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SPECIAL BRIANNA WU SECTION
Earlier this week, Amazing Stories designated Brianna Wu’s game REVOLUTION 60 – from her independent game development company Giant SpaceKat – the official game of Amazing Stories. This was done to illustrate our support of Brianna and to help counter, in some small way, the efforts of those who are seeking to damage and destroy Brianna’s, the company’s and the game’s reputation. Gamergate may once have been about a protest against perceived bias in gaming journalism, but it has clearly morphed into an attack on women in gaming. Since Brianna was threatened with murder, she has been all over the mainstream news with a declaration that the haters will not force her out of gaming. Her strong stand appears to be having positive results: numerous prominent entities within the gaming community are now speaking out on Brianna’s behalf. Here’s some of that (and other coverage):
Museum of Science Fiction (DC) Announces Screen Writer Appearance
Hello Everyone!I’m so pleased to tell you that Star Trek screenwriter, Morgan Gendel is coming to Washington, DC the week of October 27 to speak at the DC Public Library and conduct two workshops for aspiring science fiction screenwriters.While in DC, Mr. Gendel will also speak to the film students at American University School of Communication and children at the John Eaton Elementary School.
Mr. Gendel is a former journalist and network executive who over the last 25 years has written or produced more than 200 episodes of television, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Law & Order, MTV’s Spider-Man, V.I.P. and The Dresden Files. He is partnered with Stan Lee on the graphic novel Hellana and is currently adapting the Ursula K. LeGuin novel, The Telling as a feature film. He teaches Drama TV Writing at Columbia College Chicago, International FilmSchool of Cologne, the Filmakademie in Stuttgart, and speaks at dozens of science fiction events around the world.
At the DC Public Library, Mr. Gendel will screen his Hugo Award-winning episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Inner Light. The Inner Light which places USS Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard in an alternate life for what seems to him like 50 years, was recently ranked by science fiction website io9.com as the #8 best episode from among all 700 hours of various Trek series.Following the screening, Mr. Gendel will discuss his inspiration for the episode and will tell all about his behind-the-scenes’ experiences in the Star Trek world. Time for questions and answers will follow the talk.
WHERE: DC Public Library, Tenley-Friendship Branch
4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016
In this 6-hour hands-on seminar, participants will work as a group to create the concept for a new sci-fi series. Building on that framework, the fundamentals of setting, character and action will be examined with an eye toward how they work together in a compelling screen story. Mr. Gendel will screen clips from his work and others’ to demonstrate.
A separate Daytime and Evening Workshop is available. Limited seating.
EVENING WORKSHOP: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Evenings
October 28-30 7-9 PM
attendance is required for all three evenings
DAYTIME WORKSHOP: Wednesday, October 29 10:30 AM – 4 PM
WHERE: Computing Research Association, 1828 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Hart, author of two critically acclaimed narrative histories, uses Let the Devil Speak to explain the terrain where history, politics, and culture overlap and ignite.
The book opens with a long essay about Good Old Boys, Randy Newman’s celebrated concept album about racism and the South, but at least three other articles will be of direct interest to Amazing Stories readers.
“May the Fraud Be With You,” an expansion of Hart’s controversial piece for Salon, shows how Star Wars impresario George Lucas built his epic on unacknowledged borrowings from classic science fiction, and how the pretentiousness has only grown worse with news that another round of Star Wars films is on the way.
“The Clockwork Grove” explores the fiftieth anniversary of the novel A Clockwork Orange, dispels some myths generated by author Anthony Burgess, and points to a message much more disturbing than the creator probably intended.
“The Ents From the Orcs” explores the close relationship between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, whose work probably would never have seen the light of day without their friendship, and how Tolkien’s idealistic epic was claimed as support for a sordid and corrupt presidency.
“Steven Hart wields a straight-razor for a pen. His subtle insights, especially on the bloody crossroads where race and music meet — the place where Robert Johnson met the devil — mark him a true American essayist.” Rick Perlstein, New York Times bestselling author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America and The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan.”Steven Hart is an exemplary cultural critic. He’s assiduous in his sleuthing through history, alert in his observations, sharply intelligent in his reach, and clear in his prose. His linking of America’s past and its music — between what went downand what was laid down — is acute, compelling, responsive and fresh.” Michael Gray, author of Hand Me My Travelin’ Shoes – In Search of Blind Willie McTell and Song & Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan.
Photos From Last Month’s KGB Reading
Here are the photos. If anyone has ids for those I’m missing-or corrections, please let me know.
Nancy Kress is the author of thirty-three books, including twenty-six novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on writing. Her work has won five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Nancy’s most recent work is Yesterday’s Kin, about genetic inheritance. In addition to writing, Kress often teaches at various venues around the country and abroad; in 2008 she was the Picador visiting lecturer at the University of Leipzig.
In 2001 Jack Skillingstead won Stephen King’s On Writing contest. Not long afterward Jack began selling regularly to major science fiction and fantasy markets. To date he has published more than thirty stories in various magazines, Year’s Best volumes and original anthologies. Much of his short work has been collected in Are You There and Other Stories. Jack’s novel, Life on the Preservation, was a finalist
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“This is the LAST week of the crowdfunding campaign for nEvermore! Murder, Mystery and the Macabre, and I’m hoping you’ll help out by donating something. You can donate and get a perk–and we have new and amazing perks (and remember, the gift-giving holidays are approaching fast! We are offering one-of-a-kind items and some fun stocking-stuffers!). You can also donate without a perk, and also anonymously–even small amounts are fine, and add up.
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Nancy Kilpatrick is an award-winning author and editor known for her dark fantasy/horror and mystery stories. She has published 18 novels, over 200 short stories, 6 collections, 1 non-fiction book, and has edited 14 anthologies. She has worked for major publishing houses and small presses and some of her fiction has been translated in several foreign languages. Poe’s works have been a lifelong passion and she is thrilled to have this opportunity to create an anthology that honors this exceptional author of style and genius.
Caro Soles is best known for founding the Bloody Words Mystery Conference to highlight Canadian mystery writing. She received the Derrick Murdoch Award from the Crime Writers of Canada, was short-listed for the Lambda Literary Award, and inaugurated the Bloody Words Mystery Award several years ago. She has published 11 novels and many short stories and has edited several mystery anthologies. She writes and reads mysteries, teaches writing at George Brown College and loves a good ghost story.
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Tales of Murder, Mystery and the Macabre
nEvermore!is an homage to the glorious, Gothic style of the master, Edgar Allan Poe, bringing Poe-inspired fiction into the 21st century.
nEvermore! brings together mystery writers (who already include a slash of the supernatural in their writing) and dark fantasy/horror writers (who currently slip across the shadows and touch on the mystery genre).
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The Week in TV: The Pied Piper Marches into Sleepy Hollow, Jessica Lange Snacks on Scenery, and Korra Bids Us a Fond Farewell!A demonic Pied Piper starred in this week’s episode ofSleepy Hollow, but Leah Schnelbach was happier watching Ichabod enjoying the amenities of modern life. Mari Ness wonders how Elsa gets so much hiking done in formal wear as she traipses her way throughOnce Upon a Time’s latest episode. Thom Dunn looks forward to the tense working relationship between Gordon and Cobblepot (Gobblepot?) hinted at in this week’s Gothamepisode,”Arkham.” Meanwhile, Alex Brown is cautiously optimistic thatThe Walking Deadmay have found a solid, nuanced villain in its season five premiere, while Theresa DeLucci jumps into the first episode of American Horror Story: Freak Showand applauds the “fearsome, scenery-chewing superbeast” that is Jessica Lange. And Mordicai Knode tackles the most recent Legend of Korraepisode, in which Korra embarks on her own self-motivated Hero’s Quest, while Emily Asher-Perrin detailsKorra‘s touching goodbye to fans at NYCC. SHARE THIS:
TV News: Constantine Exorcises Some Demons, and the Doctor Unravels a Mummy! Alex Brown spotlights three series–Forever, How to Get Away with Murder, and Stalker-while discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly in this year’s crop of new fall shows. Meanwhile, Emily Asher-Perrin dons a trench coat and recaps NYCC’s promising sneak peek at Constantine,coming soon to a TV near you! We’ve also got a newtrailer for Powers, the TV adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis’ police procedural comics series. Chris Lough marvels at “Mummy on the Orient Express,” an Agatha Christie-inspired steampunk monster movie mash-up that somehow makes for a quintessential episode of Doctor Who–and in other Time Lord-related news, Arthur Darvill has let it slip that there was nearly a Doctor Whomusical! SHARE THIS:
Original FictionIn Carrie Vaughn’s brand-new Wild Cards story, “Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza,” ace Ana Cortez discovers that sometimes to be truly healed, you must return to your roots. Meanwhile, Gennifer Albin returns to her Crewel World universe for “The Girl in the High Tower”!“Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza” by Carrie Vaughn
The thing Ana Cortez remembered most about being shot was not realizing she’d been shot. It was more than adrenaline or the chaos of the situation. It was thinking, this can’t possibly be happening. No way was this really happening. When you have ace powers, you’re supposed to be able to save the world. But then you get shot.
In Arras, time and space can be manipulated-and so can people. The Spinsters work day and night to ensure a perfect world, but above them all, at the top of the high tower, works the Creweler…until the Creweler makes a decision to help a young girl escape. Now bound by the strands of the universe, trapped between her memories and mistakes, subject to brutal experiments, Loricel has one more impossible decision to make….
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