links for 2009-10-12

  • Listened to this podcast today, it's quite intriguing. I've always shied away from working on a book, but a service like this makes it more appealing to me.

    "Inspired by the success of LibriVox, a project in which collaborators record free audiobooks, Hugh McGuire has embarked on a commercial project: BookOven. In this conversation he tells host Jon Udell about how the new venture enables writers, editors, and proofreaders to work on long-form texts that can be published in traditional or new ways."

  • "Book Oven helps teams of people turn manuscripts into finished books, and then publish them. It is built for writers, editors, proofreaders, designers and small presses."
  • Cool bookstore in SF with lots of interesting live music and other events. I plan to check it out sometime.
  • "BayCHI, the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), brings together scholars, practitioners, and users to exchange ideas about computer-human interaction and about the design and evaluation of human interfaces."
  • "Clarion is an intensive six-week summer program focused on fundamentals particular to the writing of science fiction and fantasy short stories. It is considered a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Instructors are among the most respected writers and editors working in the field today. Over one third of our graduates have been published and many have gone on to critical acclaim. The list of distinguished Clarion alumni includes Ed Bryant, Octavia Butler, Bob Crais, Cory Doctorow, George Alec Effinger, Nalo Hopkinson, James Patrick Kelly, Vonda McIntyre, Kim Stanley Robinson, Martha Soukup, Kelly Link, Bruce Sterling, and many others."
  • "This is the world's leading feminist science fiction convention. WisCon encourages discussion and debate of ideas relating to feminism, gender, race and class. WisCon welcomes writers, editors and artists whose work explores these themes as well as their many fans. We have panel discussions, academic presentations, and readings as well as many other uncategorizable events. WisCon is primarily a book-oriented convention… with an irrepressible sense of humor."
  • Bay area scifi group. I attended one of their events last night. Excellent!
  • "The Carl Brandon Society is a group originating in the science fiction community "dedicated to addressing the representation of people of color in the fantastical genres such as science fiction, fantasy and horror… to foster dialogue about issues of race, ethnicity and culture, raise awareness both inside and outside the fantastical fiction communities, promote inclusivity in publication/production, and celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in science fiction, fantasy and horror."

    "The Society was founded after discussions at the feminist science fiction convention WisCon in Madison, Wisconsin, and named itself after the fictional fan writer of color "Carl Brandon" (invented by Terry Carr based on a hoax fan created by Pete Graham and Bob Stewart) in much the same way that the James Tiptree, Jr. Award group named itself after the fictitious male persona used by the writer long known as "James Tiptree, Jr.".

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