AMAZING NEWS: Clearance Sale! 5/15/16

SPECIAL NOTE: Congratulations to all of the Nebula Award winners and nominees!
A particular shout-out to C.J. Cherryh on becoming a SFWA Grandmaster! (I had the extreme pleasure of dining with her sometime back in the late 70s and had some vague inklings that she was destined for this kind of thing!)
Another particular shout-out to all the women who nearly swept the awards this year (is this a record?) and, finally,

Based on reports and online images, congratulations to our own Steven H Silver (no period!) who obviously managed an excellent and well-received awards ceremony.  (If we’re lucky, Amazing Stories readers will get a bit of an inside scoop on the proceedings from the man himself – after he has had a suitable period to recover!)

OTHER SPECIAL NOTE: This week – three weeks of accumulated news, so buckle your seat harnesses, take your acceleration drugs, seats back, meal trays up and HANG ON!


2016 Nebula Award Winners (Pictures here); 2015 Bram Stoker Awards; Pandemonium Bookstore News; OMNI Magazine; RPGNewsletter #53; Project Hieroglyph; Rutherford, the Unicorn Sheep; GeeksOut; RPGNewsletter #52; Harlan Ellison Newsletter; Quantum Muse; Piranha Games;


WARNING: MidAmeriConII Posts Weapons Policy (Make sure you ask them to store your gats where it isn’t moist)

WARNING: Remember:  All that electronic entertainment you “buy” online is only LEASED and it could disappear from your system in a microsecond – even your own stuff could be hijacked!

What would happen if we just GAVE people money?

A Guide to Afrofuturism

AI Could Be Disruptive Technology for Know-It-All-White-Men

Rabid Puppy Nominee Reactions

America’s First Climate Refugees (I wonder if they’re all rapists, murderers and drug smugglers too?)

Coming out as Trans:  A Success Story

Closing Out Women in SF&F Month

More Reasons to Hate the Rich:  Faster Internet

What’s That Tinder Perv Really LIke?

Hasbro Promises Female Empowerment

From the Mundane Politics Department:

Warren blasts Trump

Artist Gets Beat Up By Trump Supporter for Drawing Trump’s Penis to Scale (get out your microscope – if you even want to look)


John Whalen’s Mordecai Slate Gets an Action Figure!

We’re gonna need a bigger boat: Independence Day: Resurgence Trailer

What Science Fiction was like for some of us

Human Rights – European Style

Axanar Fandom

More Axanar Fandom (Parody video)

Star Fox (fan-made video, NOT about hot chicks in space)

Raising Them Right:  How to Explain Religion to Your Kids NeoFans

Surprising Stories – the Latest!

If Earth Was a Moon of Jupiter, We’d Feel Like Someone Was Watching Us All the Time!

An Indie Sci-Fi Epic (Their description, not mine)

N. K. Jemisin on Chuck Tingle

BoingBoing Praises Tingle

Wanna Play Quidditch?  All you have to do is jump out of this perfectly fine airplane….

Harrison Ford’s Han Solo Gets Replaced by Some Guy

A “B-Movie” Trailer

Karlo Yeager Short Story in Nature

Blade Runner 2 (Really?)

Blue People (not Smurfs) Coming to Disney Parks

Go Fly a Star Wars Themed Kite!

Colorful Explosion

Barsoom Art


SFWA Now Accepting Qualified Game Writers

SFWA Concerns About Non-Compete Contract Clauses

Paramount vs Axanar Still Chugging Along

Arthur C. Clarke Award Judges – In their own words

Edward Lerner’s Dark Secret Gets a Release Date

MidAmeriConII Chairperson speaks out

David A. Hardy – The Early Years

Pro Se Releases The Gotterdammerung

Event Horizon:  Science Fiction in Edinburgh (over and done with – sorry!)

NYRSFR – Andrea Hairston, Pan Morigan (also past, sorry!)

Andrew Weston on World-Building

Nope:  Avatar Didn’t Rip Off This Script (it just stole shamelessly from so many stories we’d need a class action suit) 

A Deluxe Hardcover of SIASL, intro by Gaiman

The Best of Gregory Benford

JCW On Morlocks (they eat the Eloi….)

Another Trek Fan Film Shut Down


Yawn:  Another successful pilotless landing at sea

I ran the London Marathon, Innnnn Spaaaaaaaace!

Technology doesn’t just Feel like it is accelerating

Peek-a-boo! Tiny Moon Found Hiding

New Milky Way Selfie

SpaceX Shoots for Mars by 2018

Pacific Ocean Suffocating

Ghost in the Machine?  Nah, just a Marten. Supercollider shuts down

THIS is a REALLY Cool Jellyfish

Interactive Map of the Human Brain

Three Terrestrial Planets Found in the Habitable Zone

GoPro Innnn Spaaaaace!

NASA Astronaut Gets It:  UFOs are not science.  They’re not even Science Fiction

SpaceX Nails Another Landing (Someday you’ll be able to visit the Rocketport and watch the ships taking off – AND landing!  Talk about SF Dreams Come True!)

How To Talk to the ISS (actually, the astronauts ON the ISS….)


The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced the winners of the 50th Annual Nebula Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book tonight in Chicago.


  • Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)


  • Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (


  • ‘‘Our Lady of the Open Road’’, Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s 6/15)

Short Story

  • ‘‘Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers’’, Alyssa Wong (Nightmare 10/15)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • Updraft, Fran Wilde (Tor)

Other Awards: Gay Haldeman presented the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award to Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen.

Jodi Lynn Nye presented the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award to Sir Terry Pratchett. The Solstice Award is presented to individuals who have had a significant impact on the science fiction or fantasy landscape, and is particularly intended for those who have consistently made a major positive difference within the speculative fiction field, much like its namesake.

Cat Rambo presented the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award to C.J. Cherryh. This award is given by SFWA for “lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy.”


2015 Bram Stoker Awards

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Paul Tremblay – A Head Full of Ghosts (William Morrow)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Nicole Cushing – Mr. Suicide (Word Horde)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

  • John Dixon – Devil’s Pocket (Simon & Schuster)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

  • Sam Weller, Mort Castle, Chris Ryall, & Carlos Guzman (editors) – Shadow Show: Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury (IDW Publishing)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • Mercedes M. Yardley – Little Dead Red (Grimm Mistresses) (Ragnarok Publications)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • John Palisano – Happy Joe’s Rest Stop (18 Wheels of Horror) (Big Time Books)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • David Robert Mitchell – It Follows (Northern Lights Films)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • Michael Bailey – The Library of the Dead (Written Backwards)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

  • Lucy A. Snyder – While the Black Stars Burn (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

  • Stephen Jones – The Art of Horror (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • Alessandro Manzetti – Eden Underground (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Other Awards: HWA’s Specialty Press Award was presented to Borderlands Press. The annual Specialty Press Award recognizes a publisher outside the mainstream New York City publishing community that specializes in dark-themed fiction.

The Richard Laymon President’s Award was given to Patrick Freivald and Andrew Wolter, moderators of HWA’s Facebook group. The award is named in honor of Richard Laymon, who died in 2000 while serving as the HWA’s president. It is given by the HWA’s sitting president. The Award is presented to a volunteer who has served in an especially exemplary manner and has shown extraordinary dedication to the organization.

HWA’s Silver Hammer Award went to Michael Knost. Knost provides one of HWA’s most beneficial opportunities to new members by chairing the organization’s Mentorship Program, which matches newer writers with experienced pros for a year-long intensive training.

The Mentor of the Year Award went to Tim Waggoner. The HWA’s Mentorship Program Chairperson and the Program’s Committee select the award’s recipient.

The Horror Writers Association recognized Alan Moore and George A. Romero withLifetime Achievement Awards. HWA gives Lifetime Achievement awards to individuals whose work has substantially influenced the horror genre.


Pandemonium Book News

The Latest and Greatest in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Literature

In this newsletter you’ll find:

Limited Edition Graveyard Book Graphic Novel
April Bestsellers
Book Review: Company Town
Upcoming Local Events
May New Releases

Preorder Limited Edition Graveyard BookGraphic Novel

Interested in a special clothbound, slipcased limited edition of The Graveyard BookGraphic Novel, featuring both volumes bound as one? This edition includes new jacket art and special extra content. All copies will be signed by Neil Gaiman.

We are taking preorders now. Call the store or email if you would like to place a preorder. Copies are $175 and come out on October 4.Orders should be placed by May 25.


April Bestsellers

I have only recently started thinking of novellas as separate from novels, and find that I struggle with the category. But I just read Every Heart a Doorway, and now I have a stellar example to which I can compare future novellas. It meets all the descriptors people have given me for a good novella, and does so perfectly. I wouldn’t even know it was a novella if I weren’t paying attention. My first 5-star rating on Goodreads this year!
1. Every Heart a DoorwaySeanan McGuire$17.99 (hc)
2. UprootedNaomi Novik$16.00 (pb)
2. BurnedBenedict Jacka$ 7.99 (pb)
4. How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps: Step by Step Cartography for Gamers and FansJared Blando$22.99 (pb)
5. Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady TrentMarie Brennan$15.99 (pb)
5. Ancillary SwordAnn Leckie$16.00 (pb)
7. BintiNnedi Okorafor$ 9.99 (pb)
7. VisitorC.J. Cherryh$26.00 (hc)
7. UltimaStephen Baxter$ 7.99 (pb)

Local Events

Cass R. Sunstein Discusses The World According to Star Wars
Monday, May 23, 6:00 p.m.
Brattle Theatre

Harvard Book Store and the Harvard Law Library welcome Harvard Law School professor and bestselling author Cass R. Sunstein for a discussion of his latest book, The World According to Star Wars. Sunstein will be introduced by Harvard Law School professor Jonathan Zittrain.

Light Sword Battle Boston
May 28, 8:00–11:00 p.m.
Boston Common

A Fan-Run, Charitable Event to Benefit Make-A-Wish Massachusetts & Rhode Island

Join a massive battle of space wizards vs. space warlocks in Boston. Pick a side and use that venerable, ancient, glowing tool: the light sword, in the ultimate nocturnal showdown.

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.


Book Review

cover image of Company Town

Company Town, by Madeline Ashby
Hardcover, $24.99
Available May 17

Hwa is a bodyguard in a dying city on a rig. When a new family-run company comes and takes over, she becomes responsible for training and guarding the young heir. At the same time she takes on this new role, her friends and former clients begin dying grisly deaths.

There are many universal themes in this book, from urban decay to bio-engineering to classism to family tragedy, but the scifi thread keeps weaving throughout and comes to a surprising but appropriate conclusion.

Hwa is a wonderful protagonist, and her world is rich and tangible. It’s a near-future world that is all too believable.


Upcoming May Releases

Covers of Sharp Ends, The Drafter, and Aurora
Doctor Who: The Endless SongAbadzis, Nick$19.99 (hc)
The Copernicus Legacy: The Golden VendettaAbbott, Tony$ 6.99 (pb)
VostokAlten, Steve$ 9.99 (pb)
Company TownAshby, Madeline$24.99 (hc)
The Scarlet GospelsBarker, Clive$16.99 (pb)
The Dark Vampire: A True Vampire NovelBaxter, Kate$ 7.99 (pb)
The Witch HunterBoecker, Virginia$ 9.99 (pb)
Power SurgeBova, Ben$ 8.99 (pb)
The AftermathBova, Ben$ 8.99 (pb)
The PrecipiceBova, Ben$ 8.99 (pb)
The Cemetery BoysBrewer, Heather$ 9.99 (pb)
The Blood Between UsBrewer, Zac$17.99 (pb)
Dark RunBrooks, Mike$15.99 (pb)
Dark RunBrooks, Mike$24.99 (hc)
The Sorcerer’s Daughter: The Defenders of ShannaraBrooks, Terry$28.00 (hc)
The Warrior’s Apprentice 30th Anniversary EditionBujold, Lois McMaster$15.00 (pb)
Corsair: A Science Fiction NovelCambias, James L.$15.99 (pb)
The Memory of Earth and The Call of EarthCard, Orson Scott$ 9.99 (pb)
The Forgotten RoomChild, Lincoln$ 9.99 (pb)
Shadow’s BladeCoe, David B.$26.00 (hc)
Dominion: The Chronicles of the InvadersConnolly, John$26.00 (hc)
Nemesis GamesCorey, James S. A.$16.99 (pb)
The PassageCronin, Justin$16.00 (pb)
The City of MirrorsCronin, Justin$28.00 (hc)
Knight’s Shadowde Castell, Sebastien$14.99 (pb)
The ReplacedDerting, Kimberly$ 9.99 (pb)
The CountdownDerting, Kimberly$17.99 (hc)
RuntimeDivya, S. B.$10.99 (pb)
Dancer’s LamentEsslemont, Ian C.$19.99 (pb)
Cthulhu’s Daughters: Tales of Lovecraftian HorrorFiles, Gemma$15.95 (pb)
Ring of Fire IVFlint, Eric$25.00 (hc)
Eternity’s WheelGaiman, Neil$ 9.99 (pb)
The Mephisto Club: A Rizzoli & Isles NovelGerritsen, Tess$ 9.99 (pb)
Dream a Little DreamGier, Kerstin$ 9.99 (pb)
Dream OnGier, Kerstin$17.99 (hc)
Dark OrbitGilman, Carolyn Ives$15.99 (pb)
Warcraft: DurotanGolden, Christie$ 7.99 (pb)
Haunted DestinyGraham, Heather$ 7.99 (pb)
Bloodline Star WarsGray, Claudia$28.00 (hc)
The SubprimesGreenfeld, Karl Taro$15.99 (pb)
SpellstormGreenwood, Ed$ 7.99 (pb)
All Fixed UpGrimes, Linda$29.99 (hc)
Extinction Biome: InvasionGunn, Addison$ 7.99 (pb)
The Mammoth Book of CthulhuGuran, Paula (ed.)$14.95 (pb)
The Map of BonesHaig, Francesca$24.99 (hc)
The Hollow QueenHaydon, Elizabeth$ 8.99 (pb)
The God WaveHemstreet, Patrick$24.99 (pb)
Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice #2Henderson, C. J.$14.99 (pb)
Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice #2Henderson, C. J.$24.99 (hc)
My Best Friend’s ExorcismHendrix, Grady$19.99 (hc)
The FiremanHill, Joe$28.99 (hc)
The Cthulhu Wars: The United States’ Battles Against the MythosHite, Kenneth$19.00 (pb)
Beauty & the Beast: Fire at SeaHolder, Nancy$ 7.99 (pb)
Zero WorldHough, Jason M.$ 9.99 (pb)
Roses and RotHoward, Kat$24.99 (hc)
Through FireHoyt, Sarah A.$16.00 (pb)
The Geek Feminist Revolution: EssaysHurley, Kameron$26.99 (hc)
The Geek Feminist Revolution: EssaysHurley, Kameron$15.99 (pb)
The Summon StoneIrvine, Ian$16.99 (pb)
Love Is RedJaff, Sophie$15.99 (pb)
Albina and the Dog MenJodorowsky, Alejandro$14.99 (pb)
The Wolf in the AtticKearney, Paul$14.99 (pb)
The Pages of the MindKennedy, Jeffe$ 9.95 (pb)
Born of BetrayalKenyon, Sherrilyn$ 8.99 (pb)
Instinct: Chronicles of NickKenyon, Sherrilyn$11.99 (pb)
Invision: Chronicles of NickKenyon, Sherrilyn$19.99 (hc)
Independence Day: Crucible The Official PrequelKeyes, Greg$ 7.99 (pb)
ChristineKing, Stephen$ 9.99 (pb)
InsomniaKing, Stephen$ 9.99 (pb)
The Arctic CodeKirby, Matthew J.$ 6.99 (pb)
Island of the SunKirby, Matthew J.$16.99 (hc)
The Liar’s Key: The Red Queen’s WarLawrence, Mark$ 7.99 (pb)
A Whisper of Southern LightsLebbon, Tim$ 9.99 (pb)
Dragon in ExileLee, Sharon$ 7.99 (pb)
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Archive Omnibus 2Lee, Tony$24.99 (pb)
I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Zero HourLore, Pittacus$ 9.99 (pb)
A Court of Mist and FuryMaas, Sarah J.$18.99 (hc)
A Court of Thorns and RosesMaas, Sarah J.$10.99 (pb)
Ghost Road BluesMaberry, Jonathan$15.00 (pb)
A Blade of Black SteelMarshall, Alex$26.00 (hc)
The Last PhoenixMcNeill, Graham$19.00 (pb)
B.P.R.D Hell on Earth Volume 13 End of DaysMignola, Mike$19.99 (pb)
The Dinosaur LordsMilan, Victor$ 9.99 (pb)
Secondhand SoulsMoore, Christopher$15.99 (pb)
Wind Pinball: Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973 Two NovelsMurakami, Haruki$16.00 (pb)
The VagrantNewman, Peter$16.99 (pb)
The Sudden Appearance of HopeNorth, Claire$27.00 (hc)
Quag KeepNorton, Andre$ 7.99 (pb)
Queen of HeartsOakes, Colleen$17.99 (hc)
Too Like the LightningPalmer, Ada$26.99 (hc)
The Dark Missions of Edgar BrimPeacock, Shane$17.99 (hc)
Leviathan’s Blood: Book Two of the Children TrilogyPeek, Ben$27.99 (hc)
The FictionPires, Curt$14.99 (pb)
Mannheim RexPobi, Robert$16.99 (pb)
Beyond the Ice Limit: A Gideon Crew NovelPreston, Douglas; Child, Lincoln$27.00 (hc)
The Watchmaker of Filigree StreetPulley, Natasha$16.00 (pb)
StonebirdRevell, Mike$ 9.99 (pb)
The Trials of Apollo Book One The Hidden OracleRiordan, Rick$19.99 (hc)
The Horror of It All: One Moviegoer’s Love Affair with Masked Maniacs, Frightened Virgins, and the Living Dead…Rockoff, Adam$15.00 (pb)
The Fog DiverRoss, Joel$ 6.99 (pb)
The Tower of SwallowsSapkowski, Andrzej$15.99 (pb)
RegenerationSaulter, Stephanie$22.99 (hc)
BinarySaulter, Stephanie$14.99 (pb)
Doctor Who: The VisitationSaward, Eric$ 7.99 (pb)
The Lazarus War: LegionSawyer, Jamie$ 9.99 (pb)
The End of All ThingsScalzi, John$ 8.99 (pb)
Vicky Peterwald: Rebel: A Vicky Peterwald NovelShepherd, Mike$ 7.99 (pb)
The CageShepherd, Morgan$ 9.99 (pb)
The HuntShepherd, Morgan$17.99 (hc)
The Darkest TormentShowalter, Gena$22.99 (hc)
The Crown’s GameSkye, Evelyn$17.99 (hc)
The ChimesSmaill, Anna$26.99 (hc)
Steampunk Soldiers: The American FrontierSmith, Philip$20.00 (hc)
SavageSniegoski, Thomas E.$17.99 (hc)
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Volume 4 The Then and The NowSpurrier, Si$19.99 (hc)
SevenevesStephenson, Neal$17.99 (pb)
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume TenStrahan, Jonathan$19.99 (pb)
Doctor Who and the ZarbiStrutton, Bill$ 7.99 (pb)
The World According to Star WarsSunstein, Cass R.$21.99 (hc)
A Head Full of GhostsTremblay, Paul$14.99 (pb)
SmokeVyleta, Dan$27.95 (hc)
Sword of the SouthWeber, David$18.00 (pb)
The Jewel and Her LapidaryWilde, Fran$ 9.99 (pb)
Fables: The Deluxe Edition Book TwelveWillingham, Bill$29.99 (hc)
The AffinitiesWilson, Robert Charles$15.99 (pb)
The Iron Jackal: A Tale of the Ketty JayWooding, Chris$ 8.99 (pb)
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This week marks Richard Feyman’s birthday

Celebrate with our classic Feynman Q&A on

The True Meaning of Physics


RPGnet Newsletter #53
May 10, 2016

New Columns

Christopher Cecil returned from a short break to bring a new issue of Fuzzy Thinking: “Now That’s a Dice Pool!” They must have been playing Exalted.

New Reviews

RPGnet added five great new reviews last week.

Minivera reviewed the d6 version of newish RPG Red Mists: Swords against Sorcery.

And, perennial favorite Antonios S continued his look at Cthulhu gaming with reviews of:

Threads You Might Have Missed

vitus979 asks a question in Other Media that has implications both for gaming and for consideration of sci-fi media: “WTF is up with Confederations in Science Fiction media?” There are lots of great answers from your fellow RPGnetters that may assist in your sci-fi gaming worldbuilding.

Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition has been much maligned in RPG circles (including by yr. humble editor, to be fair), but the game does have its undeniable good points. For some positive discussion of the latest edition of the grandaddy of RPGs, check out “Why 5e Is Good.”

“Splitting the party”: some say it’s rarely a good idea; others say that it’s a GMing nightmare; some say that it can be the heart of a good roleplaying session. Stop by the thread to learn how all of these viewpoints are correct.

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Have a good week, everyone.



Check out a new story about artificial intelligence from Paolo Bacigalupi, learn about spaceship sculptures, and ruminate on why science fiction is important to scientists and engineers.
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When a robot kills, is it murder or product liability? Explore the near future of artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and a maze of ethical quandaries in “Mika Model,” a new short story by science fiction master Paolo Bacigalupi, author of the acclaimed novels The Windup Girl and The Water Knife.

“Mika Model” is the first in Future Tense Fiction, a series of short stories fromFuture Tense and the Center for Science and the Imagination about how technology and science will change our lives. Read the story…

On the blog

We sat down with sculptor Rik Allen to talk about his recent collaboration with NASA’s Langley Research Center and the exciting new piece, “The Flea,” that he created there.Find out more in this interview…
Chemical engineer and Hieroglyph community member Zach Berkson reflects on the role of science fiction stories in his life and work. Read the essay…


Rutherford the Unicorn Sheep’s newest book is here! Rutherford Walks the Dog!
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Rutherford the Unicorn Sheep Walks the Dog is here!

Happy May–spring has finally arrived! And with it, Rutherford’s newest book. In the story, Rutherford the Unicorn Sheep is excited–he is dog sitting for the first time ever! Cam and Tyler, two beautiful golden retrievers, are quite a handful, but Rutherford is sure he can handle them–and have fun at the same time! Join Rutherford as he embarks on a new adventure, learns all about dogs, and makes two new friends.

Learn more about Cam and Tyler by reading this blog post, or by following them on Facebook: Cam the Man and Ty the Guy!

Most importantly, pick up a signed copy today!

And consider following me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Google+ to learn more about Rutherford and his upcoming books!

Enjoy the beautiful spring!



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 ?  Busy August 20th, but not August 21st?
?  Wish you could go to the Kick-Off party but you’re not 21 or older?
?  Can’t make the CON, but can make the party before it? 

 ?  Hey, we’ve got options for every time period and every budget!  

Tickets prices range from just $15 for our kick off party (FIRESTARTER) on Friday, 8/19 to the full-on/flame-on pass for $50, which gets you into the full party and both days of the event (Saturday, 8/21 & 8/22)!


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RPGnet Newsletter #52
May 3, 2016


Huh. A year’s worth of Newsletter issues. We’ve discussed and highlighted a ton of great RPGnet content, the vast majority of which was created by, well, you, the people receiving the Newsletter. If yr. humble editor may be so bold, you’ve all done a great job this year.

If there’s something you’d like to see in the Newsletter, or if you have other suggestions for improving it, please send them along to me (Iustum) or Shannon.

New Columns

Brent Dedeaux offered up this week’s only new Column, the latest edition of Tales from the Rocket House: “One Roll to Rule Them”. In this issue, Brent ruminates on a new dice mechanic for determining both the nature and intensity of a result with a single die roll.

New Reviews

Take a read of all of these great new reviews from last week:

Threads You Might Have Missed

There were several threads from last week that yr. humble editor wanted to call out, so let’s just do some quick hits:

Some fun was had (and is still being had) over in Other Media with a “Game: shortest crossover?”

Another question: “Did Terminator: Genisys make any sense?” “No” is the obvious answer, but getting there can be pretty entertaining.

Here’s a takeoff from a great thread from a few weeks back: “Horrible Miwtakes in Adventure Design.” Intentional typo in original.

For some suggestions on flavorful in-character imprecations: “RP Oaths, Expletives, Common Sayings, Phrases, Etc.”

Some biggish news in the Greater Geek Gaming Universe: “Plane Shift: Zendikar, or “Wizards releases its first D&D setting doc for an M:tG plane.”

Great suggestions for monsters and other things to populate your gaming world: “Favorite Underused Mythological Monsters.”

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Thanks for reading, and please do send in any comments or suggestions.

  • Iustum
    Newsletter Editor


Welcome to the first mailing of 2016. I’m Jason Davis, editor and publishing facilitator of this soon-to-be-sixteen-volume exploration of Harlan’s previously uncollected work.

Yes, the mathematicians amongst you read the above correctly; I’m here to announce two all-new Ellison collections. To the left, you see the cover of the majestically titled THE LAST PERSON TO MARRY A DUCK LIVED 300 YEARS AGO, an impressive collection of essays and short-lived columns written since 1984, including a few things that have never been published.

The cover photo is by Harlan’s pal (and mine) Steve Barber. It was taken in the kitchen of the Lost Aztec Temple of Mars, and you can see more of Steve’s work at
Long-time recipients of this newsletter know I never release new Ellison books without a BRAIN MOVIES in the mix. The cover for Volume 7 is to the right.

The photo is by Harlan’s old friend William Rotsler, who also took the pic on the cover of HARLAN 101. Our designer, Bo Nash, suggested using the picture (which previously appeared in HARLAN ELLISON’S ENDLESSLY WATCHING), and I added the bullet hole.

The price for the set is $80 plus shipping. I expect the books to be ready to ship in May (though they could slip over into June). For more information on the set, click here.

For many reasons (all of which are detailed here), this release will be different from our previous solicitations:

1) We will be taking pre-orders (which will commence as soon as Harlan’s approved the proofs).
2) The pre-orders will be fulfilled by rather than CreateSpace or Amazon.
3) The pre-ordered books will contain material that WILL NOT be included IF we offer the books via Amazon or other distributors.

Because we are NOT offering these books via Amazon, you MUST MUST MUST click the button below to join the pre-order queue.
Reserve a Set for ME!
As always, I appreciate your support over the last five years and am looking forward to bringing you these new Ellison offerings.

In the mean time, check out the special offers below.

To those of you who pre-order, a very special thank you for helping me keep this beast alive.

Jason Davis

BRAIN MOVIES, Volume Three (Standard Edition, First Printing)
A collection of Harlan Ellison’s teleplays and dramatic treatments featuring:
CUTTER’S WORLD, Ellison’s two-hour 1987 pilot for a Western-tinged science fiction series
The unfinished novel that evolved into the award-winning OUTER LIMITS episode “Demon with a Glass Hand”
“Who Killed Alex Debbs?” the first of Ellison’s four teleplays for the 1960s crime series BURKE’S LAW
“The Ship That Kills,” a “lost episode” of the 1974 series THE MANHUNTER, starring Ken Howard
Cover by Michael Whelan
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BRAIN MOVIES, Volume Four (Standard Edition, First Printing)
A collection of Harlan Ellison’s teleplays and dramatic treatments featuring:
BRILLO, the two-hour ABC-TV pilot based on Ellison and Ben Bova’s short story
“Funny Money,” a further adventure for BRILLO
“Who Killed Purity Mather?” the second of Ellison’s four scripts for BURKE’S LAW
“Jeffrey’s Being Quiet” Ellison’s unproduced contribution to the THE SIXTH SENSE
Cover by Jason Davis & Bo Nash, based on the art of Leo & Diane Dillon
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and Other Stories of the Hung-Up Generation
Cover by Leo & Diane Dillon
$33 with free US shipping

Stories Wrung Shrieking from the Shadows
Cover by Leo & Diane Dillon
$33 with free US shipping

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Normally, I wouldn’t mention my own book in a mailing, but there’s a lovely tie in to THE LAST PERSON WHO MARRIED A DUCK LIVED 300 YEARS AGO, which contains Harlan’s X-Files-adjacent essay, “Struggling for Interior Logic.”

Here’s the pitch:
In 2008, journalist Jason Davis conducted in-depth interviews with five writer/executive producers of The X-Files for Creative Screenwriting Magazine to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the television series as well as the forthcoming release of The X-Files: I Want to Believe.

Having interned in The X-Files writers’ room as a college student, Davis had enjoyed unrestricted access to the writers during pre-production for season seven, and knew what questions to ask when his work for Creative Screenwriting brought him back into the world of Mulder & Scully a decade later.

Creator Chris Carter, though guarded about the then-forthcoming feature film, was candid in his recollections of the series, quick to acknowledge the contributions of his colleagues, and clear on what made the series a success.

Frank Spotnitz (Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle) recalls how he landed his entry-level staff writing job on The X-Files—his first television gig—and how he came to be Carter’s frequent writing partner, crafting the series’s evolving mythology alongside its creator, and ascending to the rank of executive producer in four short seasons on the series.

John Shiban (Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons) remembers his unexpected transition from software developer to X-Files scribe and how that role prepared him for a stint as writer-producer on the CW’s Supernatural.

Emmy Award-winning writer Vince Gilligan (AMC’s Better Call Saul) explains how he “lucked into” The X-Files after a successful career in theatrical films, how he came to write some of the series’s funniest episodes, and how his girlfriend’s advice led to his second Emmy nomination. WRITING THE X-FILES also includes an early interview on Gilligan’s then current project, Breaking Bad, a series that would go on to win 16 Emmys.

The book concludes with Emmy Award-winning writer-producer Howard Gordon (Showtime’s Homeland), one of Carter’s original core of X-Files scribes, who also discusses his then-current series: 24.

To coincide with the 2016 premiere of Fox’s six-episode re-launch of The X-Files, Davis returned to his original interview recordings and transcripts to unearth pages of previously unpublished material for WRITING THE X-FILES.

You can buy the book directly from me for $18.55 (which includes US postage), or I can figure international orders as they are placed.

I’m happy to sign the book upon request.

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Quantum Muse

Well, it is May, and here in the Northeast US spring barely starting to show.  We’re still scraping frost off our cars in the mornings.  However, on the bright side the latest issue of Quantum Muse is up at:

The art of Kirsten Zirngibl is featured this month.

following is a list of this months selections.Escape by Harris  Tobias Weatherman by Ishmael Soledad Dayton Ohio by Michele Dutcher The Return of Johnny Half-Finger by Astrid Nielsen


The Night Gyr is now available for pre-order!

The Night Gyr Assault ‘Mech is now available for pre-order! To qualify for the Early Adopter Rewards, make sure to grab your pack before May 31st at 11:59:59 PM PDT (June 1st at 6:59:59 AM UTC).

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