About Tim Gatewood

55+, male, widowed (May 2016). Mobile notary public and signing agent, freelance writer, and ordained minister. Science fiction and fantasy fan, willing servant to cats, avid reader and collector of books and other stuff. Please see my websites (including this blog and others) for more info on me and what I think about the issues of the day.

Author R.S. Belcher Is Coming to MidSouthCon 35

I’m pleased to announce that R.S. Belcher will be attending  MidSouthCon 35 at least on Saturday March 25, 2017.

His novel Brotherhood of the Wheel is a Finalist for the 2017 Darrell Award for Best Midsouth Novel. That book combines a modern version of the Knights Templar, the Wild Hunt, the Triple Goddess, and many other elements into a highly-enjoyable thrilling story.

He’s most well-known for his series of Weird Western novels that includes Six Gun Tarot and 2 others so far; and let us not forget his 3rd series that starts with Nightwise.

He’s not listed on the convention’s publicity because he’s just completed arrangements to attend. He will be at the Darrell Awards panel at 3pm on Saturday and at the Banquet starting at 5pm that night.

Also, you can look for him on Pro Row and in the pocket program book (and the con’s calendar or scheduling app), as well. (Pro Row is the space set aside at the convention for authors to sign and sell their own works.)

Please check back here as the convention approaches for news of other 2017 Finalists who have confirmed that they will be attending.

Autor R.S. Belcher

Author R.S. Belcher

Films & the Darrell Awards 

The Darrell Awards has always had a rule that works are qualified by writer and/or story, not production elements. The story has to be science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror.

Stories about people who believe in fantastical things don’t count as fantasy stories unless those things make an appearance in the story. 

Stories that don’t have content that the Jury considers to be science fiction,  fantasy,  or horror will be eliminated pretty early in our deliberations. A book about a group of SF fans going to a con and having adventures there would not be considered SF as it doesn’t matter what the characters believe — it matters what the story is about. So, a film about ghost hunters where no actual ghosts appear in the film, while it may be an entertaining spoof and enjoyable to watch, does not qualify as SF/F/H and won’t be considered for our Awards.

Filming locations are not story settings, except when the story makes them so.

Stories that don’t have at least one significant scene set within our area don’t qualify unless the author of the story lived in the area when it was published. For movies, this means the script writer has to live here when the film is first made available for the public to view it; or it must contain significant scenes set here. The filming locations, where the film is produced, where the actors live, where the directors live or work  — none of that matters to us as those are neither author or story elements.

Actors or directors are not writers (except when they do both roles).

We have to stick to these limits for two reasons. 

First, it would be unfair to give film more leeway than other works when it comes to what is considered. We set up the limits on the novels, novellas, short stories, and young adult works for good and sufficient cause. So, this is just clarifying that the same rules apply to film as to the other categories. 

Second, the reason we set up those limits was to focus on the works that are most clearly “greater Memphis” by story or author. That focus still leaves us many works to consider every year. Removing that focus would overwhelm the volunteers who serve as the Jury. 

If you have any questions about these matters, please feel free to contact us via email at memphissf at cs dot com.

2017 Darrell Award Nominations are Closed 

The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Darrell Awards has passed and nominations are now closed. 

The Jury is busy reading and watching and critiquing the nominees. We are pushing to have a list of Finalists ready by March 1st. 

If you’ve ever won a Darrell Award or been a Finalist and you’re planning to attend Saturday of MidSouthCon 35 in late March, you’re invited to participate in the annual Darrell Awards panel. This is to spread the news about your works and to build some excitement about the Awards before they’re presented at the Banquet later that day. Please contact us at memphissf at cs dot com for details. 

Of course, if your work is chosen as a Finalist this year, we’ll contact you to let you know (if we have your contact info), as all current-year Finalists receive one free pass to MidSouthCon on Saturday and one free Banquet ticket. 

So, check back here after March 1st for the announcement of the 2017 Finalists for the Darrell Awards.