Appearances and Cons
BCS at Readercon 2015

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

BCS returns to ReaderCon, in north Boston, again in 2015!

I am on two panels during the con, discussing magazines and secondary-world settings:

Friday, 2:00 PM: The Future of Speculative Magazines, Part 3, also including Leah Bobet of Ideomancer, Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld, and Ellen Datlow of countless countless anthologies. “At Readercon 20, there were two panels that looked at the future of magazines: Part 1: Print Magazines, and Part 2: Online Magazines. Six years later, we return to this issue to discover what worked, what didn’t, and what the near future might hold.”

Saturday, 12:00 PM: Our Panel of Experts..., also including BCS author Gwendolyn Clare (“Butterfly House” in BCS #157 and podcast BCS 137) and Bud Sparhawk. “Having trouble creating your world? Are there social complexities or changes in scientific laws that are confounding you? Bring your very specific questions about worldbuilding in your current project, and polymath scientists will do their best to answer.”

Lots of BCS authors are also scheduled to be present, including James Morrow, Gemma Files, John E.O. Stevens, Michael J. DeLuca, and Alex Dally MacFarlane.

I’ll have flyers featuring cover art by Juan Carlos Barquet and Jonas de Ro and Raphael Lacoste and postcards for Best of BCS Year Five and our new Weird Western anthology Ceaseless West. Feel free to drop by either panel or stop me in the halls!


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BCS at ConFusion in Detroit this Weekend

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

ConFusionBCS will be at ConFusion 2015 in Detroit, a great regional writer and fan con, this weekend Jan 16-18!

I will be on several panels about magazine topics and short fiction, and another about my equally favorite pastime, beer.

  • Sat 10am: Staying Sane while Sluicing Through Slush
  • Sat 1pm: Current State of Short Fiction
  • Sat 8pm: Beer, Brewing, and Books

BCS authors in attendance will include Saladin Ahmed, Michael J. DeLuca, Ferrett Steinmetz, Justin Howe, Jason S. Ridler, Bradley P. Beaulieu, and Brian McClellan, along with many other F/SF authors and fans.

I will have the usual stack of shiny BCS flyers and anthology-cover postcards. If you see me in the bar, or in the con suite at the keg of porter at 2:30 AM Sunday like two years ago, feel free to say hello!


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BCS at World Fantasy This Weekend

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

BCS will be at World Fantasy Convention in Washington DC this weekend!

I’m on a panel Friday at noon–Guns, Gears and Wheels: Medieval Technology in Fantasy. I’ll also be at the opening ceremonies honoring the World Fantasy Award nominees and the award ceremony on Sunday.

I will have a stack of shiny new BCS flyers and special World Fantasy anthology-cover postcards. Feel free to say hello, if you see me in the halls or in the bar. I’m always delighted to meet BCS authors, podcast listeners, and readers.


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BCS at Capclave this Weekend

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

CapclaveBCS will be at Capclave, the annual D.C.-area F/SF con (where reading is not extinct, unlike their star-crossed con mascot avian at right), this weekend.

I’m on three panels, all dealing with online magazines or their podcasts:

  • Friday 5:00 pm: Small Press Publishing (Running a publishing company, publishing a magazine or semi-pro zine)
  • Friday 6:00 pm: From Pod to Page ( For stories existing in both print and podcast form, how do they change?)
  • Saturday 5:00 pm: Best Short Fiction of 2014 (Which novellas, novelettes, and short stories published this year were your favorites?)

I will also have plenty of the brand new BCS flyer, featuring the cover art from our Sixth Anniversary Double-Issue, “Golden Age” by Juan Carlos Barquet, and anthology-cover postcards, including the cover of the new Best of BCS Year Five anthology. Feel free to say hello!


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BCS at NASFIC Detcon This Weekend

Posted in: Appearances and Cons, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

This weekend BCS will be at Detcon, this year’s NASFIC con (held in years that WorldCon is held outside of North America). Scott is on several panels, all on Saturday, about subjects dear to his heart, including magazines, heavy metal, and beer:

12pm, Saturday July 19

  • The State of the Science Fiction Magazine Market, including Leah Bobet of Ideomancer, Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld, and BCS author Michael Haynes

3pm, Saturday July 19

4pm, Saturday July 19

  • Good, Bad, Ugly: SF/F Cover Art & Design, including BCS author Saladin Ahmed

5pm, Saturday July 19

  • Science Fiction and Heavy Metal

Elsewise he will be in the halls or bar, with the requisite stack of shiny BCS flyers and anthology-cover postcards.  Feel free to say hello!


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BCS at Balticon on Sunday

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

Balticon

BCS will be at Balticon 48 this Sunday for the day, including appearing on several panels:

Sun 12:00 – 12:50:  Salon B:  How To Read Writers We Don’t Understand

Sun 13:00 – 13:50:  Promoting Your Podcast (other panelists include Norm Sherman, editor of The Drabblecast podcast ‘zine)

I will also have the requisite stack of shiny BCS flyers and postcards and be roaming the halls and the bar. Feel free to say hello!


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“The State of Short Fiction” Roundtable Mar. 22

Posted in: About BCS, Appearances and Cons, Magazine Publishing by Scott H. Andrews

BSFAThe Baltimore Science Fiction Society is hosting a short fiction roundtable panel this weekend: “The State of Short Fiction.”

The panelists are editors and/or publishers of major short fiction venues, either in print or audio podcast or both, including Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld), our own Scott H. Andrews (me; Beneath Ceaseless Skies), Jonathan Landen (Daily Science Fiction), Norm Sherman (Drabblecast), and Bill Campbell (Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond).

The panel will delve into the current state of the short fiction market, including topics such as how do you fund a magazine or anthology, what makes a story work for podcast, and more.

The BSFS-hosted panel last year on a different short fiction topic, “From Slush to Sale,” was well-attended and well-represented, including our own Scott H. Andrews and staff from Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, and more.

This panel on the State of Short Fiction is Sat. Mar. 22nd at 8PM at the Baltimore Science Fiction Society meeting house at 3310 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21224. You can find BSFS on Facebook, including a Facebook event page for this panel; check out the event page, click if you are attending, and read more details about it.

With all the panelists’ experience in the short fiction field, there is sure to be great experience and discussion about the many facets of the current short fiction field. If you’re anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic area, you should consider attending.


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BCS at Boskone in Boston this Weekend

Posted in: About BCS, Appearances and Cons, BCS Podcasts by Scott H. Andrews

BoskoneThis weekend BCS will be at Boskone, one of the long-running Boston-area F/SF conventions.

I will be on several panels:

Alternate Voices (Sat 1PM): Stories told through documents, letters, and reports. (Such as the BCS stories “The Calendar of Saints” by Kat Howard, “The Governess and the Lobster” by Margaret Ronald, and “On the Origin of Song” by Naim Kabir.)

Great Podcasts and Where to Find Them (Sat 3pm): Panelists discuss some of their favorite podcasts, sites, and stories. (One of my favs being BCS 100: Boat in Shadows, Crossing” by Tori Truslow.)

From Pixels to Print: The Challenges of Running a Magazine (Sat 4PM): Funding, staffing, and managing your organization, and then printing (or enpixeling), distributing, and publicizing your precious products.

I will have the omnipresent stack of shiny gorgeous BCS flyers and postcards. If you see me in the halls, after a panel, or at the bar, feel free to say hello!


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BCS at Capclave this Weekend

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

CapclaveBCS will be at Capclave, the annual D.C.-area F/SF con (where reading is not extinct!), this weekend.

I’m on four panels, all dealing with online magazines (or their podcasts) or secondary-world fantasy:

  • Friday 7:00 pm: New Media, New (Magazine) Markets, New Business Models: A Review of notable genre ezines
  • Saturday 2:00 pm: World’s Shortest Epics (Epic fantasy in short fiction)
  • Saturday 3:00 pm: Hearing Voices? (A survey of podcasts)
  • Saturday 5:00 pm: The Evolution of Fantasy (Trends and tastes)

I also have a reading Friday at 8:00 pm, where I may read something forthcoming in BCS.  Drop by and find out!

I will also have plenty of BCS flyers and anthology-cover postcards, including the cover of the new Best of BCS Year Four anthology.  Feel free to say hello!


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