SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Amazing Stories Classics 2nd Anthology On Sale Wednesday (8/6)
PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS (See below for full text)
George RR Martin & Robin Hobb Exclusive Event
Haffner Press 40% Off Sale
Phoenix Pick Offers the Latest From Niven
Black Science Fiction Announces ASTONISHING HEROES
Arie Lodder Announces Curated Archive of Dutch Genre Authors Publishing in English
Quantum Muse August Issue Released
Night Shade Books Limited Time Sale
Radish Reviews Link Post (If you want to expand your understanding of diversity, this is an excellent collection of current links)
Post Binary Gender In SF
Sexual Harassment At Comic-Con (a registered trademark of SD Comic Convention Corp) (via Andy Porter)
Followup on Cosplayer Assault
Not Doing Enough About Harassment
The National Review on Fake Geek Girls
Things Are More Expensive Following Five Years of No Minimum Wage Increase (Don’t tell John Scalzi about the bacon prices!)
Popular Science Futures Issue (Lots of Flash Fiction from SF authors)
Black Gate Reviews Amazing’s 88th
European Ads for TMNT Film Inappropriate
Breaking Award From SF’s Monoculture (or, Back to the Future)
eFanzine Ads: Nice Distinctions #25, The Drink Tank #379, My Back Pages #12, The Reluctant Famulus #100, Rodney’s Fanac #1, Fadeaway #42, Relapse Supplement, Opuntia #281,
Leigh Brackett Inducted Into SF Hall of Fame
Harlan Ellison Talks Too Long, Marina Sirtis Wields the Crook at Trek Con
Margot Adler 1946 – 2014
PERN! Dragonriders May Be Headed To Big Screen
Paris in 2023 Worldcon Bid Announced
Of Atom Bombs and Astounding SF: Cleve Cartmill’s Deadline
Science Fiction is Taking Over London In August 2014 (Check with the Dalek’s, they might want it back)
George Takei To Host Pittsburgh Symphony Pop SF Spectacular
UNCANNY MAGAZINE FUND RAISER (New Professional SF Literary Mag)
Two Comic Cons Fight Over Name (Comic-Con is a registered trademark of San Diego Comic Convention Corporation) (Comic (-) Cons all over US have registered their names)
How Gary Gygax Lost Control of TSR
The State of British SF
Mythology of the Future Workshop
Interview with Neil Clarke
Amazon Explains Its reasons For Fighting With Hachette: They want ebook prices to be lower. (So discount and eat the smaller margin. Hachette doesn’t have to do a thing for Amazon to accomplish this.)
SFWA Aska Hollywood: Where’s the Diversity?
HWA Accepting Self-Published Author Members
Reactionless Space Drive Actually Works!!! (No fuel needed. Stars – here we come!)
Last ESA ATV Launches for ISS (via SF Signal)
Giant Space Lens Discovered
Lumpy Potato Asteroid Has a Neck
August Night Sky
PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS
Tickets for our world exclusive event with George RR Martin and Robin Hobb are now on sale.
Spend an evening listening to two to two of the world’s greatest storytellers, discussing how they build their fictional universes, create their characters and balance fantasy and reality; about their influences and inspirations, their struggles and successes.
The event will be taking place on the 19th August 2014, at 7:30pm in a central London location that we’ll disclose nearer the time. Tickets cost £45 and each will include a copy of Robin Hobb’s new book, Fool’s Assassin.
Tickets are selling fast, so if you’re not lucky enough to get one, our event sponsor blinkbox Books will be streaming the full event – live and exclusively – on theirFacebook page.
We’re also running a competition to win a signed box set of both A Song of Ice and Fire and a signed copy of Robin Hobb’s Fool’s Assassin. Simply ask your best question for either author on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr using #AskGeorgeAndRobin before 5pm on the 8th August and the 3 best questions will win.
Find out more about Robin Hobb’s books here
Start reading George RR Martin’s epic series, A Song of Ice and Fire, here.
We look forward to meeting you all on the 19th August
UNCANNY MAGAZINE FUND RAISER
DeKalb, IL – Three-time Hugo Award-winner Lynne M. Thomas (Apex Magazine, Chicks Dig Time Lords, Glitter & Mayhem) and three-time Hugo Award nominee Michael Damian Thomas (Apex Magazine, Queers Dig Time Lords, Glitter & Mayhem) are launching year one of a new professional online SF/F magazine: Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy. Each issue will contain new and classic speculative fiction, fiction podcasts, poetry, essays, art, and interviews. Uncanny is raising funds via Kickstarter to cover operation and production costs for the first year, with an initial goal of $26,000. The Kickstarter will launch July 29, 2014, and run through August 28, 2014.
“Uncanny will feature passionate SF/F fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, and provocative nonfiction, with a deep investment in our diverse SF/F culture. We will publish intricate, experimental stories and poems with verve and vision from writers from every conceivable background. The Uncanny team believes there is room in the genre for stories that inspire the imagination, challenge beliefs, and make readers feel,” Lynne says.
During year one, Uncanny has solicited original short fiction from Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award winning and nominated authors including: Charlie Jane Anders (“Six Months, Three Days”), Liz Argall (“Mermaid’s Hook”), Paul Cornell (Doctor Who, London Falling), Amal El-Mohtar (“The Green Book”), Maria Dahvana Headley (Queen of Kings), Kat Howard (“Breaking the Frame”), Hao Jingfang (Ken Liu Translator), Mary Robinette Kowal (Glamourist Histories series), Ken Liu (“Paper Menagerie”), Scott Lynch (Gentlemen Bastards series), Sofia Samatar (A Stranger in Olondria), Rachel Swirsky (“If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love”), Catherynne M. Valente (Deathless), and E. Lily Yu (“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”). There will also be slots for unsolicited submissions.
Uncanny year one plans to showcase original poetry by Neil Gaiman, Emily Jiang, Rose Lemberg, Mari Ness, Sonya Taaffe and Bryan Thao Worra, and essays by Jim C. Hines, Kameron Hurley, Sarah Kuhn, Julia Rios, Diana Pho, and Tansy Rayner Roberts.
Uncanny will also feature cover art by Carrie Ann Baade, Julie Dillon, Galen Dara, Tran Nguyen, and Matthew Dow Smith.
Uncanny issues will be published as eBooks (MOBI, PDF, EPUB) bimonthly on the first Tuesday of that month through all of the major online eBook stores. Each issue will contain 4-6 new short stories, 2 reprinted stories, 2 poems, 2 nonfiction essays, and 2 interviews, at minimum.
Material from half an issue: 2-3 short stories, 1 reprinted story, 1 poem, 1 nonfiction essay, 1 interview) will be posted for free on Uncanny’s website (built by Clockpunk Studios) once per month, appearing on the second Tuesday of every month (http://uncannymag.com/). Uncanny will also be producing a monthly fiction podcast.
The magazine is currently working on providing additional exclusive content just for subscribers. Subscribers and backers will receive the entire double issue a month before online readers.
Lynne and Michael Thomas will guide the magazine as Publishers and Editors-in-Chief. Lynne is the former Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine (2011-2013) which was nominated for three Hugo Awards during her tenure. She co-edited the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords with Tara O’Shea, as well as Whedonistas with Deborah Stanish and the Hugo Award-nominated Chicks Dig Comics with Sigrid Ellis. She co-moderates the two-time Hugo Award-winning SF Squeecast, a monthly SF/F podcast, and contributes to the Hugo Award-nominated Doctor Who: Verity! podcast.
Michael is a two-time Hugo Award nominee as the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013). He also co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords with Sigrid Ellis and Glitter & Mayhem with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas. He also has worked as an Associate Editor on numerous books at Mad Norwegian Press, including Chicks Dig Time Lords and Chicks Dig Comics.
Michi Trota will serve as Uncanny’s Managing Editor. She is a writer, editor, speaker, communications manager, and community organizer in Chicago, IL. Michi writes about geek culture and fandom, focusing primarily on issues of diversity and representation, on her blog, Geek Melange. She was a featured essayist in Invisible: An Anthology of Representation in SF/F (edited by Jim C. Hines) and is a professional editor with fifteen years of experience in publishing.
Deborah Stanish will conduct Uncanny’s author interviews. She co-edited the Hugo-nominated Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who with L.M. Myles and Whedonistas with Lynne M. Thomas, and is a founding member and the moderator of the Doctor Who Verity! podcast.
Uncanny’s short fiction podcast will be edited and produced by Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky. Erika is a founding member and producer of the Verity! podcast, and she produces a short fiction podcast for Apex Magazine. She also co-hosts The Audio Guide to Babylon 5. Steven is one of the three hosts of the popular Doctor Who podcast Radio Free Skaro, as well as a co-host of another Doctor Who podcast called The Memory Cheats.
• Edmond Hamilton’s REIGN OF THE ROBOTS reviewed in the September issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction
• Back Issue #74 highlights the comic book work of Edmond Hamilton with a nice pic ofCAPT. FUTURE Vol. 3
• C.L. Moore’s JUDGMENT NIGHT is blogged at SF Mistressworks
• Author Howard Andrew Jones blogs on Leigh Brackett
• Henry Kuttner’s “The Time Trap” nominated for a Retro Hugo Award (and available in our collection, THUNDER IN THE VOID)
• Not to be outdone, Jack Williamson’s THE LEGION OF TIME has also been nominated for a Retro Hugo Award for Best Novel (the 1938 magazine version is in the 4th volume of JW’s Collected Stories, SPIDER ISLAND.
Striking while the iron is hot (so the saying goes), we’re offering the followingseven titles at a 40% discount until August 6th. The only catch: we’re asking for a minimum of four books per order (you may order multiple copies of the same title):
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a deal at $35
Shipping via Media Mail is $2.00 per book. Because of the Paypal ordering system, you’ll see this $2/book already added to the ADD TO ORDER button on each book’s ordering page. *AK, HI, and International orders should contact us for a shipping quote.
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“Monsters and Marvels”
Opens: September 15 — Deadline: October 1, 2014
Like darkness and light, Yin and Yang, monsters and marvels are two sides of the same coin. Each entry should include both a monster and a marvel—though “monster” and “marvel” may refer to same element of your entry. For an example, see the excellent short by Peter Medeiros, Silence Like a Falling Chandelier.
The theme for this contest invites open interpretation: are monsters physical manifestations of evil, or will you write about the internal demons that plague us all? Marvels: fantastic bestiary creatures, or the resilience of human spirit?
For details and contest entry instructions, see the full contest listing.
We rely on your tax-deductible contribution to keep our contests free. Pledge today at SparkAnthology.org/support/.
Become a Patron Today!
Grand Prize (Poetry & Prose)
Publication in Spark, Volume VIII
Membership at Scribophile
See full prize list
Second Place (Poetry & Prose)
Membership at Scribophile
Resources for writers
See full prize list
E. Lily Yu, author, poet, Campbell Award winner and Hugo Award nominee
Second Guest Judge to be announced
The contest entry period opens September 15, 2014. Entries must be received by the end of the day October 1, 2014.
Watch the contest detail page at SparkAnthology.org/contests/seven for links to the entry form on September 15.
No fee is required for this contest. You will have an opportunity to make an optional donation once your entry is submitted. We rely on your tax-deductible contribution to keep our contests free. Pledge as little as $1 today through our Patreon page at SparkAnthology.org/support/.
Spark’s production costs are covered and contributing writers are paid in part through sales of the anthology and in part by generous donations from people like you. Funds for all remaining expenses are donated by Brian & Amy Lewis.
For full contest guidelines, rules, and restrictions, see the contest listing at SparkAnthology.org/contests/seven.
I’m delighted to announce a very special pre-release sale of legendary writer Larry Niven’s latest book Red Tide. The book will be released October 15 and the paperback will be priced at $14.99 and the EBook at $6.99.
However, you can download a copy of the book during the month of August for only $4.99.
RED TIDE by Larry Niven (with Brad R. Torgersen and Matthew J. Harrington)
(EPub and MOBI included)
The paperback version of Red Tide by Larry Niven, Brad R. Torgersen and Matthew J. Harrington is available for pre-order from Amazon. Click here to get more information or pre-order this new book from one of the true masters of the genre.
EBOOK OF THE MONTH
|Ebook of the Month—AugustTom Paine Maru (Special Author’s Edition) by four-time Prometheus Award winner, L. Neil Smith
Corporal Whitey O’Thraight may need to choose between his own survival and that of his home planet.
Whitey O’Thraight, the Ship’s Armorer on the first interstellar vessel launched by his home planet Vespucci, finds himself stranded on a strange planet with just one other survivor.
Captured by the local Baron, they are freed by a group of monks who are much more than they initially appear to be. Their new benefactors and friends have something special in mind for the two survivors, but going along with these plans might mean the destruction of Vespucci as they knew it.
Another breathtaking adventure by the author of the award-winningPallas and The Probability Broach.
To get your book, look for the link on our online catalogue page or go directly to
BUT WAIT, there’s MORE (as usual).
Get Tom Paine Maru PLUS two additional books for a total of three great adventures.
(details on the download page)
I also want to announce the temporary suspension of our quarterly BookBale (pay what you want) sale due to a number of reasons. We hope to have the site active again once these issues are resolved.
Till next month then.
Thank you and good day,
Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick
|Astonishing Heroes: Shades of Justice
In the pages of this new collection of pulse-pounding short stories published by iPulp Fiction, you’ll find dangerous and driven heroes and anti-heroes like the Envoy, a high rolling hitman plucked from Hell only if he kills for Heaven; Onyx Adams, a tough, kung-fu’ing Sherlock-smart female private eye; the Silencer, a Vietnam vet who returns to his hometown but finds the war goes on when the woman he loves is murdered by gangsters; and seeming handkerchief head agent provocateur American Black enacts an agenda all his own against the forces of oppression. From Gary Phillips, author ofWarlord of Willow Ridge and co-editor of Black Pulp, and the upcoming Black Pulp II.
Pulpmeister Bobby Nash said of Astonishing Heroes, “Gary Phillips infuses these 10 smashing stories with his hard boiled pulpy style. Highly recommended reading.”
In tradepaper and e-book — http://www.ipulpfiction.com/indexHEROES.html
THIS IS THIS IS A PAID PROMOTION. TO GET YOUR OWN VISIT:
Visit BlackScienceFictionSociety at: http://blacksciencefictionsociety.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network
I imagine it’s rather difficult to learn if there are non-English
speaking authors who publish in English. That’s why I have started a
sort of blog where you can see which Dutch speaking authors published
work in English. And what’s more, I have added titles that are available
as free downloads. See for yourself at www.adutchtreat.nl. If you think
this might by interesting to your readers, please feel free to mention it.
If this project will be successful, I am sure other European countries
will follow suit.
Rejoice, the August, 2014 issue of Quantum Muse is now up at www.quantummuse.com.
A couple of months ago we had an editorial that suggest most people are average and that we should form a club and have tee shirts that say Mediocre and Satisfied. Several people said they would like to buy that shirt, so we went ahead and created it. If you’re interested in seeing them, go tohttp://www.cafepress.com/quantummusebooks/11447382
We hope you enjoyed the July humor issue. We now return to normal programming until October when the annual horror issue comes out. If you or someone you know writes horror, please sign up and submit.
We have a grand issue in August, starting with the artwork of John Alvin.
following is a list of this months selections.
The Fortress by Michele Dutcher
Cities of Men by Rocky Hutson
Slight Chance of Thunderstorms by Jessica Baumgartner
The Waiting Room by Harris Tobias
Please stop by and sample our treats.
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