SPECIAL NOTE: The news staff (me) are (is) still recovering from its week away on family business and unfortunately, as often happens with those kinds of things, the list of news stories that were gathered all week long for roundup here did not make the transition. We will return to our regularly scheduled programming, in full, next week.
AMAZON vs HACHETTE BOOK GROUP Link Roundup
The last time Amazon flexed its muscles and demonstrated a firm grasp of its business model (world domination), the unwashed public (you and me) seemed largely in favor of Amazon’s actions. How dare those book companies and other near-monopolies try to have their way with ebook pricing!
This time – not so much. Authors and their fans are enraged because Amazon’s actions this time are direct and immediate: people can’t buy or order their books through Amazon.
Amazing Stories’ position at the time of the first fooforaw (read, the publisher’s position and not necessarily that of our fine contributors) was and is that monopolies (regardless of whether they meet the legal and technical definitions) are a BAD thing. The benefits of scale are far-outweighed by the concentration of too much power and influence in one place. It has always been our (my) view that Amazon is in the business of controlling the entire market and that this will lead to suppliers (currently publishers and indies, soon to be authors across the board) being squeezed. The inevitable result (if nothing changes) will be content going for flat-fee pennies, fiction sold like yard goods. Companies with shareholders do not like variable costs associated with their supply. They don’t like cost associated with their supply and they WILL do everything within their power to continually reduce those costs.
The only thing that can stop such actions is a refusal of the community to engage with the “market” that Amazon offers, and that is unlikely to happen because – monopoly in everything but legal name.
Here are some articles that will help explain and illuminate the current situation:
Wall Street Journal
New York Times More More
The Publishing Perspective
Authors – Brian McClellan John Scalzi Charlie Stross Michael J Sullivan
PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS
CONVENTION ODYSSEY CROWD FUNDING PROJECT
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CLARION WEST WRITE-A-THON
DUOTROPE MARKET NEWS
SUVUDU LIVE Q&A WITH GEORGE RR MARTIN
DOUGLAS SMITH NEWSLETTER
RADIO ARCHIVES NEWSLETTER
KEVIN J. ANDERSON NEWSLETTER
Petrea Mitchell, fan since the age of five and regular weekly blogger for Amazing Stories wants to video blog a convention a week for a year! Help fund her slightly insane project over at Indiegogo
Taral Wayne Publishsed the latest Broken Toys
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Eileen Gunn is a short-story writer and editor. Questionable Practices, her most recent collection, was published in March. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US and the Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy awards and short-listed for the James Tiptree, Jr. award.
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Sometimes one universe just isn’t big enough. I’ve always considered the Saga of Seven Suns to be my masterpiece, the biggest story I’ve ever told, my love letter to science fiction—with alien races, exotic planets, space battles, terrible monsters, killer robots, political intrigues, clashing empires … you know, all the good stuff.
Saga of Shadows in the Seven Suns Universe
The last of the original Seven Suns series was published in 2008, and after spending more than five years in other universes, I couldn’t resist going back to the Spiral Arm. My new trilogy The Saga of Shadows launches on June 3 with The Dark Between the Stars, a next-generation epic that picks up 20 years after The Ashes of Worlds. Tor Books (US) and Simon & Schuster (UK) will release the book in hardcover, which is available for preorder now.
Freebie from Tor
If you want a taste of the new trilogy, I wrote a standalone novella, “Island in a Sea of Stars,” part of the opening sequence in The Dark Between the Stars. Tor.com just released the novella, which you can read for free on their website by clicking the story title here: Island in a Sea of Stars. I really think it’s spectacular stuff (but I’m biased).
Rush-Inspired Books from ECW
This month ECW Press is also releasing two of my books in trade paperback: Clockwork Angels (with Neil Peart, and based on the Rush album of the same name), and the 25th Anniversary Edition of my first novel Resurrection, Inc. (based unofficially on the Rush album Grace Under Pressure). Both have covers by the great album artist Hugh Syme.
The KJA Running Man Tour (sponsored by Tor)
In the past month I’ve met a lot of you at large comic and pop-culture shows, including FanX in Salt Lake City, Starfest in Denver, and Dallas Comic Con (our biggest show ever). Right now I’m at ComicPalooza in Houston. Next week I’ll be a guest instructor at the Crested Butte Writers Conference, then I’ll head back to the conventions, where I hope I have a chance to see you and sign your books.
The KJA Running Man Tour (featuring the Dune series, the Hellhole series and the Saga of Shadows series from Tor) continues:
Meanwhile, despite a few erratic late-season snowstorms, it’s getting close to hiking season in the high country. I can’t wait to hit the trail soon, because I’m in the middle of writing Blood of the Cosmos, the second volume in the Saga of Shadows trilogy.
Until next time, keep reading!
P.S. Rebecca’s spinal laminectomy and fusion (L4–L5) went well. She is walking better and standing straighter than I’ve seen in years! We hope she’ll even be strong enough in a few weeks to attend Denver Comic Con for a day. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.