Next Tuesday, I’ll be reading at NYRSF with Mercurio D. Rivera, with whom I wrote the novelette “The Walk to Distant Suns,” out in the current Analog Science Fiction & Fact. The reading will take place on March 5th at The Brooklyn Commons. Full details are available here.
Mercurio and I also have a blog post up on the Analog web site where we discuss how we fought violently worked swimmingly together in our collaborative novelette “The Walk to Distant Suns.” You can read that here.
Oh, and I finished my YA novel. But more to come later on that!
Last week I participated in SFWA’s #ThePanel YouTube live videocast, Episode 4 – “Cli-fi” and Solarpunk, with panelists Sam J. Miller, Dr. Laurel J. Standley, J.K. Ullrich, and moderated by Diane Morrison. As readers of this blog and followers of my social media feeds know, I feel strongly about environmental causes and averting the worst predictions of climate change. I do this by bringing attention to our common fatalism. What I mean is that we are so often used to pessimistic thinking about the future — that climate change is inevitable — that we don’t work to bring about potential solutions. In my (recent) fiction and on social media, I work to counter this pessimistic force. I am not a head-in-the-sand Polyanna. I don’t believe that a positive future is the only outcome. But I believe that with hard, concerted effort, we can mitigate the worst predictions of climate change and perhaps even bring about an abundant future for humanity.
In this panel, I and my co-panelists speak about the reasons we each write and are concerned about climate change, and some ways our fiction may address the issue. It was a really interesting panel, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Also, this weekend I’ll be attending the Milford Readers and Writers Festival in Milford, PA, where I’ll be doing a reading, a signing, and a panel alongside Chandler Klang Smith, Karen Heuler, and Mercurio D. Rivera. Plus I have new fancy schmancy full-color cosmic business cards to show off. If you are in the area, I hope you can come by!
I’ll be attending Readercon July 12-15 in Quincy, MA. I’ll be on one panel, and I’ll be doing a reading. Most likely I’ll be reading from the novel-in-progress. Here’s my schedule:
Futures That Feel like Home
Location: Blue Hills
Fri 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Description Our panelists will discuss the fictional futures they find most appealing and would be happy to live in (maybe with some caveats). Does the work that depicts these futures provide a path or hints as to how humans might get there? What makes these futures worth rooting for and aspiring to?
Reading: Matthew Kressel
Location: Salon A
Sat 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
I’ll be attending Lunacon in Tarrytown, NY on April 8-9th. I’ll be on the following panels/readings:
“Writing the empathic character”, Hudson Writing Sat 1:00 PM
If you’re enclosed in the bubble of your own life, can you imagine the lives of others?” How do you write an empathetic human or alien? Is it ethical to force empathy? What is the opposite of an empathic character?
“Writing Social Change in SF” Hudson Writing Sat 2:00 PM
This panel explores how speculative fiction can present the social, environmental and political challenges of our society. What is the best way to discuss these challenges without alienating readers? Is it our responsibility as artists to incorporate these issues in our work, whether overtly or covertly? How can we avoid prejudices and stereotypes in our work?
Are You Lost In the World Like Me? Grand Ballroom A Media Sat 5:00 PM
After a showing of “Are You Lost in the World Like Me” of Animation by Steve Cutts (music by Moby and the Pacific Void Choir), we discuss today’s cyberpunk-like dystopia and where we are headed in the future. Moby says “These systems are failing.”
Reading: Matthew Kressel Dutchess Reading Sun 11:00 AM
Reading: Matthew Kressel (of Altered Fluid writer’s group)
So you want to run a reading series, do you? That’s fantastic news! The more places authors have to showcase their work, the better. But while running a reading series may seem like a cakewalk to the casual outside observer, there are many things you must consider to make sure your series is successful.
I’ve been co-hosting the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in Manhattan alongside Ellen Datlow for over eight years (the series itself has been running since the late 90s), and in that time I’ve learned many things about how to run a successful reading series, some of which I’ll share with you here.
Matthew Kressel is a three-time Nebula Award finalist, a World Fantasy Award finalist, and a Eugie Award Finalist. He has written dozens of short stories, a few novels, and is the co-host of the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series in Manhattan. He is also the creator of the Moksha submissions system.
“This is a story of longing and of looking back. Of decline—in health, in life. And of finding something at the end of life that is unexpected but wonderful….It’s an inspiring and elegant story and a great read!”
—Charles Payseur, Quick Sip Reviews
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