Hobb, Kadrey at Fandom Fest in Louisville, KY – June 29th – July 1st

  • Posted by admin on Jun 28 2012

Robin Hobb and Richard Kadrey are in Louisville this weekend as Guests of Honor at Fandom Fest. Pop in and see them if you’re in the area.

Galt House Hotel

140 North 4th St

Louisville, KY 40202


Friday, June 29, 2012

7:00 PM – Panel: Exploring Genres – Fantasy

An open panel discussion looking at the Fantasy genre as a whole, past, present, and future, with an emphasis on the current writing/publishing trends in fantasy at the moment.

Location: Beckham Room

Co-panelists: Michael Williams, D.A. Adams, Laura Resnick, Jim C. Hines, and Carol Malcolm.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

11:30 AM – Panel: Exploring Genres – Epic Fantasy

This one will take a close look at Epic Fantasy, with a little more time spent on defining what Epic Fantasy is, highlighting some premium examples, and speculating on where Epic Fantasy appears to be headed.

Location: Beckham Room

Co-panelists: Carol Malcolm, H. David Blalock, Terry W. Ervin, Gail Z Martin, and Laura Resnick.


4:00 PM – Spotlight on Robin Hobb

Location: Jones Room
Moderator: Lee Martindale (writer/editor who serves on the Board of Directors at


Sunday, July 1, 2012

12:00 PM – Guest of Honor Signing

Location: Expo Area/Joseph-Beth Booth (signing)



Saturday, June 30, 2012

11:30 AM – Spotlight on Richard Kadrey

This session will focus on Richard’s writing and career, what he has done, what is going on with him now, and what lies ahead. There will be some time for fielding questions from the audience.

Location: Jones Room

Moderator: John Horner Jacobs


2:00 PM – Guest of Honor Signing

Location: Expo Area/Joseph-Beth Booth


4:30 PM Panel: Exploring Genres – Urban Fantasy

A look at Urban Fantasy, what it is, where it is right now in the publishing
world, and what lies just ahead.

Location: Beckham Room

Co-panelists: James Tuck, Kimberly Richardson, Angie Fox, Carol Malcolm, and Rachel Smith



Sunday, July 1, 2012

1:00 PMPanel: The Big 6 & Traditional Press’s Place

This panel features a number of major press authors discussing the place of traditional
publishing within the modern publishing climate, in light of all the changes that have been taking place in the industry.

Location: Beckham Room

Co-panelists: James Tuck, Shirley Damsgaard, Laura Resnick, and Michael Williams.



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Richard Kadrey on Sandman Slim and his fantastic urban fantasy series

Sandman Slim, Kill the Dead, Aloha From Hell, UK paperbacks
  • Posted by admin on Jun 21 2012

Sandman Slim started out as two lines in two different notebooks. One was, “Hitman from Hell.” The other was, “Character: Sandman Slim. What does name mean?” That’s it. The whole series, four books so far, came from that.

James Stark, aka Sandman Slim, is a magician. Not a guy in Vegas who saws housewives in half and plays kid parties with a disappearing cabinet and an alcoholic rabbit. No, Stark can perform real magic but he refuses call himself a wizard. Harry Potter is a wizard. Stark is a magician. And he’s spent a little time in Hell. Not that he wanted to. Another magician tricked him there. And after eleven years of fighting in Hell’s arenas James Stark slowly transformed from a clever guy who can do some slick magic to Sandman Slim, a deadly guy who’s very good at killing people.

While that’s a lot of fantastic elements, I never really thought of Sandman Slim as urban fantasy. I intended it more as a noir crime novel in the mold of Jim Thompson and Elmore Leonard, with a supernatural background. Crime writer Richard Stark inspired Stark’s name. As a teenager, I’d read a few of his Parker novels. Stark’s cool, hard prose and characterization immediately made me wonder if you could get away with something similar in science fiction or fantasy. Twenty years later I finally got around to trying it with Sandman Slim.

Of course, I’ve been inspired by a lot of fantasy writers too. Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker are two contemporary examples, while Lovecraft comes on strong for the old school. Seventies British science fiction from New Worlds magazine was also a big influence, especially writers such as J.G. Ballard and Michael Moorcock.

There’s one other big and unlikely inspiration for the Sandman Slim series and that’s George W. Bush and the fundamentalist horde he bought with him to Washington. I wanted to understand the evangelicals so I started reading Christian history, none of which seemed to have very much to do with what Bush and his boys were selling. Still, I have to thank him. Reading church history led me to the heretical Christian books and those led me to studying the history of Hell and Lucifer. That’s also where Sandman Slim came from. Right from the Devil’s rumpus room. I’m pretty sure that’s not what George intended but the truth is he owns a little piece of Sandman Slim and he has to learn to live with that.

 Sandman Slim is already available in hardback. Kill the Dead is being published today and Aloha From Hell will be published in the first week of July. Buy them via the links below and anywhere books are sold:

Sandman Slim

Kill the Dead

Aloha Fom Hell

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Voyager Authors cleanup at Australian Awards!

  • Posted by admin on Jun 21 2012

Congratulations to the fabulous Anita Bell and the late, great Sara Douglass, who are the joint winners of the 2012 Norma K Hemming Award. The award is for excellence in the exploration of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in Australian speculative fiction. Anita won for her novel Hindsight and Sara for The Devil’s Diadem.  This is the second time Anita has won: Diamond Eyes, the first book in her trilogy, won last year, so this is an outstanding achievement by her. And while we’re still saddened by the loss of Sara Douglass, we’re also extremely happy to see her amazing work continue to be recognised.

We are also thrilled to congratulate Kim Westwood on winning the Ditmar Award for Best Novel for The Courier’s New Bicycle. It’s another wonderful win for this fantastic novel that was also named Best Science Fiction Novel at the Aurealis Awards.

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Stephen Baxter Guest Blogs on Writing THE LONG EARTH with Terry Pratchett

  • Posted by admin on Jun 14 2012

The Long Earth: A Neat Idea

Terry Pratchett came up with the idea that was the seed of our Long Earth project as long ago as the early 1980s. This was before we even met.

Terry describes a chance sighting of a man trying to lead a horse through the door into a pub …! From that vision came the basic notion of a gateway into another world, somehow contained inside the pub – a world presumably with space for the horse to run around in. Terry developed the idea further into the basic scheme of the first of our books. Our world is one of a whole set of parallel worlds, which are like Earth but empty of humans, and all you have to do is step into the world next door and help yourself to land, resources, whatever. Soon the neighbouring worlds are being colonised, and expeditions are probing the further reaches of the many Earths …

Terry had written a couple of hard-sf novels already. But as Discworld took off, Terry parked this latest idea in the trunk, and concentrated on fantasy.

Over the next couple of decades we got to know each other, as authors do, our paths crossing at cons, publishers’ events and the like. Terry always remained a reader of hard sf, and in particular of my books. Then, a couple of years back, we were chatting at a dinner party and Terry described how he’d come across his fragmentary sketches while sorting through old material for a short fiction collection. And it struck him as a good idea. As we kicked it around that evening (until we got thrown out in the small hours by our long-suffering hostess) it struck me as a good idea too.

Often, the best sf ideas are those you can express simply, in a few words, but with manifold consequences. In the case of the Long Earth, given the basic notion of the easy-access parallel worlds, you can develop stories from the personal (what kid wouldn’t go exploring?) to the economic (what impact would all those free resources have on our straining economy?) to the political (what about terrorists popping back and forth between the worlds? how do nations survive when their populations are free to wander off?) and the mind-blowing scientific (what kind of quantum / relativistic magic produced the multiple Earths in the first place?). At the heart of it however is an old, fundamental dream of an unbounded frontier, and a basic question of what becomes of human society, and indeed humanity, given unbounded resources … Despite the years Terry has spent in the desolate wilderness of fantasy writing, I’ve found he thinks about this material as a good hard-sf writer should. He frets, for instance, about how currencies are going to work, across the multiple worlds.

The resulting book is half mine but the basic idea is all Terry’s, and I feel I can big up that idea without being immodest. How neat an idea is it? Bigger-than-a-single-volume neat, that’s for sure; as Book 1 hits the stores, we’re already working on Book 2 … Watch this space.

The Long Earth goes on sale Tuesday, June 19th. Click here to pre-order a copy.

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