PostHeaderIconWeek of 25 - 31 March 2017

Week of 25 - 31 March 2017


Welcome to my weekly update. A Cosmos of Many Mansions is now available on Kindle, we're off to Albacon, and I still had time to work on one or two other things.

This Week

Major Project: 

The long wait is over. A Cosmos of Many Mansions: Varieties of Science Fiction is for sale now on Kindle. A print version will be coming in the next few months.

This book is based on my first five years of book review columns for Analog. It examines & explains dozens of types of science fiction, and includes hundreds of book reviews. If you like my review column, you'll love this book. 

If you've never read my column, you can check out the most recent one for free here.

Other Project(s): 


The SFWA StoryBundle will be out soon (middle of April, probably), and my novel The Leaves of October will be part of the bundle. I spent a while putting together the ebook files and supporting materials to send in to the StoryBundle folks. This is going to be a great chance to get some really good science fiction for cheap and to support SFWA at the same time.

Just today I got a call for submissions for an upcoming anthology. They're asking for reprints; it was a fairly simple matter to review my inventory and send along something that I think might fit. More news on that as developments warrant.

Still scanning books, working on my Legion of Super-Heroes site, and work on Hunt for the Dymalon Cygnet. It's been a busy week.


Upcoming Appearance(s): 

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Currently Reading


We'll be at Albacon (or at least, on the way) when you read this. Getting ready for the con makes me ponder what it is that I like about science fiction conventions.

When I first started going to cons (1974), the world was different. Even more than today, conformity was a major social force. Cons were (and are) an ideal place for nonconformists. (My sister-in-law walked into her first con, looked around, and said, "So here's where all the hippies went.")

For anyone on the autistic spectrum, cons offer a more comfortable environment. The social structures are generally set up for the convenience of auties: behaviors like stimming, perseveration, and social clumsiness are considered normal. Fans have enormous concern for accessibility and low tolerance for sensory overload. There's always someplace quiet to retreat, and no one will make you feel bad about doing so.

Cons are intellectually stimulating. No matter what your interest, you're guaranteed to find someone to talk about it with. The panels and presentations are usually thought-provoking, the participants generally brilliant and well-informed.

The dealer's room is a great place to find stuff you want to acquire, and the art show almost always has a wide range of great art on display. You can even buy original art if you wish.

It's for all these reasons, and more, that I stepped into my first con and felt instantly that I'd found a place where I belonged. Now, 43 years and hundreds of cons later, I haven't changed my mind.

Albacon, ho!

Thanks to

Chuck Rothman