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Ursula Le Guin blurb for THIS SHARED DREAM

Ursula Le Guin, whose work I have loved since the seventies, has blurbed THIS SHARED DREAM:

“A tough-minded, kind-hearted, fiercely intelligent novel.”

I am thrilled.

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March 14, 2011   2 Comments

Pam Noles is closing the gap!

If you’ve been wondering: Noles is only $900 or so short of raising the necessary $4,000.00 to produce her show, which will be matched if reached. If she doesn’t make it, donors are not charged. You can donate as little as $1 and it will be matched. So go do it!
http://andweshallmarch.typepad.com/and_we_shall_march/2011/03/-death-40-feet-tall-needs-only-966-more-to-get-to-the-hollywood-fringe-festival-and-that-moola-must-.html

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March 14, 2011   No Comments

Pam Noles Kickstarter–47 Donors, $1,900 To Go

Pam has a video of a recent performance below:

http://andweshallmarch.typepad.com/and_we_shall_march/2011/03/i-have-no-idea-if-i-can-raise-2361-within-the-next-12-days.html

Warning:  if you watch it, you will donate.  She is so good.    

Pam now has 8 more days to fund her Hollywood Fringe show, where she presented last year, via Kickstarter.  This is how it works:  Go to this link, which describes the show, and there you will find links to easily donate.  You can donate as little as $5.00 and as much as, well, $1,000 (or more, I assume) which will be matched.  Many artists, writers, and performers are using Kickstarter.  There are donation levels, and the more you donate, the more you get; perks include handmade letterprint postcards/posters by Amos Kennedy Jr., an ongoing update of production details, a DVD of the show, and, ultimately tickets to the show in Los Angeles at the Fringe Festival. 

It’s very easy to donate, via PayPal or your Amazon.com account.  If the show is not funded, you will not be charged.  Simple.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/270114175/roll-out-death-40-feet-tall

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March 7, 2011   No Comments

Connie Willis and Jack McDevitt on This Shared Dream

I’ve gotten some wonderful blurbs for THIS SHARED DREAM, which will be out in July from Tor. 

Jack McDevitt :  “A wild ride through alternate histories. Brilliant.”

Connie Willis :  “Kathleen Ann Goonan’s THIS SHARED DREAM is a richly imagined tale of  gypsies and jazz, Nazis and nanotechnology, war and assassination and  the Summer of Love. As elegant and complicated as the ever-changing time streams that wind through it, THIS SHARED DREAM is a must-read in this or any world. Connie Willis”

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March 4, 2011   1 Comment

Sorting the Sunlight: Nanotechnology, Frankenstein, and Literary Vision in the 21st Century. A talk given at Georgia Tech

Over the years I’ve given a number of talks at universities and in other venues.  In responding to some interview questions for The Whistle, a Georgia Tech newspaper, I realized that I ought to post them somewhere.  This is the easiest place to post them, and when I get time, I’ll add links to my web page, www.goonan.com

I gave this talk in 2004 at Georgia Tech at the invitation of Dr. Lisa Yaszek, presently Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Literature, Communication and Culture, where I now teach.   The occasion was a traveling NIH exhibit, and more about the exhibit will unfold as you read the talk. 

Click once on this link, then click the resulting link to read the .pdf.

Nanotechnology, Frankenstein, and Literary Vision in the Twenty-First Century

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February 16, 2011   No Comments

Pam Noles Presents ! Death 40-Feet Tall !

Support.  Genius. 

Pam Noles can do anything well.  Seriously.  I met her when she was a cop beat in Lakeland and not only did she know everyone in town, she knew what they were doing.  Not that she told me (be not afraid, Lakeland).  She saved it for her reporting.    She’s published comics, short stories, and is working on a novel that reaches into our mythic depths.  I’m not sure that there is anything about Los Angeles that she doesn’t know–particularly about the arts scene.

Pam began her improv career at Second City.  As you probably know, Second City is legendary.  She is now with iO West.   

She wrote the live stage play  ! Death 40-Feet Tall ! and it premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2010.

Now she’s working on producing a vidio of the show.  She describes it below.  She is raising production funds via Kickstarter, and plans the make the full show available for download or as a dvd so that people who do not live in LA can see it. 

Here’s Pam: 

! Death 40-Feet Tall ! is a one-hour live storytelling show about two best friends, giant robots and the quest to become your own Prime. It’s a storytelling show, not a showcase, about one hour long and family friendly!

Please visit the project page on Kickstarter for full details: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/270114175/roll-out-death-40-feet-tall

Pam Noles is a former cop reporter and graduate of the Clarion Writer’s Workshop. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.

And here’s me again:  Go there!  Now!  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/270114175/roll-out-death-40-feet-tall  The project is fascinating.  She has 23 backers so far, and another month or so to get full funding.  Contribute $5 or more and you will be able to follow the progress of the project–which, knowing Pam, is sure to be sparkatiously entertaining in and of itself. 

 her blog is http://andweshallmarch.typepad.com/  Seriously entertaining stuff.  

When she first did this show, she got a lot of attention in LA, and she’ll be getting a lot more.

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February 15, 2011   1 Comment

Goonan on the Radio with Jeff Haas Talking About Jazz

Last week I got an email from the producer of Jazz Connections, a radio show in Interlochen Public Radio hosted by Jeff Haas. 

This from their web page.  (Link at the end of this post.)

“What do Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Claudia Schmidt, Thelonious Monk, Eric Clapton, Charles Mingus, Ron Getz and Duke Ellington have in common? Find out on Jazz Connections with acclaimed Michigan jazz composer, musician and educator Jeff Haas. Each week, Jeff artfully blends music and storytelling as he explores jazz and its ties to other traditions including rock-n-roll, the blues, soul, world and classical music. Think “radio version of the best liner notes collection ever compiled” … with an engaging and sometimes edgy soundtrack to back it up.”

Jeff interviewed me about the jazz aspects of my novels.  It was a marvelous interview–great questions.  A jazz musician of some renown, he asked me which musician I would most like to be.  This is such a good question that I couldn’t decide, as if I actually had to make that decision instantly before being transmuted into someone, a la QUEEN CITY JAZZ, in which the inhabitants of Cincinnati become American musicians, artists, or writers.  I said Billy Strayhorn, for his depth and mastery.  I might just as well have said Ella Fitzgerald, for her astounding control of her instrument, John Coltrane for the spirituality permeating his work, Bill Evens for his erudition, Miles Davis for his cool, Charles Parker for his heat, his shattering creative intensity. 

But throughout most of  the interview, Jeff, he asked me about jazz and my books–just how and why my books are jazz-based, and why my brain is wired the way it is. 

Also interviewed for this show is Charles Limb, an otolaryngologist at Johns Hopkins.  He uses fMRI to image the brains of jazz musicians while they play.  Terrifically exciting! 

The reason that Jeff Haas does such a good job with Jazz Connections is that he is a jazz musician himself.  He is deeply connected to the world of jazz, and of education.  In addition to everything else that he does, he teaches multiculturalism in the public schools through jazz. 

The show will air on Saturday:    7:00 pm on IPR News Radio, Sunday:  6:00 pm on Classical IPR, and Thursday:  10:06 pm on Classical IPR.  You can listen locally, in northern Michigan, or online.  Here is a link to the page:  http://ipr.interlochen.org/jazzconnection .  On the right side of the page is a Listen link so that you can listen live, and links to more information about Jeff Haas.  I’ve ordered a few of his CD’s.  He’s very good.

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February 1, 2011   1 Comment

IN WAR TIMES

As I was transferring info from my old to my new computer I came across something I’d forgotten–In War Times was also in Booklist’s Top Ten sf/f novels for 2007.  So it was the American Library Association’s Best Genre Novel of the Year, in Booklist’s Top Ten, won the Campbell Award, and was taught at UC Riverside.  I think there were other nice mentions here and there, but I’ve forgotten them. 

Just sayin’.  If I don’t, who will? 

It should be out in trade from Tor this year, but I have no firm date.

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December 30, 2010   No Comments

FLURB, and a lost chapter from THIS SHARED DREAM

Last August, Rudy Rucker kindly asked if I had anything for Flurb, his fascinating webzine.  He published a piece of mine called “The Amazing Dancing Chairs” a few years ago.  I sent him a chapter that I wrote for THIS SHARED DREAM which was excised from the final manuscript because of length.  Perhaps someday I will publish a Director’s Cut of DREAM and IN WAR TIMES, from which much was also excised. 

I was exceedingly busy because I was preparing for my Georgia Tech stint, but Rudy took over and gave the chapter a title–“Buried in Time,” which, though gloomy, really works well.  He paired it perfectly with some of his own stunning artwork.  You http://www.flurb.net/10/goonan10.htm .  After that, take time to peruse more of the pieces at www.flurb.net

I’m sure most of you know of Rudy Rucker, a writer, mathematician, computer scientist, and university professor whose lineup of books is, in the most intense sense of the word, amazing.  His home page is http://www.cs.sjsu.edu/faculty/rucker/  You don’t want to miss his artwork nor his novels or philosophical/mathematical nonfiction.

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December 29, 2010   No Comments

Linda Nagata’s Novels Available as ebooks!

Linda Nagata is one of the very best SF writers of the past twenty years. Her Nanotech Succession includes some of the most stunning, edgy, and yet accessible SF novels I’ve ever read. The good news is that they are now availabe as ebooks. Not only that, she will soon have a new book out: THE WILD, which she discusses at her blog, http://hahvi.net/ . I recommend that you snap up some of the ebooks as well as THE WILD. You will be very pleased.

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December 29, 2010   1 Comment