Gaslight Steampunk Expo

Next weekend, I’ll be attending the Gaslight Steampunk Expo in San Diego, California. This is my first time attending this event. It will be held at the Town and Country Hotel in San Diego from October 5-7. The guests of honor include James P. Blaylock, often cited as one of the originators of steampunk, and Scott Bordeen, a maker who is credited as creating most of the commercially available versions of Disney’s famous Nautilus from the movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. You can get more information about the convention and a complete schedule at https://www.gaslightexpo.org/

My schedule at the convention is as follows.

Saturday, October 6

  • 3-4pm – Brittany Room – When Yesterday’s Science Becomes Tomorrow’s Fantasy. When you want to use retro technology, where are the boundary lines to make that technology believable in a modern context? On the panel with me are James Blaylock, Stephen Potts, and Vernor Vinge.

Sunday, October 7

  • 10-11am – Garden Salon One – The Rise of Science and Science Fiction in the Victorian Era. Mars is an ancient world filled with technology and robots. Venus is a primitive jungle world populated by dinosaurs. Where did these early science fiction tropes come from? How much was from science and how much was social science? A look at how science and science fiction developed together.
  • Noon-1pm – Vendor Hall – Autographing. I’ll be signing a selection of my books in the Vendor Hall. Of course, my policy with conventions is you can ask for signatures any time as long as you’re not interrupting a conversation. I don’t know whether books will be available with a vendor as of this writing, but I will have a selection with me and I invite you to ask me about my books at any time!
  • 2-3pm – Garden Salon Two – Victorian Computing: From the Babbage Engine to Automata. Vernor Vinge will explore Victorian era computers and what they could and couldn’t do and how they operated.

If your plans include a trip to San Diego next weekend, I hope I’ll see you at Gaslight Expo. It promises to be a fun event.

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ConDor 22 Schedule

Here’s my schedule for ConDor 22! Get more information about the convention at: condorcon.org

Friday, March 13

1pm – Room: Galleria II – Reading I am always happy to take requests for readings. If there are no requests for a specific story or novel, I’ll read from my latest novel Lightning Wolves. If you pick a pirate story, we’ll sing pirate shanties!

3pm – Room: Windsor Rose – When Does a Planet Become a Place In the 19th century, Percival Lowell’s “discovery” of canals helped to transform Mars from an abstract idea to a real place in popular imagination. Today, the Kepler Space Telescope has discovered hundreds of planets, some with the potential for life. At what point will those planets move from the abstract idea to actual places we dream of visiting? On the panel with me are Lyn Maudlin and William Stoddard.

Saturday, March 14

10:30am – Room: Le Chanticleer – Stars, Planets, and Time Part of the Hogwarts Continuing Education Series of classes. An introduction to the tools, method, and magic of astronomy. You will learn how astronomers turn time, divine the composition of distant objects, and whether dark matter and dark energy constitute a threat to the wizarding world.

11:00am – Room: Le Chanticleer – How to Make a Steampunk Telescope Watch and learn how to build an amazing Newtonian telescope, steampunk style. Author and astronomer, David Lee Summers, will build his working telescope right before your very eyes. You’ll also learn how and where to acquire the parts to build your own telescope at home.

Hope to see all my San Diego friends at ConDor!

ConDor 22

This weekend, I’m at Wild Wild West Con in Tucson, Arizona. Afterwards, I’ll spend three whirlwind days at work, then I’ll be off to San Diego for ConDor 22! The guest of honor is S.M. Stirling and other participants include Vernor Vinge, John W. Oliver, and Drake and McTrowell. The convention will be held at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego from Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15. Visit the Condor Website for more information.

As of this writing, I haven’t seen the schedule yet. I know I’ll be presenting my telescope building workshop and I’ll be presenting a fun Harry Potter-themed astronomy class. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll drop by and say “hello!”

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In other news, Tales of the Talisman volume 10, issue 3 is getting ready to ship. Copies are already available at Amazon.com. I’ll ship copies to contributors and subscribers as soon as they arrive in my office and I’m back from my travels. The issue features stories by Jude-Marie Green, Frank Tavares, Lou Antonelli, J Alan Erwine, and more. The stories include a fantasy tale of post-Katrina New Orleans, a dark, magical tale of a starship captain ordered to quell an uprising, and a story of learning to fly. As always, the issue includes a great array of poetry and artwork.

Finally, a brief update about my novel-in-progress. I’ve just crossed the 70,000-word line. Plot threads are coming together in my tale of samurai, airships, and warfare. I’m hoping to have a draft finished by the end of the month. Then the work of revision begins!

Happy Naw-Ruz

If you’ve read my novel Owl Dance, you’ll know that one of the protagonists, Fatemeh Karimi, is Bahá’í. This past week was Naw-Rúz, the Bahá’í new year, which is celebrated on March 21. I had the opportunity to celebrate Naw-Rúz with my Bahá’í friends in Las Cruces. We had a good dinner followed by a piñata for the kids.

I have to admit, as spring begins and the grass and trees are turning green again, it feels a bit more like the dawn of a new year than it did celebrating New Year’s at the beginning of winter. It was just about a year ago that my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. At this point, it appears that she’s won the war and we are now moving forward with life. As befits a new year, I have lots of news to share.

Gaslight Gathering

I am pleased to announce that I will be one of the guests at Gaslight Gathering in San Diego, California from May 11-13.

The guest of honor is Kaja Foglio, co-creator of the brilliant webcomic Girl Genius. You can learn more about the convention and register at: http://www.gaslightgathering.org/index.html

The Pirates of Sufiro skyrockets at Amazon

As mentioned a few days ago, my publisher has made the Kindle and Nook editions of the first book of my Old Star/New Earth trilogy free.

Since the announcement, The Pirates of Sufiro has climbed all the way up to number 2 in the Science Fiction Adventure category at Amazon’s Kindle Store. Thank you everyone who has downloaded the book. It’s not too late to download your own copy.

If you like that first book, don’t forget to check out the other two books in the Old Star/New Earth Trilogy. They’re Children of the Old Stars and Heirs of the New Earth. You can learn about them and find links to the ebook and paperback editions by visiting the books page at my website: http://www.davidleesummers.com/books.html

New review of Owl Dance and Sequel Progress

Trent Zelazny, the author of To Sleep Gently and Destination Unknown posted the following review of Owl Dance at Amazon.com: “Owl Dance is a great western-style steampunk science fiction tale. Summers knows science, and it shows in really fun ways in this one, keeping this wondrous. I really enjoy the writer’s style and you can tell he is having great fun writing–I hope as much fun as I had reading it. It reads fast, and I mean this is the very good way. If you like steampunk or westerns or just a having a really great time, give Owl Dance a read. I think you’ll really enjoy it.”

This week I’ve been forging ahead on the sequel to Owl Dance tentatively entitled Wolf Posse. The novel picks up where Owl Dance leaves off. As the novel opens, Professor Maravilla and Larissa Crimson stumble on a mystery, the Russians are advancing on California and Billy McCarty returns to Lincoln County, New Mexico only to find it nearly deserted. I’m having fun working on this one.

You can pick up a copy of Owl Dance at Amazon.com or BN.com.

Interview at Manic Readers

Manic Readers conducted a very comprehensive interview with me a few days ago. You can read the interview at: http://manicreaders.com/blog/index.php/2012/03/david-lee-summers-steampunk-scifi-paranormal-author-and-astronomer/

Vampires in Springtime

Just because the nights are growing shorter doesn’t mean you’re safe from vampires! I have a new vampire story called “The Vrykolakas and the Cobbler’s Wife” coming soon in Cemetery Dance Magazine.

You can order a copy right now at: http://www.cemeterydance.com/page/CDP/PROD/_cd066

What’s more, my second scarlet order novel, Dragon’s Fall, is due to be released soon. Keep up on all the news about my vampire books and stories at my vampire blog: http://dlsummers.wordpress.com and be sure to “like” the Scarlet Order Vampires at Facebook.