Oh my: February will be a fun month.

But first, a quick recap of some things I missed along the way.


6 Mur Lafferty and Mary Robinette Kowal among the guest narrators for Cory Doctorow’s With a Little Help
15 Natania Barron’s story “Without a Light” is published in Fantastique Unfettered #1
16 Clay and Susan Griffith’s The Greyfriar is named The Vamp Chix blog’s Best Vamp Novel 2010 (one of many, many lists and year-end praises for the book)
30 Natania Barron’s story “Dead’s End to Middleton” (originally in Crossed Genres “Steampunk” issue, and from which she read at the Bull Spec #2 launch) was published in audio by Escape Pod


1 Dale Mettam’s (story) new comic Orpheus comes out from Viper Comics
4 Orson Scott Card’s new book The Lost Gate (volume one, Mither Mages) is published by Tor Books
13 James Maxey was on WUNC’s The State of Things to talk about the soundtrack to Nobody Gets the Girl
18 JM McDermott’s new novel Never Knew Another (the first book of his Dogsland Trilogy) was published by Night Shade Books
22 Local author R.T. Crowley’s debut novel The Wanderer of New Hope is published by Apex-based Peak City Publishing
25 David Niall Wilson’s story “A Candle Lit in Sunlight” is published in Best New Vampire Tales (along with Alan Smale, Jay Caselberg, …)
27 Monica Byrne’s play “Nightwork” debuts at Manbites Dog (show continues through Feb 12; check out the podcast of her interview with Frank Stasio on WUNC’s The State of Things)
28 Joe Giddings’ story “Harvest Moon” is published in Indigo Rising
31 A new Raleigh-based convention was announced: illogiCon will debut in a little less than a year, 13-15 January 2012, with literary guest of honor Joe Haldeman

Now a look at February and a mild peek ahead to March and April. Oh my. Yes, a lot is going on.


1 Gail Z. Martin‘s new novel The Sworn is published by Orbit
1 Look for John Kessel’s story “Clean” in the Asimov’s March 2011 on newsstands now
1 Michael Jasper’s e-comic “In Maps and Legends” releases issue 4. Mike, along with artist Niki Smith, were recently announced as the Digital Creators of the Year by Comic Book Resources for their groundbreaking work not only in the story and art, but in the ridiculous number of electronic formats in which it is available
1 Crossed Genres issue 27, “Tragedy”, edited by Natania Barron and Jaym Gates, includes a story from Ada Milencovic Brown, “Nadirah Sends Her Love”
1 The full table of contents to the Ann & Jeff VanderMeer-edited The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities was revealed, including fiction from Mur Lafferty and art from Scott Eagle, and micro fiction from Bull Spec #2 contributor Kaolin Fire
3 David Halperin’s first novel Journal of a UFO Investigator is published by Viking (print and e-book) and Blackstone Audio (audiobook)
4-6 What the Hell?!con in Greensboro, NC (hey, Dale Mettam is going…)
8 Halperin reads and signs Journal of a UFO Investigator at Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books
8 Sale ends for the $4.49 Audible.com audiobook of David Drake’s With The Lightnings (RCN Series, Book 1)
9 Mur Lafferty to present at Ignite Durham
9 The Regulator Bookshop hosts author Alice Hoffman to read and sign her new book The Red Garden
10 Jaym Gates on WUNC’s The State of Things to talk about Rigor Amortis
10 Halperin reads and signs Journal of a UFO Investigator at Durham’s The Regulator Bookshop
10 Hoffman at Quail Ridge Books
11 Hoffman at Flyleaf Books
12 Chapel Hill-based artist Scott Hampton to sign copies of his new comic book Hellboy: The Sleeping and the Dead at Chapel Hill Comics (Herald-Sun article)
12 Halperin reads and signs Journal of a UFO Investigator at McIntyre’s Fine Books (Fearrington Village, Pittsboro) (more events outside the Triangle and in March listed here)
14 McDermott’s first novel Last Dragon (2008, Wizards of the Coast Discoveries) gets a new edition from Apex Book Company
15 IBM Jeopardy! challenge (trailer video)
16 Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston to sign copies of their new comic book Formic Wars: Burning Earth #1 (prequel to Ender’s Game) at Chapel Hill Comics
19 Jay Requard to talk about his upcoming first novel The Night as part of Apex’s Nevermore Film Festival
23 Alex Wilson’s graphic short (story) “The Whores in Trinidad Need Witnessing to” to be published in Outlaw Territory 2 from Image Comics
25 NC author Beth Revis among 5 stars of YA to speak at Quail Ridge Books, about her book Across the Universe (YR/YA murder mystery set in space) — Facebook event and Quail Ridge calendar


1 Charles Ebert’s story “The Ossuaries” to be published in the March Aiofe’s Kiss

1 Jay Requard’s first novel The Night to be published by Apex-based Peak City Publishing
4-6 StellarCon in High Point, NC
23 UNC business professor John Kasarda will discuss and sign his new non-fiction book Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next at The Regulator
24 Halperin reads and signs Journal of a UFO Investigator at Bull’s Head Bookshop (UNC Chapel Hill)

15 Bull Spec #5 to launch as part of NC Speculative Fiction Night #3 at Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books (tentative!) with Crossed Genres (Jaym Gates, Natania Barron, Ada Milencovic Brown), Halperin, Requard, contributors Becca Gomez Farrell, M. David Blake, and more…

Call for happenings, October-March.

I missed far too many “Happenings” in issue 3:

And that’s really the tip of the iceberg. There were events I didn’t know about, entire reading series I neglected, on and on.

This is where you come in.

If you, dear reader in the greater Raleigh-Durham and surrounding region, had a story published, or a book sold, or an article picked up — let me know, at happenings at bullspec dot com. If you have a story or book upcoming as far ahead as March, let me know. If you’re having an event, or book discussion, let me know. If you think “Hey, I know of this event or book coming up, and that my friend Steve has a story coming out in F&SF, but I’m sure Sam will hear about it some other way.” You guessed it: please, let me know!

Scheduled and scheduling.

First, some upcoming things which didn’t make Issue #2’s “Happenings” which I’ve recently learned about:

  • I had local author John Claude Bemis‘ The Wolf Tree in Happenings, but not the book’s launch party at Purple Crow Books in Hillsborough on August 28
  • Brandon Sanderson is reading and signing from Way of Kings: The Stormlight Archive, Vol. 1 at Quail Ridge Books on September 7 at 7:30 PM
  • William Gibson (!!!) is bringing his Zero History tour to Duke University on September 21 at 7:00 PM

Second, and on the topic of scheduling, I’ve started putting together a schedule of folks you might see at the Bull Spec dealer table at NASFiC/ReConStruction this weekend. While I don’t know yet when some other folks will be dropping by, David J. Halperin has gotten the ball rolling by scheduling some time to meet and greet and talk to folks about his upcoming book (February 2011) from Viking, Journal of a UFO Investigator. I first heard about the book from SFScope, but did not read that last paragraph and had no idea that Dr./Prof. Halperin was writing from, literally, down the street from me. That bit of information only came via meeting him at a lunch outing with the Raleigh Write to Publish Meetup Group. Since then I’ve been very much looking forward to reading a book described like this:

The book is “structured like The Wizard of Oz and influenced by the work of Philip K. Dick, Philip Pullman, and Madeleine L’Engle, the book tells the story of a 1960s teenager whose mother is slowly dying. He keeps himself sane by spinning a story in which he duels with the embodiments of death, unravels the mysteries of time and existence, and becomes lover to the most desirable girl he can imagine, all in a world in which nothing happens that is not conspiracy. Eventually, the boy descends into the nether-world and emerges transformed. Much of the UFO content in the book is based on factual lore.”

 And David is polishing up another book as well, so there’s lots to talk about. He’s going to be available Thursday (1-2p, 4-6p), Friday (11a-1p, 2-3p), and Saturday (2-4p), so there’s plenty of opportunities to fit him into your schedule, and to ask him how much of the UFO journal is autobiographical…