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Jonathan Strahan has posted the table of contents for his upcoming anthology Fearsome Magics.

Here’s the book description:

A cabinet of magic! A cavalcade of wonder! A collection of stories both strange and wondrous, of tales filled with wild adventure and strange imaginings. Fearsome Magics, the second New Solaris Book of Fantasy, is all these things and more. It is, we think, one of the best books you will read all year.

Award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has invited some of the best and most exciting writers working in fantasy today to let their imaginations run wild and to deliver stories that will thrill and awe, delight and amuse. And above all, stories that are filled with fearsome magic! Authors set to take part in Fearsome Magics include Christopher Priest, Garth Nix, Catherynne M. Valente, Ellen Klages, Isobelle Carmody, Nalo Hopkinson, Frances Hardinge, Scott Lynch, Robert Shearman, Justina Robson, Christopher Rowe, Karin Tidbeck, K J Parker, and Justina Robson.

Here’s the table of contents…
(A larger version of the cover appears below)
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Friday YouTube: A Poem for FTL

Via Geek Art Gallery
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Think you know all about space from watching movies? Guess again.

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Here are some cool-sounding alternate takes on the Game of Thrones theme…
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Interviews & Profiles

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Check out this outstanding lineup for Alex Dally MacFarlane’s upcoming (December 2014) anthology from Running Press, The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women:

Here’s the book description:

33 outstanding science fiction stories by women

Travel by train to the Moon, discover living spaceships born in gas giants and explore the constellations, alternate universes and post-apocalyptic worlds of this compelling collection of SF written by women.

Whether crossing the stars or constructing the future of our planet, women have always written powerful, important science fiction. This anthology showcases the most exceptional SF stories written by women in recent decades, from classic stars Ursula K. Le Guin and Angélica Gorodischer; science fiction greats Karen Joy Fowler and Nancy Kress; new award-winning talents Elizabeth Bear, Nnedi Okorafor and Aliette de Bodard; and many more.

Here’s the table of contents…
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Over at the Kirkus Rveiews Blog this week, I take a look at Recent Time Travel Reads That Are Sure to Please.

Check it out!

Falling Skies Season 4 Trailer

Here’s the trailer for the upcoming fourth season of TNT’s Falling Skies, which begins June 22nd here in the U.S.

There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Eight edited by Jonathan Strahan…but hurry, time is running out!

See the original post for details on how to enter.

SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-04-24

Interviews & Profiles

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Apparently, it’s Game of Thrones video week! (This one, via PoeTv.)

Here’s a motion cominc detailing the history of Westeros….

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-04-23

Interviews & Profiles

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We’re pleased to bring you an excerpt from Daryl Gregory’s new novel, Afterparty (available today from Tor Books), which gives whole new meaning to the term “designer drugs”.

Here’s how the book is described:

It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a chemjet and internet connection can download recipes and print drugs, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, used as a sacrament by a new Church that preys on the underclass. But she is arrested and put into detention, and without the drug, commits suicide.

Lyda Rose, another patient in that detention facility, has a dark secret: she was one of the original scientists who developed the drug. With the help of an ex-government agent and an imaginary, drug-induced doctor, Lyda sets out to find the other three survivors of the five who made the Numinous in a quest to set things right.

A mind-bending and violent chase across Canada and the US, Daryl Gregory’s Afterparty is a marvelous mix of William Gibson’s Neuromancer, Philip K. Dick’s Ubik, and perhaps a bit of Peter Watts’s Starfish: a last chance to save civilization, or die trying.

Read on for an excerpt!

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Longtime SF Signal readers may recall how much I loved Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Lathe of Heaven. That’s why I’m excited that Diversion books is making the novel available as an ebook. Even better: they are offering the following deal available exclusively to SF Signal readers….

For a limited time, starting today, you can get the eBook version of Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Lathe of Heaven for only $4.99. That’s 38% off the normal $7.99 list price.

You can order the book from the widget below…
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The Houses of Westeros sing their hearts out in this Game of Thrones music video parody from The Warp Zone…

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-04-22

Interviews & Profiles

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Ben Blattberg is a freelance writer currently living in Texas. He blogs about movies and story structure at and makes jokes on Twitter @inCatastrophe.


BRIEF SYNOPSIS: In a Western frontier torn between agents of the Gun and of the Line, three people are drawn into a conflict over a secret weapon that may finally end the war.

PROS: Engrossing setting; engaging writing; interesting ideas; exciting action.
CONS: Long and occasionally feels it.
BOTTOM LINE: Fascinating “fantastic western” with strong writing; a book that can spark a debate or provide entertainment.
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Golden Wolf recently teamed up with Warner Bros Animation and MOI Studio to help bring their vision for Superman’s 75th anniversary to life. And done well, I might add.

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WINNERS: 2014 BSFA Awards

The winners of this year’s BSFA Awards have been announced!

  • BEST NOVEL: Tie between Gareth L. Powell for Ack Ack Macaque and Ann Leckie for Ancillary Justice.
  • BEST SHORT FICTION: Spin by Nina Allan
  • BEST ART: Cover of Tony Ballantyne’s Dream London by Joey Hi-Fi.
  • BEST NON-FICTION: Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer.

Congratulations to all the winners!

See also: Past winners.

FINALISTS: 2014 David Gemmell Awards

This year’s finalists for the Gemmell Awards for Fantasy have been announced!

Legend Award (Best novel)
  • The Daylight War by Peter V Brett (Harper Collins UK)
  • Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Harper Collins UK)
  • The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch (Gollancz)
  • A Memory of Light by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan (Tor/Forge)
  • War Master’s Gate by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor UK)

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