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January 20, 2021

B58 Mini Interviews with Sarah Smith, Steve Miller, and Les Johnson

Welcome back to the Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series! Get to know some of the top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, why they’re looking forward to Boskone, and perhaps a sneak peek at what they’re working on next.

In honor of Boskone going virtual this year, we had a great idea about our mini interview series… video responses! Find out which one of our participants decided to give the video response a go on this week’s Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series with Sarah Smith, Steve Miller, and Les Johnson!

Sarah Smith

Remember that book about Titanic? It’s done! It’s published! Crimes and Survivors, the newest in her Edwardian mystery series, came out April 15, 2020. If you’re thinking about survival or multiculturalism now, you may want to read it; available on bookshop.org or wherever fine books are sold. Sarah Smith’s books have won the Agatha for best teenage mystery, the Massachusetts Book Award for best teenage novel, and numerous other honors, including NY Times Notables and various Best Book of the Year lists. They are published in 14 languages and have reached bestseller status here and abroad. She’s working on a 19C Brazilian fantasy, with pirates, talking eagles, and colonialism, and is delighted by the number of major characters she’s killed in the last couple of months. FB and Twitter sarahwriter; on Pinterest, swrs; www.sarahsmith.com

Visit Sarah Smith on their Facebook, Twitter, Website, Pinterest, and Instagram!

VIDEO RESPONSE!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

Because Boskone?s virtual this year, people who NEVER COME are coming. CONNIE WILLIS. She wrote the most original book about Titanic ever, Passage. Which inspired me to write my newest mystery, Crimes and Survivors, about Titanic and Jim Crow. In both books, finding truth, like magic, has a huge cost, and like magic,finding truth is magic. Thank you, Connie Willis! Connie Willis, Max Gladstone, Allen Steele and I are talking on Friday about Michael Crichton, technothrillers, and clumsy but effective ways of writing stories.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

My new story toy is about a polyamorous man who?s in love with a straight man, two women, a country, and a giant eagle. I?m researching a 19C steampunk Venice, governed by a madman and on the verge of revolution. It?s kind of great I can?t go to actual Venice now, because it?s forcing me to think outside the Venice box?to Google Earth and DeviantArt and old Scientific American illustrations. I put together a Pinterest board. You know that thing at the bottom that says ?More like this?? So useful. But I am going to Venice when I can, because as Connie Willis says, you learn things when you go there.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

 Music for Criminals and Survivors

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

By Boskone my dining-table publishing house expects to have new editions of all the FUTURE BOSTON books, including a new novel, Jon Burrowes’ VUBRE THE GREAT.

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Steve Miller

Steve Miller is a former journalist, publisher, con-runner, and librarian who writes SF, mostly in the bestselling Liaden Universe® shared with Sharon Lee. He survived Clarion West in 1973, is a life member of SFWA, and has participated in SF conventions as a fan, librarian, art agent, and author. Steve’s first pro work appeared in Ted White’s Amazing in the 1970s. Later Steve and partner Sharon Lee started Bookcastle & Dreamsgarth, Inc., a bookstore and SF art agency. In 1988 Lee & Miller’s Agent of Change was published and they moved to Maine, where they became ebook and online publishing pioneers. Steve is author or co-author of 30 plus SF and fantasy novels as well as dozens of shorter works, garnering a number of awards and numerous invitations as Guest of Honor, Special Guest, and panelist at SF conventions across North America. Steve and Sharon are currently working on a multi-book contract for Baen. Their most recent novel is Trader’s Leap, (December 2020) in hardback, audio, and ebook formats. Ambient Condition: Adventures in the Liaden Universe® No. 31 is a recent Pinbeam Books chapbook.

Visit Steve Miller on their Facebook, TwitterWebsite, and Patreon!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

Just getting a chance to catch up with the people I haven’t seen for over a year even vicariously or virtually — is pretty exciting. … we missed last Boskone for multiple medical reasons and have been extra-isolated so getting a look at old faces and new is looking good.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

For a grand holiday I’d love to take a train trip across Canada and then circumnavigate the US, all via rail, starting and ending the trip at the AMTRAK station in Brunswick, Maine. We’ve got thousands — closing in on a hundred thousand if I calculate right — of rail miles under our belts and love the experience. In general we enjoy the relatively low key travel, the chance to have a certain amount of pampering, and meeting other train travelers. We might even see some AMTRAK folks we’ve met on multiple trips and get to eat at some neat near-trackside restaurants.

In case you can’t tell, I’d be looking for relaxation rather than excitement here, and train trips seem to recharge my batteries pretty well.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

To get revved up to write? Vanilla Fudge Near the Beginning, or any three Grateful Dead albums.

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

New? December from Baen: the hardcover Trader’s Leap, 23rd novel in the Liaden Universe®. In November, Ambient Conditions, a Pinbeam Books chapbook. Accepting The Lance in mass market in October. During 2020 we released two other books through Pinbeam, Splinter Universe Presents, a compilation of items previously available on our Splinter Universe site, and then The Wrong Lance, a look at how Accepting the Lance almost went off the metaphorical rails.

Meanwhile, the next Liaden books due to be turned are two “Jethri books” according to our fans, since he’s central to both. They take place several hundred years prior to the original seven. They are still Works in Progress, due RSN, alas — yes, overdue, but we’re working on them.

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Les Johnson

Les Johnson is a physicist, author, and NASA technologist. He is an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics, a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, and a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the National Space Society, and MENSA. Publisher’s Weekly noted that “The spirit of Arthur C. Clarke and his contemporaries is alive and well…” when describing Les’s 2018 novel, Mission to Methone. His 2018 non-fiction book, with co-author Joe Meany, Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World was reviewed in the journal Nature and excerpted in American Scientist. His latest anthology, Stellaris: People of the Stars, was published by Baen Books in September 2019. In his day job, Les is a Principal Investigator of two interplanetary solar sail space missions at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. The first, Near Earth Asteroid Scout, scheduled for spaceflight in 2021, will use a 925 square foot solar sail to propel a small spacecraft to rendezvous with an asteroid. The second, Solar Cruiser, will demonstrate the ability of an 18,000 square foot solar sail-propelled spacecraft to perform scientific observations of the sun if it selected for flight in 2024.

Visit Les Johnson on their Facebook, Twitter, and Website!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

Being among my fellow fans. As many of us, attending a few cons throughout the year is like getting a battery recharge. 2020?s wholesale cancellation of in-person cons, with only a few having the resources to attempt virtual, left me with a nearly-depleted battery. Being a southerner, who mainly attends southern conventions, being invited to participate in Boskone will give me a chance to meet and interact with new people ? with whom I hope to establish new friendships that can be later fulfilled when in-person events return.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

In the tradition of the venerable Voyager spacecraft, whose original mission was to conduct a ?Grand Tour? of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, I would board love to take a 6-month long cruise of the outer solar system. The trip would begin with a stop-over at the main belt asteroids Ceres and Vesta, followed by a lengthy visit to Jupiter, with excursions to Europa, Io, Ganymede, and Callisto. Next on the itinerary would be an in- and out-of-plane flyby of Saturn and its rings, with a special event touring the (perhaps) hollow Saturnian moon, Methone. The trip would conclude with a flyby of Uranus and a visit to the Neptune meteorological station studying the Great Blue Spot. The trip of a lifetime!

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

Alas, I am too easily distracted and cannot listen to music while I write!

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

I have had a busy year, both with my day job at NASA and with my strictly personal (not connected to my employer/work) book writing.

On the author front, my next novel with co-author Travis Taylor, Saving Proxima, is the first book in a 3-book fiction series about first contact and learning our place in the universe (to be published in hardcover on August 3, 2021). My next solo novel, Displaced!, is almost complete ? no publication date is yet set. Finally, I am working on a non-fiction book about interstellar travel for Princeton University Press that will be published sometime in late 2021.

At NASA, I am the Principal Investigator on two deep-space solar sail missions. The first, Near Earth Asteroid Scout, will be launched in September 2021 for a 2-year mission to flyby and study an asteroid. The second, Solar Cruiser, will demonstrate a 17,000 square foot solar sail when it launches in early 2025.

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Curious about who else is coming to Boskone 58? With 3 days of over 100 top-notch items paired with top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, you won’t want to miss out. Join your fellow fans and writers by registering today!

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Don’t miss out! Register for Boskone 58 today!

January 18, 2021

B58 Mini Interviews with Gillian Daniels, Vincent H. O’Neil, and Jarvis Sheffield

Welcome back to the Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series! Get to know some of  top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, why they’re looking forward to Boskone, and perhaps a sneak peek at what they’re working on next.

Check out who has a new song playlist for us! And, is someone going to the beach? Find out on this week’s Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series with Gillian Daniels, Vincent H. O’Neil, and Jarvis Sheffield!

Gillian Daniels

Gillian Daniels writes, works, and haunts the streets in Boston, MA. Since attending the 2011 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop, her poetry and short fiction have appeared in The Dark Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Flash Fiction Online, among others. She also makes comics, writes theater, and definitely wants to see pictures of your cat.

Visit Gillian Daniels on their Facebook, Twitter, and Website!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

I’m so happy to experience a familiar con in a new way! I’ve been attending Boskone for the better part of a decade. I’m delighted to be a part of the online version. I look forward to being reunited with regulars to the con as well as encountering people who have never been and can now attend remotely.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

At the moment, I mostly want to travel with friends again. I’ve fantasized about going to places where I’ve never been, like India, Japan, and South Korea, but I’d also love to take a scenic cross-country trip along the continental United States. There’s plenty I haven’t seen in this country, either. I love kitschy tourist traps. Regardless, I can’t wait until the general population is vaccinated enough for me to visit new places again.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

I have four pieces coming out in 2021, including fiction in Nightmare Magazine and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet! I’m very excited to share more of my dark fantasy and horror with the world. You can get more details on my website at gilliandaniels.com!

Right now, I’m writing a novel about the legendary Jenny Greenteeth, a monster who devours children and people who wander into whatever body of water she’s currently occupying, and a mortal man that she simultaneously wants to eat and kiss. Maybe at the same time!

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Vincent H. O’Neil

Vincent H. O’Neil is the Malice Award-winning author of the “Exile” murder mystery series from St. Martin’s Press. HarperCollins published all five novels of his military science fiction Sim War series, written as Henry V. O’Neil. He has also authored two horror novels and published several short stories in Mystery Weekly, Mystery Tribune, Bourbon Penn, Hypnos, and Lovecraftiana magazines. Most recently, Escape Pod performed an audio version of his sci-fi short story In-Body. Vincent is a graduate of West Point and holds a master’s degree in international business from The Fletcher School. His website is www.vincenthoneil.com.

Visit Vincent H. O’Neil on their Facebook and Website!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

I’ve been coming to Boskone for many years, but that’s easy for me because I live in Rhode Island. Many times I’ve read or heard comments from people who’d like to attend Boskone, or would like to attend more often, but can’t because of the distance or some other travel-related concern. So this year I’m absolutely thrilled that we’re able to provide the same Boskone experience for everybody and bring Boskone to people who live far away.

My hat’s off to all the organizers, volunteers, and participants who are working so diligently to make this happen. As bad as the pandemic is, it’s truly an ill wind that doesn’t blow some good and in 2021 the Boskone experience goes global. I’m really looking forward to it, and to missing the freak but savage snowstorm that so often decides to show up over that weekend.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

When I first read William Gibson’s Neuromancer, I was struck by a minor bit of dialogue that appears toward the end. One of the characters had been pulled into a virtual reality situation earlier in the story, a place that was little more than an abandoned stone blockhouse on a deserted beach. The blockhouse had a potbellied stove, a water source, and dehydrated rations, but little else. The beach itself was gray and desolate, and the character was briefly held there.

After escaping, the character describes this setting to a fantastically wealthy woman who is the descendant (more accurately, a clone) of the genius who founded her family’s financial dynasty. The founder was named Marie-France Tessier, and her descendant recognized the beach being described. Her explanation goes like this:

“Morocco. When Marie-France was a girl, years before she married Ashpool, she spent a summer alone on that beach, camping in an abandoned blockhouse. She formulated the basis of her philosophy there.”

I’ve always liked the idea that the original Marie-France went off by herself to find a spot where she could think deeply without distraction. The place is austere and monotonous, but it allowed her to leave all the chatter behind and focus on something that was very important to her. While the Tessier-Ashpool financial behemoth was the most tangible result, the phrase “the basis of her philosophy” in that explanation suggests Marie-France came up with even bigger plans during her sojourn there.

I’m not sure I’d like to spend an entire summer on that beach, but I do think it’s very important to have a place where you can tune out the static and hear your own thoughts – or tune them out too. That’s why I like that old blockhouse in Morocco so much.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

I was thrilled to have my short story “In-Body” published by Escape Pod at the end of October. It’s free to all and always available, and you can listen to the excellent audio performance by voiceover artist Tren Sparks or read the complete text. An online search for “Escape Pod” and “In-Body” usually brings it right up.

In-Body is a science fiction story that touches on PTSD and survivor guilt to explore the debts we owe to others, and I hope you like it.

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Jarvis Sheffield

Jarvis Sheffield, M.Ed. has been involved in various forms of multimedia for over 25 years. He has done graphic design, web design, video, animation, multimedia and has written technical articles for various publications. Jarvis has taught seminars, workshops, and classes on STEAM, technology, and education. Jarvis holds a BS degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tennessee State University and earned a Master’s in Education from Trevecca Nazarene University. Jarvis is currently a Doctoral Candidate, studying Educational Leadership, at Trevecca. In addition to his educational pursuits, Jarvis holds several leadership roles including: · Director — Diversity Track at Dragon Con. Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the US. · Coordinator — Tennessee State University Media Center at Historic Tennessee State University for both Main and Avon William downtown campuses · Board Member — Urban Media Makers. Urban Media Makers is a consortium of independent content creators telling stories that feature people of color. · Marketing Chair— Tenn-Share Consortium. Tenn-Share helps Tennessee libraries deliver efficient, effective library services through group purchasing power and innovative resource sharing projects. Lastly, Jarvis is a proud father and husband, a member of Lake Providence Missionary Baptist Church and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Please visit his websites: www.JarvisSheffield.com www.blacksciencefictionsociety.com www.genesissciencefictionmagazine.com

Visit Jarvis Sheffield on their Facebook, Twitter, and Website!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

I am looking forward to the plethora of offerings from the awesome panelists, also the workshops and programming. Meeting new and interesting people are the best part of cons.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

If I were planning a vacation I would definitely go to the beach. The soothing waves and cool breezes are fantastic. That environment is simply soothing to the soul.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

Sweetback, Kindred Family Soul, Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, Eric Badu, Jill Scott

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

I am currently working on shoring up existing projects like www.BlackScienceFIctionSociety.com, and www.GenesisScienceFictionMagazine.com. In addition, I started a marketing website to help creators get the word out about their projects called www.GreatBusinessNetworks.com. Lastly, I am completing hopefully my last year of my dissertation which involves utilizing virtual games as educational tools.

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Curious about who else is coming to Boskone 58? With 3 days of over 100 top-notch items paired with top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, you won’t want to miss out. Join your fellow fans and writers by registering today!

Register for Boskone 57!
Don’t miss out! Register for Boskone 58 today!

January 15, 2021

B58 Mini Interviews with David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson, Darlene Marshall, and Sara Megibow

Welcome to the Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series! Get to know some of  top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, why they’re looking forward to Boskone, and perhaps a sneak peek at what they’re working on next.

We are continuing our first week of Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series with David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson, Darlene Marshall, and Sara Megibow!

David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson

David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the author of more than two dozen novels and as many short stories. As D.B. Jackson (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he is the author of the Islevale Cycle, a time travel/epic fantasy series. The first two books, TIME’S CHILDREN and TIME’S DEMON, are both out and available. A third book, TIME’S ASSASSIN, is in production. He also writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines elements of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. Under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he has written epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and media tie-ins, and is best known for the Crawford Award-winning LonTobyn Chronicle. He is the co-author of HOW TO WRITE MAGICAL WORDS: A WRITER’S COMPANION, and co-editor of the TEMPORALLY DEACTIVATED (2019) and GALACTIC STEW (2020) anthologies. David has a Ph.D. in U.S. history from Stanford University. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Visit David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson on their Facebook, Twitter, and Website!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

Connecting with friends and fans. Writers are, for the most part, used to a certain level of isolation. We spend a good deal of time in our own heads, alone (except for our characters!), hard at work on the next story or novel. And honestly, many of us like it that way. But even the most dedicated creative hermit would be starved for company and conversation after the year we’ve been through. And, as it happens, I’m a fairly gregarious hermit. So, I am excited to reconnect with fellow writers, to interact with con attendees, to feel again that I’m part of a community.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

I would love to answer with some cool fantasy world that I’ve read or created — and there are so many that intrigue me. But the truth is, most of us populate our worlds with some nasty types that make me hesitant to visit. Demons, giants, evil mages, and power-hungry royals. Not that those last are absent from our own world, but there is something to be said for limiting ones interactions to the devils we know… So I would choose to visit the American Southwest. I’ve been there many times before, and I never tire of it. I’m a dedicated amateur photographer, and I am drawn to the vast, ever-changing skies, the deep reds of sandstone, the startling shapes and contrasts of cliffs and canyons, stark stone and delicate flora. Whenever I go there, I am inspired and renewed.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

“Skip, Hop, and Wobble,” by Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, and Russ Barenberg

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

I have a number of projects in the works, actually. I have been working on a trilogy of novellas set in my Thieftaker universe (written as D.B. Jackson). The novellas are interrelated and together form a novel-length story called “The Loyalist Witch. They should be out early in 2021. I am also working on a supernatural thriller, and have recently sold it to a publisher. It’s not clear yet whether I’ll be publishing that one as David B. Coe or D.B. Jackson. And I am editing a themed anthology with Joshua Palmatier for his Zombies Need Brains imprint. The anthology is called Derelict, and its stories are all focused on some sort of wrecked ship. For that one, I am co-editing as David B. Coe, and submitting a Thieftaker story as D.B. Jackson. So, 2021 is already shaping up to be a busy year!

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Darlene Marshall

Darlene Marshall is the award-winning author of historical romance featuring pirates, privateers, smugglers, and the occasional possum. She loves working at a job where business attire is shorts and a shirt festooned with pink flamingos and palm trees. Marshall lives in North Central Florida, a convenient location for putting the convertible top down and researching sites of great historical significance, which also happen to be at the beach and serve mojitos. A lifelong science fiction and fantasy fan, Marshall has worked as a broadcast and print journalist, news anchor, radio station owner, obituary writer, and a few other odd jobs. She became a novelist because there were fake people in her head having adventures, so it was either write it down or check into therapy. She’s never been a pirate, but the day is not yet over. Her books have been published in English, German, French, and Estonian, and she’s also Section Leader of Erotic Lit at The Litforum.com (https://thelitforum.com). You can contact Darlene Marshall at www.darlenemarshall.com, @DarleneMarshall on Twitter, DMarshallAuthor on Facebook, and DarleneMarshallAuthor on Instagram.com Email her at darlenemarshall@darlenemarshall.com. Bibliography: What the Parrot Saw (High Seas #4); The Pirate’s Secret Baby (High Seas #3); Castaway Dreams (High Seas #2); Sea Change (High Seas #1); The Bride and the Buccaneer; Captain Sinister’s Lady; Smuggler’s Bride Represented by Barbara Collins Rosenberg of The Rosenberg Group.

Visit Darlene Marshall on their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, InstagramWebsite, Pinterest, and Goodreads!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

The possibility of seeing my friends who I’d normally see in person, but the added attraction of meeting new people who might not have been inclined to travel to Boston in February in the past.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

This is a tough one. My visceral response is to say, “I want to see my children”. One’s in NYC, one’s on the west coast, and the last time I saw them face-to-face was after Boskone57. It seems like a lifetime ago, and in some ways, it was.

My second choice is Paris because I was supposed to attend a romance writers and readers conference which got cancelled due to COVID in April, and I still hope that I’ll be able to visit in the next few years.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

My writing music is epic soundtracks: James Horner, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, etc.

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

My brain was like tapioca through most of the spring and summer, but I’m finally back in gear. I’m working on a historical romance about smuggling in early 19th C. Florida, but my stories often veer far away from where I see them going initially. That’s half the fun of actually writing–letting the characters and the story surprise me.

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Sara Megibow

Sara Megibow (she/her) is a literary agent with KT Literary out of Highlands Ranch, CO. She has worked in publishing since 2006 and represents New York Times bestsellers authors including Rebecca Roanhorse, Jason M. Hough, Margaret Rogerson, Jaleigh Johnson and Casey McQuiston. She specializes in launching debut authors and working on long-term career development and profit strategy with them. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with degrees in Women’s Studies, Gender Studies and American History. Always LGBTQ+ Friendly!

Visit Sarah Megibow on their Facebook, Twitter, and Website!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

Cons inspire me. For Boskone 58, I’m looking forward to that feeling of excitement and connection I get from being around artists and gamers and geeks. I know the panels are virtual-only but I’m so excited to *see* people and revel in good discussions!

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

In the real world? I’m tempted to say a beach or Napa Valley or something. But in reality, what I really really want to do is just go to a friend’s house for an epic night of table top gaming, eating good food and drinking good wine. It’s the little things, right?

In a fictional world? I read two amazing books this year set in/around sea-faring worlds. I’m obsessed with both of them so I think I’d either visit the Meridian from Rebecca Roanhorse’s BLACK SUN or the world of Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s THE MERMAID, THE WITCH AND THE SEA. Incidentally, both have mermaids. Love it!

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

I’m a literary agent so I’m constantly working with authors on their upcoming books and 2021 is going to be epic!!

A few examples:

THREADER ORIGINS – the first in a new series by international bestselling author Gerald Brandt. String theory science fantasy – so exciting! (January 2021 from DAW Books)

TWENTY-FIVE TO LIFE by R.W.W. Greene – a road trip tale set in the near future starring those left behind when a generation ship leaves Earth (August 2021 from Angry Robot)

FORGING A NIGHTMARE by debut author Patricia A. Jackson – an urban fantasy Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse adventure. Swords, battles and magical horses – Huzzah! (November 2021 from Angry Robot)

And in series, I’m very much looking forward to SPECTRUM by Julie E. Czerneda (Book #3 of the Webshifter’s Library series) and REQUIEM OF SILENCE by L. Penelope (Book #4 of the Earthsinger Chronicles series).

 

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Curious about who else is coming to Boskone 58? With 3 days of over 100 top-notch items paired with top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, you won’t want to miss out. Join your fellow fans and writers by registering today!

Register for Boskone 57!
Don’t miss out! Register for Boskone 58 today!

January 13, 2021

B58 Mini Interviews with KT Bryski, Greer Gilman, and Marcin Klak

Welcome to the Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series! Get to know some of  top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, why they’re looking forward to Boskone, and perhaps a sneak peek at what they’re working on next.

We are continuing our first week of Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series with KT Bryski, Greer Gilman, and Marcin Klak!

KT Bryski

KT Bryski is a Canadian author, playwright, and podcaster. Her fiction has appeared in Nightmare, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, and Augur, among others. She’s won the Parsec and the Toronto Star Short Story Contest, and she has been shortlisted for the Sunburst Award. KT co-chairs ephemera, a speculative fiction reading series occurring monthly in Toronto (or YouTube, depending on COVID-19). KT is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing, and she is represented by Kim-Mei Kirtland of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. When she’s not writing, KT can be found frolicking through Toronto, enjoying choral music and craft beer.

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What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

I’m looking forward to connecting with a vibrant, passionate community of readers and authors! I’ve always enjoyed Boskone (it was my last pandemic pre-COVID) and I’m pleased to experience some of the camaraderie and insights from afar.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

Prior to the pandemic, some friends and I were planning a walking trip across Scotland. I’d still very much like to go – sometimes dreams just get delayed, that’s all.

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

Currently, I’m working on a novel based on faeries and body-snatchers (the 19th century practice of stealing recently-dead cadavers, not the aliens!). I’m also juggling a few short stories at any given time – you can find my most recent in Nightmare (CW for queerphobia/homophobic slurs): http://www.nightmare-magazine.com/fiction/tigers-feast/

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Greer Gilman

Tiptree, World Fantasy, Greer, of the Gilman kind, Writes—and has written of Jonson and Cloud; Gives airy nothing a Life and a larynx, in Mythopoetical Ink, and aloud. Greer Gilman’s mythic fantasies are Cloud & Ashes: Three Winter’s Tales (Small Beer Press) and Moonwise (Prime Books). Small Beer has also published two of her metaphysical mysteries set in 1610s London, with Ben Jonson investigating: Cry Murder! In a Small Voice and Exit, Pursued by a Bear, which appeared at the Grolier Club in a 2018 exhibition of notable books in the history of fantastic literature. Her prefaces for Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Kingdoms of Elfin (2018) and Of Cats and Elfins (2020) have come out from Handheld Press. Her essay “The Languages of the Fantastic” appears in The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature. Among them, her works have won the Tiptree, World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson, and Crawford awards, and have been shortlisted for the Nebula and Mythopoeic Fantasy awards. She likes to say she does everything James Joyce ever did, only backward and in high heels.

Visit Greer Gilman on their Website and Dreamwidth!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

Conversation.  Faces. I?ve missed you.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

O my. What I?m longing for is a gathering of friends from everywhere: fabulous company in an ancient many-roomed house with (of course) a great library, artworks of all centuries, a cabinet of curiosities, and windows opening on marvellous views.  Gifted musicians and great cooks would be of the party. Private theatricals…

Hey, what book is this?   Do I have to write it?

All right, we?re in a manor house in a wood between worlds. There?s a pleasant walk any way you set out: paths to any place at any period you like, or into any otherworld. If it?s countryside you want, you can stroll into May Day in the Très Riches Heures, or Mole End, with the carollers coming, or the Green Knight?s castle in midwinter, or a wood near Athens. Or if it?s cities you desire, you can spend your time in Harlem in the 1920s, or 15th-century Florence, or the Floating World, or fin-de-siècle Paris; in Xanadu, Heorot, Alexandria, Gormenghast, Time City, or Lud-in-the-Mist. Myself, I would head with friends (immune to plague) for Shakespeare?s London, to see the first performances of all his plays, not excepting Cardenio and Love?s Labour?s Won.

There are rooms for all, and doors to all your longed-for places. You?re invited.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

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What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

How do I hedge gracefully? I don?t. Like many artists, I got stomped flat by 2020. But as the world reopens?slowly, slowly?I hope to take up and reimagine my evolving story about Ben Jonson, John Donne and his unruly daughter, and the machinations of faerie.

As long ago (or recently) as 2019, I got to write an introduction for Of Cats and Elfins, a fantastic collection of Sylvia Townsend Warner?s stories, out from Handheld Press. It includes The Cat’s Cradle Book of the folktales cats tell their kittens, and her uncollected elfin stories, above all, the magnificent, queer ?The Duke of Orkney?s Leonardo.? I also wrote and performed in a one-act blank-verse play, Little Kingdom. Scene: the Moon. Ben Jonson has been stuck in an afterlife, auditioning for apotheosis. Now he is joined by Dame Ethel Smyth, composer, suffragist, Sapphist. Opera ensues.

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Marcin Klak

He joined fandom in 2002 and became involved in conrunning from the very beginning. He began with M&A conventions but later his focus shifted to SF&F cons. So far he visited over 200 conventions in 12 countries. He is an avid reader, he also loves RPGs and board games. In 2018 he became an European GUFF delagate. After hours, he blogs about fandom and conventions at www.FandomRover.com.

Visit Marcin Klak on their Facebook, and Website!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

I firstly heard about Boskone a few years ago and I wanted to attend it ever since. I am especially looking forward to meeting other fans and feeling the convention atmosphere. I live in Poland and meeting fans from other countries and learning how we differ yet remain similar is a thing I really enjoy. I am also really curious about the programme and all the interesting items there.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

That is a tough question! I have plenty of places in the real world I would love to see but if I would get the chance to go to fictional world I would definitely choose it. As a big Tolkien fan I would love to visit Middle-earth in one of the relatively calmer periods. I think that the tour around Beleriand would be perfect. It would give me the chance to not only see the beauty f the country but also meet some of my favourite characters. Yet I am really not sure how Fingolfin would react to a fanboy asking for an autograph?

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

I am not a writer or artist so there is rather no big releases from me. I am regularly writing about conventions for my blog (www.FandomRover.com). I also work on my fanzine but as it is published in Polish I am afraid most people will find it unreadable :(.

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Curious about who else is coming to Boskone 58? With 3 days of over 100 top-notch items paired with top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, you won’t want to miss out. Join your fellow fans and writers by registering today!

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January 11, 2021

B58 Mini Interviews with Brad Abraham, Gene Doucette, and Sarah Jean Horwitz

Welcome to the Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series! Get to know some of  top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, why they’re looking forward to Boskone, and perhaps a sneak peek at what they’re working on next.

Our interview series culminates with our Guest interviews during the convention, including our Guest of Honor interview with best-selling fantasy author, Joe Abercrombie, moderated by Joe Hill.

Grab a cup of something refreshing and let’s kick off our Boskone 58 Mini Interview Series with Brad Abraham, Gene Doucette, and Sarah Jean Horwitz.

Brad Abraham

Brad Abraham is a multi-talented author, screenwriter and comic book creator with over two decades of industry experience. His film and TV credits include the horror comedy feature FRESH MEAT; the SyFy Channel’s smash hit TV movie STONEHENGE APOCALYPSE, and the cult classic SyFy miniseries ROBOCOP PRIME DIRECTIVES. His series work includes I LOVE MUMMY, NOW YOU KNOW, and THE CANADA CREW. His genre-busting urban fantasy novel MAGICIANS IMPOSSIBLE (St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books) was published in 2017 to broad acclaim, recipient of starred reviews in Library Journal, Booklist, and School Library Journal, and was named Best Debut Novel by Suspense Magazine. As a comic book creator he is best known for the acclaimed indie series MIXTAPE, currently in active development with Little Engine Motion Pictures. He lives in New England with his wife and son, his collection of vintage vinyl records, and piles upon piles of movie novelizations

Visit Brad Abraham on their Facebook, Twitter, and Website!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

I’m most looking forward to seeing how this new reality we’re living in has impacted the SFF community. Sci-Fi in particular has liked to imagine pandemic scenarios through fiction; now we’re living through an actual pandemic. I am interested in learning how other members of the community have weathered this particular storm, and how Sci-Fi cons like Boskone are managing a world where face-to-face and in-person conventions seem to be on the endangered species list.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why?

I’d like to visit an alternate version of 2020 where COVID never happened and I got go on that vacation to England that had been in the works at the beginning of this strange year. How *was* that vacation? How did I find England, (beyond taking a right at Greenland)? I guess you can ask me that in 2022. I hope.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

Presently I’m hard at work on the pilot for the TV series based on my comic book series MIXTAPE, which is in active development with Little Engine Moving Pictures. It’s a non-sf story set against the backdrop of the alternative rock explosion of the 1990s, detailing the lives, loves, and fears of a group of teens moving through the early years of that decade. It’s easily the most personal thing I’ve ever written and am thrilled to be making it my next project.

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Gene Doucette

Gene Doucette is a hybrid author, albeit in a somewhat roundabout way. From 2010 through 2014, Gene published four full-length novels (Immortal, Hellenic Immortal, Fixer, and Immortal at the Edge of the World) with a small indie publisher. Then, in 2014, Gene started self-publishing novellas that were set in the same universe as the Immortal series, at which point he was a hybrid. When the novellas proved more lucrative than the novels, Gene tried self-publishing a full novel, The Spaceship Next Door, in 2015. This went well. So well, that in 2016, Gene reacquired the rights to the earlier four novels from the publisher, and re-released them, at which point he wasn’t a hybrid any longer. Additional self-published novels followed: Immortal and the Island of Impossible Things (2016); Unfiction (2017); and The Frequency of Aliens (2017). In 2018, John Joseph Adams Books (an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) acquired the rights to The Spaceship Next Door. The reprint was published in September of that year, at which point Gene was once again a hybrid author. Since then, a number of things have happened. Gene published more novels—Immortal From Hell at the end of 2018, Fixer Redux in 2019, Immortal: Last Call in 2020—and wrote a new novel called The Apocalypse Seven that he did not self-publish; it was acquired by JJA/HMH in September of 2019, and will be published on May 25, 2021. He’s also launched a new sci-fi line called Tandemstar. The first Tandemstar series is called The Outcast Cycle. Book one–Two Suns at Sunset–was published in September, 2020, and book two–The Madness of Kings–in December, 2020. Finally, Gene has also begun exploring the short story market. Schrodinger’s Catastrophe, a novelette, was published by Lightspeed Magazine in November, 2020, and a second short, Hypnopompic Circumstance, will be published by Lightspeed in early 2021.

Visit Gene Doucette on their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Tumblr, and Website!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

One thing I learned from the 2020 Nebulas (which were virtual) is that I’m MUCH better at interacting and mingling remotely, whether in panels or breakout rooms. My default introversion evidently doesn’t kick in when I can just log out, am sitting in my own house, and may not have on pants. So I’m looking forward to seeing what Boskone is like when my wallflower tendencies are disabled.

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

So I know this question is about visiting a fantastical place like Middle Earth, Narnia or Hogwarts, but coming as it does at the end of 2020–when none of us could travel ANYWHERE, all vacations were staycations, and a trip to the grocery store was a mini epic–the first place that popped into my mind was Las Vegas. I’d love to stay in a ridiculous hotel surrounded by ridiculous people doing ridiculous things, while spending too much for food I definitely shouldn’t eat. It’s not very SFF of me, but there you go. Give me something tacky and crowded.

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

I’ve got a lot going on! I’m writing this the day before the second book in my self-published series Tandemstar–it’s called THE MADNESS OF KINGS–is being released. I’m working on the third book (THE OCEAN IN THE SKY) right now and hope to have it out by late July.

Meanwhile, on May 25th, my standalone sci-fi novel THE APOCALYPSE SEVEN will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It’s already picking up some great early buzz.

I also have a short story called HYPNOPOMPIC CIRCUMSTANCE that will be published in Lightspeed Magazine’s May edition. And an earlier short of mine–SCHRODINGER’S CATASTROPHE–was published by Lightspeed in November 2020, and has already been selected for one Best-of-2020 collection. It’s being reprinted in translation by Science Fiction World (in China) in January.

I have a few other things going on, but I can’t talk about them just yet…

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Sarah Jean Horwitz

Sarah Jean Horwitz grew up next door to a cemetery and down the street from an abandoned fairy-tale theme park, which probably explains a lot. She is the author of the middle grade steampunk fantasy series CARMER AND GRIT. Her most recent novel for middle grade readers is THE DARK LORD CLEMENTINE, which was an Amazon.com September 2019 Best Book of the Month and received favorable reviews from the New York Times Book Review, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and more. She currently lives near Boston. Find her at sarahjeanhorwitz.com.

Visit Sarah Jean Horwitz on their Facebook, Twitter, and Website!

What you most looking forward to at virtual Boskone 58?

I am looking forward to connecting with online writer and reader friends I made during this crazy year, as well as hearing from some of my favorite creators. This is my first virtual convention, so I’m excited to see how it goes!

If you were planning a holiday or vacation and could visit any location, whether in the real world or fictional worlds, where would you go? Why? 

This is a very 2020 answer, but right now, the place in the world I’d most want to travel to is…*drumroll*…New Jersey. My parents live there and it has been over a year now since I’ve seen them. It would be a dream come true to be able to hug them again. After that, we’ll re-do Christmas in Hogsmeade.

Authors, artists, and creators often listen to music while they work. If you have a playlist you’d like to share or an album to recommend, please add it here. We’ll be compiling a list of lists to help Boskone attendees get their creative juices flowing. 

Virtual girl group K/DA has some great tracks to write fantasy/action sequences to!

What are you currently working on? Any new releases that fans should know about?

I’m currently working on two projects. The first is my first novel for adults; it’s a fantasy romance and has DRAGONS and lady detectives and dragon lady detectives, and some kissing. The second is a middle grade fantasy novel told partly from the point of view of a demonic sword. No new releases coming up at the moment, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a sale in 2021. In the meantime, do check out my 2019 middle grade release, THE DARK LORD CLEMENTINE.

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Curious about who else is coming to Boskone 58? With 3 days of over 100 top-notch items paired with top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, you won’t want to miss out. Join your fellow fans and writers by registering today!


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December 31, 2020

May Your New Year be Filled with Books

Happy New Year, Boskone fans! As we head into the new year, it’s the perfect time to ponder what you’ve read and enjoyed this year and what you’re looking forward to reading in 2021.

Let Boskone’s program participant list inspire you to explore new-to-you authors. With over 100 program participants, it can be hard to decide what to read, so here are a couple suggestions.

  • Read at least one book from the Guest of Honor, best-selling fantasy author Joe Abercrombie. Be prepared for his program items, including the Boskone Book Club discussion of A Little Hatred. 
  • Pick a theme. Maybe it’s books with hard science fiction, female protagonists, new authors. Be creative and try something you’ve always wanted to read but needed a little motivation for.

Finally, for those reading printed books, we’ve created something special for you: a downloadable bookmark! Download and print at home to remind you of all the fun you’ll soon be having with your science fiction, fantasy,and horror community. We look forward to see you there!

 

Not yet registered? Don’t miss out! Get yours today. Memberships are only$25 and include 3 days of fantastic programming. 

 

December 21, 2020

Give the Gift of Boskone

Need a last minute gift for the sci fi and fantasy fans in your life? Give the gift of Boskone!

Give them the experience of a 3-day convention without ever having to leave the comfort of home! With over 165 program items led by today’s top authors, scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry, we think there’s something for everyone. (Note: Most sessions will be recorded for on-demand playback through the end of February 2021.)

Been a good SFF fan yourself this year? Be your own Santa Claus and treat yourself! Memberships are only $25.

Happy Holidays from virtual Boskone 58!


Need a card to go with your gift? We’ve got you covered!

After registering, download and print this holiday card to give to your giftee to let them know all about Boskone!

 

 

 

 

December 15, 2020

Special Offerings on Boskone 58 Souvenir Books Ads

Boskone 58 is going virtual! That means our Souvenir Book is also virtual, in other words, as a PDF only. This provides us unique opportunities since our our production costs are lower and multiple ways to share your ad with our community.

Special Offerings

  • Ad rates that are significantly lower than printed editions
  • Entire Souvenir Book designed in full color
  • Virtual convention table space at no additional charge
  • Boskone 58 Souvenir Book shared on the Boskone 58 website, convention website, and emailed to our members

Since production costs are lower, we’re passing along the savings to our community in a variety of ways. Ad rates for Boskone 58 are significantly lower than our regularly printed Souvenir Book. Being virtual also allows us to take advantage of full color design for the entire Souvenir Book, including ads.

In addition to the price reduction for ads, we also have the new opportunity to provide a virtual table on the Boskone 58 event site. Think of the virtual table as a landing page for your organization that lives inside of the convention site, giving you an even deeper connection to the community where you can post freebies, images, live chat with members, and even add link to offsite stores for sales.

Boskone 58 Souvenir Book Ads are perfect for:

  • Announcing upcoming books, book launches, gallery shows, album releases
  • Promoting your SFF podcast, stream, or Youtube channel
  • Raising awareness of SFF fan organizations/events

 Due Dates & Deadlines:

  • Purchase your ad today: Pay Online.
  • Reservation deadline: December 31, 2020.
  • Ad copy deadline: December 31, 2020.

Rates for Virtual Souvenir Book:

AD SIZE  | PRO  | FAN
Back Cover:   $115   $75
Inside Cover:   $95   $60
Full Page:   $75   $30
½ Page:   $50   $20
¼ Page:   $35   $15

After placing your order, you will receive an email from our Boskone Ads team that will include a reminder about the due dates for your ad and link to a form where you can include additional information that our staff will use to create your virtual table aka Sponsor Page. Technical information and specs can be found here. 

Boskone 58 Sponsor Tables

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Financial Transparency Statement

We have eliminated our printing costs for the Boskone 58 Souvenir Book since it will be PDF only this year. However, there are still some overhead costs that need to be covered. These costs include design work, software and digital assets, and staff access to create the virtual Sponsor Pages for our advertisers.

November 23, 2020

Why isn’t Boskone 58 Free?

Recently we were asked why virtual Boskone 58 isn’t free. It’s an important question facing our community.

Boskone is a labor of love. We’re shining a light on the behind-the-scenes work at Boskone to help our community understand, Boskone is different and that’s why we need to charge a small fee for memberships. Though there’s a lot we can do with volunteer time and free labor, there are still costs associated with running Boskone, whether in-person or virtual.

We’re an all volunteer team.

Like many other science fiction and fantasy (SF/F) conventions, Boskone is an all volunteer, fan-run convention. Each Boskone is organized by volunteers dedicated to bringing the science fiction and fantasy community together. Pulling together 3 days of fun and thoughtful programming, spaces for fellow fans and professionals to connect, and creating a memorable convention experience is truly a labor of love. Planning for the convention begins 14 months in advance of the convention when the chair is appointed and begins inviting guests, and it takes dozens of volunteers and thousands of hours to plan and pull off. None of the folks working on the convention get paid.

Even program participants volunteer their time.

From bestselling authors to renowned scientists, artists, and creators in the science fiction, fantasy and horror industry give their time to Boskone, providing program content, and participating in all facets of the convention alongside volunteers, fans, and professionals in our community. With the exception of Guests of Honor expenses for travel, room, and board expenses at our in-person conventions, our program participants do not get paid for their time and services.

We listened to our community’s wish list.

Our team pulled together a list of “wishlist items” and feedback from other online conventions, and our greatest source of inspiration was our summertime online convention reCONvene 2020. We listened to our members’ requests and constructive criticism to identify the things our community most wants in an online experience. This input drove our decision making process when we looked at event platforms and online experiences for Boskone. The platform and features we have chosen resonate strongly with what our community requested, and we believe these choices are a substantial step forward in making Boskone a terrific online experience. We also believe that we will be able to incorporate many of these virtual experiences into our future in-person conventions.

What about venue costs?

There are still venue costs for a virtual convention. For an in-person Boskone, the venue costs are easy to see and are mainly associated with the hotel, but venue costs don’t disappear in a virtual environment. Virtual events still need to be hosted, streamed and recorded, gated but with easy access for members, and designated space for content.

For the safety, inclusion, and enjoyment of all our members, we found it important to not solely rely on free tools to host virtual Boskone 58. In an effort to be fair and transparent, we reduced memberships to only $25 for a 3-day convention. In addition, we’ve posted a list of critical expenses that the $25 membership helps to cover:

  • Costs associated with our event management platform that are necessary in a virtual environment, including expanded features such as scheduling, email communications, web-based event experience, virtual dealer/fan tables, art show space, chat/Q&A/polls during and after program items, global chat via type and video, and registration tools.
  • Software licenses. Boskone requires an increased number of licenses for staff who need access to the event management platform and design programs.
  • Technology and A/V expenses, including Zoom meeting rooms and webinars.
  • Closed captioning services.
  • Video storage for OnDemand program video playback of recorded programming.
  • Email newsletter and communications software.
  • Credit card processing fees for memberships.
  • Marketing, promotion, and design.
  • Awards for Boskone’s annual awards ceremony, which includes the Skylark.
  • Guest thank you gifts.

*Any profits generated by virtual Boskone 58 memberships will be applied to future in-person Boskones to defray costs such as American Sign Language expenses, our New Voices Fund, and other critical expenses to modernize and sustain Boskone in the future.

Extending a welcoming hand.

Going virtual provides us with opportunities to include more people in the science fiction and fantasy community. Folks who may not have been able to travel to an in-person Boskone can now join us online. As a convention, we need to be mindful of schedule times, recorded programming, and closed captioning and the costs associated with providing those features — as well as the unknown expenses as we venture into this new space.

We also know that this time has been financially difficult for many folks in the speculative fiction community. Boskone also includes outreach through free and reduced memberships through our New Voices fund or organizations such as Con or Bust.

Boskone is a labor of love.

Boskone is a labor of love for our many, many volunteers and for our program participants, artists, dealers, members, and everyone who contributes. We are so thankful to those who strive to make Boskone a welcoming experience as one of the longest-running fan organized conventions. We look forward to seeing everyone at virtual Boskone 58.