Right now, you can get Paul Di Filippo‘s new eBook, Chasing the Queen of Sassi, for the low, low price of free!

Here’s what it’s about:

A science fiction story set in one of the oldest cities in the world.

After his wife’s death, Rupert decides to change his life and start your journey: he wants to see Matera again, and ends up loving it so much that he decides to move there. But the city is mysterious: who is the beautiful Daeria Bruno that appears and disappears without a trace? And how will the cucibocca’s curse affect his life? In a dizzying series of time travels, Rupert will reveal legendary secrets, being at the center of a timeless story.

Paul Di Filippo is a Rhode Island native, resident in Lovecraft’s Providence for the past forty years with his partner of that same period, Deborah Newton. He sold his first story in 1977, and since then has sold over 200 more, as well as several novels, resulting in some thirty books. He hopes he is at the halfway point in his career.

It’s available on Amazon, Amazon UK, Nook and iTunes

You may not know this, link post junkies, but many of the juicy links supplied in our daily link posts are supplied by author and true fan Paul Di Filippo. So we’re thrilled to learn that Paul’s new book Cosmocopia is now available in eBook format for you young whippersnappers with your iKindles and nookPhones. [Pulls up pants to armpit level.]

Here’s what it’s about:

An insane, broken pulp-art painter gets chance at redemption in a phantasmagoric science fiction wonder from a true master of the weird

Before his stroke and the onset of old age, Frank Lazorg was the king of the fantasy illustrators—with an ego to match. But he can paint no more. That is, until he starts taking a bizarre new drug that promises to restore his creative powers. Unfortunately, artistic reinvigoration comes with a steep price tag: addiction and madness. With his rage and jealousy unleashed and his grasp of reality severely compromised, Lazorg is led to commit an unspeakable act, and, in turn, is led . . . somewhere else. Suddenly naked and helpless, the artist finds himself in a world of abiding strangeness, filled with monstrous things that seem to mock, yet oddly mirror, Lazorg’s previous reality. And here is Crutchsump, a remarkable creature possessing great love and rare compassion, who could possibly aid in Lazorg’s ultimate salvation as he spirals downward through the Cosmocopia and ever-closer to the Conceptus.

Arguably the most inventive force in science fiction since Philip K. Dick in his heyday, Paul Di Filippo outdoes even Paul Di Filippo with his remarkable Cosmocopia. Outrageous, ingenious, nightmarish, funny, provocative, and utterly unforgettable, this is a glittering testament to the towering heights science fiction can achieve.

You can pick it up right now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, or wherever you get your eBook fix.

Paul Di Filippo has posted the table of contents for his upcoming collection The Great Jones Coop Ten Gigasoul Party (And Other Lost Celebrations) coming from Wildside Press:

Here’s the table of contents…
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VIDEO: Paul Di Filippo on The End of Resistentialism

In this talk given by Fractal’12, Paul Di Filippo gives us a short look at “how humanity might come to live in a self-aware cosmos hospitable to the needs of the species, with a discussion of some science fiction stories that portray such a utopia”.

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PS Publishing has posted the book info for Paul Di Filippo’s new collection More Plumage From Pegasus.

Here’s the book description:

THIS SECOND COLLECTION OF humorous vignettes from Paul Di Filippo—-centering on the various absurdities of the literary life (with an emphasis on the fantastical)—owes its allegiance to such masters of wit as S. J. Perelman, Thorne Smith, J. P. Donleavy, Kurt Vonnegut, P. J. O’Rourke, Hunter Thompson and John Sladek.

Whether Di Filippo is using his flensing knives on Neil Gaiman’s plot for world domination; a reader’s book group that embarks on a crime spree; miners who dig metaphors out of the earth; schlubby writers with supermodel girlfriends; or magazinethemed casinos, you can count on his satirical parables and fables, farces and mini-sagas to exhibit a freshness of vision with the maximum of outrageousness, providing laughter galore.

Inverting the workaday assumptions of writers, readers, editors and publishers alike, Di Filippo finds that the lofty pursuit of literature has not remained immune from the degrading trends of modern civilization, but instead become an exemplar of those very phenomena. Nonetheless, at the heart of each piece lies a shining affirmation that no matter how bizarre the business of putting words on paper becomes, dreamers and their dreams remain central to any life worth living—or worth mocking!

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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Dario Tonani – born in Milan, 1959 – is one of the main authors of Italy’s science fiction scene. He has published various novels and around 80 short stories in anthologies, national newspapers and in the most important Italian magazines of the genre (Urania, Giallo Mondadori, Segretissimo, Millemondi, Robot). His most successful series, consisting of two novels and eleven short stories is set in a Milan of the future where doped cartoons (known as +toons) roam the streets infecting the citizens with a new powerful drug which is transmitted via the retina. His first title Infect@, runner-up at the “Premio Urania” 2005 and published in 2007 by Mondadori, was optioned for a film. The sequel Toxic@ was published in 2011 together with other short stories relating to the saga. In 2012 Tonani completed his steampunk/horror saga set on World-9, the story of a giant sentient ship-truck grappling with a wild and poisonous planet. The four stories that make up the series have all been published under the title Mondo9 (Delos Books): Cardanica, Robredo, Chatarra and Afritania. After achieving great success in Italy, the first of them is being published in the US, where it has earned the praise of undisputed steampunk maestro, Paul Di Filippo. Dario has won numerous awards: Tolkien, 1989; Lovecraft, 1994 and ’99; Italia, 1989, 1992, 2000, 2012. The best of his sci-fi short stories is found in the Infected Files anthology published in 2011 – both on paper and in digital format – by Delos Books. Official website: www.dariotonani.it


Three questions from the father of Steampunk, Paul Di Filippo, on the occasion of the publication of Mondo9. War between flesh and gears, sci-fi books and movies, but – first of all – is Science Fiction really exhausted as many experts say?

Paul Di Filippo: What is you opinion on the recent assertion by Paul Kincaid and Jonathan McCalmont that science fiction is exhausted? That the genre is merely recycling old tropes, and doing nothing new, and refusing to  engage with reality, and turning into pure fantasy? How does your own writing attempt to counter this trend, if indeed you acknowledge its existence?

Dario Tonani: Nowadays the future permeates every corner of our lives, it seeps into our every activity, it’s everywhere: given this state of affairs, it’s quite understandable how a literary genre which by its very nature is measured against tomorrow ends up losing its seductive power even before its driving force. Maybe the genre will turn its attention elsewhere, perhaps to fantasy or to so-called paranormal fiction. At a time when the future is presented in images – just think of film, TV, advertising, video games – it seems of little interest that science fiction authors use the medium of words to describe it. And because progress is just so fast, science fiction can become a subject that is entirely credible. Clarke said that ‘any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’, perhaps it’s for this reason we SFauthors have slipped out of our groove – through a total lack of ability to keep pace with the developments of science and technology. I genuinely don’t believe it’s surrender. It looks more like responsible awareness; there’s no point in making risky predictions when you can simply take a path and follow it, in a word ‘fantasise’. And fantasising, entertain. I’ve never wanted to describe something before it became evident to anybody else, I just want to recount my ideas and dreams. I’ve written stories that stand proudly on just one big toe of consistency. I’m not interested in comfortable shoes soled in sound scientific basis. I don’t have to convince anyone, let alone sell a possible or probable future. I’m just a poor Argonaut…

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