MidSouthCon 30

I hardly know where to begin in telling ya’ll about my wonderful trip to Memphis and MidSouthCon. I guess I should tell you a bit more about MidSouthCon and their mission

“Our primary focuses are literacy and education. To that end, we have held an annual convention in Memphis, TN for over two decades hosting numerous authors, editors, scientists, and artists. We also hold a free seminar for educators and librarians, a writers’ conference with workshops by award winning authors and editors, and annual student art and writing contests.”

MidSouthCon is one of the premier multi-genre conventions, covering, science fiction, fantasy, comics, horror, science education, and just about anything in between. The conference has authors, editors, publishers, scientists, artists of all these genres and specialties, and an annual attendance of approximately 1200 people.

I had a great time at MidSouthCon. One of the authors I met was Cat Rambo. She is a science fiction and fantasy novel writer and editor also her short stories have appeared in such places as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Weird Tales and Strange Horizons. To say I was excited might be an underestimation! I also met a lot of other authors, game designers, performers, pirates, artists, and an affectionate smurf.

One of the most interesting topics that I learned about at the Con was New Pulp. Now I will just go to the source and quote what that term means, because you can sure stir up a hornet’s nest of controversy if you quibble about genre terminology.

“New Pulp is fiction written with the same sensibilities, linear storytelling, pattern of conflict, and creative use of words and phrases of original Pulp, but crafted by modern writers, artists, and publishers. New stories with either completely original characters or new tales of established characters from Pulp past.”

And if that didn’t clear it up…think…Dick Tracy, The Maltese Falcon, The Phantom, or Doc Savage. Also you can see the style in movies, like Indiana Jones, Tarzan, or Disney’s John Carter.

As my friend and author/publisher (Pro Se Press), Tommy Hancock puts it, “The story or characterization happens between the punches.”

If you are interested in learning more about New Pulp you should come on out to Batesville, Arkansas for the Pulp Ark Convention. There you can meet lots of New Pulp authors, learn about the history of pulp, meet publishers of New Pulp, and see the first Tarzan movie ever made. It’s going to be a great time, and I will update ya’ll about it soon.

Well, honestly I could go on all day about how fabulous MidSouthCon is and about the friends made in Memphis, so I am just going to say this: If you are into Science Fiction and Fantasy don’t miss out on MidSouthCon 31, in 2013. I know I will be there.


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