Fantastic Books has cut prices on their ebooks.
Check out the following press release for the juicy, money-saving details…
In 2005, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo published the first Trese comic. Not a cop, but working with them, Alexandra Trese and her faithful assistants solve the crimes that can’t be brought before a judge. Manila is her city, left to her by her father and his father before him, and she’s going to protect the people in it by whatever means necessary. When you live in a Manila where all of the old Filipino folklore is true, that involves making deals with some monsters, and destroying others.
Originally the Trese komiks were photocopied ashcans, passed around through fans and sold whenever you could find the author or artist to buy one. The graphic novels are published by Visual Print Enteprises, a small press in the Philippines. Their financial success, popularity, and awards led Tan and Baldisimo to sign with Flipside Publishing Services Inc., which is currently releasing the individual issues as eBooks. But even now, as huge as the komik’s creators are at home, they’re still considered outsiders, unknown by most US readers.
Those of you who are just hearing about Trese for the first time have been missing out on something amazing.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Balfour and Meriwether, special agents to the British crown, deal with extraordinary and fantastical threats to their monarch, and the world.
PROS: Light, fun atmosphere, breezy dialogue, clever action and appealing protagonists in a fine Secret Fantastic Victorian Era.
CONS: The stories are a bit short, and feel a bit constrained in word length.
BOTTOM LINE: Two fun stories that show yet another side to one of Genre’s best and facile writers today.
Balfour and Meriwether in Two Adventures, published by a new digital publisher called SnackReads, collects two Victoriana stories by Daniel Abraham, one of the most facile and flexible writers today. The title characters are agents for the British Crown in the late 19th century. The two stories deliberately obscure in time, and are told from the perspective of Mr. Meriwether looking back on the adventure from a journal written after the first world war. The stories have a fantastic Victorian feel, but with the twist of it being a secret history. Ordinary people have no idea the extraordinary threats and dangers Belfour and Meriwether face.
Today’s Kindle Daily SF/F Deal is Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky:
Today’s SF/F Kindle Deal is Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky:
Red Schuhart is a stalker, one of those young rebels who are compelled, in spite of extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect the mysterious artifacts that the alien visitors left scattered around. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in the alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together to pick up a “full empty,” something goes wrong. And the news he gets from his girlfriend upon his return makes it inevitable that he’ll keep going back to the Zone, again and again, until he finds the answer to all his problems.
First published in 1972, Roadside Picnic is still widely regarded as one of the greatest science fiction novels, despite the fact that it has been out of print in the United States for almost thirty years. This authoritative new translation corrects many errors and omissions and has been supplemented with a foreword by Ursula K. Le Guin and a new afterword by Boris Strugatsky explaining the strange history of the novel’s publication in Russia.
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Jeff Carlson is the author of Plague Year, Plague War (a finalist for the 2008 Philip K. Dick Award), and Plague Zone. To date, his work has been translated into fourteen languages. His short stories and nonfiction have appeared in a number of top venues such as Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Boys’ Life, Strange Horizons and the Fast Forward 2 anthology. His latest book, The Frozen Sky, is available as an eBook.
I’m fourth generation sf/f. My great-grandmother built her library around Frank L. Baum’s Oz series, the original fantasy epic. She passed those beautiful hardcovers to her son, my grandfather, who kept them alongside “Doc” E.E. Smith novels such as Triplanetary and Galactic Patrol, which were the cutting edge in his time.
Later, when I was a boy, my grandfather introduced me to the world’s first media tie-ins like Han Solo’s Revenge and Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye. This was not a man who sneered at popular good fun. He entranced me with Star Wars books, then fed my new addiction with the classics.
At the same time, my father was bringing home doorstoppers like The Hobbit and Clan Of The Cave Bear, which reads very much like alt history with strange people in a strange world.
My point is I know a good piece of science fiction when I see it. Tell me this doesn’t fit the bill:
A day late, because, seriously, have you seen how much free fiction is on here?
Be sure to let your friends and enemies know about the SF Signal Free Fiction listing. If everyone tells three friends, we could grind the world economy to a halt. Or something.
For updates on me and my writing, you can always visit my website. The first ten visitors will receive a free snow cone.
I’ve included my own novel excerpt this week: After The Fires Went Out: Coyote – Prologue.
Because my first novel (After The Fires Went Out: Coyote) needs some editing, I’ve created a crowdfunding project to hire an editor. For more info on the novel and how you can contribute, please check out my Indiegogo project page: After The Fires Went Out – Make My Novel Not Suck Donkeys.
New Experiment Time: I’d like to expand the reach of this listing. If you have a short story you’ve just published on your website or upcoming Kindle or other ebook promotions, please let me know (for ebook promos, please let me know the date range). I can’t guarantee that I’ll get everything up, but it can’t hurt for you to hassle me via e-mail.
As part of my continual war of attrition against speculative fiction, my short story “Vegans Are F**king Delicious” is available for free on Amazon.