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Congrats to this year's MacArthur "geniuses," including the amazing Kelly Link!

The MacArthur Foundation has announced its 2018 Fellows (AKA the "MacArthur Genius Prize winners"), a list of 25 remarkable people from all disciplines, including the incomparable Kelly Link (previously), who joins other science fiction writers who won the prize, including Octavia Butler and Jonathan Lethem. Congrats, Kelly! Read the rest “Congrats to this year's MacArthur "geniuses," including the amazing Kelly Link!”

Fantastic fiction needs your help

Fantastic Fiction at KGB is a monthly reading series hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel, held on the third Wednesday of every month at the famous KGB Bar in Manhattan. They are looking to fund several more years of their popular reading series via a Kickstarter fundraiser, running from May 17th through June 14th, 2017. Read the rest “Fantastic fiction needs your help”

Humble Bundle's Prime Sci-Fantasy Bundle

The latest Humble Ebook Bundle features 15 DRM-free ebooks, with works by Fritz Leiber, Kelly Link, Mary Robinette Kowal, Neil Gaiman, Peter Beagle, Madeline L'Engle and many others -- name your price and how much you'd like to divert to charities, including the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the Science Fiction Writers of America's Givers Fund, and Patrick Rothfuss's Worldbuilders. Read the rest “Humble Bundle's Prime Sci-Fantasy Bundle”

WAS: a new edition of Geoff Ryman's World Fantasy-nominated Oz novel

The novel tore my heart out in 1992: a contrafactual memoir of L Frank Baum; a desperately poor girl called Dorothy Gael from Manhattan, KS; and a makeup artist on the set of the classic MGM film. Read the rest “WAS: a new edition of Geoff Ryman's World Fantasy-nominated Oz novel”

Crowdfunding Interfictions, a journal of the weird, the interstitial, and the uncategorizable

The Interstitial Arts Foundation has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its journal Interfictions, devoted to "the weird, the interstitial, and the uncategorizable." Read the rest “Crowdfunding Interfictions, a journal of the weird, the interstitial, and the uncategorizable”

Boing Boing Charitable Giving Guide 2013

Here's a guide to the charities the Boingers support in our own annual giving. As always, please add the causes and charities you give to in the comments below!

Electronic Frontier Foundation Could there be a year that's more relevant to the EFF? As Edward Snowden has made abundantly clear, there is a titantic, historic battle underway to determine whether the Internet is there to liberate us or to enslave us. EFF's on the right side of history, and I figure giving them all I can afford is a cheap hedge against the NSA's version of the future. —CD

Creative Commons CC continues to make a difference -- this year, they released the 4.0 version of their flexible licenses, a major milestone. More than anyone else, CC has reframed the way we talk about creativity and copyright in the Internet era, providing practical, easy-to-use tools to make it possible for creators and audiences to work together in a shared mission of creating and enjoying culture.—CD Read the rest “Boing Boing Charitable Giving Guide 2013”

Crowdfunding a science fiction pinup calendar to fund the Clarion workshop

The Clarion Writing Workshop at UC San Diego is the oldest science fiction writing workshop in the world, and it's graduated distinguished alumni from Bruce Sterling and Nalo Hokinson to Kathe Koja and Ted Chiang (and me, for the record). I'm on the board of the Clarion Foundation, the charitable 501(c)3 that oversees the workshop and fundraises to keep tuition as low as possible.

This year, we've partnered with Lee Moyers, who's done a series of very successful pinup calendars featuring characters from science fiction and fantasy, and we're raising money on Indiegogo to fund the initial print run. The calendar, when produced, will feature characters from Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, Mary Robinette Kowal, Pat Murphy, Kate Wilhelm, Damon Knight, Kim Stanley Robinson, Greg Frost, Karen Joy Fowler, Mary Anne Mohanraj, and me (!). Read the rest “Crowdfunding a science fiction pinup calendar to fund the Clarion workshop”

Rubber chicken purse

I ran into Kelly Link yesterday at San Diego Comic-Con and she was carrying this amazing rubber-chicken purse. It was beautifully painted, beautifully made, and looked almost exactly like she was keeping her stuff in a chicken. With handles. They're $30 and they are, well, wow.

Rubber Chicken Hen Tote Bag Handbag Purse Pocketbook "Henbag" Read the rest “Rubber chicken purse”

Clarion application time is running out

I'm teaching the Clarion Science Fiction Writing Workshop this summer at UCSD La Jolla -- it's an amazing writing program (I'm also a graduate), and the early application deadline is coming up:

Applications for the 2013 Clarion Workshop are now open and will remain open until March 1, 2013. If you've been thinking about applying, now's the time. On February 15th, the application fee will increase from $50 to $65. Just our way of encouraging applicants to finish sooner rather than later. We've got a wonderful faculty anxious to share the secrets of great writing with a new class of wonderful students, one of whom might be you! Let Andy Duncan, Nalo Hopkinson, Cory Doctorow, Robert Crais, Karen Joy Fowler, and Kelly Link give you the rocket fuel to power your career.

If you're accepted, we'll do our best to make it possible for you to attend. Thanks to Clarion's friends and supporters, there is scholarship money for those who need it. In addition to general scholarships, there are special grants for students of color, students age 40 and older, students who are affiliated with Michigan State University, and students who are affiliated with UCSD.

Apply now!

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Boing Boing Charitable Giving Guide, 2012 edition

Here's a guide to the charities the Boingers support in our own annual giving. As always, please add the causes and charities you give to in the comments below!

Electronic Frontier Foundation There's never been a time when EFF's mission was more important: everything we do today involves the Internet; everything we do tomorrow will require it. No one stretches a dollar further and gets more done than EFF. They've been at it since 1990, and have been at the forefront of practically every significant online rights battle through the whole era of the Internet's rise to prominence. The world I want my kid to grow up in needs EFF in it. —CD

Creative Commons CC celebrated its tenth birthday (!) this year, a remarkable milestone from a remarkable organization. More than anyone else, CC has reframed the way we talk about creativity and copyright in the Internet era, providing practical, easy-to-use tools to make it possible for creators and audiences to work together in a shared mission of creating and enjoying culture.—CD Read the rest “Boing Boing Charitable Giving Guide, 2012 edition”

Humble Ebook Bundle: Name your price for eight bestselling, ass-kicking sf novels

I'm delighted to announce that the Humble Ebook Bundle is live! Based on the wildly successful Humble Indie Bundles for distributing video games on a name-your-price basis, the Humble Ebook Bundle is a name-your-price collection of awesome entertainment that also helps you support three great charities.

The Humble Ebook Bundle boasts eight science fiction and fantasy books by Neil Gaiman, John Scalzi, Lauren Beukes, Kelly Link, Paolo Bacigalupi, Mercedes Lackey, and me (!). Name your price for these great books (you'll need to pay more than the average to date for the Scalzi and Gaiman) and then choose how much of your payment to divert to our chosen charities: Child's Play (games for children's hospitals), EFF (defending your digital rights) and the Science Fiction Writers of America Emergency Medical Fund (saving sf writers from medical ruin). The books come in a variety of formats for all ereaders, and there is no DRM!

The previous Bundles have raised over $7,250,000 for charity, and also demonstrated that creators and their audiences can cooperate with one another, eschewing digital rights management and trusting one another to do the right thing.

I'm especially excited that my latest novel, Pirate Cinema, is part of the Bundle. Tor Books were fantastic about giving me permission to add a new release title -- it's only been out for a week! -- to this experimental Bundle. Tor is also donating its share of the proceeds to the SFWA medical fund. There is no better way to reward Tor and these authors for saying no to DRM and restrictive user-agreements, and no better way to support the writers you love, than to buy this Bundle. Read the rest “Humble Ebook Bundle: Name your price for eight bestselling, ass-kicking sf novels”

Boing Boing Charitable Giving Guide, 2011 edition

It's time again for Boing Boing's guide the charities we support in our annual giving. As always, please add the causes and charities you give to in the comments below!

Electronic Frontier Foundation The EFF's mission has never been more important: as laws like SOPA are rammed through Congress, as bloggers around the world are arrested and tortured with the collusion of American network-surveillance companies, and as the FBI's unconstitutional, warrantless use of surveillance technology like GPS bugs comes to light, EFF is poised to be center-stage in the fight for a free and open world with a free and open Internet. —CD

Creative Commons Creative Commons has permeated my life in a thousand ways -- on Boing Boing and in my writing, Creative Commons is responsible for how I get the job done and how I get paid for it. CC's advocacy of a nuanced, intelligent position on creativity and sharing changes the lives of creators, educators, scientists, scholars, and kids, all over the world. —CD Read the rest “Boing Boing Charitable Giving Guide, 2011 edition”

Cory coming to Toronto, Ann Arbor, Brooklyn and NYC

Hey, Torontonians, Ann Arborites, and New Yorkers!

I'll be giving a free talk at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto called "Can creativity and freedom peacefully co-exist in the Internet age?" on Sept 14 at 7PM, where I'll be reprising my SIGGRAPH talk from August.

On Sept 15, I'll be in Ann Arbor, MI for the Penny Stamps Lecture Series, doing a panel called "On Futurology: Optimism And Failure" with Mark Stevenson and James King.

I head to New York next. First I'll be at the Brooklyn Book Festival on September 18, appearing on a 1200h panel called "Genres Crashers" with Jewell Parker Rhodes, Kelly Link and Stephanie Anderson.

Finally, I'm keynoting the O'Reilly Strata conference on September 20 at 1330h, with a talk called "Designing For Human Sensors, Not Human Barcodes."

Hope to see you there! Read the rest “Cory coming to Toronto, Ann Arbor, Brooklyn and NYC”

Boing Boing Charitable Giving Guide, the 2010 edition

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Boing Boing's charitable giving guide has become a seasonal tradition of ours, listing the charities we personally support and want to give more attention to. As in previous years, we invite you to add your own favorite charities in the comments section.

Last year, the econopocalypse gave the charitable sector a rough holiday season. A year on, improvements are slow to come. But many of these charities help keep the world fair, free and healthy, so please spare what you can.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

It seems like every year, EFF's reason for existence becomes more self-evident: from Wikileaks-panic censorship to cozy telcoms deals to scuttle network neutrality to scary evoting mysteries to more warrantless wiretapping... EFF was founded by people who realized that the electronic world would quickly become as important as the real world for many aspects of our lives, and that the civil liberties battles we've fought in "real life" would have to be fought all over again online, by technically skilled, principled people. EFF always gets my biggest donation -- because our future is riding on it.

Creative Commons:

Creative Commons has permeated my life in a thousand ways -- on Boing Boing and in my writing, Creative Commons is responsible for how I get the job done and how I get paid for it. CC's advocacy of a nuanced, intelligent position on creativity and sharing changes the lives of creators, educators, scientists, scholars, and kids, all over the world. Read the rest “Boing Boing Charitable Giving Guide, the 2010 edition”

Clockwork Fagin: young adult steampunk story podcast

I've just started podcasting a new short story, "Clockwork Fagin," which is to be published in Kelly Link and Gavin Grant's anthology of young adult steampunk for Candlewick Press. The story is about a group of children who are put in a home after being caught in the machineries of the information revolution, who kill their cruel master and replace him with a clockwork automaton. It runs to about 12,500 and I'll probably read it in four or five weekly installments.

Clockwork Fagin, Part 1

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(Image: Dodger introduces Oliver to Fagin by Cruikshank (detail) Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Previously: Working steampunk firearms Boing Boing Gorgeous steampunk kitchen sink Boing Boing Steampunk wedding cake Boing Boing Steampunk leather mask with a breathing tube beard Boing Boing Steampunk science museum show at Oxford UK - Boing Boing Steampunk Segway: the Legway Steampunk assemblage glasses Boing Boing Read the rest “Clockwork Fagin: young adult steampunk story podcast”

Small Beer sf press book-sale to benefit Franciscan Children's Hospital

Small Beer Press is an astoundingly good independent science fiction press run by Gavin Grant and the brilliant short story writer Kelly Link. Kelly has been in Franciscan Children's Hospital with their newborn, Ursula, having moved in after Ursula's early tenure at Ronald McDonald House following her very premature birth last February (she weighed 1 Lb, 9 oz at birth!).

Now, Gavin ("Mr Kelly Link") Grant sez, "Small Beer Press is having a pre-end-of-the-decade sale + big old fundraiser for Franciscan Children's Hospital (where Kelly Link & Gavin's daughter Ursula is being looked after very well -- she is taking a nap right now after a very busy day!). Here are the basics: All our books (even the preorders) are on sale -- and $1 from every book (or ebook, zine, subscription, etc.) goes to Franciscan. And, if items are ordered at full price, we will donate the difference between the full price and the sale price to Franciscan! Finally: check out the baby + World Fantasy Awards pic -- eldritch or cute, you decide!"

ZOMG. My cute gland just ran out of cutenalin. Hey, Gavin! the Federal Cuteness Commission called to say that you're operating a powerful unlicensed cuton emitter and it's interfering with air traffic control systems.

Kelly & Gavin on Mike FM & a sale--all for Franciscan (Thanks, Gavin!)

Previously: Kelly Link's short story collection Magic for Beginners as a free ... Kelly Link's "Magic for Beginners" - knockout short story ... Boing Boing: Kelly Link's "Most of my Friends are Two-Thirds Water" Boing Boing: Kelly Link is one of Boing Boing: Kelly Link interview on the WELL Boing Boing: An excerpt from Kelly Link's Kelly Link wins a Neb! Read the rest “Small Beer sf press book-sale to benefit Franciscan Children's Hospital”

Boing Boing Charitable Giving Guide, the 2009 edition

Once again, I'm delighted to return to a Boing Boing seasonal tradition: a charitable giving guide, a list of charities we personally support and want to give more attention to. And as in previous years, we invite you to add your own favorite charities to the list in the comments section. As with last year, this is a rough holiday for the charitable sector -- between Madoff collapses and econopocalypse, it's hard out there for everyone. But please, don't forget the charities that keep the world fair, free and healthy this holiday season. Read the rest “Boing Boing Charitable Giving Guide, the 2009 edition”

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