eBook Deal + Excerpt: Get JARAN by Kate Elliott for only $3.03!

As part of Open Road Media’s December eBook promotion on Science Fiction Series Firsts, we have an excerpt from Kate Elliott’s Jaran, which is currently on sale for only $3.03!

Here’s what the book is about:

The first book of Kate Elliott’s epic Novels of the Jaran, set in an alien-controlled galaxy where a young woman seeks to find her own life and love, but is tied to her brother’s revolutionary fate

In the future, Earth is just one of the planets ruled by the vast Chapalii empire. The volatility of these alien overlords is something with which Tess Soerensen is all too familiar. Her brother, Charles, rebelled against them at one time and was rewarded by being elevated into their interstellar system—yet there is reason to believe they murdered his and Tess’s parents.

Struggling to find her place in the world and still mending a broken heart, Tess sneaks aboard a shuttle bound for Rhui, one of her brother’s planets. On the ground, she joins up with the native jaran people, becoming immersed in their nomadic society and customs while also attempting to get to the bottom of a smuggling scheme she encountered on her journey there. As she grows ever closer to the charismatic jaran ruler, Ilya—who is inflamed by an urgent mission of his own—Tess must choose between her feelings for him and her loyalty to her brother.

Jaran is the first volume of the NOVELS OF THE JARAN, which continue with AN EARTHLY CROWN, HIS CONQUERING SWORD, and THE LAW OF BECOMING.

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Table of Contents: Asimov’s, January 2015

Here’s the table of contents for the new issue of Asimov’s.
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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 12/16/2014

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  1. Crossed Genres #24 – December 2014 – Destruction
  2. Electric Spec #9.4 – November 30, 2014
  3. Expanded Horizons #44 – November 2014
  4. Journal of Unlikely Entomology #10 – November 2014
  5. Mirror Dance –  Winter 2014
  6. New Myths #29 – December 2014

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Table of Contents: Analog, January/February 2015

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GIVEAWAY REMINDER: Win a Copy of SCI-FI CHRONICLES Edited by Guy Haley

There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for Sci-Fi Chronicles edited by Guy Haley…but hurry, time is running out!

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GAME REVIEW: Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Not too long ago, I reviewed the free game Octodad, a game developed at DePaul University for the 2011 Independent Games Festival, which is about an octopus pretending to be a human trying to keep up his disguise to his family and everyone else, and trying to avoid the murderous pursuit of Chef Fujimoto, the only one to see through the disguise.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is the sequel to that game, developed by Young Horses, which is staffed by some of the developers of the original.  The game is several times longer, has much nicer graphics, and covers much of the story of Octodad and his family that wasn’t covered by the original–starting off with a flashback to Octodad and Scarlet’s wedding day.

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[GUEST POST] Judith Tarr on The Life Equestrian (And Horses in Spaaace!)

Judith Tarr‘s first historical fantasy novel, The Isle of Glass, appeared in 1985. Her YA time-travel science fiction/fantasy/historical novel, Living in Threes, appeared as an ebook from Book View Café in 2012, and is now in print. Her new novel, a space opera (with horses, of course), will be published by Book View Cafe in 2015; a prequel, “Fool’s Errand,” appeared in Analog in January/February 2015. She’s currently running a Kickstarter for a series of novellas about horses and magic in contemporary Arizona. In between, she’s written historicals and historical fantasies and epic fantasies, some of which have been reborn as ebooks from Book View Café. She lives in Arizona with an assortment of cats, two dogs, and a herd of Lipizzan horses.

The Life Equestrian

by Judith Tarr

When you think about it, horses are as integral to fantasy as magic or invented worlds. As long as fantasy tends to be set in pre-mechanical-transport cultures, there has to be some means of getting people and goods from place to place. And horses, or horselike beings, are just the thing. They’re the transport, the war machines, and, often, the magical companions.
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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 271): Our 2014 Gift Giving Guide!

In episode 271 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester gathers Gail Carriger, Jeff Patterson and Andrea Johnson, Derek Austin Johnson and Ria Bridges to talk about things you could give to the SF&F / geeky / nerdy person on your holiday gift giving list this year.

NOTE: I had some issues and some of the audio may sound choppy. Sorry about that. I also don’t have a massive list of all the suggested gifts – again, sorry. The audio edited took far longer than normal on this one and ate up all my time :(

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eBook Deal + Excerpt: Get ANGEL OF EUROPA by Allen Steele for only $1.99!

As part of Open Road Media’s December eBook promotion on Daredevil Pilots, we have an excerpt from Allen Steele’s Angel of Europa, currently on sale for only $1.99!

Here’s what the book is about:

In Jupiter’s orbit, a mysterious death propels an astronaut into the investigation of a lifetime

Partway into a years-long journey, an interstellar research expedition takes up orbit around Jupiter and begins to explore the gas giant’s moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Io and—most importantly—the ice ball known as Europa. For centuries, scientists have wondered what strange alien life forms may lurk beneath the frozen surface of Jupiter’s most mysterious moon. And tragically, the men and women aboard this ship are about to find out.

Two scientists go down to the surface of Europa in a small craft piloted by the beautiful, fiery Evangeline Chatelain. After an accident on the surface, only she returns. Her crewmembers suspect her of murder, but Evangeline tells a wild tale of an attack by a terrifying space monster. The astronaut charged with investigating the incident must decide—is she a crazed killer? Or has she just made the greatest scientific discovery in history?

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Martin Freeman’s Hobbit/Office Mashup from SNL

Martin Freeman (Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and BBC’s The Office) was the host of Saturday Night Live this past weekend. So naturally, the idea emerged of a Hobbit/Office mashup. If you’re familiar with both, you may find this humorous.

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Books Received: December 15, 2014

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.
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SHORT FILMS: BlackGuard I & II – Sci-fi Cyber Noir

BlackGuard and BlackGuard II are a pair of Sci-fi Cyber Noir short films.

In Blackguard, agents of a clandestine agency must apprehend a rebel who isn’t what she seems.

In Blackguard II, a pair of telepathic law enforcement begrudgingly investigate a typical equipment malfunction.

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What Are You Reading This Weekend?

Hopelessly romantic reader that I am, I always have grand reading plans for the weekend. I tell myself I’ll finally take a chunk out of the ever-growing reading pile. I have three books I’d like to read this weekend:

  • I had a false start with Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which I was really enjoying for the first few chapters, but then life got in the way and it feels like I’ve been away too long. I’d like to return to it.
  • I also want to start Brenda Cooper’s Edge of Dark because Brenda’s firm grasp of technology informs her fiction.
  • We also just received an advanced review copy of The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis, and boy does that look tasty, too.

Three books to choose from and I’ll probably end up reading none of them because of other things I need to get done this weekend.

What are you reading (or not) this weekend?

Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 12/13/2014

Thanks for all of the support with my new novel, First Lights. Still no movie or theme park deal. I’ll keep you posted.

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  1. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #162
  2. Ideomancer #13.3

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Cover & Synopsis: WEIRD SPACE: THE BABA YAGA by Eric Brown and Una McCormack (Plus: A WEIRD SPACE Cover Gallery)

For too long, the first two novels of Eric Brown’s Weird Space series (The Devil’s Nebula and Satan’s Reach) have been sitting on my shelf, unread. I better get moving on those — the third one will be coming out in 6 months.

Here’s the cover and synopsis for the third novel in the Weird Space series: Weird Space: The Baba Yaga by Eric Brown and Una McCormack.

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BOOK REVIEW: Silverblind by Tina Connolly

Silverblind is a historical fantasy written by Tina Connolly and published by Tor Books in October 2014. (For more on Tina’s work, read my spotlight on her podcast Toasted Cake.) It takes place in an alternate universe 1930s England, 15 years after the end of the Great War against the fae. Silverblind is the third book to take place in this setting, after her debut novel Ironskin and Copperhead. I was advised that Silverblind works as a standalone so I had not read the other two books at all before reading this one–this was largely true, although I tended to mix up the secondary characters of Jane and Helen whom I think were the protagonists of the first two books.

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[GUEST POST] A.C. Wise on Women to Read: Where to Start: December 2014 Edition


A.C. Wise is the author of numerous short stories appearing in print and online in publications such as Clarkesworld, Apex, Lightspeed, and the Best Horror of the Year Vol. 4. In addition to her fiction, she co-edits Unlikely Story, an online magazine publishing three issues of fiction per year with various unlikely themes. Follow her on twitter as @ac_wise.

SF Signal welcomes back A.C. Wise and her continuing series of essays on Women To Read!

Women to Read: Where to Start – December 2014

by A.C. Wise

Welcome to the December edition of Women to Read: Where to Start. There’s no particular theme this time around, just some fantastic works to keep you company during the long winter nights. Or, if you’re the type who departs for warmer climes as the temperature drops, some excellent reads to stretch out with on the beach.
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