SF Signal and SF Signal Podcast Nominated for Hugo Awards!

The news broke yesterday that SF Signal was nominated for the Hugo Award in the Best Fanzine category and the SF Signal Podcast was nominated in the Best Fancast category. I cannot tell you how tickled we are to make the ballot.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the voters. Knowing that you value what we do is heartwarming, so from the bottom of our warm hearts, THANK YOU!

I also want to thank our awesome contributors, without whom this wouldn’t have happened. The strength of SF Signal lies with people who share their ideas and love of genre. And we have the best contributors this side of the Orion Nebula. Our contributors in 2012 included:
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Sunday Cinema: Lovecraft – Fear of the Unknown

Here’s an in-depth documentary on H.P. Lovecraft, featuring John Carpenter, Guillermo Del Toro, Neil Gaiman, Stuart Gordon, Caitlin Kiernan, Peter Straub and more…

H.P. Lovecraft was the forefather of modern horror fiction. What lead an Old World, xenophobic gentleman to create one of literature’s most far-reaching mythologies? What attracts even the minds of the 21st century to these stories of unspeakable abominations and cosmic gods? This release is a chronicle of the life, work, and mind that created these weird tales as told by many of today’s luminaries of dark fantasy including John Carpenter, Guillermo Del Toro, Neil Gaiman, Stuart Gordon, Caitlin Kiernan, and Peter Straub. Extras include 90 minutes of extended interviews, stills galleries of Lovecraftian art, “”Making of the Music”” featurette, trailer, and coming attractions.

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TOC: ‘Vampires Don’t Sparkle!’ Edited by Michael West

Here is the the table of contents for the new anthology Vampires Don’t Sparkle! edited by Michael West:

First, here’s the book description:

What would you do if you had unlimited power and eternal life?

Would you…go back to high school? Attend the same classes year after year, going through the pomp and circumstance of one graduation after another, until you found the perfect date to take to prom? Would you…spend your days moping and brooding, finding your only joy in a game of baseball on a stormy day? Or would you…do something else? Anything else?

The authors of this collection have a few ideas; some fanciful, some humorous, and some as dark as an endless night. Join us, and discover what it truly means to be “vampyre.”

Here’s the table of contents…
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FINALISTS: 2013 Hugo Award (Plus: Free Fiction Links!)

The finalists for the 2013 Hugo Award have been announced.

Short version: Woot! Two nominations again — Thank you, everyone!

Long version: The nominees are:

Best Novel
  • 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit) [See SF Signal review]
  • Blackout by Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Tor) [See SF Signal review]
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (DAW) [See SF Signal review]

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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 03/30/2013

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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WINNER: 2012 Philip K. Dick Award

It was announced on Friday, March 29, at Norwescon 36, in SeaTac, Washington, that the winner for the distinguished original science fiction paperback published for the first time during 2012 in the U.S.A. is:

  • Lost Everything by Brian Francis Slattery (Tor Books)

Special citation was given to:

  • Lovestar by Andri Snær Magnason (Seven Stories Press)

The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by the NorthWest Science Fiction Society. The 2012 judges were Bruce Bethke, Sydney Duncan, Daryl Gregory, Bridget McKenna, and Paul Witcover (chair). This year’s judges are Elizabeth Bear (chair), Siobhan Carroll, Michael Kandel, Jamil Nasir, and Tim Sullivan.

Congratulations to Brian and Andri!

If Doctor Who Were a Stop-Monition Animation

Doctor Puppet is a charmind stop-motion-style animated takeoff of Doctor Who. Here is the latest epsiode, “The Red X”.

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Daily Science Fiction Roster of Stories for April 2013

Daily Science Fiction has announced its April 2013 line-up of free stories. All stories will appear on the web one week after their email publication.
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GIVEAWAY REMINDER: Win “The Taker” and “The Reckoning” by Alma Katsu

There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for The Taker and The Reckoning by Alma Katsu…but hurry, time is running out!

See the original post for details on how to enter.

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Tidbits for 3/30/13

Interviews & Profiles

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Short Fiction Friday: Asimov’s Science Fiction April/May 2013, Part 1

REVIEW SUMMARY:  The nonfiction columns and high quality of selected stories offer a promising start to the first double issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction for 2013, to be followed up next week with a review of the remainder of the issue.


BRIEF SYNOPSIS:  Post-human anti-heroes, alien wars, dreams of flying made real, political protest and near-future cybernetics dominate the first half of this double issue.

PROS: Thought-provoking concepts; engaging world-building; strong characterization; self-contained stories.
CONS: Stories may add to  your already growing to-read pile; morally ambiguous characters in two of the stories may not be to everyone’s liking.
BOTTOM LINE: The April/May issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction starts out with strong columns by editor Sheila Williams and author Robert Silverberg and continues to deliver with Neal Asher’s novella and the short story by Linda Nagata which follows as well as my one random selection, a short story by Karl Bunker which proves to be the best of this week’s offerings.

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UK Readers: Michael Moorcock Reprints Are Here!

A while back, SF Gateway reported the Gollancz Michael Moorcock Publishing Project. This is a two-year publishing project to release the entire back catalogue of Michael Moorcock’s science fiction and fantasy work in both print (by Gollancz) and eBook editions (by SF Gateway), as well as “a substantial amount of his literary fiction”.

The wait is over…
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“Bitter Seeds” eBook now on Sale for $2.99 (and DRM-free!)

The eBook version of Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis, the 1st book in the Milkweed series, is currently on sale for $2.99. (I still love that cover!)

Here is the description:

It’s 1939. The Nazis have supermen, the British have demons, and one perfectly normal man gets caught in between

Raybould Marsh is a British secret agent in the early days of the Second World War, haunted by something strange he saw on a mission during the Spanish Civil War: a German woman with wires going into her head who looked at him as if she knew him.

When the Nazis start running missions with people who have unnatural abilities—a woman who can turn invisible, a man who can walk through walls, and the woman Marsh saw in Spain who can use her knowledge of the future to twist the present—Marsh is the man who has to face them. He rallies the secret warlocks of Britain to hold the impending invasion at bay. But magic always exacts a price. Eventually, the sacrifice necessary to defeat the enemy will be as terrible as outright loss would be.

Alan Furst meets Alan Moore in the opening of an epic of supernatural alternate history, the tale of a twentieth century like ours and also profoundly different.

You can get the ebook from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (If someone can find this on an iTunes web page that’d be swell. When I search for it, it either comes up empty or wants me to install/run iTunes.)

[via Tor UK]

Friday YouTube: Shatner vs. Gorn, Round 2!

I think is a commerical for some new Star Trek videogame. Whatevs…

It’s got William Shatner fighting a Gorn!

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VIDEO: Tim Maughan’s “Paintwork” Is Now a Short Film

Tim Maughan is a two-time BSFA award nominee. His short story “Paintwork” tells the tale of a near-future Bristol graffiti artist, 3Cube, who discovers his subversive graffiti is itself being messed with by persons unknown. His story has now been turned into a short film.

Details from the press release and the video itself, below.

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Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Tidbits for 3/29/13

Interviews & Profiles

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Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry Announces New Programming, and Reboots the Definition of “Geek”

Geek & Sundry, the YouTube video channel started by Felicia Day, has announced a new set of shows for the new season, which begins on April 1st.

Highlights of the press release follow:
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Leigh Brackett’s Planetary Romances

When I was writing about C.L. Moore a couple of weeks ago, I came across a familiar name several times: Leigh Brackett, another female author writing during the Golden Age of SF. She had a fascinating career as both a short story author, novelist and screenwriter.

Want to know more? Read about Leigh Brackett’s Planetary Romances over on Kirkus Reviews.

Fantasy has Gone to the Dogs: Protags with Pets

What is it about dogs that hold such a special place in our hearts? Is it their undying loyalty? Their unceasingly wagging tails? The feral gleam in their adorable puppy eyes when they leap for the throats of our mortal enemies?

Probably a mix of all that, in varying degrees.

Whatever the reason, dogs cling close to our heels even in realms of fantasy and wonder, popping up alongside urban fantasies and epic fantasies alike. There’s something about a person–be they wizard, warrior, angel, demon, or otherwise–who has a faithful canine companion that makes them instantly more personable and sympathetic. After all, if the dog likes the guy well enough, they can’t be all that bad, can they? The opposite is often true, as one of the defining aspects of villainy is the mindless kicking of puppies or drowning sacks of them in the nearest river, is it not?

Let’s give the dogs their day, then, and look at a few examples of fantasy series where these four-legged friends join in the endless adventures of speculative fiction.

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[GUEST POST] James K. Decker’s Love Letter to Science Fiction

James K. Decker developed his love of reading and writing early in life, participating in young author competitions as early as grade school, but the later discovery of works by Frank Herbert and Issac Asimov turned that love to an obsession. He wrote continuously through high school, college and beyond, eventually breaking into the field under the name James Knapp, with the publication of the Revivors trilogy (State of Decay, The Silent Army, and Element Zero). State of Decay was a Philip K. Dick award nominee, and won the 2010 Compton Crook Award. The Burn Zone is his latest novel and his debut novel under the name James K. Decker.

A Love Letter to Science Fiction, or, How I Became a Writer

I have loved Science Fiction for a long time. You might even say, it was my first love. My hair has turned a far dirtier blond over the years and is now streaked with gray, but it wasn’t always so. Once upon a time, I looked like this:
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