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I was honored to be an Octavia E. Butler Scholar in 2011. Ms. Butler was an extraordinary writer whose work I deeply admired.


Every year, the Carl Brandon Society, whose goal is to increase diversity in the field of science fiction, presents scholarships to two students of color accepted to the prestigious Clarion and Clarion West writers’ workshops. The scholarships, named in honor of the brilliant African-American writer Octavia Butler, pay workshop tuition and housing fees for the recipients. Since 2007, they have made it possible for eleven students to attend the workshops.

Give a little, get a free ebook.

If you contribute a mere $8.01 to the scholarship fund, you can download Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars, an ebook anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories by these students — the voices of the new generation of writers of color in speculative fiction.

Edited by Nisi Shawl, Bloodchildren includes an introduction by Nalo Hopkinson and a memoir by Vonda N. McIntyre of her friendship with Octavia Butler, which began when they were students together at the Clarion Workshop in 1970.

The collection includes ground-breaking stories by Indrapramit Das, Shweta Narayan, Caren Gussoff, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Lisa Bolekaja, Chris Caldwell, Jeremy Sim, Erik Owomoyela, Dennis Y. Ginoza, Mary Burroughs, and Kai Ashante Wilson.

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Shimmer #16

Psyched that my short story “Word and Flesh” will be part of Shimmer #16:

Shimmer #16 Approaches

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Shimmer #16 approaches!

You can get a sneak peek at what’s to come in the issue with our trailer (below). Author Helena Bell, along with her brother, has also put together a marvelous project for her Shimmer #16 story, “In Light of Recent Events I Have Reconsidered the Wisdom of Your Space Elevator,” which you should view here.

I am impossibly excited about this issue, and you get to see it all soon! Preorder in your preferred format!

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Phantom Drift

Just got back from Portland where I read part of my story, “Other Names, Other Histories” which appears in Issue Two of Phantom Drift, “Valuable Estrangements”. Copies are $15 and will be available for order soon.

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My schedule for Chicon 7: The 70th World Science Fiction Convention

I’ll be doing some panels at Chicon 7: The 70th World Science Fiction Convention, August 30 to September 3. My inclusion is obviously a mistake of some sort (I suspect a distracted intern) but as I’m too socially awkward to correct the error, I’ve gone ahead and booked a flight to Chicago.


Thu 6:00:pm – 7:30:pm
The Short Story as Testing Ground
Discussing the role short stories has and will play in the genre of science fiction and fantasy, from proving ground to promotions to the merits of writing and reading short stories. We’ll explore where the genre is headed, whether its early popularity is enduring (is anyone reading them anymore?) and the influence of contests and electronic publishing on the genre.
Betsy Dornbusch Brad R. Torgersen D.H. Aire Dennis Y. Ginoza Vylar Kaftan

Fri 9:00:am – 10:30:am
New Writers Session 3
A panel for new and debut authors to discuss their work and careers.
Brad Aiken Dennis Y. Ginoza Hugh Howey Janet Catherine Johnston Michael Coorlim

Fri 12:00:pm – 1:30:pm
F*** Your Knight and the Horse He Rode in on Part Deux: Fantasy Series Not Based on Medieval Europe
Gold Coast
A follow-up to last year’s irreverent panel of young writers challenging the predominance of medieval-inspired settings in fantasy.
Christopher Kastensmidt Dennis Y. Ginoza Elizabeth Bear T. L. Morganfield

Fri 3:30:pm – 4:00:pm
Writer Under Glass #24
Fan Lounge
This isn\’t actually a panel, but a stunt. Writers volunteer to sit in a certain place for 30-40 minutes each and write serially on a collaborative story. Each takes up where the previous left off throughout the run of the convention. The resulting manuscript will be printed out only once, signed by all the writers, and entered into the charity auction as a contribution from all the writers. Con attendees can watch the writers at work–this has to be done in public like Harlan Ellison\’s writing in shop windows–but may not harass them. The attendees can watch what\’s being written in real time on a remote monitor. The story is complete at the end of the con and no other copies will be made without consent of all the writers who participated.
Dennis Y. Ginoza

Sat 4:30:pm – 6:00:pm
Quantum Physics Meets Magical Realism
Columbus CD
The way in which Quantum Physics describes the universe seems more and more to enter the realm of the fantastic. Where does reality end and fantasy begin?
Catherynne Valente Dennis Y. Ginoza Karen Burnham Mr. Magic Realism/Bruce Taylor Tim Stoffel

Mon 9:00:am – 10:30:am
Faith in Science Fiction & Fantasy
Faith can take many forms besides organized worship of a Higher Being, and yet, not a single Earth culture known to us exists absent a faith system in some form. What is the importance of faith in motivating human beings and in creating realistic worlds? What are the things people put their faith in? Magic? Science? Laws? Government? Wealth? Fame? Not a debate of the validity of ideas but a discussion of their value and use as motivators for all of us.
Bryan Thomas Schmidt Dennis Y. Ginoza Isabel Schechter Randy Smith


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“The hard part is becoming that person you have to become to finish the book.”

WATCH: Junot Diaz and Min Jin Lee on Writer Origins

“They say to write something new you’ve got to be lost.” An excerpted video conversation featuring the Pulitzer Prize winner and the author of Free Food for Millionaires.

via Read the Margins – Inventing the Asian American intellectual culture of tomorrow!.

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Tactile (cont.)

Book Sculpture: Literary Maze On Display At London 2012 Festival (PHOTOS).

As part of the London 2012 Festival, Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo sculpted a maze made out of books. The instillation, called aMAZEme, was inspired by librarians and lauded author Jorge Louis Borges’ stories, which were both figuratively and literally labyrinthine.

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tessera – 6/10/12

Summer, 1988. The back roads of Ollala. Three friends and I are crammed into the cab of a pickup truck. We’re driving fast with the windows rolled down. “It pulls to the right,” says my friend as he wrestles with the steering wheel. “Alignment is messed up.” He pushes a cassette into the stereo and turns up the volume– “Guns in the Sky” by INXS thumps out of the truck’s two speakers. “Pretty good, eh?” says my friend. “Yeah,” I say. We pass through a cloud of gnats– the sounds of their bodies smacking against the windshield is like light rain, an autumn drizzle.


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