“…the townspeople took it upon themselves to lay Markov to rest. With no overarching cosmology to guide them, only vestigial formalities, each would have to decide for himself what their friend and neighbor’s eternal fate might be…In fact, Markov had already transubstantiated: he had become energy in one of its rawest, most terrifying forms. Even as his friends and neighbors lowered that disturbingly light coffin into the ground, Markov’s flesh and blood were driving a hungry, wounded tiger through the forest, directly toward Sobolonye.” – From The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant
And on that note, oddly relevant to my new novel Borne…Ann and I will be at Capclave in the Washington DC area this weekend, as Guests of Honor along with Connie Willis. You can find our schedule below. Also note that my The Three Quests of the Wizard Sarnod, published to benefit the parent organization that sponsors the con, will be available.
A few highlights below. On Saturday afternoon, Ann and I will be doing a visual preview of some of our upcoming projects, including The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, The Steampunk Bible, new issues of Weird Tales and, possibly, even some Top Sekrit projects. Saturday night, we’ll be announcing the winners of the Last Drink Bird Head Awards. Sunday morning we’ll be doing a reading…but it’s a lot more than that. Light-hearted, and featuring the infamous true-life professional cockroach//Romanian navy story…don’t miss it.
Friday, October 22
7:00pm (Ann) – Is Steampunk Here to Stay?
Michael Dirda, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Tee Morris, James Morrow, Ann VanderMeer – Lasting literature or passing fad: will steampunk be with us in the future? Authors discuss past and future of this popular genre which has an influence far beyond books.
8:00pm (Jeff) – Writers and the Internet: When Is Enough Enough?
Oz Drummond, Walter H. Hunt, Tee Morris, Karen Wester Newton, Jeff VanderMeer, Jean Marie Ward – How much of the Internet is needed for an author to successfully promote themselves and their works? And how much is too much?
9:00 to 11:00pm – Hmmm, we might be in the hotel bar.
11:00pm (Ann & Jeff) – From New Weird to Next Wave: Where’s the Action Coming This Decade?
Jim Freund (M), Alisa Krasnostein, Michael Swanwick, Ann VanderMeer, Jeff VanderMeer, Lawrence Watt-Evans – A discussion and exploration of writing on the fringe, writing from new generations impacting the center of genre, and all sorts of cool cross-genre fiction in between.
Saturday, October 23
10:00am (Ann & Jeff) – Best 2010 Short Fiction
Neil Clarke, Ann VanderMeer, Jeff VanderMeer
What is the best of the recent short fiction in 2010? The panel will talk about where the stars are being published, authors to watch and tales to track down.
12:00pm to 2:00pm (Ann & Jeff) – Creative Writing Workshop (pre-submitted m.s.)
3:00pm to 4:00pm (Ann & Jeff) – Spotlight on Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
Dr. Lambshead, Steampunk, Weird Tales, Imaginary Animals, and You: Join Weird Tales editor and Hugo Award winner Ann VanderMeer and her World Fantasy Award winning husband, writer and editor Jeff VanderMeer as they take you on a whirlwind visual exclusive inside look at a cornucopia of exciting new projects, from The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, featuring work by Mike Mignola and Greg Broadmore, to the Steampunk Bible coffee table book, from the rejuvenated Weird Tales to the insanely entertaining Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals, featuring recipes for Wookie and Cthulhu by Ace of Cake’s Duff Goldman. With discussion, interrogation, arguments, and, er, Mongolian Death Worms. Nom nom.
8:00pm to 9:00pm (Ann & Jeff) – Capclave autograph session
9:00pm to 10:00pm (Ann & Jeff) – WSFA Small Press Awards and Last Drink Bird Head Award presentation
Sunday, October 24
11:00am to 12:00pm (Ann & Jeff) – Reading
Join Ann & Jeff VanderMeer for an entertaining Sunday morning reading that should not be missed. Ann will read recipes for animals included in the Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals. Jeff will tell the harrowing-absurd true-life Professional Cockroach/Romanian Navy anecdote as prelude to a short (related) selection from his novel Finch.
12:00pm to 1:00pm (Jeff) – Writing in Shared Universes
Brenda Clough, Iver Cooper, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Jeff VanderMeer
Shared universes have been around for many a year. Panelists will discuss the advantage, disadvantages and what it take to work in this type of writing.