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XPRIZE's Seat 14C
For those of you with an interest in science fiction, technology, and futurism—or just in life on Earth itself—I'd like to bring to your attention a new writing contest sponsored by XPRIZE.

XPRIZE, as you may know, is a non-profit organization that designs and manages public science competitions intended to encourage technological development that could benefit all of humanity. (No small goal, there.) One of their latest initiatives is a push for science fiction stories that promote a more hopeful future than the dystopian visions that seem to be so popular.

To that end, XPRIZE has launched Seat14C.com, a site that is both an online anthology and a fiction contest. Thirty well-known science fiction writers have all contributed short stories about the passengers on a transatlantic flight that departs Tokyo in 2017 but somehow lands in San Francisco in 2037. (The contributors list includes names like Margaret Atwood, Hugh Howey, Nancy Kress, Bruce Sterling, Charlie Jane Anders, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Charles Yu. My own contribution, about the passenger in 42E, will appear on the site on August 16th.) Our stories were written to highlight the amazing positive effects that twenty years of scientific advancement could have on a city like San Francisco.

As for the contest, XPRIZE invites readers to submit their own stories about the passenger in Seat 14C. The winner, to be chosen by members of the XPRIZE Science Fiction Advisory Council, will receive round-trip airfare to Tokyo, four nights in a four-star hotel, and $1,500 in spending cash, besides having his or her story published on Seat14C.com.

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Chicago, I am in you, and I'm feeling great after an unprecedented 14 hours of sleep last night.

I'm very excited for tonight's episode of the Tuesday Funk reading series, where I'll be appearing together with Elaine Hegwood Bowen, Nick Disabato, Sarah Hollenbeck, and my good friend Kyle Thiessen. The event takes place upstairs at Hopleaf at 7:30 pm, and it's free!

I used to host Tuesday Funk, so I'm always eager for a chance to come back. I'll be reading, of course, from The Accidental Terrorist, and I'll also have copies there for sale. Doors open at 7:00 pm—come early so you can get a seat.


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Tuesday Funk for November 3, 2015
Greetings, Accidental Army! I haven't written a new poem in a while, but that subject line is almost a poem in its own right. But we have only 12 days left until the official release of The Accidental Terrorist and a lot to talk about before then, so let's get to it.

Review

First, I'd like to bring a terrific new review to your attention. Elena Colás reviewed The Accidental Terrorist last week for Chicago Literati, and while I hope you'll head over there and read the whole thing, I wanted to call out one paragraph in particular that I was very glad to see:

I felt his portrayal of his younger self was somehow more compassionate than I've read in other coming of age memoirs. When I finished this book, I was reminded of Joan Didion's advice that we are "well-advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be." Shunn resists the temptation to paint himself as either naive or savvy, opting instead for the kind of even-handed description that had me wondering pretty far into the book whether the author was still a practicing Mormon. [full review by Elena Colás]
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Twitter Book Giveaway Day 10

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It's the final day of my Twitter book giveaway!

For your chance to win one of 10 advance reading copies of The Accidental Terrorist, check out the giveaway rules, then head over to @shunn on Twitter to respond to the discussion question of the day.

US residents only. Good luck, and enjoy the discussion!


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Twitter Book Giveaway Day 9

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It's Day 9 of my Twitter book giveaway!

For your chance to win one of 10 advance reading copies of The Accidental Terrorist, check out the giveaway rules, then head over to @shunn on Twitter to respond to the discussion question of the day.

US residents only. Good luck, and enjoy the discussion!


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Twitter Book Giveaway Day 8

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It's Day 8 of my Twitter book giveaway!

For your chance to win one of 10 advance reading copies of The Accidental Terrorist, check out the giveaway rules, then head over to @shunn on Twitter to respond to the discussion question of the day.

US residents only. Good luck, and enjoy the discussion!


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Twitter Book Giveaway Day 7

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It's Day 7 of my Twitter book giveaway!

For your chance to win one of 10 advance reading copies of The Accidental Terrorist, check out the giveaway rules, then head over to @shunn on Twitter to respond to the discussion question of the day.

US residents only. Good luck, and enjoy the discussion!


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Twitter Book Giveaway Day 6

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It's Day 6 of my Twitter book giveaway!

For your chance to win one of 10 advance reading copies of The Accidental Terrorist, check out the giveaway rules, then head over to @shunn on Twitter to respond to the discussion question of the day.

US residents only. Good luck, and enjoy the discussion!


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Twitter Book Giveaway Day 5

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It's Day 5 of my Twitter book giveaway!

For your chance to win one of 10 advance reading copies of The Accidental Terrorist, check out the giveaway rules, then head over to @shunn on Twitter to respond to the discussion question of the day.

US residents only. Good luck, and enjoy the discussion!


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Twitter Book Giveaway Day 4

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It's Day 4 of my Twitter book giveaway!

For your chance to win one of 10 advance reading copies of The Accidental Terrorist, check out the giveaway rules, then head over to @shunn on Twitter to respond to the discussion question of the day.

US residents only. Good luck, and enjoy the discussion!


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