WorldCon 2018 Report: Day Four — The Paths to Publishing

The publishing market continues to evolve with new technology, new business models, and an ever-changing ecosystem of publishers, booksellers, and distributors. Professional writers looking to profit from their work have more choices than ever. How do you choose between pursuing an indie career or a traditional one? What are...

WorldCon 2018 Report: Day Three — Which Road to Publication?

The road to publication has splintered into many twisty paths. Options have never been greater for aspiring authors, but navigating the choices has never been murkier. Where do you start? Indie, traditional publishers or small presses? What about Amazon and Kindle Unlimited? A panel of authors from indie to...

WorldCon 2018 Report: Day Three — In Memoriam: Harlan Ellison

Harlan Ellison thrived on controversy, and left his mark on the professional and fannish sides of the community, for better and for worse. Join friends of Harlan in remembering this cantankerous, strange figure who even in death evokes strong feelings. Panel: Tom Whitmore, Robert Silverberg, David Gerrold, Chris M....

WorldCon 2018 Report: Day Three — Lady Dings the Prudes

Celibacy and Asexuality in Spider Robinson’s Callahan and Stardancer Books Sexual diversity is one of the strengths of Spider Robinson’s works. His characters engage in a variety of types of romantic relationships and sexual encounters, particularly at Lady Sally’s Place. At one point, Lady Sally indicates that celibacy is...

WorldCon 2018 Report: Day Two — Imposter Syndrome: You DO Deserve To Be Here

Imposter syndrome can often feel like being a side character in a horror movie: you know the monster is gonna get you, but you don’t know when. Many authors–from just starting out to long-time pros–experience imposter syndrome, especially people who are marginalized. We wonder if we “really” belong; we...

WorldCon 2018 Report: Day Two — Autographs: Spider Robinson

I first discovered Spider Robinson in the October 1977 issue of Analog with his story, “Dog Day Evening”. When I read “God is an Iron” in the May 1979 issue of Omni, I was both more than a little surprised, and also hooked. It was quite different from his...

WorldCon 2018 Report: Day Two — Interview: GoH Spider Robinson

If you’ve been to a recent WorldCon, you’ve probably been to Callahan’s. Spider Robinson wrote the fictional saloon that inspired the real-world tribute you’ll see on the convention floor. That’s only the most famous of his creations: his first Hugo Award was in 1977, and he’s earned two more....

WorldCon 2018 Report: Day One — Creating a Book Cover: Part 1

Hugo finalist Heather McDougal (Art Director for Strange Horizons) and Chesley-winning artist Lee Moyer get the lowdown on Elliott Kay’s strange new series and it’s intended audience, genre, and competition, in order to create its line design and its marketing. Moyer will be sketching, working to bring the concept to...