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Archive for September, 2014

Space Pirates and Bounty Hunters

Just read one of the submissions for the Space Pirates flash fiction anthology — it was in second person, which I found kind of off-putting at first but we permit experimental works — and it would be an easy thing to ask the author about changing it — so I kept reading. I liked it enough that before I reached the end, I decided it would go into the anthology and began to think of how I would broach the topic with the author about perhaps changing it to first person and then I got to the very end, I mean the very end, and the payoff became apparent. Despite my saying repeatedly that we take experimental fiction, I don’t get very many pieces that take chances, even something like this, the simple choice to go with second person instead of first or third. This one took a chance and I know there will be people who will argue about whether or not the payoff was worth it but I look forward to that conversation.

Cheers,

Brandon

 

Picayune Tales Presents… Space Pirates and Picayune Tales Presents Bounty Hunters are both open through September 30th.


CONtraflow IV: October 3rd – 5th

CONtraflow Appearances:

Gary Bourgeois, David Ducorbier and Brandon Black — three of the contributing writers for the New Orleans By Gaslight anthology — will be conducting two steampunk panels at CONtraflow science fiction convention in Kenner, Louisiana on October 3rd through 5th. Details at: http://contraflowscifi.org/.

Also at CONtraflow — the New Orleans Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Circle will be conducting a Meet and Greet on Saturday, October 4th at the convention. Members of the general public will be treated to readings from the authors’ current works and will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the latest rising stars in New Orleans science fiction and fantasy!

 


Free citywide wifi NOW!

More cities need to offer their citizens free wifi service. There are rural communities that companies like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T won’t deliver service to because they consider them too remote but at the same time, they don’t want cities and local municipalities to provide that service to citizens for fear the idea will catch on.

Check out: http://www.muninetworks.org/content/center-public-integrity-covers-big-telecom-attacks-munis

A state senator from Tennessee who suggested the very idea of the local government providing internet service for communities companies wouldn’t touch was threatened with litigation. A senator from Fayetteville was personally attacked in chambers for suggesting the city be able to sell fiber optic access to citizens whose homes had the cables running past already.

Every city ought to provide free wifi to its citizens. Each and every one.

A city the size of New York could provide wifi citywide at a cost of pennies per person living there. How awesome would that be? You wouldn’t have to wonder about or ask if this or that hotel has internet access. You wouldn’t need to visit this particular coffee shop or that fast food restaurant to use your laptop.

You could go anywhere in the city and be assured of access: schools, homes, restaurants, libraries, hotels — but also museums, parks, stadiums, government offices, the airport, stores, everywhere! How wonderful would that be? Complete access to world communications, information and entertainment everywhere in the city.

It would certainly boost tourism for cities like New Orleans and Las Vegas to be able to say that you’ve got free internet and wifi access everywhere in town. This is really something we should do immediately!