We are currently preparing for our appearance at Calgary's Comic and Entertainment Expo next month, sharing a space with some awesome publishing partners. If you are there, we'd love to see you at booth 1410-1510 , so drop by and visit. Look for the banner that says THE SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY ALLIANCE.
The editors are still valiantly reading through all the story manuscripts that were sent in during our winter submission period. We thank the writers for their patience, and remind them that they can track the status of their submission through the Submittable log-in they received.
On Spec is a proud sponsor of the Pure Speculation Festival in Edmonton (www.purespec.org) , and this year's featured Author Guest is David Gerrold. Weekend tickets will go on sale soon, and you might want to think about a trip to Edmonton in November to see this fellow. He's a legend. David is, by the way, a Guest of Honor at next year's WorldCon in Spokane, and Pure Speculation promises far more opportunities to meet him in person, without having to wait in long lineups. Our Science guest is Discovery Channel's Daniel Riskin, and our special visitor via Skype, will be award-winning author Samuel R. Delany. It is a weekend to plan for.
I am proud of my editorial team, and would like to applaud Barb Galler-Smith and Robin Carson. The two of them created a special Teacher Toolkit that will be made available to teachers in middle and secondary school English classes (free on request). The kit takes a story we published in On Spec a couple of years ago, "Space Monkeys" by Ryan M. Williams, and provides a comprehensive set of lesson plans that any teacher can tailor to fit his or her class needs. Barb and Robin presented their kit at four teachers' conventions in Alberta in February, to very enthusiastic audiences. We are confident that more kits will be created in the coming years, using On Spec stories deemed suitable for the YA reader.
It seems like such a long time ago (when my hair was much shorter), but we like to remind everyone about a very cool promotional video that was made for us in 2012 by Teddy Edwards, then a university student. It shows some of the On Spec editors at work, and gives you some insight into the way we select our stories. Have a look! We'd love to increase the views to this young man's video.