There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for Age of Shiva by James Lovegrove…but hurry, time is running out!

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-04-08

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[EXCERPT] COLDBROOK by Tim Lebbon

Out this week from Titan Books is Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon and SF Signal brings you an exciting excerpt!

Here’s what the book is about:

Coldbrook is a secret laboratory located deep in Appalachian Mountains. Its scientists had achieved the impossible: a gateway to a new world. Theirs was to be the greatest discovery in the history of mankind, but they had no idea what they were about to unleash.

With their breakthrough comes disease and now it is out and ravaging the human population. The only hope is a cure and the only cure is genetic resistance: an uninfected person amongst the billions dead.

In the chaos of destruction there is only one person that can save the human race.

But will they find her in time?

Following is an excerpt from Coldbrook
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Here’s the cover and synopsis for Steven Gould’s upcoming Jumper novel, Exo, the fourth book in the Jumper series, coming in September 2014.

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Sharon Lynn Fisher writes books for the geeky at heart – sci-fi flavored stories full of adventure and romance. She has a passion for world-building and twisty plots, and themes that recur in her writing include what it means to be human and symbiosis in human relationships.

Her latest release is The Ophelia Prophecy, a biopunk flavored, post-apocalyptic tale out now from Tor. A mix of light science, heavy moral conflicts, and sizzling sexual tension, The Ophelia Prophecy is sure to please the romance reader looking for something different, or the SF fan looking for something hot.

After Heather Massey of The Galaxy Express and Sharon binge-watched all 110 episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast-because, you know, Zorak-they chatted about The Ophelia Prophecy, freaky orange cats, and praying mantis sex.


Heather Massey: Describe a typical week for Sharon Lynn Fisher.

Sharon Lynn Fisher: I’m not sure there’s any such thing – a result of being a freelancer and a half-time single parent! My working hours (which can occur at any hour, any day of the week, in any state of dress) are divided between my contracted fiction, new writing projects, and my work as senior editor for SilkWords, a new “pick your own path” romance short story site. Whatever is left goes to my daughter, my boyfriend and HIS daughter, and one freaky orange cat.
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In episode 240 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Sarah Chorn, Paul Weimer, Kristin Centorcelli, and Jeff Patterson, discuss the most accessible Science Fiction Novels they know for someone just coming into genre fiction.

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WINNERS: 2013 Aurealis Awards

The winners for the 2013 Aurealis Awards, given to works of SF, fantasy, and horror by Australians, have been announced!


  • PETER MCNAMARA CONVENORS’ AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE: Jonathan Strahan
  • BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK OR GRAPHIC NOVEL (Tie):
    • Burger Force by Jackie Ryan (self published)
    • The Deep Vol. 2: The Vanishing Island by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer (Gestalt Publishing)
  • BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK: The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie by Kirsty Murray (Allen & Unwin)
  • BEST YOUNG ADULT SHORT FICTION: “By Bone light” by Juliet Marillier (Prickle Moon, Ticonderoga Publications)
  • BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL (Tie):
    • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Allen & Unwin)
    • Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near (Random House Australia)
  • BEST HORROR SHORT FICTION: “The Year of Ancient Ghosts” by Kim Wilkins (The Year of Ancient Ghosts, Ticonderoga Publications)
  • BEST HORROR NOVEL: Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near (Random House Australia)
  • BEST FANTASY SHORT FICTION: “The Last Stormdancer” by Jay Kristoff (Thomas Dunne Books)
  • BEST FANTASY NOVEL: A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan (self published)
  • BEST SCIENCE FICTION SHORT FICTION: “Air, Water and the Grove” by Kaaron Warren (The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium Press)
  • BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL: Lexicon by Max Barry (Hachette)
  • BEST ANTHOLOGY (Tie):
    • The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2012 by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (Eds), (Ticonderoga Publications)
    • One Small Step, An Anthology Of Discoveries by Tehani Wessely (Ed) (FableCroft Publishing)
  • BEST COLLECTION: The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories by Joanne Anderton (FableCroft Publishing)

Congratulations to all the winners!

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After last week’s listing of 420 Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Kindle eBook Deals $3.99 or Less – SF Signal., some folks started emailing me with some omissions. Then one thing led to another and…well…here are another 152 eBook Deals priced under $4 bucks.

All of these titles are priced under $4 at the time of writing this post. Same disclaimer applies: Prices are subject to change, so check the price before clicking “buy”. If Amazon is not your eBook ecosystem, please do look up the titles wherever you buy your eBooks; discounts are often applied at other outlets, so check there.

  1. Thief of Dreams (Star Requiem, 2) by Adrian Cole (Open Road Media)
  2. Warlord of Heaven (Star Requiem, 3) by Adrian Cole (Open Road Media)
  3. A Place Among the Fallen (Omaran Saga, 1) by Adrian Cole (Open Road Media)

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Here’s the book description and table of contents for Jennifer Brozek’s new anthology Bless Your Mechanical Heart

“Bless your mechanical heart…”

Since its earliest days, science fiction has explored the notion of a walking, talking, thinking machine, reflecting back our own humanity through their glass eyes, exploring their own humanity framed in the symmetry of programming and gears, trapped in a cage of synthetic flesh and metal bone. What happens when what we’ve made in our own image becomes more like us than we ever imagined? Robots in love. Robots at war. Robots who weep and dream. Robots who aspire to be on equal footing with their makers…or even possibly exceed us.

In Bless Your Mechanical Heart, Award-winning editor Jennifer Brozek brings together a team of writers, both new and established, to explore one of the most enduring archetypes in the science fiction genre with a tip of the hat to one of the most endearing and versatile phrases in Southern culture. Featuring stories by Peter Clines, Jody Lynn Nye, Seanan McGuire, Fiona Patton, Jean Rabe, Ken Scholes, and Lucy A. Snyder.

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Jurassic Park Without CGI

Anyone who saw Jurassic Park in its original theatrical release will recall how groundbreaking the special effects were. I certainly recall being put off by the graphic nature of people being eaten.

Not so scary? This version of Jurassic Park that lacks cutting edge effects.

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Books Received: April 7, 2014

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.
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SHORT FILM: R.U.R.: Genesis

Czech writer Karel Čapek’s 1919 Play R.U.R. — which is about a hostile worker robot rebellion in the future year 1969 that leads to the extinction of the human race — is known for both its introduction of the word “robot” (R.U.R. was translated into English as “Rossum’s Universal Robots”) and also as insightful commentary into social class structure. R.U.R. is often cited as the influence for many science fiction novels that include robots.

More directly, it inspired filmmaker James Kerwin to make the film R.U.R.: Genesis, set in Čapek’s alt-history 1969, complete with ’60s styles and go-go dancers. Groovy, man.

The following serves as both a standalone short film and as a teaser for the forthcoming fill-length feature film.

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To get you in the mood for tonight’s season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones on HBO, here’s a video with all the killings they’ve showed…

Enjoy!

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The winners of our giveaway for Irenicon by Aidan Harte have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to:

  • Jim D.
  • Kathy H.
  • Shoshana N.
  • Ray P.
  • Matthew R.

You will be receiving your prize soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered.

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It’s time another Book Cover Smackdown! This episode’s covers all come from the Fall 2014 Tor Books catalog.

Your mission (should you choose to accept it): play armchair art critic!

Tell us: which of these covers grabs your attention? What appeals to you? What works and what doesn’t work? Do any of them make you want to read the book?

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Suvudu has posted the table of contents for the upcoming (June 17, 2014) 832-page anthology Rogues edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois:

Here’s the book description:

A thrilling collection of twenty-one original stories by an all-star list of contributors—including a new A Game of Thrones story by George R. R. Martin!

The latest story collection from #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and award-winning editor Gardner Dozois is filled with subtle shades of gray. Twenty-one all-original stories, by an all-star list of contributors, will delight and astonish you in equal measure with their cunning twists and dazzling reversals. And George R. R. Martin himself offers a brand-new A Game of Thrones tale chronicling one of the biggest rogues in the entire Ice and Fire saga.

Follow along with the likes of Gillian Flynn, Joe Abercrombie, Neil Gaiman, Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Cherie Priest, Garth Nix, and Connie Willis as well as other masters of literary sleight-of-hand in this rogues’ gallery of stories that will plunder your heart—and yet leave you all the richer for it.

Here’s the table of contents…
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No, it’s really happening. My novel, After The Fires Went Out: Coyote, is now free on Amazon (in US, Canada, and Australia). I even went and fixed all but one typo. I guess I should run a contest on that… so, if you read it and find that typo… I’ll give you some kind of “prize”.

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-04-05

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Here’s the cover and synopsis for Samantha Shannon’s upcoming novel The Mime Order, sequel to New York Times bestseller The Bone Season.

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