New Books In Science Fiction Interviews Brian Staveley


New Books in Science Fiction interviews Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor’s Blades:

In his interview on New Books in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Staveley describes the three types of tension that power good storytelling: psychological, social, and environmental. “If you’re writing a mountaineering story,” he explains, “the psychological tension might be one character’s fear of heights, and the social tension might be that two of the characters on the expedition hate each other, and then the environmental tension would be that there are constant avalanches trying to destroy them. And I think the stories I like … combine all three of those.”

Listen to the podcast here.

Late Night Dance Party: Futurpocalypse

Saturday at 11:00pm, Montpelier seems like it’ll be the place to be. Three Penny Taproom is hosting Futpocalypse, a futuristic dance party.

Cyborgs, androids, aliens, space punks, inter-dimensional cowboys.. It’s the year 9 billion and DJ Slingularity be rollin’ a stretch DeLorean full of club beats and warped-out visuals. From 90’s throwbacks to today’s dirtiest and most offensive, prepare to get your Möbius stripped.

Looks like fun. Sign up here.

Geek Things for October 21st, 2014

  • ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’, 7 pm, Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. Free; first come, first served. (Movies)
  • Mathematics Seminar – Zombies & Calculus: A Survival Guide, 3 – 4:15pm, Warner 202, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Math)
  • Magic the Gathering EDH/Casual play, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Tuesday Night Fights! Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Night, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Mathematics Colloquium Series – “Using Numerical Models to Explore Coastal Ocean Currents”, 12:10 PM – 1:10 PM, Room 295, Cabot Science, Norwich University, Northfield. (Math)
  • Story Explorers: Every Autumn Comes the Bear, 10:30 am – 11:00 am, ECHO, Burlington. (Kids)
  • Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more Lost Stories, 11:00 AM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)
  • VAS Board Meeting, 7:30 PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • 802MTG and 802RPG Burlington, 5:00pm – 7:45pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Game Night in Danby, 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Silas Griffith Inn, Danby. (Gaming)
  • MTG:Cubesday Tuesday, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • CVHHH Public Flu Clinic. 9-11am, Barre Auditorium, Barre. For info. call CVHHH flu hotline at 224-2299 or (Flu)
  • Guided Nature Walk, 9am, Barre Town Forest, meet at Brook St. parking area, Barre Town. Info. 476-4185. (Walk)
  • Public Hearing on Aerial Hunting. 6:30pm, Pavilion Auditorium, Montpelier. (Tech)
  • Tuesday Night Magic: Modern, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Archer Mayor, “Proof Positive” reading & discussion, 7:00pm, Ruben Hoar Library, Littleton MA. (Authors)
  • Rock Cycle and Plate Tectonics, 9:00 am, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Teaching)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls, 7 pm, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $15; preregister. (Ghosts)
  • Public Flu Clinic, 9:30-10:30 am, CarePartners Adult Day Care Center, St. Albans. (Flu)
  • Science Story Time: ‘Stones & Bones’, 11 am, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Kids)
  • ECHO AfterDark: Café Scientifique, 6-8 pm, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $5; free for members; cash bar. (Science)
  • Knights of the Mystic Movie Club, 8 pm, Main Street Museum, White River Junction. (Movies)
  • Writer’s Circle, 5:30-7 pm, The Wellness Co-op, Burlington. (Writing)

Vermont Arcades

A while ago, we did a listing of all comic book and gaming stores here in Vermont, coming up with a pretty good list. Now, we’d like to take a look at another type of game location: the venerable Arcade. With the recent opening of Tilt in South Burlington, Arcades and gaming have been at the forefront of our minds lately, and we’d be interested in seeing what exists here in the state.

Once we have a good list, we’ll update our VT Geek Directory. We’re going to define an ‘Arcade’ as having 3 or more games.

Here’s what we’ve got thus far:

  • Jim’s Arcade, Bellows Falls. Status: Unknown.
  • Twin City Family Fun Center, Berlin. Looks to be newish games. Games: Unknown. Status: Active.
  • Three Needs, Burlington. Three arcade games. Games: Unknown. Status: Active.
  • Lone Pine Campgrounds, Colchester. Located on a campsite. Games: Unknown. Status: Active.
  • Spare Time Colchester & City Sports Grille, Colchester. Bowling alley with additional games.
  • Elevation 1851 Family Arcade, Jay Peak Resort, Jay. “And well, arcade-ours has the most advanced/state-of-the art video, 3D and ride simulator games the industry offers.” Status: Active.
  • JAX Food & Games, Killington. Games: Unknown. Status: Active.
  • Sam’s Woodfired Pizza, Manchester. “has a few old arcade machines”. Games Deer Hunter + others.
  • Whirlie’s World, Middlebury. Games: Unknown.
  • Wow! Arcade, Rutland. ‘Decent mix of old and new.’ Games: Arkanoid, Ms. Pac Man. Status: Active.
  • Pizza Putt, South Burlington.
  • Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House, South Burlington. Barcade with classic selection. Games: Cabal, 1942, Galaga, Cruis’n – USA, Asteroids, WWF Superstars, Rastan, Mortal Combat II, Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Altered Beast, Robotron 2084, Golden Axe, Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja, Pac Man, Centipede, Golden Tee Golf. Status: Active.
  • Mulligans, Stratton. “has a pretty decent size arcade, although I haven’t been in a few years, I believe it still exists.” Status: Unknown.

Service and Repairs:

  • Jake Blend (Independent Contractor), Burlington. Email: jakeblend[at]
  • Green Mountain Game Rooms, Richmond.
  • High Score Arcade Repairs, Brattleboro.

We’re interested in seeing what we’ve missed on this list, and what should be added. We’re also particularly interested in seeing what arcades existed in Vermont in the past (I particularly remember one in the University Mall in South Burlington.)

Thea Lewis: Haunted Inns & Ghostly Getaways of Vermont Reading

Phoenix Books in Burlington will be hosting Thea Lewis of the Queen City Ghostwalks on Saturday, October 25th for a talk and signing about her latest book, Haunted Inns & Ghostly Getaways of Vermont:

Creaks and groans in the night remind guests that they might not be alone in Vermont’s inns. Discover the history behind some of the Green Mountain State’s spookiest places to spend the night. Loyal guest Mary Todd Lincoln enjoyed her annual respites at the Equinox Hotel in Manchester so much that death could not interrupt the tradition. Some still feel the presence of Al Capone in the underground bar he favored at Highgate Manor. The show goes on for the ghost of tap-dancing hero Boots Berry at Stowe’s Green Mountain Inn. Queen City Ghostwalk creator and author Thea Lewis shares chilling encounters and examines the spirits of the past that are not quite resting in peace. Haunted Inns and Ghostly Getaways of Vermont is the only bedtime story for a night in Vermont’s eerie lodgings.

RSVP here.

Geek Things for October 20th, 2014

  • ‘Shrek, the Musical’ Auditions, 5:30-8:30 pm, Rutland Youth Theatre, Rutland. (Theater)
  • Public Flu Clinic, 9-10:30 am, Franklin County Home Health Agency, St. Albans. (Flu)
  • Charlie Baker – “Environment, Community, Opportunity, Sustainability (ECOS) Plan.” 2 pm, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $5. (Talk)
  • After-School Games, 3-4 pm, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Gaming)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 12-6:30 pm, Various locations statewide, Vermont. (Blood)
  • Casual Card Games, 5:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Pathfinder Society, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Colatina Game Night Bradford, 5:00pm, Colatina Exit, Bradford. (Gaming)
  • MTG:MNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Books and Beyond: Science for Preschoolers, 10:15 am / 11:30 am, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)

Birdman – Coming Soon to the Savoy

The Savoy Theater is getting a new genre-related film in the reasonably near future: Birdman. Here’s what it’s about:

Intense emotional currents and the jagged feelings of volatile actors are turned loose to raucous dramatic and darkly comedic effect in one of the most sustained examples of visually fluid tour de force cinema anyone’s ever seen. All in the service of a story that examines the changing nature of celebrity and the popular regard for fame over creative achievement.

An exemplary cast (including Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Emma Stone) are led by Michael Keaton in the highly self-referential title role of a former superhero-film star in desperate need of a legitimizing comeback. All fully meet the considerable demands placed upon them by director Alejandro G. Inarritu.

Dating back to his international breakthrough with Amores Perros 14 years ago, Inarritu’s films (21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful) have always coursed with energy and challenges embraced. Here, he and his indispensable cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki have gone the extra mile to make a film that, like a far more complicated and sophisticated version of what Alfred Hitchcock did in Rope in 1948, tries to create the illusion of having been filmed all in one take.

The film’s exhilarating originality, black comedy and tone that is at once empathetic and acidic will surely strike a strong chord with audiences looking for something fresh that will take them somewhere they haven’t been before. Birdman flies very, very high.

No word on an exact release date here, but hopefully soon. We’ve been hearing good things about this one. It also appears that this is headed for the Roxy theater in Burlington.

Tickets for Vermont Comic Con

Vermont Comic Con is coming up in just over a week, with tickets on sale now. Here’s the rates for the convention:

  • Single Day: $20.00. This 1 day pass is valid for admission on either Saturday, Oct 25th or Sunday, Oct 26th.
  • Single Day – Student / Military / Senior: $15.00. Must show valid ID proving discount along with ticket to use this admission. This 1 day pass is valid for admission on either Saturday, Oct 25th or Sunday, Oct 26th.
  • Weekend: $35.00. This 2 day pass is valid for admission on Saturday, Oct 25th and Sunday, Oct 26th.
  • Weekend – Student / Military / Senior: $27.50. Must show valid ID proving discount along with ticket to use this admission. This 2 day pass is valid for admission on Saturday, Oct 25th and Sunday, Oct 26th.
  • VIP Pass: $100. This VIP 2 day pass includes the weekend pass, after party ticket, exclusive ticket, and all access pass (valid Saturday, Oct 25th + Sunday, Oct 26th).
  • VIP Pass – Student/Military/Senior: $90.00. Must show valid ID proving discount along with ticket to use this admission. This VIP 2 day pass includes the weekend pass, after party ticket, exclusive ticket, and all access pass (valid Saturday, Oct 25th + Sunday, Oct 26th).
  • Walking Dead/Vermont Comiccon Exclusive Print: $10.00. One Walking Dead/Vermont Comiccon Exclusive Print.
  • After Party: $10.00. The after party will be held on October 25th from 8pm-12am at The Vermont Sports Grill on 1705 Williston Rd, right down the street from the Sheraton.

Purchase tickets here.

Border Board Games Halloween Edition

Border Board Games are hosting a special Halloween edition of their game day up in the northern reaches of Vermont. Here’s what they’ve got coming up this weekend:

This Saturday evening, October 18th, starting at 5pm at the Derby Line Village Hall located at 104 Main Street in Derby Line (beside the US route 5 customs station) is Border Board Games. It is October and that means we will celebrate Halloween early by playing our monster and horror themed games. That means zombie slaying, haunted house exploring, ghost hunting, monster slaying and vampire hunting! Plus, it wouldn’t be Halloween without Halloween candy so there will be mini candy bars and such for snacks.

Border Board Games meets every 3rd Saturday of each month to play board games at the Derby Line Village Hall. More details can be found here.