[NOTE: This is part of a series of Q&As with the Shirley Jackson Award nominees.]

Andrew Pyper is the author of six internationally bestselling novels as well as Kiss Me, a collection of short stories. His first novel, Lost Girls, was a New York Times Notable Book and New York Times bestseller. This was followed by The Trade Mission, The Wildfire Season, The Killing Circle (a New York Times Crime Novel of the Year), The Guardians and, most recently, The Demonologist, which Amazon selected as one of the 20 Best Books of the Year. He lives in Toronto.

Andrew kindly answered a few of my questions about The Demonologist, which has been nominated for Best Novel!


Kristin Centorcelli: Congrats on the Shirley Jackson Award nomination! Will you tell us about your novel and what inspired you to write it?
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Trailer: Sharknado 2

Here’s the trailer for Sharknado 2. Because, y’know, Sharknado…
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-07-12

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Melanie Rawn’s upcoming novel Window Wall is coming out in April 2015. Here’s a peak at the synopsis and cover…
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Brian Herbert has written numerous novels, including Man of Two Worlds, with Frank Herbert, The Race for God, and Sudanna, Sudanna. In 2003, he published Dreamer of Dune, a Hugo Award-nominated biography of his father. Follow him at his website and on Twitter as @DuneAuthor.

The Green Religion

by Brian Herbert
Copyright ©2014 by DreamStar, Inc.

Most progressives I’ve met are exceedingly good people. They care about the welfare of their fellow citizens, want to be kind to animals, to disadvantaged people, and good to the environment. When speaking of ecology, they mention Rachel Carson’s seminal work, Silent Spring, and emphasize sustainability, resource management, a low carbon footprint, bio-diversity, and the necessity of understanding that the resources of planet Earth are finite, and that we’re using them up too fast.

Now, what if such people—nice folks, essentially—managed to take over two continents with street protests and their own military action, and after toppling the governments and the evil corporations that propped them up, they formed a radical, far-left government, under which they imposed strict, totalitarian rules to enforce their wishes?
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[NOTE: This is the first of a series of Q&As with the Shirley Jackson Award nominees -- and soon-to-be winners, as they'll be announced this weekend!]

Robert Jackson Bennett‘s 2010 debut Mr. Shivers won the Shirley Jackson award as well as the Sydney J. Bounds Newcomer Award. His second novel, The Company Man, won a Special Citation of Excellence from the Philip K Dick Award, as well as an Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. His third novel, The Troupe, has topped many “Best of 2012” lists, including that of Publishers Weekly. His fourth novel, American Elsewhere, is now nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel. His fifth, City of Stairs, will be released in September of 2015.

He lives in Austin with his wife and son. He can be found on Twitter at @robertjbennett.

Robert kindly answered a few of my questions…


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If you know a middle-grade reader, you’ve already turned them on to Django Wexler’s book The Forbidden Library, right? Right?

Now Bibliosanctum has revelaed the cover for the upcoming second book in Django’s Forbidden Library series, The Mad Apprentice!

Here’s the book synopsis (larger cover appears below):
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Hey, eBook readers! Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond is part of Amazon’s “Kindle Summer Reading Deals” and is on sale for only $1.99 through August 9!
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Here are the contents of the new highly-illustrated issue of Black Static, which features cover art by Richard Wagner…
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The source of this video is not known, but I suspect it came from Aweseomeland.

My favorite part: When the Dalek calls Doctor Who a bastard.

“Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho”

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Here are the contents of Interzone #253 (with cover art by Wayne Haag):
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-07-11

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In this series, I ask various publishing professionals (including authors, bloggers, editors, agents etc.) to recommend 2-3 authors or books they feel haven’t received the recognition they deserve.

Today’s recommendations are by Sara Megibow. Sara has been with Nelson Literary Agency since early 2006. Her first responsibilities included reading query letters, sample pages, and full manuscripts, and she was promoted to Associate Literary Agent in 2009. From sexy romance to epic fantasy, Sara has loved reading since picking up her first copy of The Hobbit. Sara earned a B.A. in Women’s Studies and a B.A. in American History from Northwestern University. She loves to ski, hike, kayak, and hang out with her beat-boxing husband, adorable son, and fuzzy cat.

You can read about Sara’s submissions, clients, and sales at http://publishersmarketplace.com/members/SaraMegibow/, follow Sara on Twitter, and find out more about the Nelson Agency here: www.nelsonagency.com

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A.C. Wise is the author of numerous short stories appearing in print and online in publications such as Clarkesworld, Apex, Lightspeed, and the Best Horror of the Year Vol. 4. In addition to her fiction, she co-edits Unlikely Story, an online magazine publishing three issues of fiction per year with various unlikely themes. Follow her on twitter as @ac_wise.

SF Signal welcomes back A.C. Wise and her continuing series of essays on Women To Read!

Women to Read: Where to Start – July 2014

by A.C. Wise

Welcome to another installment of Women to Read: Where to Start. I missed the anniversary mark for these posts last month, so happy anniversary plus one month to celebrating fiction by women! This time around I’m recommending circuses, time travel, living toys, and genetic modification against the backdrop of human-extraterrestrial relations.
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FINALISTS: 2014 World Fantasy Awards

The finalists for the World Fantasy Awards have been announced!

Novel
  • Dust Devil on a Quiet Street by Richard Bowes (Lethe)
  • A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan (Tor)
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Morrow; Headline Review)
  • A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar (Small Beer)
  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (Harper)
  • The Land Across by Gene Wolfe (Tor)

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Lavie Tidhar

photo by Kevin Nixon (c) 2013 Future Publishing

Lavie Tidhar‘s most recent novels are The Violent Century (published in the US next year by Thomas Dunne Books) and A Man Lies Dreaming (published in October in the UK from Hodder & Stoughton). He won the World Fantasy, British Fantasy and BSFA Awards. Lavie ran the World SF Blog for four years and is the editor of The Apex Book of World SF series of international speculative short fiction, of which Volume 3 just came out. Originally from Israel, he currently lives in London.


Charles Tan: Hi Lavie! This will be the third Apex Book of World SF anthology. How is it different from the previous volumes? Is there a specific region or regions you wanted to focus on in this volume?

Lavie Tidhar: It’s a good question – to me, in a way, the three volumes present one continuous project, a single work – a snapshot of international speculative fiction in the last decade or so. That is, my goal was and remains to read widely, to select stories that I liked and that I wanted to share, without any story standing for some half-mythical “representation” of an entire culture or language. They’re individual stories by individual writers from all around the world, and some engage directly with specific cultural questions and some don’t feel the need to do that. If they do constitute an argument at all, it is exactly that, that you can’t narrow down fiction – genre or otherwise – you can’t reduce it to generalities.

Saying all that, it’s been a lot easier since I started editing the series in 2008 or so. One obvious difference in Volume 3 is that the stories are predominantly by women writers – who I think are very much leading the field in short fiction now. The other is that I had more access to more sources, and I’d single out the anthology Afro SF as filling a particularly important niche in that regard. In fact there’s a great range of sources included here.

Other than that, Volume 2 had a lot of shorter stories – here I wanted the freedom to reprint longer works, such as Benjanun Sriduangkaew’s “Courtship in the Country of Machine-Gods”, which opens the book, and is a remarkable debut.

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Subterranean has posted the table of contents for the upcoming collection The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick Volume Five: We Can Remember it for You Wholesale which features a dust jacket by Bill Sienkewicz:

But first, the book description:

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the seminal figures of 20th century science fiction. His many stories and novels, which include such classics as Ubik and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, reflect a deeply personal world view, exploring the fragile, multifarious nature of reality itself and examining those elements that make us—or fail to make us—fully human. He did as much as anyone to demolish the artificial barrier between genre fiction and “literature,” and the best of his work has earned a permanent place in American popular culture.

We Can Remember It for You Wholesale is the final installment of a uniform, five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick. This expansive collection contains 27 stories and novellas written between 1963 and 1981, years in which Dick produced some of his most mature work, including such novels as Ubik, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, and A Scanner Darkly. Among the many pleasures included here are the classic title story (filmed twice as Total Recall), in which an ordinary clerk, awash in resurrected memories, discovers the truth about his past and about the astonishing role he has played in human history; the Hugo-nominated “Faith of Our Fathers,” with its bleak and controversial vision of a predatory deity; and “The Electric Ant,” a brilliant embodiment of a classic Dick theme: the elusive—and changeable—nature of what we believe to be “real.” Like its predecessors, this generous volume offers wit, ingenuity, and intellectual excitement on virtually every page. The best of these stories, like the best of Dick’s novels, are richly imagined, deeply personal visions that no one else could have written. They’re going to be around for a very long time to come.

Here’s the table of contents…
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John Mierau on The Functional Nerds Podcast

John Mierau, author and editor of The Flames Anthology, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

Listen below, or at The Functional Nerds, or subscribe to The Functional Nerds Podcast through iTunes.

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