Clarion West Summer Reading Series

Clarion West’s exciting Summer Reading Series, featuring prominent writers of science fiction and fantasy who are teaching its prestigious Six-Week Workshop, will take place in June and July of 2015.  This year’s workshop instructors hail from all over the world and between them write an incredible variety of work: from Afro-Caribbean speculative fiction, to one of the most celebrated books about time travel ever written, to ominously predictive stories about the surveillance state, this year’s instructors open readers’ eyes to the possibilities of the world.

Authors will read from their work and answer questions about writing, teaching, editing, and other topics. These events are a chance to get to know some of the most prominent and award-winning writers working in speculative fiction today.

Readings take place at the University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE in Seattle, unless otherwise noted.  All readings except for the Cory Doctorow event on July 28 are free and do not require tickets.

  • June 23, 7 PM: Andy Duncan
  • June 30, 7 PM: Eileen Gunn
  • July 7, 7 PM: Tobias S. Buckell
  • July 14, 7 PM: Connie Willis
  • July 21, 7 PM: Nalo Hopkinson
  • July 28, 7 PM: Cory Doctorow (at the University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 Northeast 43rd Street, Seattle, WA 98105. Tickets are $10 in advance, and can be purchased atwww.clarionwest.org/events/cory-doctorow-in-conversation/.)

More information about the authors and the readings can be found atwww.clarionwest.org/events/readings/ and at ubookstore.com/events.

Call for Submissions at Mad Scientist Journal

Selfies from the End of the WorldMad Scientist Journal, the e-zine that Dawn Vogel and I (Jeremy Zimmerman) run, is currently doing a call for submissions for an anthology that we recently funded through Kickstarter. Full details are on our Submissions Page.

We are looking for stories 500-8000 words in length about the end of the world, in whatever form it takes. These stories will be published in our anthology, Selfies from the End of the World: Historical Accounts of the Apocalypse. We will accept submissions from March 1st through March 31st. The stories must include the following elements:

  • The World Must End: At the very minimum, we’re looking for a catastrophic collapse of human civilization. The end of the world can either take place in the story or, in the case of post-apocalyptic tales, it can take place before the start of your story.
  • It Must Be First Person: There must be a narrator that is telling the story as though they have experienced it.

It does not need to have mad science in it at all.

Though we are not requiring it, we would also love stories that feature protagonists or settings that are outside of what we typically see in mainstream fiction. We don’t want to just publish a couple dozen stories about straight white men in the ruins of the United States. We would also like to collect stories from a wide range of authors, including authors with little to no publishing history and authors from traditionally underrepresented groups.

All our other submission guidelines still apply, particularly the request for Standard Manuscript Format. We will not be accepting reprints. Payment will be 1-cent a word.

File Under Strange Teapots

This teapot was obviously handmade, and it reminded me of nothing so much as an Adventure Time character. Here it’s modeled by the lovely Caren Gussoff. Found at the Woodinville Value Village.

photo of a woman holding a teapot

As you can tell, neither Caren or I could take our eyes off it. Maybe because we were scared to.

This Wise Man Failed His Stealth Roll

Picture of a Christmas creche.

Found at the Redmond Value Village.

Book: Caren Gussoff’s The Birthday Problem

Cover of the Birthday Problem by Caren Gussoff

Ever wondered what it would be like to wander through plague-ridden Seattle in the future? This book’s a good approximation.

In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that Caren’s a close friend. But beyond that The Birthday Problem is terrific SF, and a great example of interweaving narratives that is a) highly enjoyable to read and b) highly instructive to take a look at.

The Birthday Problem of the title is a common mathematical puzzle: find the probability that, in a group of N people, there is at least one pair of people who have the same birthday. (Hint: it’s a much lower number than you think. You can find out more about it on Wikipedia if you want to understand why.) The book is about odd ties and coincidences, set in a crumbling Seattle in a world plagued by nanobots that make people crazy.
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Welcome to Supernatural Seattle

Photo of some garden statues.

Photo by Cat Rambo, all rights reserved.

Welcome to Supernatural Seattle, a site celebrating speculative fiction in the Pacific Northwest. Here you can find news and information relating to upcoming spec-fic events, PNW F&SF writers and their books, locations featured in speculative fiction, and the occasional thrift shop oddity.

It’s my hope to make this the go-to site when you’re looking for information about speculative fiction in Seattle. If you’re a Pacific Northwest author, fan, reader, publisher or event organizer interested in contributing to the blog, drop me a comment or e-mail.

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