AMAZING NEWS: 8/8/20

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Crew Dragon Splashes Down.  (Far too many children have grown up not knowing that their bathtubs are perfect for re-recreating space capsule splashdowns)

Discon III Announces Hugo Awards Hosts

Uncanny Kickstarter for Year Seven

Mike Ashley Wins 2020 Munsey Award (Ashley is the leading SF magazine historian)

BCSFAzine #543 is released

Ansible – August 2020

Canada is Falling Into the Sea

A Playlist of SF and Fantasy Songs by The Beatles, Pink Floyd and more, assembled by Paul Levinson

Earnest Lilley Thinks This Island Earth needs a Sequel

More tribute for Roberta Pournelle

Comic Artist Being Silenced

Cybr Magazine Unveils Dog-1

Ryk Spoor Piles Up the Reads for You

Scalzi on Canon

Just Because:  Pictures of Nude German Sunbather Chasing the Wild Boar that Stole His Laptop.  (Note, images of naked buttocks may be too much for certain audiences to handle)

Captain Future:  New Adventures, excellent reviews

Felapton on Canon

Watch the Shortest WSFS Business Meeting in History

Al Sirois Unveils Philly Ghouls

Tarantino’s Star Trek project may not be directed by Tarantino

Con Report from 2010

 

I’m pleased to announce the publication of my newly-released book, Star Settlers: The Billionaires, Geniuses, and Crazed Visionaries Out to Conquer the Universe (Pegasus), completed with an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship. Star Settlers examines the history of the promotion of spacefaring.
CRITICAL ACCOLADES, ACCLAIM, & GENERAL EXPRESSIONS OF DELIGHT

Science journalist Nadis delivers a thought-provoking look at the scientists, space fans, and industrialists determined to settle humanity among the stars. . . With this grounded but far-reaching treatise, Nadis introduces readers to some fascinating dreams of the future.
Publishers Weekly

“Star Settlers is a brilliant survey of a long century of schemes for the human colonization of the heavens and the eccentric promoters who have launched them, from Wernher von Braun to Elon Musk. Combining a historian’s insights with a keen sense of character, detail, and good humor, Fred Nadis traces the trajectory of our utopian spacefaring dreams in a way it has never been mapped.”
— Christopher Brown, Campbell and World Fantasy Award-nominated author of Tropic of Kansas and Failed State 

A futuristic, optimistic, and intellectually stimulating report for space enthusiasts or readers with celestial wanderlust.
Kirkus Reviews

“Through keen insights, humorous anecdotes, and personal details, STAR SETTLERS pulls us lightyears away while keeping its feet firmly planted on the Earth.”
—Paul Sutter, author of How to Die in Space

 

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But first, the Ebook of the month!

We are offering Michael P. Kube-McDowell’s Emprise as our free ebook of the month.

This is the first book in the Trigon Disunity series and is an outstanding read for lovers of big-concept space opera.You can get this ebook for a suggested price of 1.99 (regular 5.99), or if you wish, for free at our Publisher’s Pick website: www.PublishersPick.com.

We are also offering the two sequel to complete the trilogy at a heavily discounted price.

    


As mentioned above, we are offering a number of paper bundles. Unfortunately, due to prohibitive mailing costs for foreign shipments these bundles are only being offered to residents of the US.The price includes shipping within the US.

Paper Bundle 1 (4 books, 4 bundles available):
Dark Universe by Daniel F. Galouye
Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye
Lest Darkness Fall and Related Stories by L. Sprague de Camp, Frederick Pohl, David Drake, S.M. Stirling and Alexei & Cory Panshin
The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett

Total cost of bundle (shipping included): $25.00 Click here to buy.

Paper Bundle 2 (9 books, 4 bundles available)
Simulacron 3 by Daniel F. Galouye
Threshold of Eternity by John Brunner and Damien Broderick
Humanity 2.0 edited by Alex Shvartsman (includes stories by John Varley, Robert Silverberg, Ken Liu and more)
Soulmates by Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn
Radix by A.A. Attanasio
Lest Darkness Fall and Related Stories by L. Sprague de Camp, Frederick Pohl, David Drake, S.M. Stirling and Alexei & Cory Panshin
Arc Double by Joe Haldeman and Gregory Benford
The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
Beyond the Doors of Death by Robert Silverberg and Damien BroderickTotal cost of bundle (shipping included): $45.00. Click here to buyPaper Bundle 3 (7 books, 3 bundles available)
Simulacron 3 by Daniel F. Galouye
Threshold of Eternity by John Brunner and Damien Broderick
Humanity 2.0 edited by Alex Shvartsman (includes stories by John Varley, Robert Silverberg, Ken Liu and more)
Soulmates by Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn
Beyond the Doors of Death by Robert Silverberg and Damien Broderick
Arc Double by Joe Haldeman and Gregory Benford
The Long Tomorrow by Leigh BrackettTotal cost of bundle (shipping included): $35.00. Click here to buy

Paper Bundle 4 (4 books, 4 bundles available)
Threshold of Eternity by John Brunner and Damien Broderick
Humanity 2.0 edited by Alex Shvartsman (includes stories by John Varley, Robert Silverberg, Ken Liu and more)
Arc Double by Joe Haldeman and Gregory Benford
The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett

Total Cost of bundle (shipping included): $25.00. Click here to buy

Paper Bundle 5 (The first three Lucifer Jones books. 9 Bundles available)
Lucifer Jones 1 – Adventures by Mike Resnick
Lucifer Jones 2 – Exploits by Mike Resnick
Lucifer Jones 3 – Encounters by Mike Resnick

Total cost of bundle (shipping included): $13.00. Click here to buy

Just wanted to let you know…

3 days left to claim An

An Unconventional Mr. Peadlebody

at $2.99 on Chirp

No subscription requirements when you purchase from Chirp.
Also my other audio books are on sale on Chirp right now as well.

FANAC Newsletter

August 8, 2020

This Flash is primarily to give you a quick update about the user survey that we sent out last week. So far, we have 135 responses, including some good suggestions in the open text fields. Since we would like to hear from more of you, we’ll keep the survey open for one more week, until Saturday August 15. You have good ideas, and we’d like to hear them. You can answer the survey at https://us5.list-manage.com/survey?u=462126ad98a8c6356c94cb61e&id=b0e62114be .

The second item is to announce that we now have working agreements with the Science Fiction Foundation in the UK and with the First Fandom organization to archive their publications on FANAC.org. You can see the first issues we’ve uploaded of Foundation, the Journal of the Science Fiction Foundation at http://fanac.org/fanzines/Foundation/ .

Thirdly, and a bit self-indulgently, we’d like to tell you that Edie Stern and Joe Siclari have been announced as the Fan Guests of Honor at the 80th World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago, Chicon 8, in 2022. For convention info, go to Chicon.org.

Initial Insights from the survey:

  • You access our three sites equally for research, nostalgia, and pleasure reading with an understandable bit of egoscanning.
  • There were several suggestions for making material easier to find. Those who use our existing shortcuts (People Cross-Reference on FANAC.org and the Playlists on YouTube) like them. We plan to make those more prominent. We will be looking for other ways for you to access material more directly. I hope you will find the changes in Convention Pubs and Category pages helpful as we implement them.
  • On FANAC.org, more than half of you come for fanzines. That’s good because we spend so much effort to save them. Also gratifying is that about a third of you are using our Photo Galleries.
  • The write-in comments included a couple of requests for more international material. We are heavily US-centric for a couple of reasons. 1) Fandom has its largest history in the USA, and 2) most of our contributors so far have been from the US. However, we have been getting more participation from Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Some contributions have also come from Germany, Poland, Sweden and other countries. We need your help to expand those areas. We’ve started putting country designations on the fanzine index pages.
  • We also saw requests for more info on the Fanzine Index pages, more links between FANAC.org and Fancyclopedia 3, and more short pieces or excerpts on our YouTube channel.

We’ll have a more detailed report in our next FANAC Update. If you haven’t filled in the survey, please use this opportunity to give us your feedback. Thank you!

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