Where to Find Me at Worldcon

I’m leaving in just a few hours to join my writer and fan compatriots at Worldcon 77! Also known as Worldcon Dublin. Also known as Worldcon 2019. We like options. 😉

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I will be busy while attending Worldcon, and not just sightseeing! I’m a program participant this year, for the first time ever. I’ll have four panels, one reading, one autograph session, and one kaffeklatsch. Here’s a graphic summarizing my schedule at a quick glance.

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And here’s a more detailed list, should you be attending and want to join me for any of them! I’ll, of course, be conquering my Dublin Foodie Hit List in my off-time. But I’ll also be at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America table Saturday morning, at the Hugos, and variously wandering the halls of the Dublin Convention Centre. Don’t hesitate to say hi!

Rebecca Gomez Farrell’s Worldcon 77 Official Schedule:

Thursday, 15 August

-VR and AR: the future of gaming or a fad?

Panelist, 12:00 – 12:50, Wicklow Room-1

In 2015 the gaming industry was abuzz with the potential of both virtual and augmented reality. However, the expected explosive growth of these technologies did not happen. This panel will discuss the potential of these exciting technologies and whether or not they will ever achieve the potential people believed they would have a few short years ago.

-Found in translation: SFF translated works

Moderator, 15:00 – 15:50, Wicklow Room-4

English is the current lingua franca, making it easy to forget that a lot of genre fiction is translated from other languages. Who are the best authors of translated SFF? Are particular languages more likely to be translated than others? The panel will discuss the status of translated works in the wider context of SFF and which non-English books we should be reading.

Friday, 16 August

-Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading

Reader, 17:00 – 17:50, Liffey Room-3

Broad Universe is an international organization for women and female-identifying authors of science fiction, fantasy and horror, working together to promote women’s works in the genres! Our signature event, the Rapid Fire Reading, gives each author a few minutes to read from their work. It’s like a living anthology of women writers.

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Saturday, 17 August

-Kaffeeklatsch: Rebecca Gomez Farrell

Author, 13:00 – 13:50, Level 3 Foyer

A Kaffeeklatsch is a unique opportunity at some conventions to meet up with a writer in a casual setting–in this case, right by one of Worldcon’s onsite cafes–and spend time shooting the breeze on whatever topic floats everyone’s boats. The cutoff is usually around 10 or so people–I’m not sure what it’ll be for Dublin, but I doubt it’ll get too high. And I’ll be thrilled if anyone comes!

Sign up for my kaffeeklatsch at the Infodesk if you want to talk about my writing, about our shared love of good food and drink, about the writing business from a small press author’s perspective, about favorite SF/F shows and movies and books this year, or about…cats! I’m planning to give away at least one book during this session as well.

-Window to the soul: a character’s favourite song

Moderator, 14:00 – 14:50, Wicklow Room-4

Creators often use a character’s musical choices to show us their inner thoughts and hidden motivations: in Guardians of the Galaxy the music Peter plays is a link to his lost mother, in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Miles’s favourite song places him as a member of Generation Z, and Alex’s callous rendition of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ in A Clockwork Orange has gone down in infamy. Join our panellists for a walk through our favourite characters’ musical memories.

Sunday, 18 August

-Internet, Censorship, Control, and Influence

Moderator, 13:00 – 13:50, Wicklow Room-1

Innovations on the Internet transformed the ability to have global conversations about politics but also heightened capacities for censorship & control. Have these affected the Internet’s original doctrine? Do they provide greater transparency or muddy the water? We’ll discuss the evolution of the idea behind censorship and control as applied to the Internet in terms of law and modern society.

-Group Autograph Session

Signing, 15:00 – 15:50, Level 4 Foyer

The authors signing for this session include myself, Pat Cadigan, Derwin Mak, RJ Barker, Kathryn Sullivan, and Jim Doty, PhD.

And that’s if for my official schedule! And it’s enough, let me tell you. 😉 But I think I’ll actually feel prepared by the time I step on that plane…soon, very soon.

My Dublin Foodie Hit List

Starting 8/14, I’ll be in Dublin, Ireland, for Worldcon 77, or Worldcon 2019, if you prefer. Whatever number you affix, Worldcon is the annual meeting of the World Science Fiction Convention, the longest running fan convention in, well, the world. This year, I am a program participant, meaning I will be very, very busy moderating and being on panels, signing books, et cetera, and so on. I will post that schedule soon. But when my presence is not required at Worldcon itself, you can bet I will be checking out every foodie wonder in Dublin that I can get to–and not just the hotel bar.

My hit list:

1. The Guinness Storehouse: This is where the famed stout is made! I’m not much of a beer drinker, but I can’t be in Dublin without checking this world wonder out.

2. Caramelized Brown Bread Ice Cream at Murphy’s: There are many other flavors at this Dublin ice cream hot spot, such as apple balsamic and Irish cream. But I have to try that classic Irish bread in ice cream form – it is my destiny.

3. Cockles and Mussels at the Winding Stair: The iconic cockles and mussels that old Molly Malone sang about are a must for my list, yet many of the Irish restaurants renowned for them have only mussels on the menu. Not at the Winding Stair! This Dublin landmark is also renowned for being a popular meeting place for creative types throughout its years as a bookshop and cafe. Now it’s a bookshop and restaurant instead, but it looks just as happening! Reservations will likely be made.

4. Dublin coddle, Gurr cake, and other traditional Irish baked goods at the Bakehouse: This eatery in downtown Dublin serves up the most highly respected versions of Irish classics – you can bet I’ll pick up some soda bread, too, when I stop by the counter. Or maybe dine in at lunch for eggs & soldiers or a pottage?

5. Whiskey tastings at the Dingle Whiskey Bar: Located in downtown Dublin, this bar is made of reclaimed wood from whiskey barrels…and looks like you’re inside one too! Offers flights or a five-page-long list of whiskeys and cocktails.May make a reservation depending on interest.

I already have high tea plans at the Shelbourne Hotel on the books, so I think that’s enough of a hit list for a seven-day trip…though there are plenty of other options tempting me, like cocktails at Delahunt and dinner at the Vintage Kitchen. Care to join me for any of them? Let me know! But be forewarned–per my Worldcon schedule, I’ll mostly be available in the evenings.

Join me at the Nebulas Mass Autographing on 5/19!

Friends, family, and readers in LA!
Saturday afternoon, come find me at the mass autographing event at the 2019 SFWA Nebula Conference, free and open to the public (that means you!).
Copies of Wings Unseen will be available for purchase, but you can also bring your already purchased copies, and I will *finally* sign them for those of you I haven’t met up with yet. I’ll also have bookmarks….and some time to hang about 3:30 to 5:30 at the Village across the street…
 
  • Saturday, May 18th from 1:00PM — 3:00PM
  • Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills – Grand Ballroom
  • 21850 W Oxnard St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
 
Featuring over 100 Authors! (I’m starring the most well-known ones I know)
 
*John Joseph Adams
Michael Anderle
Marie Andreas
Liz Argall
Barbara Barnett
Gregory Benford
TJ Berry
Laura Blackwell
Brooke Bolander
Joseph Brassey
*Jonathan Brazee
Rhett C. Bruno
Rob Buckman
Michael Cassutt
Mike Chen
Curtis C. Chen
Gwendolyn Clare
P. Djèlí Clark
*Neil Clarke
*Tina Connolly
John Peyton Cooke
Dan Cray
S.B. Divya
* Cory Doctorow
Meghan Ciana Doidge
A.K. DuBoff
Andy Duncan
*Scott Edelman
Eva L. Elasigue
* Meg Elison
Isaac R. Fellman
Sheila Finch
Susan Forest
Richard Fox
Laura Frankos
* Sarah Gailey
* William Gibson
Laura Anne Gilman
Rebecca Gomez Farrell
W. L. Goodwater
A. T. Greenblatt
Sally Wiener Grotta
A. J. Hackwith
*Joe Haldeman
Rachel Hartman
Erin M. Hartshorn
Kate Heartfield
Alyc Helms
Barbara E. Hill
José Pablo Iriarte
Xia Jia
L.S. Johnson
James Patrick Kelly
* Jeffe Kennedy
Scott King
* Mary Robinette Kowal
* R.F. Kuang
Derek Künsken
* David D. Levine
Henry Lien
Jenn Lyons
Terry Madden
PJ Manney
* Lee Martindale
Alastair Mayer
* Sam J. Miller
Mary Anne Mohanraj
Tina LeCount Myers
Larry Niven
Karen Osborne
Chrome Oxide
Douglas Phillips
Palmer Pickering
* Sarah Pinsker
C.L. Polk
Daniel Potter
* Lettie Prell
* Cat Rambo
* Rebecca Roanhorse
* Kelly Robson
* Lawrence M. Schoen
Caitlin Seal
Peng Shepherd
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
* Dave Smeds
Rosemary Claire Smith
* Melinda M. Snodgrass
Caitlin Starling
Shanna Swendson
* Rachel Swirsky
Christine Taylor-Butler
Lauren C. Teffeau
R J Theodore
Natalia Theodoridou
* Harry Turtledove
Nicole Valentine
Greg van Eekhout
R.R. Virdi
Juliette Wade
E.D. Walker
Wren Wallis
M. Darusha Wehm
Yudhanjaya Wijeratne
* Fran Wilde
* Connie Willis
Gwendolyn Womack
William F. Wu
Christie Yant
Caroline M. Yoachim
Joe Zieja
 
And more! See you there. Full details here: https://nebulas.sfwa.org/nebula-mass-autographing-announced/

Join me on 4/14 for a Litquake panel on Debut Authors!

I am thrilled to be sharing my experience as a debut author with the Litquake and greater Bay Area literary community at this panel. It takes place on Sunday, 4/14, at 2:15 pm, at Z Space in the Mission.

“Debut Authors: Fame and Fortune in Five Easy Steps” will feature myself and fellow debut authors, Lauren Markham and Huda Al-Marashi ,as we discuss just how we made it to our debut years and what we learned after our first books came out. Sarita Cannon, associate professor of English at San Francisco State University, will be our moderator to guide us through sharing the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes mystifying experience of getting to this point in our careers.

Get your tickets here! With the code LITQ20, you can save 25%–Hooray! Our panel is part of the Litquake Writers Weekend at Z Space.

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Day 1 (4/13) is on the art of writing, with panels devoted to discussing flash fiction, short story, and novel writing techniques. Day 2 is on the Pursuit of Publishing, which includes our debut author panel and discussions on traditional publishing and its continuing relevance and on how to draw in readership for your works. Each panel costs $20 for admittance and each one will provide a wealth of valuable information for writers looking to polish their craft or get to the next stage of publication.

And yes, Wings Unseen will be available for purchase and signing at the event! Hope to see you there!

I’m Reading at the Inaugural Parallel Lit 4/12!

Please join me at Parallel Lit on Friday, 4/12 at 8:30 pm at Paulista Kitchen in Oakland!

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The awesome and amazing Meg Elison, author of the Road to Nowhere post-apocalyptic series, is founding and hosting this reading series that will celebrate speculative fiction in the East Bay. You can get tickets here at Eventbrite, but you can also pay at the door–$10 is not a bad price at all to hear this crew read our fiction and talk about our work! Plus, Paulista Kitchen is a fantastic cafe and restaurant featuring Brazilian cuisine with California influences and the delicious cashew milk ice cream of Mr. Dewie’s.

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Yeah, Mr. Dewie’s is that good. Mmm.

No, I am not above bribing you with food photos. It’s my superpower. Meg and I will be joined by (and eating ice cream with) three other badass local spec fic authors: Tim Pratt, Juliette Wade, and Caroline Ratajski. Come join us in welcoming the birth of Parallel Lit!

Where I’ll be at Fogcon 2019

Fogcon 2019 starts tomorrow!

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As per usual, I don’t feel ready, but do I ever for conventions? This year, I’ll be at Fogcon all weekend. Here is my schedule, should you care to join me at any point:

Friday, 4:30 pm, Salon A/B: It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This–Writer Support Networks in the Bay Area. Panelist.

Scene: The writer types alone, perhaps with a bottle of bourbon for companionship and a cat on the lap. The writing lifestyle is often portrayed as solitary, but as with all careers, writers need support to improve and to get their work seen by the wider world. Come learn what resources are available for speculative fiction writers in the Bay Area, from critique groups, to marketing, to writing classes, to kicking back and talking writer shop with others going through the creative struggle of the written word.

Saturday, 10:00 am, Salon F: Discovering Short Fiction. Panelist.

We live in golden age for short SFF, but there’s so much out there and relatively few reviews and recommendations compared to novels. How are people finding short fiction? What are some techniques the panelist can suggest for those looking to read more short stories? And what can the community do to help showcase the awesome short fiction happening now?

Saturday, noon, Lobby Bar: East Bay Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Meetup Group Craft Klatsch. Host.

Join my East Bay critique group for SF/F writers during Saturday’s lunch hour in Fogcon’s lobby bar to unwind from the con so far and catch up on what’s been great and what folks are looking forward to next.

Saturday, 8:00 pm, Salon F: Small Houses, Big Futures–Publishing SF with Small Presses. Moderator. 

While many of us dream of a Big 5 deal, there are numerous Small Press publishers that are taking risks the larger publishers can’t, giving more writers access to the market. But that access comes with smaller (or no) advances and a larger proportion of labor on the author. What’s different about publishing with a Small Press vs. a big publishing house? How is the experience different, for the editor and for the writer?

Sunday, 1:30 pm, Santa Rosa room: Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading. Host and Reader.

Broad Universe is one of the oldest organizations supporting female writers of speculative fiction. At conventions nationwide, Broad Universe hosts Rapid Fire Readings to highlight the amazing work of our members. Several members of the group take part by sharing short bursts of fiction that keep the reading lively and exciting.

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And from there…home! Is it wrong that I’m looking forward to that last part already?

Come to the Alameda Author Series on 2/25!

I would love to have you join me in Alameda for this author event. As I’m the only author on the agenda, I am a bit nervous about having a turnout…this is why I usually invite more authors to read with me. 😉  RSVP through Eventbrite right here, and yes, it’s free. I will have copies of Wings Unseen available for sale.

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Host Kevis Brownson and I will have a conversation about my writing and the organizations I’m involved with, then I’ll do a reading, then there will be audience Q&A, and then a signing and reception to wrap up the evening. 6 pm is early! So don’t worry about sliding in a bit late.

Here’s the series description: For the third year, the AAUW Alameda presents a spring series of talks featuring authors who live and write in Alameda and nearby, now co-sponsored by the Friends of the Alameda Free Library. Our February author Rebecca Gomez Farrell will discuss her novel Wings Unseen and her current writing projects.

Hope to see you there!

Come Wine with Me on the Swirl Suite Podcast!

Catching up on appearances I’ve made over the past couple of years for food and fiction, and lo and behold! I never promoted my episode of the Swirl Suite podcast from last year! I love this group, or “squad” as they call themselves, of female wine and spirit professionals of color, based mainly in the DC area. Last year, they did a series, “Get to Know a Wine Blogger,” and I was thrilled to be asked to take part. Surprisingly, the only subject that’s out of date is that my fantasy novel, Wings Unseen, is no longer coming out but has been out for a year (pick it up on the right –>). Oh, and we’re a year past that Wine Bloggers Conference in Santa Rosa as well. Details, details. Otherwise, it’s a pretty fun interview!

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In this 42-minute episode, you’ll first listen to Sarita (Vine Me Up), Glynis (Vino Noire), Leslie (Vino 301), Tanisha (Girl Meets Glass), and Melissa (the Liquor Lady) talking about summertime humidity, Juneteenth, and Oz restaurant’s Happy Hour in Arlington, VA. About eight and a half minutes, the ladies start chatting up myself and Tivon of Von Vino.

Tivon and I talk about how we got into wine blogging, how drinking it got us into wanting to record it and learn more about it. Then we all talk about the wineries we visited most recently and I say “like” way too often, as per usual. I’m a California Valley Girl – I can’t help it. Great tips follow for advice to wine bloggers just starting out, our favorite happy hours (shoutout to the Libertine!), we play a word association game, and a surprising truth is revealed — very few of us keep cases of wine at the ready! I also share some of my fiction writing process, which I’m in the depths of on two different books right now.

That direct Soundcloud link is right here. Or check out the show below on Youtube, which I queued up to right before my and Tivon’s introductions. Thanks for tuning in! And thanks to the Swirl Suite Squad for having me.

It Takes a Village – Pursuit of Publishing Panel at Litquake!

This Sunday, 10/14, at 3:30 pm, I’ll be on the Pursuit of Publishing: It Takes a Village Panel at Litquake!

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This is my first ever Litquake appearance, and I’m excited to participate. Panel description: What does it take to create and sustain a writing community? CCA’s Leslie Roberts discusses strength in numbers with Mary Volmer (Hedgebrook), Scott James (Castro Writers Coop), Casey Bennett (Lit Events for the Lit-Minded), and . . . me! I’ll be sharing about my work co-helming the East Bay Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Meetup, a San Francisco chapter of Women Who Submit Lit, and two closed Facebook groups for female writers – one for speculative fiction writers across the globe and one for writers of all stripes in the Bay Area.

Some tickets will be available at the door, but a few tickets are still online for $25. That price includes three earlier panels on the same day, all designed to aid writers on their path to publication. All four Pursuit of Publishing panels will take place at the Timken Auditorium of the California College of the Arts at 1111 Eight Street in San Francisco.

Join us!

My Worldcon 76 Schedule!

Worldcon 76 starts on Thursday, and I am excited!

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And also slightly overwhelmed, so I’m glad I’m not appearing on much programming myself – it’s not often that you hear a writer admit that. =D But I will be appearing on a little of it, and I’ll definitely be around all weekend, so please do come say hi anytime! You can purchase Wings Unseen at Borderlands Books’ vendor booth, and I’m happy to sign copies. Here’s where I know I’ll be:

Tuesday, 8/14

Thursday, 8/16

  • 6 pm: The Borderlands Sponsor Party at Loft Bar and Bistro. This is a party only for sponsors of Borderlands Books in San Francisco. But I can take a plus 1…
  • 12 am to 1:30 am: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Hospitality Suite. I’ll be on Door Dragon duty, checking SFWA memberships and IDs for entrance.

Friday, 8/17

  • 1 pm to 1:25 pm: I’ll be signing books at the SFWA table in the Exhibit Hall.
  • 6:45 – 8:45 pm: Ghost Hunting Tour! You too can sign up for this downtown San Jose tour led by Bay Area Ghost Hunter Adrienne Foster. $15, I think.

Saturday, 8/18

  • 10 am: How Would Civilization Evolve if…: How Human and Nonhumans Would Evolve Based on Their Environment – This is a panel being led by professors from my alma mater, UC Santa Cruz (banana slugs, forever!), so I’m making sure I’ll be in attendance. 210 E at the Convention Center.
  • 2 pm: Craft Klatsch with the East Bay Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Meetup group – This is an offsite event for members of the Meetup group that I co-helm in the East Bay. You are welcome to join us and learn more! Here’s the Meetup event.
  • 5 pm: Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading! I’ll be one of 15 readers at this traditional Broad Universe event, where we toss tiny tidbits of fiction out into the wild at breakneck pace. Join us! Here’s our poster:

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Sunday, 8/19

  • I don’t really know how the Hugos work…but I’m planning to attend or watch a simulcast or whatever the case may be. Help me?
  • Midnight – 1:30 am: I’ll again be Door Dragon for the SFWA Hospitality Suite.

Monday, 8/20

  • The last day of Worldcon, alas. I will likely catch some friends’ readings in the afternoon then head home to Oakland and the husband and kitties.

Whew! That schedule is only of events I *know* I’ll be attending, though a good many of my days are full with potential plans already. Always feel free to tweet at, Facebook message, or email me to try and find a time to get together. Or a drink at barcons, as it goes. Cheers to that!

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