Special Boskone Hotel Block – Update

Planning on staying overnight so you don’t miss a moment of all that Boskone has to offer? If so and you haven’t already booked your room, read on for an important update.

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We just heard from our Hotel Committee that Boskone’s Room Block is now technically sold out.

However, the Westin is allowing our members to book  rooms outside of our room block while vacancies last, which won’t be long.

 

For your convenience,  our room block covers the convention dates PLUS the shoulder nights around the convention. So, please reserve the dates that best fit your travel plans.

Boskone Room Rates at the Westin Boston Waterfront are available while availability lasts or until 5:00 pm (EDT) on January 17, 2017.

  • Single/Double Rate: $166
  • Triple Rate: $186
  • Quad Rate: $206

To reserve your room, here are the links to the Westin room blocks:

If you have any issues with your hotel reservation, please contact hotel@boskone.org as soon as possible.

For more information, visit the hotel page on the Boskone website.

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B54 Mini Interviews with Richard Shealy, Deirdre Crimmins and Steve Davidson

At Boskone, you’ll find folks working on a wide variety of projects in the realm of science fiction and fantasy. Today’s mini interview participants shine a spotlight on all the behind-the-scenes action.

 

Richard Shealy

Richard ShealyRichard Shealy is a freelance copyeditor specializing in SF/F work from short stories to novels but has worked in broader genre as well. He works with both traditional publishing houses and self-publishing authors. Find him online at his website, Facebook and Twitter.

What are you working on now? What excites or challenges you about this project?

A beautifully snarky urban fantasy by a pseudonymous author! What excites me about it is what excites me about everything I do in this job: I’m able to turn a mindset/skill set I’ve had all my life into something that helps genre be even a little bit better. And that’s the challenge of the work, as well: weighing the artistic decisions and trying to figure out how best to make sure the author’s artistic vision comes across to the reader exactly as intended.

What event or experience stands out as one of those ‘defining moments’ that shaped who you are today?

When I realized that fandom was not this distant, detached concept but something I could actually take part in without any of the negative stereotypes of fandom promulgated by mainstream culture. Not only was I finally able to interact with people who *get* my enjoyment of genre fiction, but it also inevitably led to my becoming a genre professional: I was able to take a lifelong mindset/skill and turn it to the benefit of genre while getting *paid*. It’s a wonderful life when you’re able to combine love and a paycheck!

Who is your all-time favorite fictional character? What is it about this character that you love?

Holy cow, Gimli. Everyone’s (rightly; I don’t begrudge that one bit) gaga over Legolas, but Gimli’s a guy who’s frankly, by comparison, just a working stiff, someone doing his job unconcerned with flair, elegance or grace. No matter what happens, he finds a way to just keep going.

 

Deirdre Crimmins

Deirdre CrimminsDeirdre is a Boston-based film critic. She is currently a staff writer for FilmThrills.com, but also contributes to the Brattle Theater, Rue Morgue Magazine, Paste Magazine, and Cinematic Essential. Find her online on Twitter.

How would you describe your work to people who might be unfamiliar with you?

I write about movies. Though I am a professional film critic, I hate that the title intimidates or sounds pretentious. When it comes down to it, I simply write about movies.

If you could recommend a book to your teenage-self, what book would you recommend? Why did you pick that book?

The Handmaiden. I can’t believe that it took me so long to read it! It is really satisfying to read a book that aligns so well with my feminism and politics, but it somehow more hopeful than I am. The encouragement would have meant a lot to a younger “me.”

Who is your all-time favorite fictional character? What is it about this character that you love?

I always liked Nancy in A Nightmare on Elm Street. She was smart and refused to live her life in fear, but could be vulnerable too. Showing humanity shouldn’t be a weakness.

 

Steve Davidson

Steve DavidsonI’ve been a fan since 1964 when I first watched Fireball XL5 I publish Amazing Stories and our first book of original fiction will be released shortly I’ve worked cons and Worldcons, published fanzines and think FIAWOL is an understatement. Find him online at the Amazing Stories website, Facebook and Twitter.

How would you describe your work to people who might be unfamiliar with you?

I’m trying to resurrect the genre’s first magazine, Amazing Stories.

What is it that you enjoy most about Boskone?

I really enjoy Boskone’s mix of fan generations: the convention (and its people) have deep connections to fandom’s history, and makes this accessible to a growing number of newer, younger fans. They, in turn, help keep fandom relevant, energized and exciting.

What event or experience stands out as one of those ‘defining moments’ that shaped who you are today?

My discovery of Heinlein’s Starman Jones novel in my elementary school’s bookmobile.

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JOURNEY PLANET: BOSKONE is Here!!! (Available 12/31/16)

jp-boskone-page-01_origWhat is Journey Planet: Boskone? It is a fantastic new fanzine published in December 2016 by the Hugo Award-winning Journey Planet and this issue features Boskone through the years!

When I agreed to chair the 54th Boskone convention, I really wanted to do something special to share and to celebrate Boskone, its history, and fandom with as many people as possible…especially people who may not be able to journey to Boston for a winter convention.

That’s when the idea for Journey Planet: Boskone was born! I reached out to  Journey Planet’s regular editors James Bacon and Chris Garcia with my idea to do a Boskone themed edition of the fanzine. They loved the idea and invited me to be the Guest Editor. So, I jumped at the chance, pulling  in author and graphic designer Errick Nunnally to pitch in and help out.

The real beauty of Journey Planet: Boskone is that it is very much like a convention in a box…or a convention in a PDF fanzine to be more accurate! 🙂 This amazing fanzine celebrates the past 53 Boskone conventions and features a variety of reprinted guest introductions, cover images, and other historic tidbits from past Boskone Souvenir Books for you to enjoy.

With Boskone 54 coming up in February 2017, I hope you enjoy this edition of Journey Planet: Boskone that reflects Boskone’s unique personality, spirit, and style. If you are not able to attend Boskone this year, hopefully this special fanzine will provide a little mid-winter fannish fun for you to enjoy.

Special thanks to all of our contributors, to Boskone, and to Tony & Suford Lewis for access to their complete collection of Boskone Souvenir Books. YOU have all helped to make this fanzine possible. Thank you!!!

SIGNAL BOOST: Please feel free to share Journey Planet: Boskone with anyone who might enjoy it. If you have any questions, please let me know.

  • Journey Planet: Boskone
  • Publication Date: December 31, 2016
  • Guest Editor: Erin Underwood
  • Designer: Errick Nunnally
  • Available: Online as a free PDF
  • Publisher: Journey Planet
  • Executive Editors: James Bacon & Chris Garcia
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B54 Mini Interviews with Errick A. Nunnally, KT Bryski and Grady Hendrix

If you like the darker side of fantasy, you won’t want to miss this! These authors write horror, dark pulp and “grim tidings in the woods.”

Errick A. Nunnally

Errick NunnallyBorn and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Errick A. Nunnally served one tour in the Marine Corps before deciding art school would be a safer—and more natural—pursuit. He strives to develop his strengths in storytelling and remains permanently distracted by art, comics, science fiction, history, and horror. Trained as a graphic designer, he has earned a black belt in Krav Maga with Muay Thai kickboxing after dark. Errick’s successes include: the novel, Blood For The Sun; a comic strip collection, Lost in Transition; and first prize in one hamburger contest.

The following are short stories and their respective anthologies: Welcome to the D.I.V. (Wicked Witches); Harold At The Halfcourt (Inner Demons Out); Penny Incompatible (Eulogies IV); The Last Apology (A Dark World of Spirits and The Fey); You Call This An Apocalypse? (After The Fall); Recovery (Winter Animals: stories to benefit PROTECT.ORG); A Hundred Pearls: PROTECTORS 2 (stories to benefit PROTECT.ORG) and The Elevation of Oliver Black (Distant Dying Ember). He also has two lovely children and one beautiful wife. Find him online at his website and Twitter.

What are you working on now? What excites or challenges you about this project?

The emergence of superhuman abilities appearing mostly among non-whites of the world, the political ramifications of such, and the fallout from those who would use those abilities for illicit gain. In a nutshell. I haven’t completed it yet, so there’s no simple pitch. BUT what’s most challenging is juggling the amount of characters and locations. It’s turning out to be the longest piece of fiction I’ve ever written–around the 100k length that I used to think was weird. As well, it’s something that’s been knocking around my head for decades.

If you could recommend a book to your teenage-self, what book would you recommend? Why did you pick that book?

In general, more of Octavia Butler and Tananarive Due’s work, more women, more non-European derived narratives just to expand my earlier experience of stories.

What is it that you enjoy most about Boskone?

The critical mass of professional and deeply interested persons willing to reasonably discuss nearly everything genre.

KT Bryski

kt bryskiKT Bryski is a Canadian author and playwright. She has short fiction in “Tales from the Archives,” “Black Treacle Horror Magazine,” “Daily Science Fiction,” and forthcoming from “Strange Horizons” and “Apex.” She is the winner of the 2016 Toronto Star Short Story Contest—the largest such contest in Canada. Select playwriting credits include scripts for Black Creek Pioneer Village, East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon (Canadian Children’s Opera Company), and Key of D Minor (Sears Ontario Drama Festival).

Her audio dramas Coxwood History Fun Park and Six Stories, Told at Night (funded by the Ontario Arts Council) are available wherever fine podcasts are found. In 2014, her short story “Under Oak Island” was a Parsec finalist. KT is a SFWA member and graduate of the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing. She has a mild caffeine addiction. Find her online at her website and Twitter.

How would you describe your work to people who might be unfamiliar with you?

Hopeful angst. My work tends to go fairly dark (not in a blood-and-gore way, more in a grim-tidings-in-the-woods sort of way), but there is usually a tiny little ray of light at the end. It contrasts with the shadows, you know?

I work a lot with fairy tales, and I also draw from Canadian history and culture quite heavily.

What event or experience stands out as one of those ‘defining moments’ that shaped who you are today?

So it’s 2011. I’m very wee. I’ve been working at a living history museum for about six months. I’ve just asked this really cool girl who ALSO works there to voice a character in this podcast novel I’m releasing. We chat about the project over dinner, and then talk eventually turns to our museum’s onsite brewery.

“Our Christmas events are so hard,”” she says, “”it’s a two-person job down there, but no one else has their Smart Serve Certificate*.”

“Um,”” I say hesitantly. “”I have my Smart Serve.”

And so I ended up in the brewery – for one night only – as an extra set of hands. Except that I fell in love with it the moment I saw it; the sweet smell of boiling wort, the gleaming copper kettle, the history and tasting notes of each beer style…

Five years later and I manage our brewery’s blog, I’ve given beer talks across the United States and Canada, and I’ve sampled/written tasting notes for over 400 different beers.

And it all started from that one chance comment…

*Editor’s note: Smart Serve refers to the The Smart Serve Responsible Alcohol Beverage Service Training Program for hospitality service workers in Ontario, Canada.

What are you looking forward to at Boskone?

I’m looking forward to learning a LOT. This is a new con for me, so I’m stoked to meet new people, hear new points-of-view, and check out a slew of awesome programming! (Also looking forward to shenanigans. There are always shenanigans.)

 

Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix is a writer and film programmer living in New York City. His novel, Horrorstör, is about a haunted IKEA and it is currently being developed as a television series by Gail Berman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich). He recently wrote the screenplay for the War of 1812 horror movie, Mohawk, starring Kaniehtiio Horn (Hemlock Grove), and his latest novel is My Best Friend’s Exorcism, out now.  Find him online at his website, Facebook and Twitter.

What are you working on now? What excites or challenges you about this project?

I’m just finishing up my new book, PAPERBACKS FROM HELL, that will be out in September 2017, just in time for Halloween. It’s a non-fiction book about the publishing horror boom of the 70s and 80s and it’s got more Nazi leprechauns than you might expect.

If you could recommend a book to your teenage-self, what book would you recommend? Why did you pick that book?

Phoenix #1: Dark Messiah by David Alexander because I could have used a hero who fights post-apocalyptic mutants and draws his signature Phoenix with bullets from his machine gun.

From a fan perspective, what new book, film, TV show, or comic are you most looking forward to seeing/reading?

It was MEG until they moved it to 2018. Jason Statham fights a giant shark. Now I look forward to nothing and shall greet 2017 with hot tears.

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B54 Mini Interviews with Lojo Russo, The Fabulous Lorraine and Maryelizabeth Yturralde

Happy New Year, Boskone fans! We’re excited to present our annual Mini Interview blog series to help you get to know your favorite Boskone guests better. To kick things off, let’s hear from Boskone 54’s featured filkers, The Fabulous Lorraine & Lojo Russo, and Special Guest, Maryelizabeth Yturralde.

 

Lojo Russo

Lojo RussoLojo Russo has been orbiting the ‘Con biospheres since her first days in the awesomely, classic-jam-rock quintet known as, ‘Cats Laughing’. Three of the original members of ‘Cats Laughing’ – Emma Bull, Steven KZ Brust and Adam Stemple – are best known for their wonderfully crafted SF/F novels. Somewhere along this timeline she also fell in with the Fabulous Lorraine and has remained both friend and confidant as well as one part of the peculiarly remarkable twosome, Mogg. (aka; Moggenahf, Mogguffaw, the “other” Flashgirl)

From those humble beginnings Lojo Russo has continued to provide soulful, fanciful and farcical music to her enduring fan. Her novelty album, Sweet Tooth, contains the Con-inspired hits, ‘Orbital Groove’ and ‘Blame It On the Jello’. She enjoys long walks on the beach, the smell of Hi-Karate and the way bandaid packets spark when you open them. Find her online at her website, Facebook and Twitter.

How would you describe your work to people who might be unfamiliar with you?

Been making music most of my life and the music has changed with me over the years. Childish and idyllic, young and questioning, mature and introspective. Seems the older I get the more the music moves and shapes and growls. I’ve got a pocketful of novelty and SF/F based as well

What are you working on now? What excites or challenges you about this project?

Working on a new album; Fresh Oil, Loose Gravel. (Country themed – if it wasn’t already painfully obvious.) The writing process is not always as easy as I’d like but when I finally get the chance to work in the studio and start building and shaping the sound – woof!

What are you looking forward to at Boskone?

Attending a new ‘con – this will be my inaugural flight! My family has roots in MA and I was out there once about 15 years ago. I am acquainted with a number of East Coast writers and fans so this aught to be a hoot!

 

The Fabulous Lorraine

Lorraine GarlandThe Fabulous Lorraine worked for author Neil Gaiman for 20 years until he moved east and she decided hey, why not go to collage, having missed that one in her youth. She is currently ALMOST a senior at University and plans on a Master’s as well. Once obtained, she will decide on a costume, and a super hero name, and go out into the Helping Profession and help everyone who crosses her path.

What event or experience stands out as one of those ‘defining moments’ that shaped who you are today?

I’d have to go with the moment Neil Gaiman said “Could you come over and put my books on the shelves of my new library.” I stayed for the next 20 years, doing all the things that needed doing. He taught me about work, about love, about compassion, about learning, about perseverance, about wonder and joy. He showed me how the world worked, and showed me his vision how how things might be. And when the time to change came around, he helped me on the path and said: go and be all that I know you can be.

Who is your all-time favorite fictional character? What is it about this character that you love?

“I think I’ll go with the witches, the three wyrd sisters, in Macbeth. Mostly because they had awesome dialog, which excited me as far back as I can remember. Their opening lines were featured in some sort of anthology called (something like) “”Seriously Weird Stories about Witches, Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls for your Child”” which was my favorite book back then. Dancing around in the dark around a fire, chanting some sort of magic spell, tossing all manner of spooky ingredients into a pot sounded to me like a fine way to spend an evening.

When I got a little older and read the play, and started seeing it on stage, it seemed to me that they were all about the idea that nothing is ever what it seems, and perspective is everything. And in life, weird shit happens and one needs to roll with it. Because you never know what happens next, and that is very exciting.”

What are you looking forward to at Boskone?

The peoples!! I want to meet everyone. And talk to everyone. And give them as many hugs as seems appropriate.

 

Maryelizabeth Yturralde

Maryelizabeth YturraldeMaryelizabeth Yturralde last attended Boskone in 1984, and spent the next decade working in chain bookstores. Maryelizabeth co-founded independent genre bookstore Mysterious Galaxy in Southern California in 1993; she is a regular contributor to programming at literary conventions all over the country, including Comic-Con International San Diego and New York Comic Con; and she is a regular writer of non-fiction, including critical and biographical essays, and reviews for Mysterious Galaxy, as well as Publishers Weekly.

She is passionate about connecting readers and stories. Find her online at her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Who is your all-time favorite fictional character? What is it about this character that you love?

Darkwing Duck. He is the terror that flaps in the night. Also, he wears a purple cape, and loves wordplay.

If you could recommend a book to your teenage-self, what book would you recommend? Why did you pick that book?

Ursula K. LeGuin’s THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS, which I didn’t read until my 20s. I think I would’ve been a better friend and citizen of the world with an earlier, more nuanced understanding of gender.

What are you looking forward to at Boskone?

I am looking forward to talking books, books, and more books!

 

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Participate in the Boskone 54 Book Party

Come join the fun at Boskone 54’s Book Party, and meet the presses and authors who have new books coming out at Boskone! This is your chance to see what’s new from authors you already love as well as those you have yet to discover.

Boskone is once again holding a book party on Saturday night during the convention to give our authors and publishers the opportunity to show off their newly released titles.

The Boskone 54 Book Party

Day: Saturday, February 18th
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: Con Suite, in the Galleria Level, Westin Waterfront Hotel

Authors & Publishers: If you have a new book that was (or will be) published within a few months of Boskone, we invite you to participate in the Boskone 54 Book Party. Bring your books and swag to share with readers who come to mix, mingle, and talk fiction with Boskone’s authors.

Authors and publishers (with a new book and a membership for Boskone 54) who would like to join the party, should email us at Program@boskone.org with your book’s information, including:

  • Title:
  • Author Name:
  • Release Date:
  • Publisher:
  • Cover Image URL (if available):

Please note that space is limited. So, please be sure to contact us as soon as possible to let us know that you’re interested in joining the party. The more the merrier!

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Boskone Book Club tradition continues with Brandon Sanderson’s The Rithmatist

The annual Boskone Book Club continues in 2017! Join us for a conversation that brings con-goers together to consider one noteworthy work at length. This year we are reading The Rithmatist by Guest of Honor Brandon Sanderson.

The discussion will also include a short Q&A with the author about the book. To participate, please read the book and come ready with your observations.

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

The Rithmatist is Brandon Sanderson’s New York Times bestselling epic teen adventure and a New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2013.

More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing—kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery—one that will change Rithmatics—and their world—forever.

 

If you wish to join the Boskone Book Club discussion, please read the book, and come ready with your observations. We look forward to seeing you at Boskone 54!

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