At the Americana Awards in 2012, they paid tribute to the recently deceased Levon Helm with a lovely rendition of “The Weight,” which was performed by Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, Larry Campbell, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Sam Bush (doing amazing work with the mandolin), Booker T. Jones, Bonnie Raitt (who also plays some stellar slide guitar), Brittany Howard, and a bunch more.
Noon on Thanksgiving can only mean one thing!
“You can get anything you want / At Alice’s restaurant.”
Take it away, Arlo…..
I have heard nothing but good things about Starbase Indy — an Indianapolis-based Star Trek fan con held over Thanksgiving weekend — for years, and this year I get to see for myself! I will be one of the guests at SBI this weekend, alongside actors Mary Chieffo (L’rell on Discovery), Chris Doohan (son of James, played his father’s role of Scotty in the Star Trek Continues fan films, as well as a transporter operator in the first two Bad Robot movies), Tracee Lee Cocco (a regular extra on The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager), and Mimi Craven (Jisa on Voyager); performers Marc Gunn, Moxie Magnus, The Shake-Ups, Klingon Pop Warrior, and Mikey Mason; and scientists Dr. Erin Macdonald and Shannon Eichorn.
I’ll be spending most of my time at the table they’re giving me signing and selling books (as well as Wrenn’s stuffies), plus I have a Q & A on Saturday morning at 10am in the Main Bridge room.
When Levon Helm died in 2012, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band did a tribute to him by performing one of The Band’s best known songs, “The Weight.”
The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain does the theme from Shaft, and it’s magnificent. It’s truly fine to see the whitest group of people ever doing an iconic blaxploitation song.
Now available for preorder: Across the Universe: Tales of Alternate Beatles, edited by Michael A. Ventrella & Randee Dawn, coming out next month from the fine folks at Fantastic Books. The anthology reprints two classic alternate takes on the Fab Four, Spider Robinson’s “Rubber Soul” and Gregory Benford’s “Doing Lennon,” plus new stories by Matthew F. Amati, Eric Avedissian, Patrick Barb, Charles Barouch, Pat Cadigan, Brenda W. Clough, Gregory Frost, David Gerrold, Alan Goldsher, Sally Wiener Grotta, Carol Gyzander, Gordon Linzner, Gail Z. Martin, R. Jean Mathieu, Jody Lynn Nye, Beth W. Patterson, Cat Rambo, Kenneth Schneyer, Christian H. Smith, Allen M. Steele, Bev Vincent, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and me!
My story “Used To Be” — which takes place in the Dragon Precinct universe — will be joining this very illustrious company, and introduces us to the Fabulous Foursome, a group of adventurers in Flingaria, Jahn the bard, Paol the wizard, Gyorg the cleric of Rish, and Starki the barbarian.
The anthology already got raves from both Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, and now you can preorder the trade paperback or the hardcover from Amazon or Barnes & Noble! (EDITED TO ADD: the book is out now, so the links below are now ordering links, and the eBook editions are available as well.)
- Amazon: trade paperback or hardcover or Kindle
- B&N: trade paperback or hardcover or Nook
- Indie Bound: trade paperback or hardcover
Check it out!
Oh, and we’ll be doing a group reading at Brooklyn Commons as the December New York Review of Science Fiction reading on the 3rd of December! If you’re in NYC then, come on by! Co-editor Randee and publisher Ian Randal Strock will be there, and I know for sure that I will be there, as will several of the contributors. Hopefully it will be even more successful than the group reading we did at Philcon earlier this month (picture below).
L.-r.: Eric Avedissian, Michael A. Ventrella, Randee Dawn, Sally Wiener Grotta, Charles Barouch, Carol Gyzander, Gordon Linzner, Gregory Frost, and me
We’ve made our funding goal for “The Gorvangin Rampages: A Dragon Precinct Story” and “Ragnarok and a Hard Place: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet,” but that just means we got stretch goals!
If we hit $2000, which we’re only $130 shy of right now, folks who get the story bundle along with the two stories will also get my Super City Police Department novel The Case of the Claw. And there are more for further goals, so please consider supporting the crowdfund!