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C3 Con Wrap-up

Kara and I are home and unwinding after a wonderful weekend at the Creatures, Crime & Creativity (aka C3) con in Columbia, MD.

I was the Friday night keynote speaker, and Saturday night’s keynote was by the delightful Julie Hyzy.

C3 also marked my wife Kara’s first time as a panelist at a con! (She’s in the picture above, seated to the far right.) After all these years of supporting me from the audience, Kara got to be one of the panelists, for Friday afternoon’s “Living with a Professional Liar: Writers’ Spouses/Partners”. As I’d expected, she was witty, charming, and relaxed.

I can’t say enough good things about C3. It was well-organized and housed in a lovely space, and the panels were run by superbly prepared moderators, and attended by keenly interested writers of varying experience levels. This is a relaxed con for people who take writing seriously.

I need to thank con organizer Austin S. Camacho for inviting me to deliver a keynote address (something I’d done only once before, as a commencement speaker at my former high school). But the best part of the con was making many wonderful new friends, including Dr. Glenn Parris, Dana King, Denise Camacho, Corky King, Shawn A. Cosby, Julie Hyzy, Serg Koren, David Simms, and others who I hope will forgive me for neglecting to recall their names off the top of my head, but it’s late and I’m tired.

The definite highlights of my weekend at C3 were getting to know Julie Hyzy (whose childhood and path to authorship paralleled mine far more closely than I had thought possible) and spending time with Shawn A. Cosby, whose “Noir at the Bar” reading (“Doubt Not That the Stars Are Fire”) blew me away.

A great weekend, and one I’d heartily commend to anyone who would be keen to spend a weekend among others who take the craft of writing (but not themselves) seriously.

My schedule for NYCC 2019

 

My preliminary schedule for New York Comic Con (NYCC) 2019 includes both panels and signings!


THURSDAY, OCT 3

12:15 – 1:15 PM
PANEL:
Picard 2020: A Literary Retrospective

Veteran authors David Mack and John Jackson Miller look back on the life and career of Starfleet officer Captain Jean-Luc Picard, as depicted in the official Star Trek tie-in novels and comics over the past 15 years.
Room 1A18

1:30 – 2:30 PM
SIGNING: Panelists of “Picard 2020: A Literary Retrospective”
Hall 1A, Table AA01

Due to factors beyond my control, this panel and its signing have been canceled, to my great disappointment.


FRIDAY, OCT 4

1:30 – 2:30 PM
PANEL: From 1969 to the Future—Stories in Space!
Long before Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, people have been inspired to travel among the stars. Half a century after that historic moment, authors Kass Morgan (The 100, Supernova), Peter F. Hamilton (Salvation Lost), Elizabeth Bear (Ancestral Night), and David Mack (Star Trek, Farscape) blast off to exciting destinations in the universe, accompanied by Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy)!
Room 1A18

2:45 – 3:45 PM
SIGNING: Panelists, “From 1969 to the Future—Stories in Space!”
Hall 1A, Table AA01

4:00 – 4:45 PM
SIGNING: STAR TREK AUTHOR

David Mack, Star Trek: The Next Generation – Collateral Damage
Booth 2128 (Simon & Schuster)


I will also be hanging around the S&S booth on Saturday, October 5, looking to persuade readers to shell out their cash on early-release copies of Collateral Damage. If you’re at the show, come say “hi!”

My schedule at Creatures, Crimes & Creativity (C3) Con

Those of you looking for me this weekend, Friday Sept. 13, 2019, through Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, at the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity (C3) Con, here is what I think is my final and complete schedule for the weekend.

The show will take place at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD, 21044, from 12:30 PM on Friday to noon on Sunday.


FRIDAY, SEPT. 13

Living with a Professional Liar
Lakeview B, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
I won’t be on this panel for the partners of authors, but my wife Kara Bain will be! It’s her first time ever taking part in programming at a con, so be nice, folks.

You’ve Got Fan Mail
Lakeview A, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
I and other author guests of the conference share some of our more notable correspondences with fans.

Book Signings
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
I and other author guests of the con will be available to meet with attendees and autograph copies of our work.

Dinner with Keynote Speech by David Mack
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
I will be delivering the Friday evening keynote address.

Noir at the Bar
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
I and several other author guests will be reading short snippets of noir-ish fiction over drinks in the hotel bar. Come join us!

 


SATURDAY, SEPT. 14

David Mack Q&A
Lakeview B, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
For 45 minutes, I’ll let attendees ask me anything. I don’t promise to answer, or to do so truthfully, but I will at least do my best to be entertaining.

Writing for TV/Film
Lakeview A, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
I will share what little I think I know about this topic with whoever deigns to show up.

Book Signings
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
I and other author guests of the con will be available to meet with attendees and autograph copies of our work.

 


SUNDAY, SEPT. 15

Defining the Science-Fiction Genre
Lakeview A, 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM
It is anyone’s guess whether I will be conscious and/or coherent at this hour of the morning, so place your bets now, then show up Sunday morning to find out.

The Iron Codex is up for a Dragon Award

My secret-history fantasy thriller The Iron Codex has been nominated for a 2019 Dragon Award in the category of Best Alternate History Novel!

I’m grateful to all the fans who signed up and nominated my book for this honor. Of course, my tome is up against some serious heavyweight competition, so the odds of me taking home the award are slim, at best.

Still, I urge you, whoever you are, to sign up to vote now if you haven’t already — it’s free, and all it takes is an email — and please, if you think my book deserves it, give it your vote as Best Alternate History Novel.

In addition, some of my friends have works on this year’s final ballot, in other categories. If you’re willing, I hope you’ll consider casting your votes for their works, as well:

Best Military SF Novel: Uncompromising Honor by David Weber

Best Media Tie-in Novel: Star Trek: Discovery – The Way to the Stars by Una McCormack

Best Horror Novel: 100 Fathoms Below by Steven L. Kent, Nicholas Kaufmann

Best Graphic Novel: Monstress Vol. 3 by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda

Thanks to all who have supported my work up to this point, and to all who vote for it to win!

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My Shore Leave 2019 Schedule

It will soon be that time of year again (Friday, July 12, through Sunday, July 14), when I and many other Star Trek literary scribblers converge upon the  Hunt Valley Inn (known these days as the Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley) in Hunt Valley, Md., for the fan-run con known as Shore Leave.

If you’re looking for me at the con, the best place to start is usually the hotel bar. If you’d like to get my autograph or hear me yak on some panels, here is my schedule for the show. Consider yourselves warned.


Friday, July 12

What’s New in Star Trek Fiction
6PM, Salons E & F
John Jackson Miller (m), Dayton Ward, David Mack, Scott Pearson

Meet the Pros
10pm–Midnight, Hunt Valley Corridor
Come buy books, get autographs, hang out and chat, or buy me a drink.

 


Saturday, July 13

Writing Historical Fiction, Real & Fantasy
11AM–1PM, McCormick
Howard Weinstein (m), David Mack, Kim Headlee, Roberta Rogow, Richard White

Elevator Pitches
2PM, Derby
Joshua Palmatier, David Mack, Kim Headlee, Peter David

Selling Your Soul
4PM, Derby
Aaron Rosenberg, David Mack, Heather E. Hutsell, Glenn Hauman, T.J. Perkins

 


Sunday, July 14

Return of the Serials
11AM, Salon A
David Mack (m), Jim Johnson, Glenn Hauman, Richard White, Peter David

Meet the Tricksters
Noon, Derby
David Mack, Jenifer Rosenberg, Christopher L. Bennett, T.J. Perkins

 

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I’m the Author GoH at MidSouthCon 38

It is my pleasure to share the news that I will be the Author Guest of Honor of MidSouthCon 38, taking place March 20–22, 2020, in Memphis, TN.

This marks the first time that I have ever been afforded the title of “author guest of honor,” and as such it means a great deal to me. It is a genuine milestone in my authorial career, one that I have long hoped for.

I am grateful to the con committee of MidSouthCon for extending me this invitation, and to my good friend and fellow Star Trek author John Jackson Miller, who recommended me to them.

I eagerly look forward to my first visit to Memphis — to meeting new friends, to trying the famed local barbecue, and to taking part in the programming at MidSouthCon. It promises to be a great weekend, and I hope that if you’re a fan of my work and live within driving distance of the show that you’ll come out and say “hi!”

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15 Years and Cold Pizza

Today is my and Kara’s 15th wedding anniversary. Our tradition, since our first anniversary, has been to mark the occasion with cold pizza and good red wine.

Why, you ask?

Our wedding day, like most, was one of joyful chaos. We didn’t get to eat much at our reception, which we were told is typical. Consequently, when we got home that night, we were ravenous. But because we were planning to leave soon for a honeymoon, there was not much to eat in the fridge.

Except for a few slices of cold pizza. Which we promptly scorfed.

The following year, we’d planned a nice night out for our first anniversary. That plan was scuttled when I woke up feeling under the weather. I recovered my health and my appetite later that evening, but by then it was too late to go out. So we foraged in the fridge and found … cold pizza.

Thus a tradition was born.

Because this year’s anniversary is one that ends in a five or a zero, we have something special planned. An excellent brick-oven pizza with all of our favorite toppings awaits us in our fridge, as do desserts from local bakery Gian Piero. For our wine, we have a superb 2006 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino that we’ve been saving for this occasion. To dress the table I procured a bouquet of 15 roses — one for each year of our marriage so far.

Here’s to many more wonderful years of cold ’za and vino fina. I love you, Kara.