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Right now, you can get Paul Di Filippo‘s new eBook, Chasing the Queen of Sassi, for the low, low price of free!

Here’s what it’s about:

A science fiction story set in one of the oldest cities in the world.

After his wife’s death, Rupert decides to change his life and start your journey: he wants to see Matera again, and ends up loving it so much that he decides to move there. But the city is mysterious: who is the beautiful Daeria Bruno that appears and disappears without a trace? And how will the cucibocca’s curse affect his life? In a dizzying series of time travels, Rupert will reveal legendary secrets, being at the center of a timeless story.

Paul Di Filippo is a Rhode Island native, resident in Lovecraft’s Providence for the past forty years with his partner of that same period, Deborah Newton. He sold his first story in 1977, and since then has sold over 200 more, as well as several novels, resulting in some thirty books. He hopes he is at the halfway point in his career.

It’s available on Amazon, Amazon UK, Nook and iTunes

Night Shade Books has posted the table of contents for Rick Wilber’s upcoming baseball-themed anthology Field of Fantasies:

Here’s the book description:

A Fantastic Anthology Combining the Love of Science Fiction with Our National Pastime

Of all the sports played across the globe, none has more curses and superstitions than baseball, America’s national pastime.

Field of Fantasies delves right into that superstition with short stories written by several key authors about baseball and the supernatural. Here you’ll encounter ghostly apparitions in the stands, a strangely charming vampire double-play combination, one fan who can call every shot and another who can see the past, a sad alternate-reality for the game’s most famous player, unlikely appearances on the field by famous personalities from Stephen Crane to Fidel Castro, a hilariously humble teenage phenom, and much more. In this wonderful anthology are stories from such award-winning writers as:

  • Stephen King and Stewart O’Nan
  • Jack Kerouac
  • Karen Joy Fowler
  • Rod Serling
  • W. P. Kinsella
  • And many more!

Never has a book combined the incredible with great baseball fiction like Field of Fantasies. This wide-ranging collection reaches from some of the earliest classics from the pulp era and baseball’s golden age, all the way to material appearing here for the first time in a print edition. Whether you love the game or just great fiction, these stories will appeal to all, as the writers in this anthology bring great storytelling of the strange and supernatural to the plate, inning after inning.

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Check out the appealing cover and the synopsis for the upcoming YA novel Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (sequel to Seraphina).
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-09-16

Interviews & Profiles

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We loves us some good eBook deals!

All of these 50 science fiction, fantasy and horror eBook titles are priced at or under $4 at the time of writing this post. Just like last time WARNING: Prices are subject to change, so check the price before clicking “buy”. If Amazon is not your eBook ecosystem, please do look up the titles wherever you buy your eBooks; discounts are often applied at other outlets, so check there.

  1. Escape From Earth by Allen Steele
  2. Matched by Ally Condie (Speak)
  3. Crossed (Matched) by Ally Condie (Speak)

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Courtesy of the good folks at Penguin Books USA, SF Signal has some cool swag to give away to 1 lucky SF Signal reader!

What swag, you ask?
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Here’s the table of contents for the new double issue of Asimov’s.
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Here is the table of contents for the new issue of Analog:

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Books Received: September 15, 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 2014-09-15

Interviews & Profiles

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SHORT FILM: Streamline

In this short film by Dan Marcus, a man haunted by traumatic memories must confront his past while eluding mysterious pursuers…

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I don’t know about you…but love the anticipation of upcoming books. Here are a few that have caught my eye.
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Cemetary Dance has posted the table of contents for his/her/the upcoming anthology/collection October Dreams 2 edited by Richard Chizmar & Robert Morrish.

Here’s the book description:

The long-awaited follow up to one of the most acclaimed Halloween anthologies ever! This oversized volume will contain spooky Halloween short stories, dozens of authors and artists recalling their own personal memories of Halloween, and essays detailing the history of Halloween. Many of the contributing authors will also autograph the signed editions, which we don’t expect will last long considering the popularity of the original October Dreams and the low print runs we have planned for these special editions.

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Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming novel Master Sergeant by Mel Odom, the start of anew series called The Makaum War

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REVIEW SUMMARY: 7 standout stories + 18 good stories – 4 stories mediocre or worse = a very good collection.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Editor Gardner Dozois’ picks for the thirty-two best science fiction stories of 2013.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: 27 of the stories are worth reading and 9 of those were outstanding; a huge short fiction anthology like this provides readers with diverse concepts and writing styles.
CONS: A small handful of stories just didn’t work for me.
BOTTOM LINE: A very good anthology and a wonderful snapshot of the 2013 short science fiction scene.

Here’s a pretty impressive fact: Garder Dozois’ annual Year’s Best Science Fiction anthology has been running for thirty one years. I’ve been following this series for years and I have to say, the series is an annual treat I always anticipate with eagerness. It has continually proven itself to be an excellent source of good science fiction. Sure, there are the occasional stories that miss the mark for me personally, but the stories are overwhelmingly enjoyable.

The same holds true for this year’s volume. The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection boasts seven hundred pages and thirty-two pieces of fiction first published in 2013 — that includes short stories, novelettes and novellas. In comparison with the last twelve volumes, it seems as if there were even more outstanding stories this year than in previous years, either a sign that fiction is getting better, or that this year’s selection better matches my own personal taste. In either case, an anthology like this offers something for everyone. At the risk of repeating myself, I’ll say that the value of such an anthology is more than the sum of its parts; it broadens your reading horizons, allowing you to experience a diverse set of writers and writing styles, and most all, a variety of the mind-expanding ideas that are the hallmark of science fiction. This anthology has all that in spades. Add to that Dozois’ extensive recap of the science fiction year as well as an addendum of fiction honorable mentions, and any science fiction will have hours of excellent reading ahead of them.

The standout stories in this anthology are:
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If you’ve been paying attention to our daily link posts over the past several years, you will recognize the Fantastic Fiction at KGB Readings. This awesome monthly event is a series of author readings held at the KGB Bar in New York City and organized by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel. Each event features two writers reading their work — not only a great way to sample their work, but also a chance to meet them in person.

Up until this week, you had to be in or around New York City at the time of the readings to enjoy them.

Not any more!
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Friday YouTube: The Villain Pub

The good (and funny) folks at How It Should Have Ended have tackled comic book superheroes…now they give us a look at the villains.
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Check out the massive, star-studded table of contents for Nature Futures 2 edited by Henry Gee and Colin Sullivan.

And hey! Do I spy the name of an SF Signal Irregular?

Here’s the description for the eBook (which sells for under $4!):

100 writers – including Neal Asher, Elizabeth Bear, Gregory Benford, Tobias Buckell, Brenda Cooper, Kathryn Cramer, David Langford, Tanith Lee, Ken Liu, Nick Mamatas, Norman Spinrad, Ian Stewart, Rachel Swirsky, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Ian Watson – offer their take on what the future will look like in this anthology of sci-fi short stories from the award-winning Futures column in the science journal Nature.

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In this short film by James Cooper…

A time traveler meets with a journalist in a hotel room under the guise of sharing their story for an article, but what the journalist doesn’t know is that the time traveler has an ulterior motive for inviting him that will change his life forever.

A bit overly dramatic in places…and the time traveler seems a little too intent on mimicking Agent Smith from The Matrix, but nonetheless an interesting short film.

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Over at the Kirkus Reviews blog this week, I take a look at the latest Upcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy Adaptations.

Check it out, won’t you?

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