DragonCon 2014 Schedule

Scott Sigler's schedule at Dragon*Con

Dragon*Con 2014It’s time for one of our favorite cons, DragonCon in Atlanta, This year Scott’s schedule is light, so catch him while you can. If you’re coming to the con, make sure you come see us, even if it’s at the Hilton bar! The Star Party is a great opportunity to hang out too, even though we are just in attendance and are not presenting there.

SCOTT & A’s DRAGONCON SCHEDULE

Atlanta Star Party: Thursday, August 28, 7:00pm (2 hours) Get tickets now!
Stargazing, food, drinks and conversations with astronomers (including Pamela Gay, Nicole Gugliucci and Derek Demeter). Proceeds benefit CosmoQuest, one of Empty Set’s 2014 chosen charities.


Fictional Writing and Skepticism
Friday 8/29, 4:00pm • Hilton 207 / 206 / 205 / 204
A few top authors, who are also skeptics, discuss what effect their personal skepticism has on their writings.


FSL Tonight, LIVE!
Friday 8/29, 5:30pm • Hilton Crystal Ballroom
Sci/Fantasy sports. Mordor vs. The Empire. Vulcan battles Alderaan. And FSL Tonight brings you all the action.


Podcasting Authors Roundtable
Saturday, 8/30, 10:30am • Hilton 203
Join a roundtable discussion of working writers who utilize podcasting to distribute and promote their work.


Raise a glass for PG Holyfield
Saturday, 8/30, 10:00pm • Hilton bar!
We were planning a One for the Junkies panel, but have to cancel due to a room scheduling conflict. Instead, we’ll meet in the Hilton Bar. We’ll donate $5 to the PG Holyfield Fund for each person to come raise a glass with us; and we’ll make it $6 if you wear a trilby hat (his lid!)


Scott and A present at the Parsec Awards
Sunday, 8/31. 5:30pm • Hyatt Regency Ballroom
Scott and A present the first award of the evening! The Parsec Awards are a celebration of speculative fiction podcasting. Awards are given in several categories ranging from content to audio quality.


Scott on V-WARS panel
Sunday, 8/31. 7:00pm • Westin Peachtree 1-2
Scott talks about his story in the V-WARS: BLOOD & FIRE anthology, due out Oct 7 in hardcover from IDW. The awesome Jonathan Maberry (series creator and editor) will be there, as will be other authors from the series.

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Scott as King Joffrey from Game of Thrones

Speed painting from artist Len Peralta

If you’ve never seen “speed painting” videos before, they are a hallmark of the new era of digital art and social media. Here’s one from the “Geek-A-Week” feature where artist Len Peralta made me King Joffrey Baratheon (the best character ever in GAME OF THRONES. Three minutes to see how a piece of art comes [...]

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DVD review: UNDER THE SKIN

Waitaminute ... Scarlet Johansson gets nekkid?

A review of the UNDER THE SKIN DVD and Blu-Ray, starring Scarlett Johansson

So, you’ve got Scarlett Johansson driving a van around the streets of Glasgow, picking up single young men and taking them back to her place for a bit of the ol’ hanky panky. How could that possibly be a bad thing? Introduce a vat of random black goo, that’s how. Duh. It’s like Screenwriting 101, really.

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Top 10 microbrews I won’t drink

Oh no! He speaks against the party line!

Beer snobbery is too much

I catch a lot of crap because I am a fan of Bud Light. All you hoity-toity beer snobs lecture me nonstop on drinking “water” or “shit beer,” etc.

On every book tour, it’s the same damn thing: “Why don’t you let me buy you a real beer?” Or, “What, are you still in college?” Follow [...]

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ALIVE sent to editor

(a.k.a., "Damn, it feels good to be a gangster")

ALIVE by New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler

Boom! I say, I say, boom!

This is one of the best feelings in the biz, people — sending off a completed manuscript to an editor. We’re ballparking Summer 2015 for this release, but I can’t say for sure until the editor at Del Rey does his thing.

This is effectively the final draft, as he [...]

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Vote on the Krakens helmet for THE CHAMPION

Galactic Football League Book IV is THE CHAMPION, and you can vote on the helmet in this YA / young adult series.

Junkies, sometimes teams update their helmets. Your favorite NFL team’s lid has likely gone through a few changes: some are dramatic, some are subtle. The Ionath Krakens are considering a helmet re-design for the 2686 season, and team owner Gredok the Splithead has decided to leave it up to you, the fan.

We’ve had problems with overzealous fans “stuffing the ballot box” in previous polls, so you have to have a registered profile to vote. You get one vote. We’ll check IPs if we have to (but we don’t want to). We love you all, but you’re crazy with the ballot-box stuffing, so get your one vote in and let the fans decide!

STEPS TO VOTE:
1) Sign into your account on this site (or create one by clicking here).
2) Put a comment on this post with one of the following choices: Current, Modified #1 or Modified #2

We’ll close the poll at midnight Eastern time on Sunday, June 22. The winning design will be included in the book’s text. Boom!

GoooooOOOO KRAKENS!

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Empty Set at Balticon 48!

Balticon48

Balticon 48 starts today at the Hunt Valley Inn in Maryland. If you’re attending, here’s where to find us! (Also, in the evenings we’ll be easily found at #barcon in the lobby. Stop by and say howdy!)

Start Time Room Panel Description Panelists Friday, May 23, 2014 5:00pm Salon A Monsters vs. Aliens Marv Zelkowitz [...]

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THE ROOKIE audiobook is finally out!

All four GFL novels available on iTunes/Audible/Amazon

THE ROOKIE unabridged audiobook is Book I of the Galactic Football League series, now available on iTunes, Amazon and Audible.

That’s right, Junkies, THE ROOKIE is finally available as a full-length, unabridged, ad-free audiobook. You can get the whole honkin’ 17-hour audiobook and enjoy the smashmouth scifi, the gridiron gore, and the quest for the ring (GFL championship ring, that is).

THE ROOKIE on Audible, get it for free with a no-risk, 30-day Audible Free Trial (learn more about the trial at http://www.scottsigler.com/audible-free-trial)

GET IT AT:
• Tunes
• Amazon Audio
Audible (If you aren’t already an Audible customer, it’s free as part of a 30-day, no-risk trial)

ALL FOUR GFL AUDIOBOOKS
NOW AVAILABLE!
Just in time for you to bone up before THE CHAMPION hits in September, 2014.
• THE ROOKIE
• THE STARTER
• THE ALL-PRO
• THE MVP
• THE CHAMPION (Sept. 2014).

ALREADY GOT THE ROOKIE? THEN LEAVE A REVIEW, MANG!
It’s brand-new, so the reviews at Audible and iTunes are looking a bit bare. If you listened to the story already and don’t want to experience this gritty coming-of-age story a second time, do us a favor and leave a review (or two, or in all three places). Reviews are author gold and one of the best ways to show your love for a work.

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This is where you can get your Fix, Junkies!

Friday Fix – Inside Empty Set:
Con Season Begins!

Badge from SiglerFest 2k13As Scott is busy furiously packing up Empty Set Studios North, we stole a few moments to record another edition of Inside Empty Set, where we talk about things pertinent to the business side of our business.

http://media.blubrry.com/scottsigler/media.libsyn.com/scottsigler/106_FridayFix__Inside_Empty_Set__Con_Season_Begins.mp3

This one’s all about convention season: which ones we’ll be attending and why. Also some dissection of Scott’s past strategy vs. our current plan.

This year we’ll attend: Balticon, San Diego Comic Con, Dragon*Con, SiglerFest & ReadCon in Greeley, CO.

Want to hear us talk about something in particular in future episodes of Inside Empty Set? Please drop us a line, or leave a note in the comments.

Don’t see a “play” button above? Click here to download.

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Hey Junkie, whoop that supernatch ass!

The world of Hunter Hunterson in your hot little hands

So, you wanna pull a ticket on a methed-out, parole-jumping goblin? You want to stomp that undead ass? You want to whack a werewolf, mash a mage, destroy a devil, lay the smacketh-down on a sasquatch and more? Now you can (just remember to watch your privates if you square off against the rabid unicorns).

You and yours can play Storium, a cool new storytelling game that has one (of many) fictional settings in “Slayerville,” the hometown of Hunter Hunterson and his kin. Here’s how they list it on their site:

SLAYERVILLE — Beneath the main street of a small Kentucky mountain town is a crack from which the supernatural pours into our realm to prey upon the unknowing — or would pour, were it not for the monster-stompin’ clans of this tiny burg. Fight alongside the Huntersons, the Breakmouths, the Walkers, the Clampets, the Hatfields, the McCoys and the Crushers, families that have protected mankind for ten generations. Come to this land of JUSTIFIED meets GHOSTBUSTERS, put your shoes up, and sit a spell. (By New York Times best-seller Scott Sigler, author of Infected.)

This is a stretch goal for the Storium Kickstarter, which involves some of our best author buddies such as J.C. Hutchins, Mur Lafferty, Chuck Wendig and more. Check out their Kickstarter page here, and/or watch the video above that explains how the game works.

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V-WARS: BLOOD & FIRE pre-order links

Contains Scott's first vampire story: "Hippo"

V-WARS: BLOOD & FIRE has nasty-ass Vamps

"Hippo" is a story in the anthology V-WARS: BLOOD & FIRE

Due out: August 5, 2014.
Pre-order from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

The second book in Jonathan Maberry’s V-WARS series, BLOOD & FIRE cranks up the carnage to “11,” thanks in no small part to my story “Hippo.” Yes, this is my first vampire story, and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever read. This delicious & twisted tale will leave you hungry for more (or sick to the stomach, really kind of depends on your tastes … ).

BOOK SYNOPSES:
It’s been one year since a virus triggered junk DNA and people all over the world started changing. Becoming something else. Craving blood. It’s been ten months since the word ‘vampire’ stopped being something from old monster stories and Hollywood movies. It’s been six months since our world and theirs erupted into war. It’s been two months since an uneasy peace was signed. It’s been one hour since that peace was shattered. The war is here again. The vampire war. Our world will burn. Our world will bleed! When anyone can turn, when every street is a battlefield, there is nowhere to run! V Wars: Blood and Fire features all new stories of the Vampire Wars by Kevin J. Anderson, Scott Sigler, Larry Corriea, Joe McKinney, Nancy Holder, Yvonne Navarro, Weston Ochse, James A. Moore, and Jonathan Maberry.

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New print deal: Three books with Del Rey

Scott Sigler signed a three-book deal with Ballantine Doubleday Dell to publish ALIVE

I’ve been hinting at an announcement for a few weeks now, and this is it: new print deal. I put out five books with Crown Publishing and loved both the process and the people. Tha Shiv was an excellent editor for my work. But, time marches on and it’s time to try something new. The books discussed below are YA, and Crown doesn’t do YA, so my agent went out and wrangled a new deal.

Executive Editor Mark Tavani at Ballantine Bantam Dell bought World Rights to a science fiction trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Scott Sigler. In the first book, ALIVE, a young woman awakes trapped in a confined space with no idea who she is or how she got there. She soon frees other young adults in the room and together they find that they are surrounded by the horrifying remains of a war long past…and matched against an enemy too horrible to imagine. Further adventures will follow in two more books, ALIGHT and AWAY. The books will be published under the Del Rey imprint. The deal was made by Byrd Leavell at Waxman Leavell. For rights information, please contact Denise Cronin at dcronin@randomhouse.com.

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