Parsec member Henry Tjernlund’s SF teleplay Mechanity was a quarter-finalist in the Screencraft Pilot Launch screenwriting contest.
Maggie Stiefvater will visit CMU for a free lecture on
Oct 17 from 2-3 pm. She writes young adult fiction, notably the 2010
New York Times Bestseller Linger and the 2011 Michael L. Printz Award
Honor Book The Scorpio Races. She worked for some time as a portrait
artist and is a race car and race car driving enthusiast. She was a
competitive bagpipe player in college while studying at Mary
Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She lives in
Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with her husband, two children, three
dogs, and one cat.
Want to learn writing from one of the best? Rachel Grinti was an Alpha
student then staff with books published with her husband Mike (who she
met her first year at Alpha). Register and come, 11 – 1 on Oct. 17 at
the University Center at CMU to learn about voice in genre
fiction. Register to participate here.
For more information: YA Lecture Series
Pittsburgh-created ‘music and multimedia hybrid’, Evenings in Quarantine: The Zombie Opera, which premiered in 2010, is proud to send an open invitation to join us in celebrating their Five-Year Anniversary at Mr. Smalls Theater in Millvale on October 3rd, 2015.
- Doors will open at 6, with DJ music by DJ Circuitry aka zombie makeup designer Arvin Clay.
- At 7 pm, cast members of the Zombie Opera will reiterate some of their feature pieces from the performance, as well as some pieces from recent and upcoming projects.
- At 8 pm, The grand feature of the evening will be the first public screening of the Fall 2010 premiere performance of Evenings In Quarantine: The Zombie Opera. (also available on dvd with Audio Commentary*) If you’ve never seen the opera, seats will be available in the front of the theater for uninterrupted viewing.
- In addition to the scheduled festivities, never before seen behind-the-scenes footage from the filming and production of the 2010 performance will be running continuously throughout the event.
This is an all-ages event, with a cash bar area in the back of the theater. Food will be available for purchase at the Mr. Smalls Restaurant.
All Zombie Opera participants (folks who were involved with the show from 2010-2011, our extras, cast, crew, volunteers etc) get in FREE. There is a $5 cover charge for non-Zoperans, aka general admission.
*Dvd, audio recordings, and more can be purchased online. They will also have physical copies of the dvd for sale on site at the event!
Maggie Stiefvater will visit CMU for a free lecture on Oct 17 from 2-3 pm. She writes young adult fiction, notably the 2010 New York Times Bestseller, Linger , and the 2011 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book The Scorpio Races. She worked for some time as a portrait artist and is a race car and race car driving enthusiast. She was a competitive bagpipe player in college while studying at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She lives in Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with her husband, two children, three dogs, and one cat.
Want to learn writing from one of the best? Rachel Grinti was an Alpha student and then became staff. She published books with her husband Mike (who she met her first year at Alpha). Register and come, 11 – 1 on Oct. 17 at the University Center at CMU to learn about voice in genre fiction.
The 11am-1pm YA writing workshop with Geoffrey Landis and Mary Turzillo has been moved from the Danforth Lounge to the Alumni Lounge in the Cohon University Center at CMU. The main entrance is closed by the construction so you need to use the campus-side entrance farthest from Forbes Ave.
Please bring an original genre opening if you don’t mind your work to be discussed. They will be signing their books after the 2pm-3pm lecture by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman in 2315 Doherty Hall.
We are excited to have “Super Smash Opera” make its Pittsburgh premiere at Confluence 2015 as the featured parody play performance on Saturday evening at 8pm (QA panel at 9pm). Some of the cast and crew will also be speaking as panelists throughout the day as well. For more information visit their Confluence performers info page.
Gregory Feeley writes science fiction and about science fiction. His first novel, The Oxygen Barons, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. His stories have been finalists for the Nebula Award and published in various Year’s Best anthologies, and his essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Book World, and USA Today. His most recent novel is Kentauros.
By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, Steel Victory, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for Far Worlds, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online: J.L. Gribble, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jlgribblewriter), and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.
Mike Allen is the author of Unseaming, a 2014 Shirley Jackson Award finalist for best story collection, and editor and publisher of the magazine Mythic Delirium and the critically-acclaimed anthology series Clockwork Phoenix. His horror tale “The Button Bin” was a Nebula Award finalist for best short story. He lives in Roanoke, VA, with his wife and creative partner Anita, two loquacious cats and a comical dog. You can follow his exploits as an editor at Mythic Delirium, as a writer at Descent into Light and as both on Twitter at @mythicdelirium.
Here are this year’s Parsec Short Story Contest winners:
- 1st place – “An Occurrence at Owlskirk” by Paul Dixon (Seattle,Washington)
- 2nd place – “The Eastside Wasteland has a Winning Team” by Les Abernathy (Montgomery, Alabama)
- 3rd place – “Voices from Antiquity” by Elizabeth Spencer (Corvallis,Oregon)
Judges for the 2015 Parsec Short Story Contest were:
Gregory Feeley, J. L. Gribble and Mike Allen (Click here for a writeup about the judges: Judges)
According to John Frochio, June 2015 was a good month for him. He had two stories published! The first was “An Aberration of Apparitions” in Kraxon Magazine. The second was “Tomorrow’s Fast Food” in Beyond Science Fiction June 2015 on Amazon.com. He said, “After a long dry spell, this feels pretty good.”