The 61st World Science Fiction Convention
Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
Even if I hadn't been reading myself, I would have attended the Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading; how could I miss a line-up like that? Each writer was given approximately five minutes to read anything they liked, from works already published to stories still in manuscript--a buffet-style reading, if you will; if you don't like something, well, in five minutes it will be over. In the meantime, one can get a quick taste of multiple authors and perhaps even some guidelines for one's next trip to the mega-bookstore.
Broad Universe is a special interest group with the
primary goal of promoting science fiction, fantasy, and horror written
by women (you can learn more at
http://www.broaduniverse.org ), providing opportunities for
networking and publicity as well as a sense of community. There's no
publication requirement; readers at TorCon ranged from unpublished to
Reading organizer Nancy Jane Moore read from
her science fiction/detective story recently published in Keith R.A.
DeCandido's anthology Imaginings. Exotic aliens appeared in
Therese Pieczynski's story in the anthology Imagination Fully
Dilated: Science Fiction, an anthology based on the work of Oregon
artist Alan M. Clark.
Liz Williams read from her brand new SF novel,
Nine Layers of Sky, out this month in mass market paperback from
Bantam; some lucky visitors to the BU autographing session on Sunday
received free copies of the book, which Liz kindly autographed.