Archive for November, 2012

Can’t get enough of The Walking Dead? The good folks over at Macmillan sent us a link to an audio clip from the latest The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor by Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga.  It centers on the character Brian Blake, who features prominently in that book.  The narrator is Fred Berman, and his voice is perfect for this material.  Gave me chills listening to the clip.  Check it out below and let us know what you think.

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Weekend Playlist: Recent Geek Music

It’s been a little while since we’ve done a Weekend Playlist feature, which has moved to occasional status as we’ve drifted to various projects. There’s been a whole slew of great geek-related music that’s come out recently, and it’s too good to pass by. For your listening pleasure:

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Cover + TOC: “Good-Bye Robinson Crusoe and Other Stories” by John Varley

Subterranean Press has posted the table of contents and cover for John Varley’s upcoming collection Good-Bye Robinson Crusoe and Other Stories, which features a Vincent Chong dust jacket.

Here’s the book description:
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TOC: Lightspeed Magazine, December 2012

Lightspeed Magazine sent along the table of contents for the December 2012 issue:
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Friday YouTube: Salty Darth Vader

I’ve seen sand artists before, but this is the first artist I’ve seen who uses table salt. Besides Darth Vader, he’s also “salted” Harry Potter. This guy should go on tour with the bacon AT-AT.

Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 11/30/2012

Today’s the day: the official release of my dark and funny contemporary fantasy / horror collection, Catholic Guilt and the Joy of Hating Men. If nothing else, you should celebrate the fact that today is hopefully the last day I berate you about my new dark and funny contemporary fantasy / horror collection, Catholic Guilt and the Joy of Hating Men!

Available in eBook and Paperback at Amazon US and Amazon UK. Also available at Smashwords.

There… now what am I supposed to be doing here?

What’s special about today’s free fiction?

  1. Beneath Ceaseless Skies releases Issue #109 – including a story by SF Signal contributor John H. Stevens — congratulations, John!
  2. Project Gutenberg has the Rainbow Fairy Tale books edited by Andrew Lang
  3. In honor of my release day, I’m harping on about one of the lighter stories in the collection, “Maddy McKay and the Elves in Her House” at Smashwords.

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TOC: Nightmare Magazine, December 2012

Nightmare Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue:
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Interviews and Profiles

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Andy Partridge Channels Richard Powers

Richard Powers is one of science fiction’s seminal artists. His work is both distinctive and iconic.

In this promo film, musician Andy Partridge combines Powers’ art with music inspired by it for his 2010 called Powers.
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BOOK REVIEW: Eisenhorn by Dan Abnett

REVIEW SUMMARY: My first Warhammer 40K novel — definitely won’t be my last.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Follows the adventures of Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn as he fights evil in the name of the Holy Emperor…and chronicles his dangerous relationship with the ways of Chaos.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Stellar world building; superb storytelling; nonstop pacing; memorable worlds and characters; utterly engrossing; leaves you wanting more.
CONS: I kid you not when I say “none”.
BOTTOM LINE: A book that has rekindled my love of reading.

The Warhammer 40K novels have been on my radar for some time. I had dabbled in some audio short stories and enjoyed them quite a bit, but fellow sf fans had even better things to say about the novels, particularly those of WH40K veteran, Dan Abnett. Start with Eisenhorn, they said. I finally took the plunge and my only regret is that I wish I had listened sooner.
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There and Back Again: The Hobbit

With the live action adaptation of The Hobbit released into theaters soon, it makes sense to look at how The Hobbit was written in the first place. That’s what I’m doing at the Kirkus Reviews Blog today.

Check out There and Back Again: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit.

In episode 165 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats at WorldCon with Douglas Hulick, author of Among Thieves.

About Douglas Hulick: Douglas Hulick was born in Fargo, ND, but spent much of his life moving about the Midwest. Somehow, he kept ending up in the vicinity of Chicago, IL, which helps explain his abiding love of deep-dish pizza, Ferris Bueller, and Goose Island beer. Somewhere along the way, a copy of A Dictionary of the Underworld by Eric Partridge fell into Douglas’s hands. Having sold a few fantasy short stories, Douglas thought a book that defined historical thieves cant (criminal jargon) and described some of the practices of that world might come in handy at some point. Little did he know. Among Thieves, his first novel, grew out of this unlikely seed over the course of a decade. It was acquired by Roc/Penguin U.S.A. on Douglas’s 44th birthday in 2009. Douglas lives with his wife and two sons in Minnesota. When not writing or chasing after his kids, he likes to practice and teach 17th century Italian rapier combat (in the tradition of Ridolfo Capoferro), cook, read, and hang out in coffee shops.

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Here’s the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Blood Oranges by Caitlin R. Kiernan (writing as Kathleen Tierney).
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Daily Science Fiction Roster of Stories for December 2012

Daily Science Fiction has announced its December 2012 line-up of free stories:
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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 11/29/2012

What’s special about today’s free fiction?

  1. Nightmare Magazine features “At Lorn Hall” by Ramsey Campbell
  2. Tor features “Heads Will Roll” by Lish McBride
  3. The countdown to the official release day of my contemporary fantasy/paranormal collection Catholic Guilt and the Joy of Hating Men continues with “The Ocean Goddess and The Home Run Queen” at Smashwords.

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Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Tidbits for 11/29/12

Interviews and Profiles

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Cover & Synopsis: “The Land Leviathan” & “The Steel Tsar” by Michael Moorcock

We’ve already seen the new cover for Michael Moorcock’s The Warlord of the Air, now here’s the cover art and synopsis of the 2nd and 3rd novel of the trilogy A Nomad of the Time Streams : The Land Leviathan and The Steel Tsar by Michael Moorcock.
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Sword & Laser’s Author Guide to Patrick Rothfuss

In the latest Sword & Laser videocast, Veronica and Tom sit down with author Patrick Rothfuss to talk about writing fantasy, The Name of the Wind and Wise Man’s Fear.

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It’s been twenty five years since the release of the first Culture novel by Iain M. Banks. Today, over at the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at the series over the past two-and-a-half decades.

Hop on over to read this new Science Fiction Series Spotlight: The Culture by Iain M. Banks


About the Series:

“Fun with Friends” is an SF Signal interview series in which I feature fellow SFF authors from Australia and New Zealand. The format is one interview per month, with no more than five questions per interview, focusing on “who the author is” and “what she/he does” in writing terms.

This month for my “Fun with (Australian & New Zealand) Friends” series, I’m talking with New Zealand author, Elizabeth Knox, best known for The Vintner’s Luck (1998), The Dreamhunter DuetDreamhunter (2005) and Dreamquake (2007). Elizabeth Knox has been a full time writer since 1997 and has published ten novels, three autobiographical novellas and a collection of essays. Her best known books are The Vintner’s Luck (1998), and The Dreamhunter DuetDreamhunter (2005) and Dreamquake (2007). The Vintner’s Luck has won numerous awards, been published in seven languages and made into a film of the same name, directed by Niki Caro. Dreamquake, the second in her Dreamhunter Duet, was a prestigious Michael L Printz Award Honor book in 2008. Creating worlds began early for Elizabeth in the imaginary games she played with her two sisters. By the time she was eleven the games had become one game, an on-going saga set in another world, a game she shared with her sisters and several friends. One day, her father interrupted a discussion the girls were having about the possible results of a secret treaty, by saying, “I hope you’re writing some of this down.” Elizabeth, her sisters and a friend began writing letters between their characters, and stories about them. Elizabeth enjoyed writing and decided that this – writing fiction – was what she wanted to do with her life. She went on to graduate from New Zealand’s Victoria University with a degree in English Literature and has become one of New Zealand’s most successful fiction authors. Elizabeth lives in Wellington, New Zealand with her husband, Fergus Barrowman, her son, Jack, and three cats. You can find out more about Elizabeth Knox and her writing on her website, here.

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