April 26, 2017 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, April 26th.

  • Signup starts at 7:00
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30
  • Invited readers  8:45 – 9:45

Bios

Joanne Rixon‘s writing has appeared in The Cascadia Subduction ZoneBreath & ShadowStupefying StoriesGlitterShip, and Crossed Genres Magazine. She is an internally-displaced person in the Pacific Northwest; a former resident of North Seattle, she currently lives in a less-gentrified neighborhood in Tacoma. She is an organizer with the North Seattle Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Meetup, and has recently begun applying her organizing skills to local progressive politics. Ask her about how to call your elected representatives, or follow her on twitter @JoanneRixon for angry yelling about the other Washington.

Oscar McNary scribbles down the whispers that flow through his cell in the Seattle catacombs. He slides the stories page by page through a ventilation grate into the yellow world above. The scraps go flapping over the soaked streets. Recent publications include Discovery: QSF’s Second Annual Flash Fiction Contest; Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam: Gay City Anthology V; and Minor Arcana’s Drawn to Marvel anthology. He has three chapbooks. Everything he writes is true.

 

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March 2017 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, March 22nd.

  • Signups start at 7:00 pm
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Invited readers  8:45 – 9:45 pm

Invited Reader Bios

Anaea Lay lives in Seattle, Washington where she writers, cooks, plays board games, reads too much, and sells real estate under another name.  She’s the fiction podcast editor for Strange Horizons where you can hear her read a new short story nearly every week.  Her fiction work has appeared in a variety of venues including Lightspeed, Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Pod Castle.  She lives online at anaealay.com where you can find a complete bibliography and her blog.  Follow her on Twitter @anaealay.

Sherry Decker – First place winner of the North Texas Professional Writers  fiction contest; Finalist – Writers of the Future, four-time finalist PNWA fiction contest; work has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Cemetery Dance Magazine; short fiction collection to be republished by White Cat Publishing.  Her horror novel A Summer With the Dead thru Elder Signs Press will be available on May 1, and a re-publication of the science fiction novel Hypershot will be published in early 2018. Currently Sherry is working on whatever feels right, depending on the day and her mood.

 

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February 2017 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, February 22nd.

  • Signups start at 7:00 pm
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Invited readers  8:45 – 9:45 pm

Invited Reader Bios

Anne Bean lives in Seattle, Washington where she obsesses over comics, fairy tales, and book design. Her writing has appeared in Urban Fantasy Magazine, Animal Literary Journal, The Establishment, and Tell Me A Fable from Dark Opus Press. She’s made comics with Noel Franklin, Ben Horak, Laura D. Graves, and Ted Closson. Find out more at http://annebean.com.

Eileen Gunn’s work has received the Nebula Award in the US and the Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award. Her stories have been published in Asimov’s, Tor.com, Nature, and elsewhere; her most recent collection, Questionable Practices, appeared in 2014 from Small Beer Press. She says, “I have a story coming out in April, in a rather surprising venue, which hasn’t announced it yet. I’ll read from it on Wednesday.”

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January 2017 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, January 25th.

  • Signups start at 7:00 pm
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Invited readers  8:45 – 9:45 pm

Invited Reader Bios

Caroline M. Yoachim lives in Seattle and loves cold cloudy weather.  She is the author of over 70 short stories, appearing in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Lightspeed, among other places.  Her work has been reprinted in Year’s Best anthologies and translated into Chinese, Spanish, and Czech.  Last year her short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, came out with Fairwood Press.  For more about Caroline, check out her website at http://carolineyoachim.com

Tom Patton is a member of the Lost Inc. writing group who has unfortunately been encouraged to write from a young age, leading to a dangerously oversized ego and undeserved sense of confidence about the written word.  His work has been quietly published with as little fanfare as possible in the hopes that he might be placated and appeased, but this only makes matters worse and he continues to write to this day.

Sirena Ross lives in Seattle Washington. She writes apocalyptic poetry, shops in thrift stores and has been known to dance in a disturbing monkey costume.  She enjoys painting, writing, singing and talking to herself.  Her dark poetry, devious fiction and MP3 recordings are collected at sirenaross.wordpress.com Her short stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines. Her first Novella, “Trouble With Robots!” is available from Amazon.

 

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December 2016 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on December 28th.

  • Signup starts at 7:00
  • ten minute readings from signup 7:30 – 9:45

Because this is the holiday season, we won’t have features, instead we’ll run an open mic all evening.  Let us know if your SF/F piece needs a few extra minutes during signup.

 Interested in the “Cinderella”-theme blog invitation?  Details on Theresa’s blog – click here.

Bonus24 hour prompt challenge:
* Blue settlers on the red planet
* Lunar jazz renaissance

November 2016 Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on November 23rd (Thanksgiving Eve).

  • Signups open at 7:00, we will use the “random drawing from a hat” method of selecting readers.
  • Open Mic readings (no Invited Readers) 7:30 – 9:45, with a break from 8:30-8:45.

Since we will be reading on “Thanksgiving eve” we won’t have features, instead we’ll run an open mic all evening.  Let us know if your SF/F piece needs a few extra minutes during signup.

Feel free to select one of the themes below and write a piece on the theme!

  • “Pied Pumpkins” tell no tales
  • Condemned to spend eternity in the holidays
  • It’s a catastrophe – and the cranberry sauce won’t gel
  • Death rays and cranberry sauce
  • The gravy fountain of youth
  • You can’t stuff a turkey at zero-G
  • Turkey-ternity
  • Velociraptor tastes just like turkey

October Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, October 26th.

  • Signups starts at 7:00
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30
  • Invited readers Nisi Shawl and Vonda N. McIntyre  8:45 – 9:45

We are delighted to be hosting Invited Readers Nisi Shawl and Vonda N. McIntyre in this special event.  Welcome back, Nisi and Vonda!

Bios

Nisi Shawl’s AfroRetroFuturist novel Everfair came out from Tor September 6.  Her story collection Filter House co-won a James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and she’s co-author of the acclaimed instructional handbook Writing the Other: A Practical Approach.  Shawl co-edited Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler.  She’s fairly active on Twitter and Facebook, but in real life walks around her Seattle neighborhood at a feline pace.   http://www.nisishawl.com

Vonda N. McIntyre writes science fiction.    http://www.vondanmcintyre.com

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September Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, September 28th.

  • Signups start at 7:00 pm
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Invited readers  8:45 – 9:45 pm

 

Bios (more to come)

Jon Lasser lives in Ballard with his wife and two children.

He is a member of the Clarion West class of 2016. His stories have won the Writers of the Future contest and been shortlisted for the James White award. They have appeared or are forthcoming in Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology; Writers of the Future, Volume 32; Penumbra Magazine; and elsewhere.

When not writing or working in the tech industry, Jon plays with his children, cooks, drinks at Ballard’s six (or is that eight?) microbreweries, and scuba dives, but not after microbrewery visits. He prefers cold-water over tropical diving, though he wouldn’t turn down a vacation to Maui or Bonaire.

Much to her chagrin, Elizabeth Guizzetti discovered she was not a cyborg and growing up to be an otter would be impractical, so she began writing stories. Elizabeth currently lives in Seattle with her husband and two poodles. When not writing, she loves hiking and birdwatching.

She is the author and illustrator of independent comics:  Faminelands,  Lure and Out for Souls&Cookies! Her debut novel, Other Systems, was a 2015 Finalist for the Canopus Award for excellence in Interstellar Fiction. She continues to write science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Her third novel, The Grove, came out September 13th.

 

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August Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, August 24th.

  • Signups start at 7:00 pm
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Invited readers  8:45 – 9:45 pm

Invited Reader Bios

Coral Moore has always been the kind of girl who makes up stories. Fortunately, she never quite grew out of that. She writes because she loves to invent characters and the desire to find out what happens to her creations drives her tales.

Prompted by a general interest in how life works, she studied biology. She enjoys conversations about genetics and microbiology as much as those about vampires and werewolves. Coral writes mainly speculative fiction and is a 2013 alum of the Viable Paradise writer’s workshop. She has been published by Dreamspinner Press, Evernight Publishing, and Vitality Magazine with stories forthcoming this year from Diabolical Plots and Zombies Need Brains.
Currently she lives in the beautiful state of Washington with the love of her life, a dangerously smart Catahoula Leopard Dog, and a saltwater aquarium.

Evan J. Peterson is a 2015 Clarion West writer, author of the speculative poetry chapbooks Skin Job and The Midnight Channel, and volume editor of the Lambda Literary Award finalist Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam: Gay City 5. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Weird Tales (back when it was still good), The Stranger, The Queer South Anthology, Nightmare Magazine, Queers Destroy Horror, Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books, Arcana: The Tarot Poetry Anthology, and Aim for the Head: An Anthology of Zombie Poetry. His first full-length prose book, a safe sex memoir about Truvada as PrEP, will be published by Lethe Press in 2017. Evan teaches classes around Seattle, including SHRIEK: Women of Horror at Scarecrow Video. Check out evanjpeterson.com for more.

 

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July Reading

Join us for two hours of science fiction and fantasy reading at Cafe Racer on Wednesday, July 27th.

  • Signups start at 7:00 pm
  • Five minute readings from signup 7:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Invited readers  8:45 – 9:45 pm

 

Bios

Tegan Moore:  It was aliens, not stars or spacecraft, that drew Tegan into science fiction when she was young; aliens, and the idea of radical difference. Fantasy worlds, too, fascinated for the same reasons. She finds her own aliens now closer to home: in the emotional lives of intelligent but incomprehensible animals, in humans who might not be entirely human, in the monsters we make out of our own frustrations and fears.

Tegan is a graduate of Clarion West, Class of 2015 and has been published in Strange Horizons and Asimov’s Science Fiction. She trains dogs for competitive agility, is allergic to chocolate and only has eight toenails.

G.G. Silverman lives north of Seattle with her husband and dog, both of whom are ridiculously adorable. When she isn’t writing, she loves to explore the mossy woods and wind-swept coast of the Pacific Northwest, which provide moody inspiration for all her stories. She also enjoys bouts of inappropriate laughter, and hates wind chimes because they remind her of horror movies. She practices archery in case of the zombie apocalypse.

Ms. Silverman’s first book, VEGAN TEENAGE ZOMBIE HUNTRESS, was a finalist for the 2015 North Street Book Prize, and she has also won awards for her short fiction. Her short stories have appeared in PopSeagull’s ROBOTICA science fiction anthology, Pulp Modern’s DANGEROUS WOMEN issue (under the pseudonym of Janna Darkovich), Lunch Ticket magazine, Molotov Cocktail’s FLASH PHENOM, and more.  She is a member of the PNWA, and has also served as a judge for the 2016 and 2013 PNWA Literary Contest, for the short story category.

She has made numerous public appearances, including a reading before a large, sold-out crowd at the Bonebat “Comedy of Horrors” Film Fest, a reading at Northwest Horrorfest, and a live performance of her piece “Girl in A Horror Movie” at Seattle’s Women in Horror Month event, Vaginomicon — a horror spoof the Vagina Monologues. She was recently a panelist at Emerald City Comicon speaking about pop-culture heroes with invisible disabilities like depression and anxiety disorders. She also visits schools and libraries and gives readings at open mic nights in and around the Seattle area.

NEW!  Indrapramit Das (aka Indra Das) is a writer from Kolkata, India. His debut novel The Devourers (Penguin Books India) was nominated for the 2016 Crawford Award, and will be available in North American on July 12 from Del Rey. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies, including Tor.com, ClarkesworldAsimov’s, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction. He is a 2012 Octavia E. Butler Scholar, and a grateful graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Follow him on Twitter @IndrapramitDas.

Next month (Aug 24th):  Coral Moore & Evan Peterson

Coming on October 26th:   Eileen Gunn, Nisi Shawl, and Vonda McIntyre.  Don’t miss it!

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