FYI: Geek Theater is Eligible for the 2014 Hugo Nominations

GeekTheater-small-lo-resIt’s time to submit your Hugo Awards Nominations for SF/F work published in 2014. I know there are a lot of people who read my blog who either don’t know much about the Hugo Awards or who don’t understand how to become eligible to nominate or vote for the Hugo Awards. I had to research the ins and outs of eligibility for Geek Theater, so I thought I’d share what I found with you.

On a side note, I just sent in my nominations for a bunch of awesome books, stories, and media such as the Supernatural episode “Fan Fiction”, which was probably the best episode of the entire series. And, yes, Geek Theater: 15 Plays by Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers (Underwords Press, 2014) edited by Jen Gunnels & Erin Underwood is eligible for the “Best Related Work” category.

So, back to what I found, while I’m not an expert on Hugo nominating eligibility, here’s how I believe it works: In order to vote, you need to have an attending membership for the World Science Fiction Convention (aka Worldcon) that is taking place this year (Sasquan), took place last year (Loncon 3), or will take place next year (MidAmeriCon II). The other option is getting a supporting membership for the current year’s Worldcon, which would be Sasquan this year.

If you are/were an attending member of these Worldcons, you can look up your pin on the Sasquan website and you can print the paper Hugo nominations form. For more information, visit the “I Want to Vote” page on the Hugo Awards website. The due date for nominations is early March, and you can find more details regarding due dates on the Sasquan site.

There are lots and lots of amazing books, short stories, films, television shows, and more that came out in 2014 that are also eligible for the Hugo Awards–and they need your vote as well. The more people who nominate and vote, the more variety there are in the Awards…and that is a very good thing.

For everyone who sends in a nomination for a Hugo Award, good luck! I hope your nomination gets on the ballot!

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My Piece in the Fanzine Journey Planet: Issue 19 – Doctor Who

I recently had the opportunity to be a part of Journey Planet’s 100 page fanzine. I really enjoyed being a part of this awesome fanzine, and it turned out to be a great fanzine packed full of fun stuff. It came out in December 2014, and you should definitely check it out. You can access it online or download it from Journey Planet for free! Go now! and Read!

Journey Planet: Issue 19 – Doctor Who

Guest Editors Colin Harris and Alissa McKersie!
A 100 Page Bumper Issue!
Page 11 – The Lost Episodes by Michael Lee
Page 13 – My American Experience with Doctor Who by Jim Mann
Page 15 – Doctor Who and Shakespeare by Nicholas Whyte
Page 19 – Why Can’t The All Be Like “The Talons of Weng-Chiang” ~or~ I’m Glad They’re Not All Like “The Talons of Weng-Chiang”
Page 22 – Walking in the Footsteps, Following the TARDIS Tracks by James Bacon
Page 26 – Nightmare in Pantone 2955c by James Bacon
Page 28 – Before & After The Doctor by Chris Garcia
Page 32 – Instant Fanzine – Who Authors Write Featuring Simon Clark, Eoin Colfer, Paul McAuley, Kim Newman, Lance Parkin, Alastair Reynolds
Page 44 – On Target! – The Whovian Art of Chris Achilleos by Colin Harris
Page 48 – The Mutation of Time: Doctor Who Fandom in Britain 1963 – 1990 by Matthew Kilburn
Page 55 – My Life of Doctor Who by Ken Patterson
Page 58 – Radio Free Skaro by Warren Frey
Page 60 – You Don’t Choose the Yarn Life, The Yarn Life Chooses You by Michael Capra
Page 62 – Back in the Days When Our Telly Was Black and White by Christine and Joe Halse
Page 66 – A Crack in Time and Space by Sabine Furlong
Page 70 – Trial of a Time-Lord Fan by Tim Davis
Page 72 – Doctor Who – The Doctor’s Silence A Review by Christopher J Garcia
Page 76 – Instant Fanzine
Featuring: Michael Carroll, Christopher Erickson, Nancy Gonzalez, Des Grogan, Nalini Haynes, Ruth Leibig, Esther MacCallum-Stewert, Jean Martin, Michael Michela, Helena Nash, Mark Oshiro, Padraig O Mealoid, Jesi Pershing, Liam Proven, James Shields, Erin Underwood, Linda Wenzelburger, Roland Willis

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On this 8th Day of January, 2015, it is my Birthday

Yes. Today, I have achieved 44 successful years of staying alive on this planet. Why stop now? Let’s keep this bus moving for another 44 years because going through this life with you (my husband, family, friends, acquaintances, mortal enemies, and general rabble) has been an honor and a pleasure. You guys make life worth living, and every day with you is a gift.

I know. I know. I sound a little soft and mushy hearted, but my 44 years is a lot more than many people receive. So, I’m just really glad to be here. It’s a good day.

When I was younger, I would have been looking forward to the presents, the shiny objects, a road trip, a grand dinner, or something along those lines. Now, I really can’t think of a single thing I need or want for my birthday. Sure, maybe it’d be great to have my bills paid or something like that, but presents really aren’t my thing. However, people are my thing. You, the person reading this post, are my thing. What I want for my birthday is for you to have a good day because a good life is built one day at a time.

While I have you here, I might also mention that should you be in the Boston area between February 13-15, 2015, it would be great to see you at Boskone–New England’s longest running science fiction & fantasy convention. Normally, I wouldn’t include a pitch for a convention in my birthday message, but I’m head of programming this year and what’s the sense in throwing a party if you can’t have your friends there to celebrate! 🙂

So, in closing and in honor of Marie Antoinette, I say, “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche!” In other words, and with my own special twist, “Let us eat cake!” — just make mine gluten free.


Thank you for sharing my birthday with me,
and I wish a very happy unbirthday to you!


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Book Review: Coming Home by Jack McDevitt

Coming-Home-McDevittJack McDevitt’s new book Coming Home, the latest book in the Alex Benedict series, and serves as a great example of what McDevitt has to offer. Set thousands of years in the future, Coming Home features antiquarian Alex Benedict and his assistant/friend Chase Kolpath as they unravel the mystery surrounding a piece of ancient space technology while also grappling with a race against the clock to save thousands of passengers who are trapped in hyperspace–and one of those passengers is Alex’s uncle Gabe Benedict.

A master storyteller, Jack McDevitt delivers another compelling tale of mystery, intrigue, and antiques hunting with Coming Home. After the death of a colleague (Garnett Baylee), a rare artifact from a lost treasure trove of ancient space travel equipment is brought to Alex Benedict’s attention. Alex, being Alex, can’t turn away from the potential of solving an ancient mystery and discovering something from the earliest days of interstellar travel. However, as Alex and Chase get closer to unraveling Garnett Baylee’s secret, they discover that the truth could cost more than their lives. Meanwhile, Chase is being pulled away to help with the recovery and rescue of the passengers stranded on the Capella, the interstellar spaceship that is fluctuating between warp space and regular space. However, success is not so easily found and the rescue mission is left with no easy answers.

While fans of the Alex Benedict series are sure to enjoy Coming Home, new readers might feel like they stepped into the book in media res since one of the story lines is a continuation of the previous novel. However, McDevitt does a nice job of leaving just enough breadcrumbs from the last novel to keep new readers from feeling lost. By incorporating two very different story lines, there is competition for Alex’s and Chase’s attention as they struggle with their guilt, desires, curiosity, and duty to each other and those who have placed their trust in them. On the surface, Coming Home may appear as just another Alex Benedict novel, but in truth it is a jumping off point that leads into the great unknown…which is a wonderful thing for any reader or author who has been with a series for a long time.

In many ways, Coming Home feels like an ending to a long journey. There is a sense of resolution and finality in the novel, giving the distinct impression that things are never going to be the same for Alex and Chase. Coming Home is a great addition to the Alex Benedict series, and it definitely gives McDevitt’s fans something fun to ring in the New Year reading.

Coming Home is a terrific read, packed with all of the best that Jack McDevitt has to offer with a few extra surprises to boot!

Title: Coming Home: An Alex Benedict Novel
Author: Jack McDevitt
Publisher: Ace Hardcover (November 4, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0425260876

I received this book from the publisher.

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Geek Theater Review & Kindle eBook Special — $9.95 through Dec 31st!

Mitch Montgomery, science fiction theater and film reviewer for Surreal Time Press, is in the process of publishing a series of reviews about Geek Theater. You can find his introductory review of the book as a whole here: GEEK THEATER REVIEW PART 1: INTRODUCTION, which will be followed by another review featuring the short plays within the anthology. Here’s our favorite line as this was exactly what we were aiming for with Geek Theater:

“In the tradition of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, the plays collected in Geek Theater keep the big ticket special effects mostly off-stage and instead find their stories in the human moments and mind-blowing ideas in the spaces between.” – Mitch Montgomery, Surreal Time Press

Read the full review.

Also, if you’d like to pick up a Kindle version of Geek Theater, it’s now only $9.95 through December 31, 2014!

Geek Theater is also available in print at book stores near you as well as online at:

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Working on Boskone: Boston’s Longest Running Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

The Underwords blog has been a bit quiet lately because I’ve been pouring my time into launching Geek Theater (released Nov 2014) and building the program for Boskone 52 (Feb 13-15, 2015). There are several conventions that take place in the Boston area, but Boskone is by far my favorite … which is why I volunteer my time to help plan and run the convention. It’s a terrific convention for people who love SF & Fantasy books, but we always include other genres like horror, young adult fiction, mystery, and noir as well as comics, games, anime, music …. and lots of real science!

Boskone 52 Image

Boskone is a great example of how a classic science fiction convention can be modernized while simultaneously maintaining the comfortable, relaxed, and safe atmosphere that is so wonderfully conducive for meeting new people and getting together with old friends. Plus, did I mention all of the amazing writers, artists, publishers, musicians, and scientists who will be there? Here’s the list of program participants.

We have a lot of new program participants this year. So, we have begun running a new series called the Boskone Mini Interviews, which provides a nice introduction to many of our program participants who share fun little tidbits about themselves, what they’re working on now, what inspires them, and what they are looking forward to at Boskone. I hope you enjoy the Mini Interviews whether or not you are able to come to Boskone because these are definitely people you want to get to know.

Here’s the list of Mini Interviews that have already been published…and more are coming!

If you’re interested in attending Boskone, the pre-registration rates are: $50 Adults; $35 College Students; $25 K-12 Students. For more information, people can visit Boskone’s website, friend us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @BoskoneNews.

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The Geek Theater eBook is Now Available!

For those of you looking to purchase a digital copy of  Geek Theater, it is now available as an eBook on Amazon and Smashwords. You will also be able to purchase the eBook at Barnes and Noble as well as other retailers in the next few days.

In the meantime, here are the sites where the Geek Theater eBook is currently available:GeekTheater-Kindle

  • Amazon, file format:
    • .mobi (Kindle)
  • Smashwords, file formats:
    • .epub
    • .mobi
    • .pd
    • .lrf
    • .pdf
    • .html


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Happy Book Day to Geek Theater!

We are thrilled to announce that Geek Theater is now available. Happy Book Day to all of our authors who have a play included in this exciting and unique anthology. Geek Theater, edited by Jen Gunnels and Erin Underwood, is a labor of love that we are extremely proud to make available online and in stores near you.

Geek Theater is available in many places including:

Geek Theater showcases 15 science fiction and fantasy stage plays by some of today’s top authors and award-winning playwrights and is the first anthology that truly delves into the world of speculative fiction theater. Until recently, modern science fiction and fantasy stage plays have largely gone unnoticed despite the proliferation of plays and performances by theater companies around the world. These plays are an important part of the science fiction and fantasy canon as they represent a unique intersection of authors and playwrights producing work at a time when these genres are flourishing.

Table of Contents:

Short Length Plays
Mission to Mars by Jeanne Beckwith
For the Living by Chie-Hoon Lee
Rapunzel’s Haircut by Cecil Castelucci
Promise of Space by James Patrick Kelly

Consider the Services of the Departed by F. Brett Cox

Medium Length Plays
Zombies of Montrose by James Morrow
Clockwork Comrade by Carlos Hernandez
The Long and the Short of Long Term Memory by Cecil Castelucci
Geek! by Crystal Skillman
Faustfeathers by John Kessel

Full Length Plays
Thunderbird at the Next World Theatre by Andrea Hairston
Universal Robots by Mac Rogers
DEINDE by August Schulenburg
Hearts Like Fists by Adam Szymkowicz
Dog Act by Liz Duffy Adams

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Pre-Order Geek Theater Now!

Geek Theater is Coming on November 4, 2014! But why wait to purchase your copy. You can pre-order a copy of Geek Theater now and receive it on November 4th.

Pre-Order Geek Theater Now!

The first of its kind, Geek Theater is a groundbreaking anthology of 15 science fiction and fantasy stage plays, edited by Jen Gunnels and Erin Underwood. Each play challenges what you think you know about science fiction and fantasy theater by doing what SF/F does best…but now you can see it on the stage.

“Dim the lights, raise the curtain, and be transported to worlds strange and wondrous, times far and near, with tales thoughtful and thrilling — and then give this book the standing ovation it deserves.” — Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of FlashForward

Geek Theater showcases 15 science fiction and fantasy stage plays by some of today’s top authors and award-winning playwrights and is the first anthology that truly delves into the world of speculative fiction theater. Until recently, modern science fiction and fantasy stage plays have largely gone unnoticed despite the proliferation of plays and performances by theater companies around the world. These plays are an important part of the science fiction and fantasy cannon as they represent a unique intersection of authors and playwrights producing work at a time when these genres are flourishing.

Featuring plays by Liz Duffy Adams, Jeanne Beckwith, Cecil Castelucci, F. Brett Cox, Andrea Hairston, Carlos Hernandez, James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, Chie-Hoon Lee, James Morrow, Mac Rogers, August Schulenburg, Crystal Skillman, and Adam Szymkowicz.

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Get the First Volume of Futuredaze on Kindle for $2.99

FuturedazeFor a limited time, Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction, the first book in the Futuredaze series by Underwords Press, is available for only $2.99 on Kindle. Or if you have purchased a print edition of Futuredaze from Amazon, you can get the Kindle version of Futuredaze for only $0.99.

Don’t miss your chance to pick up a Kindle copy of Futuredaze for yourself or buy it for a friend.

And when you’re done, leave a review and let us know what you think.

Happy Reading!!!

About the Book:

Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction includes 33 original short stories and poems that spark the imagination, twist the heart, and make us yearn for the possibilities of a world yet to come. Futuredaze includes pieces by Jack McDevitt, Nancy Holder, Gregory Frost, Lavie Tidhar, Sandra McDonald, Brittany Warman, Stephen Covey, E. Kristin Anderson, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Jenny Blackford, and many more!

Reflecting many of the ideals first set forth by science fiction icons such as Isaac Asimov, George Orwell, and Ray Bradbury, Futuredaze challenges the imagination with young adult fiction that includes far-flung futures, dystopian alternate worlds, life among the stars, and a host of startling stories that embrace the idea of “What if?” that has driven the science fiction genre forward for more then a century. Now, it’s time to give voice to the next generation of science fiction readers and to those of us still young at heart.

Table of Contents:

FICTION (alpha order):
“Over It” by Camille Alexa
“Driven Out” by Steve Alguire
“The Stars Beneath Our Feet” by Stephen D. Covey & Sandra McDonald
“String Theory” by Danika Dinsmore
“Larvae” by Gregory Frost
“Clockwork Airlock” by Nancy Holder
“Another Prison” by Rahul Kanakia
“Prospect of a World I Dream” by Alex J. Kane
“Not With You, But With You” by Miri Kim
“Your Own Way Back” by Richard Larson
“Out of the Silent Sea” by Dale Lucas
“Unwritten in Green” by Alex Dally MacFarlane
“A Voice in the Night” by Jack McDevitt
“The End of Callie V” by Jennifer Moore
“Me and My Army of Me” by Katrina Nicholson
“Spirk Station” by Chuck Rothman
“The Cleansing” by Mark Smith-Briggs
“Powerless” by Leah Thomas
“Hollywood Forever” by Llinos Cathryn Thomas
“The Myriad Dangers” by Lavie Tidhar
“The Fall of Stile City” by William John Watkins

POETRY (alpha order):
“The Ghost Hunter” by E. Kristin Anderson
“Learning How to be a Cat” by Jenny Blackford
“The Alien” by Cathy Bryant
“Ghost Walkers” by Sandi Cayless
“Speech Lessons” by Alicia A. Cole
“King and Queen” by John Grey
“Why” by Evelyn Lumish
“Things to Consider When Choosing a Name for the Ship You Won in a Poker Game Last Night” by Iriving
“Pennies” by Iriving
“The Blue Hour” by Brittany Warman
“The Teenage Years of Ed Nimbus” by Neil Weston
“Market Day” by Anna Della Zazzera

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