Although I will not be present at Sasquan, the Business Meeting will be considering the motion below. I'd like to be able to show that the motion has support by listing members who are willing to sign onto this proposal. If you would like to see the film given a second chance at earning a Hugo nomination and you are a member of Worldcon who is willing to have your name attached to this motion, please let me know and I will add your name. And if you plan to attend Sasquan, if all goes according to plan, you'll have the chance to screen the film there.
You can find out more about the film and watch the trailer here:
I Remember the Future (KAS Creations)
This motion extends eligibility for the Hugo Award and requires a 2/3 vote.
In 2015, the film was screened at three science-fiction conventions (Arisia, Boskone, and Minicon) and more film festivals, thus giving it more exposure.
Furthermore, as of this writing the film has been submitted to Sasquan for the media program. We would like to give this film the chance it deserves to be considered by the members of MidAmericon II for the Hugo in Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.
In the end, I provided stories to 63 teams. In addition, I published one story that the team decided not to use ("Ashley and the Moon") and ended up with one other story for which the team that requested it never got back to me. (Actually, a few teams requested stories and then told my assistant that they managed to secure a story from another writer; I wished them well, rewrote those stories, and provided them to other teams.) So, 65 flash stories written in the space of a week, 63 being used for GISHWHES. Not bad.
I am delighted by how many of these stories I managed to churn out and I am frankly hoping that I provided more stories than any other writer. Will someone let me know if I set that record once the hunt is over?
And now for the thank-yous...
My first thank-you goes to my sister-in-law Rachel, who is very involved with GISHWHES and has done this before. I provided her with the first story I wrote for this madness, and she generously gave me permission to provide stories for other teams, even though that would make it harder for her team to win. So, thank you Rachel, for all that.
My second thank-you goes to all the teams who were willing to buy my story collection I Remember the Future as a condition of having me write you a story. When I saw that so many teams needed stories and weren't going to get them from Neil Gaiman, I realized that this gave me an opportunity to expose more people to my work. Some writers mentioned online that they were approached by people in a rude way; I am very pleased to say that not a single person who contacted me was rude about my own request, or complained about it. I'm hoping that those of you who bought the book will actually enjoy the stories contained within; and that fact is that every single story in that book save one was either a Hugo nominee, a Nebula nominee, or both. So at least one of those stories has to have been worth your $5. So thanks to all of you for your own random act of kindness to me. I hope you all win.
Finally, thanks to Annie Houston and especially Misha Collins. I must admit that I do not watch Supernatural, although it is exactly the sort of show I would watch. My wife and I did watch the first season, but then had to give it up for other things. (See The Brookline Parent for an example of what occupies our time.) Making item #78 one that required the teams to find a previously published science-fiction writer was a stroke of genius on your part. I hope you'll do something similar next year. I stand ready to serve.
The film for "I Remember the Future" now has a website.
This also means that yes, I now have an IMDB page. (Sadly, it doesn't include my work as an extra in "The Front," "The Goodbye Girl," or "Radio Days.")
Also, I'm delighted to announce that the film will have its US premiere at the 47th annual Worldfest-Houston film festival in April 2014.
As I mentioned before, it is technically a student film, even though I think we'd all agree it's professionally done. The film should be debuting at a film festival in the United States sometime this year, and we are beginning to explore the possibility of screening it at other festivals and conventions. I will try to keep you all posted here, but for faster information, I'd strongly suggest "liking" the KAS Creations page if you have a Facebook account.
Finally, a few of you have asked about reading the original story. I have been in touch with Apex Publications, and they are planning to put it up on their website again for folks to read for free. (Between you and me, I'm hoping it'll prompt a few more sales of the book, which is available quite easily and inexpensively as an ebook direct from the publisher and from the usual places.) When the link is available, I will post it.
Thank you all again.
I Remember the Future - Official Trailer
If you know the story, you can see how well Mr. Stainer has brought it to life.
If you don't know the story, well, it's still in print in the book collection of the same name. It's even an ebook, so you can download it immediately and start reading.
As for me, I'm looking forward to seeing what Klayton Stainer does in his own future. This is a filmmaker to watch out for.
When I have a moment, I do want to talk about a few things, including:
• Local politics. A modified version of my warrant article to regulate political robocalls, Article 20, was approved by the town's Advisory Committee, and I want to say more about that; I also want to talk about an interesting Town Meeting race in my precinct, in which I've endorsed Jonathan A. Karon.
• Fiction. The movie version of "I Remember the Future" is proceeding apace, and the Bulgarian magazine Objects is reprinting the story in their April issue.
• The Dan Kimmel Film Festival. At my suggestion, Dan is encouraging people to watch one recommended SF film per month, which he'll then discuss on his blog, Behind the Scenes. Go take a look.
Anything else people want to hear about? Note that I'll be off-line for a few days for Passover.