This week I decided to pursue the follow-up questions from last week, and address some more philosophical questions about what our neuroscience answers mean!
I’ve run into two exciting new websites in the last week, both related to short stories of science fiction & fantasy. Perhaps some of you out there can enjoy, or even contribute to, one or both sites!
First up is Curious Fictions, a new online aggregator for short SFF fiction. It’s got a searchable database of stories that have all appeared in professional-quality markets, and the option for readers to pay as they go, tip-jar style. If you’re an author with qualifying stories, the setup process is as simple as can be – and if you’re a reader, perhaps you’ll find some new stories to love!
Second is SFFreviews.com, a new website for reviews of short SFF fiction. They’ve got a distributed model, where volunteers sign up to write short reviews of the stories at one favorite magazine. This could be a great place to learn about brand new stories (unlike the reprints at Curious Fictions), or if you want to share the love and expand the conversation, you could sign up to review one of the magazines they’re still looking to cover!
NeuroThursday is back, picking up a reader’s dare: can I actually write “Harry Potter and the Principles of Neural Science?” It turns out I can! It’s about surprise and novelty in the brain!
I have my schedule for Archon 41! I’m participating in 3 panels, moderating a fourth one, plus a a reading. If you’re anywhere in the greater St. Louis area, come on down and say hello!
Space Colonies and Planetary Chauvinism
Saturday 9/30, 13:00 – 13:50, Great Rivers A (Gateway Center)
Should our major effort be settling on worlds or building inside out worlds in free space? Can we do both?
Benjamin C. Kinney, Christine Nobbe (M), Bob Perry
The Mystery of H.P. Lovecraft
Saturday 9/30 15:00 – 15:50, Marquette B (Gateway Center)
Why do so many fans read and enjoy H. P. Lovecraft while others find faults in his writing?
Benjamin C. Kinney, Mr. Brian Katcher (M) , John Jacobs, Shawntelle Madison
Short-Story Podcasting for Writers, Readers, and Voice Actors
Sunday 10/1, 10:00 – 10:50, Salon 6 (Gateway Center)
Podcasts are a huge opportunity to publish and listen to short fiction, and engage with the fan community. They can also provide an avenue into audio book narration and voice acting. Join us to discuss the podcasts we love, how to build a recording setup, and the path to publication.
Benjamin C. Kinney, Setsu Uzume
Author Readings with Benjamin C. Kinney, Jim Pyre, and Jimmy D. Gillentine
Sunday 10/1 12:00 – 12:50, Cahokian (Gateway Center)
Benjamin C. Kinney, Jim Pyre, Jimmy D. Gillentine
Editing: Behind the Scenes
Sunday 10/1, 13:00 – 13:50, Marquette A (Gateway Center)
A chance for new authors to understand what happens to stories after they’re submitted.
Benjamin C. Kinney (M), Mr. Brian Katcher, Mr. Adrian Matthews, Rich Horton