Bitingduck Press Does Books and Science at Shore Leave 34

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Independent publisher BitingduckPress/Boson Books will showcase sci-fi and "artistic e-books" at the fan-run convention Shore Leave 34 in Baltimore, MD August 3-5. Early registration ends July 15.

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For those looking for great science and great sci-fi, and for aspiring sci-fi writers, Baltimore is the place to be this August. Not far from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the city will host this year's Shore Leave science fiction convention. The 34th annual fan-run convention features media guests such as Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway) and LeVar Burton (Geordi LaForge), over two dozen guest authors, and science presentations by amateur and professional astronomers and physicists. The convention runs August 3-5, 2012 at the Mariott Hunt Valley Inn.

Independent publisher Bitingduck Press will showcase books and science at this fun get-together of trekkies and space nuts. Goddard astrophysicist Barbara Thompson, a BDP editor, will give a talk on "Space Weather: In the Light of an Angry Sun." Jay Nadeau, the press's founder, will staff a table where new and upcoming titles will be sold in print and electronic format. Bitingduck will celebrate the e-release of "The Classic Star Trek Trivia Book" (John Maddux) with drawings for free copies. Other titles include the young adult sci-fi adventure Abacus by Canadian paleontologist Chris McGowan, two time travel adventures by Frank Almond, and the Rust Bucket series of space adventures by "Attack Butterfly".

"We're primarily an e-publisher, but still love the idea of an artistic presentation of a book," says Jay, who will unveil Bitingduck's "artistic e-books" at this convention. Custom-made USB keys will contain every electronic format of the chosen book--pdf, mobi (for Kindle), epub (for Nook and other readers). As always, the books will be DRM-free.

Early registration for the convention ends July 15. Registration at the door for a higher fee is available, but limited to 1500 participants. Optional events include celebrity photo ops, afternoon tea, and a Qigong workshop. The on-line registration form can be found here.

Bitingduck Press is a new e-publisher that, thanks to a merger with "first on the web" Boson Books, represents over 140 titles and 80 authors. Three novels are scheduled for release in Fall 2012, and 4-5 in Spring 2013. The press is currently accepting both fiction and non-fiction submissions, with a particular love for young adult and hard science fiction. Submissions guidelines and links to all available books can be found on their web site.

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