Phoenix Fan Fusion

From Thursday, May 23 through Sunday, May 26, I will be at Phoenix Fan Fusion in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a major pop culture event featuring numerous celebrity guests from television and the movies including such folks as Jeff Goldblum, Paul Reubens, Nichelle Nichols, Catherine Tate and many more. There are also numerous writers and artists from the comic industry, many writers from Arizona and beyond, and a huge dealer floor where you can find toys, videos, comics, books, and much more. You can learn more about the event at: https://phoenixfanfusion.com/

I will have a table at the Amazing Wykid Writer’s Island in the vendor hall. This group is organized by talented author, artist, and jeweler, Terry L. Smith. She writes mythology/science fiction fusion, sells jewelry to match her books, and now has art. Her paintings continue the theme of space mythology fusion. Also in our group are a wide array of science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and non-fiction writers, artists, and editors such as DuAnn Black, Dr. Bruce C. Davis, Hal C.F. Astell, Deena Remiel, K.C. Klein, Jenn Windrow, Sara Fujimura, J.F. Castillo, The Klute, Ross Caligiuri, Patrick Tylee, Joel Cunningham, Mariann Asinuma, Mark Rude, John B. Newsome III, and David Mogan. I have no doubt if you visit us, you will find a book or some art you will want to take home. Andrea Ritschoff has written a terrific introduction to all the authors and artists of the Amazing Wykid Writers and you can read that at: http://www.duncansbooksandmore.com/phoenix-fan-fusion-one-more-week/

You can find the Amazing Wykid Writers in the lower level exhibitor hall at tables A1701 through A1814. If you’re a Star Trek fan, you can probably remember that first table number pretty easily. Here’s a map of the lower level exhibitor hall. We’re the group of tables marked with the red oval.

Of course, Phoenix Fan Fusion is not just about exhibitors. Several of the Amazing Wyked Writers will be on panels over the course of the weekend. I will be on a panel from 1:30-2:30pm on Saturday, May 25 called “Global Warming and the Future World We Build in Books.” Earth is changing, whether we want it to or not. Global Warming is real, as are the consequences. As authors, have we built these changes into the books we’re writing? Probably not. Should we? How might Global Warming actually change Earth beyond what we recognize today? How might it change the populations of our world? Come listen to our authors as they share their insights, professionally and prospectively. On the panel with me are Dr. Bruce Davis, the Klute, Lloyd Pulley, Katie Salidas, and T.L. Smith.

I last had the chance to go to Phoenix Comic Con in 2015. I missed 2016 because I was in Baltimore for the release of the anthology Gaslight and Grimm. My observatory schedule prevented my attendance in 2017, and in 2018 I was attending my daughter’s graduation in New Orleans. So, it’ll be good to be back in Phoenix for Memorial Day weekend. If you’re in town, I hope you’re able to join us!

Authors and Artists Weekend, Douglas, Arizona

On October 13, from 10am until 4pm I’ll be one of more than fifteen authors signing books in the lobby of the historic Hotel Gadsden in Douglas, Arizona.

Also attending will be such talented authors as Jeff Mariotte, Gini Koch, Yvonne Navarro and Weston Ochse. I’ll have all my books along and I plan to dress up in high Steampunk fashion, which benefits the history of the Gadsden. If you follow the link, you’ll note that the Gadsden not only has a grand history dating back to the days of the old west, it is said to be haunted.

I’m working on a Steampunk novella that features Pancho Villa in an alternate history. It turns out that one of the ghosts who is supposedly a permanent resident of the hotel is none other than Pancho Villa himself. It makes me wonder if I’ll actually get a rare opportunity to meet a character from one of my own stories! If I do, I will be sure to let you know!

One of the things I find exciting about visiting the Hotel Gadsden is that it was designed by architect Henry Trost. He designed many grand buildings in Tucson, Arizona, El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico. It appears that he outdid himself with the lobby of the Hotel Gadsden.

So, if you’re in range of Douglas, Arizona on October 13, I hope you’ll drop in to the Hotel Gadsden and say “hello.” I look forward to meeting you and talking about books, astronomy and maybe we’ll even swap a ghost story or two.