Category: EVENTS


I’ll be attending CapClave next weekend, Oct. 16-18, in Rockville, MD (near Washington, DC).

Two stories from my anthology Seeds of Change (“Spider the Artist” by Nnedi Okorafor and “Drinking Problem” by K.D. Wentworth) are nominated for the Washington Science Fiction Association’s Small Press Award, which is presented at CapClave.

Here are the program items I’ll be participating in:

Sat 1pm Montrose – New writers
Participants: Larry Hodges (m), John Joseph Adams, John Betancourt, Tad Daley, Scott Edelman, Shelia Williams

How did you get started in the field? How are you shaping your career? What advice would you give new writers?

Sat 5pm Montrose – New Media
Participants: Barbara Krasnoff (m), John Joseph Adams, John Andrews, Davey Beauchamp, Neil Clarke

Webcomics. Manga. YouTube videos. Pseudo- blogs (fiction in blog format). Twitter fiction. Podcasts. What are they? How do they work? How can I get them? How can I get involved? What’s worth the audience’s time?

Sat 9pm Plaza – Small Press Award
Participants: WSFA and the nominees

Who will win the annual WSFA small press award? Come and see. Celebrate with cake.

Sun 10am Montrose – The Editors Panel
Participants: Neil Clarke (m), John Joseph Adams, Christopher M. Cevasco, George Scithers, Ted White, Shelia Williams

What do editors look for? What trends are they seeing? What do they want to see in manuscripts? Do editors still work with writers and if so how?

Sun 3pm Montrose – Podcasting
Participants: Nobilis Reed (m), John Joseph Adams, Davey Beauchamp

What is podcasting? How can authors and readers make use of it? What podcasts would interest SF fans?

Sunday 11am (Dealer’s Room?) – Autographing

John Joseph Adams

Additionally, Prime Books (publisher of my anthologies Federations and Seeds of Change) will be having a party at some point during the convention, it looks like it’s going to be Saturday night. I’ll be helping out with that and likely present the whole party. When more information is available about that, I’ll post it here on the blog.

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Philadelphia Science Fiction Society event

I’ll be speaking at the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society on July 17. If you’re in the area, drop by! The event is free and open to the public. They will have copies of my books on hand to sell and for me to sign. Here’s the press release about the event.

The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society

The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society brings in a professional writer, artist, editor, or some other kind of mover and shaker in the Science Fiction genre, nearly every month.

July’s guest will be:

John Joseph Adams

Friday July 17th at International House 3701 Chestnut St. Phila. PA  9:00 PM


John Joseph Adams is the editor of the anthologies Federations, The Living Dead, Seeds of Change, and Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. Forthcoming work includes the anthologies Brave New Worlds, By Blood We Live, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Living Dead 2, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, and The Way of the Wizard. He is also the assistant editor at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Adams also works as a freelance writer. He is currently a blogger for, and he has written reviews for Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. His other non-fiction has appeared in: Amazing Stories, The Internet Review of Science Fiction, Locus Magazine, Novel & Short Story Writers Market, Science Fiction Weekly, SCI FI Wire, Shimmer, Strange Horizons, Subterranean Magazine, and Writer’s Digest.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The University of Central Florida in December 2000. He currently lives in New Jersey. His website is


The event is free and open to the public. There will be books on hand for purchase and signing.

Past guests include:

Forrest J. Ackerman, Poul & Karen Anderson, Catherine Asaro, Terry Bisson, Jeff Bredenberg, Lois McMaster Bujold, P.D.  Cacek, Ray Cannella, Jack Chalker, David A. Cherry, C.J.  Cherryh, Hal Clement, Greg Costikyan, A.C.  Crispin, Tony Daniels, Peter David, John DeChancie, Samuel Delaney, Vincent DiFate, Gardner Dozois, George Alec Effinger, Bob Eggleton, Lloyd Eschbach, Mark Fabi, Jan Howard Finder, Leslie Fish, Phil & Kaja Folio, Esther Friesner, Gregory Frost, Craig Shaw Gardner, Marty Gear, David Gerrold, Alexis & Dolly Gilliland, Charles Grant, James Gurney, Laurell K. Hamilton, Elizabeth Hand, David Hartwell, Bruce Jensen, Janet Kagan, James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, Angela Kessler, Todd Kimmell, Eric Kotani, Nancy Kress, Ellen Kushner, David A. Kyle, Warren Lapine, Jonathan Lethem, Shariann Lewitt, Kelly Link, Don Maitz, George R.R. Martin, Lisa Mason, David Mattingly, Julian May, Jack McDevitt, Maureen McHugh, Catherine Mintz, Stuart Moore, James Morrow, Larry Niven, John Norman, Rebecca Ore, Severna Park, John Passarella, Frederik Pohl, Andrew I. Porter, Tom Purdom, Roman A. Ranieri, Mike Resnick, Mark Rogers, Steve Saffel, Pamela Sargent, Felicity Savage, Robert Sawyer, Charles Sheffield, Joan Slonczewski, Allen Steele, Michael Swanwick, Shane Tourtellotte, Bob Walters, Martha Wells, Janny Wurts, Stephen Youll, Timothy Zazhn, George Zebrowski



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Come Meet Me & Authors from Federations

I’ll be guest-curating the New York Review of Science Fiction reading series in July. See the press release below for details!

The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings


The South Street Seaport Museum


Readings from Federations

K. Tempest Bradford

Allen Steele

Genevieve Valentine

Guest Curator

John Joseph Adams


     Tuesday, July 7th — Doors open 6:30 PM

     $5 suggested donation

     South Street Seaport Museum

     12 Fulton Street

(directions and links below)


Usually our season runs through June, but when editor John Joseph Adams approached us with the opportunity to celebrate his new science fiction anthology, FEDERATIONS, we couldn’t resist adding an extra date to the season.

FEDERATIONS From Star Trek to Star Wars, and from Dune to Foundation, science fiction has a rich history of exploring the idea of vast interstellar societies, and the challenges facing those living in or trying to manage such societies. The stories in Federations continue that tradition, and therein you can find a mix of all-new, original fiction, alongside selected reprints from authors whose work exemplifies what interstellar SF is capable of, including Lois McMaster Bujold, Orson Scott Card, Anne McCaffrey, George R. R. Martin, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Alastair Reynolds, Robert J. Sawyer, Robert Silverberg, Harry Turtledove, and many more. To learn more about the anthology (or read several complete stories from the book), visit the anthology’s Web site,

K. Tempest Bradford’s fiction has appeared in Sybil’s Garage, Electric Velocipede, Podcastle, and Strange Horizons. She also contributes non-fiction essays and columns to, Fantasy Magazine, and the Carl Brandon Society blog. Her Web site is

Allen Steele is the two-time Hugo Award-winning author of the novels Orbital Decay, Lunar Descent, Chronospace, Spindrift, and many others. Over the last several years, he’s been focusing on writing and expanding his Coyote milieu, of which his story in Federations is a part. The most recent novel in the Coyoteverse, Coyote Horizon, came out in March, and will be followed by Coyote Destiny. Steele is also a prolific writer of short fiction, with four published collections, and a new one—The Last Science Fiction Writer—on the way. His stories have appeared in the magazines Asimov’s Science Fiction, Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Omni, Science Fiction Age, and in numerous anthologies. His Web site is

Genevieve Valentine’s fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Journal of Mythic Arts, Fantasy Magazine, Farrago’s Wainscot, Sybil’s Garage, and Escape Pod. She is a columnist for and Fantasy Magazine. Her appetite for good costumes and bad movies is insatiable, obsessions she tracks on her blog,

John Joseph Adams is the editor of the anthologies Federations, The Living Dead, Seeds of Change, and Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. Forthcoming work includes the anthologies Brave New Worlds, By Blood We Live, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Living Dead 2, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, and The Way of the Wizard. He is also the assistant editor at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and a columnist for To learn more, visit his Web site at

The New York Review of Science Fiction Reading Series is wrapping up its 19th season of providing performances from some of the best writers in science fiction, fantasy, speculative fiction, etc.  The series takes place the first Tuesday of every month at the South Street Seaport Museum.  We have been known to move from one venue to another within the museum, so check each time.  We are currently at 12 Fulton Street on the 4th Floor.  Admission is by a $5 donation.  If circumstances make this a hardship, let us know and we will accommodate you.  The producer and executive curator is radio producer and talk show host Jim Freund.

Tuesday, 7/7/9
Doors open at 6:30 — event begins at 7
The South Street Seaport Museum
12 Fulton Street — 4th floor,+ny
By Subway
Take 2, 3, 4, 5, J, Z, or M to Fulton Street; A and C to
Broadway-Nassau. Walk east on Fulton Street to Water Street
By Bus
Take M15 (South Ferry-bound) down Second Ave. to Fulton Street
By Car
  From the West Side: take West Street southbound. Follow signs to FDR
Drive Take underpass, keep right – use Exit 1 at end of underpass. Turn
right on South Street, six blocks.
  From the East Side, take FDR Drive south to Exit 3 onto South Street
Proceed about 1 mile.
By Boat



Coming up:

Our 20th Anniversary Season!

The New York Review of Science Fiction magazine is celebrating its 20th year!
Subscribe or submit articles to the magazine!
   New York Review of Science Fiction
   PO. Box 78, Pleasantville, NY, 10570
   NYRSF Magazine:

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Star Trek Smackdown

Come see me debate the merits of science fiction’s best starship captains at the Star Trek Smackdown on May 12 at the Paley Center (formerly known as the Museum for Television and Radio) in New York.

From the Paley Center’s website:

Event: Star Trek Smackdown

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
New York

John Joseph Adams, Editor of anthologies Federations, Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, and The Living Dead
Matt Mitovich, Senior Editor,
Bones Rodriguez, Author, Captain Kirk’s Guide to Women
Moderated by David Bushman, Curator, Television
Additional panelists to be announced.

O Captain! My Captain! Who’s the greatest leader in the history of science fiction on television? We’re pitting Captain James T. Kirk of Star Trek against your choices, based on the results of our Star Trek Smackdown poll. We’re beaming aboard a panel of sci-fi experts to debate the pros and cons of all the leading contenders, but we also want to hear what YOU think, so set your coordinates for the Paley Center and come join the debate.

Bring your tricorders to help you answer some trivia questions to win some DVDs and other special prizes! Costumes welcome!

Tickets include admission to the Paley Center (free to Members, $10 for non-members).

Hope to see you there!

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Zombie Robot live at NYC Village Pourhouse

If you’re in New York tonight, be sure to swing by the Village Pourhouse to check out my band Zombie Robot, which will be performing our first live gig as part of the Funde Razor charity event for Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play charity.



From left: Cylon Romero, Fembot Foree, Bishop Savini, and Braineater-1000.


From left: Cylon Romero, Bishop Savini, Fembot Foree, and Braineater-1000

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