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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
I'll be posting news and announcements in this thread. Some will relate to my own work, and some will relate to things that I suspect people who enjoy my work will find interesting.


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
Do you like the New Pulp fiction? Would you like to help recognize excellence in the field? Check this out:

allpulp.blogspot.com


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
"Writers Live in the Future," my new column, is live on Airlock Alpha.

http://airlockalpha.com/node/8768/ast...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
Join me for the Pathfinder Tales author chat at paizo.com at 18:00 PST. Also attending are Elaine Cunningham, Ed Greenwood, Dave Gross, J. C. Hay, Howard Andrew Jones, Liane Merciel, Erik Mona, Kevin Andrew Murphy, and James Sutter.


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Cherie Burbach asked a number of freelance writers why we’re thankful. Our answers are here:

http://workingwritersandbloggers.com/...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
Author Mel Comley interviewed me. Check it out:

http://melcomley.blogspot.com/p/inter...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
My new column - Avengers vs. X-Men: Predictions - is up at Airlock Alpha.

http://airlockalpha.com/node/8824/ast...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
A little essay on the writing of my Forgotten Realms novel Unclean:

http://www.facebook.com/rleebyers/pos...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
The ebook version of my novel Unclean is part of the publisher's December promotional campaign. They suggested I post an interview I gave when the novel first came out. If you missed it the first time and would like to check it out, here it is:

http://rleebyers.livejournal.com/


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
I’m very proud to announce that my Forgotten Realms novel The Spectral Blaze won Diehard GameFAN’s 2011 Tabletop Gaming Award for Best PRG Based Fiction. Full info here:

http://diehardgamefan.com/2011/12/26/...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
For those who are interested, here's a New York Times article on the future of Dungeons and Dragons:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/art...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
I have an essay in the new eBook Zombie Writing. More info here:

http://www.amazon.com/Zombie-Writing-...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
My new column is up at Airlock Alpha. The topic is "Stupid Aliens" (specifically, stupid alien invaders.)

http://airlockalpha.com/node/8909/ast...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
The Masked Witches, my new Forgotten Realms/Brotherhood of the Griffon novel, is now available. Roses are bursting into bloom in the dead of winter, the angels are dirty dancing up in Heaven, and you, o fortunate one, can obtain the source of their jubilation here:

http://www.amazon.com/Masked-Witches-...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
My new column is up at Airlock Alpha. It's a look at the love lives of superheroes.

http://airlockalpha.com/node/8958/ast...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
Diehard GameFAN's review of The Masked Witches is up.

http://diehardgamefan.com/2012/02/20/...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
Thanks to my good friend Wade, I belatedly found out that an article to which I contributed my thoughts on writing successful series characters has gone live. Check it out here:

http://www.wizards.com/DnD/Article.as...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
"Howard and Burroughs: Box Office Poison?" is my new column at Airlock Alpha:

http://airlockalpha.com/node/9010/ast...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
I was a source for this article on zombie-apocalypse insurance:

http://www.insurancequotes.com/zombie...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
I'll have a story in the forthcoming anthology WHEN THE VILLAIN COMES HOME. The story is set in the universe of my post-apocalyptic superhero series "The Impostor."

A number of other Forgotten Realms authors have stories in the anthology as well. You can find more info here:

http://www.gabrielle-edits.com/2012/0...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
"Tax Day in Superland" is my new column on Airlock Alpha:

http://airlockalpha.com/node/9074/ast...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
I'm very pleased to be able to say that I just signed the contract for Night Shade Books to publish Blind God's Bluff, an urban fantasy novel and the first in a projected series, early next year.

For those keeping score, that makes three books I'll have out within about a year. Called to Darkness, my first Pathfinder novel, is due out late this year. Then comes Blind God's Bluff. Then Prophet of the Dead, my next Brotherhood of the Griffon/Forgotten Realms novel,, will be out in the spring of 2013.


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
Info on my next Forgotten Realms/Brotherhood of the Griffon novel:

http://www.amazon.com/Prophet-Dead-Ri...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
My new column at Airlock Alpha deals with the fine art of parody (and the new Dark Shadows movie.)

http://airlockalpha.com/node/9144/ast...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
These were my nominations for Airlock Alpha's 2012 Portal Awards:


BEST ACTOR/TELEVISION
1. Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
2. Jensen Ackles, Supernatural
3. Dylan McDermott, American Horror Story
4. Matt Smith, Doctor Who
5. Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead
6. Jared Padalecki, Supernatural
7. Eric Loomis, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
8. Noah Wylie, Falling Skies

BEST ACTRESS/TELEVISION
1. Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
2. Connie Britton, American Horror Story
3. Colleen O’Shaughnessey, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
4. Karen Gillan, Doctor Who
5. Sarah Wayne Callies, The Walking Dead
6. Anna Paquin, True Blood

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR/TELEVISION
1. Aidan Gillen, Games of Thrones
2. Iain Glen, Game of Thrones
3. Jack Gleeson, Game of Thrones
4. Nikolai Coster-Waidau, Game of Thrones
5. Arthur Darvill, Doctor Who
6. Charles Dance, Game of Thrones
7. Jon Bernthal, The Walking Dead
8. Steven Yeun, The Walking Dead
9. Evan Peters, American Horror Story
10. Will Patton, Falling Skies,
11. Colin Cunningham, Falling Skies

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS/TELEVISION
1. Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
2. Michelle Fairley, Game of Thrones
3. Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
4. Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
5. Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
6. Taissa Farmiga, American Horror Story
7. Laurie Holden, The Walking Dead

BEST EPISODE/TELEVISION
1. Slash Fiction, Supernatural
2. The Ghost of Harrenhal, Game of Thrones
3. Piggy, Piggy, American Horror Story
4. A Good Man Goes to War, Doctor Who
5. Beside the Dying Fire, The Walking Dead
8. Open House, American Horror Story

BEST SPECIAL GUEST/TELEVISION
1. Misha Collns, “Survival of the Fittest,” Supernatural
2. Jim Beaver, “Survival of the Fittest,” Supernatural
3. Mark Shepperd, “Survival of the Fittest,” Supernatural
4. James Patrick Stuart, “Survival of the Fittest,” Supernatural
5. Zachary Quinto, “Open House,” American Horror Story
6. Alex Kingston, “A Good Man Goes to War,” Doctor Who

BEST SERIES/TELEVISION
1. Game of Thrones
2. Supernatural
3. American Horror Story
4. The Walking Dead
5. Doctor Who
6. Falling Skies
7. The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
8. Young Justice

BEST YOUNG ACTOR
1. Taissa Farmiga, American Horror Story
2. Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
3. Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones
4. Jack Gleeson, Game of Thrones
5. Dave DeHaan, Chronicle
6. Isaac Hempstead Wright, Game of Thrones

BEST MOVIE
1. The Avengers
2. The Cabin in the Woods
3. Chronicle
4. Captain America: The First Avenger
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
6. X-Men: First Class
7. John Carter
8. The Woman in Black
9. The Darkest Hour


BEST ACTOR/MOVIE
1. Robert Downey, Jr., The Avengers
2. Mark Ruffalo, The Avengers
3. Tom Hiddleston, The Avengers
4. Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
5. Dane DeHaan, Chronicle
6. Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods
7. Chris Evans, Captain America: The First Avenger
8. Chris Hemsworth, The Avengers
9. James McAvoy, X-Men: First Class
10. Michael Fassbender: X-Men: First Class

BEST ACTRESS/MOVIE
1. Scarlett Johansson, The Avengers
2. Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
3. Hayley Atwell, Captain America: The First Avenger
4. January Jones, X-Men: First Class
5. Chloe Grace Mortez, Dark Shadows
6. Jennifer Lawrence, X-Men: First Class

GENE RODDENBERRY AWARD
1. Edgar Rice Burroughs
2. Robert E. Howard
3. Fritz Leiber
4. H. P. Lovecraft
5. Karl Edward Wagner
6. Jack Kirby


ROD SERLING AWARD
1. Dark Shadows (original)
2. The X-Files
3. Twin Peaks
4. Superman
5. Batman
6. Farscape


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
Blogger Larry Gent interviewed me:

http://42webs.wordpress.com/2012/05/2...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
I will be at the Oasis SF convention in Orlando this weekend (Saturday and Sunday only.) More info here:

http://oasfis.org/oasis/index.php


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
My June column, which is about DC making Alan Scott/Green Lantern gay, is up at Airlock Alpha.

http://airlockalpha.com/node/9197/ast...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
My new urban fantasy novel is now available for preorder. More info here:

http://www.amazon.com/Blind-Gods-Bluf...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
I'll be a guest at SwampCon in January, 2013. Thanks to the con committee for inviting me. It looks like it's going to be a fun event, and when's the last time you attended a con that let everybody in for free? For more info on SwampCon, go here:

http://swampcon.com/


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
Here's information and the cover art for Called to Darkness, my first Pathfinder novel:

http://paizo.com/products/btpy8tdm?Pa...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
Here's a link to a review of my eBook collection The Q Word and Other Stories by writer John Ottinger:

http://www.graspingforthewind.com/201...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
For those who are interested, here's a new blog post about revising a novel in accordance with an editor's notes:

http://rleebyers.livejournal.com/


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
My July column is up at Airlock Alpha. In it, I speculate about what will (and should) happen in "The Dark Knight Rises" (specifically, whether Batman will croak.)

http://airlockalpha.com/node/9251/ast...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
The anthology When the Villain Comes Home is now available. I have a story in it that's a prequel to my Impostor series. Check it out here:

http://www.amazon.com/When-Villain-Co...


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Check out the cover for my next Forgotten Realms/Brotherhood of the Griffon novel Prophet of the Dead. I love it.

http://www.amazon.com/Prophet-Dead-Ri...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
For those who are interested, my 2012 Gen Con schedule. This is where to find me if you want to say hi, get books signed, or listen to me expound on whatever.

THURSDAY

11:00 AM – SEMINAR – In the Mood
1:00 PM – SEMINAR – Painting with Words

FRIDAY

8:00 AM – SEMINAR – This Means War
9:00 AM – SEMINAR – Mano a Mano
11:00 AM – SEMINAR – Stealing from History
Noon – SEMINAR – Pathfinder Tales Author Summit
3:00 PM – WORKSHOP – Advanced World Building
4:00PM – SIGNING – Wizards of the Coast booth (Exhibition Hall)

SATURDAY

9:00 AM – SEMINAR – Breaking Into RPG Fiction
Noon – SEMINAR – Self-Publishing
3:00 PM – SIGNING – D&D Experience room

SUNDAY

9:00 AM – SEMINAR – Self-Promotion


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
Gabrielle Harbowy's new blog posts contains a brief interview with me that relates to my story in the new anthology When the Villain Comes Home. Check it out here:

http://www.gabrielle-edits.com/2012/0...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
I'm currently writing a novelette about the adventuring duo Basil and Moebius, who star in a forthcoming series of graphic novels. Timothy Zahn is doing a story, too, so I'm in excellent company.

Basil and Moebius also appear in "No Rest for the Wicked," a short film starring Zachary Levi, Ray Park, and Malcolm McDowell. If you're going to DragonCon, you can catch it there.

To find out more about Basil & Moebius, click the link:

http://www.whoisthecollector.com


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
Here's a link to the Wizards of the Coast keynote address and other presentations at Gen Con 2012. There's info about D&D Next and The Sundering, the Forgotten Realms novel series being written by Ed Greenwood, R. A. Salvatore, Paul S. Kemp, Troy Denning, Erin M. Evans, and me.


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
Whoops. Left out the actual link mentioned in the previous post. Here it is:

http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Article.as...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
Check out the cover of Blind God's Bluff, my forthcoming urban fantasy novel. I like this painting a lot. It reminds me of the covers of private-eye and spy paperbacks I read when I was a teenager, and that vibe is quite appropriate for the story.

http://www.amazon.com/Blind-Gods-Bluf...


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Man, I just got back from Gen Con, and I’m flying out to Chicon 7 (the World Science Fiction Convention) in five days. Amazing how easy it is to persuade myself the intervening time is too short to make it worthwhile to buckle down and try to be productive. Anyway, for those who are interested, here’s my Chicon panel schedule:

The Best Vampire Novel of the Century

Time: Friday noon

Place: Wrigley

Other participants: James S. Dorr, Kenneth Hite.

We’ll be debating the best vampire novel of the hundred-year period defined by Bram Stoker’s death in 1912 to the present. Spoiler alert: I will not be pushing Twilight.

Media Tie-In Novels: Art of Commerce?

Time: Saturday 10:30 AM

Place: Columbus AB

Other participants: Matt Forbeck, Tom Dowd, Joe Haldeman (in Chicago), and Peter David, David Gerrold, Michael Stackpole (in Atlanta.)

This should be interesting, a panel spanning Chicon and DragonCon via teleconferencing. Let’s hope the technology works. I’m optimistic. There are several panels of this type running before mine, so the tech wizards will have had time to get the bugs out.

What Every Pro Should Know About Fandom

Time: Saturday 1:30 PM

Place: Field

Other participants: Janice Gelb, Andrew Porter, Lee Martindale, Michael J. Lowery.

There Will Be Blood—But How Much is Too Much?

Time: Sunday noon

Place: Columbus KL

Other participants: Warren Hammond, Paul Dale Anderson, Betsy Dornbusch, Tim Waggoner.

Urban Fantasy Isn’t Just for Women

Time: Monday 9:00 AM

Place: McCormick

Other participants: Kat Richardson, Violette Milan.

Come watch me strain to resist the urge to act like a jerk and spend the whole panel relentless pimping my own forthcoming urban fantasy novel.


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
"Happy Birthday, H. P. Lovecraft" is my August feature on Airlock Alpha. It includes my list of Lovecraftian movies worth seeing.

http://airlockalpha.com/node/9335/hap...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
Do you want to read my forthcoming urban fantasy novel Blind God's Bluff? Naturally, I hope so, and if you do, you may be interested in this. The book lists for $14.99. But if you pre-order it now, Amazon will let you have it for a paltry $9.99. Here's the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Blind-Gods-Bluf...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
I am the Adult Featured Fencer on my salle's website this month. If you'd like to check out the profile, here's the link:

http://www.tampabayfencing.com/featur...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
I just discovered that Called to Darkness, my first Pathfinder novel, is available for pre-order on Amazon. Weirdly, the cover on display is not the actual cover. The art in what you'll see is good, but the real cover is even cooler. Anyway, if you're interested, here's the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Pathfinder-Tale...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
A while back, my multitalented friend the writer and photographer Tammy Kane interviewed me. For a time, that material was unavailable, but now it's back on the Internet again. If you'd like to check it out, here's the link:

http://macabrecadaver.com/features/ta...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
"Professor X, RIP (Again)" is my new column on Airlock Alpha:

http://airlockalpha.com/node/9364/ast...


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Richard Byers (rleebyers) | 304 comments Mod
I just signed a contract for the publication of a new story. That's always a good feeling. The story is a novelette set in the Pathfinder universe and a prequel to my first Pathfinder novel Called to Darkness, which comes out at the start of next year. The novelette's called "In Red Rune Canyon" and will run as a four-part serial on the Paizo.com website starting in the second half of November. You'll be able to read it for free there, so I hope everyone will check it out.


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