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New Space Dog Podcast and bonus recordings from ConFusion 2011

Space Dog PodcastI just posted the newest episode of the Space Dog Podcast that about the Art of Novel Creation. Here’s the details:

The newest Space Dog Podcast has a panel called The Art of Novel Creation with Peter V. Brett, Suzanne Church, Jim C. Hines, and Jim Frenkel. It’s freely available at the SFOHA’s Space Dog Podcast site.

Also from ConFusion 2011 are these two recordings:

The Great Propeller Beanie War:

What are the issues of yesteryear in Science Fiction that seemed important at the time but now seem passe?

(Joel Zakem, Mike Resnick, Rick Jackson, Michael ‘FREON’ Andaluz, and Larry Tucker)

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Transhumanism/Singularity:

Will the future spin out of control? Will we reach a point of such rapid technological progress that our limited biological brains cannot comprehend it? Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweill defined this concept, and we’re going to to talk about the subject.

(Richard Herrell, Aubrey de Grey, and Ben Best)

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Enjoy!

Listen to them here and/or visit the sites.

They can both be listened to at the Science Fiction Oral History Association site.

And the Space Dog Podcast is at SpaceDogPodcast.com

Space Dog Podcast with Scott Westerfeld

I just posted the newest Space Dog Podcast with Scott Westerfeld. I just recorded this last month at my local Borders Books. Check it out at the Space Dog Podcast site.

Isaac Asimov interviewed by Bruce Coville

I’ve been digitizing some of the old cassettes in the SFOHA (Science Fiction Oral History Association) archive. I digitized an interview with Isaac Asimov from 1983. On the cassette case, scratchily written was “interviewed conducted by Bruce Coville“. I knew of a Bruce Coville who is a popular YA author and founder of Full Cast Audio. Could it be the same person? I sent an email to Bruce, and sure enough it is he. And he kindly granted SFOHA permission to post it online. The recording was to be transcribed to print, and it was recorded on a little recorder. The sound is okay considering all that. Isaac is little hard to hear sometimes, but overall quite understandable. So here it is:

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This was an interview for a magazine that was conducted in Isaac Asimov’s New York apartment. Interestingly it was conducted by popular YA author, Bruce Coville in 1983 when he was … well, not as well known. Also taking part in the interview is photographer Bettina Cirone.

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New Books Coming and Oh Yes, Love the Cloning Tool

Trying to tie together a lot of loose ends before the year’s end. I’ve got two audiobooks that will be available this Winter. One contains two stories by Jack Vance and the other is a novella by Andre Norton.

I was working on a cover for the Pohl/Kornbluth novel, Search the Sky and decided to re-purpose the original cover (which is in Public Domain–so it’s all good). Even though I needed a image with a vertical orientation, I couldn’t stop myself from redoing the whole image, mostly using the cloning tool in Photoshop. The video just alternates between the before and after image. Cover art is by Richard Powers who did a lot of unique abstract SF art in the 50s and 60s.

And here’s the book cover. Look for the eBook release in the next couple of weeks.

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Some other eBooks that will be coming out in soon is an anthology of stories by Science Fiction Grand Master-Harry Harrison, and a novella by Philip K. Dick! Cool covers as well, but I’ll save that for another post 😉

I’m also currently, like right now, digitizing some old recordings from the SFOHA (Science Fiction Oral History Association) archive.

I’m also putting out a printed book of three novels by Andre Norton. More about that soon.

Jack Williamson and Frederik Pohl recording on Collaboration

I just posted a recording on the SFOHA site, though I’d share it hear. A couple of my heroes.

Here’s an interesting panel discussion with two Science Fiction Grand Masters, Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson. They wrote some great books in collaboration with each other including the Starchild Trilogy and the under appreciated Saga of Cuckoo series. Fred Pohl collaborated with C.M. Kornbluth on the classic novel The Space Merchants as well as other novels and short stories. His most recent novel is a collaboration with the late Arthur C. Clarke called The Last Theorem. Jack Williamson passed away in 2006.

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“The Art, Science, and Combat of Collaboration.” ConFusion 14, Ann Arbor Inn, Ann Arbor, MI,
January, 1977.
Introduction by Jim Martin. Q&A.
Pohl and Williamson are veterans of collaboration with other authors–including a series of novels done with each other. They offer rare insights into an activity that seems more common in Science Fiction than with other types of literature. They also discuss problems in writing and in getting published.
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Recordings of Kelley Armstrong, Cory Doctorow, Cat Rambo at ConFusion

I got around to doing some sound processing and posting at the SFOHA site (Science Fiction Oral History Association). There are six panel recordings that all have some fascinating ideas. These were recorded January 23rd through the 25th earlier this year. ConFusion is long running con with a rich history. This year’s con was called Cryptic ConFusion. Next years con is I See By My ConFusion. It happens January 22-24 2010 at the Detroit-Troy Marriott.

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Sat Jan 24 10am
Plot: What turns great ideas into short stories or novels?
Description: We all know where ideas come from, don’t we? But what are we supposed to do with them after that? How do we translate those ideas into successful stories and novels? Come and find out!
(Kelley Armstrong, Violette Malan [M], Paul Melko, Catherine Shaffer and Sandee Rodriguez)

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Sat Jan 24 11am
Did Captain Kirk own a wallet?
Economics and SF how has science fiction has portrayed economics of the future over the years how have things changed, what are some of the enduring themes?
(Cory Doctorow, Tobias Buckell [M], Philip Edward Kaldon, Paul Melko and Matthew Stewart-Fulton)

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Sat Jan 24 12pm
Setting: Haven’t I been here before?
How important is setting to a reader’s understanding and enjoyment of the story? Is setting the real difference between S and SF? Are we overusing the settings we have, and are there any new ones?
(Violette Malan [M], Karl Schroeder, Catherine Shaffer, Doselle Young and Jim Frenkel)

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Sat Jan 24 1PM
Meet the New Boss: Young adult SF
How it is the same and different from adult SF and how it has evolved over the years and where it is going. Will it overtake Paranormal Romance and become the next big thing?
(Cory Doctorow, Kelley Armstrong, Anne Harris [M], Jim Frenkel, Doselle Young, Steven Harper Piziks)

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Sat Jan 24 3pm
Big Brother is Watching You!
Personal privacy in the electronic age we now have or will have chips on everything we own including pets, where is this all going? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?
(Cory Doctorow, David Rozian, Steve Buchheit, Karl Schroeder [M], Catherine Shaffer)

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Sun Jan 25 12pm
Podcasting — the future of it
(Cat Rambo, Matthew Stewart-Fulton, Alexander Bouchard, and Rick Jackson)

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New SFOHA site and recordings

Science Fiction Oral History Association

Science Fiction Oral History Association

Some of you may know that I’m the president of the non-profit organization, Science Fiction Oral History Association. Well we had a board meeting on Sunday and it inspired me to work on the site tonight. There’s a lot of content to be added but there also four recordings posted there from Penguicon 2009. They all have me as panelist. But that doesn’t make them all bad ;). Check out the site at SFOHA.org. The recordings are:

Copywhat Copyrights! Open Source Licensing in Literature

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Creating a Wikinomic Online Community

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Legal Issues and Podcasting

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Selling Your Soul – Marketing Your Work on a Limited Budget

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Creating a Wikinomic Online Community – Recording

I did a panel with Sarah Elkins at Penguicon this Spring. Penguicon is the Science Fiction/Open Source Convention. I got to play the ignorant newbie (wow, what a stretch 😉 ) when it comes to creating Wiki communities. Fortunately for me, Sarah agreed to do the panel with me and was on top of the subject.

I’m started processing some recordings to place on the Science Fiction Oral History Association website. I’m currently the president of SFOHA. Progress has been slower than I expected on the site, but I’m now putting some energy into it.

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Thanks again to Sarah for keeping it real :)

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