Monday, December 26, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like an issue.

Same as last year's year-end issue, it looks like a very late December (say... 30? 31?) publication date for issue #7. About two months later than I'd have liked, but it's been worth the wait. Here are the cut-and-paste mostly unformatted contents:

Cover Art
Gearaffes Angi Shearstone

# The Gearaffe Who Didn’t Tick D. K. Thompson illustrated by Angi Shearstone
# Fish Eyes Natania Barron illustrated by Brigid Ashwood
# Complications of the Flesh Jason Erik Lundberg illustrated by Jason Strutz
# Inseperables’ War Stephanie Ricker illustrated by Jason Strutz
# When Dreams Wake Jason K. Chapman illustrated by Indrapramit Das
# Friday Nite at the A&W J. P. Trostle illustrated by Gabriel Dunston

# Letting Go Damon Shaw illustrated by Gabriel Dunston
# The Fall Queen Alexandra Seidel; One Hundred Years in the Wood Daniel A. Rabuzzi; increments lemuel harik; A Fembot’s Quantum Love Deborah Walker; Night Patrol Athena Andreadis; Laurels Mari Ness

Graphic Short
31 The Long Lives of Heroes

Jeremy Whitley and Jason Strutz
part 3 of 4

# Into the Hinterlands David Drake and John Lambshead = Interview by Jeremy L. C. Jones; Essays by Toni Weisskopf, Mark L. Van Name, and John Lambshead
# The Children of the Sky Vernor Vinge = Review and Interview by Paul Kincaid
# The Master Trilogy C. S. Friedman = Review and Interview by Dan Campbell
# Circle Tide Rebecca K. Rowe = Review and Interview by C. D. Covington
# Panverse Three Dario Ciriello = Review and Interview by Rich Horton
# Zoo City Lauren Beukes = Interview by Preston Grassmann

# Never Knew Another J. M. McDermott = Essay by John H. Stevens
# X-Minus One = Article by Peter Wood

# Happenings
# Reviews = The Clockwork Rocket Greg Egan by Paul Kincaid; The Goblin Corps Ari Marmell by Joseph Giddings; The Postmortal Drew Magary by J. P. Wickwire; The Rift Walker Clay and Susan Griffith by Natania Barron; Briarpatch Tim Pratt by Dustin Monk; Mr. Fox Helen Oyeyemi by Larry Nolen; Osama Lavie Tidhar by Paul Kincaid; The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow and Context Cory Doctorow by Nick Mamatas
62 Editorial


Friday, December 9, 2011

Closed to fiction submissions until (at least) Friday, January 13

If you e-mail a submission to submissions@bullspec.com effective now, you'll get the following auto reply:
Thank you for sending a story to Bull Spec, but we are currently closed to fiction submissions, as of 1 AM EST, Friday December 9, 2011. We may not have updated the website or notified Duotrope or Ralan's, etc. but as we need to focus on reading and responding to the stories we have, we are returning this one unread. We hope to re-open to fiction submissions on Friday, January 13, 2012, but may remain closed longer depending on our reading progress. Thanks again for considering Bull Spec with a story, and we hope to hear from you again in future. 
If this is a query and it was erroneously detected as a story submission (for example, if it included an attachment) please e-mail submissions@bullspec.com without an attachment with your query; if all else fails, please contact sam@bullspec.com directly and I'll sort things out. 
Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, Publisher
Natania Barron and Eric Gregory, Fiction Editors
Sarah Rogers, Associate Fiction Editor
Bull Spec
Whew! We have a lot of reading to do over the next month, and I can't thank Sarah enough for her coming aboard as one of our first readers. I also can't thank all of the writers enough for all the submissions we get to settle in and read -- I'm looking forward to it.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Bull Spec local events e-mailing list: December 2011

Vol 1. No. 7, December 5, 2011:

Welcome to the December events newsletter from Bull Spec! I hope a lot of you made it out to see L.E. Modesitt, Jr. and Mary Doria Russell last month, and there are a ton of new events, including one tonight and several in early January, so look below and don't miss them. And there are several upcoming events to remind you of as well, from this Wednesday's John Kessel "Kafkaesque" event, to mid-January's illogiCon which is bringing Joe Haldeman back to the Triangle.

Meanwhile: Books! Books! Books! In your holiday shopping for yourself and friends and family, don't neglect to check out the absolutely massive list of books by local and regional authors which were published just this year: http://bullspec.blogspot.com/2011/11/2011-local-and-regional-author-holiday.html

Lastly... Wow. Issue #7 is late. It will be here before the end of the year, and I'm very sorry to all concerned for the delay. Also: Kickstarter rewards are finally coming in, to get out to all of you who so generously sponsored Year 3 as soon as I can.


UPDATE: There's already one "NEW-NEW" event that I missed -- look for "NEW-NEW" below!


1: Local author new edition : Wake Forest's Michael Jasper's 2006 novel Heart's Revenge is now available in e-book from his own UnWrecked Press. More info: http://michaeljasper.net/novels/hearts-revenge/

NEW: 5 (Monday -- TONIGHT!) at 7 pm: Chapel Hill's Flyleaf Books hosts Hillary Jordan for a reading and signing of her near-future dystopian sf novel When She Woke -- a revisiting of the themes of The Scarlet Letter which sees convicted felons modified to have their entire skin color changed to match their crimes: red for murder, etc. More info: http://flyleafbooks.com/event/hillary-mantel-reads-signs-her-new-novel-when-she-woke -- and a Facebook event link here: http://www.facebook.com/events/318696298159235/

7 (Wednesday) at 7:30 pm: Quail Ridge Books: John Kessel and Ruth Gross for "An Evening with Franz Kafka and Friends", including Kessel's newest anthology, Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka -- http://tachyonpublications.com/book/Kafkaesque.html -- and a Facebook event link here: http://www.facebook.com/events/246822225374328/

9 (Friday) at 7:00 pm: Quail Ridge Books: Cassandra Clare brings her latest, Clockwork Prince.  In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting.Clockwork Prince is the sequel to Clockwork Angel, and part of theInfernal Devices trilogy.  For ages 12 and up.  Cassandra Clare is best known for her hugely popular Mortal Instruments series. SIGNING LINE TICKET EVENT - receive a signing line ticket with the purchase of any of Cassandra Clare's books. More info: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/cassandra-clare-ya-novel-clockwork-prince

13: Local author new novel: Natania Barron, Pilgrim of the Sky from Candlemark & Gleam. "A novel that might be best described as mythpunk. With elements of fantasy, science fiction, Romantic poetry, steampunk, and multiverse theory, well, it isn’t exactly the sort of book that finds a comfortable little niche to sit in." More info: http://pilgrimofthesky.com/

NEW-NEW: 17 (Saturday), 4 pm to 7 pm: Chapel Hill Comics hosts the opening reception for their Kids' Art Show -- "As seen on Wired.com's Geek Dad!" at: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/12/north-carolina-kids-art-exhibit/

31 (Saturday), 9 pm to late: Downtown Pittsboro's Davenport and Winkleperry host The Clockwork Ball: A Steampunk Masquerade to usher in the New Year: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=179760945440352


2: Local author new novel: JL Hilton: Stellarnet Rebel from Carina Press: "A science fiction romantic thriller." More info including an excerpt: http://www.stellarnetrebel.com/

2: Local author new novel: Durham's Cate Tiernan's next book in her Immortal Beloved series, Darkness Falls, to be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

3: Local author new edition: The David Drake onmibus Voyage Across the Stars collects his Hammer’s Slammers novels Cross the Stars and Voyage. From Baen. More info: http://www.baen.com/order_isbn.asp?isbn=9781451637717

NEW: 5 (Thursday), 7 pm to 9 pm: Release party for local author JL Hilton's Stellarnet Rebel (see above) at Raleigh's Tir Na Nog.

NEW: 6 (Friday), 7 pm to 8 pm: Chapel Hill's Flyleaf Books hosts Marissa Meyer for a reading and signing of her debut novel Cinder: "Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg." More info on the novel, and a prequel short story, here: http://www.tor.com/stories/2011/12/glitches

13-15: New local SF convention illogiCon (January 13-15, 2012) in Raleigh with literary guest of honor Joe Haldeman. More info: http://illogicon.com/ -- Get registered and tell the programming committee what you want to see!

17: Regional author new novel: Greensboro's Orson Scott Card's newest novel, Shadows in Flight, to be published by Tor Books. More info: http://us.macmillan.com/book.aspx?isbn=9780765332004

NEW-NEW: 28 (Saturday), 3 pm: B&N New Hope Commons hosts the book release party for local author Natania Barron's December 2011 debut novel Pilgrim of the Sky (see above). "Steampunk attire optional!"

NEW-NEW: 28 (Saturday), 3 pm: Quail Ridge Books hosts Durham author Cate Tiernan for a reading and signing of her new YA novel Darkness Falls (see above).

NEW: 31 (Tuesday), 7 pm to 8 pm: Chapel Hill's Flyleaf Books hosts Drew Magary for a reading and signing of his debut novel The Postmortal -- published by Penguin in August: "Imagine a near future where a cure for aging is discovered and-after much political and moral debate-made available to people worldwide. Immortality, however, comes with its own unique problems-including evil green people, government euthanasia programs, a disturbing new religious cult, and other horrors. Witty, eerie, and full of humanity,The Postmortal is an unforgettable thriller that envisions a pre-apocalyptic world so real that it is completely terrifying."

31: Local author book release: Solaris Books to publish the first book in a new fantasy series from Hillsborough author James Maxey, which starts with Greatshadow: http://www.solarisbooks.com/titles/title_details/greatshadow -- book #2, Hush, is due in July!

31: Regional author new novel: Charlotte's Gail Z. Martin's newest novel, The Dread, to be published by Orbit Books. Sequel to 2011's The Sworn and continuing her second series in her Chronicles of the Necromancer books. More info: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/books_9780316192361.htm


NEW-NEW: 10 (Friday), 7:30 pm: Launch party for James Maxey's Greatshadow (see above for book info) at Quail Ridge Books: http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/james-maxey-dragon-fantasy-greatshadow

12: Regional author new novel: J. M. McDermott's When We Were Executioners, book #2 in his Dogsland Trilogy from Night Shade Books after Never Knew Another, to be released: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12804203-when-we-were-executioners

MARCH 2012

1: Regional author new novel: South Carolina author T. C. McCarthy's Exogene, book #2 in his The Subterrene War series after 2011's Germline, to be released by Orbit Books: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11418025-exogene

1: Regional author new novel: J. M. McDermott's Maze to be published by Apex Books: http://jmmcdermott.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/welcome-to-the-maze-maze-is-coming-in-march-2012/

2-4: StellarCon (March 2-4, 2012) in High Point with literary guest of honor Patrick Rothfuss. More info: http://stellarcon.org/

27: Regional author new novel: Wilmington's David Macinnis Gill's Invisible Sun, sequel to his award-winning 2010 novel Black Hole Sun, to be published by Greenwillow Books.

APRIL 2012

3: Local author new novel: Baen to publish Pittsboro author David Drake's newest novel in his Lt. Leary RCN series, The Road of Danger. More info: http://baen.com/order_isbn.asp?isbn=9781451635158

10: Ex-local author new novel: Tor Books to publish Mary Robinette Kowal's Glamour in Glass, sequel to her debut novel Shades of Milk and Honey which she launched at ReConstruction in Raleigh in August, 2010.

MAY 2012

1: Local author new novel: Baen to publish Raleigh author Mark L. Van Name's newest novel in his Jon & Lobo series, No Going Back. More info: http://www.baen.com/order_isbn.asp?isbn=9781451638103

22: Local author new novel: Hillsborough's John Claude Bemis's The Prince Who Fell From the Sky to be published by Random House Books for Young Readers.

JUNE 2012

1-3: ConCarolinas (June 1-3, 2012) in Charlotte with writer guest of honor Jack McDevitt. More info: http://www.concarolinas.org/

21-24: ConTemporal (June 21-24, 2012) in Chapel Hill with literary guest of honor Cherie Priest and comic book guests of honor Studio Foglio. More info: http://contemporal.org/

JULY 2012

17: Regional author new novel: Tor to publish Greensboro author Orson Scott Card's (along with Aaron Johnson) Earth Unaware: The First Formic War.

31: Local author new novel: Solaris Books to publish Hillsborough author James Maxey's Hush -- continuing his new fantasy series which begins with Greatshadow in January (see above).


1: Local editor new anthology: Raleigh author and anthologist John Kessel's latest anthology (co-edited with James Patrick Kelly) to be released: Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology from Tachyon Publications.

14: Local author new collection: Raleigh author Kij Johnson's fiction collection At the Mouth of the River of Bees to be published by Small Beer Press.


1: (Date TBD) Local author new novel: Raleigh authors Clay and Susan Griffith conclude their Vampire Empire series with book 3 (Title TBD) after 2010's The Greyfriar and 2011's The Rift Walker. From Pyr Books. More info: http://clayandsusangriffith.blogspot.com/


30: Regional author new novel: Greensboro author Orson Scott Card continues his Pathfinder (Simon Pulse, November 2010) series for young readers with Ruins.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Ending the radio silence with some burst broadcasts:

It's been nearly a month: no Bull Spec #7; no December newsletter; hardly anybody has gotten their Kickstarter gear in hand yet; etc. So, some bursts into the static:

  • Yup, issue #7 is late. Still at least a week before it will be in a printable state. Very sorry to everyone concerned, not the least of which Candlemark & Gleam and Pyr, whose advertisements help make the issue possible, and whom I told it would be out mid last month. Still, some good news: Bull Spec has a real, legitimate designer now: Gabriel Dunston. His layouts are crisp and much more inventive than mine, though retaining the overall 2-column design and readability. The cover is coming along in most excellent fashion, with Angi Shearstone's illustration of D. K. Thompson's story, with Jeremy Zerfoss coming in to put the final cover design together. Thanks to new reviews editor Alex Ward, the reviews and interviews are being copy edited into shape. I'm quite proud of the stories in what is my next-to-last issue as fiction editor.
  • The December newsletter is coming soon. There's a new event just around the corner, Hillary Jordan reads & signs her new novel When She Woke at Chapel Hill's Flyleaf Books on Monday, December 5th at 7 pm. Also, there'll be a full list of the local and regional author books I know about coming in 2012. A few January events are still to be finalized, but I'll give you what info I have.
  • I did get all the Kickstarter "surveys" out and have been gathering them in, ordering books as needed, and I think now that we have a final pendant count we will get those underway. T-shirts to be ordered ASAP now that pretty much everybody has gotten back to me on size and style.
  • Natania Barron's Pilgrim of the Sky is *in stock* at both Amazon.com and BN.com -- that probably means that you can order it from pretty much any bookstore you'd like to, though it's not in the IndieBound website catalog so it might be more of a special order.
  • On the front of "getting some things done, cutting some things for later" I was going to finally put together a post covering the several writing (and reading) groups I know about, but I think that will wait for January.
  • A couple of really nice Bull Spec news bits: SF Site reviews issue #6 very favorably and SF Signal's year-end mind meld mentions M. David Blake's "Absinthe Fish" as a story "which perfectly fulfills my criteria for "mind-blowing fiction."
  • When I get around to it, I'll be closing Bull Spec to fiction submissions for the rest of the year.
Whew. OK. Onward and forward, etc.