Stillpoint Digital Press authors are keeping very busy! In addition to multiple appearances, we've got news to share about a great interview, a chance to vote in a red-carpet award ceremony, and a sneak preview from a much-anticipated book! Continue reading Stillpoint Author News: An Interview, A Preview, and Appearances
New England fans of speculative fiction, take note! Stillpoint/Prometheus authors Heather Albano and Kenneth Schneyer are appearing this weekend at Boston's Arisia 2017 conference, "New England's largest, most diverse sci-fi and fantasy convention"!
- "Emerging Trends in Game Technology" (8:30 Friday)
- "The Stories People Play" (2:30 Saturday)
- "Writing a Great LARP" (5:30 Sunday)
She'll also be signing copies of Timepiece at the Dealer Room table of Broad Universe, an organization dedicated to promoting, encouraging, honoring, and celebrating women writers and editors in science fiction, fantasy, horror and other speculative genres. Go say hi, and pick up your signed copy!
Kenneth Schneyer, award-winning short writer and author of the collection The Law & the Heart, will be appearing no less than five times:
- "Reading: Greer Gilman & Kenneth Schneyer" (Friday 8:30)
- "In Praise of Unlikeable Characters" (Saturday 1:00)
- "How to Self-Edit That Steaming Hot Pile of Crap" (Sunday 10:00)
- "Grounding Your Audience in a Sensory World" (Sunday 7:00)
- "Imaginary Friends: Crafting Memorable Characters" (Monday 10:00)
Check them both out—though you'll have to choose this evening! In addition to being wonderful writers, they're both wonderful speakers about their craft.
About Heather Albano and Kenneth Schneyer
Heather Albano is a storyteller, history geek, and lover of both time-travel tropes and re-imaginings of older stories. You most likely know her from her game design work (which most recently included A Study In Steampunk, produced by Choice of Games, and contributions to TimeWatch and The Dracula Dossier, both published by Pelgrane Press)—but she writes non-interactive fiction too. Like the Keeping Time trilogy. Read more at heatheralbano.com
Kenneth Schneyer forgot he wanted to be a writer for 25 years, until he was ambushed by a gang of plot bunnies in 2006. Since then, he has sold stories to many science fiction and fantasy magazines and anthologies, several of which can be found on Amazon. His novella “Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer” has been nominated for a 2014 Nebula Award and a Theodore Sturgeon Award for best short science fiction.
Ken attended the Clarion Writers Workshop at UCSD in 2009, and joined the Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop in 2010. Mostly he writes science fiction and fantasy, but he’s been known to write crime stories, poetry, and anything else that strikes his fancy.
He was a theater major at Wesleyan and briefly a semiprofessional actor before attending law school at the University of Michigan. He teaches legal studies and humanities at Johnson & Wales University, and has published numerous articles on the constitutive rhetoric of legal texts.
Born in Detroit, he now lives in Rhode Island with one singer, one dancer, one actor, and something striped and fanged that he sometimes glimpses out of the corner of his eye. He’s interested in astronomy, history, politics, philosophy, presidential trivia, brain science, and practically everything else. He cooks better than most people you know.
Arisia 2017 is a volunteer-run convention that covers all aspects of science fiction and fantasy literature and media.
It is taking place this weekend, January 13–16, at Boston's Westin Boston Waterfront.
This is one of thirteen stories in Kenneth Schneyer's new collection The Law & the Heart. Emotionally and ethically complex, it gives us the perfect opportunity to show you why we're so excited about this book!
Hear the Enemy, My Daughter
by Kenneth Schneyer
Everything about Kesi reminds me of her father. Her hair is crinklier than mine, because Jabari’s was. Her skin is a darker shade of brown than mine, because Jabari’s was. Her chin juts out absurdly for such a little face, because Jabari’s did. She even smells like him. Every sight of her is like a kick in my stomach.
Kesi has stopped wondering where Jabari has gone. For the first two or three months, she asked many times a day, “Mzazi, where Baba?” She was past such baby-talk; it was a sign of her distress that she regressed, lost her verbs. I was honest with her, or I tried to be. You can say, “Baba has died. Baba was very brave, he was fighting to protect Kesi and Mzazi, he was fighting to protect everyone.” But how much of that will a three-year-old understand? All she knew was that her father was gone. I did not even tell her that he had gone to a better place, that he was happy — what would be the point, even if I believed it? Did she care whether he was happy, if it kept him away forever?
Nor did I allow the other voice to speak, the voice that said, “I should have been fighting next to Jabari; I could have saved Jabari. If you had not been born, Jabari would still be here.”
Now she is four and does not mention him at all. She remembers him; when I point to his picture, she tells me who Jabari is. But she does not begin conversation about him. She does not ask when he will return. She does not ask what it means to die. Continue reading Sneak preview: "Hear the Enemy, My Daughter" from The Law & the Heart
What's better than a hot new book? How about a chance to win a hot new book for free? This week only, Stillpoint Digital Press is giving away copies of The Law & the Heart, the debut collection by Nebula-nominated author Kenneth Schneyer.
As part of this weekend's launch festivities, we will be holding a drawing on Goodreads, the world's largest online site for book readers, reviews, and recommendations. To sign up for your chance to win a new first-of-the-first paperback copy of this exciting collection that science fiction legend Kim Stanley Robinson has called "brilliant and delightful," go to the giveaway page and click the Enter to Win button!
The drawing will be held on the day of the presentation of the Science Fiction Writers of America's Nebula Award ceremony — sign up now to get your copy, or join author Kenneth Schneyer and Stillpoint publisher David Kudler at the Nebula book signing event on Friday, May 16 to pick up your autographed copy. Continue reading Giveaway: The Law & the Heart
Release Day: May 16!
Do you know the way to San Jose? Join author Kenneth Schneyer and Stillpoint publisher David Kudler for the official launch of The Law & the Heart on Friday evening, May 16 at the Nebula Awards book-signing!
The signing will be from 8:00pm–10:00pm at the San Jose Marriot. The event is open to the public, so you don't have to attend the conference to be among the first to get your copy of Ken's exciting new book — though of course, you're also welcome to attend. While you're there, you'll have the opportunity to meet some of the other best science fiction writers in the world.
For more information or to sign up for our launch event, go to the event page on Facebook.
To find out more about the Science Fiction Writers of America or to register to attend the Nebulas, go to their page here.
See you there!