Geek Mountain State Presents: Vermont Steampunk Tales!

Geek Mountain State is pleased to announce the next installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series: Vermont Steampunk Tales!, which will take place on Saturday, September 12th at the Springfield Steampunk Festival. The reading will be in the Hartness House’s Victorian Room, and will run from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Authors included in this event are Elizabeth Bear, Brett Cox, Jennifer Eifrig, Bruce Hesselbach, AmyBeth Inverness and Daniel Mills.

This event follows a very successful year in which hundreds of listeners listened to dozens of Vermont storytellers in places such as The Center for Cartoon Studies, Phoenix Books, The Fletcher Free Library and the headquarters for the Burlington Writer’s Workshop.

Here’s our readers for this event:
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Elizabeth Bear was the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2005. She has won two Hugo Awards for her short fiction, a Sturgeon Award, and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. She is the author of the acclaimed Eternal Sky series. Bear lives in Brookfield, Massachusetts.

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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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 Jen Eifrig, known to anachronauts in the steampunk dimension as Evelyn Grimwood, is an agent and corporate historian for the Atlantic Alliance of Chronometric Transportation & Regulation. She transcribes excerpts from her personal logbook into works of fiction, including “The Time-Bomb” (Prof. Dobbs Primer of the Extraordinary, FictionMagazines.com 2013), “The Stowaway” (A Turn of the Wheel, Cogwheel Press, 2013), “The God’s Return” (Cairo By Gaslight, Black Tome Press, 2015), and a forthcoming novel, New Year’s Day. You can visit her on the interweb dimension at www.EvelynGrimwood.com and www.JenniferEifrigAuthor.com.

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Bruce Hesselbach is an attorney who lives in Newfane, Vermont. His first novel, Perpetual Motion, published by Cogwheel Press 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 (Bondcliff Books 2005), a memoir about hiking Vermont’s 270 mile Long Trail. An avid hiker, he has climbed over 500 different mountains to date. As chairman of the Newfane Conservation Commission, he helped create hiking trails in the Newfane Town Forest.

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. You can visit his author’s website at http://www.hesselbachwriter.com and his hiking website at http://dickenshiking.bravehost.com. You can also see many of his hiking, steampunk, and humorous photos on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/brucehesselbach/ .

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A writer by birth, a redhead by choice, and an outcast of Colorado by temporary necessity, AmyBeth Inverness is a creator of Speculative Fiction and Romance. She can usually be found tapping away at her laptop, writing the next novel or procrastinating by posting a SciFi Question of the Day on Facebook and Google Plus. When she’s not writing, she’s kept very busy making aluminum foil hats and raising two energetic kids and many pets with her husband in their New England home.
Daniel Mills is the author of the novel Revenants: A Dream of New England (Chomu Press, 2011) and of the short fiction collection The Lord Came at Twilight (Dark Renaissance Books, 2014).
His work has appeared in a variety of horror journals and anthologies, including Black Static, Shadows & Tall Trees, The Grimscribe’s Puppets, The Children of Old Leech and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, volumes 23 and 25. He lives in Vermont.
We’re very excited to take part in the Springfield Steampunk Festival! To RSVP for our reading, head here. For information about the event and to register, head over to the event’s website.

Geek Mountain State Presents: Vermont Tales of Science!

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Geek Mountain State is pleased to announce the next installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series: Vermont Tales of Science!, which will take place on Saturday, March 14th, at Quarterstaff Games in Burlington at 4:00pm. Authors included in this event are Rob Frisel, Nate Herzog, Vera Nazarian 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 The Center for Cartoon Studies, Phoenix Books, The Fletcher Free Library and the headquarters for the Burlington Writer’s Workshop.

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Rob Friesel is a software engineer by day and a science fiction author by night. He was raised on William Gibson and Margaret Atwood before getting seduced by the footnotes under David Foster Wallace’s bandana. His writing tends to involve lost artifacts and tiny subversions. His most recent publication is “Where the Air is Sweet and the Clouds are a Different Shape” which appears in the collection Please Do Not Remove.

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Nate Herzog enjoys writing and reading speculative fiction of the near future. An IT professional, his writing usually involves how technology impacts society. Currently he’s working with his writing partner Annalisa Parent on the serialized story project “No.2 Inc,” a collection of stories about an talent agency that outsources sidekick services to superheroes, more info at http://no2inc.co. He is the creator of the StoryHackVT digital media contest. His writing has been published in a variety of magazines including Minnesota Monthly and NEAT. You can follow him on Twitter at @n8zog or on Tumblr at http://whatsnatewriting.com.

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Vera Nazarian is a two-time Nebula Award Nominee, award-winning artist, and member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She is the author of critically acclaimed novels Dreams of the Compass Rose and Lords of Rainbow, the outrageous parodies Mansfield Park and Mummies and Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons, and most recently, Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy’s Dreadful Secret in her humorous and surprisingly romantic Supernatural Jane Austen Series, as well as the Renaissance epic fantasy trilogy Cobweb Bride, and the high-octane adventure YA / teen dystopian apocalyptic science fiction series The Atlantis Grail. After many years in Los Angeles, Vera lives in a small town in Vermont, and uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art. Her official author website is http://www.veranazarian.com

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Ginger Weil grew up in Vermont at the edge of the woods. She spends her spare time in libraries, can usually be tempted by caffeine, and often commits experimental baking. Her fiction has appeared in Apex Magazine and is forthcoming from GigaNotoSaurus. She is on twitter as @gingerweil.

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Reminder: Vermont Tales of Adventure!

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Next week, Geek Mountain State and the Center for Cartoon Studies will host the latest installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series, Vermont Tales of Adventure! This reading 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.

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.
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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.

 

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Reminder: Vermont Stories of Imagination!

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Reminder: the next installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series: Vermont Stories of Imagination!, is tomorrow, 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.

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

Reminder: Vermont Stories of Imagination!

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We’d like to remind everyone that next week, we’ll be hosting our next installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series in Montpelier! The event, titled Vemont Stories of Imagination, will feature Sean Patrick-Burke, Brett Cox, Kane Gilmore, Mike Luoma, Aimee Picchi and Ginger Weil and will be held at the Vermont History Museum at noon. There will be discounted admission for people wishing to visit the museum afterwards.

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.

Full details can be found 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.


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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.

Reminder: Vermont SF Writer’s Series, YA Edition

Just a reminder for people out there: this weekend, we’ll have four YA authors reading in our latest Vermont SF Writer’s Series event! Join us on Sunday, November 16th at 2:00pm at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Authors Rachel Carter, Dean Whitlock, Margot Harrison and Pat Esden will be reading from their works.

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Geek Mountain State Presents: Young Adult Stories

Geek Mountain State is pleased to present the next installment of the Vermont SF Writer’s Series. This bimonthly reading event focuses on science fiction, fantasy and horror writers in Vermont, often with a theme to each set of stories. On November 16th, we will present Rachel Carter, Pat Esden, Margot Harrison and Dean Whitlock, who will each read from their young adult themed works. The event will take place at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington on November 16th at 2:00pm.

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Rachel Carter is a writer, a reader, and a lover of all things pop culture. She grew up in the woods of Vermont and graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with HarperTeen, and her nonfiction has appeared in Booktrib, The New Republic, and The Faster Times.

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Pat Esden writes young adult and new adult fantasy and suspense. Her new adult paranormal trilogy, MOONHILL, will be coming from Kensington Books, starting Spring 2016. Her short stories and novelettes have been published in a variety of venues, including Orson Scott Cards Intergalactic Medicine Show. She’s also an antique dealer, and was a multi-award winning florist and a regular contributor to Vermont Bride Magazine.

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Margot Harrison is the author of THE KILLER IN ME, a YA thriller to be published by Disney Hyperion. She is associate editor of Burlington’s alt-weekly paper SEVEN DAYS, where she reports on the local literary scene and writes movie reviews.

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Dean Whitlock is a military brat who likes to think that living in so many different places naturally drove him into a fantasy world. Now he does most of his traveling through his stories (but only for want of money and time!). He is the author of two YA novels (Sky Carver and Raven, both from Clarion Books), three handfuls of short stories, and several plays and murder mystery events. A collection of short stories is in the work, along with a sequel to his YA novels. To pay the bills, Dean writes technical manuals, grant proposals, and magazine articles. And he visits schools and libraries to read and teach whenever he can. He believes that imagination is the key difference between humans and other animals, because his students can always envision such wonderful stories, no matter what grade they’re in or how much they know about commas.

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