MileHiCon 2019!

This weekend you’ll find me up in Denver for MileHiCon, which is celebrating its 50th(!) year and has a smashing line-up of author/artist guests. You can find me on the panels below, in the halls, or at the bar, if you want to say hi.

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Friday, 3pm — Writing SF&F Futures that Hold Up

Predicting and extrapolating is hard, and many books, stories, and movies have a short shelf-life before they seem very out-of date. Are there ways to slow that effect down?

Friday, 6pm — Self-Editing vs Hiring

When it comes to polishing up your work, the options vary. Our panelists will discuss the pros and cons of self-editing versus hiring a professional.

Saturday, 4pm — Mass Autographing

Saturday, 7pm — Writing Good Sex Scenes

We’ve all snickered at a sex scene now and then. Our panelists tackle how to do it (writing!) with aplomb.

Hope to see you there!

August Con Schedule

August is convention season! You’ll be able to find me at ArmadilloCon in Austin, TX, and Bubonicon in Albuquerque, NM, this month. My schedule is below. If you are in attendance, be sure to introduce yourself!

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ArmadilloCon — Austin, Texas

Friday, August 2, 10pm — Social Impact of New Technology (Ballroom F)

How do authors and media like Black Mirror explore technological impacts? While we mostly dwell on the dark side, what are the positive impacts of technology.

Saturday, August 3, 11am — Autographing (Dealers Room)

Saturday, August 3, 4pm — Series vs. Standalone (Southpark B)

Fans love series. Writers love series. Or are these statements just myths? Our panelists discuss the merits of both series and standalone books, whether we love them, and why.

Sunday, August 4, 11am — Science Fiction Mysteries (Ballroom F)

What do we love about the combination of these genres? What are some of the best examples? Why do we love to write them?


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Bubonicon — Albuquerque, New Mexico

Friday, August 23, 5pm — Spy-Fi: Science Fiction Thrillers (Salon E)

What happens when authors combine espionage themes with SF? What are the ins and outs of SF spy thrillers? What kinds of seemingly innocuous objects become super high-tech spy gear? How do characters become embroiled in a world of adventure & espionage in far-flung settings or in the cyberpunk near-future? And what makes a spy story satisfying as a SF crossover when the opposing force may be something as realistic as a foreign government or as fanciful as a diabolical mastermind?

Friday, August 23, 9pm — The Future You Imagine Is The Future You Get (Salon E)

In the past, dystopian fiction has served as a kind of modern-day cautionary fable. But what’s the other side of the coin? How do we tell tales of futures that we can aspire to, rather than ones that we warn against? What are we working towards, and how do we avoid the pitfalls of premature nostalgia and the tendency to excessively homogenize our utopias?

Saturday August 24, 10am — Dreamforge Wants You To Forge Dreams of a Better Future (Salon E)

DreamForge Magazine is a new pro-market that wants positive fantasy and science fiction–stories where characters endure, overcome, and embrace that spirit of wonder and discovery through which sentient beings invest the universe with meaning and purpose. The magazine seeks to be faithful to those dreamers and makers who came before us to brave ages far darker than our own, supportive of present idealists who remain indomitable in the face our time’s apocalyptic fears, and hopeful that the principles of compassion, justice, and truth shall endure until the end of time. Meet some of the first authors and illustrators featured in this exciting new venue! 

Saturday August 24, 2pm — The Smitten Word: Romancing the Reader (Salon E)

Panelists discuss the power of romance, and the range and voice of the genre – including paranormal romance and its cousin, urban fantasy. What has worked in novels and on the screen? Does romance have a place in “mainstream” SF and Fantasy? It’s a potentially blush-inducing conversation, and potentially a hilarious battle over books, movies, TV shows and Hollywood’s hottest.

Saturday Augst 24, 4:14pm — 55 Minutes with Lauren C. Teffeau (Carlsbad)

Saturday August 25, 5:45pm — Mass Autographing Session (Salon E)

Sunday, August 25, 12:30pm — The Role of Secrets in Speculative Fiction (Salon E)

Secrets are powerful things: secrets from a character’s past, secrets between characters, secret worlds, secret doorways, secret words, and secret abilities. How are secrets used in SF & F? Which are your favorite to use in plots and relationships?

 

Potpourri – Summer Edition

I’m thrilled to announce Implanted finaled in the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal RWA chapter’s PRISM contest for best Sci-Fi and Futuristic Novel. The award is bestowed by one of the largest chapters in the romance community to celebrate excellence in published romance with speculative elements. Be sure to check out the other great books featured in the different categories. Winners will be announced at Nationals in New York City later this month. Fingers crossed!PRISM2019Badge

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My short story “No Regrets on Fourth Street” was made into a podcast by StarShipSofa. It’s narrated by Larissa Thompson, a talented voice actress, and it’s exciting to have another story featured at StarShipSofa, which published my story “Jump Cut” way back in 2016.

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If you ever wanted an opportunity to be mentored by moi—or other amazing NM-based judges—you’ll get your chance by entering The Land of Enchantment Romance Author’s The Writer contest. Our local RWA chapter will be accepting the first 5k of unpublished romantic works through July 31st. Check out the rules here.
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This Friday at the Albuquerque Science Fiction Society, Sarena Ulibarri and I will be reprising our presentation on Climate Fiction that we did for Creative Santa Fe in May. If you are local, I hope you’ll join us for readings and spirited discussions on solarpunk, cli-fi, and what’s next for our field.

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Finally, be on the lookout for my schedule for Armadillocon in Austin, TX, August 2nd-4th, and Bubonicon in Albuquerque, NM, August 23rd-25th.

Cli-Fi and Creative Santa Fe

Happy to announce I’ll be participating in a symposium through Creative Santa Fe later this month where we’ll be talking about positive ways forward despite our uncertain future at the hands of climate change. I’ll be reading from Implanted, which was shortlisted for the Compton Crook award for best first SF/F/H novel, along with my fellow writer and friend Sarena Ulibarri of World Weaver Press who has done so much to broaden the field’s awareness of the solarpunk subgenre.

Check out the deets below, and if you’re near Santa Fe, New Mexico, please join us on May 22nd!

Cli-Fi: Altered Futures Through Film and Literature
A Disruptive Futures Dialogue
Wed, May 22, 2019
5:30 – 8:00 pm
Scottish Rite Masonic Center: 463 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM. 87504

What if we could peer into the future of our landscape in New Mexico? What would we see, and how would that affect the actions we take today?

Creative Santa Fe presents Cli-Fi: Altered Futures Through Film and Literature, A Disruptive Futures Dialogue on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center.  This multifaceted evening will include short films, readings by local authors, and opportunities to engage in learning about and taking action on sustainability issues.

This event will explore how our local resources, when combined with the arts, can address the effects of climate change and create a pathway for sustainability for years to come. The first portion of the evening will feature four science fiction short films by directors Suzi YoonessiNanobah BeckerHugo Perez, and Ramin Bahrani exploring the potential futures of water, waste, and agriculture in the face of climate change. These films are collected from the FutureStates film archive. Following the films, local authors Sarena Ulibarri and Lauren Teffeau will read excerpts from their climate fiction (Cli-Fi) and Solarpunk themed stories. Solarpunk is a movement in speculative fiction that seeks to answer and embody the question “what does a sustainable civilization look like, and how can we get there?”

The book and film presentations will be followed by a discussion of an initiative, led by the Coalition of Sustainable Communities NM and Creative Santa Fe, to explore the development of a sustainable technology center in Santa Fe. This center would serve as an intellectual consortium and physical hub for institutions of higher education, national laboratories, non-profit and business partners to advance research, development and deployment in the area of sustainable technology in New Mexico.

The Santa Fe Watershed Association350.org New MexicoThe Santa Fe Community College Controlled Environment Agriculture Department, and other fantastic local resources will engage audience members in activities and education before and after the event.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required, and will open on the event webpage on Monday, May 6th at 6 PM. We will share the registration link at that time through our newsletter and social media. Snacks will be provided and complimentary childcare is available upon early request.

FEATURED ARTISTS

SARENA ULIBARRI is a graduate of the Clarion Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop at UCSD, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her fiction has appeared in magazines such as Lightspeed, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, DreamForge, GigaNotoSaurus, and elsewhere, as well as anthologies such as The Gamer Chronicles and Biketopia: Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures. She is Editor-in-Chief of World Weaver Press, and edited the optimistic science fiction anthologies Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers (2018) and Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Winters (2020).

LAUREN C. TEFFEAU is an Albuquerque-based speculative fiction writer, and her short fiction can be found a variety of magazines and anthologies. Her novel Implanted (2018, Angry Robot) was shortlisted for the 2019 Compton Crook award for best first science fiction, fantasy, or horror novel and named by Grist.org as one of seven books imagining a better future.

Here, There, Everywhere

This past weekend was MileHiCon in Denver. I went for the first time and had a fantastic couple of days. I moderated a panel on writing short stories and one on dystopian fashion, and I really enjoyed the resulting conversations with my fellow panelists. Plus getting to see Connie Willis, Carrie Vaughn, Paolo Bacigalupi, and a bunch of friends from the NM writing community all in one place was wonderful.

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A view from the hotel lobby that reminded me of New Worth

MileHiCon is also the very last event I have planned for Implanted’s launch. Which would be sad if I wasn’t so exhausted from doing all the things these past few months. I cannot wait to get back to my old writing routine and the projects I’ve had to set aside. So it’s not so much an ending but another beginning, right?

I’ve already talked about the Implanted launch party and the joint event I did with Rebecca Roanhorse at BookBar. But a few weeks ago I also had an event at Bookworks in Albuquerque and another for my alma mater Clemson University.

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The Bookworks appearance was a lot of fun, and I got a chance to talk with some of the attendees and staff in greater depth than some of the other events I’ve done this year thanks to the welcoming space.

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Then, roughly a week later, I went back to Clemson where I went to undergrad. Thanks to Thompson Mefford who’s been a good friend all through college and beyond and is now a professor there, I was able to speak with aspiring writers in Clemson’s Honors College. I was a member of the Honors College as well back in the day, so it felt a little like coming full circle. I was super impressed by the enthusiasm and insightful questions the students had and hope they’ll keep writing!


In addition to all these events and convention appearances, I’ve also done a number posts around the interwebs. Latest highlights include:


Here’s a recap of some recent reviews of Implanted that make my heart happy. Needless to say I’m thrilled people are enjoying the book!

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The Albuquerque Science Fiction Society said in the October issue of ASFACTS that “Teffeau has created a fast-paced, exciting novel with great worldbuilding,” along with other nice things.

Plus in my first video review (!) Tod Foley of This is Fractopia also had some great things to say about Implanted and how it relates to fractopian fiction:

 


Finally, the audiobook version of Implanted (!) is finally out in the world. It’s narrated by Lauren Ezzo and produced by High Bridge Audio. I hope you’ll take a listen!

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That’s it for me!