Yesterday saw the release of the multi-author anthology Parallel Worlds: The Heroes Within, which contains “Monsters,” a new Dresdenverse story from the POV of shapeshifter Goodman Grey! The anthology’s blurb:
Heroes and villains are not always on the opposite ends of the spectrum of good and evil. Sometimes, all that separates them is a fine line. The stories within “Parallel Worlds” explore the lives of such heroes and what drives them — and what keeps them from crossing over to the other side.
This anthology features nineteen stories from bestselling, award-winning, and emerging authors, and includes brand new, never-before seen stories from Jim Butcher’s, “Dresden Files,” Robert Asprin’s “The Myth-Adventures” by Jody Lynn Nye, and Neo Edmund’s “Red Riding Alpha Huntress Chronicles.”
Want to revisit the earlier books in the series? BookBub is offering the ebook of Death Masks for $1.99 until September 8th.
Friday, August 30, 2019
Male Stars of Fantasy/SF Fri 11:30 am, Regency VI-VII-Hyatt The best of the best tell their secrets of successful writing careers. Other Panelists: Kevin J. Anderson, Michael Stackpole, Robert J. Sawyer, Brandon Sanderson. Moderator: Nancy Knight
The Heroes of High Fantasy Fri 01:00 pm, Regency VI-VII-Hyatt Authors of High Fantasy meet & tell us their tales of adventure & derring-do! Other Panelists: Brandon Sanderson, Marie Brennan, Aleron Kong. Moderator: Jennifer Liang
An Hour with Jim Butcher Fri 04:00 pm, Regency VI-VII-Hyatt Interview and audience Q&A with the bestselling author of the Dresden Files, Codex Alera, & Cinder Spires series. Moderator: Carol Malcolm
Autograph Session Fri 05:30 pm, International Hall South 4-5 – Marriott
Magic Systems 101: Diverse Approaches in UF Fri 10:00 pm, Chastain-1-2-Westin A primary component of urban fantasy, the sources & uses of magic vary widely within the genre. Our panelists will explain the forms magic takes in their work & the role it plays in the stories they tell. Other Panelists: Patricia Briggs, Melissa F. Olsen, R.R. Virdi, Tim Powers, Marie Brennan. Moderator: Carol Malcolm
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Keeping It Fresh When Your Story Has Books in the Double Digits Sat 01:00 pm, Regency VI-VII – Hyatt How do you keep a series fresh when the series gets into the double digits? What is it about these worlds that keeps the author coming back and back again? Readers become not just fixated but captivated with these stories in an ever-expanding literary landscape. Other Panelists: David Weber, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Eric Flint. Moderator: Steve Saffel
Signing with Badali Jewelry Sat 02:30 pm, Booths 2522 & 2524 — NOTE: Free timed ticket required. Stop by their booth ahead of time to secure your place in line.
NYT Bestselling Authors Tell All Sat 04:00 pm, Centennial I-Hyatt What does it take to get to the top? These bestselling authors discuss their careers, their works, their lives… and their secrets! Other Panelists: Kevin J. Anderson, Sherrilyn Kenyon, John D. Ringo, Larry Niven. Moderator: Nancy Knight
Signing with Bard’s Tower Sat 05:30 pm, Booth 2719 in Americas Mart, Floor 2
FAN EVENT: “Red Sun” Screening Sat 10:00 pm – 12:30am, Westin Chastain I-J Tower of Turtles Productions presents its full-length feature Dresden Universe fan film, Red Sun. The story takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat. (Mature Audiences Only)
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Signing with Bard’s Tower Sunday 11:30 am, Booth 2719 in Americas Mart, Floor 2
Stirring the Creativity Pot Sun 04:00 pm, Embassy CD – Hyatt Today’s most creative writers discuss their secrets for developing the freshest ideas, plots & characters. Other Panelists: Janny Wurts, Chelsea Quinn Yarbo, Chris A. Jackson. Moderator: Bill Fawcet
Monday, September 2, 2019
Visitors From Beyond: Ghost and Spirits in UF Mon 01:00 pm, Chastain 1-2 – Westin Ghosts of all varieties, from the helpful to the truly terrifying, make appearances in the works of our panel authors, who will explain why they chose to use these beings in their work. Other Panelists: Eric R. Asher, Walter H. Hunt, Leanna Renee Hieber, Amanda DeWees, Tim Powers. Moderator: Carol Malcolm
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Peace Talks is complete! The final chapter is now in the betas’ sinister clutches, and soon it’ll be off to his editor and on to publication. We should have a release date for you very soon!
DRESDEN GOES GREY
In the meantime, Jim has a new short story in LJ Hachmeister and RR Virdi’s multi-author anthology, “Parallel Worlds: The Heroes Within.” It’s set in the Dresden universe, but it has a very unconventional protagonist: shapeshifter-for-hire Goodman Grey! This anthology is slated for release in electronic edition October 8th, but you can preorder your copy here. There will also be a physical edition at some point, but the details are still being hammered out. We’ll keep you informed!
Loving the rush of trailers coming out of Comic Con this weekend? So are we. In fact, we love trailers so much that we’re currently in pre-production on a book trailer for Peace Talks! It’ll be a live action, cinematic-style production that promotes the book like it could be the next big Marvel movie, albeit with a tiny fraction of their budget. 😀
We know there’s a crazy amount of talent in the fandom, so we’re looking to hire fans of the series that are qualified pros in the filmmaking world to join our scrappy little band. We’re filming in Los Angeles, so all candidates must be LA local (unless willing to cover their own housing and transportation) and eligible to work in the United States.
Crew: Please send your resume, portfolio/reel, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camera Team: DP, 1st and 2nd ACs, Grips, Gaffer, DIT.
Production Designer and Assistant
Hair and Make Up Artists: Beauty MUA, FX MUA, and Hair Stylist.
Sound Recordist/Boom Operator
Sound Editor and Mixer
VFX Artists and Compositors (don’t need to be local)
Performers: Both SAG and Non-Union actors are invited to apply. Look for “The Dresden Files: Peace Talks” on Actors Access/Breakdown Express for list of characters and descriptions. We’re holding the next set of auditions this weekend, July 27th and 28th, so please submit your headshot, resume, and reel via Actors Access by noon Pacific this Thursday, July 24th. EDIT: We’re holding a second set of auditions August 10th and 11th! Please submit by noon Thursday, August 8th.
Locations: Also, if you’re in a position of influence to help us gain access to the following spaces in or around Los Angeles, please let us know at email@example.com!
Castle-y or Gothic interior
Beach or Pool
Old World pub (or a room with a lot of wood that could be strategically shot to look like one)
We’re so exited to get to work! And now, back to squeeing over that tweet.
Signings at Bard’s Tower: Friday, 2-3pm Saturday, 2-3pm and 5-6pm Sunday: 12-1pm
Hope to see you there!
Also, we have video of two of Jim’s panels from WesterCon last weekend. They include some tantalizing tidbits of new information (including a very mischievous question from his wife Kitty in part 2 of the Villains panel), so enjoy!
Quick Note: Tor listed the wrong dates for their Brief Cases giveaway. It runs/ran from July 2nd to TODAY, July 5th! Enter by midnight Eastern Time tonight if you’d like to be entered in the drawing.
And bit belatedly, we have Jim’s schedule for WesterCon/SpikeCon this weekend in Layton, Utah! Jim’s wife Kitty Krell is also being celebrated as Cosplay Guest of Honor, so if you have any interest in costuming and corsetry, be sure to check out her panels.
Friday, July 5th :
Combat in SF & Fantasy 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Stratus 9 What makes for a great combat scene? What should you know about weapons? fighting styles? the visceral experience of being in combat? Let’s discuss what works and how some authors have created amazing scenes. Other panelists: David Weber, Jonathan Brazee, Julie Frost
Taxonomy of Villains 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Zephyr Not all villains are created equally, nor should they be. Lucifer, Sauron, Loki, the Joker, Smaug, and Grendel each have different power levels, wants, and needs. How do you make a villain equal to the needs of your story? Other panelists: Daniel Craig Friend, Julie Frost, Valerie Estelle Frankel
Match Game: Friday Edition 9:30 pm – 12:00 am, Meridian Ballroom (CDGH) Get ready to match the stars! In this SF/F-themed version of the classic 1970s game show, contestants vie to guess how our panel will answer fill-in-the-blank questions like “Captain Kirk has the biggest ___ in Starfleet!” Contestants will be selected from the audience, and all contestants selected will win a prize, even if it’s only a Lovely Parting Gift. Moderator: Kevin Standlee Other panelists: Andrew Trembley, Eric Flint, Kevin Roche, Kuma Bear, Lisa Hayes, Lynn Gold
Saturday, July 6th:
Author Spotlight 10:15 am – 11:15 am, Meridian Ballroom (CDGH) Westercon 72 Author Guest of Honor Jim Butcher, discusses the multiple worlds of his books and answers questions. Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires.
Badali Jewelry Signing 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm, Meridian A & B Signing requires a free ticket. Pick one up at the Badali booth any time beforehand. They sometimes sell out, so the sooner the better!
Sunday, July 7th , 2019
Closing Ceremonies 4 pm – 5 pm, Meridian Ballroom (CDGH)