Barre Opera House’s Annual Gala: Alien Gala-xy

This looks like a lot of fun: the Barre Opera House is holding their annual fundraising gala, and it’s science fiction themed. I got a postcard in the mail the other day. The event will take place on October 24th, 2015, will take place in Montpelier’s Capitol Plaza hotel, and will cost $75.

While there’s no requirement that you dress for the theme, we encourage everyone to “space out”  and come as your favorite extraterrestrial or starship captain!

As always, the event – the biggest annual fundraiser for the Opera House – will feature a buffet dinner and a silent auction, and this year dancing to a great band, The Funk Collection.  So strap on your antennae and teleport to the Capital Plaza for all the fun.

Cost is $75 per person.  Pull together a table of your friends and make your reservations by calling 476-8188!  If you’d like to sit with one of our designated table hosts (or if you’ve already made those arrangements), please let us know when you register.  Otherwise, we’ll seat you with another group of fun-loving Barre Opera supporters.

You can order tickets here.

Allies & Enemies: Now Available

Amy J. Murphy recently completed her military science fiction novel, Allies & Enemies: Fallen, the first of a series. Now, it’s available on Amazon.com as a kindle e-book, for $.99!

Here’s what it’s about:

Purpose-bred soldier of the Regime, Commander Sela Tyron is as subtle as a hammer. To hammers, any problem can look like a nail, but the solutions aren’t always that easy. When Sela encounters a son she is forbidden to know, falls in love with a man who is clearly off-limits, and is abandoned with her team on a planet full of insurrectionists, things get complicated.

Rescued by her captain, Jon Veradin, Sela risks the only life she’s ever known to save him from a traitor’s death. Their careers as fugitives complicate further with the arrival of Erelah, Jon’s sister. Once brilliant, now mad, Erelah warns of a monster dead set on reclaiming her.
Thrown together by strange providence, the three fight to stay ahead of their pursuers, and uncover staggering truths about each other along the way.

Buy the book here.

Vermont Comic Con Announcements!

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Vermont Comic Con has recently announced a couple of new guests appearing this year:

  • Rochelle Davis, who appeared in The Crow
  • Nicholas Brendon, who appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Hawk Otsby, screenwriter who wrote Iron Man, Children of Men, Cowboys and Aliens and the forthcoming television show, The Expanse.
  • Bob Camp, who voiced characters on Ren & Stimpy

This year’s lineup is already much stronger than last year’s. We’re particularly excited to see Otsby at his panels.

Update on Phoenix Books Rutland

Phoenix Books is expanding to Rutland, Vermont later this year, and they’ve recently provided an update on the store’s progress. It’s looking fantastic, and I can’t wait to check it out myself.

Things are moving along nicely at Phoenix Books Rutland.  Our book fixtures have arrived in the store, and we’re working on finding just the right places for them. The Rutland community continues to welcome us with enthusiasm.  Phoenix Books Rutland will truly be a community bookstore.

The store is looking very much in line with their Burlington outlet – hopefully, it’ll be open before too much longer.

Geek Mountain State Presents: Open Flash Fiction!

The next installment of our Vermont SF Writer’s Series will take place this week, on Thursday, August 20th, at Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House in South Burlington at 7:00pm.

This is usually the place where we introduce the authors that we have lined up, but … there isn’t any. This time, it’s an open call to the authors who have read for us before! This time around, they’ve been invited to bring a five minute flash fiction story. There’ll be a mix of humorous and hilarious ones, and this should be a really fun reading!

Our last reading was one of our more successful, the Author Duel at Phoenix Books, which drew thirty people and a crew of authors to dramatically out-read one another. Other reading events this year have taken place in White River Junction, Montpelier and Burlington this year.

We hope to see you there! RSVP for this event here.

2015 Stellafane Convention

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As noted on VPR earlier today, it’s the 80th annual Stellafane Convention, a convention of Amateur Telescope Makers that takes place at Breezy Hill in Springfield.

This year’s keynote Speaker is Alan Stern, who will be talking about hte New Horizons mission.

Here’s the program for the event, which runs from today through the 16th.

Stellafane And Springfield’s Stargazing History

The 80th Stellafane Convention will be held this year from August 13-16.

Vermont Edition will be focusing on star gazing and astronomy today!

Since the 1920s, the Springfield Telescope Makers have been hosting the annual Stellafane Convention. This year’s convention will run from August 13-16.

We’re looking at the long history of Stellafane, and how Springfield became a center for amateur astronomy and a pilgrimage site for telescope-makers and stargazers of every stripe.

And we’ll ask: can home-made telescopes and astronomy still capture the imagination in an era of smart phones and a thousand other distractions?

We’re joined by Tom Spirock, member and former Secretary of the Springfield Telescope Makers.

Listen at noon and at seven.

Author Duel: The Video!

In case you missed it, GMS and Phoenix Books partnered to put together our latest Vermont SF Writer’s Series event with a bit of a twist: an author duel. Come watch as Brian Staveley, Max Gladstone, Elizabeth Bear and James L. Cambias dramatically out-read one another. Chaos ensues!

Fantastic Four Early Screenings

The latest comic book movie is upon us, a new version of the Fantastic Four. This one’s getting middling reviews, so we’ll have to see how this goes. Here’s where it’s opening tonight:

  • Majestic 10, Williston. 8:00pm.
  • Essex Cinemas, Essex. 8:40pm.
  • Palace 9, South Burlington. 8:00pm.
  • Stowe Cinema 3-Plex, Stowe. 8:00pm.
  • Star Theater, St. Johnsbury. 8:00pm.
  • Springfield Cinemas 3, Springfield. 8:00pm.
  • Bennington Cinemas, Bennington. 8:15pm.
  • Flagship Cinemas, Rutland. 9:20pm.

Starting normally on Friday, August 7th:

  • Paramount Theater, Barre.
  • Playhouse Theatre, Randolph.
  • Latchis Theater, Brattleboro.
  • Marquis Theater, Middlebury.
  • Bijou Cineplex 4, Morrisville.