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30 August 2015 @ 09:39 pm

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Since I told you I’d sold a 10,000-word story to the anthology Chiral Mad 3, a lot has happened. Eight more authors—Josh Malerman, Gary A. Braunbeck, Hal Bodner, Emily Cataneo, Lisa Morton, Max Booth III, Meghan Arcuri-Moran, and Richard Chizmar—joined the table of contents, plus artist Glenn Chadbourne delivered his illustration for my story, “That Perilous Stuff.”

As you can see, someone’s hoarding problem has gotten a little out of hand …

ChiralMadGlenn ChadbourneIllustrationforScottEde

According to editor Michael Bailey, there are a few more short story purchases still to be announced.

This looks to be an amazing anthology, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

27 August 2015 @ 03:48 pm

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Those who know me know that when I attend conventions, I pay as much attention to the dining options outside the event as I do to the programming within. So it was with Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention.

So I scoped out Spokane’s culinary highlights, and then managed to hit almost all of what I’d planned. (Though I’m sorry to have missed out on Frank’s Diner. Sorry, but my stomach can only do so much. Breakfast there will have to wait until some future trip to Spokane.)

I wish I could have shared my eating adventures while the con was still going on, because one friend admitted to me that if he wanted to know where to eat on any given day, he could simply look at where I’d eaten the day before. In any case, here’s some of what what crossed my lips last week during Worldcon.

Satellite Diner


I arrived in Spokane late Sunday night, and ended up starting off in that city at the restaurant where I thought I’d end my visit more than a week later Monday morning before my pre-dawn flight to Dulles. The Satellite Diner is open every night until 4:00 a.m., and so is the perfect place to get sober before heading home … or in my case, to grab a late-night dinner after tumbling off a cross-country flight. My bacon Swiss burger with lettuce, tomatoes, and red onion was exactly what it was supposed to be, prepared by a master short order cook whom it was a delight to watch as I ate. Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

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27 August 2015 @ 10:21 am

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You’ve heard plenty from me in the past about what it was like to edit Marvel’s British reprint books, which was the job that started my professional career in comics, but what you really need to complete the picture is a few other voices.


For the latest issue of Back Issue magazine, Dewey Cassell, who’d previously interviewed me about the Scarecrow and a variety of other topics, not only got me to chat about those early days at 575 Madison Avenue, but also tracked down old pal Howard Bender and recent Hugo Award nominee Steve Stiles, two artists who drew some of the covers and extra splash pages that were needed.Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

25 August 2015 @ 09:26 pm

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As some of you already know, I wasn’t quite myself at Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention. That because two of the evenings I was in Spokane, I was instead … David Kyle.

“So who’s David Kyle?” some of you may be asking.

For those not in the know, this is David Kyle.


Kyle (seen above to the right of me at Readercon in July) attended the first World Science Fiction Convention in 1939, as well as other conventions even earlier than that. He attended every Worldcon since, up until last year’s in London. Once I learned he wouldn’t be at this year’s either, I decided … that was wrong. A Worldcon without David Kyle, wandering the halls in his red jacket emblazoned with a First Fandom patch, asking people with whom he spoke to sign his little book, it wouldn’t seem like a Worldcon at all.

So I decided that for the first time in forty years, I was going to cosplay.Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

19 August 2015 @ 10:47 am

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Sasquan begins today here in Spokane, and normally I wouldn’t have bothered showing up until last night, but I arrived Sunday instead, because I had things to do (some of which I can’t tell you about until my deeds are revealed by others first) and people to see.

Well, not only people. Also … robots.

Because a 50-minute drive outside Spokane, in beautiful Elk, Washington, there exists the incomparable Robot Hut, at which I spent several hours Tuesday afternoon. While there, I was so gobsmacked it was difficult to do more than say “Wow!” over and over and over again.

What’s the Robot Hut? This is the Robot Hut!


And that’s John Rigg, a man who’s assembled what is (as far as I know) the world’s largest collection of robots and robot memorabilia. Some he’s bought, others he’s traded for, and many he’s built himself.Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )


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Irene and I first visited Volt, the restaurant that began Bryan Voltaggio’s culinary empire, to celebrate the 38th anniversary of the day we met, and since then have returned many times, including to check out the tasting menu at Table 21. But that’s not the only Voltaggio restaurant we’ve experienced. I’ve been to Lunchbox, and we were both present at or near the beginning of both Family Meal and Range.


So when I got an email recently announcing that there was going to be a “Maryland Style Backyard BBQ” to celebrate Volt’s 7th anniversary. I immediately knew—I was in.

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Ten years ago, when those of us in the science fiction field were wandering Glasgow for the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention, Instagram hadn’t yet launched, and wouldn’t until 2010. But that doesn’t mean we can’t see what we would have looked like had Instagram been around in 2005.

With the next Worldcon about to begin in Spokane, check out who were were a decade ago, Instagram-style.

George R. R. Martin, Anne Groell, and David Keck

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It’s that time again!

Now that it’s August, I’m gathering my July dreams in a bushel to see what happens when they rub up against each other. There were fewer than usual last month, due to too much travel, which always interferes with my usual sleep cycles, and therefore my dreams.

In July, I dreamt of Amy Poehler, Nick Fury, L. Ron Hubbard, Jon Stewart, Estelle Getty, Cersei, and more!

July 2015

I dreamt I saw a skydiver tumble from the sky with a jumbled chute, and then get stuck in the spires of a KFC. People rushed to rescue him. Jul 31

I dreamt that during a conversation with @shunn, he’d keep falling asleep, and when he’d wake up he’d ask the same questions all over again. Jul 31

I dreamt I was reloading a hotel lobby fridge with cupcakes meant to be fed to local deer, and grew upset when people ate them themselves. Jul 31

I dreamt I was in Italy having dinner with my entire family, living and dead, except — my grandmothers had been replaced by Estelle Getty. Jul 30

I dreamt I was in a Providence parking garage with Paul Di Filippo and found boxes of papers I’d thought in storage packed into a parking spot. Jul 29

I dreamt we debated who to bring from an alternate universe with the interdimensional portal we’d invented. I said NO to David Hasselhoff! Jul 28

I dreamt I needed advice on a friend whose trustworthiness I was unable to gauge, and so turned to my close friend Amy Poehler for advice. Jul 27

I dreamt that after a decade working at @TheDailyShow, I was emptying my office and saying goodbye to Jon Stewart, doing shtick together. Jul 27

I dreamt I was the Flash — or at least had his superpowers. And used them to deal with speeding up the refinancing of my home mortgage. Jul 26

I dreamt I was in a spaceship with a full crew, and as we depressurized, I experienced the deaths of all of us over and over from each POV. Jul 25Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

02 August 2015 @ 08:57 pm

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When I shared my tentative Worldcon schedule a few weeks ago, I left out some of the specifics because rooms, dates, times, and even my the identities of my co-conspirators for each panel were open to change.


But now that Sasquan has released its final schedule, I figure I’m safe. So here are the definitive places to find me when I’m not otherwise wandering and schmoozing Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )


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After I told you about our recent trip to visit the Ohio Light Opera as well as multiple ancient Native American sites, it turns out that what you really wanted to know was … hey, Scott, where did you eat along the way?

So here’s where I did eat along the way, which—though it wasn’t our original plan—ended up including three meals of brisket.

Casselman Inn
Grantsville, Maryland


Our first stop the morning our mini-vacation began was about two hours out from home at the Casselman Inn, which had been built in 1842. They supposedly cook up some great fried chicken, but we hadn’t planned on taking time just yet to sit for a meal, so after stretching our legs by looking around the gardens and historic building, we picked up a tray of sticky buns to go in three flavors—pecan, vanilla-frosted, and maple-frosted.

A good start to the day. My only disappointment was that I’d expected nuts under the frosted sections, and alas, there were none.Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

31 July 2015 @ 08:05 pm

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During this year’s Nebula Awards weekend in Chicago, I allowed a (how shall I put it?) indiscreet photo of myself to be taken, and have been waiting since early June for it to appear online. Now that is has, some background seems to be in order.

It all began when Steven Silver approached attendees and asked them to pose with a towel to promote WindyCon 42. Why a towel? Those of you familiar with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy already know the importance of towels to science fiction. (The rest of you should head over here.)

So I held up the towel, smiled, let what was probably quite a mundane photo be taken, and figured that was that.

Until later on during the weekend when I saw Mary Robinette Kowal posing like this


Well, not exactly like that, as I was behind Mary, and so privy to the truth of the illusion she was presenting to the camera. (Yes, illusion. Sorry to spoil your fantasies, folks!)Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

29 July 2015 @ 09:34 pm

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After five days, four nights, 1,128 miles, three hotels, four states, four theatrical performances, six ancient Native American earthworks, and more … we’re home from our mini-vacation. The catalyst for the trip was our third visit to the Ohio Light Opera Company in Wooster, Ohio, which we decided to bookend with stops at archeological sites such as Serpent Mound and Newark Earthworks.

We first went to the Ohio Light Opera in 2012, and after skipping a year, returned in 2014. What brings us back whenever our schedules and finances will allow isn’t just the professionalism of the productions, but the rarity of the shows they choose to mount. One year, for example, they put on a 1912 operetta which hadn’t been staged anywhere in the world since a 1921 Hungarian-language production in Manhattan!

Here are the four shows we managed to catch out of the seven they put on this season, which I share in the event you’d like to head out to Wooster yourself, as the 2015 season doesn’t end until August 8.Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )


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Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, begins four weeks from Wednesday, and if you’ll be there, too, and would like to track me down, here’s a tentative list of programming items on which you’ll be able to find me.


As the schedule isn’t 100% finalized yet, I’ve left off the names of the possible co-conspirators who’ll be joining me at each event. But if you’re hoping to see me in Spokane, pencil these in and check back later for the full details.Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )


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Imagine you’re a kid in 1943, and you open your copy of Captain Midnight #8 to find, not an ad for a teacup-sized monkey …


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18 July 2015 @ 10:31 am

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Ever since the Kirk Polland Memorial Bad Prose Competition stopped being a thing at Readercon, I’ve been slipping off with friends on Saturday nights to satisfy my inner foodie. (Actually, I don’t think I keep that I’m a foodie inside at all. Anyone who visits here often knows all about it.) That meant visiting Journeyman in 2013 and 2014, but this year called for a different destination, thanks to social media.


For the past nine months or so, Cecilia Tan, David Shaw, and Diane Martin (seen with me below) have been tantalizing me with Twitter and Instagram pics from Night Market, a new restaurant which specializes in Asian street food. When Readercon was just around the corner, I demanded (nicely, of course) that they take me there.Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )


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I am generally not a survey taker. If the phone rings, and Caller ID shows me that Nielsen is on the line, I don’t answer. If the number looks like someone I know, and when I answer, someone with a survey has slipped through, I end the call politely but firmly. And if I don’t recognize the number at all, I simply don’t answer.

However, when no human is involved, and the survey is on Twitter, for some reason …


… I’m intrigued.

That doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll take the survey. But I’ll at least check it out. Perhaps because it’s easier to click away a browser tab than it is to hang up the phone. All of which means that when a survey invitation popped up on my Twitter feed a short while ago, I clicked through. And for the first time ever, discovered a book-related survey.

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Whenever I attend a convention panel or reading these days, I tend to use my Flip mini camcorder to capture the event, because I hate for the wisdom of our field to effervesce. And whatever video I record—assuming I obtain consent from the parties involved—I then toss up on my YouTube channel.

Which is what I did for Readercon, from which I returned late Sunday night. Some videos I was able to get live during the con itself, honoring Edelman’s First Rule of Convention Reporting, while others had to wait until I got back home, because I was having too much fun with the likes of David Kyle (below) to spend much time online. (Except for Twitter, that is, which is too addictive to stay away from even in the midst of the Readercon whirlwind.)


Now that I’ve uploaded all 10 panels and 3 readings totaling 526 minutes and 27 seconds, though, I’ve gathered them together here so you can experience what I experienced there … minus the time I spent schmoozing in the bar, lobby, and con suite.

So here, in chronological order, is as much of Readercon as I was able to capture last weekend.Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )

15 July 2015 @ 04:34 pm

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I learned an interesting data point about the new paperback edition of my short story collection These Words Are Haunted from Fantastic Books publisher Ian Randal Strock, who was selling copies of same at Readercon as well as my science fiction collection What We Still Talk About.

According to Ian, people walking by his table would be attracted to the cover of These Words Are Haunted and pause to pick it up—those monstrous green letters really pop, don’t they?—only to then put it down again and instead buy a copy of What We Still Talk About. By the time the con was over, he’d sold only a single copy of the former, but he’d sold out of the latter!

This does not totally disappoint me. The cover did its job, getting copies of the book into the hands of potential readers. That this time around, those potential readers were more interested in science fiction than horror doesn’t mean it wasn’t a success. A sale is a sale. At a different sort of convention, those figures will likely be reversed.

Coincidentally, while I was at Readercon, I received a photo from the artist who’d provided the zombie font which appeared on the cover of the book as part of Chris Kalb’s final design—Memo Angeles.


Memo lives in Veracruz, Mexico, and I worried that the copy I’d sent him might not survive the vagaries of international mail, but as you can see, it did. Noting Memo’s expression as he holds the book, however, I’m not entire sure he did!

14 July 2015 @ 11:43 am

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My favorite photo from Readercon (my favorite of all conventions) was taken during my final moments of the con, almost immediately before I began my trip home. I’d paused on the way out to visit a lobby bathroom (as one does before a long drive) opposite the hotel restaurant. After I’d taken care of business, I noticed that on the other side of the glass wall separating the hallway from the restaurant was a large circular table of other attendees which included K. Tempest Bradford, who sat with her back toward me.

I tapped on the glass while pointing at Tempest until someone else at the table gestured that she should turn around. Once I’d caught her eye, I placed my hand against the glass, hoping she would raise her hand to mine.

And she did!

So as soon as our fingers were separated by only a pane of glass, I slowly intoned, with a voice I tried to make sound hoarse and weary …


“I have been … ”

And the table roared, for all recognized (1982 spoiler alert!) Spock’s dying words to Kirk from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )


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Henry David Thoreau admonished us to “beware of all enterprises that require new clothes” … but what about enterprises that require new cooking equipment? I suspect he would have dissed those as well.

But as I was determined to bake Paul Fehribach’s Jelly Roll Cake recipe in The Big Jones Cookbook (from the pages of which I’d previously cooked chicken and dumplings, circa 1920) for the annual 4th of July bash thrown by John Pomeranz and Kathi Overton, and had never before made a jelly roll, I was forced to buy a new pan and send Thoreau spinning in his grave.


And so, armed with a jelly roll pan, I got started.Read the rest of this entry »Collapse )