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  • Sunday, March 17, 2024 9:30 AM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)

    Celebrate Broads' Spring 2024 Releases!

    Dive in and “Be the Sea!” with Clara Ward's newest novel

    Title: Be the Sea
    Author: Clara Ward

    In the near future, marine scientist Wend Taylor heaves themself aboard a zero-emissions boat skippered by the elusive nature photographer Viola Yang and crewed by Viola’s younger cousin, Aljon.

    Guided by instinct, ocean dreams, and a shared birthday in 1972, they barter stories for passage across the Pacific.

    Story by story, the trio rethink secrets, flying dreams, and how they experience their own minds.

    When they reach Hawaiʻi and prepare to part ways, opportunity and mystery pull them closer together as Wend navigates an ever-shifting future, complicated by bioengineered microbes and a plot to silence scientists, entangled with inexplicable dreams and a calling to Be the Sea.

    “Be the Sea is a significant book in the way it talks about communication, community, and neurodiversity.” 

    Nebula-winning writer Cat Rambo

    Clara will appear at:

    March 28-31: Norwescon in Seattle, WA as a panelist 

    • Friday, Mar 29 at 4 pm Book Launch party in Presidential Suite
    • Saturday, March 30 at 8 pm Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading in Cascade 10

    April 7 at 2 pm: author event at Capital Books in Sacramento, CA

    Clara Ward lives in Silicon Valley on the border between reality and speculative fiction. When not using words to teach or tell stories, Clara uses wood, fiber, and glass to make practical or completely impractical objects. Their short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Decoded Pride, Small Wonders, and as a postcard from Thinking Ink Press. Discover more about them at

  • Monday, October 23, 2023 12:00 AM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)
    Celebrate Broad Releases: Fall 2023!

    Kepner goes "Out Far Enough"   

    Linda Tiernan Kepner has released "Out Far Enough," a science fiction novel with romantic elements set about 250 years in the future.

    The Comte de Bourriac, an exiled nobleman  managing an agricultural space station, and Police Officer Jem Grayson race to investigate a possible homicide and preserve a lost paradise before the answers kill them.

    For more information, vist:

  • Monday, May 15, 2023 10:54 AM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)

    Celebrate Broad Releases: Spring 2023!

    Title: Avelune: Book III of the Sky Seekers

    Author: Larissa N. N. Davila 

    Celebrate the upcoming release of Avelune, the third book in the epic fantasy series The Sky Seekers by Larissa N. N. DavilaFans of Robin Hobb and N. K. Jemisin will fall hard for Avelune.

    Fans of Robin Hobb and N. K. Jemisin will fall hard for Avelune.

    Shorn soldier Jhared Denaban flees his country, seeking a new purpose and a place to belong. Lady Nemiah wins a chance to end ages of violence, if she will sacrifice herself. In this gripping third book of The Sky Seekers, alliances deepen, passions are awakened, and the consequences of a legacy of oppression rip the very fabric of the world.

    “Larissa N. N. Davila paints a compelling portrait of a world and an individual teetering on the edge of chaos. . . . Jhared's journey is a compelling search for discovery and redemption that leads readers on another breathtaking flight of fantasy.”

    —Midwest Book Review

    The release party will be at George R.R. Martin's Beastly Books in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Friday, June 2 at 5 pm and feature Davila signing books and answering questions, as well as tasty food and beverages. Find more of Davila book tour events, including virtual talks, at Stone Raven Press.

  • Tuesday, February 28, 2023 8:49 PM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)

    Celebrate Broad Releases: Winter 2023!

    Title: A Wreck of Dragons 

    Author: Elaine Isaak

    “Pacific Rim” meets "How to Train Your Dragon" in this young adult science fiction adventure from Waterdragon Publishing. Giant Robots meet Dragons in this new adventure from Elaine Isaak.

    With his giant robot, Norgay, teenage orphan Johari leads a team of scouts to find a new planet for mankind. The prospective world has it all: a great climate, nearly perfect air, and no signs of civilization. As the team dives in, Johari's best friend risks exposure to the alien world to claim biological samples that might be the salvation of their own species. Then the sample he shatters draws the wrath of angry, flying reptiles, and his own robot companion sacrifices itself to shield the fragile humans. Johari races to save his friend and raise one of their precious bots from beneath an alien sea—only to find he's being hunted by dragons.

    As he's cast into a world of doubts, Johari suspects that these monsters are more than they seem. Will he claim a new world for mankind—and allow them to destroy their own humanity?

    Purchase your copy of this “thought-provoking” and “breath-taking” novel in paperback, hardcover or electronic formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop, IndieBound. For more purchase options, visit Waterdragon Publishing.

    Title: Love Stories, a short fiction collection

    Author: Katherine Villyard 

    What is love? What can love drive us to do? In Katherine Villyard’s collection of seven previously published and five previously unpublished stories, love pushes her characters to revenge, to reach beyond the boundaries of life and death. To rescue a family member. To fight the good fight without even knowing it, or to risk everyone and everything to save someone who may or may not be worthy. To make the wrong decisions and walk into hell. To transcend who we are. 

    Love Stories is IndieReader Approved" (4.8 stars,) a Booklife Editor's pick, and was favorably reviewed by Kirkus. Learn more about Love Stories in IndieReader’s interview with Villyard, where she answers questions like "What is the main reason someone should really read this book?" and "When did you first decide to become an author?" and “Are you a toad sister or a rose sister?"

    Purchase your ebook or print book at For more news from Katherine Villyard, sign up for her newsletter

  • Monday, February 27, 2023 9:42 AM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)

    Hop into Spring and win a FREE copyedit! 

    Do you have a fiction manuscript in need of editing love this spring, but can’t find an editor or maybe don’t have the funds to get the quality edit you dream of? Enter the MANUSCRIPT LOVE contest to win one of two full copy edits from editors Ripley Patton and Roxanne Bland, who is a Supporter of Broad Universe.

    Submissions accepted until March 14, 2023.

    For more information, visit 

  • Tuesday, July 05, 2022 8:00 AM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)

    Celebrate Broad Releases: July 2022!

    Title: The JOY of MurderDaiyu Wu Mystery 

    Author: Gloria Oliver 

    When a highly respected member of the Little Mexico community is killed in 1930s Dallas, all the evidence points towards socialite Grace Pierce, wife of a local businessman and a former member of the Ku Klux Klan. Grace's son Truman turns to Daiyu Wu and her unique detective skills for help, but Dai, who is blind, quickly discovers that nothing about this case is what it seems. With her companion Jacques and canine bodyguard Prince Razor, Dai must navigate a family in turmoil, racial tensions, and shady business deals to find the actual killer before Truman's mother is sentenced to death. 

    Second in A Daiyu Wu Mystery series. Pre-order for this July release

    For free fiction and The JOY of Murder Release Celebration Giveaway, visit the author's website.  

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022 12:00 PM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)

    Thank you for joining us for the Rapid Fire Reading at Nowescon 44 

    Here is a list of the readers and their work:

    For bios on all the readers, please view the BU norwescon flier 2022-fullpage.pdf

    Thank you everyone who attended in person or virtually. And a huge "Thank You" to Norwescon and their programming volunteers who have made Broad Universe welcome for more than 10 years. 

  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022 12:05 PM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)

    Join us at Nowescon 44 from 8-9:30 pm Saturday, April 16 for a fun, fast-paced reading featuring several authors.

    The convention is offering a free virtual membership and the Rapid Fire Reading will be among the panels streamed. 

    The authors reading are: K.G. AndersonCarole Berg/Cate Glass, Rebecca A. Demarest, Jude-Marie GreenDebora Godfrey and Marta Murvosh.

    For those new to Rapid Fire Readings, each author will have about 10 minutes to read a selection. 

    More details at

  • Sunday, March 13, 2022 11:15 AM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)

    Broad News: 

    The Firma Twins and the Flute of Enchantment by D. H. Timpko is among 20 books selected for 2021 Gertrude Warner Book Awards in Middle Grade Fiction's short listThe Gertrude Warner Book Awards recognize emerging talent and outstanding works in middle-grade fiction. Finalists and winners will be announced in late June. 

    Timpko's novel is the second in her Firma Twins Adventure series, and she hopes The Firma Twins and the Flute of Enchantment will be selected as one of the award's SF/F & Paranormal Middle Grade finalists.

    Finalists will be announced June 25, 2022 at the Chanticleer Authors ConferenceThe Gertrude Warner Book Awards is a division of the Chanticleer International Book Awards (The CIBAs).

    Timpko has been a Broad for more than 12 years. 

    Interested in hearing more about The Firma Twins and the Flute of Enchantment? Read KIRKUS REVIEWS:

    "In this middle-grade adventure, a half-alien twin ends up surrounded by bloodthirsty creatures while searching for a powerful artifact. . . . Adults who have attended SF conventions will recognize the broad parody presented by the plot, as Timpko details author readings and dealers’ rooms. . . . This endearingly strange tale with entertaining SF elements highlights the value of different viewpoints."

  • Monday, January 17, 2022 4:14 PM | Broad Universe Treasurer (Administrator)

    The Broad Universe Motherboard supports our volunteers by prioritizing their safety. We want to keep our supporters as safe as we can during these times.

    For the next 3 to 6 months, the decision whether to host dealer room tables at conferences will be determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the state of the pandemic, the location, size, and setup of the conference, and the number of Broads available to staff the table in addition to any other mitigating factors.

    We hope that by the spring, we can resume offering dealer's room tables for conventions, and we encourage Broads who are interested in managing these tables or who have questions about this decision to reach out to us via the President or the Motherboard

    Broad Universe requires Rapid Fire Reading participants to wear masks over their nose and mouths even while reading as required by the Pandemic Masking Policy Participants must also follow any additional requirements set out by the conference. This is vital if we are to continue to be a part of these conferences during the ongoing pandemic. 

    The Motherboard

    Broad Universe

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