Lightspeed Magazine sent along the table of contents for their new issue:
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Short Film: Abiogenesis

Here’s an imaginative short film. It’s Abiogenesis by Richard Mans, in which a strange mechanical device lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation, that has profound implications for an entire galaxy.

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Books Received: September 1, 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 2014-09-01

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Sunday Cinema: The 10th Victim

The 10th Victim is a 1965 film starring Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress. It’s based on Robert Sheckley’s 1953 short story “Seventh Victim”. Sheckley later published a novelization of the film (The 10th Victim) as well as two sequels Victim Prime (1987) and Hunter/Victim (1988).

The premise is that war has been replaced by legalized murder games called The Big Hunt, which provide sport and entertainment for the masses.
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Call me silly, but books excite me. Here are a few examples of upcoming books that I’m looking forward to reading.

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Flash Fiction Online, September 2014Here is the table of contents for the new issue of Flash Fiction Online:

  • “The Cell I’m In” by Eli Hastings
  • “Honeybee” by Caroline M. Yoachim
  • “The Vitruvian Farmer” by Marcelina Vizcarra

This issue was edited by Suzanne Vincent and features cover art by Rick W Ware.

Single ebooks and subscriptions are available via Weightless Books.

Support Flash Fiction Online via Patreon.

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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 8/30/2014

And we’re back, after a nice August vacation.

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What’s Special About Today’s Free Fiction?

  1. Beneath Ceaseless Skies #153 – August 07, 2014
  2. @OpenBook Publishers: “A Time Travel Dialogue” by John W. Carroll, Et Al.
  3. @Mythic Delirium: “The Djinn” by Saira Ali

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GAME REVIEW: Gunpoint

Gunpoint is a 2D stealth strategy game released by Tom Francis released in 2013. In it, you play a private detective specializing in infiltration of secure buildings (mostly breaking into secure office buildings, stealing/planting data and then escaping it). As the game starts, you get a call to visit the office of a friend but when you get there you find that she’s been murdered in the short time since the phone call. You don’t see any clear evidence but the building security camera recorded you entering her office.

A friend of your dead friend contacts you, warning you that you’ll be the primary suspect for the lazy local police force. She wants the real killer to be found so she contracts your services to break into the five offices that store the automatic offsite backups of that security feed.

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The eBook for The Shore of Women by Pamela Sargent is on sale for $1.99!

This classic work of feminist science fiction finds the world reordered. Following a nuclear holocaust, women have used advanced technology to expel men from their cities, bringing them back only for purposes of loveless reproduction under the guise of powerful goddesses. When one young woman, Birana, questions her society’s deception, she finds herself exiled amongst the very men she has been taught to scorn. As Birana and her reluctant male protector Arvil grow closer, their feelings for each other just might mend their fractured world—if they somehow manage to survive.

This deal is available to today only, so if you want it, pick it up while you can.

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Here’s the cover and synopsis for Kelly Link’s upcoming collection of short fiction Get in Trouble: Stories.

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REVIEW SUMMARY: A diverse and well-balanced anthology that delivers on its promises.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: An anthology of 24 military science fiction stories.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Excellent stories with highlights by Karin Lowachee, Linda Nagata, and Yoon Ha lee; beautiful Galen Dara Cover art.
CONS: As always with an anthology, some stories stronger than others; story order imperfect.
BOTTOM LINE: An essential set of stories for readers interested in military science fiction.

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Here is the table of contents for the new issue of Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, the online/downloadable magazine edited by Mike Resnick.

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Almost ten years ago now, I picked up a copy of Stanislaw Lem’s novel Solaris and was struck at how different it was compared to a number of the other books I was reading at the time. It was an interesting and probing novel, one that I don’t think I fully understood at the time. (I still don’t).

Lem is an author who is truly uninhibited by genre convention. Last column, I looked a Ursula K. Le Guin, and have been thinking quite a bit about how science fiction authors began to put themselves into a box midway through the century when it came to ‘hard’ science fiction. Limiting a story in some regards requires one to limit one’s own imagination: after all, we’re talking about fiction, where authors can make up whatever they choose. Lem was one of the authors who could make up a considerable story and then deliver it.

Go read Stanislaw Lem and His Push For Deeper Thinking over at the Kirkus Reviews blog.

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Here’s another fantastic analysis from the good folks at Thug Notes, this time focusing on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

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There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for The Freezer by Timothy S. Johnston…but hurry, time is running out!

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There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick…but hurry, time is running out!

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-08-29

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GAME REVIEW: FTL

FTL is a game by Subset Games published in 2012 (with all-new game expansions published in April 2014). It’s a space exploration and combat game with much of the challenge coming from resource allocation problems.

You are the captain of a Federation ship that has vital information about the war against the Rebels. You have to race ahead of the Rebel fleet to reach a Federation base that can make use of the information.
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