I’ll be keynoting the Imagine Film Festival today with a focus on worldbuilding in science fiction. They’ve actually labeled the talk “Worldbuilding in Space,” so I have to warn you, it will have nothing to do with this:
I’m very sorry, as I know this is a huge disappointment. Here are the details of the actual talk:
Where: Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
When: Wednesday, April 17, 5:30pm
What: Anne Toole started out as a writer for television and quickly developed towards video games. She has a preference for writing mysteries, horror, fantasy and sci-fi and has produced a large body of work. She worked on big games like The Witcher, Assassins Creed: Origin and Horizon Zero Dawn, as well as writing a lot about writing genre games.
In her keynote speech at Imagine she will talk extensively about her area of expertise, with an extra focus on sci-fi. How do you develop a sci-fi world as a writer, what do you pay attention to, how do you work with artists and game designers and what are the pitfalls of the genre?
Hope to see you there!
It’s happening! In a week, nerds of the world will unite at Comic-con for another fun-filled extravaganza. I’ll be doing a comic book signing at Kymera Press of a limited edition PET NOIR #5. Git yours as it’s not yet available on their site! I’ll also be speaking on video game writing along with a panel of illustrious greats! Like the villain in every movie, I say “Join usssss!”
Here be the schedule:
Crafting Story for Video Games
Thursday July 19, 2018 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Video game veterans from Telltale, Riot, Xbox, and other companies share tips and techniques they use for making successful game narrative. They’ll share real-life examples and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the origins of some of the most popular video game characters, worlds, and stories.
Signing Pet Noir
Sunday, July 22 2pm
Kymera Press, Booth #2003
Pet Noir is an adaptation of Pati Nagle’s series of linked short stories, “Pet Noir.” In “Pet Noir” feline investigator Leon, with opposable thumbs and the ability to talk, is possibly the most dangerous cat in the galaxy. The comic is drawn by Anna Giovannini, inked by Laurie Foster, colored by Liezl Buenaventura and written by Anne Toole.
Writing science fiction is part of my job description, which also includes, apparently, coming up with 100 ways to say, “Good job!” Unlike the latter, I will actually get help with the former from the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop. The week-long workshop educates writers in various media education so we can rush off and make our science fiction more science and less fiction. I’ll be joining the best and brightest in the fields of novels and TV for the experience in Wyoming, which I can safely say is my favorite state I’ve never been to.
For a complete list of this year’s attendees, click here. If you want to see any of the glorious alum from years past, including Ellen Datlow and Marc Laidlaw, check them out here.
Anyone else been to Wyoming? Any recommendations?
Science! If you’ve ever wanted to become a mad scientist, then check out the latest Mad Scientist Journal. Within this Summer 2013 issue, you’ll find many tales of wonderment for the mad scientist in you, as well as a short piece of flash fiction from yours truly. Yes, that’s slightly redundant, but I’m mad, mad, I tell you! Enjoy this lovely digital issue at Smashwords, Amazon, or B&N.
And just to give this post a little more meat, the charity anthology Love and Other Distractions: An Anthology by 14 Hollywood Writers
is currently ranked #1 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Anthologies & Literary Collections > Short Stories! It can be yours for $.99, with proceeds going to Kids Need to Read. Enjoy!
If you’ve ever wondered what stories the great works of literature didn’t tell, you’ll want to check out a new anthology: MISSING LINKS AND SECRET HISTORIES: A Selection of Wikipedia Entries from Across the Known Multiverse, edited by L. Timmel Duchamp. It features the secret histories of such works as Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” and Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness.” You won’t be surprised to find my own contribution, “The Secrets of Flatland,” revealing the machinations of the Circles and their secret band of assassins. I was inspired by my reading of Flatland in junior high math class, of all things. Most exciting of all, however, is the fact that NPR listed it as one of its top five summer reads for science fiction/fantasy, right next to Neil Gaiman’s THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, which I’m definitely going to read.
Check out the MISSING LINKS AND SECRET HISTORIES anthology today, and feel free to share your thoughts below. If you could write a secret Wiki article on a great work of literature, what would it be?