Here’s the cover and synopsis for the military fantasy anthology Operation Arcana by John Joseph Adams, forthcoming in April 2015.

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Hey, eBook readers! Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond is part of Amazon’s “Kindle Summer Reading Deals” and is on sale for only $1.99 through August 9!
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Editor John Joseph Adams has posted the table of contents for his upcoming crowd anthology/collection Help Fund My Robot Army!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects, wich also has its own website.

Here’s the book description:

HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! is an anthology of science fiction/fantasy stories told in the form of fictional crowdfunding project pitches, using the components (and restrictions) of the format to tell the story. This includes but is not limited to: Project Goals, Rewards, User Comments, Project Updates, FAQs, and more. The idea is to replicate the feel of reading a crowdfunding pitch, so that even though the projects may be preposterous in the real world, they will feel like authentic crowdfunding projects as much as possible.
So if what you’ve always been looking for in a Kickstarter—and couldn’t find—was a project that allowed you to SUMMON DEMONS, DEFY GRAVITY, WIELD MAGIC, or VIOLATE CAUSALITY, then Help Fund My Robot Army!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects may be just the thing you’ve been looking for.

Here’s the table of contents…
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This is my second installment of my Best Podcast Fiction of All Time List, covering #31-40. You can find #41-50 here. The list is picked from thousands of episodes of the backlog of seventeen short fiction podcasts. There are many more episodes that I love, but these are the cream of the cream of the cream. All of the stories on this list are ones for which I have epic love, so it was a matter of trying to rank them based on fine gradations of that epic love.

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John Joseph Adams is the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, such as The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Armored, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, and The Living Dead. Recent books include The Apocalypse Triptych (consisting of The End is Nigh, The End is Now, and The End Has Come), Robot Uprisings (co-edited with Daniel H. Wilson), and Dead Man’s Hand. He has been nominated for eight Hugo Awards and five World Fantasy Awards, and he has been called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble. John is also the editor and publisher of the digital magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare, and is a producer for WIRED’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Find him on Twitter as @JohnJosephAdams.

His new anthology, DEAD MAN’S HAND: AN ANTHOLOGY OF THE WEIRD WEST, just came out, and he kindly stopped by to chat about it!


Kristin Centorcelli: Congrats on your new collection, DEAD MAN’S HAND! Will you tell us a little about it and what you think sets it apart from other anthologies?

John Joseph Adams: It’s an anthology of “weird western” stories. Not to be confused with “space westerns” like Firefly, weird westerns generally take place right here on Earth, only the world we all know and love is just a little bit different: Like clockwork cowboys roam the frontier. Or 49ers head to California to mine for mana instead of gold. Or airships patrol the skies. In other words: weird westerns are stories of the Old West infused with elements of science fiction, fantasy, or horror, and often with a little counterfactual twist thrown into the mix for good measure.

The phrase “dead man’s hand” refers to the poker hand held by the gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok when, in 1876, he was shot and killed by the coward Jack McCall. There’s little doubt that Hickok was playing cards at the time of his death, but what Wild Bill was actually holding seems to be open to some debate. Legend has it that Hickok’s hand was comprised of black aces and eights (with the fifth card a mystery), but in some accounts it’s jacks and tens, or other variations. I suppose the only way we could ever know for sure would be to ask the man himself by reanimating his corpse or traveling back in time… both of which are the kinds of things that can happen in the “weird western” tale.
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Check out this excerpt from the new weird west anthology Dead Man’s Hand edited by John Joseph Adams. It’s from a story by one of the contributors, Walter Jon Williams.

Here’s how the anthology is described:

HOW THE WEST WAS WEIRD!

From a kill-or-be-killed gunfight with a vampire to an encounter in a steampunk bordello, the weird western is a dark, gritty tale where the protagonist might be playing poker with a sorcerous deck of cards, or facing an alien on the streets of a dusty frontier town.

Here are twenty-three original tales—stories of the Old West infused with elements of the fantastic—produced specifically for this volume by many of today’s finest writers. Included are Orson Scott Card’s first “Alvin Maker” story in a decade, and an original adventure by Fred Van Lente, writer of Cowboys & Aliens.

Read on the for the excerpt…

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Here is the table of contents for the upcoming (June 2014) John Joseph Adams pre-apocalyptic anthology The End is Nigh, the first book of The Apocalypse Triptych.

Here’s the description:

Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm. But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories. Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME focuses on life after the apocalypse.

And here’s the table of contents…
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John Joseph Adams has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse. This anthology was originally going to come out from Night Shade in 2013, but that deal fell through, and so now it’s forthcoming in February 2015, from Titan Books, along with a re-issue of the original Wastelands in January 2015.

Here’s the (not yet final) book description:

Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams, WASTELANDS 2: MORE STORIES OF THE APOCALYPSE is the star-studded follow-up to the 2008 bestselling anthology Wastelands. The first book traced the 21st century resurgence of post-apocalyptic fiction, and while it is considered the definitive collection of its kind, dozens of new stories have been written since it was released. Five of the stories are from the 20th Century, but the remaining twenty-six were all published from the year 2000 onward, and nineteen of those originally appeared in the years since volume one came out. Like its predecessor, WASTELANDS 2 will feature a who’s who of modern authors including George R. R. Martin (A Game of Thrones), Hugh Howey (Wool), Junot Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), Ann Aguirre (Enclave), Cory Doctorow (Little Brother), Nancy Kress (After the Fall), and more. The thirty-one stories include the seminal tale “The Postman” by David Brin, and “The Happiest Place,” a new work by John W. Campbell Award winner Mira Grant

Here’s the star-studded table of contents…
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Table of Contents: ROBOT UPRISINGS Edited by John Joseph Adams

John Joseph Adams has posted the table of contents for his upcoming anthology Robot Uprisings, hitting shelves in April 2014:

Here’s the book description:

Humans beware. As the robotic revolution continues to creep into our lives, it brings with it an impending sense of doom. What horrifying scenarios might unfold if our technology were to go awry? From self-aware robotic toys to intelligent machines violently malfunctioning, this anthology brings to life the half-formed questions and fears we all have about the increasing presence of robots in our lives. With contributions from a mix of bestselling, award-winning, and up-and-coming writers, and including a rare story by “the father of artificial intelligence,” Dr. John McCarthy, Robot Uprisings meticulously describes the exhilarating and terrifying near-future in which humans can only survive by being cleverer than the rebellious machines they have created.

Here’s the table of contents…
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Editor John Joseph Adams has launched the website companion for The Apocalypse Triptych, a trio of anthologies he’s co-editing with Hugh Howey being released in stages starting next year.

Here’s what the anthologies are about:

Edited by acclaimed editor John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction, exploring three different facets of the form:
THE END IS NIGH: pre-apocalyptic stories—exploring the world on the brink of collapse. (Forthcoming June 2014)
THE END IS NOW: apocalyptic stories—exploring the end of the world as it happens. (Forthcoming December 2014)
THE END HAS COME: post-apocalyptic stories—exploring life after the end of the world. (Forthcoming June 2015)
THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will include stories by authors such as Paolo Bacigalupi, Seanan McGuire, Ben H. Winters, Elizabeth Bear, Scott Sigler, Robin Wasserman, and many more. Additionally, each volume will include a brand new story by Hugh Howey set in the world of his bestselling novel Wool.
Don’t want to risk missing out on news about THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH? Sign up for John Joseph Adams’s free newsletter (sent out no more than once or twice a month) to receive updates about THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH, as well as news about his other editorial projects.

Like John’s other anthology websites, the site for The Apocalypse Triptych will be loaded with tons of great content, like:
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John Joseph Adams is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as Oz Reimagined, The Mad Scientist’s Guide To World Domination, Epic: Legends Of Fantasy, Other Worlds Than These, Armored, Under The Moons Of Mars, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, Federations, The Improbable Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes, Seeds Of Change, and The Way Of The Wizard. He is a six-time finalist for the Hugo Award and a five-time nominee for the World Fantasy Award. He is also the editor and publisher of the magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare, and is the co-host of Wired’s The Geek’s Guide To The Galaxy podcast.

Help Fund HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!!

by John Joseph Adams

HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! and Other Improbable Kickstarters all started when a writer named Keffy R.M. Kehrli submitted a story called “HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!!” to the magazine I edit, Lightspeed. It’s the story of a mad scientist-type looking for funding to–as the title suggests–build a robot army. I thought the story was really funny, and I really enjoyed the idea of telling a story using the components and restrictions of the Kickstarter pitch format to tell the story. So once I was done reading it, I immediately knew I was going to buy it, but then I also had another idea: to build a whole anthology around the idea, and, naturally, to fund the anthology via Kickstarter.
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In episode 206 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester welcomes Mary Robinette Kowal, John Joseph Adams, Matt Forbeck and Tobias Buckell to talk about kickstarters in general and the new Help Fund My Robot Army: an anthology of improbable, futuristic, magical & alternate-world crowdfunding projects.

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Tony Smith of Starship Sofa has announced that an upcoming episode of SofaCON will feature a quiz show where SF Signal goes head-to-head with Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Specifically, JP and I will be laying the smackdown all over John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley. I’m fairly certain that a couple of sf fans can take two people firmly entrenched in the industry. I mean, how does living and breathing sf/f on a day-to-day basis really prepare you for going up against a couple of fanboys? I guess we’ll find out. Stay tuned!

Editor John Joseph Adams has posted the table of contents for his upcoming anthology from Titan Books: Dead Man’s Hand: An Anthology of the Weird West.

Here’s come information from John’s announcement:

The twenty-two original works—produced specifically for this volume—will range from a brand new Orson Scott Card tale (his first “Alvin Maker” story in a decade), to an original adventure by Fred Van Lente (creator of Cowboys & Aliens). It will also include stories such as Elizabeth Bear’s story of a steampunk bordello, and new writer Rajan Khanna’s exploration of sorcery found in a magical deck of playing cards.

“The weird western is the forefather of steampunk, with a history that includes Stephen King’s Dark Tower and Card’s Alvin Maker,” editor John Joseph Adams explains. “But where steampunk is Victorian, weird westerns are darker, grittier, so the protagonist might be gunned down in a duel, killed by a vampire, or confronted by aliens on the streets of a dusty frontier town.”

The phrase “dead man’s hand’ refers to the poker hand held by Wild Bill Hickok when he was shot and killed by the coward Jack McCall. “What the hand actually was seems to be open to some debate,” Adams continues. “I suppose the only way we could ever know for sure would be to reanimate his corpse or to travel back in time … both of which are the stuff of the “weird western” tale—stories of the Old West infused with elements of the fantastic.”

And check out this star-studed table of contents:
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Edited by John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen, Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond brings together leading fantasy writers such as Jane Yolen, Tad Williams and Seanan McGuire to create the ultimate anthology for Oz fans—and, really, any reader with an appetite for richly imagined worlds.

Here is the book’s description:

When L. Frank Baum introduced Dorothy and friends to the American public in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz became an instant, bestselling hit. Today the whimsical tale remains a cultural phenomenon that continues to spawn wildly popular books, movies, and musicals.

We asked a few of the authors a couple of questions…

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Hey, eBook readers!

At the time of this writing, Amazon US and Barnes and Noble are listing the brand new John Joseph Adams anthology The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination for only $1.99! And DRM-free!

Take a look at the stellar list of contributors and determine for yourself whether or not this is a great deal. (Hint: It is.)
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Edited by John Joseph Adams and published by TOR, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination features all original, all nefarious, all conquering tales from the megalomaniacal pens of Diana Gabaldon, Austin Grossman, Seanan McGuire, Naomi Novik, Daniel H. Wilson and 17 OTHER EVIL GENIUSES.

The book description is this:

Mad scientists have never had it so tough. In super-hero comics, graphic novels, films, TV series, video games and even works of what may be fiction, they are besieged by those who stand against them, devoid of sympathy for their irrational, megalomaniacal impulses to rule, destroy or otherwise dominate the world as we know it.

We asked a few of the authors a couple of questions…

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Edited by John Joseph Adams and published by TOR, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination features all original, all nefarious, all conquering tales from the megalomaniacal pens of Diana Gabaldon, Austin Grossman, Seanan McGuire, Naomi Novik, Daniel H. Wilson and 17 OTHER EVIL GENIUSES.

The book description is this:

Mad scientists have never had it so tough. In super-hero comics, graphic novels, films, TV series, video games and even works of what may be fiction, they are besieged by those who stand against them, devoid of sympathy for their irrational, megalomaniacal impulses to rule, destroy or otherwise dominate the world as we know it.

We asked a few of the authors a couple of questions…

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John Joseph Adams has posted the table of contents for his new themed anthology The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination.:

Here’s the book description:

From Victor Frankenstein to Lex Luthor, from Dr. Moreau to Dr. Doom, readers have long been fascinated by insane plans for world domination and the madmen who devise them. Typically, we see these villains through the eyes of good guys. This anthology, however, explores the world of mad scientists and evil geniuses—from their own wonderfully twisted point of view.

An all-star roster of bestselling authors—including Diana Gabaldon, Daniel Wilson, Austin Grossman, Naomi Novik, and Seanan McGuire…twenty-two great storytellers all told—have produced a fabulous assortment of stories guaranteed to provide readers with hour after hour of high-octane entertainment born of the most megalomaniacal mayhem imaginable.

Everybody loves villains. They’re bad; they always stir the pot; they’re much more fun than the good guys, even if we want to see the good guys win. Their fiendish schemes, maniacal laughter, and limitless ambition are legendary, but what lies behind those crazy eyes and wicked grins? How—and why—do they commit these nefarious deeds? And why are they so set on taking over the world?

If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, you’re in luck: It’s finally time for the madmen’s side of the story.

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David D. Levine Performs Dr. Talon’s “Letter to the Editor”

Now this is a great idea for an anthology promotion: Have one of the book’s authors (in this case, David Levine) read his short story (in this case, “Letter to the Editor”) in character as the mad scientist Dr. Talon.

Not only do you get free fiction…you get a wonderful performance as well.

The anthology is The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination edited by John Joseph Adams, a themed anthology with 22 stories.

Check it out after the break.

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