Here’s the impressive table of contents for the upcoming anthology The Mammoth Book of Gaslit Romance edited by Ekaterina Sedia, coming this November from Running Press.

A fantastic collection of stories of love and intrigue that focus on the trappings of the popular Victorian era, enlivened with fantastical elements and incorporating some noir and detective pieces, by O. M. Grey, Leanna Renee Hieber, N. K. Jemisin, Eliza Knight, Sarah Prineas, Delia Sherman, Genevieve Valentine and many more.

Here’s the table of contents…
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John Scaliz’s new science fiction thriller, Lock In (out today!), got a nifty theme song by William Beckett.

Listen to it below.

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WINNERS: Frostborn by Lou Anders

The winners of our giveaway for Frostborn by Lou Anders have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to:

  • Chris N. from Texas
  • Kay R. from Arizona
  • Scott G. from Arizona
  • Susan V. from New Mexico
  • Tanja W. from Arkansas

You will be receiving your prizes soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered.

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-08-26

Interviews & Profiles

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I know the big news lately is the Hugo Awards (congrats to all the winners by the way!), and we all know it’s called Worldcon because it moves around the World. But what if you live in the US, and international travel isn’t an option for you? Don’t worry, we got you covered. When Worldcon is outside the United States, a lucky US city gets to hold NASFiC, our National Convention. In July of this year, NASFiC was held in Detroit Michigan, and some of the organizers were kind enough to chat me about what NASFiC is all about, their commitment towards diversity, and how to get involved in NASFiC and other conventions.

(Don’t live in the US? no problem. More and more countries have National Science Fiction Conventions that move from city to city within that country. Australia has NatCon, the UK has EasterCon, Finland has FinnCon, Poland has PolCon, New Zealand has their NatCon, Sweden has SweCon, and even though I’m sure I missed plenty, I bet you get the idea.)

The recent NASFiC that was held in Detroit was called DetCon1, and it boasted over 1400 attendees, with Guests of Honor Steven Barnes, Nnedi Okorafor, John Picacio, Helen Greiner, and the musicians Bill and Brenda Sutton, among others. The Golden Duck award for excellence in children’s speculative fiction was also presented at DetCon1 for Middle Grade and YA fiction. Wow, that’s a lot going on, isn’t it? Shall we get to the roundtable with Anne K. Gray (Diversity Facilitator), Tammy Coxen (Con Chair), Christine Humphrey (Volunteer Coordinator) and Anna O’Connell (Volunteer Co-Coordinator)? Yes, lets!

Andrea Johnson: DetCon1 was a NASFiC. What’s NASFiC, when does it occur, and how is the location decided?

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It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of M.L. Brennan’s American Vampire series. If you’re into urban fantasy you’ll want to read Generation V.

Recently I got the opportunity to read/review the third book in the series, Tainted Blood (out November 4 from Roc) and I loved it. I also got the opportunity to pick Brennan’s mind about the series.


NICK SHARPS: Sell me Tainted Blood (American Vampire #3) in one sentence.

M.L. BRENNAN: Fortitude Scott gets thrown into the deep end when his brother’s personal crisis means that he’s stuck monitoring the family territory – just in time for the murder of the werebear leader to land him and his wingwoman, kitsune Suzume, on the trail of a killer.
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In episode 256 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester invites Delilah S. Dawson, Jeff Patterson, and Jay Garmon to discuss:

Rebooting Star Wars

In comics, television and movies, ‘reboots’ are fairly common place. But what about in books? Can you think of a beloved book or series of books that was rebooted either by the original author or a new author? And was it successful?

Of course, this is leading into a discussion of the Star Wars reboot within books to bring it inline with the new movies. Have we ever seen a mass dumping of books the way the folks behind Star Wars are dumping the expanded universe?

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SF Signal has lots of swag to give away to coincide with the release of Timothy S. Johnston’s new novel The Freezer:

  • 2 winners will each receive an eBook copy of The Freezer
  • 2 winners will each receive a mug (see below)
  • 6 winners will each receive a signed covers

Here’s what the book is about:

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CCF homicide investigator Kyle Tanner and his girlfriend are on their way to Pluto, en route to a new life together. Just one little death to check out in the asteroid belt first. But when you’re as tangled up in conspiracy as Tanner is, a few hours on a case can change your life. Or end it.

The mystery is a strange one—one man dead, a cryptic message his dying breath. Still, Tanner’s ready to wrap it up until another gruesome murder shakes him to his core. The discovery of a microscopic bomb near his own heart offers the first faint clue, but the clock is ticking. He has four days….

A desperate search for answers takes Tanner to The Freezer, an isolated facility on one of Jupiter’s moons. With anti-CCF dissidents targeting the facility, a team of scientists conducting experiments the military would rather remain hidden, and a mysterious man in white hunting him on the ice, Tanner will have to choose his allies carefully. Putting his faith in the wrong person will leave him bleeding out in seconds.

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win:
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Hey, Joe Ledger fans!

Here’s the cover and synopsis for Jonathan Maberry’s upcoming Joe Ledger novel Predator One

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Books Received: August 25, 2014

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-08-25

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I thought I had seen all the episodes of The Twilight Zone. My Tivo proved me wrong.

It recorded the 1961 episode titled “The Obsolete Man,” a fantastic story about an Orwellian future and the one man who dared stand against it. It’s low-key, being largely dialogue-driven, but it’s nonetheless captivating thanks to a marvelous script written by Rod Serling himself. Excellent performance are given by Burgess Meredith (he of another excellent episode, “Time Enough at Last”) as Romney Wordsworth and Fritz Weaver as The Chancellor.

Great stuff. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

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SHORT FILM: Time Travel Lover

Time Travel Lover by Bo Mirosseni & Elisha Yaffe is a clever short film that plays fast and loose with the time travel trope to comedic effect.

Warning: NSFW for language.

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TRAILER: Automata

I, for one, welcome our robot overlords.

Well, I would if they the were the ones shown in the new trailer for Automata, an upcoming film starring Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott and Robert Forster. (And especially if any of them were voiced by Javier Bardem, like one is in the film.)

The trailer indicates that the film’s robots adhere to their own version of Asimov’s Laws of Robotics. Hopefully this makes for a more interesting story. Even so, this is a movie I’d like to see.

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-08-23

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Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming novel Of Noble Family, the final novel in Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Histories series.

Here’s the synopsis:
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GAME REVIEW: Platformines

Platformines is a platform-jumper shooter that takes place in a mine (who would have guessed?) It was released by Magiko Games in March 2014.

The basic premise is that you are a member of a crew that mans an underground excavation vehicle called the Robodig. It has broken mid-dig and scattered the nine block cannons that could be used to repair it. The mines are filled with hostile monsters of various shapes as well as hostile weapon-toting humans. At any given time the location of the next block cannon is marked on your map as well as providing a directional arrow and distance on the main play screen. So you have to navigate through the maze-like mines fighting hostiles all the while to get to each cannon until you’ve collected all nine.

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Peter Liney was born in Wiltshire but has spent a large part of his life overseas. He has written sitcoms for ABC and Channel 4, and drama for the BBC and South African radio. The Detainee is his debut novel. He lives in Salisbury.

Peter was kind enough to chat with me about INTO THE FIRE, the next book in his dystopian series.


Kristin Centorcelli: Book 2 of your dystopian trilogy, INTO THE FIRE (after THE DETAINEE), is already out in the UK, and will hit the US in 2015. Will you tell us a bit of what we should expect from this instalment, and our hero, Clancy?
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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.

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“Spock’s Brain” is widely believed to be the worst episode of the original Star Trek ever. One would think that a condensed version could only be better. One would be right.
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