Because you want to know them. Yes you do.
1. My pal Helen Montgomery wanted me to make you all aware of the following, relating to Worldcon, live theater at the Worldcon, and how you (yes, you!) can help make it happen. I am going to quote Helen directly:
“I really appreciate you being willing to help promote what is the centerpiece of my ‘West End’ theme of theater at Loncon 3: the world premiere of an adaptation of The Anubis Gates, by Tim Powers. The adaptor and director is a woman named Ruth Pe Palileo, and the company is called Current Theatrics. I think I mentioned to you this weekend that Ruth is one of the people who did the Neil Gaiman plays at Chicon, and she’s done some work at Capricon as well.
“Current Theatrics is starting a crowdfunding campaign to help cover costs of airfare and lodging. All of the cast and crew have worked as professionals in theater, but they are volunteering their time to do this show – it’s completely a fannish labor of love. For most of them, this will be their first Worldcon and they are super excited about it!”
If you’re interested in helping them, here’s what to do:
1. Check out their Rockethub fundraising campaign, which features information and backstage videos and all sorts of stuff to get you up to speed;
2. Check in on their Twitter feeds. Ruth Pe Palilieo says, of these:
“folks can now ‘listen in’ on twitter conversations between characters from the show from two different time periods (1983 and 1810). These conversations take place in the four months leading up to the events in the novel/stage play. What a coincidence since we are in the four months leading up to the show! The tweets grew from acting exercises exploring backstories.
“The characters tweeting are
@JackySnapp from 1810
@TheBrendanDoyle from 1983
@BSteerforth from 1983
@Darrow_IRE (official page of DIRE Industries. J Cochran Darrow does not tweet) from 1983
“Also, we created one especially for folks who will be unable to attend Loncon 3. Lord Byron will buy them a virtual pint in consolation: @MayIBuyYouAPint
“(this last one is totally an in-joke for those who have read the novel.)”
You can also follow Ruth herself too: @ruthlesspal.
They also have a Facebook page.
2. As I noted on Twitter yesterday, Baen Books has launched the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award, which is a short story contest, the prize to be awarded at this year’s GenCon. You can enter! All the rules and information (including the submission window, which is now open) are at that link above. If you enter, good luck!
3. Congratulations to Ann Leckie, who just won the Clarke Award for Ancillary Justice! That’s the second award the book has won, along with the BSFA Best Novel Award (tie), and she still has the Nebula and Hugo to go. No matter what happens with either of those, she’s still having a very good year.
4. A scheduling note of note: Hey, I’ll be at San Diego Comic Con this year. My panels and events aren’t locked down yet, but I will let you all know when they are. But if you were on the fencepost about going to SDCC, well, now you have a reason to come! (Or avoid it, I guess, jerk.)
And there you go!