Mary Robinette Kowal lecture

Mary Robinette Kowal
The Intersection of Puppetry and Science Fiction
4:00 pm, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017

These two arts have a surprising amount in common. In this talk, award-winning author and professional puppeteer Mary Robinette Kowal looks at how puppetry has shaped her creatively, and the tools that working writers can borrow from stage. Mary is a three-time Hugo Award winning author of The Glamourist Histories fantasy novels.

The talk will be in Room 1112, Doherty Hall, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213; no registration, lecture is free.

Parsec Picnic this Saturday!

The Parsec Picnic will be this Saturday, August 27, 2016, from 12 noon to dusk at the Dormont Park large pavilion.

The park is located between Memorial Dr, Annapolis Ave, Dormont Ave, and McFarland Road. To find the pavilion, park in the lot off Annapolis Ave, and walk on the paved path next to it to the pavilion. The zip code is 15216.

Make your own alien at Confluence

Sample alien

Sample alien

Create your very own alien to bake at the workshop and take home!

We will cover polymer clay basics and how to bake your creations. You will get 4-5 1oz chunks of various colors, a bottle of aloe gel (to clean your hands) and a write up about polymer clay. Limit of 12 people. Material costs: $7.

Sign up at Registration or just stop by the workshop to see if we have room. Watching is free. (Workshop will be held in the same room as the Art Show, Ballroom 2.)

Costuming at Confluence

Confluence (July 29-31 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel)

Costuming

We haven’t had a formal masquerade in a good while, but this year we plan to give out ribbons and prizes for hall costumes, including a signed copy of Mary Soon Lee’s CROWNED to the “most heroic costume” and special guest Lawrence M. Schoen will use YOUR NAME as a character name in his next novel for a “really, really” good costume based on the sentient animal characters of BARSK.

Confluence Program

Program Update for Confluence (July 29-31 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel)

Program

Principal theme this year: heroic fantasy (our Guest of Honor is fantasy author Saladin Ahmed). But we will also have lots of SF, science, horror, and writing panels, and special guest Lawrence M. Schoen will be talking about both the Klingon language and the sentient elements of his Nebula nominated novel, BARSK. We have an outstanding filk track, and this year many of our filk guests will also be appearing on panels and in workshops.

If you’d like to take part in the Confluence Writing Workshop (July 30, Saturday morning), send a short story or part of a larger word (up to 3,000 words) to conprogram@parsec-sff.org BY JULY 15 and then come to Confluence to go over it and improve it with the help of a brace of professional writers and editors.

Saturday will also be David Hartwell Tie Day: wear your gaudiest tie in honor of a friend, dealer, panelist and editor who was a Confluence regular until his recent untimely death.

On Saturday evening, Steel City Improv Theater will present USS IMPROVISE at 8 PM – it looks like it will be a lot of fun.

And of course, panels, workshops, readings, art show, dealer’s room, autographing sessions, kaffeeklatsches and literary beers, plus a couple of book launches and the camaraderie of our con suite.

 

Confluence News

Pittsburgh’s annual literary science fiction / fantasy / horror convention, Confluence, is coming up on July 29-31 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel, 1160 Thorn Run Road. Coraopolis, PA 15108.

Registration

Online registration is available through July 22. Mail-in deadline is July 11. If you pre-register, you will save $10 on a full-weekend adult membership. There is also a $5 discount for paid-up members of PARSEC.

Alpha Book Signing July 27

The Alpha book signing will be on Wednesday, July 27 from 7 to 9 pm. Authors involved: David Barr Kirtley, Karina Sumner-Smith, Tamora Pierce, Seth Dickinson and Amal El-Mohtar.

Location: The Greensburg Barnes & Noble is at 5155 Route 30, Greensburg, PA 15601 (724-832-0622).