A free, public roundtable on “The State of Short Fiction” will be held by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society on March 22 featuring editors Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld), Scott H. Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies), Jonathan Landen (Daily Science Fiction), Norm Sherman (Escape Pod), Bill Campbell (Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond), plus authors Erica Satifka and Sarah Pinsker. Pinsker will moderate.
- Neil Clarke, editor and publisher of three-time Hugo-winning semiprozine Clarkesworld Magazine, is a two-time nominee for the Best Editor Short Form Hugo. Neil’s first original anthology, Upgraded, will be released later this year
- Scott H. Andrews is a chemistry lecturer, an editor, and a writer. He was co-Fiction Editor of The William and Mary Review for two years. His literary short fiction won a $1000 prize from the Briar Cliff Review; his genre short fiction has appeared in venues such as Weird Tales, Space and Time, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and On Spec. He was a 2013 finalist for the World Fantasy Award for his editing and publishing of Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
- Jonathan Landen is co-editor of Daily Science Fiction, an online magazine of sci-fi, fantasy, and slipstream stories.
- Norm Sherman is the editor of the fiction podcasts Escape Pod and Drabblecast. His eponymous folk music CD debuted in 2007.
- Bill Campbell, editor of Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, is a native of Pittsburgh and an alumnus of Northwestern University. He has written Sunshine Patriots, My Booty Novel, and other novels. He hosts a weekly podcast The Bill Campbell: Misanthrope Show on podomatic.com.
- Erica Satifka‘s fiction has previously appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and Ideomancer, among others. She currently lives in Baltimore with her husband Rob and three needy cats.
- Sarah Pinsker is a Baltimore-based writer and singer/songwriter. She has made over twenty story sales, to magazines including Asimov’s, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and numerous anthologies. She has three albums out on various indie labels and a fourth forthcoming.
The panelists will survey the field’s past, present, and future. Who are the new voices people should be reading? How do you fund a magazine or anthology? What makes a story work for podcast?
The event begins 8 p.m. at the BSFS clubhouse, 3310 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21224. RSVP or share the event with friends on Facebook here.
Preceding the roundtable discussion, the BSFS book club, “The Ray Gun Club,” will meet at 6:30 PM at BSFS to discuss the classic “Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula K. Le Guin. All who have read the book are welcome to come out, talk with us about it, and then stick around for the short fiction roundtable.
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