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Coming From Tor: SPLINTEGRATE by Deborah Teramis Christian, TRIAL OF INTENTIONS by Peter Orullian, EDGE OF DAWN by Melinda Snodgrass

Here’s a trio of tasy Tor books coming out next year…

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BOOK REVIEW: The Art of John Harris – Beyond the Horizon


REVIEW SUMMARY: A look at the forthcoming book, The Art of John Harris: Beyond the Horizon, to be released by Titan Books on May 27th, 2014.

MY RATING:

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Large, beautifully reproduced images; work spans wide range of Harris’ career; fitting foreword by John Scalzi; reasonable price point for book of this size/quality; equally reasonably priced slip-cased limited edition with signed print.
CONS: More prose about inspirations/thoughts on individual works would have enhanced the book.
BOTTOM LINE: John Harris and his iconic paintings have been a part of the science fiction community for nearly four decades.  He brings an impressionistic sensibility to his bold, massive space landscapes that make each piece stand out as a distinct work of art.  Generations of readers have discovered his work because of the science fiction novels graced with his creations.  Harris continues to be a prolific creator whose work resides on the covers of some of the biggest names in SF literature.  This new retrospective is a welcome body of work and should be added to your collection the moment it is released.

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[GUEST POST] Jonathan Wood on Pictures That are Worth 1000 words (+ Giveaway for NO HERO!)

Jonathan Wood is an Englishman in New York. There’s a story in there involving falling in love and flunking out of med school, but in the end it all worked out all right, and, quite frankly, the medical community is far better off without him, so we won’t go into it here. His debut novel, No Hero was described by Publisher’s Weekly as “a funny, dark, rip-roaring adventure with a lot of heart, highly recommended for urban fantasy and light science fiction readers alike.” Barnesandnoble.com listed it has one of the 20 best paranormal fantasies of the past decade, and Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels described it as, “so funny I laughed out loud.” His short fiction has appeared in Weird Tales, Chizine, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, as well as anthologies such as The Book of Cthulhu 2 and The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year One. His next novel, a sequel to No Hero, is called Yesterday’s Hero and is due out in September 2014. Follow Jonathan on Twitter as @thexmedic.

Worth a 1000 words

by Jonathan Wood

Whenever I want to start writing something new, the first thing I do is look for a picture. It’s become a ritualized part of my writing process. When I’m first starting to plan out a novel, I move like a magpie from tumblr to DeviantArt to Lost at E Minor, looking for fresh sources of inspiration that I can add to my stockpile. Then when it’s time to flesh out an idea from nascent impression into an actual plot, I crack open my art file and start digging. Soon, I’ll find a piece that feels like it’s somehow part of the nascent story in my head, so I’ll stop and use the picture as a springboard for a scene. Just a few hundred words, but enough to generate an idea, a moment of wonder, a potential conflict that will make its way into the novel.

I started this process with my first novel No Hero, and I’ve repeated it a number of times now. Over that course of time, a couple of favorite artists have risen to the fore, old faithfuls that I can always rely on to spark new ideas.
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VIDEO: Vincent Villafranca’s 2013 Hugo Award Base Design

I mentioned before how beautiful this year’s Hugo Award is. That beautifully detailed bronze base is the handiwork of Vincent Villafranca.

If you attended the Hugo ceremony, or watched it online , you will remember the video depicting Vincent creating the base. That video has now been released into the wild by the video’s director, John Davis (who also directed, among other things, Jimmy Neutron). When I spoke with Vincent, he told me that the protective eyewear he wears in the video are antiques, actually worn by smelters decades ago.

Check it out after the jump and see the marvelous close-ups of the awesome base.

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A Tale of Two Publishers (A Visual Comparison of Jason M. Hough’s Upcoming DIRE EARTH CYCLE Series)

If ever I saw a “buzz book” on the horizon, it has to be Jason M. Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, which I have to admit looks pretty darn cool. The idea of this being a book with a lot of buzz surrounding it is mostly because I have seen a review of the book we have in the pipeline, patently waiting for publication day. But it’s also because Hough’s trilogy (the Dire Earth Cycle) has two different publishers set to independently publish the trilogy: Del Rey in the U.S and Titan Books in the U.K. The series thus serves as a perfect opportunity to compare how two publishers are handling the publication.
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Harper/Voyager UK to Release SF/F Classics with Beautiful Minimalist Covers

On the 28th of March 2013, Harper/Voyager will reprint 7 classic sf/f novels with beautiful minimalist covers to accompany the special minimalist-cover Collector’s Edition of The Hobbit that is out right now.

Read on to see bigger versions of the new covers…
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You Can Now Own Limited-Edition Museum-Quality Prints by Award-Winning Artist John Picacio

Chesley- and Hugo-winning artist John Picacio is now selling limited-edition prints from his vast portfolio. Selections include museum-quality prints in these categories:
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REVIEW: Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris

REVIEW SUMMARY: Worth the money, and it’s not just for kids.

MY RATING:

SYNOPSIS: Tell Me a Dragon is a beautifully-illustrated kids’ book, but would be as at home on a coffee table as in a nursery. The art is beautiful, and the writing is poetic.

PROS: Lush, pretty and appealing.
CONS: Too short!
SUMMARY: Worth the money, and fit for the coffee table.
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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 110): 2012 Sword and Sorcery Mega Panel, Part 2

In episode 110 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and Jaym Gates (continuing the discussion from Part 1) sit down with a mega panel of authors, editors and artists to discuss Sword and Sorcery for the modern reader.

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VIDEO: Donato Giancola Paints Joan of Arc

This is too good to not share. This trailer video for Painting Joan of Arc shows talented artist Donato Giancola at work and is absolutely amazing. This encapsulates what I love about art.

[via Tor.com]

Book Cover Smackdown! ‘The Five’ vs. ‘Anno Dracula’ vs. ‘Birthmarked’

Break out your ruler, folks! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

Books shown here:

NOTE: Bigger, better cover art images are available by clicking the images or title links.

Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Leviathan Wakes’ vs. ‘Fuzzy Nation’ vs. ‘Out of the Dark’

Grab your ray guns and pressure suits! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

Books shown here:

NOTE: Bigger, better cover art images are available by clicking the images or title links.

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