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Daily Science Fiction has announced its December line-up of free stories.
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-11-27

Interviews & Profiles

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WINNERS: Vintage Star Wars T-Shirt

The winners of our giveaway for a Star Wars T-Shirt have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to:

  • Jordan B. from Auburn, IN
  • Wolf B. from Furlong, PA
  • Brianna W. from Mount Vernon, NY

You will be receiving your prize soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Right now you can get Andy Weir’s excellent New York Times bestselling novel The Martian for only $3!

in case you missed my review, here’s what it’s about:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

I’m not sure how long the $3 price will last, so hurry up and grab it now if you want it. And if you’re into the whole compare/contrast adaptation thing, recall that The Martian is being made into a film.

Angry Robot Books resumes their normal publication in March of next year with the launch of Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz, which features this cool cover photographed and designed by Steven Meyer-Rassow. (See a larger version after the jump for its awesome detail.)

Here’s the tantalizing synopsis of Flex:
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At Kirkus: A 2014 SF/F/H Holiday Gift Guide

Ah, the smell of the holidays approaching. Warm turkey, tasty stuffing…and the fear of matching loved ones with gifts.

Fortunately, for those of us whose loved ones include readerly geeks and nerds, I’ve put together a 2014 Holiday Gift Guide to make your shopping easier.

It’s up now over at the Kirkus Reviews blog…go check it out.

Right now, for less than $2, you can get House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter on the Kindle, Nook, Google and Apple platforms.

Here’s the book description:

Augustine lives the perfect life in the Haven city of New Orleans. He rarely works a real job, spends most of his nights with a different human woman, and resides in a spectacular Garden District mansion paid for by retired movie star Olivia Goodwin, who has come to think of him as an adopted son, providing him room and board and whatever else he needs.

But when Augustine returns home to find Olivia’s been attacked by vampires, he knows his idyllic life has comes to an end. It’s time for revenge — and to take up the mantle of the city’s Guardian.

Then Olivia’s estranged daughter, Harlow, arrives. She hates being fae, but her powers are exactly what Augustine needs to catch the vampires. Can he convince her to help him in time? Or will the sparks between them send her running again?

The $1.99 price is only available for a limited time, so act now if you want it. The sequel, City of Eternal Night, comes out next week!

I suspect that when the Wits radio station hosted the “Bad Neil Gaiman Challenge”, they knew the hilarity that would ensue. Hundreds of entrants wrote their best bad Neil Gaiman story. Now we can all share in that painful-but-funny goodness by watching Neil himself read the winning entries.
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#BestMashupEver: Batman vs. Darth Vader

Of all the mashups I’ve seen, this is a pretty damn good one. Epic, even. Watch and tell me I’m wrong.

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-11-26

Interviews & Profiles

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Alex Hughes, the author of the award-winning Mindspace Investigations series from Roc (the latest of which is Vacant), has lived in the Atlanta area since the age of eight. She is a graduate of the prestigious Odyssey Writing Workshop, and a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the International Thriller Writers. Her short fiction has been published in several markets including EveryDay Fiction, Thunder on the Battlefield and White Cat Magazine. She is an avid cook and foodie, a trivia buff, and a science geek, and loves to talk about neuroscience, the Food Network, and writing craft—but not necessarily all at the same time! You can visit her at Twitter at @ahugheswriter or on the web at

We Are the Worlds

by Alex Hughes

A friend came to me about a year ago, and told me that she’d been hearing a lot about this Doctor Who thing. She and I had been roommates years ago, and she respected my opinion on TV shows. Now, even though she didn’t like “the whole aliens thing” she wanted me to show her a few Doctor Who episodes so she could understand what it was all about. I said sure, and we watched the first weeping angel episode, the Pompeii episode, and one set in Victorian England. She had a very skeptical look on her face when we finished, and I assumed that was that.

Two months later, she came back, and she told me that she’d been binge watching Doctor Who on Netflix for weeks. I was surprised, and asked why. She told me that while she still wasn’t crazy about “the alien thing” that the show wasn’t really about the aliens. It was about us, about humanity. And that it gave her hope at the end of the day that we might yet work things out. I smiled. I had just converted one more poor unsuspecting soul into the world of geekdom.

What my friend realized on her own was something us geeks have known for a very long time. Science fiction and fantasy aren’t about the aliens, or at least not often. Most of the time the stories we tell are stories about us, about our hopes and our fears, and our choices to embrace the very best of humanity, the very worst, or anything else in between.
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Cover Reveal: THE VOID by Timothy S. Johnston

The Void is coming from Timothy S. Johnston and Carina Press on March 30, 2015. This is the third book in The Tanner Sequence, a series of standalone murder mysteries set in unique and claustrophobic environments. The first two are The Furnace (2013) and The Freezer (2014).

Here’s the cover and synopsis (larger cover appears after the jump!
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Beginning next month, Open Road Media will be publishing ebook editions of classic and beloved works from several science fiction and fantasy authors including Joe Haldeman, Poul Anderson, Nancy Springer, Todd McCaffrey, Bruce Sterling, Philip Wylie, and John Jakes.

Check below to see several dozen of the upcoming titles…

  1. Schismatrix Plus by Bruce Sterling (Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy)
  2. Islands in the Net by Bruce Sterling (Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy)
  3. Involution Ocean by Bruce Sterling (Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy)

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Courtesy of the publisher, we have 2 copies of the book Sustenance: A Saint-Germain novel by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro to give away to 2 lucky SF Signal readers!

Here’s more about what the book is about:

The vampire Count Saint-Germain protects Americans fleeing persecution—and becomes trapped in a web of betrayal, deceit, and murder in post-WWII Europe in Chelsea Quinn Yarbro’s SUSTENANCE

The powerful House Un-American Activities Committee hunted communists both at home and abroad. In the late 1940s, the vampire Count Saint-Germain is caught up in intrigue surrounding a group of Americans who have fled to postwar Paris. Some speak out against HUAC and battle the authorities.

Saint-Germain swears to do his best to protect his friends, but even his skills may not be able to stand against agents of the OSS and the brand-new CIA. And he has an unexpected weakness: his lover, Charis, who has returned to Paris under mysterious circumstances.

And here’s how you can enter for a chance to win:
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Tuesday Tune: The “Star Trek” Fight Music Remix

One of the most iconic scenes of the original Star Trek series appeared in the Ted Sturgeon-written episode “Amok Time“, in which Kirk and Spock fought to the death to a music soundtrack that haunts me to this day.

Less haunting is this modern remix of that music…

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-11-25

Interviews & Profiles

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Starting today and lasting for the net 30 days or so, you can download the audible audiobook version of Brandon Sanderson’s Legion: Skin Deep for absolutely free!

Brandon Sanderson is one of the most significant fantasists to enter the field in a good many years. His ambitious, multi-volume epics (Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive) and his stellar continuation of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series have earned both critical acclaim and a substantial popular following. In Legion, a short, distinctly contemporary novella filled with suspense, humor, and an endless flow of invention, Sanderson revealed a startling new facet of his singular narrative talent. In the stunning sequel, Legion: Skin Deep, that talent is on full display.

Stephen Leeds, AKA “Legion”, is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the new story begins, Leeds and his “aspects” are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there’s a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous… What follows is a visionary thriller about the potential uses of technology, the mysteries of the human personality, and the ancient human need to believe that death is not the end. Legion: Skin Deep is speculative fiction at its most highly developed. It reaffirms Sanderson’s place as one of contemporary fiction’s most intelligent – and unpredictable – voices.

You can listen to a sample here.

Download Legion: Skin Deep at

There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for a Star Wars T-Shirt…but hurry, time is running out!

See the original post for details on how to enter.

Books Received: November 24, 2014

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-11-24

Interviews & Profiles

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