The cover for the 32nd volume of Gardner Dozois’ annual anthology has been released. Check out Maurizio Manzieri‘s incredible artwork on The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection. I think it’s spectacular. (A larger version appears below.)

Here’s the synopsis for the anthology, due out in July next year from St. Martin’s Griffin:
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NOTE: This installment of Special Needs In Strange Worlds features a guest post from author Geoff Matthews! – Sarah Chorn


Geoff Matthews began reading in the cot. His mother, at her wit’s end with the constant noise and unceasing activity, would plop him down on the soft mattress with an encyclopaedia full of pictures then quietly slip from the room. His father, ever the pragmatist, declared, that they should, “throw the noisy bugger out of the window.” Happily this event never came to pass (or if it did Geoff bounced well). Growing up, he spent Sunday afternoons on the sofa watching westerns and Bond movies with the self-same parent who had once wished to defenestrate him. When not watching the six-gun heroes or spies being out-acted by their own eyebrows he devoured books like a hungry wolf in the dead of winter. Beginning with Patrick Moore and Arthur C. Clarke he soon moved on to Isaac Asimov. However, one wet afternoon in a book shop in his home town, not far from the standing stones of Avebury, he came across a book by David Eddings – and soon Sci-Fi gave way to Fantasy. Many years later, Geoff finally realised a dream and published his own fantasy novel, The Stone Road, in the hopes that other hungry wolves out there would find a hearty meal. You can follow him on twitter or visit his website.

Special Educational Needs and Reading

by Geoff Matthews

One of our greatest gifts, our greatest pleasures, our most powerful agent for change, and most dangerous of weapons is language. In particular, the structure, use and understanding of language. Words change the world more than guns, bombs and the machinations of war.
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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 9/30/2014

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.

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In this video for “Batman Evolution”, The Piano Guys spared no expense to perform a medley of Batman theme music on impressive sets.

Enjoy!
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Great news for dark fantasy fans: 5 fantasy anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling are now available in eBook format.

Details follow…
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-09-30

Interviews & Profiles

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Fablecroft has sent along the table of contents for their all-women anthology Phantazein, which features some excellent cover art by Kathleen Jennings.

But first, here’s the book description:

You think you know all the fables that have ever been told. You think you can no longer be surprised by stories. Think again. With origins in myth, fairytales, folklore and pure imagination, the stories and poems in these pages draw on history that never was and worlds that will never be to create their own unique tales and traditions… The next generation of storytellers is here.

Here’s the table of contents…
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Margaret Weis is the internationally bestselling author of The Dragonlance Chronicles, Darksword Trilogy, and The Deathgate Cycle. She lives in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.

Robert Krammes is a game designer and the general manager at Aztec Video Productions. He is the author of the Dragon Brigade Series along with Margaret Weis. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Writing As A Team

by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes

ROBERT: I’m often asked, “How do you and Margaret write together?” The simple answer is, “Margaret is the primary writer and I am the primary world builder”. In truth, there’s is a lot more to it than that!
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Several new trailers dropped last week, let’s take a look!
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In episode 260 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester invites Rachel S. Cordasco, Fred Kiesche, and Kristin Centorcelli to discuss Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, the first book of the Southern Reach Trilogy.

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Subterranean Press has announced that they are making all of their titles available via Gumroad. To promote this, they’ve dropped the prices on all of their eBook titles to either $0.99 or $2.99!

That means you can get Ad Eternum by Elizabeth Bear, Bleeding Shadows by Joe R. Lansdale, Songs of a Dead Dreamer by Thomas Ligotti, The Best of Lucius Shepard, They Thirst by Robert McCammon, Cryptic: The Best Short Fiction of Jack McDevitt, Academic Exercises by K. J. Parker, Clementine by Cherie Priest, The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi, The Jack Vance Treasury by Jack Vance, and any other of their awesome catalog for a steal.

Browse the Subterranean Press catalog here and make sure you click the Gumroad purchase link to get these awesome prices.

But hurry! This is a limited time offer that expires tomorrow (Tuesday September 30th, 2014).

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Here is the synopsis and table of contents the upcoming anthology Geek Theater edited by Jen Gunnels & Erin Underwood.

Geek Theater showcases 15 science fiction and fantasy stage plays by some of today’s top authors and award-winning playwrights and is the first anthology that truly delves into the world of speculative fiction theater. Until recently, modern science fiction and fantasy stage plays have largely gone unnoticed despite the proliferation of plays and performances by theater companies around the world. These plays are an important part of the science fiction and fantasy cannon as they represent a unique intersection of authors and playwrights producing work at a time when these genres are flourishing.

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Nick Phillips of Oriental Excess Co. has an interesting project brewing and is looking for contributors to extend the world of the Tokyo Yakuza strategy war game.

Details follow…
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Books Received: September 29, 2014

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.
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Check out the cover and synopsis for the third book in Paul Levinson’s Sierra Waters time travel series, Chronica, available in December. Cover art is by Joel Iskowitz.

Here’s the synopsis:
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-09-29

Interviews & Profiles

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Hey, eBook readers! Today only, you can get John Joseph Adams’s Brave New Worlds anthology for only $1.99 on the Kindle platform!

Here’s the description:

You are being watched.

Your every movement is being tracked, your every word recorded. Your spouse may be an informer, your children may be listening at your door, your best friend may be a member of the secret police. You are alone among thousands, among great crowds of the brainwashed, the well-behaved, the loyal. Productivity has never been higher, the media blares, and the army is ever triumphant. One wrong move, one slip-up, and you may find yourself disappeared — swallowed up by a monstrous bureaucracy, vanished into a shadowy labyrinth of interrogation chambers, show trials, and secret prisons from which no one ever escapes. Welcome to the world of the dystopia, a world of government and society gone horribly, nightmarishly wrong.

What happens when civilization invades and dictates every aspect of your life? From 1984 to The Handmaid’s Tale, from Children of Men to Bioshock, the dystopian imagination has been a vital and gripping cautionary force. Brave New Worlds collects the best tales of totalitarian menace by some of today’s most visionary writers, including Neil Gaiman, Paolo Bacigalupi, Orson Scott Card, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

When the government wields its power against its own people, every citizen becomes an enemy of the state. Will you fight the system, or be ground to dust beneath the boot of tyranny?

Thie $1.99 price is available today only, so act fast if you want it.

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From the description: “ENVOY is a science fiction, action adventure, short film to be used as a proof of concept for a larger full-length motion picture. A love-letter to many of the classic action-adventure and science fiction films of the ’80s & ’90s, Envoy is a passion-project created by Director David Weinstein and Visual Effects Supervisor Adam Coggin.”

And a fine job they did, too…

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RIP: Eugie Foster (1971 – 2014)

Sad news, folks.

SF Site is reporting that author Eugie Foster died on September 27 following a battle with cancer.

Foster is the author of numerous short stories, many of which are avilable in the collections Still My Beating Heart / Inspirations End (2005), Returning My Sister’s Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice (2009), and A Vampire Quintet: Five Sinister and Seductive Vampire Stories (2013). She was the recipient of the 2009 Nebula Award for her story “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast”. She also served as a managing editor for short story review sites Tangent Online and The Fix, as well as editor of The Daily Dragon, the Dragoncon online newsletter.

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I love these Bad Lip Reading videos with a passion that’s disturbing. So much good stuff in here. (Singing “Mister Potato Head likes…to punch me…” Genius.)

Best of all: Carl’s epic “Carl Poppa” rap at 2:47. Seriously…I just purchased the mp3 so I can play it in my car at top volume with the windows down.

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