I’ll be teaching a class at Writers & Books on Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy this winter, Thursday nights from January 16 to March 6. Hoping to get a substantial group of local writers to join up so we can have a fruitful workshop. Sign up, if you are nearby.
(As per tradition now, they use this Crucible cover close-up for the SF&F class announcement. It’s a good tradition since Nancy Kress taught this class at W&B, once upon a time.)
I’ve been a member of Audible for years, so I’m delighted that Gods of Earth is finally available as an Audible download here. It’s a great pleasure to see my novel there in what I consider one of my favorite bookstores.
So I read Eggers’s The Circle. It is our time’s Brave New World. It insidiously takes you step by step — where each step seems reasonable, if not inevitable — from a situation essentially indistinguishable from our own to a terrifying dystopia.
It also makes a interesting pairing with Jaron Lanier’s Who Owns the Future. The two books together constitute an ominous and convincing warning.
Amazon is having a promotion of twenty ebooks available for just $2.00, good till the end of November. Gods of Earth is one of the twenty. See:
20 Kindle Books for $2 each
That’s cheaper than two donuts, or a comic, or most packs of gum nowadays. The siren call of literature, nearly free!
There’s still room at the October 22 reading at Fairport Brewing Company. It’s free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged because it helps the organizers plan for the free pizza. Register at:
It was fun to write “The Story Behind Gods of Earth” for upcoming4.me. It allowed me to reflect on the when-the-writing’s-done moments:
My good friends Joe and Tim are going to throw a book launch party for Gods of Earth October 22; everyone is invited, and it’s at artisanal brewery Fairport Brewing Company, so there will be great beer available. Here are the official details:
ENJOY LOCAL FICTION AND LOCAL BEER
Book Launch Party
Fairport novelist Craig DeLancey will read from his novel Gods of Earth, sign copies, and answer your questions.
Open to any and all book lovers.
Artisan Fairport Brewing Co beer and copies of Gods of Earth will be available for purchase.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 22nd from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
WHERE: Fairport Brewing Company, 99 South Main Street, Fairport, NY, 14450, at the corner of Main Street and Church Street. Parking available at the Village Landing.
Addendum: The organizers are hoping to get a rough head count so we know how much pizza (free to attendees!) to get. If you’re coming, and don’t mind spending a minute helping us get the head count, please register (it takes 2 seconds) at:
Many years ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival a few times while it was just starting to get big. Nice deal: we have our own Fringe Festival in Rochester now. Hopefully it will grow also.
Tonight I saw Greg Kotis’s “All Your Questions Answered” at Geva. A crazy fourth-wall-demolished delight.
Tomorrow (September 22), I get locked into a room to write a play overnight, that will then be performed that evening (September 23). That is, I’ll be one of the playwright victims of The 24 Hour Plays. So if you live nearby and are out and about Monday night, come see what I and other playwrights managed to create while sleep deprived. It’ll be at W&B at 7:00 p.m. Tickets available at the door or online.
I received today your kind notice that it’s time for me to renew my subscription. Please accept my check, post dated to January 22, 2015. That is only 493 days from now, which is how long you’ve had a story of mine without replying. Given that time moves so slowly at your offices (but not, I note, in your witty tweets) I’m sure you won’t mind waiting 493 days to cash the check.
Also, please note that I have adopted your own no-simultaneous-submissions policy. This means that I forbid you to cash any other checks before you cash mine. I’m sure you’ll understand that it is very annoying for a subscriber to go through the effort of writing a check, investing all that penmanship, only to discover that you already have cashed someone else’s check.
Yours, for all these 493 days,
Am I the only person who loathes the now ubiquitous expression, “going forward”? I heard on NPR last week a reporter use the phrase, “…going forward in the future.” Horrible as that is, I don’t believe it was a mistake on her part, but rather was recognition that “going forward” doesn’t even mean “in the future” anymore. It means something like “like.” So now a wretched phrase such as “What’s next for you, going forward?” is essentially the same as, “Like, what’s, like, next for you?”
Meanwhile, trying to work through The Magic Mountain. I confess it’s slow going. I think I’ll sneak a break, mid-novel, and read more Dostoyevsky. Or PKD.
I’m delighted that Nick Podehl will be reading Gods of Earth for the Brilliance Audio edition. Nick has been the reader for bestselling authors like Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts, and in fantasy, Patrick Rothfuss. His voice will be perfect for Chance Kyrien, and he has an astonishing range that’ll really bring alive characters like the Guardian and Sarah.
I do wonder how he’ll manage a stuttering coyote….