Popcorn, Hardwork, and Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson, master of many genres.

Kevin J. Anderson, master of many genres.

I was thrilled to invite Kevin J. Anderson to speak for the CU CTP.  He and his lovely wife, Rebecca, visited on Wednesday night.  I’ll write much more about Kevin’s talk in the coming days, but I thought it would be good to post this now.

When I came to Colorado this year, I was bound and determined to meet Kevin.  He and his wife are two of my three favorite living science fiction writers.  What a team.  Kevin graciously agreed to my invitation, and we’ve had the chance to get to know one another over the past several months.

Not surprisingly, in his lecture held in Norlin library, Kevin was elegant, intelligent, charismatic, and eccentric.  Roughly 55 of us enjoyed Kevin’s talk immensely.  What a joy and treat for all of us.

Most obviously, Kevin possesses a profound sense of wonder, and he’s able to convey that wonder to his audiences, whether they are listeners or readers.

For more information on Kevin, Rebecca, and their Colorado-based company, WordFire Press, please go here.

The Beauties and Mythologies of J. Michael Straczynski

Over at The Imaginative Conservative, I had the opportunity to praise one of my three favorite living science-fiction writers, J. Michael Straczynski.  My love of this man is nearly 20 years in the making, and I proudly own every non-mainstream comic, graphic novel, and novel he’s written.  I even own several of his television scripts in published form.  The man is a storytelling genius–in what ever medium he delves.

Mr. Straczynski wields entrepreneurship rather expertly. While he has pursued his dreams with a tenacity almost without compare in the modern world, he has also made and defined his situations where possible, that is, to borrow a worn out cliché, “to put his money where his mouth is.” He did this when securing funding for the original Babylon 5, and he continues to do this through his own business, StudioJMS. Interestingly enough, the very talented Patricia Tallman (actress, stuntwoman, and philanthropist) serves as the CEO of StudioJMS. At his website, Joseph Straczynski explains why his company is the way it is in ways only Mr. Straczynski can: “Because we want to spend our lives being good tired. As, by the way, should you. Here endeth the lesson, and here beginneth the adventure….” So utterly, terribly, wonderfully Straczynski.

To read the entire article, please go here.

Also, make sure you scroll down to the comments.  Mr. Straczynski responded, and he did so with his characteristic wit and kindness.

Talk: The Popcorn Theory of Success – Jan. 28

Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson. Photo: Mark Gabbanna

Kevin J. Anderson, a best-selling science-fiction author who has published 125 books, will speak about “The Popcorn Theory of Success” at the University of Colorado Boulder this month.

Anderson’s presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the British Studies Room in Norlin Library on the CU-Boulder campus.

The talk will cover persistence and opportunity and how Anderson went from being a fan and aspiring writer in a small Wisconsin town to one of the most recognized names in the genre.

He appears at the invitation of Bradley J. Birzer, the 2014-15 visiting scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Anderson’s published books include more than 50 that have been listed as national or international bestsellers. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files and Dune universes, as well as a “unique steampunk fantasy novel,” Clockwork Angels, based on the concept album by the legendary rock group Rush.

His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie PI. Anderson and his wife, Rebecca Moesta, are the publishers of WordFire Press.

Anderson holds a degree in physics/astronomy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He worked for 13 years as a technical writer for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory before becoming a full-time novelist. For more information on Anderson, click here:

The British Studies Room is on the fifth floor of Norlin Library, room M549. The room is wheelchair-accessible from the west entrance of Norlin via elevator to the fifth floor, but special arrangements to use this elevator must be made with library staff in advance.

Parking is available on Pleasant Street north of Norlin Library and in lot 380. After 5 p.m., the entrance gate east of Macky Auditorium and west of Sewall Hall provides access for $4.

There is also city metered parking along University Avenue north and west of Macky. City meters are free after 7 p.m.; university meters are free after 5 p.m.

Popcorn Theory of Success

The Creative Society of Ronald Reagan

The Creative Society, in other words, is simply a return to the people of the privilege of self-government, as well as a pledge for more efficient representative government–citizens of proven ability in their fields, serving where their experience qualifies them, proposing common sense answers for California’s problems, reviewing governmental structure itself and bringing it into line with the most advanced, modern business practices. Those who talk of complex problems, requiring more government planning and more control, in reality are taking us back in time to the acceptance of rule of the many by the few. Time to look to the future. We’ve had enough talk–disruptive talk–in America of left and right, dividing us down the center. There is really no such choice facing us. The only choice we have is up or down–up, to the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down, to the deadly dullness of totalitarianism.

–Ronald Reagan, 1968