011, when I was a Guest of Honor at Windycon, they released a limited edition anthology to accompany my appearance. Published by ISFic Press, the anthology collects some of my novellas and short stories into one volume and is titled Aurora in Four Voices after the Hugo and Nebula nominated novella of the same name. The Nebula-award winning story “The Spacetime Pool” is also included in the anthology.

With the increasing popularity of audiobooks, I would like to have the Aurora in Four Voices anthology recorded as an audiobook for those who enjoy listening to stories. My experiences as a writer, dancer, actress, and singer have made me keenly aware of the different forms that storytelling can take, and a well-narrated audiobook adds new dimensions to a story. I’m excited for the opportunity to bring these stories to life in a new medium.

If you’d like to help spread the word or back the project, you can click here to visit Catherine’s project.

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Signal Boost: Shirley Jackson Awards & the Lit Reator Workshop

Ever since I opened my first Stephen King novel, I have been a huge fan of the horror genre. Eventually, I discovered the tales of the amazing Shirley Jackson–a author who is, has been, and will always be an icon within the horror genre. So, I always try to share the nominations for the annual Shirley Jackson Awards because … it’s likely the best reading list that you’ll find for horror literature this year!

Visit the Shirley Jackson Awards website for more information. Without further ado, here are the nominees for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards are:SJA Logo

NOVEL

  • The Accursed, Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)
  • American Elsewhere, Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit)
  • The Demonologist, Andrew Pyper (Orion-UK/ Simon & Schuster-US)
  • The Ghost Bride, Yangsze Choo (William Morrow)
  • Night Film, Marisha Pessl (Random House)
  • Wild Fell, Michael Rowe (ChiZine Publications)

NOVELLA

  • Burning Girls, Veronica Schanoes (Tor.com)
  • Children of No One, Nicole Cushing (DarkFuse)
  • Helen’s Story, Rosanne Rabinowitz (PS Publishing)
  • It Sustains, Mark Morris (Earthling Publications)
  • “The Gateway,” Nina Allan (Stardust, PS Publishing)
  • The Last Revelation of Gla’aki, Ramsey Campbell (PS Publishing)
  • Whom the Gods Would Destroy, Brian Hodge (DarkFuse)

NOVELETTE

  • Cry Murder! In a Small Voice, Greer Gilman (Small Beer Press)
  • “A Little of the Night,” Tanith Lee (Clockwork Phoenix 4, Mythic Delirium Books)
  • “My Heart is Either Broken,” Megan Abbott (Dangerous Women, Tor Books)
  • “Phosphorus,” Veronica Schanoes (Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy, Tor Books)
  • “Raptors,” Conrad Williams (Subterranean Press Magazine, Winter 2013)

SHORT FICTION

  • “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides,” Sam J. Miller (Nightmare Magazine, December 2013)
  • “Furnace,” Livia Llewellyn (Grimscribe’s Puppets, Miskatonic River Press)
  • “The Memory Book,” Maureen McHugh (Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy, Tor Books)
  • “The Statue in the Garden,” Paul Park (Exotic Gothic 5, PS Publishing)
  • “That Tiny Flutter of the Heart,” Robert Shearman (Psycho-Mania!, Constable & Robinson)
  • “The Traditional,” Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed, May 2013)

SINGLE-AUTHOR COLLECTION

  • Before and Afterlives, Christopher Barzak (Lethe Press)
  • Everything You Need, Michael Marshall Smith (Earthling Publications)
  • In Search of and Others, Will Ludwigsen (Lethe Press)
  • North American Lake Monsters, Nathan Ballingrud (Small Beer Press)
  • The Story Until Now, Kit Reed (Wesleyan)

EDITED ANTHOLOGY

  • The Book of the Dead, edited by Jared Shurin (Jurassic London)
  • End of the Road, Jonathan Oliver (Solaris)
  • Grimscribe’s Puppets, edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. (Miskatonic River Press)
  • Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy, edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor Books)
  • Where thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Steve Berman (Lethe Press)

Lit Reactor Horror Writing Workshop – Signal Boost!

Also, for those of you who enjoy workshops, but want to focus on the horror genre, you might consider the Lit Reactor writing workshop. You’ll notice Nathan Ballingrud, one of the Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees, is one of this year’s Lit Reactor instructors. While I haven’t actually participated in this workshop, I’ve heard great things about it. Here’s the link to the workshop to find out more about it: Lit Reactor, June 2-30, 2014!

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Descriptions from the Lit Reactor website: This four-week workshop will teach you how to write horror that goes beyond the scares and beyond the gross-out, to compel, challenge, and move the reader.

 

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Geek Theater: Can you help? Plus, Special Interview with Artist Deena Warner

As part of our Geek Theater Kickstarter project, I conducted an interview with Deena Warner, the artist who designed the cover for the anthology. Deena has also done the cover for Futuredaze (Feb 2013) as well as for Futuredaze 2: Reprise (Aug 2014). So, I thought featuring her in a Kickstarter update would be a nice look into the design process. [Click here to BACK GEEK THEATER.]

Back this KS projectWe are a little more than 2 days away from the end of the Geek Theater Kickstarter project closing, and we’re still $700 away from hitting our goal. If we don’t hit our goal we don’t collect any of the funds from our backers. Since there is nothing like Geek Theater on the market, science fiction and fantasy stage play anthologies for the theater don’t yet exist, this project is especially important to us. We have some exciting plays to share and we hope you’ll join us in spreading the word…because we really can use your help.

Geek Theater KSCome check out our Kickstarter project for Geek Theater, but don’t wait too long. Time is short!

In the meantime, here’s the interview with Deena Warner. We hope you enjoy it!

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Interview with GEEK THEATER Cover Designer, Deena Warner

We have a special interview for you that we did with Deena Warner, the cover designer for Geek Theater. Deena was so much fun to work with and so helpful during the design process that I thought you might like to get a chance to meet her as well. We’re happy to share this interview with you and we’d like to thank Deena for taking the time out of her busy day to answer a few of our questions.

You’ve done a number of book covers within a variety of genres. What is it about book covers that you most enjoy? 

DW: Covers are a reader’s first experience with a book. They give a visual clue about the content—what genre, what tone the book will have. I like the challenge of synthesizing a book into one representative image, one that will jump out from a sea of others.

Image by Deena Warner
Image by Deena Warner

Who are some of your influences as an artist? Do you see any of those influences within the design of the Geek Theater book cover? 

DW:  I am a fan of artists who play with light. Caravaggio is a Renaissance artist known for his dramatic lighting, especially on the human form. William Turner is a Romantic painter who did amazing landscapes. Chris Van Allsburg is a children’s book illustrator who captures light and shadow in dramatic black-and-white pieces. In the Geek Theater cover, it was fun to incorporate light of different colors and directions. The stars sparkle, the planet gives a subtle ominous backlight . . . even the words glint with highlights.

When putting together the cover for Geek Theater, we share with you some basic design elements that we liked. What was your process for taking those elements and coming up with a concept?

DW: I used a combination of stock photography and digital painting. I started by searching stock images for key elements: curtains, a stage, masks, planets. I layered the images, retouched sections of them to match our concept, and adjusted the colors. The traditional red velvet and wood morphed into the cool blues of metal and space. I added small touches like alien-looking text overlayed in the background. I usually rework a cover until the “aha” moment, that time when I step back and say, “Now that looks like a real cover.” It’s trial and error (and a lot of missteps) until that point.

Design by Deena Warner
Design by Deena Warner

For example, with the Geek Theater cover, we’ll be adding some of our playwrights to the front cover. When adding additional text to an image, what are some of the concerns you have as an artist? 

DW: Text on a cover is a key ingredient. You can have an awesome piece of art that isn’t coupled with good text design, and the entire cover loses its impact. Conversely, a simple or mediocre piece of art can be elevated to outstanding with typography. I strive for the text to relate to the art, to be an inseparable part of the image. For this cover, I sampled colors from the photos to use in the letters. I added depth and lighting effects to the letters so they felt like physical objects living in this setting. It’s also critical for your title to be legible from a distance. Your cover may be viewed as a tiny thumbnail in an online store. The title must pop out even when it’s shrunk down.

Do you have a favorite artistic genre? If so, what is it about that genre that inspires or engages your creativity? 

DW: Lately, I’ve been into animation. Surely this has nothing to do with me watching movies every day with my sons! Hayao Miyazaki movies are so beautiful they make me ache. His work is natural and comforting, which allows you to accept his fantasy worlds seamlessly. When you can feel every leaf rustling in the wind and hear the babble of a country stream, how can you not trust everything the animator is showing you? Even in my non-animated, two-dimensional pieces, I try to tell stories. I want my work to seem as if it’s a still shot of a great animated film, a moment captured from a bigger story. What is your favorite part of designing a cover? I like the brainstorming phase, that time when you’re studying the source material to invent imagery. I may have the entire finished text or only a description of the contents, but my job is to develop a picture that represents the work as a whole. It’s fun to explore different paths to follow.

Image by Deena Warner
Image by Deena Warner

What are some of the biggest obstacles that you face when working on a cover design? 

DW:  My biggest challenge is always time. My husband Matt and I work hard to manage our time well—with two kids and a home business, structure is critical. I’d love to be able to spend weeks and weeks losing myself in artwork, but there isn’t time for that right now. I have learned to listen to my inner voice that tells me when the time is right for each work I do. Staring at a blank canvas or screen isn’t an efficient use of time. I’m usually poring over several projects in the back of my mind, and when one bubbles to the forefront, I know that’s the one to dive into.

Do you have a favorite project? What was it about that project that makes it stand out for you? 

DW: My favorites are always the ones I get to do for Matt’s work. I’ve done four of his book covers and a handful of other illustrations for his short stories. We talk about cover ideas over meals and swap sketches of concepts. I know his work better than anyone else’s because I’ve been there for the whole journey. I know the overarching themes and the subtle nuances—how each work stands alone and how it fits in with his body of work. There’s less guesswork involved, and I get immediate feedback. At a core level, I simply love working with him.

Image by Deena Warner
Image by Deena Warner

If anyone would like to learn more about you and the covers you have created, where can they get additional information? 

DW: You can visit either of my websites: deenawarner.net or deenawarnerdesign.com

We hope you enjoyed the interview with Deena Warner, who was a delight to work with on this project.

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We’re only $700 and 2 days away from hitting our Kickstarter goal, and the good news is that more backers are joining everyday. Thank you for helping to spread the word and for sharing Geek Theater with your friends who enjoy science fiction, fantasy, and theater!

Cheers,

Erin & Jen

Geek Theater Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/554408822/geek-theater-anthology-of-science-fiction-and-fant

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In the Category of “Things That Fall From the Sky”

photo-8I’ve been spending the weekend on Martha’s Vineyard, enjoying a little time to myself and catching up on a few writing and publishing projects. Between tackling items on my “to do list,” I decided to head out to the grocery store to pick up a few things for dinner. It felt good to get out of the house and the drive to Edgartown is always pleasant (except when there are a zillion cars and tourists milling around Jaws Beach).

Today, there were no tourists and almost no cars. It was beautiful. The sun had just broken through the iron gray clouds, revealing a blue sky that had been hidden by rain clouds for a few days.

And then it fell from the sky.

The crab came crashing down from the heavens to smash itself upon the pavement in front of me. I was about 100 feet away and slowed down afraid that the sky was about to open up. Who knows what other crustaceans might be practicing extreme sports like skydiving without parachutes.

Seagull Crab

Image by Donald Groff

And then there was a seagull.

He swooped down in front of my car to pick up the crab and carry it off for a private dinner along the seashore. It was one of those surreal events that you always hear about when you live in a seaside town–seagulls dropping clams, mussels, etc. from the sky to crack open the shell. However, it’s pretty rare to actually see it.

Part of me felt a little sad for the crab. No one wants to be dropped from the sky by a seagull. It’s just not what anyone has on their “bucket list” or their “to do list” or any other list. Still, it’s a part of life. A natural event. Animals living in the way that animals have always lived. Thus crabs falling from the sky.

In that moment, I truly appreciated my own life and all of the wonderful people in it because you never know when a seagull may pluck you from the sea.

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Be A Geek Theater Backer on Kickstarter!

The Kickstarter campaign for Geek Theater is underway! We are almost halfway there and a little more than halfway through the timeframe of our campaign. We’ve recently shared our newest playwright, Mac Rogers, with our current backers, and we should be sharing a couple more people soon…and then we will be fully stocked with some terrific plays that we are very excited to share with you.

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However, to get there, we need your support. Science fiction and fantasy theater stage play anthologies don’t exist…yet! But with Geek Theater we are changing that, and we need your help to make this project a reality. Please consider backing Geek Theater on Kickstarter and sharing this project with your friends.

Here’s Mac Rogers biography:

Mac Rogers’ plays include SOVEREIGN (New York Times and Backstage Critic’s Pick), BLAST RADIUS (New York Times Critic’s Pick), ADVANCE MAN (winner of the NYIT Award for Best Premiere Production), FRANKENSTEIN UPSTAIRS (selected for New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix), VIRAL (Outstanding Play winner at FringeNYC 2009), UNIVERSAL ROBOTS (nominated for four New York Innovative Theatre awards), HAIL SATAN (Outstanding Playwriting Winner at FringeNYC 2007), and FLEET WEEK: THE MUSICAL (co-written with Sean and Jordana Williams; winner of Outstanding Musical at FringeNYC 2005).

We also shared some of the fun rewards being offered to our Geek Theater backers, which include a cool coffee cup and t-shirt. Here’s the coffee cup! Perfect for a hot cuppa java while reading your copy of the Geek Theater anthology of science fiction and fantasy stage plays.

…and here’s the t-shirt, which is perfect for wearing while drinking your coffee or tea from your Geek Theater mug and reading your very own Geek Theater anthology of stage plays!

To all of you who have helped boost the signal and who backed Geek Theater on Kickstarter, THANK YOU! Without YOU, this project wouldn’t be possible.

For those of you who would like to boost the signal or back the project, here’s the URL: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/554408822/geek-theater-anthology-of-science-fiction-and-fant/posts Thank you.

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Geek Theater’s Authors & Playwrights

Geek Theater IconThe Kickstarter for Geek Theater, an anthology of science fiction and fantasy stage plays, launched yesterday. Thank you to everyone who has backed our project and who has helped to spread the word. We still have a way to go to hit our goal.

We thought the second day of our campaign would be a good time to introduce Geek Theater’s authors and playwrights. Please note that we are still in the process of building the Table of Contents, and more people and plays will be added as they are confirmed. However, we are thrilled to already have such a strong group of science fiction and fantasy authors and playwrights for Geek Theater.

GEEK THEATER’S AUTHORS & PLAYWRIGHTS

(in alphabetical order)

 Jeanne BJeanne Beckwith’s plays have been performed from coast to coast and in between. Her play, A War Story at the Rialto, was recently produced by the State Theatre of Turkey in Ankara and Istanbul.  Another play Opportunity of a Lifetime was selected best SciFi Play by Red Tale Theatre and received a staged reading in NYC . It was presented as a radio play by the Thistle Dew Theater in Sacramento this past January. Selections from her play, Love Letters Made Easy, produced by Lost Nation Theatre, Montpelier VT, in 2010, were published in Smith and Kraus’s 2011 Best Scenes and Monologues for Women. She is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild and lives in Vermont with her husband, the writer, F. Brett Cox and teaches theatre and English at Norwich University.

Cecil CCecil Castellucci is the award winning author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, First Day on Earth, The Year of the Beasts, Tin Star and Odd Duck. Her short stories have been published in Strange Horizons, YARN, Tor.com, and various anthologies including, Teeth, After and Interfictions 2 and her librettos have been presented by ECM+. She is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus and a two time Macdowell Fellow.

Brett CF. Brett Cox’s fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. Forthcoming in 2014 are new stories in the anthologies Shadows and Tall Trees, War Stories, and Tales in Firelight and Shadow. His plays have been presented in staged readings at the Last Frontier Theater Conference in Alaska, and in performance at TenFest and the Burlington Fringe Festival in Vermont.  With Andy Duncan, he co-edited the anthology Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (Tor, 2004), and he currently serves as Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Shirley Jackson Award.  A native of North Carolina, Brett is Associate Professor of English at Norwich University and lives in Vermont with his wife, playwright Jeanne Beckwith.

Andrea HAndrea Hairston is the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre and a Theatre professor at Smith College. Her plays have been produced at Yale Rep, Rites and Reason, the Kennedy Center, StageWest, and on Public Radio and Television. She has translated plays by Michael Ende and Kaca Celan from German to English. Ms. Hairston has received an NEA Grant to Playwrights, a Rockefeller/NEA Grant for New Works, and a Ford Foundation Grant. Since 1997, her plays produced by Chrysalis Theatre, Soul Repairs, Lonely Stardust, Hummingbird Flying Backward, and Dispatches have been sf plays. Archangels of Funk, a sci-fi theatre jam, garnered her a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in 2003. Also a novelist, Ms. Hairston is the author of Redwood and Wildfire, winner of the 2011 Tiptree and Carl Brandon Kindred Awards and Mindscape, shortlisted for the Phillip K Dick and Tiptree Awards, and winner of the Carl Brandon Parallax Award. Lonely Stardust—a collection of plays and essays is out in 2014.

Jim KJames Patrick Kelly has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards; his fiction has been translated into twenty-two languages.  His audioplays have been produced by SciFi.com, Audible.com and Escape Pod.  He has written ten minute, one act and full length plays for the theater with several productions Off-Off-Broadway as well as in Honolulu, HI, Nantucket, MA, Poughkeepsie, NY, and Portsmouth and Manchester, NH.  He writes a column on the Internet for Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and is on the faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine.

John KJohn Kessel is the author of the novels Good News from Outer Space and Corrupting Dr. Nice and in collaboration with James Patrick Kelly, Freedom Beach. His short story collections are Meeting in Infinity, The Pure Product, The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories and The Collected Kessel. His fiction has twice received the Nebula Award, in addition to the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and the James Tiptree Jr. Award for fiction dealing with gender issues. His story “Buffalo” was voted best short story of 1992 by the readers of Locus magazine. In 2009 his story “Pride and Prometheus” received both the Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. Kessel’s play “Faustfeathers” won the Paul Green Playwright’s Prize, and his story “A Clean Escape’” was adapted  as an episode of the ABC TV series Masters of Science Fiction. He appeared in the independent feature film The Delicate Art of the Rifle, directed by Dante Harper. Kessel has taught American literature and fiction writing at North Carolina State University since 1982.

Jim MJames Morrow has been writing fiction ever since, as a seven-year-old living in the Philadelphia suburbs, he dictated “The Story of the Dog Family” to his mother, who dutifully typed it up and bound the pages with yarn. This three-page, six-chapter fantasy resides in the author’s private archives. Upon reaching adulthood, Jim proceeded to write nine novels, the majority in satiric-theological mode, among them Only Begotten Daughter (World Fantasy Award), Towing Jehovah (World Fantasy Award), Blameless in Abaddon (New York Times Notable Book of the Year), The Last Witchfinder (called “provocative book-club bait” by critic Janet Maslin), and The Philosopher’s Apprentice (“an ingenious riff on Frankenstein” according to NPR). Jim’s stand-alone novellas include City of Truth (Nebula Award), Shambling Towards Hiroshima (Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award), and The Madonna and the Starship (forthcoming). The early months of 2015 will bring the author’s latest postmodern historical epic, Galápagos Regained (St. Martin’s Press).

August SAugust Schulenburg’s plays have been produced and developed by such groups as the Lark Play Development Center, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Chelsea Playhouse, Theater for the New City, Portland Stage Company, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, New Amerikan Theatre, MTWorks, Adaptive Arts  TheatreLAB and Flux Theatre Ensemble, where he is the Artistic Director. He is a 2013-14 Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow and a member of the Propulsion Lab for Mission to (dit)Mars. His work has also been published in the New York Theater ReviewStage and Screen, Indie Theater Now, Midway Journal, NoPassport Press and in two issues of Carrier Pigeon. He also writes for film and television with MozzleStead Productions.

Adam SAdam Szymkowicz’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He received a Playwright’s Diploma from The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and an MFA from Columbia University where he was the Dean’s Fellow. Szymkowicz is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, the premiere Resident Playwright at The Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA and the first playwright to participate in Bloomington Playwrights Projects’ Square One Series. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts, Original Works Publishing, Indie Theater Now and featured in New York Theatre Review ’07 and ’09, NYTE’s Cino Nights, and numerous Smith and Kraus books. He has written articles for Howlround, New York Theatre Magazine and The Brooklyn Rail and has interviewed over 600 playwrights on his blog.

CLICK HERE to back the Geek Theater Kickstarter.

We would be grateful if you could help to spread the word about Geek Theater to people you think would be interested in supporting this project. Join us now and share in the Geek Theater love.

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Awesome New Project–GEEK Theater

Geek-Theater--coverUnderwords Press is excited to announce the forthcoming publication of Geek Theater, which is a very special anthology of science fiction and fantasy stage plays written by some of today’s top authors and playwrights within the SF and fantasy fields. Geek Theater is co-edited by Jen Gunnels, the Theatre Editor/Drama Critic for the New York Review of Science Fiction and a contributing editor in performance for the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, and Erin Underwood, the co-editor of the Futuredaze science fiction anthology series.

Geek Theater will be the first published anthology of science fiction and fantasy stage plays, and we need your help to make this project a reality. Therefore, we’ve set up a Kickstarter project to help raise the basic production costs for the book. The backers for Geek Theater will help to make a real difference within the science fiction and fantasy community by making these plays available to all.

We are taking a leap of faith that the world is ready for an anthology of science fiction and fantasy stage plays.

CLICK HERE to back the Geek Theater Kickstarter.

We would be grateful if you could help to spread the word about Geek Theater to people you think would be interested in supporting this project. Join us now and share in the Geek Theater love.

Until now, modern science fiction and fantasy stage plays have largely flown beneath the radar in comparison to published mainstream stage plays, and many of these plays have not been published or performed outside of the SF&F convention, fan, and theater communities. These plays are an important part of the science fiction and fantasy cannon as they represent the unique cross-section of writers who are producing work at a time when these genres are blooming.

The publication of Geek Theater will make these plays accessible to theater groups, schools, actors/actresses, critics, and readers who love discovering new science fiction and fantasy in all of its forms.

[Cross posted from underwordspress.com]

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The “To Be Read” Pile

Now that we have eReaders, our “To Be Read” piles have largely become digital lists of books, purchased and stored on our Kindles and Nooks, waiting for us to have a few spare minutes to power up the electronic pages to escape into some new adventure. I have been so busy over the last few months that I haven’t had any time to even think about my “To Be Read” pile…let alone to actually open a book and read it.

However, I had the good fortune recently to be stuck on an airplane that was grounded for nearly two hours on the tarmac in Boston as the ground crew  de-iced the pretty icicles from the wings before take off. Those two hours plus the six hour flight to California gave me a rare break from the hubbub of life to fire up my Kindle, dust off my “To Be Read” list, and crack open a new book. I’d recently helped to plan the programming for Boskone, a Boston area science fiction and fantasy convention, and one of our authors had an interesting book that I purchased. Box Office Poison by Phillipa Bornikova seemed like the perfect book to read as I headed to sunny California…never mind those pesky icicles clinging to the winds!

I’ll be writing a proper review for this book as well as doing a short interview with Phillipa Bornikova, which will be posted at Amazing Stories Magazine sometime in the next couple of weeks. However, I really enjoyed the book and I just wanted to let you know that you too should think about adding Box Office Poison to your “To Be Read” list. It was a nice new take on that supernatural world mashed up with the glitz and grit of Hollywood.

More ore coming soon, but until then, le me just say that I am really glad that it was this book that broke my reading dry spell. Also, I just found an excerpt of Box Office Poison on the TOR.com website. Be sure to check it out.

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Futuredaze 2: Reprise Cover Reveal

Cross-posting from Underwords Press.

The cover for Futuredaze 2: Reprise is revealed!

Coming in August 2014, Futuredaze 2: Reprise, co-edited by Erin Underwood and New York Times bestselling YA fiction writer Nancy Holder, is a reprint anthology from Underwords Press that features young adult science fiction from today’s top authors, Here’s a first look at the cover.

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The contributing authors:

(listed in alphabetical order)

  • Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Libba Bray
  • Cassandra Clare
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Kat Howard
  • Hugh Howey
  • N. K. Jemisin
  • James Patrick Kelly
  • Ken Liu
  • Malinda Lo
  • Beth Revis
  • Will Shetterly
  • Scott Westerfeld
  • Connie Willis
  • Jane Yolen

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Futuredaze 2: Reprise will be available from Underwords Press in August 2014. Please direct questions, interview requests, and book review requests to Erin Underwood.

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