Presenting: The GMS Movie Club

GMS Movie Club

Last year, GMS introduced the Geek Mountain State Book Club, hosted through the Pierson Library, with the focus on new science fiction, fantasy and horror titles. Now, we’re making the jump over to film with the GMS Movie Club.

This gathering will be similar to the book club: we’ll gather a group of people to take in and discuss a recently-released science fiction, fantasy or horror film at the Essex Cinemas in Essex. We’ll set a screening date for a new film (the Saturday after the release, in the afternoon), and take in the film. With ten or more people, GMS will get a group rate.

There’s a catch, however: we need to turn in a list of participants to the theater, so signing up ahead of time is required. To join up, sign up for the GMS mailing list, where we’ll let people know about the upcoming film date and time, and take down names for each film.

This week’s film is Chappie, directed by Niell Blomkamp. We’re going to go to the 1:30 pm showing. If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP here.

Announcement: Writing Science Fiction at Local 64!

Geek Mountain State is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a short writing panel on Tuesday, February 17th at Local 64 in Montpelier. The panel will consist of local SF authors F. Brett Cox, Andrew Liptak and Aimee Picchi. Join them as they look at writing science fiction through the production of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction, how short fiction is written and published, and other related topics. The event will begin at 6:00pm.

Andrew Liptak is the co-founder of Geek Mountain State and the Vermont SF Writer’s Series. He is a 2014 graduate of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, and has written for such places as Armchair General, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lightspeed Magazine, and others. His first book, War Stories: New Military Science Fiction is now out from Apex Publications, and his next, The Future Machine: The Writers, Editors and Readers who Build Science Fiction is forthcoming from Jurassic London in 2015.

F. Brett Cox‘s fiction, poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. With Andy Duncan, he co-edited the anthology Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (Tor, 2004), and appears in War Stories: New Military Science Fiction. A native of North Carolina, he is Associate Professor of English at Norwich University.

Aimee Picchi is a freelance writer for CBS MoneyWatch, and has been published in the Boston Globe, Bloomberg Markets, MSN Money and Seven Days, among other publications. Before freelancing, she worked as a media reporter for Bloomberg News in New York. Her fiction has been published in The Colored Lens, Flash Fiction Online and is forthcoming in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. She also slush reads for the Hugo-award winning Clarkesworld magazine. A classically trained violist, she is a graduate of the Juilliard pre-college program and the Eastman School of Music.

Local 64 is a shared office space that was created to foster bright, creative individuals working alone. They serve as a sandbox for freelancers, independent creatives, and startups looking for a downtown presence. Their mission is to help tech, arts, entrepreneurial, and community oriented people find each other, work together, generate new ideas, and share those ideas with the larger community. All in a relaxed, productive work environment.

Geek Mountain State Presents: Vermont Tales of Adventure!

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Geek Mountain State is pleased to announce the next installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series: Vermont Tales of Adventure!, which will take place on Friday, February 27th at The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction at 6:00pm. Authors included in this event are Joe Citro, Bruce Hesselbach, Marko Kloos, Fred Lerner, Brian Staveley and Sarah Stewart Taylor.
This event follows a very successful year in which hundreds of listeners listened to dozens of Vermont storytellers in places such as Quarterstaff Games, Phoenix Books, The Fletcher Free Library and the headquarters for the Burlington Writer’s Workshop. The first event of 2015 took place at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.
The Center for Cartoon Studies is a college that centers on the creation and dissemination of comics, graphic novels and other manifestations of the visual narrative. CCS programs include a two-year Master of Fine Arts Degree, One- and Two-Year Certificates in Cartooning, and annual summer workshops. The school is located in the historic downtown village of White River Junction, Vermont.
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Joe Citro is an award-winning writer, an expert in New England weirdness, and a well-known collector of offbeat Vermontiana. In a series of novels such as Shadow Child, Deus-X: the Reality Conspiracy, and others, he has taken readers on a dark and sinister journey through a landscape more typically portrayed with blue skies, maple trees, and white picket fences. His short story “Snays” appeared in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, “Soul-Keeper”, was made into a movie, and three of his novels have been under film option (so far with no film). His ten “books-that-might-not-be-fiction” include the first-ever collection of Vermont strange-but-true tales, Green Mountain Ghosts, Ghouls, and Unsolved Mysteries and the visually gorgeous collaboration with artist Steve Bissette (Swamp Thing, etc), The Vermont Monster Guide. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, he lectures widely, and for more than ten years he has chronicled the oddities of local history on public radio.
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Bruce Hesselbach is an attorney who lives in Newfane, Vermont. His first novel, Perpetual Motion, first published in 2013, is a steampunk tale, set in Switzerland and Germany from 1876 to 1889, in which a time traveler’s daughter falls in love with a dangerous young inventor threatening to help Germany win the Great War. Bruce’s first book of New Formalist poetry, Roving Enchantments, was published in May 2014 by White Violet Press. Previously Bruce wrote High Ledges, Green Mountains, a memoir about hiking Vermont’s 270 mile Long Trail.
He is the author of nine published short stories. To date, 62 of his poems have been published in the small presses. He graduated cum laude from Yale in 1972 with a BA in English, and received a JD in 1975 from Villanova Law School. His favorite reading matter includes travel and exploration, history, fantasy and steampunk.
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Marko Kloos was born and raised in Germany, in and around the city of Münster. In the past, he has been a soldier, bookseller, freight dock worker, and corporate IT administrator before he decided that he wasn’t cut out for anything other than making stuff up for a living. He is a graduate of the Viable Paradise SF/F Writers’ Workshop, and his first novel, Terms of Enlistment was self-published in 2013 and by 47North in 2014, and was followed by its sequel, Lines of Departure later that year. His next, Angles of Attack, is due out in April of this year, and his fourth book in the Frontlines series, Chain of Command, is set to be published in November 2015.Marko writes primarily science fiction and fantasy, his first genre love ever since his youth when he spent his allowance mostly on German SF pulp serials. He likes bookstores, kind people, October in New England, Scotch, and long walks on the beach with Scotch.

Marko lives in New Hampshire with his wife, two children, and roving pack of vicious dachshunds.

 
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Fred Lerner has been a librarian and bibliographer for more than forty-five years, and was one of the founders of the Science Fiction Research Association. His first book, Modern Science Fiction and the American Literary Community, was a scholarly study of science fiction’s changing reputation in America. A Bookman’s Fantasy collects some of his essays on science fiction, librarianship, and other areas of interest. The Story of Libraries: From the Invention of Writing to the Computer Age, though written for the general reader, has been adopted as a textbook in library schools in over a dozen countries. Translations have been published in Spanish, Turkish, and Chinese; and a second edition was published by Continuum in December 2009. His first published story, “Rosetta Stone” has been described by anthologist David Hartwell as “the only SF story I know in which the science is library science.”
Until his retirement in January 2014, he was Information Scientist at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. As producer of the PILOTS Database, an online index to more than 50,000 publications on PTSD, he claims to have seen more literature on the subject than anyone on the planet. He lives with his wife Sheryl in White River Junction, Vermont.
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After teaching literature, philosophy, history, and religion for more than a decade, Brian Staveley began writing epic fantasy. His first book, The Emperor’s Blades, was released in 2014, and his latest, The Providence of Fire was released earlier this year. He lives on a steep dirt road in the mountains of southern Vermont, where he divides his time between fathering, writing, husbanding, splitting wood, skiing, and adventuring, not necessarily in that order.
2012 author photograph of Sarah Stewart Taylor. (Photo by Jennifer Hauck)
Sarah Stewart Taylor (S. S. Taylor) is the author of the middle grade steampunk adventure series The Expeditioners, as well as other books for kids and grown-ups. She and her family live in Vermont.

 

RSVP here.

Geek Mountain State Presents: Vermont Stories of Imagination!

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Geek Mountain State is pleased to announce the next installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series: Vermont Stories of Imagination!, which will take place on January 24th at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier at noon. Authors included in this event are Sean Patrick-Burke, Brett Cox, Kane Gilmore, Mike Luoma, Aimee Picchi and Ginger Weil.

This event follows a very successful year in which hundreds of listeners listened to dozens of Vermont storytellers in places such as Quarterstaff Games, Phoenix Books, The Fletcher Free Library and the headquarters for the Burlington Writer’s Workshop. This first event of 2015 will also move the series out of Burlington for the first time to Montpelier.

The Vermont SF Writer’s Series is designed to designed to promote and encourage local authors who specialize in all types of speculative fiction (Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror), by hosting an event with a partner organization and bringing authors before a live audience. The series has been run by Geek Mountain State since 2013.

Event attendees for the Montpelier event will be provided a discount on museum admission for the day.

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Sean-Patrick Burke‘s short fiction has been published in Fox Cry Review and Trans Lit Magazine; his non-fiction won the first annual Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library essay contest. He lives with Amelia, his wife, and their four daughters, and can be found on twitter at @Sea_Bunker. He spent his first paycheck (at the age of 12) on the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation on VHS, and has never regretted it.

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F. Brett Cox‘s fiction, poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. With Andy Duncan, he co-edited the anthology Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (Tor, 2004), and appears in War Stories: New Military Science Fiction. A native of North Carolina, he is Associate Professor of English at Norwich University.

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Kane Gilmour is the international bestselling author of The Crypt of Dracula and Resurrect. His work was recently featured in the Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters anthology from Ragnarok Publications, and he also writes the sci-fi noir webcomic, Warbirds of Mars. He lives with his family in Vermont.

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Mike Luoma writes and publishes science fiction and comics, creates the weekly Glow-in-the-Dark Radio podcast and hosts middays on The Point, Vermont’s Independent Radio Network, where he’s also the Music Director.

In his first novel, 2006’s Vatican Assassin – science fiction set during an interplanetary Western/Muslim war – title character “BC” kills for the New catholic Church in 2109; there’s also a Graphic Novel adaptation with artist Cristian Navarro, and the audiobook, narrated by Mike, is available through Audible. The ebook of the original novel is available for free at most fine online bookstores. BC’s story continues in Mike’s Vatican Assassin Trilogy.

Mike will be doing a preview reading from the 3rd novel in his series The Adventures of Alibi JonesAlibi Jones and The Hornet’s Nest – coming this summer. The first two books, Alibi Jones and Alibi Jones and The Sunrise of Hur are available now.

You can listen to Mike read his work free each week – look for Mike Luoma on iTunes for his Glow-in-the-Dark Radio podcast and free, downloadable audio books from Podiobooks.com. Find out more at http://glowinthedarkradio.com.


Aimee

Aimee Picchi is a freelance writer for CBS MoneyWatch, and has been published in the Boston Globe, Bloomberg Markets, MSN Money and Seven Days, among other publications. Before freelancing, she worked as a media reporter for Bloomberg News in New York. Her fiction has been published in The Colored Lens, Flash Fiction Online and is forthcoming in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. She also slush reads for the Hugo-award winning Clarkesworld magazine. A classically trained violist, she is a graduate of the Juilliard pre-college program and the Eastman School of Music.

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Ginger Weil grew up in Vermont, where she picnicked in cemeteries and played tag in corn fields. The first things she looks for in a new town are a library and a coffee shop. She’s worked as a bookseller, baker, librarian, and office manager. Her fiction has appeared in Apex Magazine.

Additionally, the Vermont SF Writer’s Series will be shifting from a bi-monthly schedule to a monthly schedule. Our next event will take place at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction in February, Quarterstaff Games of Burlington in March, the Fletcher Free Library of Burlington in April, and additional locations to come. Check back for additional dates and details.

RIP Jeremy Boquet

Vermont Comic Con tweeted out a link that surprised us last week: Jeremy Boquet, a follower of GMS and editor of the World Wide Blog of Movies passed away suddenly on January 2nd. The convention is running a Go Fund Me campaign to help his family raise some money for his funeral:

Our friend and team member from Vermont Comic Con, Jeremy Boquet passed away suddenly on January 2, 2015. This young man was the backbone of our event and we miss him. We are asking on behalf of his family for donations to cover funeral expenses. Everything helps. Now is your chance to honor his memory. We thank you in advance.

We’re saddened by this news: Jeremy wrote to GMS frequently to inform us about a range of things, and his passion and geekiness was evident from his writing and volunteer work with Vermont Comic Con.

If you’re so inclined, we’d like to urge you to please consider donating to his funeral funds.

Upcoming Events Page

As Geek Mountain State has begun to work on its own programming, such as the GMS Book Club and Vermont SF Writer’s Series, we’re adding on an Upcoming Events page to track what we’ll be hosting. As of now, we’ve got several events planned already for 2015, with a number of other additional things planned for the new year.

This page will largely track events that we’ll be running, but we’ll also list ones that we’re planning on attending, such as major conventions in and around Vermont.

Check out what’s coming up here. The page can also be found at the top of the page.

Geeking Out on VPR

As geek has become chic, Vermont's geek community as become more robust and organized.

From VPR:

They were the kids who sat together in the high school cafeteria, dressed a little funny and laughed at jokes that none of the rest of the class quite understood. They were into Star Wars, Star Trek, roll-playing games and comic books. Really into it.

But now, being a geek has become more socially acceptable. Dare we say geek is now chic.

We speak with self-identified geeks Andrew Liptak, co-founder of the group Geek Mountain State, and writers Kristin Dearborn and Brian Staveley about what it’s like to live the geek life and where geeks hang out in Vermont.

Post your questions or comments about Vermont’s geek culture here or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net.

Listen at Noon tomorrow (December 22nd) or at 7:00pm.

Geek Mountain State on VPR

We’ve just gotten confirmation to release this: Geek Mountain State will be featured on an upcoming broadcast of VPR’s Vermont Edition! Join Andrew Liptak and authors Kristin Dearborn and Brian Staveley to talk about all things geek in Vermont next Monday (December 22nd) at noon. Mitch Wertleib will host the show.

We’re pretty excited about this: Vermont Edition is a great program, and it’ll be exciting to talk about what we do on the radio.