I Won! Thank You

I won the DUFF nomination and am this year’s DUFF delegate to Worldcon, aka ConZealand! Thank you all so much for your votes and support. It’s an odd thing to win with Covid-19 blanketing the globe. While I won’t be traveling to New Zealand this year, I will still be hosting the Fan Fund Auction with my fellow delegate at the virtual Worldcon!

Again thank you for your support.

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I’m a 2020 DUFF Candidate. Vote to Send me to ConZealand!

So, what’s all this about the DUFF and ConZealand? And, exactly, what am I a candidate for?

The science fiction and fantasy fan community is a large and strong group of volunteers that spans the globe, pulling together conventions that celebrate the best of what speculative fiction, art, music, and science have to offer. Our largest convention is Worldcon, an annual convention that takes place in a different city around the world every year. Last year, it took place in Dublin, Ireland. This year it is taking place in Auckland, New Zealand.

There are a couple of fan organization that have arisen to help boost connections between regional fan communities, and one of those groups is the Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF), which sends one fan from North America to Australasian based Worldcons (and vice versa for Worldcons based in North America). Founded in 1972, DUFF has not only created but strengthened links between North American and Australasian fandom since its inception. I would love to be a part of the DUFF community, continuing to help bring our communities together.

What is the Down Under Fan Fund?
“The Down Under Fan Fund was created for the purpose of providing funds to bring well-known and active fans familiar to those on both sides of the ocean across the Pacific. It is a daughter/sister fund to TAFF, which has been bringing fans across the Atlantic since 1953! Since 1972, DUFF has regularly brought North American fans across the Pacific to Australian and New Zealand conventions and Australian and New Zealand fans to North American conventions. It exists solely through the support of science fiction fandom; the continued generosity of fans is what makes DUFF possible. Thank you for supporting DUFF!” (From the DUFF ballot)

Vote for Me! … But Wait!, there are  few things you need to know first about eligibility.
While I would love to have everyone who knows me and who knows how hard I work to promote fandom and fannish activities, not all of my amazing friends are eligible to vote. The gist of it is that “A $5 donation entitles you to vote in the 2020 DUFF Race if you are a SFF Fan, anywhere.” Here are the rules on voting, which are included on the downloadable PDF ballot:

Voting in the 2020 race is open to anyone active in fandom before January 2018 who donates at least $5 (USD) to DUFF (larger donations are very gratefully accepted). Voting is by secret ballot: one vote per person, and you must provide your name on the ballot. You may change your vote at any time prior to the deadline. All votes must reach the administrators by 11:59pm (Eastern US time) on Friday, March 27, 2020.

So, who are the other candidates?
There are four candidates in total, and I am sure that they are all lovely and wonderful people who have contributed in important ways to SF/F fandom. However, please do vote for me! 🙂 Here’s the list of the four DUFF 2020 candidates:

  • Richard Auffrey
  • Shaun Duke
  • James Davis Nicoll
  • Erin Underwood — Me!! 🙂

Candidate Statements
Each of the candidates have submitted a statement along with a $20 bond during the nomination process. You can view everyone’s candidate statements on the DUFF 2020 PDF ballot, but here’s mine for easy reading:

Erin Underwood – Boston, MA
I’m a con runner and fan editor/writer from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, whose passion for science, fandom, and SF/F drives me to bring new voices to publications and convention programs. While I’ve worked pre-con for many Worldcons, I could only afford attending a few conventions that I helped to create. I’d love to attend ConZealand, sharing my passion for SF/F with New Zealand and Australian fans, while also learning from those communities. I’m editing a special edition of the fanzine Journey Planet, highlighting New Zealand and ConZealand, and will promote fandom and DUFF through blogging, social media, and a summary report.

Voting is a 2-step process!
If you are eligible to vote, all it takes is a $5 donation to the 2020 DUFF Race and a completed ballot. And, if you’d rather not vote for anyone and you would really just like to make a donation, you can also vote No Preference (any winner is fine) or vote Hold Over Funds (No Candidate for this year).

Here are the details on the 2-step process:

Step 1: To VOTE, you can CLICK HERE. It will take you to a PDF form that you can download, edit, and save. You will then need to send it to Paul Weimer at jvstin@gmail.com

Step 2: To DONATE, you can CLICK HERE. It will take you to a page with a button where you can submit your credit card payment of $5 … or … you can send your payment via Paypal to Paul Weimer at https://paypal.me/princejvstin

Thank you for helping to support and promote
science fiction and fantasy as well as SF/F fandom around the world.

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You Can’t Live in an Inferno

I haven’t added a new post to my blog since my sister passed away almost 6 months ago, but sadness fades and life continues. You either keep moving on or you stop, like a static image with the world continuing to play around you. Maybe I was stopped for a little while. Maybe my voice just went silent for a time. But I am back, and I have things to say about science, climate, and what’s happening in Australia.

Climate change doesn’t happen over night. It’s slow and subtle, only showing little signs here and there along the way to make its presence known to those who are paying attention: scientists.

The people who enjoy their ways of life and who have no wish to sacrifice their comfort (even if it’s only modest comfort in some cases) laugh and call climate change a sham or a joke. They make fun of the people who are trying to show us how the pieces of the puzzle fit together because they refuse to see the whole picture all at once. Seeing that whole image all at once would be devastating to their self worth, their identity, their way of life, and (for some) their bank accounts.

Source: Robert Schlegel, Ocean Frontier Institute
(borrowed from the Washington Post article.)

This is our planet. We only have one. It is a glorious and wonderful place, and to pollute it and treat it like a giant garbage can is repulsive. We need more sustainable energy, we need more recycling, we need more renewable resources, and we need to get off of our asses and act like the sentient, intelligent, and responsible creatures that we are and take care of our planet.

This article “On land, Australia’s rising heat is ‘apocalyptic.’ In the ocean, it’s worse,” by Darryl Fears at the Washington Post, does a good job of sharing some of the oceanic changes that have been taking place well before the Australian fires began and puts into perspective what live in Australia is like rightnow. The land may be on fire, but so is the ocean. For the creatures living in the sea, the 2 degree temperature rise is like living in an inferno, and we all know that’s just not possible.

You can read a certain number of Washington Post articles for free each month. I recommend reading this one: “On land, Australia’s rising heat is ‘apocalyptic.’ In the ocean, it’s worse,” by Darryl Fears.

 

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A Personal Post in Honor of My Sister … Because I Miss Her

It’s been two weeks since my sister passed away, and everyday is a bit of a struggle, some worse than others. Some of those days have also been beautiful and amazing. In the midst of the beauty and the pain, in the midst of the struggle to focus and find my drive to keep moving forward, have been these little moments when a single word heard within the string of lyrics in a song pairs up in random synchronicity with an image in my field of vision and a slippery emotion that bubbles up into my conscious mind. In that moment, she is there with me, completely present in my mind, and I realize that impossible state of knowing she is with me while knowing she is gone.

It’s an Alice in Wonderland moment to be sure, a moment in which I am holding two completely opposite and opposing thoughts in my head simultaneously that are both equally true and false. She is here and she is gone, and in that juxtaposition, as reality bends and warps and the moment fades, I am struck by one defining certainty. My sister was one of the bravest people who I have ever known.

There is no single person in existence who shared the raw experiences of my young life, experiences that shaped and honed and groomed me into who I am today. She knew me on a level that can never be replaced or achieved again, and she was my first hero. She was the person I wanted to grow up to be like when I was small, and it wasn’t until we were grown that I learned she had always wanted to be like me. The truth is that we have ended up more like each other than either of us ever knew, and now it is only me who understands that singular truth because she is gone…and yet she remains, here with me in my mind and heart, hidden from view until moments collide, bringing her to the surface of my mind and reminding me that I am not alone.

That is the beauty of a sister.

That is the beauty of my sister.

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Audiobook Review: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson is a supremely exciting and wonderful book! It’s an example of what young adult science fiction can do at its best. The audiobook was produced by Audible Studios, featuring narration by Suzy Jackson and runs 15 hours and 28 minutes.

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In the far future, humanity had lived long among the stars until it was attacked by the Krell and forced to crash land on a planet where they are fighting for their lives. While planetary defenses exist, the Krell are a constant threat that are only kept at bay by the courage and talent of the pilots within the Defiant’s defense force. Spensa, call sign Spin, might be young and small, but she’s a force to be reckoned with and she rivals the iconic characters within the top echelons of YA fiction. As tough and savvy as she is delicate and fragile, Sanderson has created a beautifully rounded character who feels whole and complete in all of the right ways.

Several generations after humanity crash landed on a planet known as Detritus, it continues to struggle for survival even as a superior alien force looms ever present and bent on their utter destruction. Spin and her squadron are part of the newest group of cadets who are going through the training program to become pilots in the war against the Krell. Training is tough and dangerous, but the true battle is with herself and trying to navigate through the legacy of cowardice left to her by her father who had put his own people at risk as he fled a decisive battle against the Krell, which resulted in his being shot down by his own wingman.

Now, a dozen years later, Spin is desperate to discover the truth about her father while also trying to survive flight school in this futuristic coming of age story that shows what mettle and courage truly look like in the face of adversity. This delightful story is packed with adventure and suspense as Spin creates her own path, finding friends in unlikely places, and coming to terms with her own definitions of cowardice and courage.

The Skyward audiobook is especially good, featuring a powerful performance by Suzy Jackson, which is simply riveting. She is on point with every verbal nuance, ratcheting up the tension in her voice as the action intensifies and knowing instinctively exactly when to release that tension for full effect. In addition, she captures the moods, anxiety, and frustrations of the characters with ease creating an even deeper and more intense story experience that is truly engrossing.

One of the best features of this book is that it wholeheartedly embraces science and technology, using it to great effect within the story. The math, physics, and astronomical information feels subtle and natural, and the way Sanderson weaves it into the descriptions and dialog make it easy to comprehend and understand for people who may have little understanding of how g-forces work when flying at Mach 10.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson and narrated by Suzy Jackson is a wonderful book for teens and adults as it captures the very best of what science fiction has to offer. Readers and listeners will be left wanting more!

Happy listening!

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Title: Skyward
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Amazon: Audiobook Kindle Paperback Hardcover

Audiobook Publisher: Audible Studios
Narrators: Suzy Jackson
Length: 15 Hours, 28 Minutes

Print Publisher: Delacorte Press
Print Date: November 6, 2018

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Review: Season 8, Episode 5: Don’t Read if You Don’t Want to be Spoiled

Another quick warning not to continue reading if you don’t want spoilers for Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 5.

*** SPOILERS BELOW ***

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The theme of this episode is simply: The Day the Music Died.

In one fell swoop, Game of Thrones has created a masterclass example of how to violate one of the biggest rules in writing. You need to earn your ending.

You don’t violate this contract with the reader or the viewer and expect them to stay within the story that you are telling. Everyone expected lots of people to die this season. Everyone expected certain devious deeds to be done. Everyone expected Cersei not to surrender. There were several breadcrumbs over the last 3 episodes that Daenerys was very upset and feeling very betrayed…but this betrayed?

No, none of the things we saw on the screen would lead anyone to believe that something snapped in her brain, destroying her sanity. There were no signs that she was willing to become a mass murderer after she won the battle. When the bells rung, she won. Game over. The Iron Throne was hers. Then, she basically blew up the city, killing millions of people because …. she won? Wasn’t that the point? Why did she do it? It didn’t need to be done and it doesn’t make sense. She wasn’t insane in that moment.

The simple truth is that the show set Daenerys up to win through fear, which is exactly what she achieved when the bells rang. Everyone on the battlefield and in the city recognized that fear ruled the day after Daenerys single handedly destroyed every dragon arrow and opened the gates for her army to enter at will. Nothing in the series or the season set up Daenerys to become a mass murderer, not even the discussions between Varys and Tyrion. It just wasn’t enough to build Daenerys as a savior and protector of the people who were unable to protect themselves over 7.5 seasons, and then to turn on that history in the span of 2 episodes and murder them all. If they wanted that payoff to feel believable, they needed to build more of a sense of time between episodes 4 and 5 that simultaneously showed a decline of sanity for her to truly become the Mad Queen. There were choices that could have been made to generate similar outcomes without murdering millions of people or even have the exact same thing happen but in a way that was earned.

The rule that got violated here is that writers and filmmakers need to earn their endings. This integral moment was not earned and every person watching this show is going to feel some form of that violation. The impact is akin to seeing 1,000,000 fans dying. Just like every other genre, fantasy has to operate by its own set of internal rules in film and literature. However, HBO’s Game of Thrones has sadly shown that they can’t really be trusted with fantasy because they are more willing to force a set of decisions into a season without building onscreen justification than to follow where the story goes.

The story didn’t go here. This wasn’t where we were being led.

ADDENDUM:

The thing is, HBO could have AVOIDED all of this by cutting 15 minutes of burning the city to a crisp and adding 15 minutes of talking scenes. This would have allowed Deanerys’ character to develop, showing her anger, her instability, her madness, her vengeance, etc.  and it would have created the feeling of TIME passing as her helplessness and frustration built. I would have at least liked to see her seethe, cry, or scream that Missandei is dead! Instead, they allowed viewers to trust her based upon the scenes we were given.

IT WAS AN EASY FIX.

That’s what upsets me. They opted for glitzy destruction and mass murder on a scale we have not seen instead of substance because they were blind to their own failings in the creation, production, and presentation process.

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Audiobook Review: Jade City by Fonda Lee

Jade City is the first book of Fonda Lee’s terrific new series the Jade War Saga. The audiobook was produced by Hachette Audio, featuring narration by Andrew Kishino and running 19 hours and 7 minutes.

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Jade City is the start of an exciting new epic urban fantasy series that takes place in the equivalent of the mid-20th century on the island of Kekon. The No Peak Clan finds itself facing challenges that could put its leading family as well as the island of Kekon itself at risk as a war unfolds with the Mountain Clan over the island’s most precious resource: Jade. The clans’ jade warriors, otherwise known as green bones, face off against each other in a struggle that sweeps aside kings and pawns like chess pieces in a masterful battle, leaving the listener to wonder who is really pulling the strings. As the battle builds and becomes increasingly desperate, the Kaul family realize that personal preferences and desires take second place to loyalty and survival, which at times seem to test even the strongest of their leaders and warriors and will leave you gasping and wondering how the first story could possibly end there… On the bright side, book two is coming soon!

I chose to read Jade City after seeing it nominated for a World Fantasy Award. It wasn’t on my list of books to listen to since I am not fond of gang violence and tend to pass over those types of stories. However, such a simplistic description of Jade City does it a deep disservice. This is not a story about gang violence. It is a story of an island, its people, its traditions and culture, and its jade—a very special resource that can only be found on Kekon and is coveted by the outside world, even if they can’t use its power. Moreover, it is a story about family, love, loyalty, pain, disappointment, and hope.

Fonda Lee creates a fully realized world full of texture and details that, especially in the audiobook, create a truly immersive experience into the mystical world of the Kekonese and the power of jade. The novel has such a deftly crafted sense of place, society, and history that it swept me along despite my lack of familiarity with Asian culture, and I soon found myself understanding pride, social class, honorifics, and traditions that are very different from my own. That was a side benefit that I truly loved and hadn’t quite expected. Listening to Jade City is like stepping into another world that is hard and tough and wonderful.

The narrator for Jade City is Andrew Kishino who does a wonderful job. There is a tone and grittiness to his voice that matches the texture and tension within the text without being harsh. He has an excellent sense of pace and rhythm and conveys urgency and emotion in such a way that you aren’t even aware of it until you feel your heart clenching in worry or in joy during those little moments of sunshine that keep the story from falling too far into a grimdark modern fantasy. He’s simply an excellent narrator and was the perfect choice for telling the Jade War saga.

There was a bit more violence and some swearing than I normally like to read. However, none of it felt out of line with the story and plot. There was a true balance between violence and need that kept it from being too dark while still conveying the dangerous nature of the people and place that comprise Kekon. The most difficult things about this story, especially as an audiobook, were the names, naming conventions, and honorifics. For someone who is completely unfamiliar with Asian cultures, it may be a little difficult in the beginning to grasp first names and last names, the use of honorifics paired with names, and familiar and affectionate terms of endearment. As a result, the first 20 minutes or so will require you to pay a little more attention to the story in order to track who is a Maik, a Kaul, an Ayt, and just a random character or clan member. However, it all becomes fluid and natural quickly enough, and you soon develop an intuitiveness for these things that actually heighten the sense of culture, community, and family within the story.

What truly works well within Jade City is the jade. Outside of the story world of Jade City, jade is an important part of Asian culture, and Fonda Lee does an incredible job of tapping into the already present sense of specialness that is associated with this lovely green stone. She then takes that innate sense of specialness and bends it to her will, weaving it into an exceedingly rare resource that provides some truly incredible powers that feel natural in a way that many fantasy novels do not achieve.

I highly recommend the Jade City audiobook. Anyone looking for a powerful modern fantasy novel/audiobook that embraces magic, modernity, and humanity, this is the story for you. Fonda Lee wrote a kick-ass book and Andrew Kishino knocked the narration out of the park. Jade City will make you think about the world just a little bit differently, and that is a good thing.

Happy listening!


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Audiobook: Jade City by Fonda Lee

Title: Jade City (Book 1, Jade War Saga)
Author: Fonda Lee
Amazon: AudiobookKindlePaperbackHardcover

Audiobook Publisher: Hachette Audio
Narrators: Andrew Kishino
Length: 19 Hours, 7 Minutes

Print Publisher: Orbit
Print Date: November 7, 2017

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Audiobook Review: Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

The Ruin of Kings is a terrific debut novel by author Jenn Lyons. The audiobook was produced by Macmillan Audio and read by Soneela Nankani, Vikas Adam, and Feodor Chin. It’s playtime is 27 hours and 15 minutes, and when you are done listening you are going to be wanting more. I promise.

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Thief, minstrel, and lost son of a powerful lord of Quur, Kihrin finds that his family history (his real family history) is much more complicated than he ever imagined. Unless he wrests the answers from those who love (or hate) him most, he may not last long on this side of the veilthen again life and death aren’t quite what he expected either. His survival is not only a matter of utmost importance to him, but to all of the people who are wrangling to save him, use him, or survive him—including a cagey demon, a father with questionable parenting skills, and a shapeshifter who would love to eat his brains. And then there are the prophecies that seem to be dogging his every move.

The Ruin of Kings audiobook is a fantastic, high-quality production that is read by three actors who take turns telling the story. While I often prefer a single narrator, the three narrator structure of this audiobook worked quite well and was actually very helpful in keeping the story straight due to alternating timelines and the flow of descriptive details of people, places, religions, and cultures that are refreshingly new and distinct. The casting of these narrators was smartly done.

Soneela Nankani (a personal favorite of mine) reads Talon’s story, which covers Kihrin’s life up to the point of his kidnapping. Her tone of voice, the way she plays with words, and the choices she makes for character dialog are all done very well. She lightens the mood quite a lot, which is impressive since Talon is not a terribly nice or kind person. The combination of her vocal choices and her character’s personality work quite well together.

Vikas Adam reads Kihrin’s story after his kidnapping, and he does an excellent job of reflecting Kihrin’s personality from his wit and snark to the sadder moments of his life. He has excellent comedic timing and an intuitive sense of oral storytelling as he always seems so relaxed, yet present in the moment.

Feodor Chin reads Thurvishar D’Lorus’ tale. I hadn’t expected to like the inclusion of Thurvishar’s tale as much as I did because I don’t really like multiple narrators. However, after a little while, I couldn’t imagine the story being told without his steady voice as a buffer between Talon’s and Kihrin’s tales.  Plus, Vikas Adam was a brilliant choice for this part as his voice and interpretations played well between Soneela’s and Feodor’s readings.

Having three storylines told in interwoven patterns provides interesting parallelisms within the plot, structure of the novel, and the characters’ development. It also helped to keep all of the family, historical, geographical, cultural, and theological details straight. While there are a lot of details to remember and piece together, it’s not too overwhelming. Sometimes lots of detail in a novel is difficult to retain when listening to an audiobook. However, Jenn Lyons and her editor did a great job of choosing exactly how to interweave the chapters for Talon’s and Kihrin’s stories (along with Thurvishar’s timely interjections) to provide details and reminders just when you need them.

One of the most interesting things about The Ruin of Kings is that it’s quite possibly one of the most colorful novels I have ever listened to or readand there is some light swearing, which is not what I am referring to here. The characters have such vibrantly colored features and clothing that Jenn Lyons embraces diversity with the inclusion of black and white characters as well as characters with blood red skin or ice blue hair or glittering black eyes. She uses color like an artist uses paint and she doesn’t let traditional human features define the characters of her world. While the use of color may not be new within speculative fiction, she has such a light touch that it feels completely original.

The Ruin of Kings is an exciting new novel, and not just because of the compelling characters, the clever story structure, or the originality that Jenn Lyons brings to speculative fiction. The Ruin of Kings is an exciting new novel because it hits all of the right marks from being intelligently complex to being quite funny as well as being well written. While it never feels rushed, the story also doesn’t grow dust lingering in one place too long. Each chapter does exactly what it’s meant to do, building up to the point when all hell breaks loose and you literally have no idea who is going to live, who is going to die, and who is actually going to stay dead.

I highly recommend this audiobook. You’re going to love it. Jenn Lyons wrote a great novel and the narrators do a fantastic job bringing the story to life.

Happy Listening!


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Audiobook: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Title: The Ruin of Kings (Book 1, Chorus of Dragons)
Author: Jenn Lyons
Amazon: AudiobookKindlePaperbackHardcover

Audiobook Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Narrators: Soneela Nankani, Vikas Adam, and Feodor Chin
Length: 27 Hours, 15 Minutes

Print Publisher: TOR Books
Print Date: February 5, 2019

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Looking Back at 2016: A Few Fun Things

It’s April and well past the time for a “looking back” post, but since a few fun things from 2016 have popped up, I thought it was worth a quick note.

The Grimm Future

In February 2016, my anthology The Grimm Future was published by NESFA Press and featured as the Boskone 53 Book. Since then, The Grimm Future has also had some notable successes:

2016 Locus Recommended Reading List
Anthologies: The Grimm Future, Erin Underwood, ed. (NESFA)

The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year (Volume Eleven)
edited by Jonathan Strahan, Apr 6, 2017
Honorable Mentions: 2016
– “Pair of Ugly Sisters, Three of a Kind” by Garth Nix
– “Origins” by Carlos Hernandez

The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017
edited by Paula Guran, July 4, 2017
Story Reprinted:
– “The Iron Man” by Max Gladstone

Journey Planet & the 2017 Hugo Nominations

Last year, I guest edited one of the 2016 Journey Planet fanzines. My edition was Journey Planet: Boskone, which featured 54 years of Boskone history, and the layout design was done by the very talented Errick Nunnally.

A few days ago, I found out that Journey Planet made the 2017 Hugo Ballot for Best Fanzine, which means that I am among the Journey Planet editors who are listed on this year’s Hugo Ballot. (My name is on a Hugo Ballot. I still can’t quite wrap my mind around that fact!) It’s an incredible honor to be nominated and to have been a part of Journey Planet last year, especially since my edition allowed me to focus on a topic that is near and dear to my heart: Boskone.

Congratulations to all of the 2017 Hugo Nominees and good luck to everyone! I look forward to seeing you all in Helsinki for Worldcon 75 and the Hugo Awards Ceremony.

 

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Journey Planet: Boskone is Here!!! (Available 12/31/16)

jp-boskone-page-01_origWhat is Journey Planet: Boskone? It is a fantastic new fanzine published in December 2016 by the Hugo Award-winning Journey Planet and this issue features Boskone through the years!

When I agreed to chair the 54th Boskone convention, I really wanted to do something special to share and to celebrate Boskone, its history, and fandom with as many people as possible…especially people who may not be able to journey to Boston for a winter convention.

That’s when the idea for Journey Planet: Boskone was born! I reached out to Journey Planet’s regular editors James Bacon and Chris Garcia with my idea to do a Boskone themed edition of the fanzine. They loved the idea and invited me to be the Guest Editor. So, I jumped at the chance, pulling in author and graphic designer Errick Nunnally to pitch in and help out.

The real beauty of Journey Planet: Boskone is that it is very much like a convention in a box…or a convention in a PDF fanzine to be more accurate! 🙂 This amazing fanzine celebrates the past 53 Boskone conventions and features a variety of reprinted guest introductions, cover images, and other historic tidbits from past Boskone Souvenir Books for you to enjoy.

With Boskone 54 coming up in February 2017, I hope you enjoy this edition of Journey Planet: Boskone that reflects Boskone’s unique personality, spirit, and style. If you are not able to attend Boskone this year, hopefully this special fanzine will provide a little mid-winter fannish fun for you to enjoy.

Special thanks to all of our contributors, to Boskone, and to Tony & Suford Lewis for access to their complete collection of Boskone Souvenir Books. YOU have all helped to make this fanzine possible. Thank you!!!

SIGNAL BOOST: Please feel free to share Journey Planet: Boskone with anyone who might enjoy it. If you have any questions, please let me know.

  • Journey Planet: Boskone
  • Publication Date: December 31, 2016
  • Guest Editor: Erin Underwood
  • Designer: Errick Nunnally
  • Available: Online as a free PDF
  • Publisher: Journey Planet
  • Executive Editors: James Bacon & Chris Garcia
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