[GUEST POST] Jeff Carlson Has Alien Sex


Jeff Carlson is the international bestselling author of Plague Year, Interrupt, and The Frozen Sky. To date, his work has been translated into sixteen languages worldwide. His new novel is Frozen Sky 2: Betrayed, available on Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords. Readers can find free excerpts, videos, contests, and more on his website at www.jverse.com

Jeff Carlson Has Alien Sex!!!!

by Jeff Carlson

Dammit, Jim, I’m a writer, not an artist. I have a loud imagination. That’s how I write my stories. I follow the voices and pictures in my head. But I can’t draw to save my life, and artistic composition is beyond me.

When I first released my sequel to The Frozen Sky, I hurt my brain trying to wrap myself around the angry or sarcastic comments posted about the cover. Granted, the heroine is pretty, and people do judge a book by its cover. Understood. We’re a visual, quick-thinking species, but I groaned in frustration at every outraged declaration that I was a sexist ape. The heroine is practically a poster child for The Empowered Female.
Read the rest of this entry

Tagged with:

Filed under: Books

This week, George R.R. Martin appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers to promote the release of The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones. Interviews on the show are always entertaining and engaging, not only because Meyers does his homework ahead of time, but he’s also a witty guy. This interview was no different, and even George got quite a few laughs.

Here are two videos from the show in a handy YouTube playlist. In the first one, Amy Poehler and Seth quiz George on his A Song of Ice and Fire series. In the second one, which did not appear on the air, George judges GoT costumes…

Read the rest of this entry

Tagged with:

Filed under: TV

Guess what, fantasy readers?

Right now, you can get the eBook version of The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells for only $1.99 on the Kindle and Nook platforms!

Here’s the book description:

Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. Moon finally feels like he’s found a tribe where he belongs. But when the travelers reach the ancestral home of Indigo Cloud, shrouded within the trunk of a mountain-sized tree, they discover a blight infecting its core. Nearby they find the remains of the invaders who may be responsible, as well as evidence of a devastating theft. This discovery sends Moon and the hunters of Indigo Cloud on a quest for the heartstone of the tree — a quest that will lead them far away, across the Serpent Sea.

In this followup to The Cloud Roads, Martha Wells returns with a world-spanning odyssey, a mystery that only provokes more questions — and the adventure of a lifetime.

The $1.99 price is available for a limited time, so act fast if you want it.

Tagged with:

Filed under: Books

Skullkickers Treasure Trove V1

Over on the Kirkus blog today, I take a look at Skullkickers Treasure Trove: Volume 1.  From the post:

I’m gonna be honest. I picked up SkullKickers Treasure Trove: Volume 1 before Pathfinder: Dark Waters Rising. But I read and reviewed the Pathfinder book first. I bring this up because the two books share a writer – Jim Zub. SkullKickers is almost a resume for Zub to be able to write the Pathfinder comic. As a stand alone, SkullKickers is a fun homage to that dark corner of genre where sword and sorcery meets fantasy and gaming to become something irreverent and well worth your time, and mine. In fact, once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.  The book follows the adventures of two mercenaries. As near as I can tell, we never know their real names. We have a Dwarf (Shorty?) and a Human (Baldy?) working for hire. The story begins in the town of Mudwich where our heroes are dealing with an overweight werewolf and his cult of followers.

Click over to the Kirkus Blog to read the rest of the review.

Tagged with:

Filed under: Book ReviewBooksComic Books

Project Hieroglyph contributors Cory Doctorow and Neal Stephenson and CSI director Ed Finn appeared at Town Hall Seattle on October 26, in an event titled “Reigniting Society’s Ambition with Science Fiction.”

Here’s the video from that event.

Read the rest of this entry

Tagged with:

Filed under: Interviews

Friday YouTube: Holy Savings Bonds, Batman!

When he’s not saving Gotham City from evildoers like the Joker and the Penguin, Batman is doing his part to support the war effort, as evidenced by this 1966 television commercial.

Read the rest of this entry

Tagged with:

Filed under: TV

So why did I disappear for a while? I had to work on finishing a book (an upcoming science fiction novel, so you can all judge me harshly).

Got a hot Free Fiction Tip? Tell me here

Want these delicious links emailed to you once a week? Sign up for the Free SF/F/H Fiction Newsletter

Read the rest of this entry

Tagged with:

Filed under: Free Fiction

There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for an Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima prize pack…but hurry, time is running out!

See the original post for details on how to enter.

Filed under: Contest

SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-10-31

Interviews & Profiles

Read the rest of this entry

Filed under: Tidbits

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 Stephen Graham Jones. Stephen Graham Jones is the author of sixteen novels, six collections, one novella, one chapbook, and more than two hundred short stories. Most recent is the horror collection After the People Lights Have Gone Off (Dark House) and Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly, a YA novel co-written with Paul Tremblay. Jones’s fiction has been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Colorado Book Award, and his fiction has won the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Award, the Independent Publisher’s Multicultural Award, and an NEA Fellowship.

Read the rest of this entry

Tagged with:

Filed under: Recommended Reading by Professionals

BOOK REVIEW: The Free by Brian Ruckley

REVIEW SUMMARY: Stock characters but great action and even greater magic.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: With war drawing to a close Yulan and his mercenary company accept one final commission — to hunt down an old foe and bring him to justice before he can kill more innocents.

MY REVIEW
PROS: Intriguing setup and setting; better-than-usual revenge motivation; husband/wife dynamic; dynamic action; memorable scenes; stunning magic; Permanences!
CONS: Stock characters.
BOTTOM LINE: Brian Ruckley crafts a fun and satisfying revenge story.

It seems my choice in video games has influenced my reading habits of late. Playing Bungie’s Destiny reignited my desire for military science fiction and so I read Henry V. Neil’s Glory Main and was not disappointed. Last week I started playing Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and just had to get my hands on some quality fantasy. Fortunately Brian Ruckley’s The Free showed up around this time. This being the first time I’ve read Ruckley’s work, a nice thick standalone seemed a good place to start. I love the current state of the fantasy genre but there are so many different series that a standalone story has a special sort of appeal to it…or at least it did until I finished The Free and immediately wished I could read more about the world Ruckley has created.
Read the rest of this entry

Tagged with:

Filed under: Book Review


Gail Z. Martin writes epic and urban fantasy, steampunk and short stories. She is the author of the Chronicles of the Necromancer series, the Fallen Kings Cycle series and the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga series of epic fantasy books, as well as the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy world and coming in 2015, Iron and Blood, a Steampunk novel, co-written with Larry N. Martin. Gail is a frequently contributor to US and UK anthologies. She also writes two series of ebook short stories: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures and the Deadly Curiosities Adventures. Find her at www.ChroniclesOfTheNecromancer.com, on Twitter @GailZMartin, on Facebook.com/WinterKingdoms, at DisquietingVisions.com blog and GhostInTheMachinePodcast.com. She leads monthly conversations on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/GailZMartin and posts free excerpts of her work on Wattpad. An original novella set in the Deadly Curiosities universe, “The Final Death”, is available free on Wattpad

What’s Ahead for DEADLY CURIOSITIES>?

by Gail Z. Martin

Imagine an antique and curio shop in historic, haunted Charleston, South Carolina that exists to get dangerous magical items off the market and out of the wrong hands.

Now picture, if you will, a family that has been the proprietors of that shop for over 350 years, along with their undead silent partner, secretly watching over the people of Charleston and averting disaster and supernatural destruction. The latest proprietor is Cassidy Kincaide, whose gift is the ability to read the history of objects by touching them. Add in Teag Logan, Cassidy’s best friend, who has the ability to weave magic into fabric or weave hidden data into information (best hacker ever), and their silent partner, Sorren, a nearly six hundred year-old vampire who has been tracking down and destroying cursed and possessed objects for centuries, and you’ve got the recipe for a lot of adventure.

Deadly Curiosities, the first book in my new urban fantasy series, came out in July of 2014. The second book (we’re still working on a title) comes out in 2015, and it’s already being written. So what’s in the cards for Cassidy, Teag, and Sorren?
Read the rest of this entry

Tagged with:

Filed under: Books

John Klima, editor of Glitter & Mayhem and many other Science Fiction anthologies, 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.

Read the rest of this entry

Tagged with:

Filed under: Interviews

PS Publishing has posted the table of contents for the new anniversary printing of the horror anthology Best New Horror #2.

Here’s the book description:

This revised and updated second edition of Best New Horror showcases some of the very best short stories and novellas published in 1990, the year when the horror boom finally went bust. In this vilifying volume you will rediscover terrifying tales by, amongst many others, Poppy Z. Brite, Jonathan Carroll, Harlan Ellison, Elizabeth Hand, Michael Marshall Smith, Peter Straub, F. Paul Wilson, Gahan Wilson and Gene Wolfe, along with an overview of the year in horror by the editors and a nightmare necrology of those who kicked off this mortal coil during that period.

So get ready to spread your wings and take a bite out of this latest anthology of agony. And don’t forget to tell your fellow fiends about our new series of Best New Horror reprints. Just let them know who sent you…

Here’s the table of contents…
Read the rest of this entry

Tagged with:

Filed under: Books

Short Film: Brent Sims’ Grave Shivers

Brent Sims’ Grave Shivers is a short sci-fi/horror anthology that weaves three tales of monsters, killers, and things that go bump in the night. It was a recent award winner at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Los Angeles and the New Orleans Film Festival.

Read the rest of this entry

Tagged with:

Filed under: Movies

Check out the cool-looking Mike Corley cover for Jake Kerr’s new novel Tommy Black and the Staff of Light, available next week…
Read the rest of this entry

Tagged with:

Filed under: ArtBooks

SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-10-30

Interviews & Profiles

Read the rest of this entry

Filed under: Tidbits

Jody Wallace grew up in the present day United States in a very rural area. Okay, not present day, but, you know, in the past couple of decades. She went to school a long time and ended up with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and loafing. Her meatloafs, in particular, are stellar. Her resume includes English instructor, technical documents editor, market analyst, and general, all around pain in the butt. Ms. Wallace’s approach to writing is to tell as many outlandish lies as she can get her readers to swallow. That trait is really on display in her SFR (Science Fiction Romance) spoof, The Adventures of Mari Shu.

About the series:

Mari Shu, a factory drudge in the year 4000-something, must choose how to protect her sisters, her purity, and her own conscience in a bleak futuristic society that’s been polluted by smog, rampant commercialism, tacky jumpsuits, sexual perversions, unjust socioeconomics, interstellar travel, and inconsistent use of the Oxford comma.

Parodies peel back the layers of a genre in interesting, and often hilarious ways. In the case of Jody Wallace’s The Adventures of Mari Shu, the laser-sharp focus is science fiction and sci-fi romance. This new series is an epic parody in the vein of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Only with more sexxoring and goo. The first two volumes, Earthbound Passion and Martian Conquest, have been unleashed throughout the galaxy.

So we could learn more about Jody Wallace’s new series, I met with her at the Olde Earth Parks and Rec Commission. While standing in a mile-long line to look at some grass, we chatted about widgets, *** seals, and criminal hovercycle gangs.
Read the rest of this entry

Tagged with:

Filed under: Interviews

I was perusing Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy’s Greatest Science Fiction edited by Guy Haley, and found out that I am perhaps even less of a sci-fi trivia king than I thought.

Head on over to Kirkus Reviews to see the 10 things that I learned about Sci-Fi from reading Sci-Fi Chronicles

Tagged with:

Filed under: BooksMoviesTVWeb Sites


Tom Calen Tom Calen is the author of the bestselling horror series, The Pandemic Sequence (comprised of The Tilian Virus, The Tilian Effect and The Tilian Cure), as well as the science-fiction series, Scars of Tomorrow (comprised of Torrance and The Ignota). A New York City native, Tom holds a degree in English and spent several years toiling in the world of business before abandoning all reason and deciding to write full-time. He finds the worlds in his novels far less frightening than the corporate world. His books The Tilian Virus and The Tilian Effect both reached #1 on Amazon’s Bestselling Science-Fiction Series list, and both were the #1 Hot New Release in horror and science-fiction.From Castle Rock to Arakis, Middle Earth to Westeros, Tom eagerly devours as many science-fiction, fantasy, and horror novels as time allows. He credits George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan, and Stephen King as the major influences on his style. Tom is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association, and International Thriller Writers, Inc. He is currently living in Nicaragua, where he is working on his seventh book.

Goodbye to Our Star Trek Future

by Tom Calen

Robotic limbs? Check. Cloned mammals? Check. Tablet devices? Check. Holographic touchscreens? Genetic engineering? Check. Nearly every gadget and doohickey in Star Trek? Check, check, check.

There’s no denying that real-life technology has made drastic surges forward over the last fifty years. Tech that was once only available in episodes of The Jetsons and Star Trek are now found in homes around the world. We carry it in our pockets (iPhones), on our wrists (smart watches), and on our faces (Google Glass). We use it to shop (credit cards, and now Apple Pay) and to go to war (stealth bombers and unmanned aerial drones). These technological advances have undoubtedly made our lives more convenient. But, as a writer who has recently dabbled in penning science fiction, I politely ask: Please STOP! You’re making my job more difficult.
Read the rest of this entry

Tagged with:

Filed under: BooksMovies

 Page 1 of 932  1  2  3  4  5 » ...  Last »