Tamora Pierce and E.C. Myers at B&N 7/29/17

Event

  • Who: Tamora Pierce and E.C. Myers will read and sign books at the Greensburg Barnes & Noble (and others, see below, click “read more”)
  • When: 7 to 9 pm on Saturday, July 29, 2017
  • Where: Greensburg Barnes & Noble, 5155 Route 30, Greensburg, PA 15601 (724-832-0622).

Buying during the event sends a donation to Alpha*

Our B&N bookfair ID is 12178612.  The bookfair is scheduled in the store from July 24 through July 30, which means we will get a share of any purchase made at any Barnes & Noble with our bookfair ID number during that time period. The same with online, except the dates are longer: July 24 through August 4! Please use this ID number when making sales in store or online.

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CMU’s “Life in Space” Team at Parsec Meeting April 8th

CMU’s “Life in Space” student team led by Diane Turnshek made the final round! Their design to make life better for astronauts is now in competition with designs from teams at the University of Texas and OSU. The three teams already won laptops. Can you help the CMU team win a trip to Cape Canaveral? Vote once a day until Monday, April 3.
http://www.cmu.edu/piper/briefs/2017/march/march-30/news-briefs.html#astronaut

The team will also be speaking about their design at 2 pm on Saturday, April 8 at the Squirrel Hill Branch of the Carnegie Library (corner of Murray and Forbes) hosted by Parsec, Pittsburgh’s premier science fiction and fantasy literary organization. Free and open to the public.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEsKZhMeWJo

Nebula Awards Conference in Pittsburgh

51st Annual Nebula Awards Conference

May 18, 2017 (Thursday) through May 21, 2017 (Sunday)
Marriott City Center, Pittsburgh

 

SFWA members and other individuals who are interested in science fiction and fantasy are welcome to attend SFWA’s Nebula Conference. People who purchase memberships for the Nebula Conference may participate in workshops, programming and special events throughout the weekend. You do not need to be a member of SFWA to buy a membership for the Nebula Conference; all are welcome. You can buy Nebula Conference memberships and Nebula Award Banquet tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-sfwa-nebula-conference-tickets-27153384504

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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.