For those who couldn’t make the Heroines in SciFi roundtable with Colleen Cahill, Jeri Smith-Ready, Brenda Clough, Morgan Keyes and Jagi Lamplighter, BSFS has uploaded HD video of the talk.
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The final, brilliant word on passive voice.
“She was killed [by zombies.]” <—- passive
“Zombies killed [by zombies] her.” <—- active
Oh my god, best passive voice identification tool ever.
This is on par with the moment that I learned “the alligator always eats the bigger number” when determining whether to use greater than or less than sign.
Life changing shit, seriously.
So using this someday. XD
No wonder they’ve survived they are the REAL Avengers :O
Carl is bad ass now. Wow.
Its been a great year at BSFS!
The Book Circle has been a blast. We meet next on Oct 27th to discuss Anne McCaffery’s Dragonflight; and our Nov book is World’s End by Neil Gaiman, and Dec is A Colder War by Charles Stross.
Also on Oct 27th is our last Anime Social of the year, from 2 - 6. Come out and watch anime, read from our massive manga collectioin, and play board games with other otaku. The Anime Social will start up again in January.
And on Oct 27th, starting at 8PM, we’re proud to host a roundtable on Heroines in Science Fiction. Writers Brenda Clough, Morgan Keyes (a.k.a. Mindy Klasky), L. Jagi Lamplighter and Jeri Smith-Ready will talk about the changes of the heroine in literature, both in their own works and those that have influenced them. Colleen Cahill, Library of Congress Recommending Officer for Fantasy and Science Fiction, will moderate the discussion. Free and open to the public!
Finally, on January 26th, PA professional writer Jonthan Maberry will be holding a writing workshop, “”From Raw to Cooked: Professional Story Development,” an intense interactive workshop where he’ll guide participants in the process of taking a raw idea, and building it into a compelling framework on which to write a novel. A detailed, focused day of instruction perfect for new, up-and-coming writers. Only $25 to participate, which includes lunch. Email BSFSEvents@BSFS.Org for more details.
Thanks to everyone for the interest in the August 25th and January 26th day-long writing workshops at BSFS! This is the first time we’ve done something like this in a long while, and whether we do it again or not depends on if the community likes and supports the idea. We’re excited by all of the up-and-coming writers in MD/DC/VA/PA who have contacted us, asked questions, and put down money to get instruction by published, professional scifi/fantasy writers!
Brenda Clough, who teaches the Aug 25th workshop, has not only been teaching science fiction for years at the Writing Center in Bethesda, she’s also been nominated for the Hugo and Nebulla awards and is an excellent writer with a long career in her own right. See these reviews of her work on Amazon:
This one for The Doors and Death of Life, published by Tor in 2001:
And this one for Revise the World, published in 2009:
There are four seats remaining for her August 25th, 10 AM BSFS workshop. Money is due by August 11th. First come, first reserved. Cost to participate is $25, which includes lunch. E-mail BSFSEvents@BSFS.Org for more information, including how to pay. Thanks everyone!
Hi all! As always, hope you’re well!
Sorry for the lack of updates to Tumblr, but BSFS has been busy as always. The Critique Circle, where we meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday to analyze our own manuscripts, has been taking off and is averaging now 12 people per meeting. (See the very top photo, taken outside of BSFS HQ in the evening after a particularly good session in June).
The Anime Social every 3rd Sat is going awesomely (see the first photo after the big one on the left hand side).
Along with our usual business and social meetings, we had an outdoor picnic in late June at our Prez’s house in Columbia, where 50 people came out to eat and talk about Paolo Bacigalupi’s, “The Windup Girl” for the BSFS Book Discussion Circle in a very spirited discussion. [See the other photos].
Finally, we’re happy to announce a series of day-long writing workshops taught by local published science fiction writers. Brenda Clough will be teaching the first one on August 25th, and Jonathan Maberry the 2nd on January 26th. Each workshop is $25 to participate, which includes a lunch for that day. E-mail BSFSEvents @ BSFS . Org for more details, including how to pay. Press release is here:
Reminder: Our July Book Discussion Book is Brandon Sanderson’s, “The Way of Kings,” and we’ll be analyzing that at the BSFS HQ on July 28th at 6:30 PM. The August book is, “Parable of the Sower,” by Octavia Butler, and that’s Aug 25th after the Writing Workshop, and then Nnedi Okorafor’s, “Who Fears Death,” for September with Dr. Okorafor herself calling in to talk about the book with us.