Sunday, August 30, 2009

Summer's over...

... and how awful it would have been, were it not for having spent the last two weeks of it swimming, canoing, kayaking, not-bear-hunting, finally watching Twilight, and working on a top-secret new project, on a lake near Temagami, Ontario -- that looked like this:

... or for the fact that summer's not technically over until after September 21, and not figuratively over until after Labour Day, really.

And a couple of things are going on, still.

In chronological order, then:

The story collection, Monstrous Affections, Trade Paperback Edition, will be available for pre-order from ChiZine Publications starting October 1. But in the meantime, you can pre-order it through Amazon and Chapters-Indigo. It arrives in October one way or another. To tide yourself over, you can always go read the free stuff here.

(Couple days ago, I posted an announcement in this space similar to this but for the factual error. I'd said ChiZine was selling the book September 1. That was, um, wrong. It's October 1. Which is well after summer's end. But there you go)

September 12, now, is something else again. There's going to be a book launch in Toronto for Tesseracts Thirteen, the scary version of the Canadian specfic anthology co-edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and David Morrell. I've got a story in it, "The Radejastians," so I'll be there. As will authors Kelley Armstrong, Alison Baird, Suzanne Church, Michael Kelly, Jill Snider-Lum, Andrea Schlecht and Edo Van Belkom.

It's going to be at Bakka-Phoenix Books, September 12, starting at three p.m. Bakka Phoenix is at 697 Queen Street West - just past Bathurst.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Au Revoir, Montreal!

I'm back, from Worldcon in Montreal - and it was a fantastic time. I didn't make it to as much programming as I'd have liked, but there was business to attend to: the launch of my collection Monstrous Affections, along with ChiZine's other fantastic titles; the launch of Tesseracts Thirteen, Nancy Kilpatrick and David Morrell's entry into the long line of Canadian sf anthologies; and reconnection with a pile of old friends and a bunch of what I hope will be a heap of new ones.

I have some pictures. First, of ChiZine's launch party at the Delta Saturday night.

Author Suzanne Church, and me, debating the merits:

Karen Fernandez (centre) executing a brain swap between Cory Doctorow and Bob Boychzuk:

Author James Morrow and Objects of Worship author Claude Lalumière, talking about me:

The eastern sales representative for the Literary Press Group Jacques Fillipi, ChiZine honchos Brett Savory and Sandra Kasturi, and me, brains freshly swapped, at the CZP launch:

Reading at the Tesseracts Twelve launch now.

Nancy Kilpatrick, co-editor, sets it all up:

My fellow Cecil Street workshop member Jill Snider Lum reads from her story:

I read from mine:

CZP publicist and T13 author Matthew Moore, Suzanne Church and fellow Cecil Street workshopper Sara Simmons take it all in:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Science Strikes Back...

Actually, a U.S. District Court judge strikes back. According to an article in the Pensacola News Journal, a little place called Dinosaur Adventure Land is about to be seized by federal authorities, to pay the $430,000 owed to the government by the park's founder, Kent Hovind. It makes me happy and it makes me sad: happy, in that the "theme park" was a low-rent lie that taught children erroneous science to bolster the Hovind Theory, a bizarre offshoot of young earth creationism that claimed dinosaurs and humans walked the earth together 4,000-6,000 years ago, and that the Flood was responsible for what "scientists" think of as the fossil record. It makes me sad because that low-rent lie was one of the most entertaining fibs I've ever had the pleasure of visiting.

Karen Fernandez and I spent a morning there back in the spring of 2006 - just two days after the municipality had ordered all the buildings shut down because Hovind had refused to obtain building permits. We were left to wander about, shooting photographs and video of the place, briefly meeting the Good Doctor himself. Eventually, we stitched those things together into an amateurish mini-documentary called Kent and I, posted it on YouTube for awhile, and endured a minor amount of internet fame.

A year and a bit back, we pulled the video down, and down it will stay. But in honor of the day (and for fear the government will bulldoze all that wonderful material that Hovind (excuse me, Dr. Dino) assembled) I thought I'd post some of the pictures Karen took that day. Click on 'em for larger images.

Like this one, of Dr. Dino, Kent Hovind (with tarantula and centipede):

Or this one, of one of those building-permit-free structures we couldn't enter:

Or this one, of a display explaining how the Grand Canyon was formed in weeks, not "millions of years":

Or this one here, containing as succinct an explanation of radio-polonium halos, granite, and how it all fits in with young earth creationism, as you'll ever see delivered to small children struggling to understand the universe in which they live:

Ah, Dinosaur Adventure Land, how we'll miss you. Now Pensacola will have to make do with only a world-class naval aviation museum to draw the tourists to the panhandle.

(Thanks to Madeline Ashby for pointing me to boingboing)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

My schedule at Worldcon - an addendum

Turns out my schedule at Worldcon this weekend will be a little busier than I'd thought. Since we last weighed in on where I'd be and what I'd be doing there at what time, I've added a couple of panels to the roster: a 10 a.m. Sunday panel talking about the perils and pleasures of collaboration in P513B; and an 11 a.m. Friday kaffeklatsch with members of the Cecil Street Irregulars workshop in 521C.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Tesseracts Thirteen Rises...

Here is something else to do with your disposable income at Worldcon next week: buy a copy of Tesseracts Thirteen. The anthology series is going grue for number 13, curated by Nancy Kilpatrick and David Morrell. My story, "The Radejastians," will be in there with stories by these folk: Kelley Armstrong; Alison Baird; Rebecca Bradley; Mary E. Choo; Suzanne Church; Kevin Cockle; Ivan Dorin; Katie Harse; Kevin Kvas; Michael Kelly; Jill Snider Lum; Catherine MacLeod; Matthew Moore; Silvia Moreno-Garcia; Jason Ridler; Gord Rollo; Andrea Schlecht; Daniel Sernine; Stephanie Short; Jean-Louis Trudel; Edo van Belkom; Bev Vincent - and there's an essay on Canadian horror by Robert Knowlton.

It's not going to be in stores until the fall (I believe there's a launch at Bakka Phoenix coming up in September). But you can come get it at Worldcon, where there'll be a launch, on Friday, between 3 and 5 p.m. at the Montreal Delta Hotel, 777 University Avenue, Suite 2815.