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Ogre Jenni speaks to you! Hi.

First and foremost—I have to clarify something. This might disappoint a few of you, but I am not George R.R. Martin pretending to be a real human female pretending to be an ogre—although that would be hilarious. I am, in fact, just a real human female pretending to be an ogre who works for and loves the Jean Cocteau Cinema. All the opinions expressed by Ogre Jenni are, in fact, only Ogre Jenni’s.

Disclaimer aside, science fiction authors Melinda Snodgrass and Steven Gould will participate in a Q&A and book signing at the Cocteau on Thursday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available here! Snodgrass will read from her newest novel, Edge of Dawn, and Gould will read from his latest book, Exo.

Melinda Snodgrass’ Edge series takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The protagonists of Edge of Reason, Edge of Ruin, and the latest from the series, Edge of Dawn, are humanist individuals who stand for a rational and scientific approach to comprehending the universe. They are locked in a desperate conflict with the “Old Ones,” ancient—and Lovecraftian—beings who use religious extremists and their superstitious methods to carry out their designs. Apparently there are even worse monsters in Albuquerque than Walter White! Anyway, the Old Ones ultimately seek domination over humankind through the vehicles of magic and dogma. The series’ main protagonist, an APD cop named Richard Oort, fights to save humanity from these dark influences.

Steven Gould’s Jumper series is a great set of sci-fi novels about people who can teleport. The first Jumper novel follows a teen named Davy who learns he can teleport, or “jump,” when he is about to be brutally beaten by his father. Narrowly avoiding the belt, Davy suddenly appears at his public library. After a few more harrowing experiences, he learns to control his ability and use it at will. Exo, the latest novel in the Jumper series, features Davy’s daughter, Cent, as the protagonist. To avoid the malintent of certain government agencies, Cent explores the possibility of “jumping” into outer space.

Besides some incredibly mind-melting fun with quantum entanglement teleportation (have a fun time going down that rabbit holeI’m stuck down here - SOMEONE HELP ME!!!), Gould knows that the teleportation of complex systems (like human bodies) isn’t really plausible. However, for the sake of awesome storylines and metaphorical possibilities, he develops an imaginative system for how teleportation could work in this world. This system is still based off of some very cool—and real—physics. If you’d like to hear a little bit more about how his jumpers jump, listen to this interview with Gould on Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy via Wired. Otherwise, visit us at the Cocteau on the 17th and get yourself a personalized book!


Sep. 17th, 2015 03:07 am (UTC)
Can witness
Melinda Snodgrass and Stephen Gould are well worth going to see. I would highly recommend it.

Wish I could be there, but I think I've passed the timeframe to start driving from Kansas City to get there. (and no extra dinero either)

Paula Helm Murray
Sep. 17th, 2015 03:21 am (UTC)
George, is it true that you're supporting Bernie Sanders for president?
Sep. 17th, 2015 04:50 am (UTC)
No. And you are off topic.
Sep. 17th, 2015 04:55 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for that, it's just that this is the only place where the average joe can ask you stuff.
Miguel Perez
Sep. 17th, 2015 01:21 pm (UTC)
I always love his answers
So straightforward and harsh, :P hilarious
Chris Huggins
Sep. 17th, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC)
It doesn't matter mate. All of us here at 100's of questions we would love to ask but George has stated over and over again to keep any comments on the topic he has posted. Otherwise it would be bedlam. I consider it a sign of respect to keep on topic and not ask the same questions he has been asked more times than we can imagine.
Frank Probst
Sep. 17th, 2015 10:57 am (UTC)
Signing question
Will the authors only be signing their latest books, or will people be allowed to bring their older books in to get signed?
Sep. 17th, 2015 04:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Signing question
Older books will be welcome... though if you don't buy a book, there is an admission charge for the talk. Admission is free with a book purchase.

FWIW, we have a large stock of signed books by all the writers who have appeared at the Cocteau previously, including Felicia Day, Dennis Lehane, Neil Gaiman, Diana Gabaldon, Anne Perry, Mary Robinette Kowal, and many many more.
Sharon McQueary
Sep. 17th, 2015 01:49 pm (UTC)
Book Signing
Wish I could attend, but since I am stuck here at the metaphorical armpit of the universe in GA I will have to pass.
Sep. 17th, 2015 02:26 pm (UTC)
Interested in picking up her Edge series. She talked about it a couple weeks ago when I saw her in Atlanta. She was a very engaging speaker, she spoke about her new book, screenwriting, Wild Cards, Star Trek, etc. Really enjoyed listening to her a lot.
Andr Costa Silva
Sep. 17th, 2015 04:52 pm (UTC)
Seeing as Walter White wasn't a monster at all, I can believe that :p
Sep. 17th, 2015 09:04 pm (UTC)
At least that Jumper is very different from the Jumpers in Wild Cards.


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