Book Title Announcement
Posted on November 29, 2011 Posted by John Scalzi 24 Comments
Some of you may recall that in August I announced that I would have a book collection of my film columns out, in conjunction with the Boskone 49 science fiction convention in February, published by NESFA Press. That book now has a title:
24 Frames Into the Future: Scalzi on Science Fiction Film
Nice, right? The book is chugging along nicely, incidentally, and is soon to be sent to the printers. I’ll have more information on how to get it when information comes to me, but I feel reasonably certain in suggesting that if you attend Boskone this year, you stand an excellent chance of getting your hands on a copy, and as I will be there as Guest of Honor, an equally excellent chance of having it signed by me.
So that’s 24 Frames in February and Redshirts in June. I’ll have to see what I can come up with for later in the year. I have some ideas.
(steeples fingers, Monty Burns-style)
Why is there a Celtic wizard woman on the advertisement for a science fiction convention? Not that I hate Celtic wizard women (being Scottish ancestry myself); but fantasy and science fiction go together like fish and chocolate. Both good separately but almost never good together.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? I mean, Who Framed John Scalzi? Eagerly awaiting this pair of books!
As it happens, that’s the cover of the ebook version of The Fires of Heaven, book 5 of “The Wheel of Time” by Robert Jordan. The woman in question is named Moiraine; you can decide for yourself whether she’s Celtic, or appropriate for an advertisement for Boskone.
Oh man. Make sure you check out Tricky Pixie. They are incredible.
And, because I’m an idiot, that ebook cover was painted by Daniel Dos Santos, who is the Official Artist of the convention, as it says right there, so I’d say the painting is probably appropriate.
That’s the new-ish ebook cover to Fires of Heaven by Jordan: http://www.dragonmount.com/forums/uploads/1282861877/gallery_2_2_186991.jpg
They have the rights to that? I’m surprised.
Ah missed that the artist was a GoH that probably explains the rights issues.
“but fantasy and science fiction go together like fish and chocolate”
Maybe you should try broiled snapper in mole sauce….
I should be attending Boskone in Feb. Looking forward to mtg you, listening to your GoH speech and interview, plus any panels, maybe even a coffee klasch, too.
Great title, John! Very official. It almost sounds… respectable. ;)
Will these ideas involve the Rolling Stones getting killed? By Smithers?
Scorpius, have you visited a science fiction convention? You will frequently find science fiction, fantasy, alternate history and horror represented in the program items, the art show, masquerade, etc. If you attend a program item about orbital habitat design, unicorns are not likely to feature prominently. It doesn’t really present a problem. In fact Capricon 32 is using a choose your own adventure: SF/Fantasy/Alternate History as its theme.
When the local Barnes & Noble first opened, the science fiction was shelved separately from the fantasy according to the little label on the spine. It was a mess. Some series were split in half. How do you shelve Anne McCaffrey’s Pern, Julian May’s Saga of Pliocene Exile, Eric Flint’s 1632 series or Harry Turtledove’s Worldwar series?
The genre is of “science fiction” is large ….
“Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.) ”
And anyway, trying to define science fiction is a sure path to madness.
Whoa, I haven’t been to a Boskone since Louis Wu’s birthday party. #braggingrights #thatwashowmanyyearsagowowifeelold
Maybe it’s time to go to another one.
I’m really hoping to make it to Boskone, at least for the Sunday. I’ve got a copy of OMW’s Hebrew translation that I’d love to get autographed…
Mike, while I read science fiction I avoid conventions like the plague. Same thing with Star Trek/Star Wars conventions; I enjoy the work, but you’ll never find me actually attending them. Conventions are just weird.
If everyone who read science fiction showed up at science fiction conventions they would certainly be either far more numerous, or far larger, so you are hardly in the minority. It’s hard to argue with the notion that weird things can happen at conventions, but many of those weird things are wonderful. It’s not every day that you get to see a singing Tesla coil, or hear John Scalzi tell the velvet Wesley story.
Wait, shoudn’t that be 28,800 frames into the future?
Scorpions says: “Conventions are just weird.”.
You say that like it’s a bad thing.
For some reason I recall Boskone as part of the EE Doc Smith Lensman series, but that was 50 years back that I read them. Help me out here and keep writing John! Keep writing.
Nice title. Max Headroom reference?
Yes, Boskone (*Bos*ton *con*vention => Boscon => Boskone) is named in a reference to the baddies from the Lensman series. Note that there is another annual convention in the Boston area called Arisia.
John, has anyone sent you the cover proof of 24 Frames? If not, email.