AMAZING NEWS: 8-10-2014

Not just news. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS too!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

amazing 192635 aiversary1. Futures Past Editions Books has now released the 2nd book in their AMAZING STORIES CLASSICS line – AMAZING STORIES THE 1926 ANTHOLOGY.  This title is available in both print & Kindle editions and follows close on the heels of the updated reprint edition of AMAZING STORIES GIANT 35TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE (April, 1961) and will shortly be followed by AMAZING STORIES THE BEST OF 1927.

(Point Belaboring: Purchasing these books from Futures Past Editions directly supports Amazing Stories return as a regular periodical publisher of short fiction. Click the images.)

2. Frank R. Paul Amazing Stories Covers (46 of them published between 4/1926 & 6/1929) are being added to the Amazing Stories shop for purchase as posters and T-shirts.  (See Point Belaboring Point above.)

 

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3. The David Gerrold penned and Troy Boyle illustrated limited edition comic – A DOCTOR FOR THE ENTERPRISE – goes to press TOMORROW!  Yes, 8/11/14 is a day that will live in infamy…or something.  It certainly marks the end of a long and troubled trail, a path marked by pitfalls, deadly peril, heartbreak and even death!  (Something tells me that if David, Troy and I were to write this up as a ‘making of’, it would sell more copies than the comic, which of course is limited to a print run of 500 signed and numbered copies, many (yes many) of which have already been spoken for.  Fortunately, our memories tend to remember the good things and easily forget the pain and agonies that accompany great accomplishments.  If this were a pulp magazine, it’s title would probably be TERRIFYING TALES OF UTTERLY STUBBORN PERSISTENCE.  On a more modern newsstand, one can find the same magazine titled SLOG.  Don’t get me wrong.  We were extremely happy when we started this project and we’re extremely happy and excited now that it’s been put to bed.  It’s just that middle part….

If you’ve not pre-ordered your copy and want to be assured of getting one of these special edition comics, go here and follow instructions.

(Yes. Re-read the Point Belaboring Point.)

4. We have added a page to our Shop for Futures Past Editions that gives direct access to their Amazing Stories Classics titles.  Please check it out.

NEWSLETTERS & PRESS RELEASES (See full text below)

Night Shade Offers Limited Time Deal On THE BOOK OF CTHULHU
Night Shade Has New Greg Egan Releases
Harper Collins Offers Specials

SOCIAL

The Politics In SF Kerfuffle: TOR Editor Says “Are Too!”. Baen Editor Responds:  “Am Not!”  (Then they both stopped and said “Wait, when you said ‘are too’, was that a Star Wars reference…?)
Evil League of Evil vs Gamma Rabbits – more discourse.  Choose your own descriptive adjective.
Sasquan Successful With Digital Publications Opt-In
Gunn Thanks GotG Fans (I’d drop em a few lines too if I just made as much as James is going to!)
Rocket Raccoon’s Creator Gets Private Screening
Female Superhero?  Maybe…
More Female Superhero Films Denied

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ENTERTAINMENT

BoingBoing Promos Our Giant 35th Anniversary Edition
Prelude To Axanar Goes Live
Entertainment Hype:  GotG Swipes One From SW
SF Signal Rounds Up Loads of KIndle Books Under 3.99
He’s Back!  No, Not Expendables 3, Howard the Duck!
An Amazing (heh) Summer of Sci Fi (yech) Movies (Of Course How ‘Amazing’ Depends on Your Definition of ‘Sci Fi’)
Book of Nixon Tapes
Drax Takes Things Literally.
Dirk Gently Coming To TV
Wolfgang Peterson To Direct Scalzi’s Ghost Brigades For (shudder) SyFy
Adaptation Watch (via SF Signal)
Ahnold Says New Terminator Flick to be Called Gensys

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Spider Robinson’s Rah, Rah, R.A.H. Available Now For Online Reading (Major rebuttal of numerous accusations hurled at Heinlein)
WSFS Business Meeting Proposals for Loncon3
Museum & Library Partner For Film Festival
Joel Shepherd Cycling for Cancer
Gene’s Son Waxes Nostalgic (video)
Cosplay Las Vegas Trek
Celsus 32 Con July 30 – August 2
Great Pics:  Military Kit Through the Ages (Great Writing Resource)
WOOF Coming To Loncon3
Send Walter Lee a Card
Sasquan Prices To Rise

AWARDS

2014 World Fantasy Nominees & Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
2014 ESFS Nominations Announced

INDUSTRY

Overview of Self-Publishing
Ellison Sightings
First Exposure Gaming Hall
Guardians of the Galaxy DOESN’T Open #1 in…South Korea
Release Dates Shuffled for Anticipated Films
GotG Soundtrack Bumps 70s Pop to Top of Charts (Oooga. Chaka.)
Dutch SF/Fantasy/Horror Site
Writer Beware Facelift
Self-Publishing & Author-Agent Agreements Need To Change
Hobby Games Market Worth $700 Million
Scientific American Mag Promotes SF
Two Day Conference Exploring State Of Industry and “the ways in which sf, fantasy, and the weird grapple with and illuminate the crucial political and social issues of the moment”.(via SF Signal)
Kameron Hurley On Writing’s Race to the Bottom
Some Canadians Are MEAN:  On Spec Arts Council Funding Cut
Monkey See, Monkey Do. Selfie, That Is.  Copyright Over Images Taken By Monkeys
More Howey Data Guy On Price Points
Augmented Books (Bionic Books?)
Why Warehouse Books?

comet_on_3_august_2014SCIENCE

Super  Moon Tonight:  Biggest of 2014
(Does This Belong In Science?) Kirk Shatner Tweets NASA
SpaceX Launches Again
OOOOO! Giant Ionian Volcanoes!
Curiosity Closing In On Mount Sharp
Japan’s Space Program Goes DEVO:  Will Protect Us From Space Junk
Tick…tick…tick:  How Many Minutes to Midnight?
Rosetta Successfully Rendezvous with Comet (People are already seeing faces!)
Russian Geckos Re-establish Contact (No relation to Geico Gecko)
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Baffling Deep Space Radio Blasts (“Grxxx!  Will you PuhLEASE put down the damn remote!”)
3D Printed Prosthetic Hand For Under $100 (The show would never have made it with the title $600 Dollar Man…)
Testosterone Soup:  Lower Levels May Have Aided Evolution (Not sos you’d notice)
Hitchhiking Robot Travels Across Canada (Next Up:  Hitchhiking Robotic Serial Killers)
Perseid Meteor Shower – Now Held Over For Another Couple Of Nights
SKYLON!  (video)
Creepy Therapy Bot is Creepy
Whale Poop Is Very Important For the World’s Survival
Will Bots Destroy the Labor Market?
Origami Bot (Shrinky Dinks Too!)
Now We Can Watch Schroedinger’s Cat Die…or Live

PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS

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3rd of August 2014

THE BOOK OF CTHULHU EDITED BY ROSS LOCKHART IS NOW ON SALE FOR $1.99 ON AMAZON AND BARNES & NOBLE

The Cthulhu Mythos is one of the 20th century’s most singularly recognizable literary creations. Initially created by H. P. Lovecraft and a group of his amorphous contemporaries (the so-called “Lovecraft Circle”), The Cthulhu Mythos story cycle has taken on a convoluted, cyclopean life of its own. Some of the most prodigious writers of the 20th century, and some of the most astounding writers of the 21st century have planted their seeds in this fertile soil. The Book of Cthulhu harvests the weirdest and most corpulent crop of these modern mythos tales… read more

     

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6th of August 2014

BREAKING NEWS! GREG EGAN’S FINAL INSTALMENT OF THEORTHOGONAL TRILOGY, THE ARROWS OF TIME, IS NOW AVAILABLE ON ALL MAJOR ETAILERS, INCLUDING AMAZON ANDBARNES & NOBLE!

In an alien universe where space and time play by different rules, interstellar voyages last longer for the travellers than for those they left behind. After six generations in flight, the inhabitants of the mountain-sized spacecraft the Peerless have used their borrowed time to develop advanced technology that could save their home world from annihilation.But not every traveller feels allegiance to a world they have never seen, and as tensions mount… read more

     


PREVIOUSLY IN THE ORTHOGONAL SERIES!

THE CLOCKWORK ROCKET
BOOK 1

     

THE ETERNAL FLAME
BOOK 2

     

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