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On the “canon.”

There’ve been some discussions involving an SFF “canon” recently that have sent my busybrain on a whole bunch of related tangents. Bear with me. Whenever I plan a literature class, I’m heartbroken that there won’t be a time to assign all the works I’d like the students to be exposed […]

Scavenger Hunt!

Announcing a SCAVENGER HUNT for Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices! The questions below can mostly be answered by reading the stories in the collection plus the author’s notes โ€“ although some might require a few minutes’ search-engine research too, unless you’ve a head stuffed full of trivia. The […]

Janice Okoomian’s “Armenian Americans and the Construction of Whiteness”

As some of you know, I’m married to Janice Okoomian, Ph.D., a professor of English and Gender & Women’s Studies at Rhode Island College. The Armenian Mirror-Spectator just published her insightful article, “Armenian Americans and the Construction of Whitness”. Link to the article here: https://mirrorspectator.com/2020/07/06/armenian-americans-and-the-construction-of-whiteness/

Amazon Kindle Glitch

If your Kindle order of #AnthemsOutsideTime was “canceled by the publisher,” it’s a glitch. See the Fairwood Press web site for details. You will definitely be able to re-order it on Amazon, although it doesn’t look available yet (i.e., at 12:40 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday). The hardcopy version *is* […]

Story critiques: the good and the bad

Here are the categories of critique that are valuable to a writer: 1. โ€œGiven what you appear to be trying to accomplish, here are some things that are working well to achieve that goal, and why they work well.โ€ 2. โ€œGiven what you appear to be trying to accomplish, here […]

So this is the new blog…

Since 2007 or so, my “blogging,” such as it was, took place on LiveJournal, first under the fanfic handle Rhetoretician and then under my own name. When I began using Twitter and Facebook in 2009, I gradually began to post my more serious and “important” articles there, using LiveJournal less […]

My Online Reading “at” the KGB Bar

I’ll be giving a reading from Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices as part of the KGB Bar’s “Fantastic Fiction” series.  Due to the pandemic, the reading will be live online (rather than at the bar itself), on Wednesday, June 17, at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern time).  My c0-reader will […]

My Schedule for Boskone 57

Here’s my schedule for Boskone 57, February 14-16 2020, at the Boston Westin Waterfront:. Remembering the Star Trek AliensFriday 17:00 – 17:50, Harbor IIVulcans, Klingons, and Romulans all have their fans. Letโ€™s look beyond these familiarly fantastic faces to other memorable aliens (and cultures) within the Star Trek macroverse, and […]

My Schedule for WorldCon 77, Dublin!

Here are my panels etc. for WorldCon 77, Dublin, Ireland, which runs August 15-19, 2019: Orville vs Discovery 18 Aug 2019, Sunday 11:00 – 11:50, Liffey Room-2 (CCD) One is seen as the next version of True Trek. The other is canonical Trek, by definition, since it has the imprimatur […]

My Schedule for ReaderCon 30

Here's my Schedule for Readercon 30, July 11-14, Quincy Marriott, Quincy, MA: Writing Craft and Mentoring Programs Jack Dann, Theodora Goss (mod), Kate Maruyama, Kenneth Schneyer, Holly Walrath Fri 12:00 PM, Salon 4 Those who want to learn the craft of writing popular genre fiction have more options then ever. […]

My Readercon 28 Schedule

For anyone who's in the Boston area next weekend, here's my schedule for Readercon: Thursday, July 13: 8:00 PM   Salon 5    How to Moderate a Panel. Alex Jablokow, Victoria Janssen (leader), Kathleen Jennings, Tom Purdom, Kenneth Schneyer. The moderator plays a crucial role in making panels run smoothly and […]

My Arisia 2017 Schedule

Here's my schedule for Arisia, January 13-16, Westin Boston Waterfront. Hope to see many of you there! Friday, 8:30 PM Reading: Greer Gilman & Kenneth Schneyer – Writing, Reading – 1hr 15min – Hale (3W) Saturday, 1:00 PM In Praise of Unlikeable Characters – Literature, Panel – 1hr 15min – […]

My complete bibliography

Because my ability to edit my Writertopia page seems to have vanished, I am now "transferring my flag," as it were, to LJ.  From now on, my bibliography will appear here (until and unless I get a web site of my own): Collections: Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices […]

My first Worldcon!

I will be attending MidAmericaCon II in Kansas City, August 17-21: my first Worldcon ever!  I'm very excited. Here's my schedule: Whose DNA is it? Thursday, 1:00 p.m., Room 2206 Helen Pennington (moderator), Marguerite Kenner, Howard Rosenblat, Kenneth Schneyer Panelists discuss DNA and your privacy, from a legal perspective. What […]

My schedule for Readercon 27, which will take place July 7-10, 2016, at the Quincy Marriott, Quincy, MA (new location): Friday July 08 2:00 PM C Cozy Dystopia. Gili Bar-Hillel, Bart Leib, Shariann Lewitt, Kenneth Schneyer (leader), Sabrina Vourvoulias. When we think of the world of Harry Potter, what comes […]

My Schedule for Boskone 53

Here's my schedule for Boskone 53, February 19-21, 2016, at the Westin Boston Waterfront: Friday, 7:00 PM, Griffin Reading: Kenneth Schneyer. I'll be reading my short story, "Who Embodied What We Are". Saturday, 10:00 AM, Marina 4 Theories of Time Travel As improbable as it seems, is time travel possible? […]

My Arisia 2016 Schedule

Here's my schedule for Arisia 2016, January 15-18, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel: The Future of Mars – Literature, Panel – 1hr 15min – Faneuil (3W) – Friday 8:30 p.m. We grew up reading about Barsoom and the Mars of Wells and Bradbury. Today, we’re finally exploring the reality of the […]

Resolved: Hild is a science fiction novel.

At Readercon I had the pleasure of serving on a panel with the delightful and brilliant Nicola Griffith, author of many acclaimed novels, most recently her fascinating, award-winning book Hild (2013), about the early life of the seventh-century saint Hilda of Whitby.  It was my second time meeting her; the […]

My Readercon Schedule

Here is my schedule of commitments for Readercon 26, which will be July 9-12 in Burlington, MA: Friday: 3:00 PM    The Genre-Sized Chip on the Shoulder. Nicola Griffith, Sandra Kasturi, Eugene Mirabelli, Kenneth Schneyer (moderator), Peter Straub. Discrimination against speculative literature still exists, but it appears to be fading […]

My Albacon Schedule

This year I'm an (invited!) panelist at Albacon, May 8-10, in Albany, NY.  Here's my schedule: Saturday, May 9: Reading, Kenneth Schneyer, 11:00 a.m. (I'm going to read my new not-yet-published story, "The Plausibility of Dragons.") "Borders (if any) Between Fan & 'Original' Fiction", Mur Lafferty, Andre Lievin, Kenneth Schneyer […]

My Boskone Schedule

Here's my schedule for Boskone 52, February 13-15 at the Westin Boston Waterfront.  Hmmm, they have me moderating three (!) panels, and doing three (!) readings.  I'd better get to work. * * * * * Reading: Kenneth Schneyer Friday 21:30 – 21:55, Griffin Kenneth Schneyer Dune — 50 Years […]

List of Dad’s Bridge Columns

I finished cataloguing all of my Dad's bridge columns, or at least all the ones I have in my possession.  I have 142 of them, although the internal evidence suggests that there must actually be closer to 325 in total.  The first one I know of is dated May 18, […]

My Arisia 2015 Schedule

Here is my schedule for Arisia, January 16-19, Boston Westin Waterfront: Remembering Robin Williams —Friday, 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm — Marina 1 (2E) The world lost one of the great funnymen last year when Robin Williams died. From his start as Mork from Ork through cult hits like Toys […]

My Dad’s Bridge Column

My father was, among other things, a life master at Contract Bridge.  He told me once that, on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated, he was sitting in his medical office dealing Bridge hands to himself, because he'd only opened the practice two months before and he hadn't any […]

Some of my published scholarship

I have recently been reminded that many of the people currently in my life don't know about my Career Before Fiction.  I had one, as a legal scholar and teacher, mostly writing about legal language and rhetoric, and mostly in the area of sex- and sex-related descrimination. It's possible that […]