I’m about halfway through Sarah Pinsker’s We Are Satellites, and I am loving, loving, loving the use of language.
History professor Heather Cox Richardson is one of the nation’s leading experts on American political history and the Republican Party in particular. While she is aware of, and appalled and frightened by, evidence of the President’s apparent plans to steal the election, she is adamant that opportunities still exist to […]
On his fiction review page Quick Sip Reviews, Charles Payseur posts a flattering and thought-provoking review of my story “Laws of Impermanence” in Uncanny Magazine. There are things about this review that I like even better than the story. 😉
My story “Laws of Impermanence is now available on the Uncanny Magazine web site! This story is weird even for me…
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 […]
Thank the Lord and little fishes! The publishing glitch has been resolved, and Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices is now fully available (in both print and ebook form) on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound.org, BAM!, and elsewhere! If you’ve been waiting to order it, now’s the chance! (Pass […]
My personal author’s copies of Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices arrived today.
My guest post on The Big Idea (part of John Scalzi’s Whatever blog) went live today! You can see it here: https://whatever.scalzi.com/2020/07/16/the-big-idea-kenneth-schneyer/ Here, just for fun, is a pic of Scalzi & me at a con four or five years ago:
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 – although some might require a few minutes’ search-engine research too, unless you’ve a head stuffed full of trivia. The […]
There will be an online launch party and reading for my new collection, Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices, this coming Thursday, July 16, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time! There will be Q&A for those watching live. My dear friend Liz Argall, who co-wrote one of the stories in […]
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/
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* […]
Publishers Weekly just announced its list of “Books of the Week” for July 13. There are nine books on the list, and Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices is one of them! Here’s the link: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/83784-pw-picks-books-of-the-week-july-13-2020.html?fbclid=IwAR3E10Ws8Vj_qa7RaPkJV6N1-Lrt7VGGRsYjUCJt0kXQlOs8AyeWA7k9e1E
Here are the categories of critique that are valuable to a writer: 1. “Given 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.” 2. “Given what you appear to be trying to accomplish, here […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. Let’s look beyond these familiarly fantastic faces to other memorable aliens (and cultures) within the Star Trek macroverse, and […]
Here’s the cover for Anthems Outside Time & Other Strange Voices, to be released by Fairwood Press in July! Many thanks to Patrick Swenson & the other friends who helped to choose the best one. I’m including a link to the pre-order page on the publisher’s web site, just, in […]
I’m pleased & somewhat amused to report that my story “Foursomes” will appear in Across The Universe, a Beatles Spec-Fic Anthology edited by Randee Dawn and Michael A Ventrella.
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 […]
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. […]
Nice surprise this morning: apparently Rhode Island Public Radio has rebroadcast my 2014 essay "The Truth of Revision" on their This I Believe New England program. I've already had two e-mails praising it. 🙂 http://www.ripr.org/post/i-believe-new-england-revision
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 […]
I'm very happy to announce that Trevor Quachri at Analog Science Fiction & Fact has bought my novelette "Keepsakes". My guess is that it will appear sometime late in the year.
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 – […]
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 […]
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 strange little story "Some Pebbles in the Palm" is now available in both text and audio formats on Lightspeed Magazine. http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/some-pebbles-in-the-palm/
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 […]
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? […]
I have only a few stories eligible for awards for 2015 (or, you know, for 2016, but published in 2015…), all in the Short Story category. The one I'm singling out is "The Plausibility of Dragons", Lightspeed Magazine #66 (November 2015). There are a number of reasons that I'm foregrounding this […]
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 […]
You can now read my story "The Plausibility of Dragons" live on Lightspeed Magazine!
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 […]
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 […]
About a week ago, I finished watching the first season of Sense8, Netflix's new science fiction series. Comments below include mild spoilers, not so much for plot points as for individual scenes and situations that arise. . . . . . . . The series posits eight individuals, four men […]
John Joseph Adams at Lightspeed Magazine just bought my story "The Plausibility of Dragons." This is my first sale ever to John, and I couldn't be happier!
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 […]
A happy birthday to my friend , always supportive, and enthusiastic. Many happy returns!
Here’s my father’s third extant bridge column. It’s one of my favorites, as he loved to quote the first paragraph over and over. I’d forgotten about takeout doubles and overcalls, but it all begins to come back to me now… Mathematical Genius, or, Points Are Points By Jerome J. Schneyer, […]
I'm unforgivably late in posting this; my apologies. This year I'm going to start by mentioning stories I've read that I think would be good award candidates this year. I haven't done nearly as much reading this year as I'd like (especially at longer lengths), so I'm sure there are […]
Here's "On Advice from Mothers", my father's bridge column from May 25, 1967. I'm able to follow most of this, although the nuances of doubles and duplicate bridge are a little beyond me. (NB, the crack about North Dakota is heartfelt; we spent two years in Minot when Dad was […]
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 […]
This is the earliest of my dad's bridge columns of which I have a copy. First my trancribed (and slightly edited) version, then the original, scanned. Orange Sauce Duck by Jerome J. Schneyer, M.D. Southfield News May 18, 1967 Most bridge players are plagued with maxims that do more toward […]
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, […]
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 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 […]
My story "Living in the Niche" is now available on Triptych Tales. I hope you enjoy it . . . unless your name is Wilton Soal.
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 […]
A very happy birthday to , a good and supportive friend always.