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2021 Nebula Conference Online Programming Preview

The Nebula Programming Committee has prepared a preview of the programming for the 2021 Nebula Conference Online. Though these items are neither comprehensive nor final, they represent the well-rounded, professional experience we’re aiming to deliver.

If you’re inspired to contribute more panel ideas or recommend panelists, including yourself, to weigh in on these topics or newly proposed ones, please submit your ideas on this form. Programming suggestions must be received by March 15, and panelist recommendations by April 1.

And don’t forget to register for the 2021 Nebula Conference Online! It’s taking place June 4-6, 2021Register here.

Setting Boundaries: A writing career often comes with attention—wanted and unwanted. What kinds of boundaries do you set as an author with your readers, and how do those change throughout your career? Authors across the publishing spectrum discuss how they interact with, acknowledge, and encourage their readers while maintaining personal boundaries.

Crafting the First Line: Stories range from a few sentences to tens of thousands, but one does more heavy lifting than all the others: the first. What makes it snag and what makes it sing? Authors and editors discuss what makes a first line successful at a craft level, breaking down their favorites and sharing their own strategies.

Taxes and Finances for Non-U.S. Writers Published in the United States: Publishing in the US from overseas requires getting one’s head around two or more systems of currency, banking, taxation, and international relationships. This panel cannot cover all the various treaties and situations with different countries, but it can give some starting points, issues to be aware of, options for transferring money for both traditional and independently published writers, and tips on what to do when you are offered payment in a method that no longer exists in your country.

Maintaining A Good Relationship With Your Agent: Writers are often so focused on the querying process that they’re not sure what to do once they’ve secured representation. On this panel, authors and agents discuss healthy strategies for maintaining a good business relationship—and how to know when it’s time to move on.

What Sheltering In Teaches Us About our Speculative Worlds: In Pandemic Land, those who could stayed at home while those who had to worked in the plague minefield. What does this teach us about our fantasy worlds? Is baking bread really like baking bread? How does a temper tantrum work on a generation ship when you’ve nowhere to blow off steam? And for essential workers, how does class and privilege come into play in dystopic worlds?

Hometown Heroes: Working and Writing Globally: What does success look like outside of the U.S.? It’s often assumed that “international” authors want to break into the American market, but it’s a big world out there. In this panel, writers from a variety of countries discuss their experiences, their goals, and what they might need from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers “of America.”

Writing Through Pain and Fatigue: Writers with chronic illnesses, pains, and other disabilities can find even managing regular day-to-day life a challenge, much less the added challenges of writing and publishing. Panelists discuss the methods that help them navigate these challenges, and share strategies for writers in similar situations.

How Quarantine Has Changed the Middle Grade and Young Adult Markets: The MG/YA market shifted in 2020 due to COVID, with distance-learning for kids, the cancelation of large book expos, and the temporary closure of bookstores and libraries. How will the world of bookselling and promotion look when quarantine ends? Which changes are worth keeping? Writers, agents, and editors discuss ways to stay agile as the rules begin to shift.

Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature… in Spaaaaace!: Our community has long understood the appeal of space-based science fiction, but for some reason, this sort of SF is a tough sell in the middle grade and young adult markets. What craft techniques can we use to make our science fiction more appealing to gatekeepers such as teachers and librarians who don’t necessarily see the allure? How can we spin or promote our works to overcome this barrier?

Taking Marginalization to Acquisitions: Pitching in acquisitions can be a fight—for some projects more than others. In this panel, editors discuss how they approach pitching books featuring marginalized identities and non-western inspired worlds in acquisition meetings to marketing and sales teams that might fear they are not “commercial enough.”

Bridging Verse and Prose in Speculative Writing: What can speculative fiction learn from speculative poetry, and vice versa? Our panelists discuss how their experience in one field informs the other, where the two blend, and advice for writers trying to expand or improve their repertoire.

Hanging up Your Shingle – How to Start in Freelance Editorial: Professional editorial businesses are a lively part of the publishing industry, but how does one get started? From setting up your business, deciding on rates, and advertising your services to professional etiquette and basic information about tax concerns inside and outside the US, experienced freelance editors give insights on how writers can set up their own businesses in editorial. This panel is open to writers and agents looking to become freelance editors and editors transitioning to self-employment.

By Our Powers Combined – Writing Collaboratively: Two (or more) minds can be better than one when it comes to storytelling! Authors share their collaboration stories: how group projects come to be, what strategies make for effecting idea-sharing & writing, and how to pitch their work to publishers.

Interrogating Scare Tactics – Today’s Horror Writing: The dark, the dreary, and the flat-out terrifying: horror has managed to shock and awe readers for generations. The genre also has a long and troubling history, often playing upon racist, sexist, and ableist fears of the Other. How are current horror writers subverting this sordid past? What thrilling new twists can we expect from horror writing today?

Thinking Big, Publishing Small: Too often, small presses are seen as either a stepping stone for authors who really want “Big 5” traditional publishing contracts, or a fallback for those who can’t get a deal. But many authors deliberately choose small presses. This panel explores the pros and cons, the ups and downs, and the reasons for publishing small.

Beyond Superheroes – Indie Science Fiction Graphic Novel Showcase: Some of the most interesting science fiction stories told in recent years have been in the medium of graphic novels. Join experienced creators and editors, discover new graphic novel authors and learn about the possibilities of this vital medium.

Actually Writing the Comic You Promised: These days, many graphic novels are sold to editors on proposal, often with an outline—or only a brief summary. On this panel, experienced comics writers will discuss the unique challenges of writing a graphic novel script that’s already been sold.

Transitioning To Tabletop Games Writing: Writing for tabletop games is profoundly different than writing for almost any other genre. This panel will take a look at what it takes to write well for TTRPGs, which skills transfer between mediums, and how to become comfortable with writing for both mainstream and indie tabletop games.

This Ain’t the Hero’s Journey – Writing for Video Games: Writing for video games opens a whole new world of story structure in the quest to create a compelling narrative. But how do you know which tools to use and when? This panel shares tips, tricks, and approaches that keep players engaged, maintain player agency, and craft a story that builds and engages.

Being Your Own Marketer & Publicist – Promoting Your Novel: Your novel is written, edited, and published, but how do you get readers to buy it? Indie authors are responsible for the marketing and publicity that sends readers to their sale pages. While this can sound like a daunting prospect, it doesn’t have to be! Join our panelists to explore marketing tools including newsletters, paid advertising, price promotions, blog tours, perma frees, and more, with strategies for all authors—indies, small press, and Big 5—to help get eyes on your book.

Beyond Three-Act Structure: Over and over, we’re told stories should follow the “classic three-act structure,” incorporating tension, conflict, and character arcs. But storytelling has always had myriad forms, from older oral narratives to experimental transmedia projects—and those vary between cultures and over time. Does structure really make the story? Which ones? Our panelists will question received wisdom, share their ideas on building story, and highlight various non-three-act structural approaches you can incorporate into your writing toolbox.

Writing Speculative Justice:  Many envision a new role and future for the justice system in the United States and across the world—one that is more restorative, more equitable, and more just. As writers build our own worlds, what can and should we be thinking about when it comes to justice? How does our approach to laws, crime, retribution, and restoration impact the rest of our worldbuilding, characters, and plots? How can we craft a more just future?

The 2021 Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award Recipients: Ben Bova, Rachel Caine, and Jarvis Sheffield

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce that the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award will be presented to Jarvis Sheffield and posthumously to Ben Bova and Rachel Caine at the 56th Annual SFWA Nebula Awards®.

The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is given by SFWA for distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community. Bova, Caine, and Sheffield join the ranks of previous Solstice Award winners, including Octavia E. Butler, James Tiptree, Jr., and Carl Sagan. The awards will be presented at the 56th Nebula Awards, the weekend of June 4–6, 2021.

Ben Bova

A prolific and award-winning author, Ben Bova took over the editorial chair for Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact following the death of John W. Campbell and helmed the magazine for seven years. He established Omni Magazine in 1978, where he served as editorial director and provided a new market for short science fiction. Bova’s work ranged beyond the genre; he was the only SFWA president who also served as president of the National Space Society. Bova passed away in November 2020. He is a recipient of the Solstice Award for his long history of editorial work, including his efforts to nurture new authors and to advance the use of science in science fiction.

SFWA President Mary Robinette Kowal remarked, “Ben Bova was so deeply immersed in science fiction that having his name on a project was a stamp of quality, be that as an editor or as a writer. More than that, Ben was kind. He knew how hard breaking into the field was and created new opportunities for early career writers.”

Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine was the bestselling author of several fantasy, science fiction, and thriller series. She was dedicated to supporting newer authors, not only financially, but also mentoring them to successful careers. Caine was a champion of independent bookstores and classrooms, aiming to ensure that teachers had the tools needed to educate their students and that independent bookstores could remain in business in the face of corporate competition. Caine passed away in November 2020. Even after her passing, Caine’s dedication to supporting others continued, including directing donations in her memory toward SFWA’s Emergency Medical Fund and the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Institute.

SFWA President Mary Robinette Kowal noted, “Rachel Caine was a prolific and wonderful writer, but also dedicated herself to using her platform to lift up others. From mentoring to fundraising efforts, Rachel was always there for the community.”

Jarvis Sheffield

Jarvis Sheffield has a long history of working to help diversify the science fiction community, among authors and fans. He helped establish and manage the Diversity Track at DragonCon as the track’s director. He is also the founder of the Black Science Fiction Society and has also served as the editor for Genesis Science Fiction Magazine. Sheffield’s work has helped strengthen and expand the scope of science fiction by welcoming Black authors into the field and providing them venues to express their voices in the speculative fiction community.

SFWA President Mary Robinette Kowal said, “The work that Jarvis Sheffield has been doing through the Black Science Fiction Society has created a dedicated home for promoting Black SF. The knowledge that he’s shared about independent publishing has created a path for many authors to do an end-run around the roadblocks created by systemic biases within traditional publishing. Many of the voices we celebrate today came into the field because of his efforts to create a safe space.”

The 56th Nebula Awards® will take place during the 2021 Nebula Conference Online, an annual professional development conference organized by SFWA for aspiring and established members of the speculative fiction industry. Registration is $125 and may be purchased at events.sfwa.org.

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Nalo Hopkinson Named the 37th SFWA Damon Knight Grand Master

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) is pleased to announce that Nalo Hopkinson has been named the 37th Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy.

The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award recognizes “lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy.” Hopkinson joins the Grand Master ranks alongside such legends as C. J. Cherryh, Peter S. Beagle, Ursula K. Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, Ray Bradbury, and Joe Haldeman. The award will be presented at the 56th Annual Nebula Conference and Awards Ceremony, held online the weekend of June 4–6, 2021.

Hopkinson’s first novel, Brown Girl in the Ring, was published as the winner of the Warner Aspect First Novel Contest in 1998 and won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. She has published five additional novels, including the Andre Norton Award–winning Sister Mine, and three collections of her short fiction.

Hopkinson has also proven herself an adept editor, guest-editing an issue of Lightspeed Magazine and editing five anthologies, including Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction and So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy. Hopkinson has also won the British Fantasy Award, the Aurora Award, the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, and the Sunburst Award. She has taught at Clarion East, Clarion West, and Clarion South and is a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside.

SFWA President Mary Robinette Kowal adds:

“I have loved Nalo Hopkinson’s work since 1999 when I discovered her through the short story “Precious” in a Datlow/Windling anthology Silver Birch, Blood Moon. Each new piece continues to delight me and stretch me as a reader and makes me bolder as a writer.

“Naming Nalo as Grand Master recognizes not only her phenomenal writing but also her work as an educator who has shaped so many of the rising stars of modern SFF.”

The 56th Nebula Awards®  will be presented during the annual SFWA Nebula Conference, which will run June 4-6, 2021. The conference features seminars and panel discussions on the craft and business of writing, SFWA’s annual business meeting, and receptions. Due to COVID-19 concerns, this will be the second virtual Nebula Conference. Registration is available for purchase for $125 at events.sfwa.org.

2021 Nebula Conference Online Registration is Now Open!

Were you one of the lucky passengers that got to experience SFWA’s first virtual convention? Did you miss out only to scroll through social media and wish you had attended?

We have some exciting news!

The SFWA Airship Nebula will be returning in June 2021, and we’d love if you could join us. Due to the ongoing pandemic and in the interests of safety of all our attendees, members, staff and their families, we have decided to plan another fully virtual event. We completely understand that this news may be bittersweet. Many of us miss seeing our friends and colleagues in person. We do hope to once again host a hybrid event should the situation improve in the future.

For now though, we’d love if you could embark on another journey in our truly fantastic virtual airship. The best thing about an all-online conference is that you can join from anywhere in the universe!

Captaining the ship this year, SFWA is also very pleased to announce that L.D. Lewis is joining the Nebula Conference team.

Lewis is an award-winning SF/F writer and editor, and serves as a founding creator, Art Director, and Project Manager for the World Fantasy Award-winning and Hugo Award-nominated FIYAH Literary Magazine. She primarily writes stories of ordinary Black women and femmes with extraordinary powers in equally extraordinary worlds.

Coming off the success of helming FIYAHCON last month, L.D. will be acting as the project manager for all of the exciting year-round events associated with the Nebula Conference. We hope you join us in welcoming L.D. aboard.

With smaller events leading up to our main conference, the team is working on elevating our content and offerings again this year, and celebrating the best that science fiction and fantasy have to offer with our annual Nebula Awards ceremony.

So, please join us for another weekend full of professional development, workshops, and opportunities to network in one of the coolest virtual spaces there is. There will be more dance parties, karaoke, and social meet-ups around special interests. We’ll also be bringing back our conference-specific mentorship program and office hours.

We had it all last year, and we’ll be doing it all again in 2021.

Cost: $125.00

Dates: June 4th – 6th, 2021

Where: Entirely Online

Register: events.sfwa.org

We’ll be announcing so many great things in the coming months and we hope you’ll join us for what will be another amazing weekend among the stars.

Important Note: If you are registering for the 2021 Nebula Conference Online only, you will not have access to the remaining 2020 events. We have lowered the price if you’d like to still get involved and attend! Please visit events.sfwa.org for more information on how to register for 2020 content. For 2021 registrants, your access will begin in May.

Nebula Awards Showcase 54 now on sale!

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Nebula Awards Showcase 54
Edited by Nibedita Sen

The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, selected by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America!

The latest volume of the prestigious anthology series, published annually across six decades! The Nebula Awards Showcase volumes have been published yearly since 1966, reprinting winning and nominated stories of the Nebula Awards, voted on by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). This year’s editor is Nibedita Sen, a Hugo, Nebula, and Astounding Award-nominated writer and editor. This year’s Nebula Award winners include Mary Robinette Kowal, Aliette de Bodard, Brooke Bolander, and Phenderson Djèlí Clark.

Stories and Excerpts by:

Mary Robinette Kowal
Aliette de Bodard
Brooke Bolander
Phenderson Djèlí Clark
José Pablo Iriarte
Lawrence M. Schoen
Andy Duncan
Yudhanjaya Wijeratne and R.R. Virdi
Tina Connolly
Alix E. Harrow
Sarah Pinsker
A. T. Greenblatt

Table of Contents:

Introduction by Nibedita Sen

“It’s Dangerous to Go Alone” by Kate Dollarhyde

“Into the Spider-verse: A Classic Origin Story in Bold New Color” by Brandon O’Brien

“The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington” by P. Djèlí Clark

“Interview for the End of the World” by Rhett C. Bruno

“And Yet” by A. T. Greenblatt

“A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies” by Alix E. Harrow

“The Court Magician” by Sarah Pinsker

“The Only Harmless Great Thing” by Brooke Bolander

“The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections” by Tina Connolly

“An Agent of Utopia” by Andy Duncan

“The Substance of My Lives, The Accidents of Our Births” by José Pablo Iriarte

“The Rule of Three” by Lawrence M. Schoen

“Messenger” by R.R. Virdi & Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Excerpt: “The Tea Master and the Detective” by Aliette de Bodard

Excerpt: “Fire Ant” by Jonathan P. Brazee

Excerpt: “The Black God’s Drums” by P. Djèlí Clark

Excerpt: “Alice Payne Arrives” by Kate Heartfield

Excerpt: “Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach” by Kelly Robson

Excerpt: “Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries” by Martha Wells

Excerpt: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Biographies

November News for the 2020 Nebula Conference Online

We hope everyone had a great time getting your haunt on at last night’s SFWA Halloween Costume Party!! This is a reminder of our programming items scheduled for November.

Writing Dates – Writing dates take place every Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm Pacific Time. Here are our upcoming hosts:

•  TODAY, 11/1: Curtis C. Chen

•  11/8: Cecilia Tan

•  11/15: No Host

•  11/22: No Host

•  11/29: Christine Taylor-Butler

•  12/6: S.B. Divya

Author bios are available on the event website for each individual writing date on the schedule. Never fear! On weeks when there is no specific host for the writing date, our Flight Crew of volunteers will step in and lead the session. They make for great wingmen, we promise. Make sure to launch onto the Airship Nebula from the event schedule.


Narrative Worlds
– Our first episode of Narrative Worlds was a great success! The video is now available for viewing on YouTube here. Last month’s topic was “How Much Worldbuilding is Too Much? How Little is Too Little?” and the guest was Tade Thompson.

Who will Kate Elliott host for her next deep-dive into worldbuilding? Zen Cho!

On Sunday, November 15 at 1:00pm Pacific Time, Kate and Zen will discuss “Prose Style as Worldbuilding.” We hope you’ll join us live via the Nebula event page here. As with all Narrative Worlds episodes, the recording will be made free for public viewing on YouTube a week later.

Zen Cho is the author of the Sorcerer to the Crown novels and a novella, The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, as well as the short story collection Spirits Abroad. She is a Hugo, Crawford, and British Fantasy Award winner, and a finalist for the Locus and Astounding Awards.

Archive

Have you caught up on all the panels and presentations available in the 2020 Nebula Conference Online archive? With over 10,001 views from 34 countries so far, a lot of you have taken advantage of those replays! The archive remains open to all conference members through April 2021. Simply head here and click on the content you missed or you’d like to rewatch. How about “Planetology for Writers” or “The Small Press Experience: How to Get What You Want”?

The Bulletin Issue #215 Released

The next issue of The Bulletin, SFWA’s quarterly magazine, is now available for Nebula Conference members to download in PDF format! Issue #215 features our first guest editor: L.D. Lewis, who is FIYAH magazine’s art director, and FIYAHCON’s director. The cover art is “Merman” by Paul Kellam, and the issue includes articles from authors Tochi Onyebuchi, Shiv Ramdas, Arkady Martine, Karintha Parker, Henry Lien, and Evan Winter.

Download your copy from the Nebula event website here!

NaNoWriMo Cheering Section

Courtesy of NaNoWriMo

Recognizing that a great many of our Nebula attendees take part in the National Novel Writing Month, we want to give those of you participating a little extra motivation. Here are a few ways we plan to offer support, beginning November 1 and running through the month.

  • A dedicated channel on the Nebula Slack. You can join the Nebula Slack by following this link. Once there, choose to add the #nanowrimo channel and take part in cheering each other on.
  • Twitter check-ins. The SFWA Twitter account will tweet a 9:00 am Eastern Time reminder to get those words down every day. At 6:00 pm ET and 9:00 pm ET, we’ll also ask folks to share their daily word counts so we can celebrate our progress together or encourage each other to keep going.
  • Surprise Motivators! NaNoWriMo offers its own rewards, of course, and completing a manuscript draft is the biggest prize of all. But who couldn’t use an extra carrot now and then? SFWA will be tweeting encouragement for Nebula attendees participating in NaNoWriMo. Simply register here, and you may become the target of special support from our cheer squad, while supplies last!
  • Pep talks. Check the SFWA Twitter account occasionally for pep talks and tips from SFWA members who’ve won NaNoWriMo in years past

 

Thank you for your support for the 2020 Nebula Conference Online!

 

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Nebula Awards Showcase 54!

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Nebula Awards Showcase 54

Edited by Nibedita Sen

The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, selected by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America!

The latest volume of the prestigious anthology series, published annually across six decades! The Nebula Awards Showcase volumes have been published yearly since 1966, reprinting winning and nominated stories of the Nebula Awards, voted on by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). This year’s editor is Nibedita Sen, a Hugo, Nebula, and Astounding Award-nominated writer and editor. This year’s Nebula Award winners include Mary Robinette Kowal, Aliette de Bodard, Brooke Bolander, and Phenderson Djèlí Clark.

Stories and Excerpts by:

Mary Robinette Kowal
Aliette de Bodard
Brooke Bolander
Phenderson Djèlí Clark
José Pablo Iriarte
Lawrence M. Schoen
Andy Duncan
Yudhanjaya Wijeratne and R.R. Virdi
Tina Connolly
Alix E. Harrow
Sarah Pinsker
A. T. Greenblatt

Table of Contents:

Introduction by Nibedita Sen

“It’s Dangerous to Go Alone” by Kate Dollarhyde 

“Into the Spider-verse: A Classic Origin Story in Bold New  Color” by Brandon O’Brien 

“The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George  Washington” by P. Djèlí Clark 

“Interview for the End of the World” by Rhett C. Bruno

“And Yet” by A. T. Greenblatt 

“A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of  Portal Fantasies” by Alix E. Harrow 

“The Court Magician” by Sarah Pinsker 

“The Only Harmless Great Thing” by Brooke Bolander

“The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections” by Tina Connolly

“An Agent of Utopia” by Andy Duncan 

“The Substance of My Lives, The Accidents of Our Births” by  José Pablo Iriarte 

“The Rule of Three” by Lawrence M. Schoen 

“Messenger” by R.R. Virdi & Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Excerpt: “The Tea Master and the Detective” by Aliette de  Bodard 

Excerpt: “Fire Ant” by Jonathan P. Brazee 

Excerpt: “The Black God’s Drums” by P. Djèlí Clark 

Excerpt: “Alice Payne Arrives” by Kate Heartfield 

Excerpt: “Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach” by Kelly  Robson 

Excerpt: “Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries” by  Martha Wells 

Excerpt: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Biographies

The Haunting of SFWA House – Halloween Costume Party

You’re Invited…
Dear Nebula Attendee, Dear SFWA member,

Don your spookiest suits and most boo-ti-ful attire to attend our Halloween Costume Party! It’s an evening full of macabre merriment for SFWA members and the ongoing 2020 Nebula Conference Online attendees. We’d be delighted by your presence—whether ectoplasmic or virtual.

Costume Contest! Jack-O-Lantern Show and Tell! Virtual Bartending! Dance Party with DJ Scalzi! Tarot Readings!

The Haunting of SFWA House

Saturday, October 31, 2020

All Times Pacific

Enter Via the Hellhound Gates:

https://events.sfwa.org/halloween-costume-party/

  • 4:00 pm – Festivities begin with a Halloween parade on Twitter. Tag photos of your costumes and your jack-o-lanterns with #SFWAHalloween and the official account will retweet all participants.
  • 4:30 pm – The Party suite opens for early arrivals. You may enter the Zoom Room whenever the spirits move you via the Hellhound Gates linked above.
  • 5:00 pm – The Party begins, the Bar starts slinging, and the Jack-O-Lantern Show and Tell room opens
  • 5:30 pm – The Costume contest will take place with celebrity judges and prizes
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm DJ John Scalzi will host the Dreaded Dance
  • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Karaoke
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Tarot Readings with Board member Monica Valentini

To enter via the Hellhound Gates, you will need to log into the Nebula Event site, just as you do for attending any Nebula event. SFWA members log in via the SFWA Member Log-in Button at the top of the web page. Use the same email address and password you use to log in when you renew your membership. You may also need to re-navigate to the webpage above after logging in.

IMPORTANT: Please download the latest version of Zoom to your device so you can engage fully with the haunting. It is possible to attend with the webclient, but you will not fully materialize in the party.

Any questions? Ask events@sfwa.org. We can’t wait to see everyone’s spectral swagger! See you on Halloween.

The SFWA Events Team

Announcing the Narrative Worlds Webinar Series!

Dear 2020 Nebula Conference Online Attendee,

We are pleased to announce a new webinar series as part of your registration for the ongoing 2020 SFWA Nebula Conference Online!

On Sunday, October 11, at 1:00 pm Pacific Time, Narrative Worlds will premiere, and you are invited to take part at the Nebula event website: events.sfwa.org. Log in just as you did during the Nebula conference in May, and settle in for a great webinar with host Kate Elliott. Live chat discussion will be rolling along with the vidcast!

This monthly Sunday series will dig into the idea of narrative worlds and the theory and practice of building the worlds in which stories are set. Rather than focusing on a survey of basics like “What elements do you need to create a setting?” your host will discuss a specific single topic in more depth each month with a guest. Topics will include technology, language, power, cosmology, use of details, agriculture, material culture, social space, and more.

The first Narrative Worlds guest will be Tade Thompson! Tade and Kate will discuss How Much Worldbuilding is Too Much? How Little is Too Little? Upcoming guests include Zen Cho, Ken Liu, Nilah Magruder, Aliette de Bodard, Rebecca Roanhorse, and N.K. Jemisin!

A videocast offers a format that can reach as many people as possible. The live vidcast is scheduled to fit a spread of time zones:

6 am Sydney, Australia / 1 pm PT USA / 2 pm MT USA / 3 pm CT USA/ 4 pm ET USA / 5 pm Rio de Janeiro / 8 pm Dakar / 9 pm UK / 10 pm Western Europe

It will also be recorded and available afterward at the event website for viewing at your leisure, or if you were asleep in Australia or Singapore or Mumbai—sorry about that! It’s the fault of the world being round.

The general outline of the one hour videocast will be an introduction, forty minutes of dialogue, and 15 minutes of Q&A, if needed. This is not a class or a workshop. There will probably not be power points or illustrations, unless a guest wants to bring something along to share, and there will likely not be practice exercises on offer, although it’s possible worldbuilding exercises may be suggested now and then.

We hope you will join us, and don’t forget that our weekly Sunday writing dates are also ongoing! Indeed, on 10/11, you can roll right into one after Narrative Worlds premieres—that should be inspirational for you! Here are the next two dates and hosts:

  • – October 4: Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series.
  • – October 11: Jeffe Kennedy, award-winning author of the Uncharted Realms and the Twelve Kingdoms series, and a SFWA Board member.
  • – October 18: Mary Robinette Kowal, award-winning author of the Lady Astronaut series, and SFWA President.

All Nebula writing dates take place Sundays at 2:00 pm P.T. Upcoming dates for Narrative Worlds are November 15, December 20, January 17, February 21, March 21, and April 18. Mark your calendars!

KATE ELLIOTT’s most recent novel is Unconquerable Sun, gender spun Alexander the Great in space. She is best known for her Crown of Stars epic fantasy series, the Afro-Celtic post-Roman alt-history fantasy (with lawyer dinosaurs) Cold Magic, and YA fantasy Court of Fives. Her particular focus is immersive world building and centering women in epic stories of adventure and  transformative cultural change. She lives in Hawaii, where she paddles outrigger canoes and spoils her schnauzer. You can find her online at kateelliott.substack.com and @KateElliottSFF on Twitter.

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