Capclave Remembers Jay Lake With Hawaiian Shirt Day

The late Jay Lake will be honored with a Hawaiian Shirt Day next weekend on October 11 during Capclave in Gaithersburg, MD.

People who join in the occasion by wearing their favorite Hawaiian shirt are encouraged to promenade in the Con Suite starting at 9 a.m.

The committee noted —

We were extremely saddened by Jay Lake’s death in June at the age of 49, after a long battle with cancer. Jay wrote over 300 short stories and nine novels and won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction in 2004. He approached his illness with fierce determination, blogging about the experience, and finding ways to express what was happening to him with humor and courage, in order to demystify the experience for others. We are honoring Jay with a Hawaiian Shirt Day on Saturday.

[Thanks to Michael J. Walsh for the story.]

Dozois, Martin and Waldrop on Video

At Capclave 2013 Howard Waldrop, George R. R. Martin, and Gardner Dozois spent two hours talking among themselves on a panel.

According to Howard this is the first time all three have done this, although various members of the trio have paired off in the past.

Here is the video.

[Thanks to Michael J. Walsh for the story.]

BSFS Writing Contest Now Open

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s Amateur Writing Contest will be taking entries through June 15. Full details are here.

The winner receives a $250 prize, second place, $100, and third place, $50. The top five entries also get free memberships in Balticon.

The Amateur Writing Contest is limited to those who are (1) 18 or over, (2)Maryland residents or currently students at a Maryland two- or four-year college. Disqualified from the competition are SFWA members and those who have been published in a professional science fiction/fantasy magazine.

Entries must be between a minimum of 1,000 and a maximum of 5,500 words. No reprints. Only one entry per person allowed. Formatting requirements are on the contest website. There is no entry fee.

The winner will be announced at Capclave on October 12. The winning story will be published in the Balticon convention guide and the author will be invited to do a reading at the con.

Those who are too young to enter this competition may be interested in the Jack L. Chalker Young Writer’s Contest.

And aspiring poets should check out the Balticon Poetry Contest.

Shape of Capclaves to Come

Capclave, a Washington D.C. area sf & fantasy con, has announced its Guests of Honor for both 2011 and 2012.

At Capclave 2011 the GoHs will be author Carrie Vaughn, known for her Kitty Norville series; and author, poet, and editor Catherynne Valente, author of the Hugo-nominee Palimpsest and Deathless.

The 2012 GoHs will be John Scalzi, SFWA President, proprietor of the renowned blog, Whatever, and author of the Old Man’s War series; and Nick Mamatas, editor of Viz Media’s line of translated Japanese novels and author of Move Under Ground and Northern Gothic

Capclave 2011 will take place at Washington DC North Hilton in Gaithersburg, Maryland on October 14- 16, 2011. Two signed limited edition WSFA Press books by 2011’s Guests of Honor Carrie Vaughn and Catherynne Valente will be available at the con. Straying from the Path by Carrie Vaughn will collect ten of her favorite hard-to-classify stories covering the full range of speculative fiction. Jay Lake is providing the introduction. Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente takes on the folklore of artificial intelligence. A limited run of 500 signed copies will go on sale for $20 each.

Members of Capclave 2011 can pre-order the books for $20 at from the Registration tab. After the convention, remaining books will be available to the general public for $25. 

The full press release follows the jump.

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WSFA Press Reprints Connie Willis, Jeff VanderMeer

WSFA Press will publish hardcover editions of Connie Willis’ Fire Watch and Jeff VanderMeer’s The Three Quests of the Wizard Sarnod to honor two of Capclave 2010’s guests of honor.

Willis’ novelette won the Hugo and Nebula in the early 1980s. VanderMeer’s novel has been expanded from the story that originally appeared in Songs from the Dying Earth, given an additional character, another plot thread, and a slightly different ending.

Both books have been designed by John Coulthart, the British graphic artist.

The full announcement follows the jump.

[Thanks to Michael Walsh for the link.]

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Capclave 2009

Capclave logoCapclave – where reading is not extinct! – will run next year the weekend of October 16-18. The con, sponsored by the Washington Science Fiction Association, has selected Harry Turtledove as Author Guest of Honor and Sheila Williams as Editor Guest of Honor.

Capclave 2009 will take place at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville, Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

Membership rates are: $35 through 31 December 2008; $45 from 1 January to 30 June 2009; $55 from 1 July to 30 September 2009; $60 from 1 October to 11 October 2009.

Paul Parsons (1952-2008)

Paul Parsons died on May 19, reports Michael Walsh. According to Aly, Paul’s wife, he died of a sudden heart attack or stroke while driving.

“I’m rather stunned by the news,” Walsh wrote online. “[Paul and Aly] were part of the Unicon group, probably attended WSFA ages ago, but also, for the 2003 World Fantasy Con in D.C. were in charge of programming (and did a fine job).” They also created the restaurant guide for the Capclave in Silver Spring.