SF Signal Readers’ Choice: What was Your Favorite SF/F/H Video Game of 2013?

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 2013.

Sound off in the comments!

Cover & Synopsis: NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE 2014 Edited by Kij Johnson

Check out the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel anthology Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 edited by Kij Johnson.

Here’s the synopsis:
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Tuesday Tune: “Your Favourite Dragon” by Vera Lynch

Vera Lynch is a London-based five piece band playing alt rock with an evil cowboy surfer vibe. This track, from the Evil Cowboy Surfer Songs EP, is called “Your Favourite Dragon“.

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2013-12-31

Last one of the year — Happy New Year, folks!

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SF Signal Readers’ Choice: What was Your Favorite SF/F/H Television Show of 2013?

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 television shows of the year by telling us which science fiction, fantasy and/or horror shows were your favorites. These do not have to necessarily be shows that were originally aired this year — we are more interested in the best shows that you consumed for the first time in 2013.

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New Titles from Infinity Plus

Infinity Plus has a slew of enticing new releases available now and in early 2014. Check them out in the following press release:
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Books Received: December 30, 2013

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2013-12-30

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Short Epic Fantasy Film: Exordium

Are you in the mood for a gritty (and graphic) fantasy animation? Then check out Exordium, described thusly:

A group of warriors confront that which stands between them and the power to save their people in this rotoscoped animated fantasy short created by Morgan Galen King’s Gorgonaut studios. Starring Jon Tomlinson, and featuring music by Strand of Oaks, Ice Dragon, and Jonn Ollsin

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Today’s eBook Deal: Get SOULLESS (Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger for only $1.99

Today only, you can get Soulless, the first book in Gail Crarriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, for only $1.99.

Here’s what it’s about:

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire — and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

SOULLESS is the first book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

Get it for $1.99 today only at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or iTunes.

Daily Science Fiction Roster of Stories for January 2014

Daily Science Fiction has announced its January 2014 line-up of free stories. All stories will appear on the web one week after their email publication.
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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 12/28/2013

Catching up after two weeks… I didn’t expect to be gone for so long. What was I doing? Why, getting a book published, of course! For those of you who don’t know, yesterday was the official release day for Persephone, Goddess of the Not So Undead, a very different take on zombies.

More to come tomorrow, especially eBooks.

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2013-12-28

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SF Signal Readers’ Choice: What was Your Favorite SF/F/H Film of 2013?

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 films of the year by telling us which science fiction, fantasy and/or horror films were your favorites. These do not have to necessarily be films that were originally released this year — we are more interested in the best films that you consumed for the first time in 2013.

Sound off in the comments!

Short Fiction Friday: My Favorites of 2013

REVIEW SUMMARY: A look back at what I consider the best of the short fiction that I read in 2013.

It has been quite a run. I did not realize how time-consuming and challenging it would be to take on the task of attempting (and sometimes failing) to review works of short fiction each week for 2013 here on SF Signal. I have appreciated the opportunity and the rewards have been rich indeed, as will be apparent in the following post. Many of the stories featured were first published in 2013, though some are not and were simply discovered by me for the first time this year. I have included links to each short story, when they exist, as well as my edited review notes and a notation of where I found each story. All of the stories featured in this annual overview received either a 4.5 or 5 star rating from me at the time of review.

This is a great selection of short stories, novelettes and novellas. In the mix you will find the presence of both established and up-and-coming authors, a great variety of style and subject matter in both science fiction and fantasy, and will see that various selections unintentionally play off of one another for interesting thematic contrast. As a disclaimer I will state that ratings are a matter of personal opinion and thus you may not experience these stories in the way that I did. A shortage of time means that many potentially noteworthy stories were missed and my personal desire to stay current with a handful of short fiction publications means that many other purveyors of short fiction were not featured during this year of reading and reviewing short fiction. So feel free to tell me where you agree or disagree and let me, and all the SF Signal readers, know what short fiction I missed in 2013 and where it can be found.

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Planetoid by Ken Garing

This week over at the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at Planetoid by Ken Garing.  Holy crap.

From the post:

In my constant search to find new and cool things for this column, I came across a cover that made me pause and stare for a bit.  I know, I know – you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover.  But still, we do it all the time.  In this case, the cover had this vibe about it, harkening back to the pulpish covers without the usual exploitation – there was no scantily clad vixen clinging to the over-muscled hero type.  As much as the cover invoked the pulps of the past, there was also this starkness to it.  All of these things resonated with me.  I couldn’t help but pick it up.  And now, having read the book cover to cover in one sitting, I have to say – I’m certainly glad that I did.

Sounds cool, right?  Well, read the rest of the review over at the Kirkus Blog.

SF/F/H Link Post for 2013-12-27

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SF Signal Readers’ Choice: What was Your Favorite SF/F/H Book of 2013?

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 reads of the year by telling us which science fiction, fantasy and/or horror stories were your favorite reads. These do not have to necessarily be books that were originally released this year — we are more interested in the best books and stories that you consumed for the first time in 2013.

Sound off in the comments!

What Are Your Reading Triggers?

If you’re like me, then there are certain things that act as reading triggers — things that make you want to read. Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog today, I take a look at 3 Un-Amazing Things That Make Me Want to Read.

Check it out and let people know: What are your reading triggers?

SF/F/H Link Post for 2013-12-26

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