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Amazing April 2014 coverAMAZING STORIES will begin publication of a special 88th anniversary edition of the magazine on April 1st, 2014.

April 1st may be April Fools Day, but this is no joke.  Beginning Tuesday, April 1st, the contents of Amazing Stories’ 88th Anniversary issue (April 2014, Volume 75, Number 1, Whole Number 610) will be rolled out on the website under the MAGAZINE tab.

Approximately every three days thereafter, a new story or non-fiction article will be published.  At the end of the month, the whole issue will be assembled and formatted into several different ebook formats.  If response to this effort is a good one, we contemplate issuing a print edition!

Amazing Stories, April 2014 issue will feature a Classic Reprint edited and prefaced by FuturesPast Editions ebooks.  The first of many Classic Reprints will be The Voyage That Lasted 600 Years by Don Wilcox – SF’s first generation starship tale.

That story will be accompanied by thirteen additional stories, both new and reprinted.  Stories are accompanied by new artwork.  This issue will also include a science feature article and a review and interview with the author of The Martian, Andy Weir.

PRESS RELEASES (see below for full text)

Fantastic Fiction at KGB: Douglas Clegg and John Langan
Faber Announces New Editions of Robert Aikman For His Centenary Year
DORSAI On Sale From Night Shade Books
New Fiction & More On


Female Firsts In Space
One Artist’s Take On Wonder Woman
10,883 To 2:  Climate Scientists For Da Win!
Personal Experiences Of Convention Harrassment 
Indie Author Street Teams Gone Bad
Is Kickstarter Just A Tool For Venture Capitalists?
Jabba the Hut Racist?
Brazilian Women’s Anti-Rape Protest


The difference between Science Fiction and Futurism
Coplayers of London Super Comic Con (video)
The Age Of Radiance:  History of the Atomic Age
SciFiMax Issue 0 Debut
NYRSF Readings – A Tribute To Robert Sheckley
Trailer:  X-Men Days Of Futures Past (video)
Prometheus 2 Update
First Image From TMNT
American Horror Story Is A Freak Show…wait…American Horror Story is Going To Be A Freak Show
Avengers: Age Of Ultron Photos
Who Says Magic Ain’t Real?
Geeky Ts For Sale!
SciFi Postcards (Cause SF Don’t Need No Stinkin Postcards!)
Give Sheldon A Squeeze To Relieve Your Stress
Edge Of Tomorrow New Trailer (shoulda stuck with the original title) (video)
Vandermeer on Dick
Humble E-Book Bundle
New  T O Y S!
Real History Of Science Fiction Trailer (video)
The History of Gnome Press
Bane Cat (video)
warnog FANDOM

Frederik Pohl Memorial Date Set
Are Conventions Really Important?
 Prelude To Axanar Hits Warp Speed On Kickstarter
Shatner & Nimoy Set For Florida Con
A Negative Worldcon Bid Page?
Gallifrey 2015 Already Booked
Creature Features in New Home & Outer LImits Display
Excelsior!  Stan Lee & Free Comics Day
“Old” = “Hegemonnic”
Boskone 51 Releases Seanan McGuire GoH Book
World Premiere Of Anubis Gates Play At Loncon 3
A Report on Fansporto INternational Film Festival Art Featured At Spectrum 21
Khlingon Bheer!
BSFS Roundtable:  The State of Short Fiction
Jupiter Ascending Trailer (video)
1964 Hugo Awards Voting Info Unearthed
A Great Bit Of History About Astounding and the Atomic Bomb
Brussels International Fantasy Film Festival


The Case For Hugo Award Re-Ratification
1939 Retro Hugo Recommendations
Robert J. Swayer LongListed For Libris LIfetime Achievement Award
Keene Named 2014 World Horror Grand Master
Hugo Nominations Close March 31st!


Norilana Seeking Kickstarter Funds
LOCUS Profiles SFSignal
Poets Should Not Get Literary Agents
Amazon Issuing Price-Fixing Credits
Gardner Dozois Is Getting Rid Of Stuff
Baen Books Catalog Now Available For Kobo
PW’s Fast Growing Indie Publishers
Charts Illustrate Publishing Changes
Tolkien’s Beowulf On Sale Now
Prediction Or Crappola?:  DeNardo’s Part 2
New P. J. Farmer!
Phoenix Pick Changes Coming
An Analysis of Fandom’s ‘Gift’ Economy
New Fantasy and SF Magazine For Teens – Inscription


Space.Com – Space Photos of the Week
Space.Com Night Sky of the Week
Zeroing In On An Asteroid To Capture
Bending the Laws of Physics
Giant Space Parasol
…Like You’ve Never Had Sex With A Robot (Not if they’re going to be THIS creepy!) video
Revising the Drake Equation
Soyuz Misses Docking Burn (Made me realize how ineffective sanctions over Ukraine might be….)
Crowd-Sourced Spacesuit?
XS-1 Spaceplane
Space Taxis!  Calling Corben Dallas!


FANTASTIC FICTION at KGB reading series, hosts

 Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel


Douglas Clegg is the award-winning author of more than 25 books and 50 short stories, including Neverland and The Machinery of Night.

For the past five years, he’s worked on a new novel and several novellas and stories. He will read from one of these as-yet secret fictions.

Clegg lives on the coast of Connecticut with his husband, Raul, in a house called Villa Diodati.


John Langan’s latest collection, The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies  was called “a must-read”  by Publishers Weekly,  He is the author of a previous collection, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, and a novel, House of Windows  His recent stories have appeared in Ellen Datlow’s Lovecraft’s Monsters  and Joseph Pulver’s The Grimscribe’s Puppets

He lives in upstate New York with his wife, younger son, dogs, cats, rats, fish, hermit crabs, and a honey badger–really, it’s a zoo.

Wednesday April  16th

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street (just off 2nd Ave, upstairs.)

New York, NY

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Faber & Faber is delighted to announce the publication of four new editions in B format of the ‘strange stories’ of Robert Aickman – widely regarded as the twentieth century’s greatest English writer of supernatural stories – to mark the centenary of his birth in June 2014. Faber Finds will also re-issue Aickman’s extremely rare novels The Late Breakfasters and The Model, both of which have been out of print for decades.

Faber has World English P&E rights in the four collections of stories and The Model, and UK & Commonwealth in Late Breakfasters.







For many years Aickman has been a ‘cult’ author somewhat unsung by the mainstream, but among the cognoscenti he is rated as an absolute master of the horror genre. His conspicuous fans include Neil Gaiman and the former League of Gentleman collaborators Mark Gatiss (SherlockDoctor Who), Jeremy Dyson (Ghost Stories) and Reece Shearsmith (Psychoville, Inside No. 9). The new Faber editions will feature illuminating new introductions from Reece Shearsmith and Richard T. Kelly (author of gothic horror novel The Possessions of Doctor Forrest), and afterwords by close friends of Aickman’s, including Ramsey Campbell, Britain’s most respected living horror novelist, and Leslie Gardner, Aickman’s literary agent. All four new editions have elegantly chilling new cover art designed by Tim McDonagh. (

Aickman is the centennial honouree at this year’s World Fantasy Convention to be held in Arlington, Virginia, from November 6-9 2014. (In 1975 Aickman won the Convention’s World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction for his story ‘Pages From a Young Girl’s Journal’, later collected in Cold Hand in Mine.)

Hannah Griffiths, Associate Publisher, Fiction, Faber & Faber:

‘Many of us at Faber have come to Aickman’s ‘strange stories’ since they appeared on the Faber Finds list. What a discovery! We hope our exquisite new editions appeal to the existing fans and introduce his unique vision to the new wave of literary horror readers out there.’

‘Reading Robert Aickman is like watching a magician work, and very often I’m not even sure what the trick was. All I know is that he did it beautifully.’ Neil Gaiman

‘Of all the authors of uncanny tales, Aickman is the best ever . . . His tales literally haunt me; his plots and his turns of phrase run through my head at the most unlikely moments.’ Russell Kirk‘Every story you read by Aickman has something lurking within it that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.’ Reece Shearsmith

‘The cumulative effect of [Aickman’s] stories is remarkable, and their hostile suggestiveness stays with the reader long after the book is closed.’ Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph

‘Robert Aickman was the best, the subtlest and the creepiest author of ghost stories of his time … still enormously re-readable, offering mysteries which get deeper and scarier with each return.’ Kim Newman


Robert Fordyce Aickman was born in London in 1914. His maternal grandfather was bestselling Victorian novelist Richard Marsh, author of the supernatural thriller The Beetle (1897). He attended Highgate school and assisted his father’s architectural practice prior to his co-founding, in 1944, of the Inland Waterways Association, an organisation dedicated to the preservation and restoration of England’s system of inland canals. In 1951 he co-published a book of stories with Elizabeth Jane Howard (his secretary at the IWA), entitled We Are for the Dark, to which they contributed three tales apiece.

In 1964 Aickman published his first solo collection, Dark Entries, and in his lifetime he would go on to publish a further five volumes of what he called ‘strange stories’. In 1975 he received the World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction for his story ‘Pages from a Young Girl’s Journal’, subsequently reprinted in his collection Cold Hand in Mine. He also published a novel,The Late Breakfasters (1964) and a memoir, The Attempted Rescue (1966), and between 1964 and 1972 he edited the first eight volumes of the Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories. Aickman died of cancer on 26 February 1981 having refused conventional treatment. A number of his writings were then published posthumously: a final story collection, Night Voices(1985), a second volume of memoirs, The River Runs Uphill (1986), a novella, The Model (1987), and two noteworthy compilations of his finest ‘strange stories’, The Wine-Dark Sea (1988) and The Unsettled Dust (1990)




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