my Philcon 2022 schedule

What is likely to be my last public appearance of 2022 will be as the Principal Speaker at Philcon 2022 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey from 18-20 November.

Philcon is one of the oldest science fiction conventions, having gotten its start in 1936 when nine fans (among them future publisher of DAW Books Donald A. Wollheim, super-fan David Kyle, and future author Frederik Pohl) gathered in Philadelphia. It was the first convention I attended as a professional in the field after I started working for the late Byron Preiss in 1993 (prior to that, I’d attended cons — including a couple of prior Philcons — either as a fan or as press as part of The Chronic Rift).

And this year, three decades after my first time at Philcon as part of the Rift crew, I’m the guest of honor! And I’ll be launching two books, Phoenix Precinct (the sixth novel in my fantasy/police procedure series) and The Eye of Argon and the Further Adventures of Grignr the Barbarian (in which I’ll have a story).

Here’s my schedule…

EDITED TO ADD: Now with fellow panelists!


9-10pm: The Eye of Argon: The Play, w/Michael A. Ventrella, Ian Randal Strock, Gregory Frost, Hildy Silverman, Peter Prellwitz, and Jean Marie Ward (Grand Ballroom)


11am-noon: “Science Fiction/Mystery Crossovers,” w/Russ Colchamiro, Roberta Rogow, Storm Humbert, and Aaron Rosenberg (Plaza 4)

12-1pm: Tea with Keith R.A. DeCandido (con suite)

2-3pm: Principal Speaker: Keith R.A. DeCandido (Grand Ballroom) — I will probably do this as a Q&A…

3-4pm: autographing, w/Charles Urbach (autograph area)

5-6pm: “Revisiting Deep Space Nine: Still More to Talk About,” w/Susan Shwartz, Dan Persons, Russell J. Handelman, and Savan Gupta (Plaza 2)

8-10pm: eSpec Books Launch Party for Phoenix Precinct, Espirit de Corpse, and Yeti Left Home (con suite) — this is the official launch of the three books that were recently successfully crowdfunded, including my own Phoenix Precinct


11am-noon: “Writing in Someone Else’s Universe,” w/Elektra Hammond, Susan Shwartz, Aaron Rosenberg, Robert E. Waters (Plaza 4)

12.30-1pm: reading (readings room) — I will be reading one of the many short stories I’ve had out this year; which one will be up to the audience

1-2pm: “Star Trek in 2022,” w/Matt Black, Jim Prego, Hildy Silverman, and Orenthal V. Hawkins (Plaza 5)

On those vanishingly rare occasions when I’m not programmed, I’ll be in the dealer’s room at the eSpec Books table selling and signing books.

Looking forward to seeing folks there!

my Bubonicon 53 schedule

From 26-28 August — which is this coming weekend! — I will be one of the Guests of Honor at Bubonicon 53 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I will be there alongside my fellow GoH Rae Carson, Toastmaster A. Lee Martinez, Guest Artist Chaz Kemp, Science Speaker Courtney Willis, PhD, as well as the following guests: Jeff Benham, Lou J. Berger, Craig A. Butler, Yvonne Coats, Stephen R. Donaldson, Sheila Finch, C.C. Finlay, Gordon Garb, Josh Gentry, Gail Gerstner-Miller, Loretta Hall, Reese Hogan, Betsy James, Darynda Jones, Carolyn Kay, Jeffe Kennedy, Jane Lindskold, Emily Mah, Christopher Marsh, George RR Martin (yes, really), Susan R. Matthews, Wil McCarthy, John Maddox Roberts, Joan S. Saberhagen, Jon Sanchez, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Jim Sorenson, Jeanne C. Stein, S.M. Stirling, David Lee Summers, John Sumrow, Lauren C. Teffeau, Ian Tregillis,¬†Sarena Ulibarri, Robert E. Vardeman,¬†Carrie Vaughn, Walter Jon Williams, and Connie Willis.

I will be doing panels and stuff, and also will have a table to sell stuff. (I assume said table is in the dealer room….) Here’s my schedule:


5-6pm: “It’s a Funny Story… Writing Humor,” w/Yvonne Coats, Darynda Jones, Emily Mah, and Connie Willis (Salon E)

6-6.30pm: opening ceremonies (Salon E)


11am-noon: “50 Minutes with Keith R.A. DeCandido” (Cimarron/Las Cruces)

2-3pm: “Anthologies Assemble! More than Ever Before,” w/C.C. Finlay, Joan S. Saberhagen, Jeanne C. Stein, and Sarena Ulibarri (Salon E)

4.25-5.35pm: mass autographing session (Salon A-E)

7-9.30pm: “Costume Contest” — I’ll be one of the judges, alongside Joan S. Saberhagen & Jeanne C. Stein (Salon A-E)


11am-12.30pm: “Co-Guests of Honor Presentation,” w/Rae Carson and A. Lee Martinez (Salon E)

3.30-4.30pm: “Once Upon a Time: The Modern Fairy Tale,” w/Chaz Kemp, A. Lee Martinez, Jeanne C. Stein, and Connie Willis (Salon E)

4.30-5pm: closing ceremonies (Salon E)

Looking forward to seeing folks there!

my tentative Dragon Con 2022 schedule

I will be back at Dragon Con over Labor Day weekend in Atlanta at the start of next month, and the programming folks have sent me my preliminary schedule.

I’m disappointed that DC won’t be requiring that all attendees be vaccinated — that should be SOP at every convention, and that it isn’t depresses the fuck out of me — but they are requiring that everyone be masked, which is acceptable.

Anyhow, this is a light schedule by my standards, as I “only” have 15 program items from the con, plus I’ll be putting in four autograph sessions at Bard’s Tower in the Vendor Hall.

Here’s where to find me. I will update this post once I get information like who else is on the panels with me……

EDITED TO ADD: The other panelists have been added, plus there’s an additional panel Saturday night at 10pm….


10-11am: “Batman and X-Men: Best Superhero Cartoons Ever,” w/Michael Bailey, Joe Crowe, and Michael Williams (American Sci-Fi Classics Track, virtual panel)

8.30-9.30pm: “Classic Sci-Fi Movie Novelizations: The Dramatic Readings,” w/Darin M. Bush, John Hudgens, ToniAnn Marini, and James Palmer (American Sci-Fi Classics Track, Marriott M103-M105)


10-11am: autographing (Bard’s Tower, America’s Mart, Floor 2)

1-2pm: Practical Self-Defense Workshop (Workshops, Hilton 404-405)

2.30-3.30pm: “Alien: The Expanding Darkness,” w/Clara Arija, Andrew E.C. Gaska, Steve Saffel, and Alex White (Horror Track, Westin Peachtree 1-2)

4-5pm: “The Batman — Reinvented… Again,” w/Philip Greco, Wendy Hembrock, Robyn McGlotten, Cammien Ray (American Science Fiction TV & Film, Marriott M302-M303)

7-8pm: “Humor in SF,” w/Esther M. Friesner, Lydia Sherrer, Benjamin Wallace, and Jean Marie Ward (Science Fiction Literature, Hyatt Embassy AB)


10-11am: autographing (Bard’s Tower, America’s Mart, Floor 2)

11.30am-12.30pm: “From Screen to Page: Writing Tie-in Novels,” w/Clay Griffith, Michael Haslip, Greg Keyes, John Jackson Miller, and Steve Saffel (Science Fiction Literature, Hyatt Embassy AB)

2.30-3.30pm: “Cage vs. Cage: The All-Nicolas Cage Cage Match,” w/Joe Crowe,
ToniAnn Marini, and Will Price (American Sci-Fi Classics Track, Marriott M103-M105)

4-5pm: reading (Hyatt Vinings)

5.30-7pm: autographing (Bard’s Tower, America’s Mart, Floor 2)

10-11pm: “Zombies vs. Aliens: Humans Strike Back!” w/David Petrie, Alison Sky Richards, and Marisa Wolf (Apocalypse Rising Track, Westin Chastain F-G)


11.30am-12.30pm: “Batman: The Animated Series Bat-a-versary,” w/Michael Bailey, Mike
Faber, and James Palmer (American Sci-Fi Classics Track, Marriott M103-M105)

1-3pm: autographing (Bard’s Tower, America’s Mart, Floor 2)

4-5pm: autographing (Marriott International Hall South 1-3)

5.30-6.30pm: “The Canon of Doctor Who,” w/Robert Bowen, R. Alan Siler, Andy Teal, J.M. Tuffley, and Anthony Williams (Brit Track, Hilton Galleria 5)


10-11am: “Roll-a-Panel: Movies of 1982 and 1987,” w/John Hudgens, Stuart Jaffe, Gary Mitchel, Bill Mulligan, and William Joseph Roberts (American Sci-Fi Classics Track, Marriott M103-M105)

11.30am-12.30pm: “Shang-Chi: Ta Lo or Bust,” Jeff Burns, Mike Faber, Birmagidra Gainor, and Bethany Kesler (American Science Fiction TV & Film, Marriott M302-M303)

1-2pm: “Where Do You Get Your Ideas?” w/Cecilia Dominic, Anthony Francis, D.B. Jackson, Steve Saffel, and Kimbra Swain (Writing Track, Hyatt Embassy EF)

my Shore Leave 42 schedule

As I have been every year this millennium (whether it’s been in person or online), I will be at one of my absolute favorite cons, the Shore Leave convention at the Hunt Valley Inn in Cockeysville, Maryland (just north of Baltimore) as both an author guest and a musical guest. As the former, I’ll be doing panels and autographings and such like. As the latter, I’ll be doing two Boogie Knights concerts, one Saturday morning at 10am (NOTE: THIS IS NOT OUR USUAL 11AM SLOT, BUT INSTEAD WE’RE AN HOUR EARLY AT 10AM!!!!!), one Saturday night at masquerade halftime. This con, by the way, marks the BK’s 40th anniversary — the band debuted at Shore Leave 4 in 1982.

Here’s my whole schedule:


4-5pm: “The Latest and Greatest: Come Find Out What Our Authors Have Been Working On,” w/Christopher D. Abbott, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Christopher L. Bennett, Russ Colchamiro, Heather E. Hutsell, David Mack, Richard C. White, and Sherri Cook Woosley (Salon F)

8-9pm: “Kick-Ass Heroes Who Don’t Kick Ass,” w/Rigel Ailur, Christopher L. Bennett, Susan Olesen, and T.J. Perkins (Salon E)

10pm-midnight: Meet the Pros party, w/ALL THE AUTHORS! (Hunt/Valley corridor)


10-11am: Boogie Knights concert (Valley) — PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SHOW IS AT 10AM AND NOT AT 11AM LIKE WE USUALLY ARE

1-2pm: self-defense workshop (Belmont)

4-5pm: “Anthologies Assemble,” w/Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Mike McPhail, and Joshua Palmatier (Salon A)

5-6pm: “eSpec Books Presents,” w/Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Christopher L. Bennett, Russ Colchamiro, Mike McPhail, Aaron Rosenberg, Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg, and Hildy Silverman (Belmont)

Masquerade halftime (some time after 8.30pm): Boogie Knights concert (Valley)


10-11am: “Writerly Accessories,” w/Greg Cox, David Mack, Christopher D. Ochs, and Scott Pearson (Belmont)

11am-noon: “Crowdfunding Your Novel,” w/some other people, I’m not sure who (Belmont)

1-2pm: “Let’s Make a Monster,” w/Andrew Hiller, Heather E. Hutsell, Hildy Silverman, and Dayton Ward (Belmont)

2-3pm: “Recurring Characters,” w/Russ Colchamiro, Michael Jan Friedman and Richard C. White (Belmont)

Hope to see folks there!

my InConJunction 41 schedule

Next weekend, 1-3 July, I’ll be the Author Guest of Honor at InConJunction 41: The Next Chapter, to be held at the Indianapolis Marriott East in Indianapolis, Indiana.

I will have a table full of books to sell and sign, and I’ll also be doing a mess of programming:


3-4pm: “The Worst of Trek: TNG Seasons 4-7,” w/Ricky Lile, R.J. Sullivan, & Beckie Margedant (Main Programming)

5-6pm: reading (Main Programming)

7-8pm: opening ceremonies (Main Programming)


11am-noon: “Meet the Romulans: What Makes a Good Alien?” w/Jo Boone & Rachel Luluch (Main Programming)

3-4pm: “Worldbuilding,” w/Mark Wandrey, T. Lee Harris, & Sara Deurell (Indianapolis Ballroom A-B)

6-7pm: self-defense workshop (Indianapolis Ballroom C)

9-10pm: “Randomly Randy,” w/Travis Clemmons, Elizabeth Davis, & Tammy Jo Eckhart (Indianapolis Ballroom A-B)


12-1pm: Q&A (Main Programming)

2-3pm: “Character Creation,” w/T. Lee Harris & Sara Deurell (Indianapolis Ballroom A-B)

3-4pm: closing ceremonies (Main Programming)

Looking forward to seeing folks in Indy!

talkin’ the third season of Batman ’66 on the Classics Track

It’s another Quarantine Panel from Dragon Con’s American Sci-Fi Classics Track, this one celebrating the release of OOFFF! BOFF! SPLATT!: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Essays on Batman ’66–Season Three by having the book’s editor, Jim Beard, and three of the contributors, John S. Drew of The Batcave Podcast, Michael Bailey of the Fortress of Baileytude podcasts, and, um, me to discuss the third season of the Adam West-Burt Ward classic.

talkin’ physical activity and writing on Russ’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster

If you missed it last Wednesday, fear not! The latest episode of Russ’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster has been archived on the Tube of You!

Host Russ Colchamiro has me (martial arts), Teel James Glenn (stunt work and stage combat), and Mary Fan (circus performing on silks) talking about how these very physical activities affect our writing and our lives.

Check it out!

I’m back on Russ’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster, talking writing and martial arts and stuff

On Wednesday the 20th of April at 8pm Eastern time, Russ’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster will feature host Russ Colchamiro talking to fellow authors Teel James Glenn (stage combat), Mary Fan (circus performing), and me, Keith R.A. DeCandido (martial arts), discussing how these physical activities inform our writing.

Tickets are free, but you have to register ahead of time to get the Zoom link and participate in the Q&A if you so choose. Click here to reserve a spot. The talk will later be archived on the Tube of You if you can’t make it live next Wednesday.

Hope to see folks there!