PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS (see below for full text)
Angry Robot Signs Cameron Hurley For Two
LonCon 3 Getting Lots Of Sign Ups
Ford Street Publishing: Keeping Books Alive is On Again
Matthew Mather Offers “Third Path” To Publishing
Radio Archives For February
Phoenix Pick Free EBook Code
CAUSES (Note: Items are included here because they relate to issues of concern to the community. Amazing Stories does not necessarily endorse the views expressed in individual items included here.)
Death of SF due to Political Correctness
The Old Iron Dream – A Look At SF’s Right Wing History (crowd sourcing)
Post Binary Gender In SF … Correia’s Rebuttal … Hines’ Response
Women In the Military
BSFA Profile On the Father Of Black History Month
Dylan Farrow On Wood Allen
American Horror Actress Uses the ‘T’ Word
Ending Chimpanzee Research
Working Towards Gender Equality At DAVOS
International Tabletop (games) Day (video)
Virtual Middle Earth
Star Wars Impressions
NY Review Of SF: Upcoming Readings
Nearly Nude X-Person On Empire Magazine Cover
Best Fiction Bets For 2014
Unknown (?) Dune Facts
Superbowl Ad for Captain America (teaser video)
Superbowl Ad For Amazing Spiderman (teaser video)
Godzilla Toys At Toy Fair
Is the Polish Wearing Off Of Comic Cons?
Boskone Schedule Now With Amazing Stories (Sat. 9 am Learn About where we’re going)
A Re-Look At the Futurians
Mamatas On Ellison (Pssss, Don’t Tell Harlan)
Talking Comics: New Serenity Release
A History of Media Fandom (as opposed to ‘real’ fandom…)
Did They Have Beer On Arrakis? Herbert Reviews A Beer
When Fannishness Goes Too Far
Clarke Award Receives Record Number Of Submissions
Phil Foglio Fighting With TOR
Self-Pubbing: Is NOT the Minor Leagues … and Readers Are NOT Good Gatekeepers
Earth Squadron Crowd Sourcing
Heinlein Bio 2nd Volume Getting Closer
When Scalzi Realized He’d Made It
Carol Carr Collection
Librarian’s Top Picks
LA One Act SF Play Festival (Crowd Sourcing – via SF Signal)
Jim Hines Shares Writing Income Info – Now Wuth More Pie (Charts)
BSFA Awards Shortlist
Kate DeCamillo Wins Newberry
The Deep Web Is For Book Lovers
‘White’ Genes Younger Than Previously Thought
Broken Rabbit: China’s Lunar Rover Stuck
This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain Making Memories
Honey Encryption (Pooh Knows All About This)
We’re All Just Numbers: Tegmark Says the Universe Is “Math”
Someone Tell the Belt Miners They’re Out Of Business: Monopole Created In Lab
LOTS Of Neanderthal DNA In Humans
PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS
Angry Robot Signs Two-Book Deal with Kameron Hurley
Angry Robot, the award-winning publisher of cutting-edge SF, F and WTF?! fiction, is delighted to announce the signing of Kameron Hurley – the award-winning author of God’s War – for at least two books in the Worldbreaker Saga.
Book 1, The Mirror Empire, will be published worldwide in September this year, with the sequel to follow a year later. The worldwide rights deal was negotiated between Senior Editor, Lee Harris and Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates.
About: Kameron Hurley
Kameron Hurley is an award-winning author, advertising copywriter, and online scribe. Hurley grew up in Washington State, and has lived in Fairbanks, Alaska; Durban, South Africa; and Chicago. She has degrees in historical studies from the University of Alaska and the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, specializing in the history of South African resistance movements.
Hurley is the author of God’s War, Infidel, and Rapture, a science-fantasy noir series which earned her the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer and the Kitschy Award for Best Debut Novel. She has been a finalist for the Nebula Award and the Locus Award. Her work has also been included on the Tiptree Award Honor List. Hurley’s short fiction has appeared in magazines such as Lightspeed, EscapePod, and Strange Horizons, and anthologies such as The Lowest Heaven and Year’s Best SF. Her fiction has been translated into Romanian, Swedish, and Russian. She is also a graduate of Clarion West.
Kameron Hurley: “Super stoked to be part of the Angry Robot team. They’re a great group of folks publishing an astonishing range of exceptional fiction. Best of all, being among the crazy bunch of authors I see on their list makes me feel right at home. Can’t wait to see The Mirror Empire join the fray.”
Lee Harris: “I’m tremendously excited to be able to welcome Kameron to the Angry Robot conclave. She’s one of the most exciting and talented authors working in the fantasy genre, today, and a great fit for our list.”
About: The Mirror Empire
From the award-winning author of God’s War comes a stunning new series…
On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself.
In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin.
As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress.
Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.
In the end, one world will rise – and many will perish.
Angry Robot is a genre publisher that brings readers the best in new SF, F and WTF?! All titles are released as paperbacks and major eBook formats. Distribution is through Random House (North America) and GBS (UK). Angry Robot Ltd is part of Osprey Group.
MEDIA RELEASE #11
Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention
14-18 August 2014 at ExCeL, London Docklands
LONDON, UK. 29 January 2014: More than 5,000 people have signed up as members of Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), which is being held in London this August.
With seven months to go before the annual celebration of science fiction and fantasy gets underway at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in Docklands, the latest membership figures show that Loncon 3 will be the largest Worldcon to be held outside the United States.
Of these members, more than 4,000 have bought Adult or Young Adult Attending memberships, with the latter being available to fans aged between 16 and 25 (as of 14 August 2014).
Loncon 3 co-chair Steve Cooper said: “We are very excited to have passed the 5,000-member milestone already, and hope to welcome many more people to Loncon 3 in August to experience the rich diversity of science fiction and fantasy in all its forms.”
Co-chair Alice Lawson said: “The Loncon 3 team is particularly pleased that so many Young Adult members have signed up, as we want to make this Worldcon as accessible, dynamic and inclusive as we can.”
The Worldcon’s attractions include the Hugo Awards, the world’s leading awards for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy, and the Masquerade, spectacular live presentations showcasing costumes. The programme has nearly a thousand individual items spread over five days, with panels, talks, workshops, quizzes, films, videos, autograph sessions, and more.
Full details of how to become a member of Loncon 3 are available athttp://www.loncon3.org/memberships/
ABOUT THE WORLD SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION
Founded in 1939, the World Science Fiction Convention is one of the largest international gatherings of authors, artists, editors, publishers, and fans of science fiction and fantasy. The annual Hugo Awards, the leading award for excellence in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, are voted on by Worldcon membership and presented during the convention.
Loncon 3 is the trading name of London 2014 Ltd, a company limited by guarantee, registered in England, company number: 7989510. Registered Office: First Floor, 5 Walker Terrace, Gateshead, NE8 1EB
“World Science Fiction Society,” “WSFS,” “World Science Fiction Convention,” “Worldcon,” “NASFiC,” “Hugo Award,” and the distinctive design of the Hugo Award Rocket are service marks of the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society.
Just a quick one to say Keeping Books Alive is on again! Here’s a link to the registration and information page: http://www.fordstreetpublishing.com/cnet/images/stories/downloads/keeping-books-alive-2014.pdf
Initially Rejected by Over 100 Agents and Publishers, Matthew Mather Sells 200,000 Books and Film Rights to 20th Century Fox, Proposes New Path to Publishing Success
Jan.30th, Montreal – Rising self-publishing star Matthew Mather today proposes that there may be a “Third Path” to publishing that winds between the traditional publishing and self-publishing models in an article published on his website www.matthewmather.com today.
Mather was initially rejected by over 100 agents and publishers in the “established” publishing business, but through self-publishing has gone on to sell nearly 200,000 books in the past eighteen months, and even sold the film rights of his latest novel, CyberStorm, to 20th Century Fox.
About Matthew Mather
Matthew Mather is a cybersecurity expert and author who started out his career working at the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines. The 20th Century Fox deal was made by Sean Daily at Hotchkiss and Associates together with Paul Lucas at Janklow & Nesbit Associates.
For media enquiries, please contact Matthew Mather directly:
Like New Orleans Dixieland music? If you do, then you will love these thirty minute programs from the NBC Radio Network, broadcast in 1941.Featured are the bands of Henry Levine and Paul Lavalle, vocals by Diane Courtney, with such hosts as Gino “Long Locks” Hamilton, and Jackamo “Satchel Trousers” McCarthy.
Everyone on the program is jokingly addressed as either “professor” or “doctor,” thereby attempting to give the impression that they have a certain lofty, high brow distinction. However, Gene Hamilton contradicts this image when he states that the Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street is out to “give culture its lumps,” which it does, in a very delightfully musical, and humorous, way.
One of the early program vocalists was Dinah Shore, who went on to host the Chevy Show on NBC Television in the 1960s. In addition to his duties on the Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street, Paul Lavalle was the musical director at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.
Some of the guest artists include Stuff Smith and his jazz violin, the Charles Magnante Accordion Quartet, and Sylvia Marlow playing jazz on the harpsichord.
Henry Levine in the middle of the show, guest commentators do such things as attempting to play an accordion under water, and an NBC Page introduces a corny new song he has just written, which will never, ever make the charts.
But, of course, the main attractions are the wonderful Dixieland band arrangements of Paul Lavalle and Henry Levine, which keep everything jumping.
These programs were recorded directly from the NBC Radio Network line, so the audio quality is exceptional.
If you like good Dixieland band music, and want to relive a laugh filled, fun time that was enjoyed by millions of radio listeners in 1941, the Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street will not disappoint you. 7 hours. $20.98 Audio CDs / $10.49 Download.
Will Murray’s Pulp Classics #44
The Devil’s Auction eBook
by Robert Weinberg
In 1934 a new type of magazine was born. Known by various names — the shudder pulps, mystery-terror magazines, horror-terror magazines — weird menace is the sub-genre term that has survived today. Dime Mystery Magazine was one of the most popular. It came from Popular Publications, whose publisher Harry Steeger was inspired by the Grand Guignol theater of Paris. This breed of pulp story survived less than ten years, but in that time, they became infamous, even to this day. This ebook contains a collection of stories from the pages of Dime Mystery Magazine, all written by Bruno Fischer reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
The Purple Invasion story #10 of 13
America’s Defenders wavered at the Divide before those trenches of the Purple Empire hordes — checked by a living wall of crucified children! How could they gain victory without massacring their own? And how could Operator 5 avert this total annihilation of the nation’s young? From behind that human barricade, the mad Emperor’s legion poured out death, secure in its ghastly strategy. There was but one way of overthrowing the invaders, terrible though its cost. Into the jaws of destruction marched the men who knew how to die — then miraculously attack again! What has become known as the “War and Peace of the Pulps” commenced with the searing novel, Death’s Ragged Army, which appeared in the July, 1936 issue of Operator #5 magazine. The legions of Emperor Maximilian swept in and took over New England, initiating the Second War of Independence. Jimmy Christopher and his friends and allies in the Intelligence Service were enlisted in a desperate undertaking to hurl back to Europe the forces of the Purple Emperor. The legendary Purple Invasion series had begun and lasted for 13 installments. In order to enjoy the unfolding storyline, it’s best to start with Death’s Ragged Army and read sequentially through to The Siege that Brought the Black Death. These 13 novels represent the most daring and unique departure ever in this kind of pulp magazine. Operator #5 and the Purple Invasion series returns in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
99 cent eBook Singles
When a brazen adventuress tries to hire Doc Savage for a secret mission—but won’t tell him why—it lights the fuse for one of the most explosive exploits ever to involve the Man of Bronze.Who is Hornetta Hale? Why does she need to rent Doc’s private submarine? And who is so determined to eliminate her that they destroy Doc Savage’s skyscraper headquarters in the process?
The world believed that aviator Tom Franklin was dead. Years before, he had set out on a pioneering transpacific flight alone—and vanished!When he returned, as it from the grave, Franklin and a mysterious woman flew a battered plane that had been repaired with plates of pure gold. Desperately seeking the help of Doc Savage, the mighty Man of Bronze, Franklin and his curvaceous charge fall into the clutches of diamond smuggler Blackbird Hinton and his cutthroat crew—but not before the bronze adventurer hears of their plight.
The Knight of Darkness confronts his greatest superfoe in the classic pulp novels that inspired the 1994 Shadow film starring Alec Baldwin! In “Shiwan Khan Returns,” the last descendent of Genghis Khan comes back from the dead for a titanic rematch with The Shadow! Then, the Dark Avenger and the exotic Myra Reldon team up to battle the mesmeric menace of “The Invincible Shiwan Khan” in another of Walter Gibson’s greatest pulp thrillers! This instant collector’s item showcases both original color pulp covers by Graves Gladney, the classic interior illustrations by legendary artist Edd Cartier and historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. $14.95.
The pulp era’s greatest superhero returns in two-fisted pulp classics by Harold A. Davis and Lester Dent writing as “Kenneth Robeson.” First, graduates of Doc Savage’s Crime College revert to their earlier evil ways, leading the Man of Bronze into a deadly confrontation with an uncanny trickster and “The Purple Dragon.” Then, a failed murder attempt and a gorgeous damsel in distress set Doc, Monk and Ham on the trail of an evil mastermind in “Colors for Murder.”BONUS: a classic Doc Savage script from the Golden Age of Radio! This deluxe pulp reprint also features a classic color pulp cover by Emery Clarke and the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban, plus new historical commentary by Will Murray, author of 13 Doc Savage novels. $14.95.
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