Author Archive

This is part of a series of Q&As with the authors of The Apex Book of World SF 3 edited by Lavie Tidhar.

The stories in The Apex Book of World SF 3 run the gamut from science fiction, to fantasy, to horror. Some are translations (from German, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Swedish), and some were written in English. The authors come from Asia and Europe, Africa and Latin America. Their stories are all wondrous and wonderful, and showcase the vitality and diversity that can be found in the field. They are a conversation, by voices that should be heard.


1. Tell us a little about yourself.

Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination. I live in beautiful British Columbia with my family and two cats. I write speculative fiction (from magic realism to horror). My short stories have appeared in places such as The Book of Cthulhu and Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. My first collection, This Strange Way of Dying, was released in 2013. My debut novel, Signal to Noise, will be released in 2015 by Solaris.

I edited the anthologies Dead North and Fractured: Tales of the Canadian Apocalypse. I own Innsmouth Free Press and through it I published the anthologies Sword & Mythos, Fungi, Future Lovecraft, and many more books.
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Here’s the cover and synopsis for V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade ofagic.

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This is part of a series of Q&As with the authors of The Apex Book of World SF 3 edited by Lavie Tidhar.

The stories in The Apex Book of World SF 3 run the gamut from science fiction, to fantasy, to horror. Some are translations (from German, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Swedish), and some were written in English. The authors come from Asia and Europe, Africa and Latin America. Their stories are all wondrous and wonderful, and showcase the vitality and diversity that can be found in the field. They are a conversation, by voices that should be heard.


1. Tell us a little about yourself.

Writer, artist, freelance journalist. Published my first SF-stories over 25 years ago. Two years ago I’ve started my own eBook publishing house and I’m publishing work from other writers as well as my own material.
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Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming novel Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Judd Trichter.

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Here is the table of contents for the new issue of Analog:

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Here’s the table of contents for the new issue of Asimov’s.
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Award winning Composer & Pianist Sonya Belousova and Director Tom Grey bring the classic Japanese anime, Akira, to life

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This is part of a series of Q&As with the authors of The Apex Book of World SF 3 edited by Lavie Tidhar.

The stories in The Apex Book of World SF 3 run the gamut from science fiction, to fantasy, to horror. Some are translations (from German, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Swedish), and some were written in English. The authors come from Asia and Europe, Africa and Latin America. Their stories are all wondrous and wonderful, and showcase the vitality and diversity that can be found in the field. They are a conversation, by voices that should be heard.


(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and I will always be a city boy. I won’t tell you I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I can tell you I’ve always loved to read. Not so with academic books, though I seem to be stuck with them even until now. When I wanted to take up English (Creative English in particular) in university, my mother insisted that I do…more. So Medicine it was, and now I’m doing both, and I’m grateful for that.

Finding a balance, now that’s another story.
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For a limited time Incandescence by Greg Egan will be on sale for $1.99 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The sale begins today but, at the time of this post, not yet…so check the price before ordering!

Here’s the description:

The long-awaited new novel from Greg Egan! Hugo Award-winning author Egan returns to the field with Incandescence, a new novel of hard SF.

The Amalgam spans nearly the entire galaxy, and is composed of innumerable beings from a wild variety of races, some human or near it, some entirely other. The one place that they cannot go is the bulge, the bright, hot center of the galaxy. There dwell the Aloof, who for millions of years have deflected any and all attempts to communicate with or visit them. So when Rakesh is offered an opportunity to travel within their sphere, in search of a lost race, he cannot turn it down.

Roi is a member of that lost race, which is not only lost to the Amalgam, but lost to itself. In their world, there is but toil, and history and science are luxuries that they can ill afford.

Rakesh’s journey will take him across millennia and light years. Roi’s will take her across vistas of learning and discovery just as vast.

Check out the table of contents for the new alternate history anthology Wars to End All Wars: Alternate Tales from the Trenches edited by N.E. White, currently available for only $0.99!

Here’s the book description:

Alternate tales set during the first World War, this short story collection takes history and tweaks it.

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1. Seven authors, including the award-winning Science Fiction and Fantasy author, Elizabeth Moon, commemorate that event by writing stories set during the great war, adding their own, sometimes speculative, interpretations and answering the question, “What if…?”

Here’s the table of contents…
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Looks like some interesting things are in store for the upcoming season of The Walking Dead.

Here’s the Season 5 trailer that premiered at ComicCon…
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Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming novel The Machine Awakes by Adam Christopher, follow-on to Burning Dark….

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In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.
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SHORT FILM: Expo

This moving short film directed by Joe Sill delves into the heart of a mother’s interplanetary sacrifice for her daughter…

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RIP: Lawrence Santoro

Sad news…

Starship Sofa and SF Site are reporting that author Lawrence Santoro has passed away after a bout with cancer.

Lawrence was the producer of the Tales to Terrify podcast and an author of many short fiction stories, many of which were collected in the 2011 collection Drink for the Thirst to Come.

It’s time another Book Cover Smackdown! This time around, covers of forthcoming steampunk titles go head-to-head. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Pass artistic judgment!

Tell us:

  • Which of these covers do you like the most?
  • What works and what doesn’t work with these covers?
  • Do any of them make you want to learn more about and/or read the book?

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Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming shared world collection Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad edited by George R. R. Martin.

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Deadline in reporting that Amazon has ordered a pilot episode for a drama series based on Philip K. Dick’s famous alternate history novel The Man In The High Castle. The book posits an alternate history in which Germany won World War II and now occupies the United States.

The order went to Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free, who owns the rights. The script is being written by former X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz.

This is not the first news of this novel being adapted. Back in 2013, it was being reported that the SyFy channel was interested in adapting the series, but that apparently went nowhere. Now, Amazon has expressed an interest in the adaptation. Time will tell if actually pans out this time.

What fans really wanna know, can two Star Fleet offciers share a starship…without driving each other crazy?

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Here is the description and table of contents for the new audio anthology The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 6 edited by Allan Kaster…a marvelous collection of stories with nearly 10 hours of listening pleasure…

An unabridged audio collection of the best of the best science fiction stories published in 2013 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster, as narrated by Tom Dheere, Nancy Linari, and Dara Rosenberg. More than 9 ½ hours on 8 CDs. In “Zero for Conduct” by Greg Egan, an Afghani teenager, living in a near-future Iran with her exiled grandfather, makes a game-changing superconductor discovery. A young girl struggles to survive on a planet, with a stringent class structure, where Doors are used to go off-world in “Exit, Interrupted” by C. W. Johnson. “Pathways” by Nancy Kress, follows a teenage girl from a small Kentucky mountain town, in a near-future U. S., struggling with her family and culture as she seeks treatment for Fatal Familial Insomnia. In “Entangled” by Ian R. MacLeod, an Indian woman, in a Britain turned upside down by a disease that links people s minds, searches for answers to her personal catastrophe. In “The Irish Astronaut” by Val Nolan, a colleague brings the ashes of an astronaut, who died in the Aquarius disaster, to Ireland for final burial. In “Among Us” by Robert Reed, a government agency goes to extraordinary lengths to identify and track the aliens among us. “A Map of Mercury” by Alastair Reynolds, showcases the plight of a failed artist dispatched to retrieve an artistic genius from a collective of cyborgs parading across the face of Mercury. In “Martian Blood” by Allen M. Steele, a researcher from Earth goes on an expedition into the untamed regions of Mars to extract blood from its natives. “The She-Wolf s Hidden Grin” by Michael Swanwick, set in the same milieu as Gene Wolfe s The Fifth Head of Cerberus, follows the childhoods of two sisters on a planet far from Earth. Finally, in “The Best We Can” by Carrie Vaughn, a frustrated scientist pursues first contact among an apathetic populace.

Here’s the table of contents…
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