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PRESS RELEASES AND NEWSLETTERS (See below for full text)

TheWolfAtTheEndOfTheWorld_ebookcoverDouglas Smith’s The Wolf At the End Of the World Now Available
Night Shade Books Latest Releases
Kevin J. Anderson News
Del Rey’s Latest
KGB Reading – James Patrick Kelly & Mercurio D. Rivera


Cthulhu Haikhu – Volume II At Kickstarter
Geeks of Color – NYCC Panel
Special Global Edition Of Alchemy the Journal of Translation
Atheists & Death
Unfettered Collection Raises Money For Fantasy Author Medical Bills


isaiahstephens4Benford on Verne to Varley
Jim Freund Presents NYRSF Reading Featuring Rajan Khanna and Fran Wilde
Isaiah Stephens:  Halloween Costumes For Disney Princesses
The (In?)Complete Behind-the-Scenes Terminator (Wonder if Ellison is mentioned somewhere in there?)
Better Get Rid of Those Apples: Day of the Doctor Coming to 3D
TangentOnline OTR For Halloween (audio)
Brrrrr Winter Soldier Poster
Superman Day At the 1939 Worlds Fair (video)
Macy’s Matrix Spoof (Video)
John Anealio’s Halloween Music (Audio)
Wonderbook Outtakes
Christopher Nuttall Releases His Latest
winterFan Build His Own Battledroid (video)
Vera Nazarian’s Latest
Death Stalks the Skies (video)
Catherine Asaro Sings (video)
Tom Whelan Universal Monsters Art
Lovecraftzine New Issue
Canadian Jewish Comics (Via File 770)


 Nananananananana, nananana, nananana BATMAN! Adam West says the show may be coming to DVD
Gollancz To Offer Book Of Dr. Who Celebrity Memories
Red Dwarf 11th Season – Maybe
Frank Dietz  – Lunarians Founder – Passes Away Fakefan FanacLunacon
Liaden Universe (R) Author Appearances
Loncon 3 Announces 1939 Retro Hugos
AboutSF Pohl Podcasts
G. W. Thomas on the History of Space Opera
WFC Last Progress Report Reads Like Sauron Talking To The Troops
Someone Please Tell Elon He’s Got To Start Sharing His Toys!


Twitterfried SFWAns (A SFWA generated list of members posting through Twitter)
Bill Patterson Submits Part 2 of the Heinlein Bio
Back To Print (YAY!): Early Ereader Converts Going Back To Paper
PCA/ACA Conference Dates
Publishing Doom & Gloom Is Misplaced
Copyrights and Creativity
Angry Robot Wants Your Stuff
S&S Announce New, Unnamed SF Imprint
Authors Don’t Exist In the New Age of Publishing (via SF Signal)
Why Every (non) Author Should Have A Google+ Account


balloonBalloons To Space!  New Space Tourism Venture
Amazing Earth Selfie
Martin Gardner – Math’s Best Friend
Under the Boardwalk, Down By Titan’s Sea, In A Spacesuit With My Baby Is Where I’ll Be
The Farthest Star (Galaxy Actually)
Japanese Space Cannon (for real)
Martian Rover Test Drive
Bye, Bye Planck
Someone Should Tell Neal About the Space Cannon (asteroid defense conference) (video)
Spacevision Student Space Conference at ASU


So Here’s the Thing…
An irregular newsletter on the writings of Douglas Smith

THE WOLF is Loose!

“The Wolf at the End of the World” cover Back in September, I announced the upcoming release of my first novel, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD. I’m pleased to tell you that the book has been released and is now available at the following retail outlets:

Ebook Edition:
All formats: My bookstore
Kindle: Amazon US | Amazon Cda | Amazon UK
Epub: Kobo | Chapters Indigo | Smashwords
Barnes & Noble | Apple

Print Edition (Trade Paperback):
Amazon US | Amazon Canada | Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble | CreateSpace

Print Edition (Autographed and Personalized):
My bookstore

Discounts Just For You

I’m extending the exclusive discount offer that I made for the pre-order period. Again, these discount codes are available only to my mailing list subscribers and only for purchases made at my online bookstore at my website (links below).

SUBSCRIBER-WOLF-25: Use this code at checkout to receive a 25% discount on the ebook or the autographed print edition (or on both).

SUBSCRIBER-WOLF-PE: Use this code at checkout when you purchase BOTH the print and ebook editions, and get the ebook edition for free (normally $8.99). You need to add both the print and ebook editions to your cart to use this coupon.

Use the above discount codes at my online bookstore at the following links:

Print edition | Ebook edition


If you pre-ordered the ebook edition, you should have received an email last week with the links to download your book from your account on my website. Email me if you have any questions or problems. If you pre-ordered the signed, personalized print edition, I’ll be mailing those out by the end of this week.

Some Early Reviews

“What makes The Wolf at the End of the World such an engrossing read are the characters and Doug’s wonderful prose, a perfect blend between matter-of-fact and lyricism. I can’t remember the last time I read a book that spoke to me, so eloquently, and so deeply, on so many levels. … I’ll be rereading it in the future because it’s that sort of book. Richly layered and deeply resonant. An old friend, from the first time you read it.”
—Charles de Lint, World Fantasy Award winner

“Five stars. … I love a story that hits all the emotional buttons from laughter to tears. When that happens, it goes without saying the writing is good and the story is engaging, the characters are deep enough to make me feel. … Given the number of awards Douglas has won for his short stories, it’s hardly surprising he’s written such a fabulous book, and it’s lovely to be able to say so unreservedly. I really enjoyed The Wolf At The End Of The World, and I’m happy to have a copy to put on my shelf. With adventure, intrigue, shape-shifters, family, a touch of romance and a lot of heart, this is a book I’d recommend for readers of all genres.”
—Kelly Jensen, SF Crowsnest Reviews

From the Back Cover

A shapeshifter hero battles ancient spirits, a covert government agency, and his own dark past in a race to solve a murder that could mean the end of the world.

The Heroka walk among us. Unseen, unknown. Shapeshifters. Human in appearance but with power over their animal totems.

Gwyn Blaidd is a Heroka of the wolf totem. Once he led his people in a deadly war against the Tainchel, the shadowy agency that hunts his kind. Now he lives alone in his wilderness home, wolves his only companions.

But when an Ojibwe girl is brutally killed in Gwyn’s old hometown, suspicion falls on his former lover. To save her, Gwyn must return, to battle not only the Tainchel, but even darker forces: ancient spirits fighting to return to our world…

And rule it.

Cree and Ojibwe legends mix with current day environmental conflict in this fast-paced urban fantasy that keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to its explosive conclusion.

An excerpt of the first four chapters of the novel is available on my website.

Spirit Dance

THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD is based on my award-winning story, “Spirit Dance,” picking up events five years later. You do NOT need to have read “Spirit Dance” to fully enjoy THE WOLF, but if you’re interested, you can pick up “Spirit Dance” from my website store or all the major ebook retailers either as an individual ebook or as part of my collection, IMPOSSIBILIA.

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Paolo Bacigalupi’s debut collection demonstrates the power and reach of the science fiction short story. Social criticism, political parable, and environmental advocacy lie at the center of Paolo’s work. Each of the stories herein is at once a warning, and a celebration of the tragic comedy of the human experience.

The eleven stories in Pump Six represent the best Paolo’s work, including the Hugo nominee “Yellow Card Man,” the nebula and Hugo nominated story “The People of Sand and Slag,” and the Sturgeon Award-winning story “The Calorie Man.”

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Over the course of two award-winning collections and a critically acclaimed novel, The Croning, Laird Barron has arisen as one of the strongest and most original literary voices in modern horror and the dark fantastic. Melding supernatural horror with hardboiled noir, espionage, and a scientific backbone, Barron’s stories have garnered critical acclaim and have been reprinted in numerous year’s best anthologies and nominated for multiple awards, including the Crawford, International Horror Guild, Shirley Jackson, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy awards.

Deal Ends: October 31, 2013
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Hi ,
You know how when a new school year begins, kids are often asked to write “what I did this summer”? I planned to do that for you—and now it’s late October.

This summer was a whirlwind of deadlines. Since my last email to you, I finished Mentats of Dune with Brian Herbert (due out March 2014), The Dark Between the Stars, first in a new “Seven Suns” trilogy (due out June 2014), humorous fantasy The Dragon Business (which Amazon will serialize beginning November 2013), Hellhole Infernowith Brian (due out August 2014), and the fourth Dan Shamble, Zombie PI novel, Slimy Underbelly (due out September 2014); I also edited A Fantastic Holiday Season (available now). Sometimes it felt like a marathon!

I made a lot of appearances, too. Rebecca & I were featured guests at ComicPalooza in Houston; Denver Comic Con; the Campbell Conference in Lawrence, Kansas (where I received the first Lifeboat to the Stars award for my book Tau Ceti, with Steven Savile); the Colorado Book Awards in Aspen, CO (whereClockwork Angels was nominated); Libertycon in Chattanooga, TN; San Diego Comic-Con (where Clockwork Angels won the Scribe Award); Dragon*Con in Atlanta; and Salt Lake City Comic Con. I was also inducted as a member of the Board for the Lifeboat Foundation as well as the Challenger Centers for Space Science Education.

Fortunately, it wasn’t all work. I did manage to get out into my beautiful Colorado mountains for some spectacular hikes. I climbed two “Fourteeners”—Mount Bierstadt (14,060 ft) and Quandary Peak (14,265 ft)—and completed three more segments of the Colorado Trail (48 miles, total). We also faced some natural disasters: one of the largest wildfires in Colorado history swept within miles of our house, and we were on evacuation standby with all of our irreplaceable possessions packed in cars, ready to go at a moment’s notice. And while the severe floods a few months later did not affect our house, they did cause major damage to the town of Estes Park deep in the Rocky Mountains, where I often go to hole up in my writing cabin.  And now the leaves are turning, and the high country is already covered with snow….

Since it’s close to Halloween, you might enjoy reading about Dan Shamble, Zombie PI. My story “Road Kill” is 99¢ in all eBook formats, worldwide, and also available in audio. And as a special offer to my international readers, the first Dan Shamble novel, Death Warmed Over, is FREE until October 30 (offer valid outside US and Canada only) onKobo. Use promo code SHAMBLEON.

 Finally, for four years now, my brother-in-law and hiking companion T. Duren Jones (a.k.a. Tim) and I have produced a calendar of our best photographs of the wilderness, along with “tales from the trails” of our adventures out in the mountains. We print these calendars for family, friends, and colleagues. This year, we’ll also make these special calendars available to any of you who are interested. The print run is limited to 250 copies, each one autographed. Cost is US $20 + shipping. You can order from the top left corner of my blog, if you’d like one. Click here to go there!

Enjoy the beautiful autumn, and until next time, keep reading!


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A Study in Silks

From the Desk of Del Rey Editor Mike Braff

Dear Readers,

Like many of you, I consider myself to be an epic fantasy aficionado. Some might see our tastes in the genre as a bit close-minded or even a mite snobbish. Fair enough, but I think that while good epic fantasy can be amazing, the less favorable variety can be terrible; if I’m going to invest significant amounts of time in a fantasy series that sprawls vast periods of time and space, I want it to be awesome all around! To that end I’ve identified several negative tropes that we see far too much in fantasy submissions. While none of these are dealbreakers unto themselves, seeing any one of the below in a submitted manuscript gives me significant pause. Maybe you’ll agree?

Click here for the rest of Mike’s letter!

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Each week we’re giving away the first 50 pages of an awesome Del Rey or Spectra book — for FREE! Check out the titles we premiered last month:
Old Mars
by George R.R. Martin and
Gardner Dozois
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The Republic of Thieves
by Scott Lynch
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The Plague Forge
by Jason M. Hough
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The Making of Star
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by J.W. Rinzler The Republic of
by Scott Lynch Star Wars:
by Drew Karpyshyn A Study in Darkness
by Emma Jane

Click here for more information on new Del Rey Spectra and Lucas Books titles coming this month!

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From a brilliant new voice in horror comes a riveting nightmare of ancient evil unleashed—and the bravery and sacrifice of those called to combat it.

Click here to see the trailer for The Faceless One

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The eBook for Year Zero is only .99¢ for a limited time! Click here to order a copy, and to read author Rob Reid’s thoughts on free vs. cheap vs. pricey.


FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts

Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel


James Patrick Kelly has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages In 2012 he co-edited two anthologies with John Kessel,  Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology and Nebula Awards Showcase 2012.  In 2013 he has published stories in ClarkesworldLightspeed, and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
He writes a column about the internet for Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine

Mercurio D.  Rivera’s short fiction has appeared in a variety of venues, including Asimov’s Science Fiction, Interzone, Nature, Black Static, Solaris Rising 2, Year’s Best SF 17, Unplugged: The Web’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages.

He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award and is a winner of Interzone’s annual readers’ poll.   His collection Across the Event Horizon has been called “weird and wonderful,” with “dizzying switchbacks,”  “a revelation” with “twists followed by more twists heightening a powerful sense of alienation and menace.”

He is a born and bred Bronxite who loves playing paddleball on weekends.

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