Today only, you can get Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh for $1.99 on the Kindle and Nook platforms.
Here’s the book description:
What happens when resources become scarce and society starts to crumble? As the competition for resources pulls America’s previously stable society apart, the “New Normal” is a Soft Apocalypse. This is how our world ends; with a whimper instead of a bang. New social structures and tribal connections spring up across America, as the previous social structures begin to dissolve. Locus Award finalist and John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalist Soft Apocalypse follows the journey across the Southeast of a tribe of formerly middle class Americans as they struggle to find a place for themselves and their children in a new, dangerous world that still carries the ghostly echoes of their previous lives.
The $1.99 price is available for today only, so grab it now if you want it.
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This week, we invited participants from the Six by Six Kickstarter collection of shorts stories to contribute their suggestions about what short stories people should be sure to catch. We asked them:
Q: What short stories do you recommend that people read? Can you name a favorite anthology or collection, and call out at least one short story in it?
Here’s what they said…
The final installment of my Best Podcast Fiction of All Time List, is finally here, revealing the top ten. You can find the individual posts as they were posted #41-50 here, #31-40 here, #21-30 here, and #11-20 here. For those who just want to get to the Top Ten already I’ve listed that first. For ease of reference, I’ve also included the entire list of fifty at the bottom of the post so if you want to refer people to the list, you can just link here.
These are (my opinion of) what is the best of the best, the most epic of the most epic. Load them all up and have an awesome road trip, or ration them out over months of liistening.
I would love if other fiction podcast fans would comment here and say what their own favorites are and why.
For the next 3 weeks, you can get the Kindle ebook version of Defenders by Will McIntosh for only $1.99!
Here’s the description:
A new epic of alien invasion and human resistance by Hugo Award-winning author Will McIntosh.
Our Darkest Hour.
Our Only Hope.
The invaders came to claim earth as their own, overwhelming us with superior weapons and the ability to read our minds like open books.
Our only chance for survival was to engineer a new race of perfect soldiers to combat them. Seventeen feet tall, knowing and loving nothing but war, their minds closed to the aliens.
But these saviors could never be our servants. And what is down cannot be undone.
Price is only available for a limited time. If you want it, get it now.
Here’s the cover cover art and synopsis of the upcoming (May 13, 2014) novel Defenders by Will McIntosh, an extension of his short fiction story. Defenders has also been optioned for film.
Here’s the synopsis:
Will McIntosh’s third novel, Love Minus Eighty, was published by Orbit books in June. It is based on “Bridesicle”, which won the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Short Story. His debut novel, Soft Apocalypse, was a finalist for both a Locus award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Upcoming from Orbit in May 2014 is Defenders, which has been optioned by Warner Brothers for a feature film. Will recently moved to Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife Alison and twins Hannah and Miles. He left his position as a psychology professor in Southeast Georgia to write full time, and still teaches as an adjunct professor at the College of William and Mary.
[Alvaro Zinos-Amaro] Besides the “brideiscle” cryogenic dating program, there’s a wealth of fascinating social, economic and technological ideas in Love Minus Eighty. Can you describe how some of these extrapolations came about?
Here is the the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh.
Will McIntosh is the author of the critically acclaimed 2011 novel Soft Apocalypse, and the recently released Hitchers, both from Night Shade Books. Hitchers imagines an Atlanta, Georgia shortly after a crippling terrorist attack, when the dead come back to inhabit the living. (You can read our review here.) Will recently had a change to talk with us about his latest novel:
SF Signal: Hi Will, thanks again for talking with us. When we last spoke, we talked about your first book, Soft Apocalypse. How has the response been for that?
Will McIntosh: It’s been very encouraging. The first printing sold out, it was on Locus magazine’s recommended reading list, there is both a French and German edition coming out, and most importantly, I’ve heard from a lot of readers who enjoyed it.
The recently-announced 2009 Nebula Award ballot includes lots of great fiction from lots of great writers and only hints at all the great work being published. So we asked this year’s nominees this question:
Q: If your work couldn’t have been on the ballot this year, what work would you have liked in its place?
Here’s what they said…
[Note: Due to my poor interviewing skills, there were multiple revisions of this question ultimately intending to clarify that its intent was not to slight any of the fiction that was nominated, but rather, to name additional works that are also award-worthy. Along the way, I also left open the possibility that panelists could name work in any category. Any perceived lack of cohesion in this Mind Meld is thus entirely of my own making — but I think you’ll find plenty of great titles to seek out in addition to the one’s on this year’s Nebula ballot. So there.]
is the author of five adult and ten young adult books, including the Risen Empire
series. His latest is Leviathan
, the first of an illustrated steampunk trilogy.
I’d have liked to see Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth, a post-zombie-apocalypse novel.