AMAZING NEWS: 11/22/20

SPECIAL NOTE: #DISNEYMUSTPAY.  Author Alan Dean Foster held a press conference hosted by SFWA to announce that Disney Corp had failed to pay the author royalties since acquiring the rights to numerous books through their purchases of Fox and other entities.  Disney has stonewalled Foster, the SFWA Grievance Committee and attorneys, claiming that while they acquired the rights, they “did not acquire the obligations”.

SFWA views Disney’s response to be a potential threat to copyright and authors everywhere and took the unprecedented step of taking this matter public in order to put pressure on the mega media corp to respond.

It is essential that authors and fans help spread the word in order to get some justice.  A Twitter hashtag #DisneyMustPay has been created and you can read the thread here. Here are links to the video of the press conference, a transcription of Foster’s presentation, a place to register your non-payment issues with Disney (if you are an author), and, below, a selection of images supporting the effort.

The more people bitch publicly about this legitimate problem, the more likely it will to be resolved.

Meme – Goofy & Micky cover mashup
Meme – Splinter of the Mind’s Eye cover mashup


J. Michael Straczynski’s project to publish a version of Ellison’s Last Dangerous Visions continues apace, with mixed responses.  Some complain that it will be outdated, or that it is well past time for such things, others are eagerly looking forward to the contents as described by JMS (including the staff here at Amazing Stories), which can be found at the Patreon site.

New highly detailed Mars pics

WGA to award Craig Miller for advancing “the literature of animation in film and/or television through the years and who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of the animation writer”.

Matthew Hughes wins 2020 Endeavour Award

What can you do with 910,000 matchsticks?  Create a Millennium Falcon, of course

You can read Preferred Seating by Lee & Miller here

The Orville gets its first fan film (the captain’s name is “David M. Gerald”, lol)



Brazillian Wonder Woman gets the CW Treatment

Ten Decades, Ten Classic SF Cartoons

Photosynthesizing Animals – meet the Leaf Sheep

Holograms in Science Fiction

Book Cover Art

Re-enacting the Cold War

KM Robinson accused of having Socialist Leanings

Dark Worlds continues its look at Manly Wade Wellman in part III

Human Aging Reversed for First Time

Christopher Landon is shaking up the horror flick biz

Ever wonder who created the Viewmaster?  This guy.

It’s coming from inside the house!  FRB traced to Milky Way origin

Arecibo is No More

Hayford Pierce, SF author, RIP

John Williams awarded for introducing millions to classical music

Lose one giant telescope, gain another?

Waters to Present Pornhub Award

Herb Solow, instrumental in bringing Trek to TV, RIP

De-Clutter?  Not my Books, man!

They may be over-thinking this:  the entire universe is a neural network

Damien Walters is doing a weekly podcast on science fiction.  This episode he tackles the LDV revival

World’s Most Accurate Map Unveiled

New take on solar powered rockets

From Over the Transom

New Releases from MacMillian


Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Rhythm of War

Brandon Sanderson

The Stormlight Archive saga continues in Rhythm of War, the eagerly awaited sequel to Brandon Sanderson’s #1 New York Times bestselling Oathbringer, from an epic fantasy writer at the top of his game.

“Sanderson is a master of many aspects of the fantasy genre: epic world-building, coherent systems of magic and unforgettable character development.”—Paste Magazine

Last Stand in Lychford by Paul Cornell

Last Stand in Lychford

Paul Cornell

Celestial beings and human witches clash for the future of the human and fairy worlds in Paul Cornell’s Last Stand in Lychford.

Exploding fairies, the architect of the universe and a celestial bureaucratic blunder make this a satisfying conclusion to the ever-popular Witches of Lychford series.

The Awakening by Nora Roberts

The Awakening

Nora Roberts

In the realm of Talamh, a teenage warrior named Keegan emerges from a lake holding a sword—representing both power and the terrifying responsibility to protect the Fey. In another realm known as Philadelphia, a young woman has just discovered she possesses a treasure of her own…

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts begins a new trilogy of adventure, romance, and magick in The Awakening.

Shadow and Bone: The Collector's Edition by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone: The Collector’s Edition

Leigh Bardugo

Soon to be a Netflix original series!

Read from the beginning with this beautiful deluxe collector’s edition of the first novel in the worldwide-bestselling Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. This edition features brand-new artwork, a hardcover slipcase with exclusive design, a ribbon pull, and more.

“This is what fantasy is for.”—The New York Times Book Review

Ink by Jonathan Maberry


Jonathan Maberry

From New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry comes a standalone supernatural thriller Ink, about a memory thief who feeds on the most precious of dreams.

“A brilliant and supremely scary novel.”

?   Read an excerpt

Spin by Robert Charles Wilson


Robert Charles Wilson

Life on Earth is about to get much, much stranger.

Now in a Tor Essentials edition, Robert Charles Wilson’s Spin, a Hugo-winning novel of breathtaking cosmic scope.

Spin is many things: psychological novel, technological thriller, apocalyptic picaresque, cosmological meditation. But it is, foremost, the first major SF novel of 2005, another triumph for Robert Charles Wilson in a long string of triumphs.”—Locus


Now in Paperback

The Factory Witches of Lowell by C. S. Malerich

The Factory Witches of Lowell

C. S. Malerich

C. S. Malerich’s The Factory Witches of Lowell is a riveting historical fantasy about witches going on strike in the historical mill-town of Lowell, Massachusetts.

The Factory Witches of Lowell is a sweetly magical tale of solidarity, owning the means of production, and the romance between a witch and a union girl. I loved it madly.”—Annalee Newitz

Download the eBook for only $3.99!

The Pandora Room by Christopher Golden
The Pandora Room

Christopher Golden

The Pandora Room is New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden’s chilling exploration of what happens when the original Pandora’s Box is discovered in an ancient subterranean city, stirring international conflict and exposing the archaeological team to curses, whispers, and the terror of a legendary plague.
Regular Price: $11.99

NOW: $2.99 (ebook only; deal expires 12/1/2020)

City of Lies by Sam Hawke
City of Lies

Sam Hawke

I was seven years old the first time my uncle poisoned me…

Poison. Treachery. Ancient spirits. Sieges. The Poison Wars begin now, with City of Lies, a fabulous epic fantasy debut by Sam Hawke.

“A tale of poisoners, deceit and treachery that will surely keep readers entranced. I don’t read many stories as twisty and unpredictable, especially in the latter chapters, as this one, and I loved what Sam Hawke did.”—Terry Brooks

Regular Price: $10.99

NOW: $2.99 (ebook only; deal expires 12/1/2020)

Authors for Indies
Macmillan Authors for Indies Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for gifts for the book lovers in your life? Get your shopping out of the way early with this holiday gift guide – a collection of Macmillan authors who are partnering with their local bookstores to bring you signed copies of their books! Take advantage of these limited-time offers and support independent bookstores this holiday season. Includes Christopher Paolini’s New York Times bestseller, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars!


Orbit Books New Release & Freebie Offer



Fans of the Expanse series, Alastair Reynolds, and Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Ruin will love digging into to the sprawling worlds and alien races Hansen has created.  There are thinking ships that generate their own universes, cyborgs that can change their form with a thought, space stations the size of stars, and so much more in this thrilling space opera about a young man on a mission of revenge against the people who destroyed his planet.

It’s the perfect compliment to fill the gap between weekly releases of The Mandalorian.


Meet the Author:
Essa Hansen

Essa Hansen is an author, swordswoman, and falconer. She is a sound designer for science fiction and fantasy films at Skywalker Sound, with credits in movies such as Dr. Strange and Avengers: Endgame. Follow her on Twitter.


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