These past few months have been rough on many people around the world, myself included, but I do have some good news to share. The third book in the Scorched Continent Series, Inherit the Flame, has been turned into my publisher! I am only awaiting copy-edits, and then it's on to the presses. I believe the release date is tentatively set for April of this year.


A Story Recommendation

Proof of God at the Bedford Christian Academy for Girls, by K.A. Rochnik

Thursday the 18th

The Business of Art

Thursday 15:00 - 16:00, 2208 (Kansas City Convention Center)

You have the talent and passion to create art, but your job's only half done when the last stroke, edit or nail goes into that piece. What challenges does the business present? Panellists examine establishing current client relationships, multiple streams of revenue, making inroads into the gallery market and breaking into film. Successful artists discuss managing the non-illustrative aspects of their career.


The Very Pulse of the Machine

Thursday 17:00 - 18:00, 2503B (Kansas City Convention Center)

"The Very Pulse of the Machine" (1999, M. Swanwick): Cyborgs, AI, Droids, science fiction is filled with machines which might as well be alive since they are as much characters as any of the humans/aliens in the works. Authors (and robotocists? programmers?) discuss the reality of creating actual intelligent machines, which may or may not be able to pass a Turing Test, but which have personality.


Friday the 19th

Is Artificial Intelligence Dangerous?

Friday 15:00 - 16:00, 2505B (Costume) - A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)

"Giant Robot Menace!" "Soulless Machine Decides Humanity Is Obsolete!" These aren't the headlines of the future, they're the headlines from the past. Join us as we question whether artificial intelligence is dangerous and whether its benefits outweigh the threat to humanity.


The Future of Food

Friday 17:00 - 18:00, 3501F - A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)

As part of "The Future of" series we look at Food.

Food scarcity is a global issue, food poverty is a growing issue in affluent countries where food is not scarce but wealth is increasingly divided. Food technology in production and farming methods continue to change and develop. Our panel considers some of the serious issues that impact upon the future of food and ask whether we really expect to be eating food from the yeast vats, artificially grown meat tissue or whether we will all become vegan.

Beth Cato, Adam Rakunas, Cat Rambo, Fran Wilde, Megan O'Keefe

Saturday the 20th

Signing 13:00 - 14:00 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Sunday the 21st

Third Rock (and Roll) from the Sun

Sunday 11:00 - 12:00, 2207 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Join us for a rockin' discussion and review of SF&F in popular music. From rock to punk, heavy metal to bluegrass and pop, everything is on the (turn) table from themed albums to rock operas, and creators with works based in SF&F. Whether we are taking a "Magic Carpet Ride" with Steppinwolf or we're experiencing "A Space Oddity" with David Bowie, this panel is gonna rock!


This is Wolfie, fulfilling my obligatory cat picture quota.
This is Wolfie, fulfilling my obligatory cat picture quota.


It has been a busy, busy month! Mostly for reasons I can't talk about just yet, for which I apologize. Know that cool things are coming down the pipeline. As for BREAK THE CHAINS, I have the final round of edits - copyedits - in hand, and plan on turning them in at the end of next week. I've a handful of scenes drafted for Book Three, and have been tweaking my outline.


I've been getting back into draft-mode for a few new projects, and have found MyWriteClub to be helpful in that regard. I dig the social aspect, but also the sprinting function. It's fun to see all those little stars rack up. If you're inclined to join me, my account can be found here.

A Story Recommendation

For Honor, For Waste by Setsu Uzume