Here is the table of contents for the new issue of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, the online/downloadable magazine edited by Mike Resnick.

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MIND MELD: Underappreciated Genre Authors

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Even great writers can get lost among the ever-growing stacks and stacks of genre literature or fade from memory in the course of time. Sometimes a writer’s talent far outweighs his or hers status among the reading public. With that in mind we asked our esteemed panel the following question…

Q: Which genre author, living or dead, do you think deserves more recognition? Why?

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TOC: Galaxy’s Edge Magazine #9, Edited by Mike Resnick

Here is the table of contents for the new issue of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, the online/downloadable magazine edited by Mike Resnick. Here’s the table of contents for the issue:
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MIND MELD: Books We’ve Worn Out Re-Reading

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There are books we read once. There are books we re-read. And then there are the books that we wear out because we devour it again and again. These are the books for which we have to buy ourselves another copy immediately upon lending out because we’re sure we will never see it again — or just want to make sure we have it on hand.

Q: What are some of these genre books for you? Why do you go back to them again and again?

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TOC: Galaxy’s Edge Magazine #5, Edited by Mike Resnick

Arc manor has posted the November 2013 issues of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, the online/downloadable magazine edited by Mike Resnick. Here’s the table of contents for the issue:
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TOC: Galaxy’s Edge Magazine #3, Edited by Mike Resnick

Arc manor has posted the July 2013 issues launch of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, the online/downloadable magazine edited by Mike Resnick. Here’s the table of contents for the new issue:
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Live Video Writers Workshop with Mike Resnick and Paul Di Filippo

Starship Sofa’s newest event is a Live Video Writers Workshop with Mike Resnick and Paul Di Filippo happening on Sunday, 16 June 2013 from 17:00 to 19:00 (BST).
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Mike Resnick has posted Andrew Bosley’s cover art for his upcoming Weird Western novel The Doctor and the Dinosaurs, coming to a bookstore near you in December 2013 from Pyr.

Here’s the synopsis:
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Arc manor has announced the March 2013 launch of a new online/downloadable magazine edited by Mike Resnick. Galaxy’s Edge will have the following table of contents for their inaugural issue:
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MIND MELD: Great Books to Read During Winter

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This week, in time for the change of season, we asked about Winter:

In the Northern Hemisphere, the weather is turning colder, and the season of Winter is upon us. What are your favorite genre stories and novels that revolve around the coldest season. How do they make use of the season, and how do they evoke it?
This is what they had to say…
Gwenda Bond
Gwenda Bond’s debut novel, Blackwood, was a September 2012 launch title for Strange Chemistry, the new YA imprint of Angry Robot Books. Her next novel, The Woken Gods, will be released in July 2013. She is also a contributing writer for Publishers Weekly, regularly reviews for Locus, guest-edited a special YA issue of Subterranean Online, and has an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie. Visit her online at her website ( or on twitter (@gwenda).

The first novel that leaps to mind is Geraldine McCaughrean’s The White Darkness. It’s a wonderfully bizarre tour de force about a girl, Sym, who is obsessed with all things Antarctic, including her imaginary boyfriend, the deceased Captain Lawrence “Titus” Oates. Her mad “uncle” takes her on a once in a lifetime trip there, which turns out to be a nightmare. He believes in the hollow Earth theory and that they will prove it’s true. Along the way, McCaughrean masterfully reveals more and more about Sym’s own past and her phony uncle. Sym’s voice is arresting despite how very in her own head she is—and it’s perhaps because of how that works with a backdrop that is spectacularly isolated and physically challenging. Some people may argue this isn’t a true fantasy, but I would debate them (citing spoilers), and regardless of which of us won I maintain it’d still be of interest to many genre readers because of the hollow Earth fringe science driving the plot.

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Mike Resnick is the winner of 5 Hugos (from a record 36 nominations) a Nebula, and other major awards in the USA, France, Japan, Poland, Croatia, Catalan, and Spain, and has been short-listed in England, Italy and Australia. He is the author of 71 novels, over 250 stories, and 3 screenplays, and is the editor of more than 40 anthologies. His work has been translated into 25 languages, and he is the Guest of Honor at the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention.

SF Signal had the opportunity to talk with him about shared worlds and The Fathomless Abyss, a shared world anthology featuring stories from Mike, Jay Lake, Cat Rambo, Mel Odom, J.M. McDermott, Brad Torgersen and Philip Athans. In The Fathomless Abyss, a bottomless pit opens who-knows-when onto who-knows-where, just long enough for new people from a thousand different worlds and a million different times to fall in and join the fight for survival in a place where the slightest misstep means an everlasting fall into eternity. In this world, the laws of physics work against you, there’s no way out, and time means nothing…

CHARLES TAN: Hi Mike! Thanks for agreeing to do the interview. First off, how did you get involved with The Fathomless Abyss series?

MIKE RESNICK: Phil had solicited a couple of stories from me at his previous job, we hit it off, and he thought of me when he decided to do the Fathomless Abyss.
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Mike Resnick has informed us that Amazon has posted the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel The Cassandra Project, co-authored with Jack McDevitt.

Here’s the synopsis:

Two science fiction masters–Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick–team up to deliver a classic thriller, in which one man uncovers the secret history of the U.S. space program…

Early in his career, Jerry Culpepper could never have been accused of being idealistic. Doing public relations–even for politicians–was strictly business. Until he was hired as NASA’s public affairs director and discovered a client he could believe in. Proud of the agency’s history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future–a bright era of far-reaching space exploration.

But public disinterest and budget cuts changed that future. Now, a half-century after the first moon landing, Jerry feels like the only one with starry–and unexplored planets and solar systems–in his eyes.

Still Jerry does his job, trying to drum up interest in the legacy of the agency. Then a fifty-year-old secret about the Apollo 11 mission is revealed, and he finds himself embroiled in the biggest controversy of the twenty-first century, one that will test his ability–and his willingness–to spin the truth about a conspiracy of reality-altering proportions…

Book info as per Amazon US:

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Hardcover (November 6, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1937008711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937008710

TOC: ‘With a Little More Help From My Friends’ by Mike Resnick and Friends

Mike Resnick has sent us the table of contents for his upcoming book With a Little More Help From My Friends, a collection of short fiction co-authored with 21 other fine writers.

Here’s the book description:

There are nine rockets on this cover and, you know, that’s not nearly enough. Every writer in this book is a rocket in science fiction circles. Some very well known, plying established routes regularly between stars. Others, soon to achieve orbit. But all having talent recognized by Mike Resnick, who has won several (and is often nominated for more) of another kind of rocket, the Hugo award for best science fiction story. Put Mr. Resnick together with other talented writers and wonderful things happen. In this book are twenty-one such flights blasting marvelously beyond warp speed, through hyperspace barriers, and … well, now you know why there are so many rockets on the cover. SO open this book, you are in for a starfleet of treats!

Here’s the table of contents…
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TOC: ‘Resnick On The Loose’ by Mike Resnick

Mike Resnick has sent along the table of contents for Resnick On The Loose, his upcoming non-fiction collection of 77 articles, introductions and editorials coming out at Chicon 7 from Wildside Press:

Part 1: The Jim Baen’s Universe Editorials

  • Howdy
  • Welcome to the Future
  • Straitjackets
  • Slush
  • Revealed Falsehoods
  • Breeding Like Rabbits – or Hugos
  • Television Has a Lot to Answer For
  • Attending Worldcon
  • Remembering Giants
  • The Greatest Thinker of them All
  • The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow
  • Words Matter
  • Joe Smith
  • Last Impressions
  • Looking Close to Home
  • What’s in a Name
  • Pros and Cons
  • The Critics, Lord Love ‘Em
  • Chemo For Algernon
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

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TOC: ‘Win Some, Lose Some’ by Mike Resnick

Here’s the table of contents for his/Mike Resnick’s upcoming collection Win Some, Lose Some: The Hugo Award Winning (and Nominated) Short Science Fiction and Fantasy of Mike Resnick.

Here’s the book description, which features an introduction by Carol Resnick:

Between 1989 and 2012, a span of 23 years, the members of the World Science Fiction Society have seen fit to honor Mike Resnick with 36 Hugo nominations, 30 for his fiction, more than any other science fiction author. The 30 nominated short stories, including the five winning tales, are included in this volume. As you read through these stories, you ll find Theodore Roosevelt attempting to bring civilization to the Congo…and to London. You ll return, with some regularity, to Africa, whether a mythical version existing on a terraformed asteroid or the historical birthplace of humanity along the Olduvai Gorge. Love and loss are depicted whether for a missing spouse, an old friend, an author one has never met, or a copper-skinned Martian princess. Walk in the dusty footsteps of Koriba or see what it is like to live with Dr. Frankenstein, his monster, and Igor. Like the fables which are embedded in so many of these tales, these stories will entertain and make you think. Without seeming to, Resnick adds layers of depth to even the most innocuous-seeming story. And when you are finished, you ll find yourself thinking about all they have to say.

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PS Publishing has posted the cover art, synopsis and table of contents for the upcoming collection Masters of The Galaxy by Mike Resnick.

Here’s the synopsis:

Jake Masters is the spiritual descendant of Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, and all those other fallen angels who wander down today’s dark alleys. They know they’ll be lied to by their clients, betrayed by their friends, hunted by their enemies, paid late if at all – and yet they stick to it, because they possess what all around them have lost: a sense of justice.

In Jake’s case, some four millennia from now, those dark alleys have become dark spaceways, and his allies and enemies aren’t always human, but like his predecessors he’s got an urge to cut through all the lies and corruption in search of the truth, no matter the consequences.

Come join him as he becomes the “Guardian Angel” of a criminal kingpin’s son; watch him tackle the puzzle of “A Locked-Planet Mystery”; learn how a man in his business sometimes has to deal with “Honorable Enemies”; and watch him do whatever’s necessary “If the Frame Fits…”

Rounding off his adventures is a never before published tale, “Real Jake”. We think you’ll agree that this is the perfect blending of the hard-boiled detective and science fiction genres as told by an acknowledged master.

Extracting the table of contents…

  1. “Guardian Angel”
  2. “A Locked-Planet Mystery”
  3. “Honorable Enemies”
  4. “If the Frame Fits…”
  5. “Real Jake”

Book info as per PS Publishing:

  • EDITION: Hardcover
  • COVER ART: Arnold Richter
  • PRINT RUN: unsigned
  • ISBN: 978-1-848634-81-7

Mike Resnick has sent along the cover art for his upcoming novel, The Doctor and the Rough Rider: A Weird West Tale, the follow on book to The Buntline Special and The Doctor and the Kid.

Here’s the synopsis from The Book Depository:

The successful Wild West meets steampunk series continues. The battle lines are drawn: Theodore Roosevelt and Geronimo against the most powerful of the medicine men, a supernatural creature that seemingly nothing can harm; and Doc Holliday against the man with more credited kills than any gunfighter in history. It does not promise to be a tranquil summer.

Book info as per Amazon US:

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1616146907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616146900

Amazon did not have a release date, but Barnes & Noble says it’s December 4, 2012.

Subterannean has has posted the table of contents for Mike Resnick’s upcoming collection The Incarceration of Captain Nebula and Other Lost Futures:

Here’s the book description:

In his long and storied career, Mike Resnick has won all of science fiction’s most prestigious awards. He has won the Nebula, the Hugo, and numerous readers’ awards. He has won the Japanese Hugo, as well as major awards in Spain, France, Poland and Croatia.

The Incarceration of Captain Nebula and Other Lost Futures focuses on Mike’s most recent award-winners and nominees with the exception of heartbreaking ‘The Last Dog,’ Mike s very first award-winning short story and his multi-award-winning classic ‘Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge.’

From examinations of life and death to questions of eternity, Mike’s short fiction explores the range of the human experience–even though his characters include dogs, robots and aliens.

This collection has everything to appeal to the most devoted Mike Resnick fan, including a never-before-seen-in-print novella, ‘Six Blind Men And An Alien.’ The story, set in Africa like so many of Mike’s award-winners, is one of his most spectacular works to date.

The Incarceration of Captain Nebula and Other Lost Futures shows why Mike Resnick is one of science fiction’s most treasured writers–and one of its most beloved.

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TOC: ‘Stalking the Zombie’ by Mike Resnick

Here’s the the table of contents for Mike Resnick’s new collection of John Juston Mallory stories, Stalking the Zombie:

Here’s the book description:

The collected short stories of detective John J. Mallory, the hero of Resnick’s Stalking The Unicorn, Stalking The Vampire and Stalking The Dragon. Eight, hilarious tales of a hard-boiled detective from our world, unhappily stranded in a Manhattan filled with trolls, pink elephants, a blue-nosed reindeer, powerful demons and more. The title story appears here for the first time.

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We asked this week’s panelists…

Q: Which non-fiction books about science fiction should be in every fan’s library?
Mike Resnick
Mike Resnick is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short fiction. He’s the author of 71 novels, over 250 stories, and 3 screenplays, and the editor of 41 anthologies — and he’s the Guest of Honor at this year’s Worldcon.

For a history of our most important magazine, you can do a lot worse than A Requiem for Astounding, by Alva Rogers. Explorers of the Infinite and Seekers of Tomorrow, both by Sam Moskowitz, aren’t all that well-written, but he knew just about every one of these giants personally. Brian Aldiss’s Billion Year Spree is a nice, serious history of the genre. Much more fun is Damon Knight’s The Futurians, the history of the late 30s/early 40s New York fan group, and except for Pohl, Wollheim, Asimov, Knight, Blish, Merril, Kornbluth, Lowndes, and Kidd, why, they hardly produced any major figures at all.

Speaking of Knight, his In Search of Wonder remains one of the best critical collections, along with Blish’s The Issue at Hand and More Issues at Hand (both written as “William Atheling, Jr.”). Also worth a look are Benchmarks by Algis Budrys, and Science Fiction at Large, edited by Peter Nichols.

If you’d like to read every word of every speech and panel given at the 1962 and 1963 Worldcons, try The Proceedings: Chicon III, edited by Earl Kemp (it’s being reprinted for Chicon 7), and The Proceedings; Discon, edited by Dick Eney. Noreascon I also did a Proceedings, though I think we were multi-track by then and it just covered the main track. A nice catch-all book was Sprague de Camp’s Science-Fiction Handbook, which he later revised and updated.

The best biographies are Fred Pohl’s The Way the Future Was, Jack Williamson’s Wonder’s Child, and the wonderful 6-bio catchall, Hell’s Cartographers. And then there’s E. Hoffman Price’s wonderful Book of the Dead, which covers his experiences with Lovecraft, Howard, Kuttner, Clark Ashton Smith. et al. And don’t overlook Bob Silverberg’s Other Spaces, Other Times, or Eric Leif Davin’s Pioneers of Wonder: Conversations with the Founders of Science Fiction. John Campbell deserves a shelf of his own, and you can begin filling with the first two massive volumes of The John W. Campbell Letters, and his Collected Editorials from Analog. There are endless indices to the magazines, but only one truly thoroughgoing history of them: Mike Ashley’s wonderful 3-volume The History of the Science Fiction Magazine.

Books on and about science fiction that belong on most writers’ shelves include Barry Malzberg’s Breakfast in the Ruins and Norman Spinrad’s Staying Alive and Science Fiction in the Real World. Half a century ago Advent gathered Heinlein, Bester, Kornbluth and Bloch for The Science Fiction Novel, then assembled Heinlein, Campbell, Doc Smith, and four others for Of Worlds Beyond. The Panshins wrote Science Fiction in Dimension, a very nice follow-up to the more limited Heinlein in Dimension, then won a Hugo for The World Beyond the Hill. Kingsley Amis’s New Maps of Hell remains a classic. And there are a couple of fine compendiums edited by Reginald Bretnor: The Craft of Science Fiction and Science Fiction Today and Tomorrow. Two charming books containing some serious and a lot of hilarious fanzine articles by Robert Bloch are The Eighth Stage of Fandom and Out of My Head. And on the subject of fandom, the best is Fancyclopedia II, with many more entries than the original. And of course there are the histories of fandom: The Immortal Storm by Sam Moskowitz; Up to Now by Jack Speer; and All Our Yesterdays and A Wealth of Fable by Harry Warner, Jr. Finally, I’ll mention some of my own: a trio of Hugo nominees, Putting it Together, I Have This Nifty Idea…, and (with Barry Malzberg) The Business of Science Fiction.

I realize that I haven’t mentioned some of the very popular recent “must-have” books like the Nichols/Clute Encyclopedia and similar, but that’s because I assume anyone reading this Mind Meld already has them or at least knows about them.
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