What's Up With Us (September 2006)

Publisher's Note: Effective August 2006, the Broadband Editorial is devoted to news items about the primary active associates of Far Sector SFFH Magazine. Click on a name for info. Archive of past months included.

Shaun Farrell |  Dennis Latham |  John K. Muir |  John T. Cullen

Shaun Farrell

September 2006 Here is Shaun's website

August was an eventful month. I attended the awards ceremony for the Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest, which you can read about that in this month's Singularities column. Then I attended the WorldCon in Anaheim. I learned a lot about this SF/F/H field I have entered, and I met many professionals who treated me like a friend and let me hang out with them. In addition to the excitement of Worldcon, I'm now a professor! No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. The Literature Department at Point Loma Nazarene University has brought me on board to facilitate a literary magazine workshop, and to teach a basic composition course. My official title is Visiting Adjunct Professor. It's a great opportunity, and one I am enjoying thoroughly. In news about my acting career, I finished the shoot for a short comedy called The Meeting. I spoke about this last month, and let me tell you, playing a crazy guy who thinks squirrels are taking over the world (ed. note: shaun squirrel dot com?) is just as much fun as it sounds! Once the film is showing in festivals, I'll let you know. For more about me (if you're a sucka for punishment), check out shaunfarrell.com and myspace.com/speculativefictionwriter.

July-August 2006 Here is Shaun's website

My life seems like one big blur the past two months. I went to Westercon, the official SF convention of the west coast, in June. While there I had the opportunity to meet some nice folks, like Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Larry Niven, Walter John Williams, and Evo Terra. If you don't know Evo Terra's name, than look up his podcast on itunes, Dragonpage: Cover to Cover. Or visit www.dragonpage.com. He and co-host Michael have a great show.

Anyway, then last month I spend four exciting days at Comic Con International. That event is overwhelming, with more than 125,000 people attending. I went to fascinating panel discussions, bought some books, and stood five feet away from Christopher Judge, who plays Teal'c on Stargate SG1. I also had the pleasure of meeting authors Greg Bear, Tad Williams, Josh Conviser, Troy Denning, Karen Traviss, Aaron Allston, Elizabeth Bear and the executive producer of the original He-Man, Lou Scheimer. You can expect interviews with many of these folks in months to come.

I also finished my novel Night of the Blood Monk. Now comes the task of selling it, which is the hard part. Also, on the acting side of my life, I have been cast in a short film called The Meeting Room. I play a nice young man who thinks squirrels are taking over the world. Funny stuff. I'll let you all know when and where the film can be seen once I know.

That's all for now. Until next time, happy reading.

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Dennis Latham

September 2006 Here is Dennis' website.

The Bad Season is hanging in there with sales and some good comments from readers. I'll be having two signings at some point in the near future. One is at Boswells, a restaurant-bar in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati, and the other will be the Mack Bookstore in Harrison, Ohio. I will also probably be speaking on writing fiction at my old high school, Aiken, in Cincinnati. I was in the first graduating class from Aiken in 1964. I'm also starting a huge editing project (three books) for A-1 Editing Service, finishing up another, re-editing my own Lord of Homicides; read and made minor edits and comments on a really cool novel by John Cullen called Dead Move: Sherlock Holmes and the Haunting Mystery of Coronado (Kate Morgan).

July-August 2006 Here is Dennis' website.

Clocktower Books has just published a print edition of The Bad Season (ISBN 0743309057) by Dennis Latham. He has been doing signings and mailings, and a remarkable series of successes have already occurred in just two weeks. Dennis says: "I sent flyers to local libraries, hoping librarians will decide to buy my book. They have four copies of one of my books in the Cincinnati library.

"The Cincinnati Enquirer has published a favorable review of The Bad Season, along with info about me.

"The Owenton, Kentucky newspaper contacted me this morning and they are doing an article on the book early next week. They interviewed me over the phone and I'm sending a picture. The book takes place in my fictional Owenton.

"POD Girl On Demand, the website that reviewed Michael In Hell last year, was kind enough to mention The Bad Season on her blog. The top five books she picked last year out of the 50 reviewed, (Michael in Hell was one of the 50) now have major publisher contracts. She went through 6000 POD books to pick the 50. I sent her the link to the article and she said she would write something up for the site about the book. That's really cool. She gets a couple hundred thousand hits a month."

A Hollywood producer is currently reading The Bad Season. Here is Dennis' website.

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John K. Muir

September 2006 Here is John's website.

Award-winning John Kenneth Muir is currently working under deadline pressure on his fourth book of the year. The books already finished and awaiting publication by McFarland are Horror Films of the 1980s, TV Year Volume I: (2005-2006), and The Rock and Roll Film Encyclopedia. We expect a rousing media article from JKM in October, and also some more information about these great new books—including the title of his latest.

July-August 2006 Here is John's website.

John Kenneth Muir recently wrote and shot his own low-budget, independently produced science-fiction TV series The House Between, and is now editing the seven episode sequence.

Also, he's currently toiling on his twentieth book, TV Year—Volume 1 (2005 - 2006). He eagerly awaits the publication of his most recent efforts, McFarland's Horror Films of the 1980s, due January 2007, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Book's The Rock and Roll Film Encyclopedia, due next Spring.

New in print in July '06 is John's study of independent filmmaker Mira Nair, Mercy in Her Eyes: The Films of Mira Nair; and a softcover re-release of his successful Analytical Guide to TV's One Step Beyond.

Here is John K. Muir's website.

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John T. Cullen

September 2006 Here is John's website.

Wow. Another busy, busy month. I completed a good draft of Dead Move: Sherlock Holmes and the Haunting Mystery of Coronado (Kate Morgan), a mystery set in 1892. It involves a world-famous detective (Sherlock Holmes), a world-famous resort hotel (the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego County), and a world-class ghost (Kate Morgan, who lay dead outside the hotel of a gunshot wound to the head in November 1892—her death was a national sensation for weeks, and her ghost still haunts the great hotel today). Sherlock Holmes, however, has some unique new insights that turn tables on many traditional beliefs about the mystery.

Aside from the baseline work (running a magazine and a publishing house, and a part-time job as a limo driver for the hotel) I have also been working on my upcoming San Diego Tour Guide (details to be announced). I have been readying the promotional materials for my little seasonal fantasy book, The Christmas Clock, which I expect to release around December 1 of this year. I recently published The Bad Season by Dennis Latham (Horror) and Spring & his Summers (Erotica) by Peter May.

I am preparing for the republication of my former iBooks/Simon & Schuster titles, The Generals of October (political thriller) and A Walk in Ancient Rome (Ancient History/Travel). I have a whole lot else going on, but that's all for now.

July-August 2006 Here is John's website.

All my info is available at my personal author website. I have a full schedule of books in progress as well as reprints. I am consolidating all my pseudonyms into my real name, which eliminates the John Argo, Ann Cymba, and Terry Sunbord monickers. I've already finished the transition on my Fictionwise page, but republishing over a dozen books through LightningSource will take months more.

Likewise, I have been dumping unneeded websites and consolidating my efforts into four primary websites:

To be complete by Spring 2007: I am writing a Sherlock Holmes novel involving the ghost at the Hotel del Coronado (Kate Morgan, 1892). I am writing a special niche San Diego tour book. I am getting ready to re-publish A Walk in Ancient Rome and The Generals of October, both released by iBooks/Simon&Schuster just before my publisher, Byron Preiss, died a tragic and untimely death July 2005. I am republishing Pioneers, Neon Blue, Monopol City, Robinson Crusoe 1,000,000 A.D., Nebula Express, Nob Hill, and others. I expect to release The Christmas Clock in time for the 2006 Holiday season.

My novel Doom Spore (Horror) is under consideration at Leisure, which seems to have developed a very respectable Horror line. I rarely submit things, but every once in a while I get the urge. I'm interested in testing Leisure.

My wife and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this Fall with a trip to visit friends and family in New England, and then an autumn leaves trip to Quebec. There, Andre Caron has an excellent model of Ancient Rome around 300 A.D. that I expect to extensively photograph for my Rome book. I also have a fine cartographer (Ben Pease, http://www.peasepress.com/) lined up to do maps for my San Diego tour book, my Rome book, and quite likely the 1892 Sherlock Holmes book.

In the midst of this, several of us are planning some interesting changes for Far Sector SFFH for next year. Stay tuned for the excitement.

Here (again) is my website.


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