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I tend to be a stay-at-home kind of person, but I’ve had to cancel traveling to a lot of conventions and events in the last year. One of the things I tend to enjoy the most about those events is the interactions I have with fellow attendees (fans and professionals).

Later this month, I’ll be hosting some online short fiction-related panels with some friends and colleagues, but Kate has been pushing me to try using Twitch for more “just me” stuff. I’ve created an account and plan on holding informal kaffeeklatsch-like events there. If that sentence doesn’t make sense to you, let me translate…

Twitch is a video streaming site. If you go to this page, you’ll find my profile there and can sign up to be notified when I’m “streaming” (on camera and available). I can’t see the audience members, but they can “talk” to me via the chat room. At conventions, a kaffeeklatsch (or a literary beer) is an informal event where you can go and have a group chat with one of the guests. The participants ask questions about the work you do and other related stuff.

I’m going to give this a try and see how it goes. The first session will be Thursday, April 9 at 1PM EDT. How long it runs will completely depend on the audience. Hope to “see” some of you there. (If this works out, I’ll schedule others at different times and different days. Not trying to favor any one particular time zone here.)

ICFA – Trip canceled

Due to my cardiac issues, I am currently considered a high risk if exposed to Covid-19. The CDC has recently posted a recommendation that such individuals avoid travel and crowds. My doctors have expressed similar thoughts. As much as I was looking forward to attending ICFA in Orlando next week, I’ve decided to follow their advice and cancel my trip.

The number of cases in NJ is still quite low, but there has been one just a town away. Several friends are in places that have it far worse. I wish them (and you) all the best. Keep safe. Better caution than risk with something like this.

Not in China (again)


I was supposed to leave for the 5th International Science Fiction Conference in Chengdu early last week, but I canceled the trip at the last minute due to concerns about my father-in-law’s health.

Sadly, he passed away early last Wednesday morning. (It’s something I’m just not able to write about at the moment.)

Throughout the week and into the weekend, I kept hearing from friends and acquaintances who wanted to wish us well and send their condolences. Thank you.

I was also treated to notes and pictures from friends I would have seen while in China. It was nice to be a fly on the wall in my down hours. From what I could see the convention was a big success and enjoyed by many. Congratulations to the organizers and I wish everyone luck in their bid to bring Worldcon to Chengdu. I have fond memories of my trip there two years ago and hope to return someday. This time, however, I needed to be home. I was there in 2D spirit though.

Not in China


Unfortunately, my flight to China was canceled after a full day of issues at Newark airport. United Airlines gets points for good communications, but it seemed like chaos in regards to how they dealt with the mechanical issues. Early on, they told us they were considering getting a new plane. They should have. A quick look online revealed that the same plane had been delayed coming to us because of mechanical issues as well. That should be a red flag. (I could also go into details about the hotel vouchers and flight rebooking process–staffed by one–that awaited many of my fellow passengers, but I’m tired of this. At least they weren’t as bad as Aer Lingus.)

I ended up having to cancel my entire trip to the China SF conference. (A 19 hour flight with connections that had me arriving as the conference ended didn’t work for me, oddly enough.)

I am very disappointed not to be there and send my regrets to everyone I hoped to meet. It looked like it was going to be a great time and judging by the snippets and photos that have reached me so far, it look like it has been.

For their part in this mess, United offered me two travel vouchers. The first was laughable, but the second, while not great, was just good enough. I have another flight to China later this month and this might just get me a decent seat upgrade. Failing that, it could cover another flight I have planned in early 2020.

I was supposed to give a talk on International Science Fiction at the convention and had spent some time putting it all together. A few people there have asked about it, so I may record a voice-over for the slides and put it up on YouTube when I have some time.

Philcon 2019

I’ll be attending Philcon in Cherry Hill, NJ from November 8th-10th. Here’s my schedule:

Genre Publications in 2019
Fri 7:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
[Panelists: Ty Drago (mod), Alex Shvartsman, Dina Leacock, Julie Ann Dawson, Neil Clarke]

Ask a Small Publisher
Sat 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour)
[Panelists: Marc Histand (mod), Brian Koscienski, Neil Clarke, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Alex Shvartsman, Michael Hanson]

Meet the Editors
Sat 10:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
[Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail (mod), Mike McPhail, Ty Drago, April Grey, Gordon Linzner, Neil Clarke]

Autographs: Sam Delany, Gordon Linzner, Neil Clarke
Sun 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Promenade (Gaming) (1 hour)

China SF Con

NOTE: Due to my flight being cancelled and an inability to book a replacement flight that would get me there in time, I’ve had to cancel this trip. I am very disappointed and send my apologies to everyone. Should be a fantastic conference and I hope everyone has a great time.


I’ll be taking two trips to China over the next month. The first will take me to the China Science Fiction Conference 2019, held November 2-3 in the Garden Expo Park in Fengtai District, Beijing. It will be a short trip, but I expect to have a day of sightseeing before I return home. I’ll talk more about the second trip later.

Schedule (subject to change)

November 2nd
9:40-10:20 Interview
13:00-14:00 Interview
5:00-15:30 @ Storycom Table (number 07) Signing
Evening, Welcome Banquet held by CAST

November 3rd
Morning, Opening Ceremony
Afternoon, Presentation (The Future of SF is International)

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