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Tue
Dec 31 2013 2:00pm

Steampunk Events for January 2014

Still buzzing off the holiday cheer? Extend the celebration into 2014 by attending some steampunk events for your New Year’s Resolution. This is the third year that Kevin Steil the Airship Ambassador and I have brought you the latest retrofuturistically-inclinded events from around the world, and we’re excited to have a line-up of guest contributors to help give some additional insights. To begin 2014, we have returning contributor Pablo Vasquez, the co-chair for ’Aetherfest, on-hand to bring some Texas know-how to the list.’

Did we miss out on your event for January? Give a shout in the comments below. People can also submit future events to be featured too. Email attic.hermit@gmail.com by January 15th, 2014 with the details for upcoming February happenings.

All descriptions are taken from the event’s website or Facebook unless stated otherwise.

[Wind-up for 2014]

Tue
Dec 3 2013 6:00pm

Steampunk Events for December 2013

The end of 2013 is around the corner, but there are several steampunk events waiting to be enjoyed before the year is out. Ring in 2014 with The Clockwork Cabaret, attend a “Steampunk Camp” in Australia, or pay a tribute to A Christmas Carol at The Dickens Fair in California.

These celebrations and festivities, plus many more, are listed below, found with help from Kevin Steil the Airship Ambassador and this month’s guest contributor Jean Martin, the editor-in-chief, writer and photographer for Science Fiction/San Francisco.

[December 2013 steampunk events]

Thu
Nov 7 2013 11:00am

From Sindbad to Sci-Fi: Summing Up a Salon on Arab SF

Murat Palta illustration Terminator

I recently had the pleasure of participating in an event discussing “Arab Science Fiction” under the auspices of the Nour Festival, a London-based celebration of Arabic culture now in its fourth year. Conceived of, organised and produced by Yasmin Khan (and recently covered by the BBC), “From Sindbad to Sci-Fi” was a salon-style discussion involving Samira Ahmed, Ziauddin Sardar, Khyle Alexander Raja, and myself, moderated by Quentin Cooper.

The evening was to be divided into two parts: in the first half, each of us would be invited to speak for up to ten minutes about our relationship with or views about science fiction as related to the Arab world, and in the second, we would form a panel to discuss questions posed by Cooper, respondents, and members of the audience.

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Wed
Nov 6 2013 8:30am

A Smörgåsbord of Awards

British Fantasy Society

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

After four fun-filled days, World Fantasy Con came to a close for another year on Sunday evening—much to the misery of its many attendees, who I gather had a terrific time. But some good news came out of the conclusion of the con too, not least the announcement of the winners of several significant genre awards. So to begin with today, we’ll work our way through the many and various victors.

Later on, in Cover Art Corner, Hodder have launched the cover of Sarah Lotz’s first fully-fledged work of unassisted fiction, whilst Eric Brown revealed the artwork which will adorn his next new book, namely Jani and the Greater Game.

Last but not least, I’ve gathered together recent reports on a small army of acquisitions, beginning with news of a surprise prequel to Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom trilogy.

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Fri
Nov 1 2013 2:00pm

Steampunk Events for November 2013

This November, conventions, galas, and art shows galore fill up the autumn calendar. With the help of Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambasador, and our guest contributor Lee Ann Farruga (a.k.a. Countessa Lenora) of Steampunk Canada, we bring to you a variety of interesting steampunk & steam-friendly events that the world has to offer.

Did we missed out on your gilded occasion? Give a shout-out in the comments below. Your event can also be featured here next month—feel free to email the details to me at attic.hermit@gmail.com before November 15th.

All descriptions taken from the event website or Facebook, unless stated otherwise.

[Steam on in November]

Wed
Oct 30 2013 7:30am

Let the Con Commence!

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

Now I’ve been to some fantastic Halloween parties in my time, seen some awesome costumes and played some delectably dangerous games. But this year, due to deadlines and the release of Outlast and the sequel to Amnesia in early September, I kind of feel like I’ve had my fill of Halloween for 2013. Say you feel similarly, for whatever reason... well have I got news for you! The biggest speculative fiction shindig to take place in the UK in ages kicks off tomorrow.

We lead this week with a lot of talk about World Fantasy Con, of course. Later on, in Cover Art Corner, Bête, Adam Roberts’ odd new novel, is Banished by former blogger Liz de Jager’s debut. And finally, HarperCollins Voyager’s UK Publishing Director Jane Johnson fights for the future of epic fantasy.

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Thu
Oct 10 2013 5:00pm

A Steampunk’s Guide to New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con is upon us! Let’s see what the largest geek event in NYC has to offer for the brassy ‘n’ sassy set.

Flip through the suggested list below for panels to scope out at the Javits Center. Included are various “of steampunk interest” events too, (which explains Legend of Korra and Doctor Who among these items. But c’mon, who wouldn’t want to see John Barrowman?)

Comment below with any suggestions of other panels you’re excited about, vendors to pursue, and afterparties to crash!

[Fasten your goggles folks!]

Mon
Oct 7 2013 2:00pm

Check Out First Second and MacKids at NYCC—Featuring the Premiere of Battling Boy!

New York Comic Con NYCC MacKids First Second

First Second, the book industry’s premier publisher of graphic novels, is excited to announce a fantastic line-up for this year’s New York Comic-Con. Plus, everyone from Jeff Smith to Junot Diaz loves Battling Boy! Paul Pope’s acclaimed new adventure for kids is making its debut at NYCC this year—come check out the book and catch Paul at one of his appearances listed below. First Second will be exhibiting at NYCC 2013 at Booth #2237—hope to see you there!

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Wed
Oct 2 2013 11:30am

Steampunk Events for October 2013

October has always been a big month for steampunk events (must be the “dressing-up” appeal). From conventions to lectures to picnics to Halloween balls, we have a list of noteworthy events, assembled with the help from Kevin Steil the Airship Ambassador and Mr. Jordan Bodewell of Sepiachord.com and VictorianAdventureEnthusiast.com.

Want to see your event here? Email me at attic.hermit@gmail.com before October 15th to get your event name-dropped for next month.

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Wed
Sep 18 2013 1:45pm

Singularity&Co is Turning One Year Old! Let’s Party!

Exactly one year ago this coming September 20th, Singularity&Co opened its doors. With a mission to “Save the Sci-fi” and all other genres we love, their DUMBO-based bookstore has been home to droves of lovely bookshelves and the I, Reader Reading Series, hosted by Ryan Britt.

So this Friday, we encourage everyone within jogging/pedalling/motoring distance to head on down to 18 Bridge Street in Brooklyn to celebrate the store’s first birthday! There will be a costume contest, a trivia death match, drinks, and maybe a cake! You will also get a sneak peak at the relaunch of I, Reader, which will henceforth be known as the Lust for Genre Reading Series, hosted by Ryan Britt and Emily Asher-Perrin.

Come on down (in your favorite costume)! It may not be Halloween yet, but we’re ready to party like it is!

Wed
Aug 28 2013 5:00pm

Steampunk Events for September 2013

Steampunk Events September 2013Starting with the tail end of Dragon*Con’s Alternate History Track (featured last month), this fall’s steampunk events season continues with fashion shows and art galleries in London, a continent-wide network of conventions reaching across the UK, Hungary, France and Spain, and many more. With the help of my co-contributor Kevin Steil the Airship Ambassador and this month’s guest contributor Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez aka the Mr. Saturday of Mr. Saturday & Sixpence we bring to you the our monthly listing of steampunk and steam-friendly events from around the world.

Missed seeing your event here? Comment below. Looking to see your future event listed? Email attic.hermit@gmail.com before September 15th with the details!

[September 2013 steampunk events worldwide]

Wed
Aug 7 2013 7:30am

Ebook Bestsellers and the Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

We begin today with a look at the fifty bestselling ebooks in the month of June, thanks to a fascinating new feature from The Bookseller. There’s some speculative fiction on the list, but alas, not a lot. That said, the sales breakdown certainly raises interesting questions about the way buyers view and use digital editions. In particular, one genre seems to sell more ebooks than any other, and I can’t help but wonder why that’s the case.

Yesterday, Orbit revealed the cover of Ken MacLeod’s next novel, Descent, with a promise to tell us more about the book closer to its publication in March 2014. Roll on the reveal! But for the time being, I did a little digging. Came up with quite a bit of additional information about Descent, as well...

Last but not least in this week’s British Genre Fiction Focus, with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in full swing, I thought it was high time we took a look at what the forthcoming International Book Festival has to offer. Starting this Saturday, a bunch of genre authors will be in attendance, including Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Lauren Beukes and China Miéville—plus there’s a special focus on the graphic novel this year.

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Fri
Aug 2 2013 1:30pm

Steampunk Events for August 2013

The dog days of summer are upon us, so it’s time to dress down and put up your parasols. Join fellow steampunks on time-traveling weekends, picnicking at castles, or at one of the mega-conventions of the year, Dragon*Con! Thanks to Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador, and our monthly guest contributor Doctor Zachariah E. Fantastique of Doctor Fantastique’s Show of Wonders for their help in gathering some of the most exciting steampunk and steam-friendly events this month.

If we overlooked yours, feel free to plug in the comments. If you’d like to see your event here next month, please email me at attic.hermit@gmail.com with the details by August 15th

All descriptions are from the event website or Facebook, unless stated otherwise.

[August events tally-ho!]

Thu
Aug 1 2013 4:30pm

Join the Little Brother-Themed Scavenger Hunt in San Francisco!

Cory Doctorow Little Brother A rogue government operative has a plan that will jeopardize the privacy of all citizens, and it’s up to you and your team to stop him before time runs out!

On September 14th, 2:00-5:30, Mastermind Hunts is teaming up with the San Francisco Public Library to create a scavenger hunt based upon Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother. As part of the One City One Book festival, teams will take to the streets and scour the library to solve clues, crack codes, and help bring the perpetrator to justice.

Assemble a crack team of puzzle solvers, and bring your wits, a spirit of adventure, and your best walking shoes.  The One City One Book hunt is FREE, but you must register your team online before Friday, September 13th in order to play. Find more information and register your team here.

Thu
Aug 1 2013 9:00am

Daunt Undaunted

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

We’ve talked a bunch about the Booker Prize already, so today’s column kicks off with the news that sixty-odd former managers have quit Waterstones rather than play along with managing director James Daunt’s bloody restructuring of Britain’s biggest bookseller. That’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, too.

Later on, in Cover Art Corner, I introduce you to Perfect Ruin, the first part of Lauren DeStefano’s new utopian trilogy, meanwhile Gollancz recently revealed Truth and Fear, the sequel to Peter Higgins’ critically acclaimed debut.

Last but not least, An Evening of Dark Investigations leads a look at the coming month in genre-related events, including but not limited to Neil Gaiman’s Last Signing Tour.

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Tue
Jul 23 2013 9:30am

Our 5th Birthday Party is Tomorrow!

Tor.com 5th birthday partyHello everyone! This is a friendly reminder to circle July 24th in your calendar over and over and over again until you can’t remember why. Because it’s PARTY TIME.

It’s our biggest year yet, so it’s our biggest PARTY ever! Since 2008, this stubby little rocketship has traversed the realms of original fiction, original art, given you rereads and rewatches from your favorite worlds, not to mention articles, reviews, and original essays exploring all aspects of science fiction, fantasy and the universe! Tor.com’s fifth birthday was on July 20th, so we’re throwing ourselves a party tomorrow—Wednesday, July 24th—and you’re invited!

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Wed
Jul 17 2013 10:30am

Oh, Nothing... Just Harlan Ellison Doing a Book Signing at Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop

Harlan Ellison Sweeney Todd Barber Shop book signing

When Harlan Ellison invites you to Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop you...well, honestly, you would seriously question that invitation.

But you’d miss out on one of the more entertaining book signings around. The L.A. Times’ David L. Ulin reports today on a two-stage signing that notorious author Harlan Ellison held at Sweeney Todd’s in Hollywood on July 16th for the upcoming re-release of two of his early street gang stories “Pulling a Train” and “Getting in the Wind.” While he got his hair cut, the 79 year-old author essentially shot the shit with reporters and fans, then headed over to La Luz De Jesus Gallery and Soap Plant to finish the signing. Also at one point he pulled out a switchblade because Harlan Ellison.

Check out the full account at the Times story linked above. And check out tons of great photos taken by Lee Joseph at the event over on the Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop Facebook page.

Mon
Jul 15 2013 3:30pm

Visit MacKids at SDCC!

MacKids has a packed schedule for SDCC 2013 including author signings, an all–star panel on YA romance, and several cool giveaways! MacKids will be at Booth 1220 hosting authors including Leigh Bardugo, Gen Albin, and Ann Aguirre. It’s going to be a great Con—we can’t wait to see you there!

[Full Schedule Here]

Sun
Jul 14 2013 11:00am

Announcing the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award Winners

Shirley Jackson Awards 2012 Brian Evenson Karen Russell Victor LaValle Readercon Killy Link Ray Bradbury

In honor of the famed author of The Haunting of Hill House and the seminal short story, “The Lottery,” the Shirely Jackson Awards focuses on works of literature which approach the fantastic and are often horror-themed. Spanning all publishing spheres, these awards frequently recognize literary and genre writers alike. Check out the list of nominees and winners for this year, including many Tor.com favorite authors, novels and stories, including Tor Books’ own Brian Evenson!

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Wed
Jul 10 2013 4:00pm

Our 5th Birthday Party is July 24th in NYC

Tor.com 5th birthday partyHello everyone! This is a friendly reminder to circle July 24th in your calendar over and over and over again until you can’t remember why. Because it’s PARTY TIME.

It’s our biggest year yet, so it’s our biggest PARTY ever! Since 2008, this stubby little rocketship has traversed the realms of original fiction, original art, given you rereads and rewatches from your favorite worlds, not to mention articles, reviews, and original essays exploring all aspects of science fiction, fantasy and the universe! Tor.com’s fifth birthday is on July 20th, so we’re throwing ourselves a party on Wednesday, July 24th and you’re invited!

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