AMAZING NEWS: 6/13/21

Launching billionaires into space, inexpensive Heinlein, Nebula Winners congratulated and more this week in genre land

Moving Update:  Buyers’ financing has been approved.  Contact Information will be changing:  New mailing address coming soon.  General email address will change to stevedavidson.amazingstories@gmail.com; while Amazing Stories specific mail should continue to be sent to Steve@amazingstories.com.

We ARE expecting website schedule interruptions for the time frame of 6/25/21 to 7/18/21 as the move is completed.

And now, the news –

Easter Eggs in ST: Strange New Worlds

Bezos to be launched into space (some think not far enough)

Steven H Silver reminds us of this link archive for Jewish Science Fiction

Real Live Nazis Objected to Superman

Illo:  Solar System’s Solid Surfaces Stitched said Sally stubbornly searching sea shells….

SpaceX:  Oil Rigs becoming Landing Platforms

Ellison (don’t need a headline, just the name)

Rob Zombie producing a Munsters Movie

NY Times Reports on Martian Watermelon Shortage:  Watney Spuds Not Amused

Speaking of Jeff Bezos – you can now ride a portion of Musk’s Hyperloop

Spam-Scammers now using Heinlein Society Logo in prize scam

PSA:  NPR offers up this guide to gender identity pronouns

FROM OVER THE TRANSOM

MacMillan Congratulates Nebula Winners

New Releases | Top Sellers | Awards | Coming Soon
Network Effect by Martha Wells

Network Effect

Martha Wells

Winner of the Award for Best Novel

Come for the pew-pew space battles, stay for the most relatable A.I. you’ll read this century.

“I caught myself rereading my favorite parts… and I can’t recommend it enough.” —New York Times

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Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

Ring Shout

P. Djèlí Clark

Winner of the Award for Best Novella

Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark returns with Ring Shout, a dark fantasy historical novella that gives a supernatural twist to the Ku Klux Klan’s reign of terror.

“A fantastical, brutal and thrilling triumph of the imagination…Clark’s combination of historical and political reimagining is cathartic, exhilarating and fresh.” —The New York Times

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Two Truths and a Lie by Sarah Pinsker

Two Truths and a Lie

Sarah Pinsker

Winner of the Award for Best Novelette

Stella thought she’d made up a lie on the spot, asking her childhood friend if he remembered the strange public broadcast TV show with the unsettling host she and all the neighborhood kids appeared on years ago. But he does remember. And so does her mom. So why doesn’t Stella? The more she investigates the show and the grip it has on her hometown, the eerier the mystery grows.

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Nebula Award Nominees

Finna Riot Baby

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JUST RELEASED! HURRAH!

KINGDOMS OF THE WALL by Robert Silverberg

FAKING OUT THE READER & IT ALL BEGINS WITH CHARACTERS by Damon Knight

THE GAME OF CAT AND EAGLE by Craig Strete

…and lots more…

Book cover for Kingdoms of the Wall

 

KINGDOMS OF THE WALL by Robert Silverberg

Kingdoms of the Wall

 

    • ReAnimus Press store:

www.ReAnimus.com/1621

    • Amazon:

www.Amazon.com/dp/B086FZTP6B/?tag=reanimus-20

    • Now available in paperback!

 

 

 

A pilgrimage leads to a shocking revelation in this “deeply affecting and evocative extraterrestrial novel” from the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author (Locus).

The village of Jespodar nestles in the foothills of a world-dominating mountain known to all as “The Wall.” Poilar Crookleg has grown up in Jespodar training hard and hoping that he will be chosen for the annual Pilgrimage, a group journey to the top of the mountain from which no pilgrim has ever returned both alive and sane. The pilgrims seek to replicate the legendary journey of a distant ancestor who scaled the mountain and, so the story goes, met with the gods. The Pilgrimage is a a life journey, an overwhelming challenge and a sacred honor and Poilar feels blessed when he is finally chosen to lead it.

But not all is as it first seems. Along the journey lie hazards of all kinds, both vilently dangerous and seductively beguiling and to triumph in the climb is to confront a revelation so surprising and so disturbing that none, not even the smartest and best prepared, are likely to survive. What belief and what devotion leads so many to hope for such a challenging task and what will be the ultimate result of such dedication? Only The Wall itself can reveal the destiny for those who undertake the Pilgrimage.

 

 

FAKING OUT THE READER & IT ALL BEGINS WITH CHARACTERS by Damon Knight

Faking Out the Reader & It All Begins with Characters

 

    • ReAnimus Press store:

www.ReAnimus.com/1697

    • Amazon:

www.Amazon.com/dp/B08YWY68X7/?tag=reanimus-20

    • Also available in paperback

 

 

 

Bonus! Two chapbooks on writing from the master.

Faking Out the Reader focuses on using “head fakes” in writing for delightful results.

It All Begins with Characters is a brief masterclass on how to create the best characters.

Both of these were originally published in Pulphouse Publishing’s “Writer’s Chapbook Series” (#27 and #37, respectively). Both of Damon’s contributions to the series are presented here in one volume for your enjoyment and writerly improvement.

 

 

THE GAME OF CAT AND EAGLE by Craig Strete

The Game of Cat and Eagle

 

    • ReAnimus Press store:

www.ReAnimus.com/1495

    • Amazon:

www.Amazon.com/dp/B01N2VGOAC/?tag=reanimus-20

    • Also available in paperback

 

 

 

A Native American soldier goes to Vietnam on a special mission to win the war — with an eagle…

 

And lots more…

See the list of our newest books here. Lots of stuff you’ll love!

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Arc Manor – Heinlein Discount

WHOOPS, I sent the last email without a link to Publishers Pick. While many of you already know where to get the book from, our newer friends would have no clue. Sorry about that.

You can get the free ebook (on a pay-what-you-want basis, including free) and the other deals at:

www.PublishersPick.com

Dear Readers

Sorry for the late newsletter. We are in the process of upgrading our (extremely dated) regular website which is causing some delays on our web activities.

The good news is that we have a very-special deal for you. We are celebrating Heinlein. Not only are offering the eBook edition of The Number of the Beast free, but every Heinlein that we publish is offered at a steep discount.

But wait, there’s more!

This month we are offering a $100 Amazon gift card for the person who responds with the best essay on a Heinlein book. No purchase required, and rules are on the Publisher’s Pick web-site.

In related Heinlein news, a new (CAEZIK Notables) edition of Double Star is in the works with an introduction by Orson Scott Card. Plus we now have the contract for The Puppet Masters which is expected to be released on December 7th. This book has been out of print for too long, and I don’t think there has ever been a digital version of it.

Till next month,

Thank You and Good Evening,

Shahid

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Clarke Center
The Search for Technological Life in the Universe

The Search for Technological Life in the Universe
with Adam Frank (University of Rochester)
June 16, 2021, 11:30am PST
The search for life in the universe is undergoing a profound renewal. Thanks to the discovery of thousands of planets orbiting other stars, the introduction of new observing technologies, and increased support from both public and private sectors, a new science of searching for “techno-signatures” is emerging.
In this talk Dr. Adam Frank (University of Rochester, author of Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of Earth) will unpack this frontier area, discussing what counts as a techno-signature; how to be systematic in thinking about exo-civilizations and their evolution; what techno-signatures can tell us about our own future. He believes that within the next few decades we will likely have actual data relevant to the question life, perhaps even the intelligent kind, in the universe.
The talk and Q&A is hosted by Clarke Center Associate Director Dr. Brian Keating.
Registration
Register for free here to receive the link to the livestream as well as to be entered into a giveaway for a copy of Dr. Frank’s book Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of Earth. And please share with friends and colleagues who may be interested!
About Adam Frank
Dr. Adam Frank is a leading expert on the final stages in the evolution for stars like the Sun, but his current work also focuses on life in the universe. His research group at the University of Rochester has developed advanced supercomputer tools for studying how stars form and how planets evolve. His most recent book is Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth, which won the 2019 Phi Beta Kappa Award for Science. He has written two other books, The Constant Fire: Beyond the Religion and Science Debate, and About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang.  He is the co-founder of the blog 13.8 on BigThink.com and an on-air commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered.  He has contributed pieces to the New York Times, NBC, The Washington Post and elsewhere, and served as the science consultant for Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Frank’s work in public outreach was recently honored via the American Physical Society’s 2020 Joseph A. Burton Forum Award.
Other News from the Clarke Center
Treating Phantom Limb Pain with Psychedelics
Photo Illustration by C.J. Robinson (GQ)
The current trial to study the potential of psilocybin to treat phantom-limb pain, among other chronic pain and health conditions, was recently covered by GQ Magazine. The trial, supported by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, is being conducted by the Psychedelics and Health Initiative at UC San Diego, organized under the aegis of the Clarke Center.
Central to this is the story of Albert Lin, whose leg injury in an off-roading accident was:
“an immediate introduction to the curious ways the mind creates reality. “I could look down and see this completely transformed part of my body under extreme duress—totally mutilated—but not actually feel it,” he tells me. “Looking down at my leg it was like I was looking through a distortion lens. All of my senses were slightly heightened. Things were brighter and sounds were different. But I didn’t feel any pain. My brain was telling me that there was no pain.” He was both completely aware of his situation, and watching as an outsider.”
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