AMAZING NEWS: 3/6/16

Special Note: I’ll be delivering a lecture on Science Fiction Fandom As Literary Community at the Bay to Ocean Writer’s Conference on March 12.  Brenda Clough of Book View Cafe will also be lecturing on Is It Science Fiction or Fantasy?.

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SOCIAL

Octavia Butler Confrence Fund

Chris Rock Rocks OscarsSoWhite

WFA Aren’t the Only Ones With Lovecraft Issues

Drumpf.  John Oliver

ENTERTAINMENT

New Ghostbusters Trailer is A W E S O M E !!!

Bill Paxton – Professional Victim

TOR Excerpt’s Allen Steels’s Arkwright

Astronaut Humor

An Ode To William Cameron Menzies

Where’s Nero When You Need Him?  New ‘Blood’ Sport Being Developed

Tour Mars with Oculus Rift (first film, then radio, then TV, then the Internet and now VR:  SF has been used to pioneer every single one of them!)

More Civil War Photos (not by Matthew Brady)

Daisy Ridley on SWVIII

Robots are coming for our jobs – but you’d think they could at least leave us our  dogs…

INDUSTRY

Memorial Service For Bud Webster

SFWA Announces Star Project 3:  The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror #6

Distribution Sales Will Cover 60% of New Star Trek’s Costs

Spectrum 23 Award Nominees

Pro Se Releases Chaos and Doom

Thoughts on Paramount vs Axanar (and, if you want, the court filing)

Balticon 50 Offers a Grand Dinner (yes, it costs a ‘grand’)

Brendan DuBois Sells to Analog After 40 Years

Pro Se Releases The Sushi Bar At the Edge of Forever

SCIENCE

Scott Kelly, Won’t You Please Come Home?  “AOK”

Spooky Action At A Distance For Dummies

Opportunity Having An  Everest Moment

You’ve Been Getting On My Nerves For 520 Million Years

SFWA’s Speaker’s Bureau Announced (Scroll through it, you’ll find many associated with Amazing Stories)

Why Space Matters Contest Winner

Crows Are Good At Shell Games, But Are They Smart Enough To Stay Away From Three-Card Monty?

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad., Mad Space Station

Lunar X Prize Trailer

This Month, Jupiter Will Be Getting Closer:  18 other lights in the sky to check out this year.

“Too many people going underground, too many reaching for that piece of cake” – Super Lice Now in Half the Country

Maybe the Pneumatic People Mover Will Work Better….

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Books from Black History Month
Author Events: Ann Leckie; Allen Steele; Elizabeth Bonesteel and Caitlin Kittredge
Upcoming Local Events
March New Releases
February Bestsellers

Black History Month

Image of a books in Pandemonium's Black History Month display
February was Black History Month, featuring some incredible authors.
The Book of PhoenixOkorafor, Nnedi$24.95 (hc)
The Broken KingdomsJemisin, N. K.$ 7.99 (pb)
Brown Girl in the RingHopkinson, Nalo$15.00 (pb)
DhalgrenDelany, Samuel R.$20.00 (pb)
The Fall of the TowersDelany, Samuel R.$17.95 (pb)
Falling in Love with HominidsHopkinson, Nalo$15.95 (pb)
The Fifth SeasonJemisin, N. K.$16.00 (pb)
Ghost Summer: StoriesDue, Tananarive$15.95 (pb)
The Hundred Thousand KingdomsJemisin, N. K.$ 7.99 (pb)
Inside a Silver BoxMosley, Walter$15.99 (pb)
Killing MoonJemisin, N. K.$14.99 (pb)
KindredButler, Octavia E.$16.00 (pb)
The Kingdom of GodsJemisin, N. K.$ 7.99 (pb)
LagoonOkorafor, Nnedi$24.99 (hc)
Lilith’s BroodButler, Octavia E.$19.00 (pb)
Midnight RobberHopkinson, Nalo$14.99 (pb)
Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice MovementsImarisha, Walidah; Brown, Adrienne Maree; Thomas, Sheree Renee$18.00 (pb)
Parable of the SowerButler, Octavia E.$15.00 (pb)
Parable of the TalentsButler, Octavia E.$16.00 (pb)
Shadowed SunJemisin, N. K.$14.99 (pb)
Sister MineHopkinson, Nalo$15.00 (pb)
Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. DelanyShawl, Nisi$19.99 (pb)
Who Fears DeathOkorafor, Nnedi$ 7.99 (pb)
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Author Events

Photo of Ann Leckie and two book covers

Ann Leckie
Thursday, March 17
7:00 p.m.
Free

Ann Leckie comes to Pandemonium!

Ann Leckie is a Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and BSFA Award Winner for her debut novel, Ancillary Justice, as well as a Locus Award Winner for Ancillary Sword, the second novel in her Imperial Radch Trilogy. The third and final book in the series, Ancillary Mercy, was published in October of 2015.

We are very excited to welcome her to our store for a discussion followed by a signing.

Cover of Arkwright

Allen Steele
Sunday, March 20
3:00 p.m.
Free

Come join us in celebrating the release of Allen Steele‘s latest book, Arkwright, which comes out March 1.

Here is what Tor has to say about this new book:

Nathan Arkwright is a seminal author of the twentieth century. Convinced that humanity cannot survive on Earth, Nathan’s Arkwright Foundation dedicates itself to creating a colony on an Earth-like planet several light years distant. Fueled by Nathan’s legacy, generations of Arkwrights are drawn together, and pulled apart, by the enormity of the task and weight of their name.

Headshots of Charlie Stross, Max Gladstone, and Walter Jon Williams

Caitlin Kittredge and Elizabeth Bonesteel
Thursday, April 14
7:00 p.m.
Free

Come see these fantastic authors discuss fantasic female characters in genre fiction!

Caitlin Kittredge has written fifteen novels for adults and teens, including the award-winning Iron Codex trilogy. She is releasing Grim Tidings, the follow-up to her urban fantasy novel Black Dog, on April 19.

Elizabeth Bonesteel began making up stories at the age of five, in an attempt to battle insomnia. Her debut novel, The Cold Between, goes on sale March 8, and it’s really racking up amazing reviews.

The event is free, and food and drinks will be provided.

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Local Events

Vericon
Friday, March 18, through Sunday, March 20
Cambridge, Mass.

Vericon is an annual science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction convention, run by the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association, and featuring awesome events like book signings, movie screenings, and author panels.

Anime Boston
Friday, March 25, through Sunday, March 27
Hynes Convention Center, Boston

Anime Boston is a three-day convention held annually focusing on Japanese animation, comics, and pop culture.

Conbust 2016
Friday, April 1, through Sunday, April 3
Northampton, Mass.

What sets ConBust apart from most other sci-fi, fantasy, anime, and/or gaming conventions is its focus on the female members of the participating community. While the various realms of geekdom remain stereotypically male-dominated, ConBust is held to celebrate the work and participation of women amongst these genres.

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March Releases

Covers of Forest of Memory, The Spider's War, and Monstrous Little Voices
I have been impatiently awaiting The Spider’s War. NO SPOILERS!

The Spider’s WarAbraham, Daniel$16.99 (pb)
BorderlineBaker, Mishell$15.99 (pb)
Rise of the Federation: Live by the CodeBennett, Christopher L.$ 7.99 (pb)
The Cold Between: A Central Corps NovelBonesteel, Elizabeth$16.99 (pb)
Tomorrow War: The Chronicles of Max [Redacted]Bourne, J. L.$16.00 (pb)
Titan’s FallBrown, Zachary$14.99 (pb)
Owl and the City of AngelsCharish, Kristi$18.00 (pb)
The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson CrusoeClines, Peter$15.00 (pb)
His Father’s EyesCoe, David B.$ 7.99 (pb)
The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic That Revolutionized Medicine and American PoliticsCoss, Stephen$28.00 (hc)
Death MarkedCypess, Leah$ 9.99 (pb)
Throne of the DeadDenning, Troy$27.95 (hc)
The King Without a Kingdom (The Accursed Kings 7)Druon, Maurice$14.99 (pb)
Star Wars: ChewbaccaDuggan, Gerry$16.99 (pb)
Rise of the Ragged Clover (The Luck Uglies #3)Durham, Paul$16.99 (hc)
The Lost Boys Symphony: A NovelFerguson, Mark$14.99 (pb)
Grantville Gazette VIIFlint, Eric$ 7.99 (pb)
New BloodForbeck, Matt$ 9.99 (pb)
The Warring States (Book 2 of the Wave Trilogy)Harte, Aidan$14.99 (pb)
Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber WarKaplan, Fred$28.00 (hc)
Vampire Hunter D: Volume 23Kikuchi, Hideyuki$11.99 (pb)
Finders Keepers: A NovelKing, Stephen$ 9.99 (pb)
Forest of MemoryKowal, Mary Robinette$ 9.99 (pb)
BattlestormKrinard, Susan$15.99 (pb)
Pennyroyal AcademyLarson, M. A.$ 8.99 (pb)
Pieces of HateLebbon, Tim$12.99 (pb)
The World ForgotLeicht, Martin$ 7.99 (pb)
The Paper Menagerie and Other StoriesLiu, Ken$24.99 (hc)
World of WaterLovegrove, James$ 7.99 (pb)
Star Wars: Original Trilogy Graphic NovelLucas, George$19.99 (hc)
The SeerLyris, Sonia$15.00 (pb)
Shadow and FlameMartin, Gail Z.$15.99 (pb)
Crusade’s EndMcNeill, Graham$19.00 (pb)
Fall of the Dragons: The Dragon’s Apprentice; The Dragons of Winter; The First DragonOwen, James A.$21.99 (pb)
Yellow Brick WarPaige, Danielle$18.99 (hc)
The Devil You KnowParker, K. J.$10.99 (pb)
Legacy of Secrets (Kingdom Keepers: The Return Book Two)Pearson, Ridley$17.99 (hc)
Disney Lands (Kingdom Keepers: The Return Book One)Pearson, Ridley$ 8.99 (pb)
SnakewoodSelby, Adrian$26.00 (hc)
Tears of AbrahamSmith, Sean T.$15.00 (pb)
Phoenix AscendantSpoor, Ryk E.$16.00 (pb)
The Mortal TallySykes, Sam$15.99 (pb)
Trail of EvilTaylor, Travis S.$ 7.99 (pb)
Monstrous Little Voices: New Tales from Shakespeare’s Fantasy WorldTchaikovsky, Adrian$ 9.99 (pb)
Rust: The Longest WarWaldman, Jonathan$16.00 (pb)
The Road to HellWeber, David$28.00 (hc)
ImperativeWhite, Steve$16.00 (pb)
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February Bestsellers

Covers of The Bands of Mourning, Abhorsen, and Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
Garth Nix was GoH at Boskone, which definitely impacted February’s bestseller list. (And I got my much-loved copy of Sabriel signed!)

1. The Bands of MourningBrandon Sanderson$27.99 (hc)
2. Gentleman Jole and the Red QueenLois McMaster Bujold$29.00/$27.00 * (hc)
2. SabrielGarth Nix$8.99 (pb)
4. Newt’s EmeraldGarth Nix$18.99 (hc)
5. Clariel: The Lost AbhorsenGarth Nix$18.99 (hc)
5. The Lives of TaoWesley Chu$7.99 (pb)
5. This Is Not a GameWalter Jon Williams$7.99 (pb)
5. Three Parts DeadMax Gladstone$24.99 (hc)

* Signed/unsigned

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