Forty Five years ago today, two American astronauts landed on and then walked on the surface of the Moon. Millions of dreamers believed it was the beginning of an exciting era of exploration and colonization. A scant three and a half years later the dream would end, victim of its own political origins. Oh for what might have been!
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The Future Of SF: Maintain the Legacy of the Past
Should SF Be A Walled Garden?
The Legacy of Geek Women (Part 9!)
SF Thru a Lens of Racial Inclusiveness
Archie Is Dead and now – Thor Is A Woman and Cap is Black
Nicola Griffith On the New Thor
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When Less Than 20% of the Population Accepts Evolution, When Less Than 50% Accept Global Warming and Nearly Half Believe Vaccination Causes Autism – LUCY is the Kind of Movie That gets Funded
Playing On the Lowest Difficulty Setting
Some People Still Can’t Run For Office: Atheism & the Constitution
Low Income Kids Negatively Affected in KINDERGARTEN
Eggplant Kickstarter Diversity issues (via Radish Reviews)
How NOT To Handle Campus Rape
Women Heroes: One Woman’s Around the World Triumph Has Been Totally Ignored For Fifty Years (via Radish Reviews)
Wiscon & Harassment
DUNE Gets Thugged
Richard Prior Predicts Black President (and a lot of the BS that’s accompanied it) (video)
Colbert/Vader & Stewart/Obi Wan/Leia Duke It Out
2014 Best Year For SF Film?
Virgil Finlay Book
Groot & Rocket Get the Sideshow Treatment
The Best of Cosplay
Mirror, Mirror Beach Towel
David Brin Thinks Innovation Can Save Us
The Novel That Inspired Tom Cruise’s Death – again, and again, and again (via SF Signal)
Six Seventies Films That Ought To Get Remakes (no, No, NO, NO, NO!)
SF Picture Books For Young ‘Uns
Yondu Character Poster (GotG)
Game of Thrones Season 5 Directors
Bot Wars Teaser Trailer (Great Robot Visions!) (vis SF Signal)
Falling Skies Gets Renewed
Five New Marvel Films Announced
If It Wasn’t So Good, It Would Be Too Much: New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer
Images From The Flash
The Strain Debuts To Huge Audience
Wire Fairy Fantasies (great sculpture!) (via Radish Reviews)
Announcing Sci Fi Month!
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Hugo Awards Hosts Named
Loncon3 & the BFI Program
The Classics At Readercon
Heinlein the Prototype
Geri Sullivan GoH For Corflu
Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited
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Latest From Author Earnings
Can SF Help Build A Better World? (Has so far….)
e-Book Price Fixing Settlement Could Cost Apple $400 Million
Star Trek Is Community Programming (via SF Signal)
North Carolina Picks Indie For Poet Laureate: Traditionalists Greatly Upset (More On NPR – Audio)
Games As Tutorials For Writing
Space Potatos! Target Asteroid Is Lumpy
NASA Bets We’ll Confirm Life Elsewhere Within A Couple Of Decades
Bill Nye Reddit AMA
The Stupidity of AI
The BOWL Drive
Scientists A-Scared To Talk About Robot Apocalypse
Communicating With Aliens (via SF Signal)
DARPA’s Future Battlefield
Martian Gullies Formed By Dry Ice, Not Water
Where’s the UK Going To Build Its Spaceport? (via SF Signal)
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Karen Heuler’s stories and novels have won an O. Henry award, been short-listed for the Bellwether, Shirley Jackson, Iowa short fiction award, and others. Her latest novel,Glorious Plague, was published in April.
Veronica Schanoes’s work has been finalists for the Nebula and the World Fantasy Award and she recently won the Shirley Jackson award for her novella “Burning Girls.” Her first book, an academic monograph on feminist revisions of fairy tales was released this summer. She is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Queens College – CUNY. Her next story is forthcoming in Ellen Datlow’s The Doll Collection.
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Jungle Jim! The very name conjures up images of exotic locales, wild beasts and hostile natives. Jungle Jim braved these with the aid of his faithful Hindu companion Kolu as he traveled the wilds of southeastern Asia in search of adventure.
This volume contains forty fifteen-minute episodes from 1938 and 1939, including the conclusion of “Karnak the Killer” (#161-185) and the beginning of “Stacey” (#186-200), for ten hours of exciting and intelligent adventure. 10 hours. $29.98 Audio CDs / $14.99 Download
Kickstarter Campaign For The Collectors’ Book Of Virgil Finlay Is Launched
The first new Virgil Finlay art book in twenty years will feature the collections of Robert Weinberg, Doug Ellis, Glynn Crain and Robert K. Wiener. A Kickstarter Campaign has been launched to defray costs in publishing The Collectors’ Book of Virgil Finlay an art book featuring Virgil Finlay pieces from the collections of Robert Weinberg, Doug Ellis, Glynn Crain, and Robert K. Wiener.
Virgil Finlay was the most accomplished and outstanding line artist in American SF-Fantasy history. From 1936-1971 he illustrated an astounding amount of pulp fiction. Beginning at Weird Tales, his interior art appeared in 62 WT issues and he painted 19 covers. His run only ended when the magazine did in 1954. He didn’t stop there. For years afterward his illustrations appeared in almost every genre magazine: Amazing, Strange Stories, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, Fantastic Novels, Fantastic Universe, IF, Galaxy and more. Through A. Merritt, he was hired as a staff artist for The American Weekly magazine and eventually worked for astrology magazines in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1953, he won the Hugo Award for Best Interior Illustrator. He did the dust jacket art for Arkham House Publishers’, The Outsider and Others and Roads. He also illustrated the hardcover of A. Merritt’s The Ship of Ishtar, worked for comics, and so much more. About 2500 pieces have been catalogued. He passed away in 1971 after a harsh bout with cancer. In 1996, he was awarded the Retro Hugo as Best Professional Artist of 1945. In 2012, Virgil Finlay was also posthumously inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
Slated for release at the World Fantasy Convention’s Virgil Finlay Centenary celebration on November 6-9, 2014, The Collectors’ Book of Virgil Finlay stands to be a milestone in the history of sf-fantasy art publishing. It will be the first to have Finlay art scanned in high resolution directly from originals. It will contain 35 full color paintings by the artist, the largest collection of Finlay’s color work ever assembled in print. It will also contain another 13 pages of additional color work.
The Kickstarter campaign is schedule to end on Virgil Finlay”s actual Centenary Birthday: July 23, 2014.
Beneath the timeless rocks of the Helderbergs — slumbering below Lake Wanooka’s unfathomed waters — lies the seed of earth conflict. For there lives the strange and troubled race of other worldlings, waiting, always waiting, for the hour of deliverance… And, on the earth’s surface, one man feels in his blood an irresistible summons that calls him to their side…
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 Donald G. Cormack and William R. Cox, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
Over a land red with war came the deadliest weapon an Allied army had ever dared to fight against — invisible wings, that killed their prey and disappeared without warning! Captain V flies alone against the greatest foe of all time — the Squadron of the Ghost Patrol! Beginning in 1932, Battle Birds brought readers a thrilling main story, referred to as a “novel”, that featured a rotating cast of main characters like The Three Mosquitoes and Smoke Wade. After nineteen issues, just over a year and a half after its debut, the magazine began to feature the air adventures of Dusty Ayres, and the magazine became officially titled Dusty Ayres and his Battle Birds. This lasted until the summer of 1935 when the magazine folded after thirty-one issues. But Battle Birds wasn’t finished; it would return. $2.99.
Fighting Aces was the youngest in the line of Popular Publications aviation pulps. It was strictly a product of World War II. The inaugural issue was published with a March 1940 date on the cover, as the world war was raging through Europe. After D-Day and the war began winding down, the pulp was closed down as well. After twenty-seven issues, the July 1944 magazine was the last one published. But during those glorious twenty-seven issues, American doughboys fought alongside the French, English, Australian and Canadian Allies in battle after aerial battle… pitting their skill against the Nazi scum. Fighter planes burst into flame and spiral to earth in these WWII tales of soaring action. Fighting Aces return in vintage pulp tales, reissued for today’s readers in electronic format. $2.99.
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The Knight of Darkness battles murderous supervillains in two thrilling pulp novels by Walter B. Gibson writing as “Maxwell Grant.” First, The Shadow wages a final battle against his greatest enemy, Shiwan Khan, in “Masters of Death.” Then, savage drums promise eerie menace when Professor MacAbre attempts to bring “Voodoo Death” to The Shadow and Margo Lane! BONUS: A murderous Shadow uses the power of invisibility for evil and sets a deadly trap for Lamont Cranston in “The Shadow Challenged.” Which Shadow will have the last laugh? This deluxe pulp reprint showcases the original color pulp covers by Graves Gladney and Modest Stein and the classic interior illustrations by Edd Cartier and Paul Orban with historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
Special Movie Issue
The pulp era’s legendary superman journeys to the South America in two action-packed novels by Harold A. Davis and Lester Dent writing as “Kenneth Robeson.” First, explorers return from the Matto Grosso jungle with news of a recently discovered lost city and evidence that Johnny Littlejohn has already succumbed to a deadly malady! Can the Man of Bronze prevent “The Green Death” from spreading throughout the United States? Then, the kidnapping of Monk Mayfair leads Doc Savage to South America and the bizarre mystery of the“Rock Sinister.” BONUS: a behind-the-scenes look at the 1975 Doc Savage movie! This instant collector’s item leads off with the classic pulp covers by Emery Clarke and Modest Stein, the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical commentary by Will Murray, author of fourteen Doc Savage novels. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
The pulp era’s legendary superman returns in two super-powered pulp novels by “Kenneth Robeson” that inspired classic supervillains from the Marvel Age of Comics. First, the Man of Bronze battles “The Metal Master,” a criminal genius with the power to manipulate the molecular structure of metals. Then, Doc Savage is sent to prison when he’s framed by the murderous teleporter called “The Vanisher.” PLUS: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby recall their teenaged fascination with pulps, and Dave Cockrum’s 1979 artwork from his proposed Doc Savage newspaper strip. This instant collector’s item showcases James Bama’s spectacular cover painting, the original color pulp covers by Robert G. Harris and Walter Baumhofer and all the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban, with historical commentary by Paty Cockrum and Will Murray.. Double Novel Reprint $14.95
All over the Midwest, cars and trucks were crashing—stopped in their tracks by an inexplicable force! Had some unseen power targeted America’s automotive industry—or was something more sinister at stake?
Summoned to solve the mystery, Doc Savage and his intrepid men follow a trail of terror that winds through the continental United States like a constricting serpent of senseless destruction.
What is the Blind Death? New York’s newshawks work overtime in a flurry of flashbulb explosions as they clamor for the scoop on the insidious wave of corpses turning up around the city, all struck dead, eyes turned an unseeing ivory by the masked mastermind known as… White Eyes.
As police riot guns and gangland Tommy-guns turn New York City’s winter snows scarlet, Doc Savage, man of mystery, giant of bronze, discovers that the mysterious plague is part of an audacious scheme to unite all of New York’s criminal elements against him. White Eyes’ ultimate goal—to seize the fabled Mayan wealth of the Man of Bronze!