Sunday, July 3, 2022

More Fringe Discussions!

The folks at Glasgow 2024 are hosting 4 additional Hugo Finalist Discussions, for the Short Story, Fanzine, and Novelette categories! Novelette will be broken up into 2 sections. More info & links to register on the Fringe Discussion Page!

Friday, June 3, 2022

Chicon Fringe Book Clubs!


Covers of the 12 Hugo novel & novella nominees
I'll be posting more Chicon-related stuff soon, but for now: check out the page about Fringe Book Clubs, which are discussing all 12 Hugo nominees for Novel & Novella over the next few months!

Monday, April 25, 2022

Chicon Updates and More!


Hello, readers! Outside of calendar maintenance, I obviously haven't been doing too much with Positron since the beginning of the pandemic. (And if you happened to miss it, you might want to check out the big giant Book Club Report I did back in the early summer of 2020.)

However! I'm planning to dust off Positron a little bit, since Worldcon will be here in September. I'm helping out a little bit with Chicon 8, and I'd like to use Positron for some unofficial, supplemental Chicago info.

That said, here are a few of the bigger events for the upcoming months. For individual book clubs and author events, check the calendar!

  • 4/30: Indie Bookstore Day! Bookstores all across the greater Chicagoland will be doing some cool stuff; it's a great time to go visit a few. Read more on IndieBound, and check out the Chicago-specific deals at ChiLovesBooks.
  • 5/7: DePaul Pop Culture Conference: A Celebration of Sherlock Holmes. DePaul's Pop Culture cons are lovely, free, and welcoming events, the perfect mix of scholarly and fannish energy. You can check out details on their site.
  • 5/27-5/30: Wiscon is back at it, with their first in-person meeting since 2019. Just up in Madison. Details here.
And it's not too long until Chicon: September 1-5.

I'll have some more Worldcon material soon, stay posted!

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Windycon Schedule

 Windycon is this weekend; I'll be moderating 2 panels:

  • The Fantastic City, Saturday @ 1pm
  • Modern Urban Fantasy, Sunday @ 1pm

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Printers Row Lit Fest 2021

Hey all, ICYMI: Printers Row Lit Fest is this weekend!

Particularly of note to SF readers might be Andrea Hairston on Saturday and Colson Whitehead on Sunday. Other SF/SF-adjacent authors include Rita Woods, Daniel Kraus, Julia Fine, and Maryse Meijer.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Summer Update!

 Hi all! Obviously, I have not been posting very much on here. It's been a very strange year-and-a-third! And still going!

However, I'm still keeping the Upcoming Events updated (98% of why this site exists), so check that out—by and large, the majority of clubs seemed to have adapted to virtual settings just fine, and some have started returning to in-person meetings. Author readings and other events have take

Bookstores, also, seem to be doing better than we might have feared. I have not gotten to too many in-person since the pandemic started, but with vaccination and my bike back in order, I plan on visiting more over the next couple months. A couple observations:

  • City Lit Books has reopened under new ownership. Full disclosure: I am working there! Doing my best to keep the SF section in good shape. Their book clubs and author events are starting up again.
  • Volumes Bookcafe has closed their Wicker Park location; their Gold Coast shop remains open. They are looking for a new Wicker Park location and have a crowdfunding drive to that effect.
  • Exile in Bookville now has a physical location: they've taken over the lovely space in the Fine Arts Building formerly occupied by The Dial, formerly occupied by Selected Works.
  • I'm not fully updated on all the Chicagoland bookstores, but a lot of the main city shops—Bucket O'Blood, Unabridged, Myopic, Women & Children First, The Seminary Co-Op/57th St.—seem to be doing okay!
Con News! Not too much to report, but, thus far—Windy Con is planning for an in-person weekend with streaming options; I hope to be there. I don't think I'll be attending WorldCon in DC this year, but it looks like there's a contingent of Chicagoans headed there via TrainCon and other methods. Chicon 8 is still a little over a year away, but I'm keeping my eye on it. Hoping to volunteer to bring some Chicago-scene focus to it, but we'll see!

That's about all the news for now.