I had an entire post about my last week, but it was horribly emo and I’ve decided I’m not that guy anymore. Still I think I have some wisdom I have gained and I feel it bears passing on. I mean, sometimes the saddest thing in the world is to walk away from someone, no matter how much you love them, because you have to. Just one more thought on that subject:
Most often, love is saying ‘I will sacrifice for you’. There are times when love is saying ‘I will hurt for you’. There are rare moments when it means saying ‘I will die for you’. A few, sad, times in your life, if means saying ‘No More’. I have been learning that lesson my whole life. Sadly, I think I just got it.
Moving on… While I’m having some trouble getting word out about the Angels, those of us lucky enough to be chosen for the Bad Ass Faeries series of Anthologies have been enjoying a lot of good press lately. We all worked hard, and the stories are very well done but it is still gratifying to see it in the Grey Lady next to Melissa Marr, Tony DiTerlizzi, and Neil Gaiman. The new book just went live just in time for Xmas. In that vein, we all owe a debt of gratitude to Danielle Ackley-Mcphail, an accomplished novelist, a firm but gentle editor, and a good friend. If you want to see her latest, you can see a review here. I am prepping for a stint at Philcon this weekend. It is always a great time and I hope to meet up with some good friends I haven’t seen since last year.
If you are in the area, come see us! November 20th-22nd – Philcon, Cherry Hill, NJ.
Fri 7:00 PM in Plaza IV (Four) (1 hour) FRIVOLOUS USES OF HIGH TECHNOLOGY (65) [Panelists: Tom Purdom (mod), James Daniel Ross, Ariel Cinii, Eric Kotani] When it becomes possible for a conceptual artist to turn the Moon into a gigantic smiley face, no doubt someone will. When we can change our shape or gender on a whim, what are parents to do when it becomes a fad for kids to have tentacles? What will be the frivolous face of technological change Fri 9:00 PM in Plaza IV (Four) (1 hour) HOT ALIEN SEX (81) [Panelists: Phil Kahn (mod), Muriel Hykes, James Daniel Ross, Oz Drummond, Camille Anthony, Jonathan Wright] How do aliens do it? Use imagination Sat 10:00 AM in Grand Ballroom A (1 hour) LAW AND THE FUTURE: GETTING IT RIGHT (8) [Panelists: Nick Wolven (mod), James Daniel Ross, Jim Stratton] What are the most common mistakes made by authors when they write a court scene in Science Fiction Sat 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three (1 hour) THE CURRENT ECONOMIC DOWNTURN AND WHAT IT MEANS TO SCIENCE FICTION (5) [Panelists: Rebecca Maines (mod), Michael D'Ambrosio, Gary Feldbaum, James Daniel Ross, Phillip Thorne] What is the impact of the current recession on publishing and on the subject matter of written science Fiction Sat 2:00 PM in Grand Ballroom A (1 hour) COMPUTER GAMING MEETS SCIENCE FICTION (57) [Panelists: Brian Siano (mod), James Daniel Ross, Jay Wile, Charles E. Gannon, Orenthal Hawkins] There was a time, not all that long ago, when the very subject of complicated games (role-playing or otherwise) played on a computer WAS science fiction. What has been the effect of computer games on written Science Fiction? Has there been some genuine and fruitful cross-fertilization going on here Sat 4:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour) PULPED! (2) [Panelists: Michael J. Walsh (mod), C.J. Henderson, Jared Axelrod, James Daniel Ross, Eric Avedissian] What do we mean by pulp fiction? Is it a synonym for trash or does it represent a vigorous type of popular fiction that continues to appeal? If someone calls your book ""pulp"", is that an insult or a compliment Sat 7:00 PM in Plaza I (One) (1 hour) IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD (98) [Panelists: Richard Stout (mod), James Daniel Ross, Laura Anne Gilman, Stuart Jaffe, Kimberly Ann Kindya] How does the literature of the genre influence the creators of other media, including movies, television, games and other media Sat 9:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour) SCIENCE FICTION ABIDES (80) [Panelists: Robert Jeschonek (mod), Brian Siano, James Daniel Ross, David Walton, Wayne Zimmerman] Why are Post-apocalyptic themes in Science Fiction so enduring Sun 10:00 AM in Plaza VII (Seven) (1 hour) Y, SYFY? Y? (214) [Panelists: Terri Osborne (mod), Richard Stout, Phillip Thorne, Lee Gilliland, James Daniel Ross] We stood by them when they gave us Mansquito. We kept watching when they added WWE wrestling. And then they said “The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements…” and changed their name to Syfy. And yet we still return to watch shows like Warehouse 13, Eureka and Sanctuary. Do they know us better than we know ourselves Sun 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour) THE NEW GENERATION OF SF WRITERS (59) [Panelists: Gardner Dozois (mod), James Daniel Ross, Neil Clarke, Stephanie Burke] These are writers who grew up in a science fictional world of computers, space travel, virtual reality and robots. How does this affect their approach to the subject matter and technique of their work
And, finally, to tie it all together:
The Amazon listing for The Halfling’s Court: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale has gone LIVE!
Better Get Your Bad-Ass On!
THE RUMBLE OF A HARLEY…
THE GLEAM OF BLACK LEATHER…
THE SHINE OF POLISHED CHROME…
THE FREEDOM OF THE OPEN ROAD….
Motorcycles meet magic and mayhem as Lance Cosain, the halfling leader of The Wild Hunt MC, protects his turf and his people from attacks ordered by Dair na Scath, the high king of the fae.
Holding his own against rogue fae, redcaps, and the gremlins of the road, all Lance wants to do is settle down with his lady. Instead he goes toe-to-toe with the high king’s champion over an ancient dagger and the claim to a throne.
Who will triumph? The king of the road or the king of the realm?
Either way, the Hunt is on!
Based on the stories “At the Crossroads” and “Within the Guardian Bell”
from the award-winning Bad-Ass Faeries Anthology series.