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eReader raffle & free e-books!

First of all, is “eReader” the standard terminology now? I would have expected it to be e-reader. E-books are still e-books though, right?

Anyway… the Carl Brandon Society, an organization that helps “build further awareness of race and ethnicity in speculative literature and related fields,” is holding an eReader drawing to raise funds for the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship allows two writers of color to attend a Clarion writing workshop, perhaps the only way some students are able to attend. Octavia was one of my favorite writers and my first instructor at Clarion West in 2005, so I strongly believe in both the Carl Brandon Society’s mission and the workshops they support in her name.

The drawing for one of five e-readers eReaders (two B&N Nooks, two Kobo Readers, and one Alex eReader–all loaded with free fiction from SF writers of color) is open now until midnight EST on November 22, 2010. Tickets can be purchased online beginning tomorrow for only $1 each; you can buy as many tickets as you like for each of the available devices, but you can only win one of each! Winners will be chosen randomly by an impartial computer intelligence on November 23 and announced on the Society’s blog. More details on the prizes and rules for the drawing are here.

Please consider buying some tickets and spread the word via your social media platform of choice!

children’s fashion and other space disasters

This week, on Project Runaway...

In this week’s Star Trek Re-Watch at The Viewscreen, we discuss tragic children’s outfits in the Star Trek universe. But it’s only a fleeting distraction from one of the worst episodes of the series, “And the Children Shall Lead,” in which a group of kids commandeer the Enterprise by banging their fists in the air, with the help of a friendly ghost. No, really. Let’s just shelve this one in the cornfield and move on.

So far, Season 3 is as bad as promised, but there is so much more pain yet to come…

altered fluid at world fantasy

This isn’t about mixing drinks in the party rooms at World Fantasy, or what happens after imbibing too much–no, it’s just a quick post to let you know that most of my writing group, Altered Fluid, is in Columbus, OH this weekend for the convention while I stay at home and keep NYC safe. By, uh, writing a lot.

Here’s the schedule of AF readings and panels that I can’t attend, but there’s nothing stopping you from showing support for this talented group of writers. (Check your local listings.) I hear there’s even a game involved, some sort of writers’ Bingo. If you make it to all their events and get a card stamped, they’ll take you out for ice cream or something. I’m a bit hazy on the details because I’m not there, but I’m sure you won’t regret it. Reasonably sure.

Thursday
8:00 Alaya Dawn Johnson
8:30 Rajan Khanna
9:30 Paul M. Berger

Friday
10:30 am K. Tempest Bradford
11:30 am Matthew Kressel

Saturday
11 am Tom Crosshill (Panel)
2:30 Saladin Ahmed
10 pm Mercurio D. Rivera

Have fun, everyone! I’ll be following along on Twitter as best I can, or sulking in the dark corner of a coffee shop.

last day to buy KGB raffle tickets!

Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to purchase raffle tickets to support the Fantastic Fiction reading series at the KGB Bar. There are lots of great prizes; you may have missed some of the last-minute additions so check it out again and spend one dollar or twenty to own some truly unique items. The random drawing for winners is at midnight.

Don’t forget: one of the prizes is a face-to-face critique with my writing group, Altered Fluid, which includes published novelists and short story writers and editors with multiple Hugo and Nebula award nominations. And, uh, me. You can’t afford to pass up an opportunity like this. I’m looking forward to reading your story!

pew pew!

I present you with my interpretation of the Enterprise‘s faceoff against a giant asteroid in Star Trek‘s “The Paradise Syndrome.” Where’s Captain Kirk through all this excitement? On the planet “Amerind” with amnesia, cosplaying as a god/American Indian medicine chief named “Kirok.”

This episode reminded me of the famous Adventures of Superman episode “Panic in the Sky,” in which Superman loses his memory after colliding with an asteroid. It was remade on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as “All Shook Up,” one of my favorite episodes because Ma Kent pushes Clark off a balcony to help him remember how to fly. What is it with asteroids and amnesia? (I’m sure some people would like to forget those asteroid disaster films Armageddon and Deep Impact.)

He'll remember this on Mother's Day