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Engage Books at VCON 33 (Vancouver Science Fiction Convention) Oct 3-5

What is VCON? VCON is the oldest Science Fiction and Fantasy convention in Canada. VCON is Vancouver's own long-running science fiction, fantasy, and gaming convention. It is an annual gathering of fans to explore and celebrate those interests we have in common, and, of course, to enjoy ourselves. Essentially, it's a weekend-long combination playing, brainstorming, and partying with friends, new and old. It's where we get together with other fans, and with the pros who inspire us all.
The first VCON was held April 9-10, 1971 at the Hotel Georgia in Vancouver. The Guest of Honour was Ursula K. Le Guin. VCON 1 was sponsored by University of British Columbia's Science Fiction Society, the B.C. Science Fiction Association (an offshoot of the UBC club that had just formed in 1970) and the Simon Fraser University Science Fiction Society (SF3).
 

VCON 33: October 3-5, 2008 @ the compasspointinn, Surrey BC
Toastmaster: Michael Walsh
Also Attending: Kelley Armstrong, Patrick Rothfuss, Don DeBrandt, Lynne Fahnestalk, Eileen Kernaghan, Jeanne Robinson, Spider Robinson, Robert J. Sawyer, Lisa Smedman, Lisa Snellings.

Visit the Vcon website for a list of programming and events. 
We will be located in the dealers room.
The dealers room will be open during the following hours:

  • Fri, Oct 3: 1pm-7pm
  • Sat, Oct 4: 10am-7pm
  • Sun, Oct 5: 10am-4pm

 
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Machiavelli's The Prince, released on September 15, 2008

AD Classic Books is releasing Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince on September 15, 2008.
Machiavelli understood politics and many of his principles are not only relevant today, but they give us insight into why governments do what they do. A great read for anyone intersted in politics or the current elections in the US and Canada.
 
About The Prince: 

Machiavelli draws on his extensive historical knowledge and experience as a statesman to examine the reasons that kings, Emperors, Dukes and governments have thrived or crumbled, while highlighting the principles that guided them. In each case Machiavelli suggests a set of principles that any leader would find difficult to follow, but impossible to ignore.
 

The Prince has had a profound influence on political thought over the past 500 years, so much so that the term ‘Machiavellian’ is used to describe one who deceives and manipulates others. This is likely derived from Machiavelli’s view that “it is often necessary to act against mercy, against faith, against humanity, against frankness, against religion, in order to preserve the state.” Machiavelli continues to provide an understanding of how world leaders think, and why certain decisions are made. A must read for the politically inclined and those interested in world events and the affairs of state.

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Congratulations to the 2008 Hugo winners and finalists

The Hugo Award ceremonies at Denvention 3 were amazing. The Colorado Convention Center was packed with nearly 5000 fans, artists and writers alike, and judging by the laughter, everyone was entertained. It's great when the recipients and speakers are accomplished writers and can craft entertaining speeches with ease. 
 
Engage Books would like to congratulate the Hugo winners:

  • Best Novel: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins; Fourth Estate)
  • Best Novella: “All Seated on the Ground” by Connie Willis (Asimov’s Dec. 2007; Subterranean Press)
  • Best Novelette: “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” by Ted Chiang (Subterranean Press; F&SF Sept. 2007)
  • Best Short Story: “Tideline” by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s June 2007)
  • Best Related Book: Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction by Jeff Prucher (Oxford University Press)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Stardust Written by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn, Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman Illustrated by Charles Vess Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Paramount Pictures)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Who “Blink” Written by Steven Moffat Directed by Hettie Macdonald (BBC)
  • Best Editor, Long Form: David G. Hartwell
  • Best Editor, Short Form: Gordon Van Gelder
  • Best Professional Artist: Stephan Martiniere
  • Best Semiprozine: Locus
  • Best Fanzine: File 770
  • Best Fan Writer: John Scalzi
  • Best Fan Artist: Brad Foster
  • Winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Mary Robinette Kowal