Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sci Fi.com on We Never Talk About My Brother

Paul Di Filippo over at Sci Fi Wire has just reviewed Peter S. Beagle's We Never Talk About My Brother, saying:

This is a volume of Beagle-ish stories, all linked, despite their varied subject matter and tone, to one shining creative spirit, identifiable by a certain radiance of emotion and thought, whatever the guise. At age 70, still vital and productive, Beagle—like such other seasoned vets as Brian Aldiss and Michael Moorcock—practically exudes stories from his whole being, rather than merely writes them. Fans of Beagle will instantly know what I mean and fall upon this offering with glee. Newbies, upon exiting this volume, will be converts as well.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

MidSouthCon and ICFA

(from top, left to right: Jacob Weisman and Bernie Goodman, Matt Staggs and Jeff VanderMeer, Andrew Fox and Marty Halpern)

Last week was a pleasantly warm one for many of the Tachyon folks. Tachyon was very well-represented at MidSouthCon last weekend. Andrew Fox and Marty Halpern had a book launch for The Good Humor Man. Matt Staggs showed off his publicity expertise, blogged up a storm, and took a bunch of cool photos too. Jeff VanderMeer gave a sneak peek at his forthcoming Tachyon title, Booklife, his manifesto of everything a writer needs to know in the 21st Century. Everything. More on that soon.

Jacob was at ICFA, the annual scholarly conference devoted to all aspects of the fantastic (broadly defined) as it appears in literature, film, and the other arts. He was hanging out with James Patrick Kelly (and his busy camera), John Kessel, Bernie Goodman, and the rest of the sf/f geek elite. I mean think about it, what's more geeky than geeks who study geeks? Yes, it's a gathering of geeks who study geeks. Geektastic!

Friday, March 13, 2009

SF in SF - Frank Robinson and
James Rollins / James Clemens

Presented by Tachyon Publications
A FREE monthly SF/F author reading series

Science Fiction. San Francisco. A Perfect Fit.



Saturday March 14th

Lounge/cash bar opens at 6:00PM
7:00 PM readings

The Variety Preview Room Theatre
The Hobart Building
582 Market St. @ 2nd & Montgomery, SF
Entrance is between Citibank & Quiznos

Phone (night of event) 415-572-1015
Questions? Email us at sfinsfevents@gmail.com.

You should know Frank Robinson, even if you don't. It's really a special treat to have him with us for SF in SF, so make plans to join us. With ahead of the curve thrillers like The Glass Inferno (aka, The Towering Inferno film), The Gold Crew (basically, Hunt for Red October BEFORE Tom Clancy), and classic SF like Waiting, The Power, Death of A Marionette and The Dark Beyond The Stars to his credit, not to mention three years of being the Playboy Advisor for Playboy under his belt, the notable reference books Pulp Culture and Science Fiction of the 20th Century on everyone's shelf, and THE most comprehensive collection of original pulps ANYONE in the world has, believe me, he's worth meeting.

He tells the story better than me, so check out http://frankmrobinson.com/bio.html for the whole story on Frank Robinson, as told by Frank Robinson. It's a story in itself. (Well, he's a writer, and I'm not!)

And, while it's bittersweet, certainly, it's here that you'll read about Frank's experience with the making of the movie "Milk." As Frank was Harvey Milk's speechwriter back in the day, it's damned interesting. We had a great time spotting him in the movie and applauding him! Visit Frank's website.


So, you can take your pick. The author, James Clemens, was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1961. Raised in the Midwest and rural Canada, he attended the University of Missouri, graduating with a degree in veterinary medicine. He settled in California, due to one especially icy Midwestern winter, establishing his vet practice in Sacramento, CA. Wit'ch Fire was his first novel, translated into a dozen languages worldwide; followed by Witch'Storm, Witch'War, Witch'Gate, and Witch'Star. Shadowfall; Book One of the God Slayer Chronicles and Hinterland, Book Two are his latest novels, introducing a new world, new magik, new adventure.
Or you can read about...James Rollins, currently the Co-President of the International Thriller Writers, Inc. In 2005, Jim helped to create ITW to recognize and promote the thriller genre, provide opportunities for mentoring, education, and collegiality among authors and industry professionals, and to grant awards for excellence in the genre.

Translated in over 33 countries, James Rollins' thrillers build high-octane adventures on a solid science foundation, and, juxtaposing the familiar with the exotic, turbo-charge the tales with suspense. The NY Times bestselling author of five Sigma Force thrillers (Sandstorm, Map of Bones, Black Order, The Judas Strain, and The Last Oracle), the novelization of Lucasfilm's latest blockbuster movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and five individual adventure thrillers, his latest is The Doomsday Key, his twelfth thriller, due out in June '09. His first young adult adventure, Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow, will be available May, 2009. (We'd love to find out how he finds the time for all of this :) Visit James's website.

Each author will read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A from the audience moderated by author Terry Bisson

Authors will schmooze & sign books after in the lounge
Books available for sale (courtesy of Borderlands Books)
Seating is limited, so first come, first seated.
Bar proceeds benefit Variety Childrens Charity - learn more at www.varietync.org

We REALLY encourage you to take BART into the City, or use MUNI to get here - we are less than 1/2 block away from the Montgomery St. station. Trust us - you don’t want to be looking for parking and be late for the events! Check out Trip Planner to plan your trip!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Tachyon reviews - 3/9/09

Friday, March 06, 2009

Peter Beagle: American Bard

i09 has reviewed Peter S. Beagle's new collection We Never Talk About My Brother, saying:

"Beagle plays the classic themes of love and death, sacrifice and self-discovery like a master. Never clichéd, he pulls out new riffs and vamps on the expected conventions of modern fantasy, even the ones he helped create in the first place. With just the right notes he can describe an entire room, the people in it and the mood, all in a few perfect sentences. Pure poetry. Beagle is an American bard."