Short Film: Nightfall

Although this completely computer-generated film by Valentin Schwind lacks any dialogue, it tells a good story…underscored by Ivelina Nedyalkova’s beatiful music.

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 29): Total Recall (1990) / Divergent / Gravity

Continuing a trend tailor-made for the Twitter generation, here are my quick takes on a few recently-watched genre-related films.

My brief thoughts follow…
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SHORT FILM: The Incredible Hulk Hands

Via Paul Di Filippo, here’s a short film by Ari Fararooy about a nerd and a pair of supernatural Hulk Hands.

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-12-27

Interviews & Profiles

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Coming Soon: Michael Moorcock’s CORUM Books get Trendy New Cover Designs

Starting in May 2015, Titan is reprinting the Corum cycle of Michael Moorcock’s legendary series, The Eternal Champion. The descriptions seem to the the same generic one for the first 3 books…but check out these cool new cover designs..
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BOOK REVIEW: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

REVIEW SUMMARY: A fascinating character study set twenty years after the apocalypse.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A band of musicians and actors travel the post-apocalyptic landscape of the Great Lakes region twenty years after a devastating virus has killed off 99% of the world’s population.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Fascinating character studies; the way the lives of the characters weave together; the subtle hints that are dropped along the way that, by book’s end, all fall into place.
CONS: Seasoned science fiction fans looking for a post-apocalyptic story may be put of by the mainstream feel of the novel.
BOTTOM LINE: An excellent story that serves as a great example of accessible science fiction with an engaging story.

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[GUEST POST] David Dakan Allison on How Science Fiction is Like Metaphysics


David Dakan Allison is a novelist living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Book One of his Metaphysical Mystery Series, titled Two Crows – A Mythic Journey into the Fifth Dimension – is now available as an ebook.

How Science Fiction and Metaphysics are just about the same

by David Dakan Allison

Metaphysics is defined as transcending physical matter or the laws of nature. Some would consider metaphysics as fiction, but to a quantum physicist it is fact; the study of the behavior of matter and energy at the molecular, atomic, nuclear, and even smaller microscopic levels. They are able to see the unseen. An angel would be considered a metaphysical phenomenon, and yet there are many historical accounts of seeing angels. We can expand that to UFO’s and ET’s, the rich colors of the palette of the Science Fiction writer.

I could postulate that the Science Fiction writer, by the very nature of bringing the unseen to life, is a metaphysician. So, do sci-fi writers transcend the laws of nature and use metaphysical concepts in their writing? Absolutely.
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100+ SF/F/H eBooks Under $4 Each

Did you get a new eBook reader for the holidays? If so, you may want to take advantage of some current eBook Deals

If nothing here strikes your reading fancy, check out some past deals.

NOTE: Each one of these science fiction, fantasy and horror eBook titles are priced at or under $4 at the time of writing this post…but WARNING: Prices are subject to change, so check the price before clicking “buy”. If Amazon is not your eBook ecosystem, please do look up the titles wherever you buy your eBooks; discounts are often applied at other outlets.

  1. Hang Wire by Adam Christopher (Angry Robot)
  2. The Martian by Andy Weir (Broadway Books)

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GIVEAWAY (US Only): Win an Audiobook Copy of WAR DOGS by Greg Bear!

Are you into audiobooks?

If so, then you’ll be pleased to know that, courtesy of Orbit Books, SF Signal has an audiobook of Greg Bear’s War Dogs to give away to one SF Signal reader!

Here’s more information about the book and how you can win:
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Fantastic Books Announces Year-End Triple of eBooks

Fantastic Books has announced the release of new eBooks.

Press release follows…

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-12-26

Interviews & Profiles

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Listen To Neil Gaiman Read Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Last year at the New York Public Library, Neil Gaiman read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol dressed as Charles Dickens. Seems fitting for Christmas Day, no?

Listen to it below.

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Table of Contents: THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: THIRTY-SECOND ANNUAL COLLECTION Edited by Gardner Dozois (With Free Fiction Links!)


Gardner Dozois has announced (and Elizabeth Bear has shared) the table of contents for next year’s Best-Of anthology The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois.

Here’s the book description:

The multiple Locus Award-winning annual compilation of the year’s best science fiction stories

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

Here’s the table of contents…
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A Stocking Full of Geeky Christmas Videos

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. In case you aren’t, here’s a little help…

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-12-25

Interviews & Profiles

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BOOK REVIEW: Sleeping Late on Judgement Day by Tad Williams

REVIEW SUMMARY: This third novel in Tad Williams’ version of Heaven and Hell again features Angel Advocate Bobby Dollar breaking the rules of Heaven. It expands the worldview more about how Heaven and Hell work here, and brings a bit of closure…but leaves things open for more stories in this world.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Doing a summary for the third book in a series without revelation to those who haven’t started said series is difficult. Suffice it to say that Bobby Dollar (also known as Advocate Angel Doloriel) has gotten crossways with certain factions of Heaven, to go along with his ongoing battle with the denizens of Hell…all in the name of truth, justice and saving his beautiful demon girlfriend Caz.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: The character of Dollar (sarcasm personified); the evolution of Clarence, the naive angel; good world building in a well-worn world.
CONS: It doesn’t end, though it does tie up a major story line. (I vacillated between putting this as a PRO or a CON.)
BOTTOM LINE: Each of the three novels in this series has offered something different in this worldview of Earth, Heaven and Hell and the creatures that populate those places. Sleeping Late on Judgement Day reveals a few more of the rules, breaks some others, and continues to enjoyably let Bobby Dollar (Angel Doloriel) dig deeper to unravel some of the mysteries…some, but in typical Tad Williams fashion, not all.

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At Kirkus Reviews: Book Recommendations for Moviegoers

This week, over at the Kirkus Reviews blog, I recommend some books for moviegoers.

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Cooking the Books with Fran Wilde, Nene Ormes, Sara B. Elfgren, and Mats Strandberg

Authors Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg joined Cooking the Books’ first International Correspondent, Nene Ormes at a cafe in Stockholm, Sweden, for a Cooking the Books podcast about the Engelfors Trilogy.

The ingredients for Cooking the Books podcast #006 – “The Infamous Lasagna Scene: Cooking the Books with Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg” include:
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MIND MELD: Our Favorite Genre TV Shows of 2014

[Do you have an idea for a future Mind Meld? Let us know!]

2014 has been a great year for television. On a daily basis I had friends and co-workers telling me about science fiction, fantasy, and urban fantasy TV shows they were DVR’ing, or needed to be home at a certain time to watch live. With that in mind, here’s what I asked our panelists:

Q: What was your favorite live action or animated genre television show of 2014? What made it so enjoyable?

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 12/24/2014

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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