NESFA Press has posted the table of contents for the new collection The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 6: A Bicycle Built for Brew:

Here’s the book description:

This multi-volume series includes the very best of the short works by Poul Anderson, including all of his Hugo and Nebula nominated and winning short stories.

A Bicycle Built for Brew: The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson (volume 6) continues the series of presenting the best of his fantasy and science fiction stories published over a writing career of 50 years. It includes 5 short novels and 3 novellas. A Bicycle Built for Brew, the lead short novel mixes beer, air-tight drums, a talking parrot guaranteed to repeat phrases laced with 4-letter indignities, a romance between an English lass and a Scottish soldier, and the need to communicate the fact of the invasion to British authorities on a nearby asteroid in a very humorous tale. The original magazine version of Three Hearts and Three Lions, long unavailable except for the original magazines published in 1953, in which Holger Carlsen, fighting the Nazis, is suddenly transported to a world where magic and a growing battle between good and evil is raging. Silent Victory in which Mars has defeated Earth in a war but things are never that simple. “Territory” features Nicholas van Rijn, A Plague of Masters features Dominic Flandry, “Three Cornered Wheel” features David Falkyn, “The Sensitive Man” and The Snows of Ganymede.

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Books Received: July 7, 2014

In the interest of full disclosure, here are the books we received this week.
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Open Road Media is releasing Simon R. Green’s short story collect, Tales of the Hidden World on July 8th. To help celebrate, we have 3 copies of the book to giveaway! Here’s a bit about the book:

Welcome to the worlds of Simon R. Green. In this wide-ranging collection, the New York Times–bestselling urban fantasist opens doors into hidden places: strange realms bordering our own mundane existence and prowled by creatures of fancy and nightmare. Here are the strange, frequently deadly—and sometimes even dead—things that lurk in garbage-strewn city alleyways and grimy subway stations after midnight, visible only to the most perceptive human or inhuman eye.

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win:


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Short Film: Cupidon

Sometimes playing Cupid ain’t all it’s cracked up to be…

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The winners of our giveaway for Slights by Kaaron Warren have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to:

  • Maree K.
  • Rakib K.
  • Sean C.
  • Anthony C.
  • Daniel M.

You will be receiving your prizes soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered.

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FINALISTS: 2014 Chesley Awards

ASFA (the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists) has announced the finalists for the 2014 Chesley Awards!


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  • Jason Chan - Lost Covenant: A Widdershins Adventure by Ari Marmell; Pyr, Dec. 2013
  • Kekai Kotaki - Quintessence by David Walton; Tor, March 2013
  • Maurizio Manzieri - Book of Iron by Elizabeth Bear; Subterranean Press, Sept. 2013
  • Todd Lockwood - A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan; Tor, Feb. 2013
  • Michael Whelan - A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson; Tor, Jan. 2013
  • Allen Williams - Light Reading, Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling; Tor, March 2013

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WINNERS: 2014 Locus Awards

While I was away from my computer last weekend, he winners of the 2014 Locus Awards were announced!
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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-07-05

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Here’s the cover and synopsis for the upcoming collection They Do the Same Things Different There: The Best Weird Fantasy of Robert Shearman.

Here’s the synopsis:
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Hard to believe that is is the first Friday in July. And Independence Day (here in the ol’ U.S. of A.) to boot!

It hardly seems that long ago that I was sitting in this same chair, in much colder climes, writing about the stories I was nominating for this year’s Hugo Awards.

Now here we are, less than a month away from the deadline for voting, and all over the internet folks are talking about their picks for this year’s rocket.

In the midst of today’s festivities, I would encourage you to take the time to check out the four entries for this year’s Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

There are four very strong contenders that not only represent new (or newer) voices in speculative fiction, but the stories are also very much a reflection of the social and cultural issues prevalent in the science fiction community and in the world at large. There is nothing of what I would consider a long-held “standard” Hugo short story here.

While there are some similarities in theme, each story is uniquely its own and is different enough from its fellow contestants to make reading them truly pleasurable. It also makes it that much harder to decide which to vote top honors.

All four stories are available for you to read online for free and are well worth your time.

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Kevin Lucia recently served as a Submissions Reader for Cemetery Dance Magazine, and his podcast Horror 101 is featured monthly on Tales to Terrify. His short fiction has appeared in several anthologies. He’s currently finishing his Creative Writing Masters Degree at Binghamton University, he teaches high school English and lives in Castle Creek, New York with his wife and children. He is the author of Hiram Grange & The Chosen One, Book Four of The Hiram Grange Chronicles. His first short story collection, Things Slip Through was published November 2013. His nw novel is Devourer of Souls, an original tale of cosmic horror.

Hiding In The Cracks Between Things

by Kevin Lucia

My initial attempts at writing horror resulted in very obvious attempts to “scare” the reader. I had monsters – vampires, werewolves, demons – and I had blood and pumping viscera. There were incantations, tentacles, and “unspeakable horrors from beyond the grave.” Frequently, I had awful people doing awful things, and awful things happening to those awful people as a consequence.

Though some of those early efforts glimmered with potential, most of them were cliché, on the nose, and very obvious “horror stories.” Most of them were rejected, for which I’m very thankful, today. Luckily, I was new and clueless and convinced I was the second coming of [Insert Horror Writer's Name Here], so I kept plugging away.

Eventually my technique improved. I learned how to end stories. I learned how to cut, learned word economy. I started selling stories here and there to small press, semi-pro venues. Some folks found them entertaining, and hey: progress was progress.

But about the time I turned down invitations to both a vampire and zombie anthology, (thinking, “Geez, I don’t WANT to write those kinds of stories.”) I began turning my thoughts toward the kind of stories I DID want to write. I’d accepted the horror genre as my own, if only because my stories didn’t seem to fit anywhere else. Now I felt the need to stop writing stories for submissions calls, and start writing stories for me.
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Here’s the table of contents for the free online magazine SQ Mag, issue #15:

FICTION

NON-FICTION

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Co-Authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (who write under the pseudonym James S.A. Corey) were interviewed at a recent Authors at Google event. They talk about the origins of the Expanse series, how it was optioned for television, and the latest (and newly-released) book, Cibola Burn.
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The winners of our giveaway for an autographed copy of Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to:

  • Kris W. from Aurora, CO
  • Paul H. from Rochester, NY
  • Sonja K. from Luebeck, Germany

You will be receiving your prizes soon!

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SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-07-04

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REVIEW SUMMARY: Buckell continues to explore the near future world of Arctic Rising with a distinctly excellent focus on the Caribbean.

MY RATING:

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Interestingly drawn and well-depicted main character; amazingly immersive setting.
CONS: A point or two of motivations and setting need a bit fleshing out; a couple of off-the-shelf elements of the genre jar against inventiveness; lightness of genre may turn off some genre readers.
BOTTOM LINE: A science fiction thriller set in a startlingly plausible and intriguing future.

Prudence “Roo” Jones thought he was out of the game. He is so very wrong.

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As the blazing eye of summer fixates on the Northern Hemisphere, John E. O. Stevens, Fred Kiesche and Jeff Patterson call upon a special guest FROM THE FUTURE! From the wintry land of Australia, Locus Award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan rides over from Coode Street to discuss SFF anthology creation, “peak short story,” and the publishing environment for short fiction past, present, and future!

Also: Can you really can claim to have “nothing to read” given the several dozen sources of periodical fiction (and hundreds of anthologies) that we have access to these days? Unlike the Dawn of Time when the Hoarsemen were young and had to walk twelve miles, uphill, both ways, in the snow, to buy magazine fiction…

Finally, we once again attempt to separate money from your wallet with all of the titles that we’ve read since the last show. Comics! Books! Roleplaying games! Heavens, we’re even spreading it out to our families.

Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes

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J. Kathleen Cheney is a former teacher and has taught mathematics ranging from 7th grade to Calculus, with a brief stint as a Gifted and Talented Specialist. Her short fiction has been published in Jim Baen’s Universe, Writers of the Future, and Fantasy Magazine, among others, and her novella “Iron Shoes” was a 2010 Nebula Award Finalist. Her novel, The Golden City came out from Penguin in 2013. The sequel, The Seat of Magic debuted July 1. Her website can be found at www.jkathleencheney.com.

Forgiving Anne McCaffrey

by J. Kathleen Cheney

Writers have an ingrained fear of being stuck in an elevator at a convention with the person who turns around and says, “On page 213 of Book 4, you contradicted a statement made on page 119 of Book 2. How do you explain that?”

I have to admit, I’ve got a bit of that reader in me. I’m constantly noting continuity errors in movies and TV shows. Don’t get me started on inconsistencies in The Big Bang Theory. And yes, I always noticed them in books. When I hit something that bothered me, I would go back to double check whether I’d simply misread something.

Now, I love the works of Anne McCaffrey. In high school, I voraciously read every word of hers I could find. But there were problems…
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If you’ve already read through the currently running (6 days left!) Cosmic Story Bundle, the good folks as Story Bundle have 2 new eBook bundles to satisfy your hunger.

For those new to the idea, Story Bundle offers up a DRM-free set of eBooks for which you can name your price. They also allow you to give a portion of the proceeds from each bundle to charity.

So what are the 2 new bundles? I’m glad you asked!

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