Archive for April, 2013

TOC: ‘Growing Pains’ by Ian Whates

Here is the table of contents for the new PS Publishing collection Growing Pains by Ian Whates:

But first, the book description:

A collection of nine stories from one of the rising stars of British genre fiction; stories that slip effortlessly between science fiction and dark, humanesque fantasy, examining the gaps between reality and the spaces that hide within us all. Includes the BSFA Award-shortlisted “The Assistant”, and two stories wholly original to this volume.

Here’s the table of contents…
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BOOK REVIEW: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Charles Manx is a serial killer who abducts children and takes them in his Rolls-Royce Wraith to Christmasland, a nightmarish place that exists only in his imagination. Victoria McQueen uses her imagination to find lost things, and is the only person who can stop the madman.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Creepy, entertaining story with well-rounded characters.
CONS: Final, extended action sequence feels a little like overkill at times.
BOTTOM LINE: After two great novels, Joe Hill delivers his best.
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SFFWRTCHT: A Chat With Author Sarah A. Hoyt

Sarah A. Hoyt is one if the headliners for my anthology Raygun Chronicles. A transplant from Portugal, whose third language is English, she lives with other authors, including her husband and sons, in Colorado. A novelist with three pseudonyms in addition to her name and eighteen novels out, her motto is “no genre is safe from me.”   She’s authored popular space operas, Darkship Thieves and Darkship Renegades from Baen Books, the 1st won the Prometheus Award. A third book, A Few Good Men, came out March 5th. Her next novel in her Shifters series, Noah’s Boy, arrives this July.  As Sarah D’Almeida, she writes a series of Musketeers mysteries, and as Elise Hiatt, the Daring Finds Mysteries for Berkley. She also has series called Shakespeare Fantasies, Shifters and Magical British Empire as well.  Her short fiction has appeared in Analog, Asimov’s and anthologies including Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 3, Going Interstellar and Space Horrors amongst many others. She can be found on Facebook or at her website SarahaHoyt.com or blog AccordingToHoyt.com .


SFFWRTCHT: First things first, where’d your interest in speculative fiction come from?

Sarah A. Hoyt: My ten year older brother brought home science fiction and fantasy books. I got hooked. First taste was free. After that he made me go halves on the books from my allowance!
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WINNERS: 2013 Ditmar Awards

he winners of the Ditmar Awards have been announced!

  • NOVEL: Sea Hearts, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)
  • NOVELLA OR NOVELETTE: “Sky”, Kaaron Warren (Through Splintered Walls)
  • SHORT STORY: “The Wisdom of Ants“, Thoraiya Dyer (Clarkesworld 12/12)
  • COLLECTED WORK: Through Splintered Walls, Kaaron Warren (Twelfth Planet)
  • ARTWORK: Cover art, Kathleen Jennings, for Midnight and Moonshine (Ticonderoga)
  • FAN WRITER: Tansy Rayner Roberts, for body of work including reviews in Not If You Were The Last Short Story On Earth
  • FAN ARTIST: Kathleen Jennings, for body of work including “The Dalek Game” and “The Tamsyn Webb Sketchbook”
  • FAN PUBLICATION: The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
  • NEW TALENT: David McDonald
  • WILLIAM ATHELING JR. AWARD FOR CRITICISM OR REVIEW: Tansy Rayner Roberts, for “Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy. Let’s Unpack That.” (Tor.com)

Also announced at the ceremony (but not a Ditmar) were the following:

  • NORMA K. HEMMING AWARD: Sea Hearts, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)
  • PETER MCNAMARA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Nick Stathopoulos
  • A. BERTRAM CHANDLER AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION: Russell B Farr

Congratulations to all the winners!

[via David McDonald and Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews.]

Martha Wells Does Star Wars

Martha Wells has posted the cover art of the her upcoming Star Wars novel Razor’s Edge, which features Princess Leia in an adventure that takes place shortly after the detruction of the Death Star in Star in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

Here’s the synopsis:
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NEW TRAILER: Pacific Rim

The official WonderCon trailer for Pacific Rim has dropped and oh boy, talk about monster mashing goodness, this has Kaiju bashing in spades (and oil tankers). You’re either going to love giant robots vs. monster or not, I’m pretty sure there’s no middle ground. Maybe Guillermo del Toro can add a bit of depth to what otherwise looks like a giant summer blockbuster. We’ll see, but really, when you have Godzilla mixed with Neon Genesis Evangelion, do we really care? Wait, was that GLaDOS? It’s official, I don’t care if there’s any more to the story or not…
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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 4/30/2013

Last call for Coyote. Starting Wednesday I’ll expect cold, hard cash (and/or canteloupe).

What’s special about today’s free fiction?

  1. Black Gate has a story from Jason E. Thummel
  2. Electric Velocipede Issue #26 starts off with a story from E. Catherine Tobler
  3. 19 Nocturne Boulevard has a reading of H.P. Lovecraft‘s “Dreams In The Witch-House”

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Daily Science Fiction Roster of Stories for May 2013

Daily Science Fiction has announced its May 2013 line-up of free stories. All stories will appear on the web one week after their email publication.
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There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for Superheroes edited by Rich Horton…but hurry, time is running out!

See the original post for details on how to enter.

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Tidbits for 4/30/13

Interviews & Profiles

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TOC: ‘A Very British History’ by Paul McAuley

Here is the table of contents for the Paul McAuley’s new collection from PS Publishing, A Very British History: The Best Science Fiction Stories of Paul Mcauley, 1985–2011:

Here’s the book description:
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[GUEST REVIEW] Kate Onyett on “Vince Cosmos” – Glam Rock Detective


Kate Onyett lives and works in Oxford, UK, doing her bit for the NHS and the sick of England. When not nursing a doctor’s ego, she can be found reading and reviewing speculative fiction, and is open to suggestions and submissions for such (gizmomogwai at hotmail dot co dot uk). Her interest in the speculative found full flowering at university, when she talked her tutors into letting her write first about vampires, and then about pirates. Yarr.

It is 1972, and Poppy Munday travels down from South Shields in North England to seek her fortune and make something of herself in the Big Smoke that is hip and happening London. Supported by an older, worldlier cousin and a motherly landlady, Poppy overcomes homesickness and near tragedy (her favourite glam rocker survives being shot at while on stage) to win a competition to meet that same idol, Vince Cosmos. Foiling a second assassination attempt plunges her into Vince’s world of intergalactic adventure and intrigue. She joins forces with him and the strange little man from the upstairs flat to stop Martians taking over the world, one sequinned boot-step at a time.

Vince Cosmos is a funky, lively mix that harks back directly to the comfy, cosy adventures of late 70s, early 80s sci-fi adventures at tea time (the era of my own youth), and there is more than a whiff of classic Doctor Who about the style and tone of the play. This is not surprising, given that it is the brainchild of Paul Magrs, a respected fantasy and sci-fi author who has written for Doctor Who, and whose books are quirky gems, written with a humorously light touch. This is not grand, epic space opera, nor a grinding, angst-filled dramatic ‘event’. But it is a lot of fun, with an appealingly innocent sensibility. These are adventures where nothing so awfully terrible happens that the heroes cannot save the day, and where more potentially dangerous events are exciting instead of intimidating, leaving the heroes undeterred and unscathed. A theatre may be blown up, and a hotel suite shot up, but no one is killed. Baddies escape to make trouble for another day and death and grief are quite ‘alien’ to this nostalgic tale.
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In episode 187 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with APEX Editor/Publisher Jason Sizemore.

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Cover & Synopsis: “The Quarry” by Iain Banks

Amazon has the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel The Quarry by Iain Banks, hittng bookstore shelves on June 20, 2013.

The author credit lacks the “science fictional “M.” because this isn’t science fiction, however, it is the author’s last novel and one whose themes are familiar.

Here’s the synopsis:
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Books Received: April 29, 2013

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.
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Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Tidbits for 4/29/13

Interviews & Profiles

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WINNERS: Autographed Copies of “I Am Automaton”

The winners of our giveaway for Autographed copy of I Am Automaton by Edward P. Cardillo have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to:

  • Daniel M.
  • Arun S.

You will be receiving your prizes soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered.

FINALISTS: 2013 Aurora Awards

The finalists for the Aurora AWard, celebrating the best in Canadian fiction (in both English and French), have been announced :

Best Novel – English
  • Destiny’s Fall by Marie Bilodeau, Dragon Moon Press
  • Food for the Gods by Karen Dudley, Ravenstone Books
  • Healer’s Sword: Part 7 of the Okal Rel Saga by Lynda Williams, EDGE
  • The Silvered by Tanya Huff, DAW Books, Inc.
  • Thunder Road by Chadwick Ginther, Ravenstone Books
  • Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer, Penguin Canada

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Alastair Reynolds tackles Doctor Who in his next novel Doctor Who: Harvest of Time, hitting bookstores in June.

Here’s the brief and generic description of the book:
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Live Video Writers Workshop with Mike Resnick and Paul Di Filippo

Starship Sofa’s newest event is a Live Video Writers Workshop with Mike Resnick and Paul Di Filippo happening on Sunday, 16 June 2013 from 17:00 to 19:00 (BST).
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