Odyssey On-Line

The Odyssey Writers Workshop has announced three new on-line writing classes. Admission to the courses is limited and applications are due for each course at various times in December. Founded seventeen years ago, Odyssey added an on-line component, which has proved popular, two years ago.

  • Showing versus Telling in Fantastic Fiction, taught by Jeanne Cavelos (1/4/12-2/1/12)
  • Secrets of Literary Agents, taught by Lindsay Ribar (1/9/12-1/23/12)
  • Narrative Structures in Fantastic Fiction, taught by Bruce Holland Rogers (1/25/12-2/22/12)

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Clarkesworld Book Sale

Clarkesworld, which was a bookstore before it was a magazine, has announced that it will be selling some of its still-extant stock in a short term sale ending on November 19. There is a $40 minimum purchase with $3.50 shipping and, according to Neil Clarke, all proceeds will go to fund the magazine.

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Sawyer in Ottawa

Robert J. Sawyer will speak at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa on October 19. The free lecture will run from 7:00-8:00 and is part of the museum’s National Science and Technology Week.

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Pratchett at National Press Club

Sir Terry Pratchett will speak at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on October 14 as part of the book launch for his Discworld novel Snuff. The event is sponsored by the Club’s Book & Author Committee and a limited number of tickets are available.

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Sturgeon and Campbell Winners

The winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards have been announced. Both are juried awards, with the Campbell being presented for the Best SF Novel and the Sturgeon for Best Short Story. The presentation was held during the Campbell Conference at Lawrence, Kansas.

  • John W. Campbell Award: The Dervish House, by Ian McDonald
  • Theodore Sturgeon Award: “The Sultan of the Clouds,” by Geoffrey A. Landis

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Alt.Fiction Literature Festival

Alt.Fiction will be sponsoring a literature festival the weekend of June 25-26 at QUAD in Derby. Alastair Reynolds and Dan Abnett will be Guests of Honour. Other attendees will include Graham Joyce, Tony Ballantyne, MD Lachlan, Paul Cornell, Robert Shearman, and Mark Chadbourn. The weekend costs £45.

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Neil Gaiman at the National Press Club

Neil Gaiman will be discussing the tenth anniversary edition of American Gods at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on June 23 at 6:30. The ticketed event costs $5. Copies of American Gods may be purchased at the time of registration, with proceeds going to support the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library. No outside books will be permitted.

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Mass Autographings at Nebulas

A mass signing, featuring more than 40 science fiction and fantasy writers including Connie Willis, John Scalzi, Joe Haldeman, Allen Steele, James Morrow, Michael Whelan, Michael Swanwick, and Laura Anne Gilman will take place as part of the Nebula Award Weekend on Friday, May 20 from 5:30 to 7:00 at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut NW, Washington, DC. The signing is open to the public.

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Glastonbury Conference for the Fantastic in Literature

Write Fantastic has announced the Glastonbury Conference for the Fantastic in Literature, to be held at The Grail Centre, 24 Chilkwell Street in Glastonbury, United Kingdom on September 3. The event will run from 10am to 6pm and will feature Freda Warrington as guest of honor. Other speakers will include Dr. Liz Williams and Paul Weston. Attendance is £20.

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Alt.Fiction Spring Writing Weekend

Alt.Fiction will be sponsoring a writing workshop the weekend of May 20-22 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Simon Clark and Tony Ballantyne will attend as guest lecturers. The weekend costs £180, including two nights’ accommodation, all meals and hot drinks, plus a full programme of writing activities throughout Saturday and Sunday featuring the guest authors. Registration is due by May 3.

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