Invalid Corps and the Battle of Fort Stevens #Documentary Kickstarter – #history

For those of you who may not know, for the last year, I’ve been slowly working on a Civil War documentary. It wasn’t quite how I planned to spend my year (creatively I had planned on focusing on a novel) but something about the story fired my imagination and over the past few months, I’ve built a great crew who is really committed; folks from Discovery Communications, from the National Museum of American History, and from Docs in Progress as well as accessing some amazing resources from the Library of Congress and National Archives. And now we’re crowdfunding to raise money to cover research, licensing and then produce a short film.

This it! We’re down to the last few hours of the Kickstarter for the “Invalid Corps and the Battle of Fort Stevens.” If you haven’t, please take a moment to go donate. If you have, thank you for helping us bring this amazing story to the screen.

Please help us spread the word about the documentary during these last few hours – Email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…even just word-of-mouth.GettysburgLightICPoster

The story: The Invalid Corps was a corps of men with disabilities who fought in the Civil War. Men who were injured in battle or who acquired chronic illnesses – men missing limbs, and eyes, with rheumatism, epilepsy, bullet injuries, those with what we would now call PTSD, and many others. Rather than be discharged, they continued to serve the Union cause.

In July 1864, Confederate General Jubal Early launched a surprise raid that takes him to the very gates of Washington DC. Almost every able-bodied soldier from the Union had already been sent south with General Grant for the siege of Petersburg, more than 100 miles away. The only defenders remaining were clerks, government officials, and the InvalidCorps. And with Lincoln himself on the ramparts, they couldn’t afford to fail. 
You can see the project details here:  
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Basically, this is a piece of disability and veteran’s history that just hasn’t been seen or heard before. We want to capture it and make sure that the service and sacrifice by these men isn’t lost forever.

Take a look and donate and share, before time runs out!


Giving Voice to Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn – Actress Deepti Gupta (@theDeeptiGupta)

Actress Deepti GuptaThis is a bit late as the formal announcement has been out for some months, but at the same time I do want to share my personal excitement. International actress and voice talent Deepti Gupta will be reading Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn. As a blind person, the vast majority of the books I read are audio books so for me in particular, it was especially important to find the right person to narrate the book.

I knew I wanted a woman to read as I pictured it coming from the voice of Morgiana, the djinni. I also wanted someone who could capture the sing-song style of an oral narrative. Deepti’s acting and voiceover career spans across India, Singapore, Pakistan and the United States so she seemed a good choice.  🙂 What do you think? I’m thrilled.

If you cannot play the audio, it can also be heard at:

Praised by The New York Times for her performance in the feature film ‘Walkaway’, Deepti also stars in ‘Record/Play’ (a sci-fi love story) which was an official selection at SUNDANCE 2013.  And last year she wrote and directed her first short film, ‘Happy and You Know It’, about a woman’s journey to celebrating her pregnancy which you can see the trailer for below.

TRAILER – Happy and You Know It from Hamari Films on Vimeo.

Pretty cool, yes? I’m looking forward to seeing Deepti’s full film which is due to be released in November.

BabaAli CoverAnd of course, in closing, if I do not put in the traditional promotional plug at the end, I will not be doing my job as an author.  🙂

Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn is a steampunk retelling of the classic “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves”, from 1001 Arabian Nights. To learn more about the book and/or purchase your own copy, please visit: or get it directly from Amazon.

For those of you who have already bought and/or read it, thank you! You rock and you’re the reason I do this. I love feedback both good and not-so-good (it IS the only way to improve) so just drop me a note.


Press Release from the Baltimore Science Fiction Society.  I have to admit, I’m very excited about this roundtable and hope it will really help move the idea of increased diversity (and diverse writers) in fantasy and science fiction.

Hey folks, are there any particular questions you’d especially like to see addressed?



Contact Social Media Coordinator Alexander Mathew Harris, AHarris@Bsfs.Org


Baltimore City, Maryland – July 29, 2014

On Saturday, August 23rd at 8PM, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society
(BSFS), located at 3310 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, will
host a free, public roundtable on “Diversity in Genre.” Authors P. Djeli
Clark, A.T. Greenblatt, Jason Harris, and Sherin Nicole will participate in
the discussion lead by Day Al-Mohamed and Sarah Pinsker.

In the tradition of previous BSFS roundtables, such as the “State of Short
Fiction” roundtable this past March, “Diversity in Genre” will be an open
dialogue which will go in-depth on race, gender, disability, sexuality,
nationality, and class in science fiction and fantasy fiction. In a year
where Thor is a woman, Captain America is black, and an all-women
Kickstarter anthology called Women Destroy Science Fiction raised over one
thousand percent of its goal, what is left to do? Who are the new voices
people should be reading? This will be a great panel for readers and
writers alike.

Please RSVP and share the event on Facebook:

Attendees are also welcome to participate in the BSFS book club before the
roundtable at 6:30PM, where we will discuss the Nebula and Locus Award
winning new classic, “Ancillary Justice,” by Ann Leckie.

P. Djeli Clark resides in Washington DC. His stories have appeared in Daily
Science Fiction, Every Day Fiction, and in the anthologies Griots,
Griots: Sisters of the Spear and Steamfunk. He also blogs at the
Disgruntled Haradrim.

A.T. Greenblatt is a mechanical engineer living in Pennsylvania. Her
stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Mag, and other

Jason Harris is a Baltimore based writer, editor and publisher., LLC is Jason’s vehicle for media based projects, the first
of which is “Redlines: Baltimore 2028.” Jason is currently working on a
novel entitled “Fly, Girl”.

Sherin Nicole is Art Director at Prime Books, an author at Entangled
Publishing, Creative Director / Marketing at idobi Network, and author at
Harlequin / Carina Press.

Day Al-Mohamed is co-author of “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn,” written
with Danielle Ackley-McPhail. Her recent publications are available in
“Daily Science Fiction,” and GrayHaven Comics’ anti-bullying issue “You Are
Not Alone.”

Sarah Pinsker is the author of the novelette “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss
Behind,” 2014 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner and 2013 Nebula Award
finalist. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov’s,
Strange Horizons, and Fantasy & Science Fiction as well as several

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society is a 501(c)(3) literary organization
focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and related genres. BSFS holds many
regular events such as book clubs, critique circles, film nights, and also
produces Balticon, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention. For
more information, please visit, or
BaltimoreSciFi, or follow us on Twitter @BaltimoreSciFi.

Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn – Book Arrival

I wrote a book! Yes, I did.  I really did. I’m excited to have completed “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” We had a great pre-launch at Balticon over Memorial Day weekend and Dark Quest, my publisher, sold out of their copies.  So why am I so excited today?  Because in all this time, I somehow never managed to get my hands on a copy of my own book!  Hearing that, the owner of Dark Quest, on their second printing, mailed me a copy.  ;)  So here it is, a picture of Baba Ali in my very own hand.  Is it inappropriate to kiss the book?