Archive for December, 2012

Roll Perception Plus Awareness: #7RPGS

Welcome back to Roll Perception Plus Awareness, a column about roleplaying games and their place in a genre reader’s and writer’s world. This time, I am going to tackle a meme that has been going around the RPG sphere.

#7RPGs is a meme that asks roleplayers to talk about the seven roleplaying games you have GMed or played the most and what you have learned from them. I’ve discussed a couple of these before. However, since the end of the year is a time of lists, I thought I would share my list with you.
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Blood Type: An Anthology of Vampire SF on the Cutting Edge in an in-progress crowd funding project by editor Robert S. Wilson. All net proceeds of the anthology will go to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The current list of contributors includes Mike Resnick, Laird Barron, Tim Waggoner, Peter Watts, Stephen Graham Jones, Michael Collings, Peter Giglio, H.E. Roulo, and Jason Duke

Robert describes the anthology like this:

Imagine, if you will, a collection of stories that represent the most cutting edge science fiction-based vampire fiction. Think SF-based vampire fiction like I Am Legend and Necroscope and how they affected the vampire genre when first released. Dark Vampire SF that goes where the genre hasn’t before. That is what I want to aspire to for this anthology.

See Indiegogo for more information and to lend your support.

Here is the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Necessary Evil by Ian Tregillis.
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TOC: Lightspeed Magazine, January 2013

Lightspeed Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue:
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A new gag reel from Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2 Blu-ray edition has emerged. Lots of people flubbing their lines, and lots of bleeped out comments, too. Who knew the members of Starfleet had such potty mouths?

Bonus: An appearance by the man himself, Gene Roddenberry.

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TOC: Nightmare Magazine, January 2013

Nightmare Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue (featuring cover art by Chelsea Knight):
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Books Received: December 31, 2012

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.
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Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Tidbits for 12/31/12

News

Events

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ANIMATED SHORT: How the Doctor Puppet Saved Christmas

A little late for Christmas, but hey, we can’t all have time-traveling phone booths and get posts in on time.

In this cute animation by Alisa Stern, the Doctor puppet must save New York. Again.

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Cover & Synopsis: “Bronze Gods” by A.A. Aguirre

Check out the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming Apparatus Infernum novel Bronze Gods by A. A. Aguirre, the pseudonym for Ann & Andres Aguirre.
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Daily Science Fiction Roster of Stories for January 2013

Daily Science Fiction has announced its January 2013 line-up of free stories:
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Cover & Synopsis: “Ghost Spin” by Chris Moriarty

Amazon has the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Ghost Spin by Chris Moriarty.

Here’s the synopsis:
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TOC: ‘Seasons of Insanity’ by Gill Ainsworth & Frank W. Haubold

Apex has posted the table of contents for the new anthology Seasons of Insanity by Gill Ainsworth & Frank W. Haubold:

Here’s the book description:

A collection of horror from Stoker Award-nominated author Gill Ainsworth and The Kurd-LaBwitz Award-winning Frank W. Haubold.

At what point does an innocent girl grow to find her teddy bear is her lover?

When does a fun Halloween trick-or-treat become a dash for life–or, if you’re lucky, death?

When does insanity become reality? Beware. Beyond pleasure is pain. And the next step you take may lead to a slip, a slide, a downward spiral into your own psychotic world.

Dare you open that Christmas present, or hold your lover’s hand on a moonlit night? If you don’t want to know, then don’t turn these pages.

And here’s the table of contents…
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Don Coscarelli’s film version of David Wong’s novel John Dies At The End is almost here. The latest trailer, spiked with seriously dark humor, is aimed at film pirates.

Here’s the film description:

In JOHN DIES AT THE END, it’s all about the Soy Sauce, a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. Users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John (Rob Mayes) and David (Chase Williamson), a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can’t.

Adapted from David Wong’s audacious trans-genre horror novel, JOHN DIES AT THE END is written and directed by Don Coscarelli (BUBBA HO-TEP) and also stars Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman and Paul Giamatti.

Warning! — this trailer is graphic and not for the timid…

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Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Tidbits for 12/28/12

Interviews & Profiles

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The end of the year is often a time of reflection and, more importantly, list making!

Help us compile a list of the best genre video games of the year by telling us which science fiction, fantasy and/or horror games were your favorites. These do not have to necessarily be video games that were originally released this year — we are more interested in the best games that you played for the first time in 2012.

Sound off in the comments!

FINALISTS: 2012 A.E. van Vogt Award

From a press release…The finalists for selection to receive the 2012 A.E. van Vogt Award are:

  • Lady of Mazes by Karl Schroeder 0765350785 Published June 27th 2006 by Tor Science Fiction
  • Alphanauts by Brian J. Clarke 1894063147 Published September 1st 2006 by Edge
  • The Other by Matthew Hughes 098266396X Published November 1st 2011 by Underland Press

The award is named after Manitoba born A.E.Van Vogt, Canada”s only Grand Master Science Fiction author and is sponsored by the Winnipeg Science Fiction Association (WINSFA), ConAdian, the 1994 World SF Con and Science Fiction Winnipeg (SFW). The award includes a $1200.00 cash award and certificate

The Winner will be announced at the end of the year.

For what will undoubtedly for some be 11 times better than licking Isaac Asimov, the Royal Mail has revealed 11 new Doctor Who stamps.

I wonder if you can use these stamps to pay bills that are way past their due date without penalty by sending them back in time? Or maybe you will be able to mail bow-ties for free because they’re cool.

Bigger pics of the individual stamps can be found after the (time) jump….
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Amazon has the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Eight Million Gods by Wen Spencer.
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Interviews & Profiles

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