Wonder Woman, other wonderous women, exploding spaceships, crowd-funded films, gamergate & more


978-0-385-35404-2.JPGSpecial Brianna Wu Section:  Legal Defense Fund to be Established

GamerGate Tweets Show – More About Women, Less About Journalism

Joss Whedon on GamerGate

More on GG

As If GamerGate Weren’t Enough – Now they want you to keep your clothes on while playing (and broadcasting) games.  (Sheesh – no one ever lets me have any fun!)

When Reporting Harassment, YOU are not the problem

Book Explores the Deep History of Wonder Woman’s Origins


Art on & in The Original Science Fiction StoriesScience-Fiction-magazine-March-1939-small (Go back far enough and you’ll find Frank R. Paul)

Wanna Watch Every Simpsons Episode Ever?  Anytime?  You can – IF you’re a member

Forbidden Planet Posters

GRRM on Late Nite

Harry Harrison’s Memoirs to be Released Nov 4 (Review coming here tomorrow)

Sc-Fi Chronicles Book has a few surprises


Pay What You Want From Phoenix Pick (Silverberg!)

Jeez – Everyone’s Getting Their Crack at Science Fiction:  First Women Destroyed it, now Queers are gonna do their ‘worst’

SF & F Translation Awards Shutting Down

harry-harrisonUncanny Mag Cranks Up

SFWA Plans Golden Anniversary Anthology

Kindle Scout Goes Live

Strange Horizon’s Fund Drive


Kids Could Operate Cameras on the ISS

Code Cracked on Ancient Greek Disk

Elon Musk will be first up against the wall if he keeps on dissing our (eventual) robot overlords

First Ice Giant Exo Planet Spotted

Google Engineer Drops From Near Space

Spacecraft Impact Site Found

hejirbzw93pfs335zv2tRegulus Spacecraft Issued Self-Destruct Shortly After Take Off

Negative Nellies Should Not Comment on the Space Program

What Was On Board the Cynus Payload

Night Skies in November


Night Shade Books


27th of October 2014


Wyatt in Wichita fuses historical fact with fiction, following the adventures of the young Wyatt Earp. Following the tragic loss of his first wife in the Missouri of 1870 in his early days on the dark side of the West, Wyatt eventually makes his way to Ellsworth and Wichita, where by confronting corruption he would eventually… read more  






Last Contact

New Short SF Film Crowd Funding Project

A short film portraying the despair of a researcher long after his last contact with the outside world

With a backdrop of some of the world’s most astonishing abandoned buildings, we join the character in an environment no longer inhabitable by man. It is one year after his last contact with the outside world, and the environment is just beginning to show signs of change…

LAST CONTACT is in its final stages of production, but it’s far from finished! Our plan is to use Kickstarter to fund all of the promotion of the film including festival fees, screenings and online advertising. We can’t do it alone! An amazing group of very talented people have come together to contribute to this film voluntarily. All flights, travel, site access, Bulgarian bribes, etc. had to come from our own pockets. It wasn’t cheap, because we wanted to give you an adventure and a visual spectacle of incredible unseen sites. We had to go a long way. Now we need your support to take it the extra mile and make sure people actually get to see it!

Thanks SO MUCH for your support, we’re very grateful!

Keep up with the progress of the film by “liking” our facebook page (link on the right).

p.s. the “making-of” documentary is definitely worth a watch, but will ONLY BE AVAILABLE TO OUR KICKSTARTERS!!!!


Lightspeed Magazine

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The November 2014 Issue is Now on Sale!
Welcome to issue fifty-four of Lightspeed!

We have original science fiction by Sunny Moraine (“What Glistens Back”) and Annalee Newitz (“Drones Don’t Kill People”), along with SF reprints by Susan C. Petrey (“Spidersong”) and Roz Kaveney (“Instructions”).

Plus, we have original fantasy by Kat Howard (“A Flock of Grief”) and Matthew Hughes (“Enter Saunterance”), and fantasy reprints by Georghe Săsărman (“Sah-Hara”) and Jennifer Stevenson (“Solstice”).

All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with feature interviews with authors Nick Harkaway and Charles Stross.

For our ebook readers, we also have our usual ebook-exclusive novella reprint: “New Light on the Drake Equation” by Ian R. MacLeod. We also have an excerpt from Mira Grant’s latest offering, Symbiont; and a taste of The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin (translated by Ken Liu).

Our issue this month is sponsored by our friends at Tor Books. This month, be sure to look for the aforementioned The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin. Learn more at

Can’t wait to get your hands on a copy? You can purchase the issue from the following ebookstores: Lightspeed (direct), Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, and Weightless Books. Visit our Ebooks page for links and more information.

Women Destroy Fantasy! and Women Destroy Horror! Now Available!
Loyal newsletter readers will of course remember our mammoth special issue, Women Destroy Science Fiction!, which we published back in June. And last month marked the publication of our other two special issues.

Over at Nightmare, there’s Women Destroy Horror!, our special double-issue celebration of women writing and editing horror. Guest editor Ellen Datlow has selected original fiction from Gemma Files (“This Is Not for You”), Livia Llewellyn (“It Feels Better Biting Down”), Pat Cadigan (“Unfair Exchange”), Katherine Crighton (“The Inside and the Outside”), and Catherine MacLeod (“Sideshow”). We’re also sharing reprints by Joyce Carol Oates (“Martyrdom”), Tanith Lee (“Black and White Sky”), and A.R. Morlan (“. . . Warmer”).

Our WDH nonfiction editor, Lisa Morton, has a line-up of terrific pieces — a feature interview with American Horror Story’s producer Jessica Sharzer; a roundtable interview with acclaimed writers Linda Addison, Kate Jonez, Helen Marshall, and Rena Mason; a feature interview with award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates; and insightful essays from Maria Alexander, Lucy A. Snyder, and Chesya Burke.

Over at Fantasy Magazine, we also have Women Destroy Fantasy!, our special double-issue celebration of women writing and editing fantasy. The guest editor for this volume is long-time Fantasy editor Cat Rambo, and she’s selected original fiction from Julia August (“Drowning in the Sky”), H.E. Roulo (“Making the Cut”), Kate Hall (“The Scrimshaw and the Scream”), and T. Kingfisher (“The Dryad’s Shoe”). Plus we’ll have reprints (selected by none other than Terri Windling!) from Delia Sherman (“Miss Carstairs and the Merman”), Carol Emshwiller (“The Abominable Child’s Tale”), Emma Bull (“Silver or Gold”), and Nalo Hopkinson (“The Glass Bottle Trick”).

Likewise, our WDF nonfiction editor — our amazing Managing Editor, Wendy N. Wagner — has lined up some great work for us, including Kameron Hurley’s critical examination of epic fantasy; a roundtable interview with Carrie Vaughn and Kelley Armstrong in a frank discussion of women writing urban fantasy; a roundtable panel of RPG tie-in writers Margaret Weis, Marsheila Rockwell, Elaine Cunningham, and Erin M. Evans; and a massive discussion of women in fantasy illustration, featuring Julie Dillon, Galen Dara, Elizabeth Leggett, Julie Bell, Irene Gallo, Rebecca Guay, Lauren Panepinto, and Zoë Robinson. We’ve also got thought-provoking essays from Sofia Samatar and Kat Howard, and a reading guide from the contributors and friends of WDF.

Both issues turned out really great, and we can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks about them. They’re available now in both ebook ($2.99) and trade paperback ($12.99). For more information about the issues, including where you can find them, visit our new Destroy-related website at

Nightmare Subscriptions Now Available via!
Have you checked out our sister-magazine Nightmare yet? Because of the ubiquity of gory horror movies, when a lot of people think of the horror genre in literature, they imagine it deals with that same kind of gory slasher-type stories we typically see in film, full of blood and guts and generally a lot of awfulness. But literary horror is rarely like that, and the fiction in Nightmare basically never is. The fiction in Nightmare tends toward “quiet horror”: that is, the stories are literary and dark—at times visceral, and at times unsettling. In other words, not overly dissimilar from the stories you’d find in Lightspeed—just more toward the darker end of the literary spectrum.

Nightmare is now available as a subscription via! The Kindle Periodicals division has been closed to new magazines for quite a while now (and has been since before Nightmare launched), but by employing some witchcraft we were able to get the doors unlocked just long enough for us to slip into the castle. Amazon subscriptions are billed monthly, at $1.99 per issue, and are available now. To learn more, please visit

Pop on over to to check out the magazine, purchase issues or subscribe, or just for more information and updates (or to subscribe to the free Nightmare newsletter).

If You Love Your Subscription, Review Your Subscription!
If you already have and love a Lightspeed subscription, please consider leaving us a positive review on or Weightless Books. A few kind words can go a long way toward encouraging other readers to try out Lightspeed if they’re on the fence about whether to give it a shot or not.

If you’d like to leave a review, here’s the product page on, and here’s the 12-month subscription option on Weightless Books:

Reviews of individual issues are also welcome, of course, though our primary interest is in spreading the word about subscriptions, so if you want to help out, please let other readers know what you think!

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Looking Ahead: Issue 55
Coming up in December, in Lightspeed . . .

We have original science fiction by Shale Nelson (“Pay Phobetor”) and Vandana Singh (“Wake-Rider”), along with SF reprints by Paul Park (“The Lost Sepulcher of Huascar Capec”) and N.K. Jemisin (“Valedictorian”). We also have a special bonus reprint from our Women Destroy Science Fiction! limited edition: “They Tell Me There Will Be No Pain” by Rachael Acks.

Plus, we have original fantasy by Nik Houser (“The Drawstring Detective”) and Damien Angelica Walters (“A Lie You Give, and Thus I Take”), and fantasy reprints by Delia Sherman (“The Faerie Cony-catcher”) and Nalo Hopkinson (“Soul Case”).

All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with a pair of feature interviews.

For our ebook readers, we also have an ebook-exclusive novella reprint from John Crowley (“The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines”) and a pair of novel excerpts.

It’s another great issue, so be sure to check it out.

So be sure to keep an eye out for all that goodness in the months to come. And while you’re at it, tell a friend about Lightspeed.

Thanks for Reading!
We couldn’t publish the magazine without the loyal support of readers like you. So we here at Lightspeed salute you, and would like to thank you for your continued patronage.

Well, that’s about it for this installment of the newsletter. Thanks again for reading. Meanwhile, for more, visit See you next month!


Quantum Muse

e hope everyone enjoyed the horror issue of QM. This month we are back to our normal format. Please stop by for the November, 2014 issue of Quantum Muse at

We are please to present the artwork of Frank Picini

following is a list of this months selections.
The War Effort by Harris Tobias
Endless Horizon by Edward Sullivan
NOIDS by Richard Tornello
The Problem With Paradise by Robert Enders

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