Due to the temporary unavailability of internet access at the new Amazing HQ, communications (email, Facebook, twitter, etc.,) will be spotty and delayed. This temporary situation should resolve by October 14th, 2015. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
OTHER SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:
“On October 5th, Audible Studios will release LOCKE & KEY, the ambitious audio dramatization of the bestselling, award-winning graphic novel series by acclaimed novelist Joe Hill, narrated by Tatiana Maslany and Haley Joel Osment with special appearances from Kate Mulgrew, the graphic novel’s illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez, and Joe Hill himself. The audiobook also features over 50 voice actors, state-of-the-art sound design, and an original score.”
Amazing Stories will feature a review of LOcke & Key on Tuesday, October 6th
PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS (Full text below)
NY Comic Con After Part by Geeks Out; LIghtspeed Magazine October Issue; Suvudu (includes Blizzard Entertainment news); Harlan Ellison Books; Arc Manor Phoenix Picks (Heinlein); RPG Newsletter; Night Shade Books – John Shirley; Night Shade Books – Paolo Bacigalupi
What Men REALLY Don’t Know About Women (via Laura J. Mixon on FB)
Philip K. Dick Book Bundle! (via Pat Murphy on FB)
Free Books From TAFF (Don’t forget to donate)
Lady Business: Study of Gender Discrimination in Genre Publishing (cool stuff, great stuff!)
PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS
The October 2015 Issue of LIGHTSPEED is Now on Sale!
Welcome to issue sixty-five of Lightspeed!
We have original science fiction by Maria Dahvana Headley (“Solder and Steam”) and Adrian Tchaikovsky (“The Children of Dagon”), along with SF reprints by An Owomoyela (“Water Rights”) and Gregory Benford (“Time Shards”).
Plus, we have original fantasy by Emil Ostrovski (“Tragic Business”) and Nike Sulway (“The Karen Joy Fowler Book Club”), and fantasy reprints by Kevin Brockmeier (“The Invention of Separate People”) and Delia Sherman (“The Fiddler of Bayou Teche”).
All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with a feature interview with security expert and futurist Marc Goodman, and of course the latest installment of our book review column.
For our ebook readers, we also have an ebook-exclusive novella reprint of James Tiptree Jr.’s “Slow Music,” and, of course, a pair of novel excerpts.
Can’t wait to get your hands on a copy? You can purchase the issue from the following stores: Lightspeed (direct), Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, and Weightless Books. Visit our Ebooks page for links and more information.
Out October 6: Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 (and is currently 44% off in trade paperback on Amazon)!
Science fiction and fantasy finally joins the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Best American series with the first volume of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, which comes out October 6! Learn more at johnjosephadams.com/best-american.
Please consider buying a copy to not only get an anthology of twenty amazing stories, but also to help convince the publisher to keep the series going indefinitely (initially it was only picked up for two volumes). And please tell a friend about it!
Now’s a great time to pick it up while Amazon has it deeply discounted. I’m not sure how long the discounted price will last, so don’t delay!
The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor—a leading writer in the field—then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind.
Science fiction and fantasy enjoys a long literary tradition, stretching from Mary Shelley, H.G. Wells, and Jules Verne to Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, and William Gibson. In The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy award-winning editor John Joseph Adams delivers a diverse and vibrant collection of stories published in the prior year. Featuring writers with deep science fiction and fantasy backgrounds, along with those who are infusing traditional fiction with speculative elements, these stories uphold a long-standing tradition within both genres—looking at the world and asking, What if…?
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 includes: Kelly Link, Neil Gaiman, Karen Russell, T.C. Boyle, Sofia Samatar, Jo Walton, Cat Rambo, Daniel H. Wilson, Seanan McGuire, Jess Row, and others.
The 2015 volume collects the best material published in 2014, selected by series editor John Joseph Adams and guest editor Joe Hill.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Queers Destroy Horror! is Now Available!
As you probably know, our sister-magazine, NIGHTMARE is an online horror and dark fantasy magazine. In NIGHTMARE’s pages, you will find all kinds of horror fiction, from zombie stories and haunted house tales, to visceral psychological horror.
Funded as a stretch goal of our sister-magazine LIGHTSPEED’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction! Kickstarter campaign, this month we’re presenting a special (double-sized) issue of NIGHTMARE called Queers Destroy Horror!: an all-horror extravaganza entirely written–and edited!–by queer creators. Here’s what we’ve got lined up for you in this special issue: Original horror–edited by Wendy N. Wagner–by Chuck Palahniuk, Matthew Bright, Sunny Moraine, Alyssa Wong, and Lee Thomas. Reprints–also selected by Wagner–by Kelley Eskridge, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Poppy Z. Brite. And nonfiction articles–edited by Megan Arkenberg–by Lucy A. Snyder, Sigrid Ellis, Catherine Lundoff, Michael Matheson, Evan J. Peterson, and Cory Skerry. Plus a selection of queer poetry selected by Robyn A. Lupo and an original cover illustration by AJ Jones.
Want to meet our editor John Joseph Adams and/or contributors to the magazine? Here’s a list of upcoming events at which you can find us:
Borderlands Books | San Francisco, CA | Oct. 4 (3pm)
Queers Destroy Science Fiction! event | Readings, Signing, Q&A | Featuring: Chaz Brenchley, Jessica Yang, Rachel Swirsky, and Tim Susman.
Barnes & Noble | Ventura, CA | Oct. 10 (5pm)
Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 event | Readings, Discussion, Q&A, Signing | Featuring: John Joseph Adams, Sofia Samatar, and Kelly Sandoval.
Reddit AMA | reddit.com | Oct. 13 (Time TBD)
Queers Destroy! event | Ask Me Anything interview | Featuring: TBD.
Pandemonium Books | Cambridge, MA | Oct. 29 (7pm)
Queers Destroy! event | Readings, Signing, Q&A | Featuring: Felicia Davin, Susan Jane Bigelow, Amal El-Mohtar, Anthony Cardno, Cecilia Tan, and John Chu.
World Fantasy Convention | Saratoga Springs, NY | Nov. 5-8
Convention | Panel Discussions, Signing | Featuring: John Joseph Adams.
Forbidden Planet | New York, NY | Nov. 9 (7pm)
Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 event | Panel Discussion, Signing, Q&A | Featuring: John Joseph Adams, Joe Hill, and Seanan McGuire (additional contributors TBD). Moderated by David Barr Kirtley of The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy.
NYRSF Reading Series | New York, NY | Nov. 10 (7pm)
Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 event | Readings | Featuring: John Joseph Adams, Seanan McGuire, and Carmen Maria Machado.
WORD Bookstore | Jersey City, NJ | Nov. 11 (7:30pm)
Press Start to Play event | Readings, Signing, Q&A | Featuring: John Joseph Adams, Robin Wasserman, Seanan McGuire, and David Barr Kirtley.
Columbia University Science Fiction Society | Columbia University, New York, NY | Nov. 17 (6pm)
Talk and Q&A (Open to the Public) | Featuring: John Joseph Adams and Christie Yant (editor of Lightspeed’s Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue).
Now Available: Press Start to Play (Vintage Books, Aug. 2015)
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If you’d like to learn more about the book, read stories from the anthology for free online, or read interviews with the authors, visit the website for Press Start to Play at johnjosephadams.com/press-start.
Now Available: Loosed Upon the World, a Climate Fiction Anthology (Saga Press, Sep. 2015)
Also now available is Loosed Upon the World, the definitive collection of climate fiction. These provocative stories explore our present and speculate about all of our tomorrows through terrifying struggle and hope. Join bestselling authors Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi, Nancy Kress, Kim Stanley Robinson, Jim Shepard, and over twenty others as they presciently explore the greatest threat to our future. Visit johnjosephadams.com/loosed to learn more; available now in hardcover, trade paperback, and ebook.
WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? Anthology Announced (Aug. 2016)
Over on io9, we just announced one of my 2016 anthologies: What the #@&% Is That:The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and Macabre (which I co-edited with Douglas Cohen). It will be published August 2016 by Simon & Schuster’s Saga Press imprint.
The Saga anthology of the monsterous and the macabre.
Twenty stories, and in every story, one character is guaranteed to say, “What the #@&% is that?” Admit it, you may not be afraid of the dark anymore, but you still like getting scared. If you have ever jumped in your seat—or screamed. It’s okay, we won’t judge—from a film or video game, then you have the right book in your hands. Join these masters of suspense as they take you to where the shadows grow long and things move in the corners of your vision.
COVER (art by Mike Mignola)
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[pre-order links coming soon!]
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Looking Ahead: Issue 65
Coming up in November, in Lightspeed . . .
We have original science fiction by Rahul Kanakia (“Here is My Thinking on a Situation That Affects Us All”) and Caroline M. Yoachim (“Rock, Paper, Scissors, Love, Death”), along with SF reprints by Brian Stableford (“The Pipes of Pan”) and Kameron Hurley (“The Light Brigade”).
Plus, we have original fantasy by Helena Bell (“When We Were Giants”) and Kenneth Schneyer (“The Plausibility of Dragons”), and fantasy reprints by Toh EnJoe (“Printable”) and Karen Joy Fowler (“The Black Fairy’s Curse”).
All that, and of course we also have our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, along with a pair of feature interviews.
For our ebook readers, we also have our usual ebook-exclusive novella reprint and a pair of novel excerpts.
It’s another great issue, so be sure to check it out.
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Looking ahead beyond next month, we’ll have even more great stories headed your way. Also, in December, our sister magazine Fantasy will be releasing a special issue celebrating the work of QUILTBAG creators, Queers Destroy Fantasy!, and you won’t want to miss it.
So be sure to keep an eye out for all the great reading in the months to come. And while you’re at it, tell a friend about Lightspeed.
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OCTOBER 2015 NEWSLETTER
Phoenix Pick/Galaxy’s Pick will be at Capclave in the Dealers Room. Do come by and say hi.
An omnibus of the first three issus of Galaxy’s Edge will be offered exclusively on Amazon.com (Kindle) for $1.99 (regular price $9.99) from October 18th through October 20th (3 days only). This includes some great fiction by old veterans as well as new writers. Plus book reviews, columns and much more. Mark the dates to get an incrdible deal on some great fiction.
Till next month then.
Thank You and Good Day,
RPGnet Newsletter #23
September 29, 2015
Robin D. Laws’ newest edition of The Keep Near the Gaming Hut – “DramaSystem: The Rhythm of Ensemble” – examines how DramaSystem uses mechanics to encourage the players and GM to emulate an ensemble TV cast.
Kirk Johnson-Weider continued his Lawful GM series with a look at organized religion as a venue for political campaigns in “PCs as Pontiffs.”
This week also featured the publication of another RPGnet interview, this one of Joseph McCullough of popular new minis game Frostgrave.
Jonathan Hicks also posted a new edition of Oberservations from a Gamer’s Chair, this one looking at the problem of absentee players: “The Invisible Man.”
This was another busy week on the Reviews front. In particular, Jonathan Hicks’s review of Gary Gygax biography Empire of Imagination is one to be sure not to miss.
Other new reviews last week were:
- Paxton K.’s review of “The Mutant Epoch Hub Rules” (Post-apocalyptic RPG)
- Steve Dee’s review of “Shadow of the Demon Lord” (Fantasy RPG)
- Sir Corvus’s review of “Dark Albion: The Rose War” (OSR supplement)
- kafka’s review of “Mythic Britain” (RQ6 supplement)
- Jonathan Hicks’s review of “Frostgrave: Tales of the Frozen City” (Boardgame-related fiction)
- Antonios S’s review of “The Magnates: A Game of Power” (Board/tactical game)
- Shannon Appelcline’s review of “Renaissance Wars” (Card game)
- Edward Kabara’s review of “Wordariffic” (Word game)
Threads You Might Have Missed
The last several years have seen an explosion of OSR/D&D retroclones. Yr. humble editor himself frequently has a hard time keeping them all straight. For a useful catalogue describing and differentiating these games, check out “Describe for Me the OSR Clones” over in Dungeons & Dragons / Fantasy D20 Spotlight.
Lots of factors need to line up to get an actual RPG session going: schedules, interest, venue, etc. As a result, lots of RPGers (and RPGnetters) end up reading a lot more RPGs than playing them. Yr. humble editor is no exception. If you – like me – have purchased more RPGs than you ever have hope of playing, share your perspectives in TRO at “I only read RPG’s.”
In many systems, a character’s ability to be scary is tied to a generalized “charisma” stat. THis presensts a problem: why is the smooth-talking con man scarier than the 10′ tall combat monster? For approaches to solving this problem, as well as some meditations on the concept of “Intimidation” as a skill, check out “The problem of Intimidate as a skill.”