AMAZING NEWS: February 2nd, 2020


Fall removes her story from publication;  another author’s tour is canceled over security concerns

Barbie & Ken go diverse

New Coronavirus declared a global emergency


Paul Levinson offers up Songs of Space and Time

Ansible editions offers Hansen’s Homefront:  UK fandom during world war II

Can’t get to Mars?  How about buying a Nuclear Bunker instead?

Under-rated genre shows 

Asimov at 100

Remember those 900 “sex-talk” phone lines?  Now there’s one for Star Wars fans

Will Reads Watney

Leaked Logo Makes Fans Turn to Pasta

Cool Optical Illusion you can make at home


“Hopepunk” won ‘t be saving SF from itself

Genre Mags in 2020:  readership – good:  revenue – not so good.

Help N. K. Jemisin demonstrate that there are more than two POC authors of Speculative Fiction

POLAR BOREALIS Magazine will be open to submissions February 1 to Feb 29.

Orbit celebrates N. K. Jemisin

Read about N. K. Jemisin’s extraordinary career in The New Yorker
New Yorker N. K. Jemisin
“Jemisin’s writing process often begins with dreams: imagery vivid enough to hang on into wakefulness. She does not so much mine them for insight as treat them as portals to hidden worlds…”

Read The New Yorker’s profile on N. K. Jemisin.

Witcher fans, we have heard you loud and clear! We’re printing *more than half a million books* to meet demand for Andrzej Sapkowski’s New York Times-bestselling series.
Are you new to The Witcher books and don’t know where to start? We can help you there! Here’s our guide on How To Read The Witcher Series.

Her new novel, THE CITY WE BECAME, is on sale March 24th.
Pre-order now

New year, new acquisitions we’re excited to share with you!

THE NAMELESS REPUBLIC trilogy by Suyi Davies Okungbowa, author of David Mogo, Godhunter, is an evocative tale of myth and magic.

This new epic fantasy series invites readers into a rich and vibrant world inspired by West-African empires.

Learn more here.

Still jonesing for another Star Wars fix? Then we have a treat for you! NOPHEK GLOSS is a brand new space opera by debut author Essa Hansen.

Get ready to meet Caiden, a young man who is about to discover that the multi-verse is much bigger, much more advanced, and much, much more dangerous than he ever imagined.

Learn more here.

Tasha Suri, the award-winning author of EMPIRE OF SAND and REALM OF ASH, is back with a new epic fantasy trilogy!

Inspired by the history and epics of India, THE JASMINE THRONE follows a captive princess and a servant in possession of forbidden magic as they become unlikely allies on a dark journey to save their empire from a tyrant king.

Learn more here.

We have a bold and thought-provoking new sci-fi thriller, GOLDILOCKS, by Laura Lam coming May 2020!

On a near-future Earth ravaged by environmental disaster, greed, and oppression, five women astronauts must hijack a spaceship to journey to a new home – and a brighter future – for humanity.

Learn more here.

This month’s Orbit Loot Sweepstakes

It’s the beginning of a new year, the beginning of the end of the world—wait. Sorry, we’re just thinking about our ‘Beginning of the Year, End of the World’ Sweepstakes!

And you can enter for a chance to win ALL EIGHT of these dystopian books, including an advanced reading copy of THE BOOK OF KOLI by M. R. Carey!
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William Gibson says the future’s not so bright

Bone up for the Retro Hugo Awards here


Take Three Launches Every Day and Call Me When You Get To Mars

You’ll need sunglasses for this closeup of the Sun

Spin Launcher Spins Up Plans to use centrifigul force to launch rockets

They did WHAT!?  METI sends signal to exoplanet in Goldilocks zone

House budget proposals could affect NASA’s Moon and Mars plans

Eerie sounds from the bottom of the Challenger Deep

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