Sunday Cinema: The 10th Victim

The 10th Victim is a 1965 film starring Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress. It’s based on Robert Sheckley’s 1953 short story “Seventh Victim”. Sheckley later published a novelization of the film (The 10th Victim) as well as two sequels Victim Prime (1987) and Hunter/Victim (1988).

The premise is that war has been replaced by legalized murder games called The Big Hunt, which provide sport and entertainment for the masses.
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On My Radar: BROKEN MONSTERS by Lauren Beukes, THE STEAMPUNK USER’S MANUAL by Jeff VanderMeer and Desirina Boskovich, TIME TRAVEL: RECENT TRIPS Edited by Paula Guran

Call me silly, but books excite me. Here are a few examples of upcoming books that I’m looking forward to reading.

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Table of Contents: Flash Fiction Online, September 2014

Flash Fiction Online, September 2014Here is the table of contents for the new issue of Flash Fiction Online:

  • “The Cell I’m In” by Eli Hastings
  • “Honeybee” by Caroline M. Yoachim
  • “The Vitruvian Farmer” by Marcelina Vizcarra

This issue was edited by Suzanne Vincent and features cover art by Rick W Ware.

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 8/30/2014

And we’re back, after a nice August vacation.

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #153 – August 07, 2014
  2. @OpenBook Publishers: “A Time Travel Dialogue” by John W. Carroll, Et Al.
  3. @Mythic Delirium: “The Djinn” by Saira Ali

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-08-30

Interviews & Profiles

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Gunpoint is a 2D stealth strategy game released by Tom Francis released in 2013. In it, you play a private detective specializing in infiltration of secure buildings (mostly breaking into secure office buildings, stealing/planting data and then escaping it). As the game starts, you get a call to visit the office of a friend but when you get there you find that she’s been murdered in the short time since the phone call. You don’t see any clear evidence but the building security camera recorded you entering her office.

A friend of your dead friend contacts you, warning you that you’ll be the primary suspect for the lazy local police force. She wants the real killer to be found so she contracts your services to break into the five offices that store the automatic offsite backups of that security feed.

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eBook Deal: Today Only, Get THE SHORE OF WOMEN by Pamela Sargent for Only $1.99!

The eBook for The Shore of Women by Pamela Sargent is on sale for $1.99!

This classic work of feminist science fiction finds the world reordered. Following a nuclear holocaust, women have used advanced technology to expel men from their cities, bringing them back only for purposes of loveless reproduction under the guise of powerful goddesses. When one young woman, Birana, questions her society’s deception, she finds herself exiled amongst the very men she has been taught to scorn. As Birana and her reluctant male protector Arvil grow closer, their feelings for each other just might mend their fractured world—if they somehow manage to survive.

This deal is available to today only, so if you want it, pick it up while you can.

Cover & Synopsis: GET IN TROUBLE: STORIES by Kelly Link

Here’s the cover and synopsis for Kelly Link’s upcoming collection of short fiction Get in Trouble: Stories.

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BOOK REVIEW: War Stories Edited by Jaym Gates and Andrew Liptak

REVIEW SUMMARY: A diverse and well-balanced anthology that delivers on its promises.


BRIEF SYNOPSIS: An anthology of 24 military science fiction stories.

PROS: Excellent stories with highlights by Karin Lowachee, Linda Nagata, and Yoon Ha lee; beautiful Galen Dara Cover art.
CONS: As always with an anthology, some stories stronger than others; story order imperfect.
BOTTOM LINE: An essential set of stories for readers interested in military science fiction.

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TOC: Galaxy’s Edge Magazine #10, Edited by Mike Resnick

Here is the table of contents for the new issue of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, the online/downloadable magazine edited by Mike Resnick.

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Stanislaw Lem and His Push For Deeper Thinking

Almost ten years ago now, I picked up a copy of Stanislaw Lem’s novel Solaris and was struck at how different it was compared to a number of the other books I was reading at the time. It was an interesting and probing novel, one that I don’t think I fully understood at the time. (I still don’t).

Lem is an author who is truly uninhibited by genre convention. Last column, I looked a Ursula K. Le Guin, and have been thinking quite a bit about how science fiction authors began to put themselves into a box midway through the century when it came to ‘hard’ science fiction. Limiting a story in some regards requires one to limit one’s own imagination: after all, we’re talking about fiction, where authors can make up whatever they choose. Lem was one of the authors who could make up a considerable story and then deliver it.

Go read Stanislaw Lem and His Push For Deeper Thinking over at the Kirkus Reviews blog.

Thug Notes Takes on THE HUNGER GAMES

Here’s another fantastic analysis from the good folks at Thug Notes, this time focusing on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

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There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for The Freezer by Timothy S. Johnston…but hurry, time is running out!

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There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick…but hurry, time is running out!

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-08-29

Interviews & Profiles

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FTL is a game by Subset Games published in 2012 (with all-new game expansions published in April 2014). It’s a space exploration and combat game with much of the challenge coming from resource allocation problems.

You are the captain of a Federation ship that has vital information about the war against the Rebels. You have to race ahead of the Rebel fleet to reach a Federation base that can make use of the information.
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[GUEST POST] Kameron Hurley on 5 Things I Learned When I Stopped Worrying About Genre

Kameron Hurley is the author of The Mirror Empire, as well as the award-winning God’s War Trilogy, comprising the books God’s War, Infidel, and Rapture. She has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. Hurley has also been a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Nebula Award, the Locus Award, BFS Award, and the BSFA Award for Best Novel. Her short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Year’s Best SF, EscapePod, The Lowest Heaven, and the upcoming Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women.

Thundercats Ho! 5 Things I Learned When I Stopped Worrying About Genre

by Kameron Hurley

I get a lot of questions about what genre my books are. I mean, what do you call a book with space ships and magicians and shape shifters and aliens? (oh my!) How about a book with organic energy swords, satellites, empresses, orphaned scullery girls, blood magic and parallel worlds, like my latest book, The Mirror Empire?

In truth, I didn’t think too much about the genre of these books while I was writing them. With my God’s War Trilogy I chose to market it as the thing it was most like – science fiction. Maybe science fiction noir, like Blade Runner. And with The Mirror Empire, I did the same – it’s most like epic fantasy.

But for all intents and purposes, the genre of my work doesn’t really matter, especially while I’m writing it. If you asked me, honestly, what genre I wrote, I’d say it’s science-fantasy. It’s Thundercats. It’s Wonder Woman riding a kangaroo through space. I mean, what genre is that, really?

Here’s five things I learned when I stopped worrying about genre and just wrote the fricking stuff I love to write.
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“Daddy, What’s Dungeons & Dragons?”

A week ago I noted that a new version of the Dungeons & Dragons Player’s Handbook made its debut. Though it has been about 30 years since I last played D&D, I immediately ordered a copy, and was surprised and delighted when it arrived today. I hadn’t expected to get it for a few more days.

It is a beautiful book, its thick, glossy cover and heavy color pages reminiscent of a textbook. And in a way it is a textbook. If anything in my childhood taught me how to exercise my imagination in a fun and unique way, it was Dungeons & Dragons.

As I sat on the couch running my hands across the pages, my son, who turned five earlier this summer, saw Tyler Jacobson’s wonderful cover art and asked what the book was about.

“It’s a Dungeons & Dragons book,” I told him. Being a five, he was familiar with both dungeons and dragons. But possibly not together in a book. So while his next question was inevitable, he asked it with sincere curiosity.

“Daddy, what’s Dungeons & Dragons?”
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[GUEST POST] Crystal Koo on Spaces for Speculative Fiction in Hong Kong

Crystal Koo‘s short stories have been published widely, including venues such as The Apex Book of World SF 3, Maximum Volume: Best New Filipino Fiction 2014, Abyss & Apex, and Shanghai Steam. Her latest publication will be forthcoming in Philippine Speculative Fiction 9. She recently won in the 2013 Hong Kong Top Story Competition and was a Carlos Palanca awardee in 2007. Crystal was born and raised in Manila and currently works in Hong Kong, where she has been involved in the local music and theatre scenes. She blogs at and tweets @CrystalKoo.

Spaces for Speculative Fiction in Hong Kong

by Crystal Koo

A lot of people expect speculative fiction in Hong Kong to be a little hard to distinguish from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. That retinue of berobed, be-sworded warriors with noble hearts is the Chinese water chestnut for all things speculative and it’s part of a very old genre called wuxia. Wuxia‘s imagery and principles can be found in popular Hong Kong fantasy films like Clarence Fok’s The Iceman Cometh and Tsui Hark’s steampunk Detective Dee series, both set in Imperial China. This imagery gets repeated time and time again, and for good reason – it’s familiar. It’s easy to do your world-building when people already know the lore, so it’s understandable why the tropes get reused (though sometimes very creatively). Spoiler alert, though: there are a lot more possibilities to Hong Kong speculative fiction than just finding out that the eunuch did it.
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Listen to Sylvia Izzo Hunter, Author of THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN, on The Functional Nerds Podcast

Sylvia Izzo Hunter, author of The Midnight Queen, joins John Anealio and Patrick Hester this week on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

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