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Not much time left until Boskone

Boskone is coming up. Hope to see some of you there!

No table this year, but I'll be on the following panels:

Saturday, 10am, Harbor III: Survive and Thrive in the New World of Publishing
Alan F. Beck, Beth Bernobich, Joshua Bilmes (M), Jeffrey A. Carver, Neil Clarke
Traditional publishing is under siege from all sides as online publishing proliferates, cheap and easy self publishing is available, and readership in general declines. Can the rise of e-books, audiobooks, print-on-demand save the industry? What must you do to be successful today?

Saturday, Noon, Harbor II: How Not To Produce An E-Book
Neil Clarke, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Stephen Segal (M)
For prospective publishers (and authors who want to pub their own stuff in e-format), veteran designers offer tips for what to avoid — and best practices for what to do right.

Saturday, 5pm, Lewis: Reading: Clarkesworld Magazine
Kate Baker, Neil Clarke (M), Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of this top-flight, Hugo-winning Clarkesworld Magazine contributors gather to read some of their best stuff.

My Boskone Schedule

Somehow I missed the arrival of my Boskone schedule. Looks like I have a few panels this weekend:

Saturday 10am Summing Up a Decade of SF, Fantasy, and Horror: 2000-2009
Neil Clarke (M), Don D’Ammassa, Jack M. Haringa, David G. Hartwell, Eleanor Wood

Let’s survey the good, the bad, and the ugly genre works of the decade just past. Bring your opinions, and keep your ears open for recommendations on great stuff you missed.


Saturday 1pm The Small Press: Bigger Than Ever?
Neil Clarke, Gavin Grant, Valerie L. Grimm, Joe Hill

Boutique publishers and small presses are publishing more of the best stuff in the field every year. True? Who? How? Why? And what about the future? What’s the role of the small press in a world dominated by e-books?
 

Saturday 3pm Kaffeeklatsch
Neil Clarke, Beth Meacham

Saturday 4pm Changing the Best Semi-Prozine Hugo
Neil Clarke, David G. Hartwell, Mark L. Olson (M), Ben Yalow

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Best Semi-Prozine Hugo category needs repair. Everything else is open to debate. Since four members of the WSFS committee charged with developing a proposed replacement will be at Boskone, we are taking the opportunity to have a public discussion of the issues. Everyone is welcome to as smoffy an event as you’ll ever see!
 

Sunday 11am The e-Book Market
Jeffrey A. Carver, Neil Clarke (M), John R. Douglas, Gavin Grant, Charles Stross, Eleanor Wood

E-books appear to be the wave of the future. How does a professional who wishes to continue to make a living surf that wave?
 

Sunday 2pm New Fantasy — For Girls Only?
Neil Clarke (M), Leah Cypess

The writer Shauna Roberts observes that publishers think boys won’t read about girls, but girls will read about boys [as well as about girls]. Do publishers really think that? Is it true? Why? If that’s the dominant paradigm, do fantasies where the protagonist is a kickass warrior, assassin, or thief represent attempts at overcoming it — or do girls just want to have fun?

I seem to have inherited a reading too, but I think I may have to drop that. I thought I might be able to pull together a small CW reading, but with 30 minutes and no time to recruit, it may not be worth the effort.

My Boskone Schedule

I’ve been to Boskone a few times and have always had a great time there. This year will be a little different for me. It’s the first time I’m attending as a program participant. I’ve been on the program at several conventions now, but I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around it. It’s just… weird.

Here’s my schedule:

Friday 8pm Harbor 3: How is the Internet Changing What We Read?
Scott Andrews, Neil Clarke, Justine Graykin (m), James Patrick Kelly, Teresa Nielsen Hayden

With hundreds of genre releases every year, fans are constantly looking for what to read, and sometimes more importantly, what to avoid. How are blogs and discussion forums and yes, even advertising affecting your reading habits? Do the personal opinions and politics of an author cause you to buy their books or avoid them like the swine flu? Does internet popularity and word-of-mouth translate into actual sales?
 

Saturday 1pm Lewis: The Market(s) for Short Fiction
Neil Clarke (m), Elaine Isaak, Alexander Jablokov, James Patrick Kelly

Magazines, anthologies, the web? Find out where the short stuff sells, and how to get a piece of the action.

Sunday 10am Harbor 3: 25 Things I Learned from SF
Ginjer Buchanan, Neil Clarke, Michael F. Flynn, Lawrence M. Schoen, Steven H Silver (m)

How much of what you know did you get from science fiction? Chromatophores and Kuiper belts, tesseracts and teratogens — what Newton dreamt and how anarchy might work — we’ve all received numberless infodumps. What are your favorites? Your most exotic. How has science fiction shaped your life, your worldview, and the cool stuff you spout at parties?

 

Sunday 11am Lewis: SF/F/H Sites to See (Before You Die): E Publishing and Online Media
Scott Andrews (m), Neil Clarke, James Patrick Kelly

More on the electronic market for short fiction – but also discusses other on- line resources (for readers, writers, and fans) available on the information superhighway…..

Hope to see some of you there!

Back from Boskone

I spent the last few days at Boskone. I didn’t end up with a roommate, so there was an extra bed in the hotel room. Lisa and the boys decided at the last minute to join me. It definitely made the long trip up and back a lot more enjoyable. During the con, they spent most of their time wandering the hotel, getting lost in Boston, eating jellybeans and watching countless episodes of Spongebob Squarepants. Aside from the getting lost part, that was the vacation the boys wanted. At 4 and 7 years old, my boys are still easily entertained.

My time was spent quite differently. One of the upcoming books I’m working on is the limited edition of Toast by Charles Stross. The signature sheets for this project were printed last week, so I brought them with me and made arrangements with Charlie to have some of them signed at the con. A con is hardly the best place for someone to sign over 700 pages, so I was very lucky that he was able to get through about 500 of them. The remaining pages will be mailed to the UK later this week.

Also in the world of Wyrm projects, Tobias Buckell and I met up with Brian Dow, the artist who is working on the cover for Tides from the New Worlds. It’s always nice to be able to put a face to someone I’ve been exchanging email with for a while. The preliminary work he’s shown us so far has been fantastic and I can’t wait to show you what he’s come up with. I find the process he is using very interesting and he said that we may see some of the models he built for this cover at next year’s Boskone.

I managed to attend a whopping total of two panels, a handful of signings and one reading during the course of the entire weekend. It was too easy to be distracted and sucked into conversations with new and old friends in the comfortable lobby bar and evening parties. Of note was  the “Death to Peeps Fun Fest” where countless marshmallow minions were zapped, blended, nuked, and sacrificed to the whims of attendees. There were Peeps served at my wedding, so I have a soft spot for them. I had to take the boys down later that weekend to see the Peep carnage. I also had fun watching Bob Eggleton paint two pictures at the art show.

I bought a copy of Ten Sigmas & Other Unlikelihoods from Paul Melko (which is apparently the first copy he’s signed) and Radio Freefall by Matthew Jarpe.  I tried to get a copy of Paul’s novel, Singularity Rising, but there weren’t any copies left in the dealer’s room within a few hours.  I also picked up a copy of the latest issue of The New York Review of Science Fiction, which contains “The Third Bear”, a non-fiction piece by the same name as the story that appeared in Clarkesworld.

Overall, a great time. I’ll definitely be back again next year.

*thud*

It took almost 5 hours of driving, but I managed to get back in from Boskone just before dinner today.  I’m glad I managed to get in before the kids went to sleep.  Now I have hundreds of emails to read (after deleting spam), lots of things to pass along about the con, and hours of sleep to catch up on.  I think sleep wins.

Ending and Boskone 2007

It’s been a busy morning.  Since announcing that the store would be closing, I’ve received a steady stream of emails from customers, authors, publishers, and booksellers all lamenting the store’s passing and wishing us the best with the baby.  It’s been an emotionally draining week and I’m simply overwhelmed by all the kind words.  Thanks one and all.

Now that all this is happening, I’m kicking myself for not getting a table in the Dealer’s room at Boskone this week.  It would have been a good opportunity to sell off some inventory without having to do all the packing.  I was thinking though, I don’t need a table to get rid of some books.  If you’ll be there, just place an order before Thursday and I can bring them with me.  I don’t have to pack and you won’t have to pay shipping.  Something for everyone!

So, if you’ll be there and want books, buy now.  If you’ll be there and just want to say Hi, I’ll be there.