SPECIAL NOTE for all TWD Fans:  Tonight is expected to be a rollercoaster:  do not have sharp objects within reach;  think twice before throwing that brick at the flatscreen; have lots of tissues on hand.  SPOILER WARNING:  Leaked audio suggests that tonight will be a cliffhanger….(highlight to reveal)


Pandemonium Book News; Ariele’s Newsletter; RPGNet #48; Flame Con; SFWA – New Releases


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Male Birth Control:  Don’t Sell Your Trojan Stock Just Yet


From the “We’re too stupid to live dept:” Dog’s name shuts down bank transaction

An alternative world map

Build Your Own Gemini Capsule Control Panel

SF:  Accurately Predicting the Technologies of the Future Since at Least 1735

Uncle Doug’s Bunker of Vintage Horror Paperbacks

NRA-Inspired Fairy Tales With Guns (Mermaid Shotgunned on Beach; “thought it was a sea monster!”, shooter claims)

THE Star Trek Book Coming for 50th Anniversary

Unleash Your Inner Powerpuff Girl

Game of Thrones:  All About the Dinklage

Roswell Saucer Theft


UFO #5 Call for Submissions (World’s funniest SF antho opens April Fools Day – no joke!)

NYRSF-Readings:  Launch Party for Clockwork Phoenix antho

SFWA/Nebula Awards Conference

Axanar Motion to Dismiss

Cover Reveal for Dave Creek antho Trajectories

Editing The Big Book of Science Fiction (VanderMeer edition)


We know what happened to Wanda:  Where are all the other fish?

Space Faring News Aggregator

Mr. Fusion Just Got Smaller

The Universe May Be A Giant Waste of Space

Wrong About Autism?

Jupiter Sucks Up More Space Debris

New Viking Settlement in NA Uncovered

Lab Grown Meats Are Closer Than You Think (Hunters will still slaughter and eat Bambi)

Modern Humans May Have Killed Off Hobbits

Ice Wall to Protect Fukushima

How Can We Find ET if She’s Hiding?

Hubble-Zoom:  Video


Pandemonium Book News

The Latest and Greatest in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Literature

In this newsletter you’ll find:

Nebula Nominees
Author Event: Elizabeth Bonesteel and Caitlin Kittredge
Upcoming Local Events
April New Releases
March Bestsellers


2015 Nebula Award Nominees

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the nominees for the2015 Nebula Awards and nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.


Raising Caine, Charles E. Gannon
The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin
Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie
The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu
Uprooted, Naomi Novik
Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, Lawrence M. Schoen
Updraft, Fran Wilde

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Seriously Wicked, Tina Connolly
Court of Fives, Kate Elliott
Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge
Archivist Wasp, Nicole Kornher-Stace
Zeroboxer, Fonda Lee
Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older
Bone Gap, Laura Ruby
Nimona, Noelle Stevenson
Updraft, Fran Wilde

The store has these books on display for easy findability — come by and pick up the ones you haven’t read yet!


Author Event

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

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

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, went on sale March 8, and it’s really racking up amazing reviews.

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


Local Events

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.

Muppet Madness
Friday, April 15, through Monday, April 18
Brattle Theatre

This year’s event includes a double feature of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. And the irresistible Muppet Movie sing-along!

Cambridge Science Festival
Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 24
Cambridge, Mass.

The Cambridge Science Festival is an annual 10-day celebration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math in Cambridge and New England.

Dimensions of Doctor Who
Saturday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.
MIT Museum

What do you get when you combine the TARDIS, a sonic screwdriver, and local scientists? An evening dedicated to exploring the science of Doctor Who! Hear from researchers who will share how their work is bringing our world closer to that of the Doctor’s. Excellent for Whovians, science fiction fans, and science lovers alike.

Watch City Steampunk Festival
Saturday, May 7
Waltham, Mass.

The only outdoor Steampunk Festival in New England.

Readercon 27
Thursday, July 7, through  Sunday, July 10
Quincy, Mass.
GOH: Catherynne M. Valente and Tim Powers

Although Readercon is modeled on science fiction conventions, there is no art show, no costumes, no gaming, and almost no media. Instead, Readercon features a near-total focus on the written word.

The program consists of two tracks each of panel discussions, author readings, and solo talks or discussion groups, plus kaffeeklatsches (intimate gatherings with an author) and autograph signings.


April Releases

Covers of Fellside, Every Heart a Doorway, and Persona
Sharp EndsAbercrombie, Joe$28.00 (hc)
BloodmageAryan, Stephen$16.99 (pb)
UndercityAsaro, Catherine$ 7.99 (pb)
Tales of the Time Scouts 2Asprin, Robert$16.00 (pc)
FellsideCarey, M. R.$27.00 (hc)
1882: Custer in ChainsConroy, Robert$ 7.99 (pb)
Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinationsde Tocqueville, Aude$24.99 (hc)
Fall of Light (Kharkanas)Erikson, Steven$29.99 (hc)
The Mirrorworld SagaFunke, Cornelia$14.99 (pb)
The Emperor’s RailroadHaley, Guy$12.99 (pb)
Nettle KingHarbour, Katherine$12.99 (pb)
The DrafterHarrison, Kim$ 7.99 (pb)
Spira MirabilisHarte, Aidan$26.99 (hc)
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to MarsHolt, Nathalia$27.00 (hc)
Zombie Apocalypse Preparation: How to Survive in an Undead World and Have Fun Doing It!Houchins, David$15.00 (pb)
In Shining ArmorJames, Elliott$15.99 (pb)
The Everything Box: A NovelKadrey, Richard$24.99 (hc)
Grim Tidings: Hellhound ChroniclesKittredge, Caitlin$14.99 (pb)
City of Shadows: King of the Grey, Frostwing, DutchmanKnaak, Richard A.$17.99 (pb)
alt.Sherlock Holmes: New Visions of the Great DetectiveKoch, Gini$ 9.99 (pb)
SilenceLackey, Mercedes$25.00 (hc)
The Fall of the DaggerLarke, Glenda$15.99 (pb)
Every Heart a DoorwayMcGuire, Seanan$17.99 (hc)
Hamilton: The RevolutionMiranda, Lin-Manuel$40.00 (hc)
The War Against the A**holesMunson, Sam$15.99 (pb)
The City’s Son (Skyscraper Throne)Pollock, Tom$12.99 (pb)
Wraith: A NovelReeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield$26.99 (hc)
Demigods & Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the KanesRiordan, Rick$14.99 (pb)
The Heroes of OlympusRiordan, Rick$ 9.99 (pb)
AuroraRobinson, Kim Stanley$ 9.99 (pb)
Shooting the RiftStewart, Alex$16.00 (pb)
PersonaValentine, Genevieve$14.99 (pb)
Elusive SalvationWard, Dayton$ 7.99 (pb)
Ecko BurningWare, Danie$ 7.99 (pb)
Star Wars The Force Awakens: Tales From a Galaxy Far Far AwayWojtowicz, Jason P.$12.99 (pb)
Cobra OutlawZahn, Timothy$ 7.99 (pb)

March Bestsellers

Covers of Chaos Choreography, Ancillary Mercy, and Nimona
1. Ancillary JusticeAnn Leckie$16.00 (pb)
2. Chaos ChoreographySeanan McGuire$ 7.99 (pb)
3. Ancillary MercyAnn Leckie$15.99 (pb)
4. A Darker Shade of MagicV. E. Schwab$15.99 (pb)
4. UprootedNaomi Novik$16.00 (pb)
6. The Spider’s WarDaniel Abraham$16.99 (pb)
6. ArkwrightAllen Steele$26.99 (hc)
8. The Paper Menagerie and Other StoriesKen Liu$24.99 (hc)
8. NimonaNoelle Stevenson$12.99 (pb)
8. Black City SaintRichard A. Knaak$18.00 (pb)
8. Six of CrowsLeigh Bardugo$18.99 (hc)
8. The Boy Who Lost FairylandCatherynne M. Valente$ 7.99 (pb)
8. Door to Saturn: The Collected Fantasies Vol. 2Clark Ashton Smith$17.99 (pb)
8. The Name of the WindPatrick Rothfuss$ 8.99 (pb)
8. Newt’s EmeraldGarth Nix$18.99 (hc)
8. This Is Not a GameWalter Jon Williams$ 7.99 (pb)
8. The Lies of Locke LamoraScott Lynch$ 7.99 (pb)


The Wounded World is free on Amazon today!

Hey! I know you all just heard from me pretty recently, but I just wanted to let you know that in celebration of the new cover design, for the next couple of days, the e-book of The Wounded World is free on Amazon.

Even if you don’t read e-books (or scifi for that matter), downloading the book (computer, smart phone, tablet) will help increase my stats on Amazon, helping more readers hear about the books.

Just CLICK HERE for the free download.

Thanks, and stay tuned for more news on the next two Rutherford the Unicorn Sheep books: Rutherford Goes Hiking, and Rutherford Walks the Dog!

Or, come find me at an event!


RPGnet Newsletter #48
March 29, 2016

New Columns

Christopher Cecil started off the week with a new Fuzzy Thinking: “Size Matters Not.”

Kirk Johnson-Weider was back with a new Lawful GM, this time with some great advice on running LARP games built around political intrigue in “A Decent Scenario.”

Jonathan Hicks also offered some more Observations From A Gamer’s Chair focusing on techniques to keep a cool head when dealing with frustrating players: “Keeping Your Cool.”

New Reviews

RPGnet posted a bunch of great new reviews last week:

Threads You Might Have Missed

Other Media offered up a very thought-provoking literary enterprise last week in the form of “Lines from Stories that seem to capture the essence of the whole plot.”

Much like crazy hypothetical threads, “Where I Watch” threads are a stalwart of Other Media. A great example of those started last week featuring one of yr. humble editor’s favorite nearly-forgotten TV shows: “[Where I Watch…] Space: Above And Beyond.”

Sign Off

We’ll be back next week.

  • Iustum
    Newsletter Editor


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New Fiction for March & April 2016




Dark Fantasy

*Jericho, Alex Gordon

In this follow-up to the masterful debut Gideon, a young witch must risk death and damnation to defeat a powerful ancient evil.
Amazon, Kobo, B&N, iTunes


Dark Fantasy (cont.)

*The Second Death: Los Nefilim, Part 3, T. Frohock
The Second Death is the final chapter in T. Frohock’s haunting and lyrical Los Nefilim trilogy, which bestselling author Mark Lawrence has called “a joy to read.”
Amazon, KoboB&N, iTunes


Alternate History

*Geomancer’s Bargain, Daniel R. Marvello
A young earth wizard faces uncooperative miners and an angry dragon when he takes a contract at a gold mine in the Arizona Territory.


*The Last Days of Magic, Mark Tompkins

“Tompkins, offers an interesting account of Celtic mythology intertwined with strongly re-imagined historical elements, such as witchcraft, exorcism, Christianity’s subversion of paganism and England’s invasion of Ireland. …Indeed, this book is very ambitious and has great strengths…” Publishers Weekly – ShelfTalker Blog
Amazon, KoboB&N


Epic Fantasy

*Requiem of Reprisal (The Mindstream Chronicles Book 4), K.C. May
In book 4 of The Mindstream Chronicles, Gatekeeper Jora Lanseri must recover the stolen godheart to save the queen.


General Fantasy

*Guile, Constance Cooper
In the Bad Bayous, guile—a power in the water that changes people and objects, sometimes for the worse—sets Yonie Watereye, 16, on a path that puts her own life in danger as she traces her family tree and finds a murderer.
Amazon, KoboB&N, iTunes



*A Hold On Me (Dark Heart series, #1), Pat Esden
A new adult paranormal tale of exorcism and dark magic rooted in a family’s mysterious past.
Amazon, B&N




Speculative Fiction

*Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions, Larry Hodges

The world of 2100 has adopted the American two-party electoral system – but can a third-party moderate challenge and an alien ambassador change everything in this bare knuckle, fight-to-the-finish election campaign?

Amazon, KoboB&N


Science Fantasy

*The Rogue Retrieval, Dan Koboldt 
When their lead scientist escapes through a portal to an alien world where magic is real, a mysterious corporation finds the right man to bring him back — a Las Vegas magician.
Amazon, Kobo, B&N, iTunes

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