- @AEG: “Masatane” by Robert Denton [Fantasy]
- @Daily Science Fiction: “Godshift” by Nancy Fulda [Science Fiction]
- @Daily Science Fiction: “The Fabulous Hotel” by Sandra McDonald [Science Fiction]
- @Daily Science Fiction: “Frog/Prince” by Melissa Mead [Fairy Tales]
- @Eschatology: “Ash” by Robin Bailes [Horror]
- @Nature: “Invisible” by João Ramalho-Santos [Academia]
- @Tor: “The Sigma Structure Symphony” by Gregory Benford [Science Fiction]
- @Weirdyear: “His Name Will Work Against Them” by Steven Comstock [Dark Fantasy]
- @Yesteryear: “The Shadow People” by Tony Rauch [Fantasy]
Bryan Thomas Schmidt has posted the final table of contents for his upcoming anthology Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6, which will be published on April 18, 2012:
- “Between the Rocks” by Anna Paradox
- “The Thirteens” by Gene Mederos
- “Like So Much Refuse” by Simon C. Larter
- “Jump Point Blockade” by David Lee Summers
- “First Contact” by Patrick Hester
- “Isis” by Dana Bell
- “The Book of Enoch” by Matthew Cook
- “The Joystick War” by Jean Johnson
- “Never Look Back” by Grace Bridges
- “The Gammi Experiment” by Sarah Hendrix
- “Space Battle of the Bands” by C.J. Henderson
- “A Battle for Parantwer” by Anthony Cardno
- “With All Due Respect” by Johne Cook
- “Final Defense” by Selene O’Rourke
- “Bait and Switch” by Jaleta Clegg
- “The Hand of God (A Davi Rhii Story)” by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
- “Guard Dog” by Mike Resnick and Brad R. Torgersen
Daily Science Fiction has announced its April 2012 line-up of free stories:
- April 2: “What Jerry Knows” by Shane D. Rhinewald
- April 3: “This Rough Magic” by Christie Yant
- April 4: “After” by C.L. Holland
- April 5: “Back in My Day” by Stacey Danielle Lepper
- April 6: “Nameless” by Mari Ness
- April 9: “Older, Wiser, Time Traveler” by M. Bennardo
- April 10: “Rust” by Steven Saus
- April 11: “A Case of Curiosities” by Von Savant
- April 12: “Fallen Through Time” by Amy Gaertner
- April 13: “A Slice of 3.141592653589793238462643″ by Oliver Buckram
- April 16: “Objects in Space” by Alex Livingston
- April 17: “Infested” by Stephen V. Ramey
- April 18: “A Special Day” by Shannon Fay
- April 19: “Undone” by Greg Porter
- April 20: “Mad Cats and Englishmen” by Laura Anne Gilman
- April 23: “Ella and the Man” by K.S. Clay
- April 24: “You’ve Ruined This for Me” by Ewan C. Forbes
- April 25: “Dolly at the End of the World” by Amanda C. Davis
- April 26: “You Can’t Come Here Any More” by Luc Reid
- April 27: “The Bittersweet Here and After” by Margaret Leanne Clark
- April 30: “Diatra” by Kevin Pickett
- Hero Complex interviews Patrick Rothfuss.
- Geek Syndicate interviews Adam Christopher.
- Notes from Coode Street features Jonathan Strahan, Gary K. Wolfe, Ellen Klages, Karen Lord and Nalo Hopkinson.
- Ray Gun Revival (Bryan Thomas Schmidt) interviews John C. Wright (part 2).
- Findings interv iews Clive Thompson about the future of books.
- The Atlantic interviews Albert Harrison about The New Religion of Space Exploration.
- The Heinlein Society Scholarship Program. [via AboutSF]
- The 2012 Million Writers Award is open for nominations.
- Every Type Of Dalek Will Be In The New Season Of Doctor Who.
- 14 – 15 September 2012: Weird Council: an International Conference on the Writing of China Miéville | Institute of English Studies.
- Sci-Fi Fan Letter: Women in SF Month and YA Book Scavenger Hunt.
REVIEW SUMMARY: Witless sequel to 2010’s Clash of the Titans that plays fast and loose with Greek mythology and internal logic.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Hades bleeds power from Zeus to bring about the reign of the Titan Kronos, causing Perseus to once again do battle.
PROS: I’m thinking…well-done special effects, I suppose…
CONS: Messy script; frantic, pointless direction; dull performances…need I go on?
Somebody gravely insulted Zeus. How else to explain the existence of Wrath of the Titans, sequel to the 2010 remake of the 1981 pseudoclassic Clash of the Titans? That was a huge hit, so of course the studio gods would demand and greenlight a sequel. And, upon hearing of its existence, again I held my breath. My review of the previous movie was, shall we say, somewhat less than enthusiastic, but I raised my hopes upon hearing that Titans II boasted a new director and writers. Okay, we’d still have to sit through another movie starring Sam Worthington—an actor so devoid of charisma or presence that he makes Kevin Costner look like Sir Laurence Olivier—but if the studio replaced Louis Leterrier as director and Travis Beacham, Phil Hay, and Matt Manfredi as screen scenarists, then how bad could it be? (Note to self: I must, must learn when I ask, “How bad could it be?” the answer will be, “Worse than I can possibly expect.”)
Then I learned who the studio brought in to replace them.
Here’s a synopsis of The In-Between, Laura Tisdall’s new musical about parallel worlds:
Sarcastic nineteen-year-old dropout and perpetual under-achiever, Flick Wimple, has always lived in the shadow of her caring but neurotic elder sister, Alice. Since their parents died in a car crash, Alice has had to become more of a mother to Flick – a responsibility that traps them both and heightens their love-hate relationship. Resigned to the way things are, Flick determines to expect nothing exceptional from life and give little in return.
She is forced to re-evaluate, however, when one day she steps through the wrong doorway and finds herself trapped in the space between parallel worlds; the place known as The In-Between. There she is met by the mysterious, if slightly nerdy, Guide Calicus; a young man who has spent his entire life leading people between worlds. He offers Flick the chance to leave her problems behind and journey to another world and, as he leads her through the In-Between, the two begin to form a close bond, causing him to wonder what it would be like to live a life of his own.
But all is not right in the In-Between; other Guides are starting to go missing and tears are appearing in the walls… Ultimately, Flick must make a choice; to hold on to her past, her sister and the world she knows, or risk everything to try and save much more…
We invited Laura to talk more about how this interesting story came to be…
This book Trailer for Scott Sigler’s upcoming novel Nocturnal (being launched today) is definitely not for the squeamish.
But first, the book description:
Scott Sigler reinvented the alien-invasion story in his bestselling novels Infected and Contagious… rebooted the biotech thriller in Ancestor…now, in his most ambitious, sweeping novel to date, he works his magic on the paranormal thriller, taking us inside a terrifying underworld of subterranean predators that only his twisted mind could invent.
Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind.
How else to explain the dreams he keeps having—dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him—not disgust, not horror, but excitement?
As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence “Pookie” Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem. For the victims are all enemies of a seemingly ordinary young boy—a boy who is gripped by the same dreams that haunt Bryan. Meanwhile, a shadowy vigilante, seemingly armed with superhuman powers, is out there killing the killers. And Bryan and Pookie’s superiors—from the mayor on down—seem strangely eager to keep the detectives from discovering the truth.
Doubting his own sanity and stripped of his badge, Bryan begins to suspect that he’s stumbled into the crosshairs of a shadow war that has gripped his city for more than a century—a war waged by a race of killers living in San Francisco’s unknown, underground ruins, emerging at night to feed on those who will not be missed.
And as Bryan learns the truth about his own intimate connections to the killings, he discovers that those who matter most to him are in mortal danger…and that he may be the only man gifted—or cursed—with the power to do battle with the nocturnals.
Featuring a dazzlingly plotted mystery and a terrifying descent into a nightmarish underworld—along with some of the most incredible action scenes ever put to paper, and an explosive, gut-wrenching conclusion you won’t soon forget—Nocturnal is the most spectacular outing to date from one of the genre’s brightest stars.
And here’s the trailer…
There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for a copy of Helen Lowe’s The Gathering of the Lost…but hurry, time is running out!
See the original post for details on how to enter.
- John Scalzi’s The Big Idea: Helen Lowe.
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies (Kate Marshall) interviews Yoon Ha Lee.
- [SFFWRTCHT] A Chat With Author Saladin Ahmed.
- Hero Complex interviews Patrick Rothfuss.
- SFFWRTCHT 3/28/12 With Author Mary Robinette Kowal.
- Suvudu (Fictional Frontiers) interviews James Berardinelli (podcast).
- Agony Column Podcast features a conversation between Terry Bisson and Karen Joy Fowler.
- Tor Books UK (Louise Buckley) interviews Col Buchanan.
- Mediabistro interviews Amanda Hocking.
- The Geek Side of Life interviews John Anealio.
- Orbit to publish three more Expanse books from James S.A. Corey (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck). [via A Dribble of Ink]
- Titan Books to Publish Genre-Bending Debut Novel Ecko: Rising by Danie Ware.
- Tu Books announces publication of Diverse Energies, a YA anthology of dystopian stories edited by author Tobias S. Buckell, with storiues by Ursula K. Le Guin, Paolo Bacigalupi, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, and Greg van Eekhout.
- Back in Print as Kindle eBook: Cortez On Jupiter by Ernest Hogan. [via More Red Ink]
- Oldest Alien Planets Found—Born at Dawn of Universe. [via Gravity Lens]
- CBS (and possibly J.J. Abrams) have put a stop to that long-lost Star Trek episode. [via Lawrence Person]
New Author Spotlight is a series designed to introduce authors with 3 books or less in the different SF/F subgenres.
Today’s spotlight shines on Brett Patton!
Brett’s debut novel is Mecha Corps published by Roc.
Here’s the cover copy…
Matt Lowell is in hell-and there’s no place he’d rather be. At a training camp on the backwater planet of Earth, he and his fellow cadets are learning to ride Mechas: biomechanicals sporting both incredible grace and devastating firepower. Their ultimate aim is to combat the pirates of the Corsair Confederacy, but before they survive a battle, they have to survive their training.
Because every time Lowell and his comrades “plug in” to their Mechas, their minds are slowly being twisted and broken by an unseen power that is neither man…nor machine.
If you like military SF that uses mechanized armor, check out these other books:
Here is the full interview with George R.R. Martin from at TIFF Bell Lightbox Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In it, he reveals a new chapter from the next in the series, Winds of Winter.
From the YouTube description: The #1 New York Times bestselling author discusses his epic saga A Song of Ice and Fire and its adaptation to the small screen as HBO Canada’s hit series Game of Throne.
“Science fiction criticism, of course, is still very much in the Formalist stage. It is often obsessed with “good” and “bad” – it is a mode of review rather than of criticism. Its effectiveness, in the majority of cases, is questionable.” – Lavie Tidhar
“[S]ince it is in the nature of SF’s oxymoronic fusion of the rational and the marvelous to challenge received notions of reality – sometimes seriously, sometimes playfully – critical provocation is part of SF’s generic identity.” – Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr.
I had hoped to write more about the subject of reading fantastika this week, but I would rather take my time to absorb the new material I’m reading on the topic. Next week I will return to this subject, with an eye to examining how cultural assumptions about metaphor color how we read different modes of literary discourse. This week I want to discuss a topic that, like the death of science fiction, frequently arises like a hungry zombie looking for brains to feast upon: the problem of “SF criticism.” This problem is a virtual feature of the field of fantastic literary production, one that seems at once simple and knotty. The “problem” is that some sense of omission or parochialism is discerned in the critical discussion of the literature by an observer who then critiques the criticism itself. The quotation above from Lavie Tidhar, in a post on the critical facets of Adam Roberts’ fiction, codifies a common viewpoint on the state of SF criticism, that it is unsophisticated and often doing a poor job of critique. But what is the job of SF criticism, and how does that job relate to how readers perceive the genre and engage it? There is plenty of criticism in the field that is not reducible to a mere review, but the object of “SF criticism” is still often critiqued as not being either reverent or constructive enough. And so the tension continues. The question is, however, what the de-parochializing SF (and, and, to an extent, the broader field of fantastika) criticism (which, to be fair, has been increasingly academicized and elaborated) might accomplish? Is such a shift necessary?
Sam Lemberg has created this short film which is based on Colin Harvey’s short story, “Chameleon”. In the film, “A hostile race of aliens has invaded Earth and the government fears that the aliens are modifying their DNA to pose as humans. When a military officer abducted months ago mysteriously reappears, his wife is called in to ask him questions only she would know to find out who or what he really is.” The film stars James C. Burns (Call of Duty: Black Ops).
- John Scalzi’s The Big Idea: Elizabeth Bear.
- The Enchanted Inkpot (Caroline Hooton) interviews Janet Foxley.
- Sense of Wonder interviews Lavie Tidhar.
- SFFWRTCHT interviews John C. Wright.
- Black Gate (Patty Templeton) interviews Delia Sherman.
- Omnivoracious (Jeff VanderMeer) interviews Lauren Groff.
- Machine Readable interviews Rob Ziegler and Jason Heller (podcasts).
- Suvudu readers interviews Naomi Novik.
- Kirkus Book Reviews interviews Ryan Inzana.
- Christine Brooke-Rose (1923-2012).
- Peter Phillips (1920-2012).
- Adrienne Rich (1929-2012).
- Carnegie and Greenaway Finalists.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith win The Willamette Writers Lifetime Achievement Award.
- FoxAcre Press announces publication of Frontiers Of Space, Time And Thought: Stories and Essays on The Big Questions, a new collection by Edward M. Lerner.
- BuzzyMag.com Ezine Launch.
- Real Sceince: Super-Earths ‘in the billions’. [via Paul Di Filippo]
The winners of our Low Town giveaway have been chosen and notified.
- J.M. from San Francisco, CA
- Jim B. from Sunderland, MA
- Peter S. from Macomb, MI
- Rob H. from Florence, KY
- Stephanie K. from Summerville, SC
You will be receiving your signed book soon!
Constance Ash-Sublette has published three novels and some short fiction; she edited Not of Woman Born, the first original anthology short-listed for the Philip K. Dick Award. Currently her writing focus is history, including the forthcoming The American Slave Coast From the Chesapeake to the Gulf, co-authored with Ned Sublette.
Banner of the Damned is set in the secondary fantasy world of Sartorias-deles; the events take place four centuries after the close of the previous Sartorians-deles epic series: Inda, The Fox, King’s Shield, Treason’s Shore, commonly called the Inda series. It is not necessary to have read these books before reading Banner of the Damned. All these titles are available from DAW.
Sherwood Smith should rank high on any list of military writers, though her novels are not military fantasy fiction per se. Julius Caesar would have caveats about her cavalry battle scenes. Her naval campaigns and battles, and the hand-to-hand fighting scenes on board ship, are the equal of Patrick O’Brian’s.
We have a trio of trailers for you today. Sit back, pull up bag of microwave popcorn (you know you want some) and tell us which ones are must-sees and which ones are rentals.
Three words: Adam Sandler vehicle.
A new reading month is almost upon us, and the choosy reader may wantt o check out my newest Kirkus Reviews blog post: 10 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Worth Checking Out in April 2012.
As usual, I cheat a little bit because, hey, there’s lots to choose from. Head on over and check out my picks.
A few weeks back Andrew posted his Weekend Playlist of steampunk music. While there were several artists listed, one notable omission, as noted in the comments is Professor Elemental and his “The Indifference Engine” album (are they still called albums when there is no vinyl or plastic involved?).
Now you may be wondering who the good Professor is. Well, he’s a character devised by British hip hop artist Paul Alborough, though the Professor calls his musical genre chap hop. Not being a fan of hip hop, I can’t say for certain how closely he hews to the genre, but there is heavy dose of steampunk flavor in every song (as you can see from the cover), along with quite a bit of comedy, and, occasionally, some awesome lyrics. Intrigued? Then read on for my take on the album and a stream of the album itself so you can listen too, with some Earl Grey of course.