Here’s the cover and synopsis for the military fantasy anthology Operation Arcana by John Joseph Adams, forthcoming in April 2015.

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It’s been a couple of months since the last installment of the Indie Author Spotlight, but we are back with a new author and interview! After spending quite some time searching for a new book and reading a plethora of boring synopses and poor reviews, I decided I would narrow my search: I wanted to find a female author. Cue M. Orenda.

When I stumbled upon Orenda’s first (and only at the moment) novel, Fort Liberty, Vol. 1, there were four factors that made it easy for me to choose her book: military science fiction, great reviews, a cool cover — reminiscent of many comics, which makes complete sense when reading the action sequences — and finally, selflessness. What do I mean by selflessness? Well, M. Orenda uses her talents as a writer to help support others. As it states under the book’s rundown, “All proceeds from the Fort Liberty Series go to support non-profit organizations focused on helping US Veterans and their families.” Wow, real altruism at its finest!

So, what is Fort Liberty about? Check it out:
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[NOTE: This is part of a series of Q&As with the Shirley Jackson Award nominees.]

Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Nightmare, Shimmer, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Electric Velocipede, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, The Minnesota Review, and The Rumpus, among others. He is a graduate of the 2012 Clarion Writer’s Workshop, a 2013 nominee for the Shirley Jackson Award, and the co-editor of Horror After 9/11, an anthology published by the University of Texas Press. Visit him at www.samjmiller.com.

Sam kindly answered a few of my questions about “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides”, which has been nominated for Best Short Fiction!


KC: Congrats on the Shirley Jackson Award nomination! Will you tell us about your story and what inspired you to write it?
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[GUEST POST] Michaele Jordan on French Anime


Michaele Jordan is the author of the period occult thriller Mirror Maze and her stories have appeared in Redstone Science Fiction, Buzzy Mag, The Crimson Pact, Volumes 4 and 5 and Fantasy and Science Fiction. You can visit her website at MichaeleJordan.com while waiting for the upcoming steampunk adventure Jocasta and the Indians.

A La Anime

by Michaele Jordan

I first started watching animé in July of 2009, having been invited to sit on an animé panel at the Montreal WorldCon. Naturally, I wanted to sound like I knew what I was talking about, so I did a lot of homework into the Japanese canon, and was immediately hooked..

It was years before I came up for air. But eventually I did begin to sense a sameness. Certain tropes became excessively familiar. I still loved animé, but I grew jaded, and even sought out stories that did not feature adorable high school students fighting demons. Can you guess what I found? French animé!
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In episode 252 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester and Jaym Gates, welcome Jason Batt, Tansy Raynor Roberts, Daniel Abraham, Stephen Hood and Derek Kunsken to discuss:

Hollywood gold or disaster, Space Opera has inspired millions with a love of adventure, the wide open spaces between the stars, and impossible civilizations. But it also has a lot to say about human resilience, and the social and political ramifications of other species.

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Featuring original music by John Anealio

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Happy Birthday to Us, Part 11

This month (July 12th) marks SF Signal’s 11th Birthday. Yay us! :)

It’s been another great year here at SF Signal, and what better way to celebrate than to throw links at you faster than you can keep up with.
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The winners of the 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic have been announced!

NOVEL
  • American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit)
NOVELLA
NOVELETTE
  • “Cry Murder! In a Small Voice” by Greer Gilman (Small Beer Press)
SHORT FICTION
SINGLE-AUTHOR COLLECTION (tie)
  • Before and Afterlives by Christopher Barzak (Lethe Press)
  • North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud (Small Beer Press)
EDITED ANTHOLOGY
  • Grimscribe’s Puppets edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. (Miskatonic River Press)

Congratulations to all the winners!

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WINNERS: 2014 Prometheus Awards

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the winners of the for the 2014 Prometheus Award, recognizing pro-freedom novels published in the last year, and the Hall of Fame Award for best classic fiction:

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the finalists for the 2014 Prometheus Award, recognizing pro-freedom novels published in the last year, and the Hall of Fame Award for best classic fiction:
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Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming novel Tainted Blood by M.L. Brennan, the third book in the Generation V vampire series.

Here’s the synopsis:
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Gavin Rotheryreleased posted Chris Kessler’s final cut of his awesome-looking Blade Runner: Anime trailer. Dare I say it looks better than the film…? ;)

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Books Received: July 14, 2014

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.
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The winners of our giveaway for Tales of the Hidden World by Simon R. Green have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to:

  • Tom M.
  • Gordon B.
  • Jim V.

You will be receiving your prizes soon!
Thanks to everyone who entered.


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MOVIE REVIEW: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

REVIEW SUMMARY: A worthy sequel to 2011’s reboot of the classic franchise that often surprises with strong characters and a certain amount of insight even as its climax underwhelms.

MY RATING:

SYNOPSIS: After a virus has wiped out much of humanity, a surviving population of humans attempts to seek a truce with intelligent apes to help rebuild civilization.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Often engaging script; well-crafted action sequences; beautifully realized post-apocalyptic landscape, and of course the apes.
CONS: Competent direction from Matt Reeves that takes too few chances after its powerful opening; social commentary on occasion feels forced; bland human characters.
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I’ve seen a lot of scary movies before…but this one has to be the Scariest.
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[NOTE: This is part of a series of Q&As with the Shirley Jackson Award nominees.]

Andrew Pyper is the author of six internationally bestselling novels as well as Kiss Me, a collection of short stories. His first novel, Lost Girls, was a New York Times Notable Book and New York Times bestseller. This was followed by The Trade Mission, The Wildfire Season, The Killing Circle (a New York Times Crime Novel of the Year), The Guardians and, most recently, The Demonologist, which Amazon selected as one of the 20 Best Books of the Year. He lives in Toronto.

Andrew kindly answered a few of my questions about The Demonologist, which has been nominated for Best Novel!


Kristin Centorcelli: Congrats on the Shirley Jackson Award nomination! Will you tell us about your novel and what inspired you to write it?
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Trailer: Sharknado 2

Here’s the trailer for Sharknado 2. Because, y’know, Sharknado…
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-07-12

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