Participating in a NASA Social event

I’ve been selected to be part of a NASA Social event at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. I’ll be attending the launch of the SpaceX CRS-10 cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station later this month.

During the event, I’ll be provided with the opportunity to:

  • Tour NASA facilities at Kennedy
  • Meet and interact with engineers, technicians and other team members from Kennedy
  • View and take photographs of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Launch Complex 39A
  • Meet fellow space enthusiasts who are active on social media
  • Meet members of NASA’s social media team
  • View the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft

TRIP CANCELED

Unfortunately, the event date was moved to 17-18th, which is the one weekend this month Lisa and I both have plans. Much as I would like to go, we’d both have to cancel our trips and that’s not fair to her. Hopefully I can get on the invite list for a future launch. I’ve wanted to see one since I was a kid.

2016 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2016 Locus Recommended Reading List was published last week and it includes the following stories from Clarkesworld Magazine:

Novelettes

Short Stories

Congratulations to our authors!

Oh and I am very flattered that The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One made their list of recommended anthologies.

Locus uses this list as the foundation for their annual poll and survey. Winners will be announced at the Locus Awards ceremony later in the year. The poll should be online shortly.

Dealing with the remains of Clarkesworld Books

Once upon a time, I owned a bookstore: Clarkesworld Books. When it closed eight years ago, I ended up with a basement full of books which I’ve been slowly selling off via Amazon, at conventions, and other places. If you’ve seen my table at Capclave or Readercon, you know I’ve become extremely motivated to find these books a new home, often discounting things down to a $1. A few months ago, at Philcon, I brought nine boxes of books that failed to sell and dumped them on the freebie table. I’ve already packed eight more to bring to Boskone.

Despite these efforts, a significant volume of books remain. After Boskone, I’ll check with some used bookstores in the area and see if they are interested in the paperbacks I decided not to use in the recent cull. I’ll probably put the rest on EBay in lots of 20-30 and see what happens. At worst, Lunacon comes around in April and I can always give away a few more boxes there.

If anyone knows any other places that might be interested in buying paperbacks/trade paperbacks/hardcovers in bulk–cheap–let me know. I’m in Northern NJ and wouldn’t be opposed to driving a couple of hours if it reduces the pile significantly. I also have road trips to the DC and Boston areas scheduled this year.

In cleaning this all up, I’ve also uncovered a bunch of small press and signed limited edition books. Those will likely be added to my Amazon Seller account as some of them have become quite valuable. Makes ditching the others for next-to-nothing a lot more palatable. 😉

The first few days…

So what are the first few days of being self-employed like? It turns out that it feels a lot like anytime I’ve taken a few days off from my old day job: a mad rush of catching up on things that have piled up. My daily routine–which includes cooking and taking care of the house–is beginning to fall into place, but will likely adjust once I clear the backlog and start focusing forward.