Stargate Monuments


Martha Wells

The Invisible Woman

Stargate Monuments

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Stargate Monuments

Comicpalooza Report Part 2

Link to Comicpalooza part I

Saturday started early, with an 8:00 am to 9:00 am mini press junket for bloggers and podcasters and other reporters. I did a bunch of interviews with really fun people that I only got to talk to for five minutes. The Comicpalooza staffers and volunteers were all absolutely great, too.

After that, I went back to the hotel room to get the rest of my group and force them to take me to breakfast because I was starving. (When we were waiting for the hotel restaurant, we saw Stan Lee go by.) Then we headed over to the con, because I had a panel at 11:30, signing at the Barnes and Noble booth at 1:00 (and if you're still at the con, I signed stock for them so they should have signed copies of The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea, and The Siren Depths), and then another panel at 2:30.

I didn't say enough yet about how incredible the costumes were. Here's a picture of one:

Those wings actually snapped out when she pushed a button.

The panel at 11:30 was the worldbuilding panel, in a packed room. (The panel programming for the literary track was awesome, and the writing panels were well-attended, often standing room only.) The other panelists were P. J. Hoover, Steve Bein (M), Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Rachael Acks, Kerrelyn Sparks and we had a great panel with a lot of good questions from the audience.

The panel at 2:30 was tips for aspiring writers, also in a full room, with Patrice Sarath, Rachael Acks (M), Rachel Caine, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon. We answered a lot of questions and had a fun time. Then I found my husband and our friend and we went to lunch (yes, at 4:00 pm) with Patrice. Between the panel and the lunch I was so tired I thought I was going to die, then after I ate, I had this weird false burst of energy again, so we went back to the con and did a more thorough walk through the Artists' alley section of the room.

Oh, and we got to see Peter Mayhew at his booth, and Henry Winkler. Henry Winkler was kind of awesome. He would walk around and go down the line of people and chat with everyone, and hug people, and generally act like he had invited you to a party he was having in his booth. It was just a fun place to walk by as everybody in line always looked so happy.

By about 7:00 I started to fall over again, so we went to the room and rested a bit, then met up again with Patrice at 8:00 for more food and deserts. We went back to our room at about 11:00 and collapsed.

On Sunday we were leaving in the late afternoon, so we went ahead and packed the car and checked out of the hotel after breakfast. We had a huge bout of bad storms and flooding through the central part of the state, including a bridge washed away, but luckily it wasn't near Houston. Though there was some rain and storms early in the day.

We did the floor for a while (no light sabres, no) and then I did another signing at Barnes and Noble, talked to some friends, and then did my last panel at 2:30. It was business tips for writers, with Jonathan Maberry, Kimberly Frost, and K. M. Tolan. I was the moderator (the program coordinator had emailed me earlier and asked me to do it when the other moderator had to cancel). We answered a ton of questions from a great audience, so it was fun too.

After that, we had to leave. I kind of didn't want to, because we kept running into friends and the con went on to Monday and I didn't get to see robots fight, but we had to go.

We got out of the downtown area without rain or traffic problems, but on highway 59, there was a slowdown merging onto 290, and someone almost rear-ended us. Like, I heard brakes squealing long enough to say twice "Please don't hit us." Looked back and there was a white car with smoke coming from the brakes. I think she must have stopped with inches to spare and I would like to thank her very much for being able to do that, because yeah, I can't afford to get another car. So we were very, very awake at that point and drove the rest of the way home with no problems.

Stargate Monuments

Comicpalooza Report Part I

So through a haze of heavy traffic, we got to Comicpalooza on Thursday afternoon. We got checked in to the hotel, and I headed over to get our passes. (Walking the length of the large hotel, then half the length of the large convention center, when there aren't a lot of people yet but you can hear movement and distant voices echoing through, is a very Bioshock experience.) I found a small outpost of civilization, got the passes, walked back without being eaten by zombies. Then I went to a press interview thing the convention was holding and did a couple of quick interviews. We went down to meet up with friends for drinks (including Diana Dru Botsford whose books you should check out), and then went out to dinner. (Luckily we knew people who would fight the traffic to come to the hotel to pick us up, because once you get parked in the hotel garage it's better not to leave it.)

Friday we went up to the pool on the 23rd floor and went swimming and sat in the hot tub. It was a gorgeous pool, really nice, and I'm glad we went that day because we had no time to do it the rest of the con. I didn't have a panel until 5:30, so we were able to do the con floor.

The con is basically three stories of giant convention center, with the entrance and skyway from the hotel on the second floor, where a lot of people were walking back and forth, etc, and the third floor, where the gaming, the panels, NASA, the celebrity q and a sessions, the wrestling ring, the roller derby (not kidding) and the bands and other events. The first floor was registration and the dealers' room, artists' alley, maker faire (3d printers, robots, science!, laser tag, virtual reality game booths, etc), food court (barbeque, stir fry, Cuban sandwiches, deli, etc. The pulled pork sandwiches at Southern Lady Barbeque were delicious) and the celebrity signing booths.

The con was bigger this year, and had the entire convention center, which allowed them to (I think) make the aisles bigger and not crowd the front of the room with the dining tables and the kids' play area, so there was far less crowding. The crowd flow seemed to work pretty well, as far as I could tell.

And it's a very diverse crowd. Houston is a very diverse city anyway, and you saw every kind of people, often in costume, and every age from 60s and 70s down to babies. Lots of women, lots of teenagers, lots of families with young kids. (Often in costume.) The con has a very exciting, vital feel, and you see a lot of people smiling and just having a great time. I think this is the future of fandom, and I like it a lot.

(Oh, and despite all the kids (day passes for kids were $10.00 and there was a programming track of kids activities) there are cash bars scattered through the dealers and artists areas. And a roving bar on a bicycle. And a booth for Virus Vodka giving samples in test tubes.)

We shopped a lot but didn't buy much, because after paying for hotel and food there wasn't a ton of money left. I did get a Doctor Who t-shirt, a couple of comic books, and SGC and Stargate Atlantis uniform patches. There was some beautiful original art, which was very tempting. And the light sabre booth. Oh god, the light sabre booth.

(Conversation I had with my husband: "No, no, no, you can not have something that expensive that's just a pretty toy."

Him: "If I get one I'll get one for you too."

Random man: "That's the way to do it."

Me: "No, no, (picking up a gorgeous silver and blue thing labeled Azure Reaper) no, no matter how pretty and wonderful and absolutely perfect toy it's-- No!"

We did not get light sabres even though he threaten to whine about it in the car all the way home.)

There weren't many celebrities on the floor yet, by Joel Hodgson from Mystery Science Theater 3000 was there, and I am a huge fan. But I have a weird phobia where I am terrified to speak to them. So my husband went and got a picture with Joel Hodgson, who asked why his wife was hiding twenty yards away by the pillar, and my husband told him why, and he pointed at me and called me cute and adorable. So that was my idea of a happy celebrity encounter, where I can have it at a safe distance.)

I did my first panel, Fifty Shades of Fae, about fairy in books, media, etc, which went really well. By then it was 6:30 and we and the friend who was staying with us went across the street to a nice restaurant for dinner. We're sitting there, eating, and I suddenly look up and coming in to be seated is George and Brad Takei. So that was pretty enormously cool. (We also saw Stan Lee coming out of the hotel restaurant the next morning.)

This is getting long, and I still have a lot more to tell, so I'll continue in another post.

(The rest of my photos are on my tumblr in the comicpalooza tag.)

Comicpalooza Report Part II


Stories of the Raksura I ebook for $1.99

I need to do a Comicpalooza report, but wanted to say real quick that Stories of the Raksura I: the Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud is on sale now for $1.99 on Kindle and Nook

So if you wanted it in ebook and hadn't gotten it yet, now is a great time. I have no idea how long the sale is going to last.

SGA Maps

Links and Book Recs

* This Just In — Books Are Still Awesome
Liz Bourke says nice things about my collection Between Worlds: the Collected Ile-Rien and Cineth Stories

* My Comicpalooza schedule.

* Strange Horizons column: Movements: Use of Anger by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
At times, writing this column is like performing open heart surgery on myself. I have to take off all the protective armor and all the defense shields that I’ve learned to put up, and I have to sit down and gear myself up for speaking truth. Writing about the journey as I experience it, as I walk it in this field I’ve chosen to work in, is not always easy.

* Short story Breaking the Spell by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

* Bone Swans by C.S.E. Cooney is up for preorder in ebook.

* Waters of Versailles by Kelly Robson is up for preorder.

* Exclusive: BOOM! Studios Reveals SLEEPY HOLLOW: PROVIDENCE Miniseries

* Catherine Lundoff's Older Women in SF/F list Part One and Part Two


It's Here!

Journey - Young Hercules


It's been raining off and on all weekend, and we're getting flash flood warnings all over the place. Because this weekend was university graduation on Friday and Saturday, and there were tons of extra people in town, and students packing up to leave, and moving to new places, it was a dark wet hellscape as far as traffic was concerned.

The drought map is shrinking, but Lake Travis still needs more water, while I think we're full up. We did get the electrical work we needed done on the house Thursday. (The electrical riser was pulling out of the roof and needed to be replaced.) The power was off all day so they could do it, then the power company ended up hooking it back up again during a thunderstorm.

* I'm going to have stories in these two anthologies, coming up later this year: The Gods of Lovecraft and Mech: Age of Steel.

* Pentapoda did some lovely Raksura fanart

* I posted this yesterday:

* On the Roar of Approval For Self-Defenestration by Adam-Troy Castro
You make friends among folks who will not correct you when you step over those invisible lines, but who will instead applaud you, who will react to you most positively when you slip up and allow this ugly lesion on your character to hang exposed. They laugh and clap and tell you that you’re speaking truth, when instead you’re engaging in a little bit of social Tourette’s. They call over others, even worse than themselves, and before long you find yourself playing to a crowd that is itself getting worse and worse.
This applies to so many different situations inside every kind of fandom and outside it.


Stories of the Raksura vol II

Stories of the Raksura vol. II: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below will be released into the wild in just a couple of weeks on Tuesday June 2, in trade paperback and ebook. It's also being released in audiobook (by Christopher Kipiniak, who's been the performer for all the Raksura books so far!) but I'm not sure if that will be done by June 2 or if it'll be a little later.

You can preorder it at all these places:

Amazon US, Barnes and Noble, Mysterious Galaxy, Powell's, The Tattered Cover, Chapter Indigo, Books-a-Million, Book Depository, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon Spain, Amazon France, and all other Amazon sites, or look for it in an independent bookstore in the US through Indiebound.

ebook: Kindle US, Barnes & Noble Nook US, Kobo, iTunes, Kindle Canada, Kindle UK, Kindle DE, Kindle Spain, Kindle France, and all other Amazon sites.

Excerpt from The Dark Earth BelowCollapse )

Dr. Orpheus


On May 22-25, I'll be at Comicpalooza in Houston. It's a great con, with a ton of panels on writing and art and costuming and film and pretty much everything you can think of, on top of a massive convention floor with artists, dealers of all kinds, celebrity signings, robots, 3d printers, circus acts, etc.

(If you decide to go, I recommend that you get your pass online and then pick it up as early as possible. On Saturday last year there were huge lines to get in.)

Here's my schedule. Last year there were book signings at the Barnes and Noble table, but I don't know if they're going to do that this year.

5:30-6:30 Fifty Shades of Fae: Fairies in Fiction (F) 03-350B
How have contemporary fantasy authors used the classical folklore and literature of fairies to create modern stories? What are some of the best stories involving the faerie otherworld?
Martha Wells, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Raven Raye, C. D. Lewis, Janet Wrenn (M)

11:30-12:30 Writing Tips and Tricks: How to Create Believable Worlds (CBW) 01-350A
World-building in fiction can be a challenge. How much is enough? How much is too much? Authors share techniques for creating believable, immersive worlds in fiction writing.
P. J. Hoover, Steve Bein (M), Martha Wells, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Rachael Acks, Kerrelyn Sparks

2:30-3:30 Tips for Aspiring Writers (CBW) 23-352B
New to writing? Not sure where to start? Come and learn from published authors, who will share tips, dos and don'ts, and personal stories about how they began their writing careers.
Patrice Sarath, Martha Wells, Rachael Acks (M), Rachel Caine, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon

2:30-3:30 Business 101 for Writers (CBW) 05-350C
Writing is more than just finishing your short story or novel. Come learn from pro writers about the business side of writing: budgeting, networking, website creation, promotional materials, branding and more.
Martha Wells, Jonathan Maberry, Kimberly Frost, Jake Kerr (M), K. M. Tolan

John and Teyla - Uh Oh


I've been doing a quickie edit/revise of the book I just finished before I send it in to my agent, and that means doing about 100 manuscript pages per day, so I've feeling a bit swamped. And it's a longer one, about 140,000 words.


The YA fantasy I co-wrote with Aaron de Orive, Blade Singer, is on sale for $2.99 at Barnes and Noble and Amazon


* Representing Marginalized Voices in Historical Fiction and Fantasy by Joyce Chng, David Anthony Durham, Kari Sperring, and Vanessa Rose Phin

* An interview with author Judith Tarr

* How to vote No Award in the Hugos

New Books

* The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor
A prequel to the highly acclaimed, World Fantasy Award-winning novel, Who Fears Death, it features the rise of another of Nnedi Okorafor’s powerful, memorable, superhuman women.

* Apex by Ramez Naam
Against this backdrop, a new breed of post-human children are growing into their powers. And a once-dead scientist, driven mad by her torture, is closing in on her plans to seize planet's electronic systems, and re-forge everything in her image.

* The Venusian Gambit: Book Three of the Daedalus Series by Michael J. Martinez
In the year 2135, dangerous alien life forms freed in the destruction of Saturn's moon Enceladus are making their way towards Earth. A task force spearheaded by Lt. Cmdr. Shaila Jain is scrambling to beat them there while simultaneously trying to save crewmember Stephane Durand, who was infected during the mission to Saturn and is now controlled by a form of life intent on reopening a transdimensional rift and destroying the human race.

* The first chapter of Charm by C.L. Hellisen