TOC: Baen’s Universe 2.4, December 2007

Volume 2, Issue 4 (December 2007) of Baen’s Universe has been posted. Here are the contents:

Science Fiction Stories:

  • “Laws of Survival” by Nancy Kress
  • “Darwin’s Suitcase” by Elizabeth Malartre
  • “Double Secret Weapon” by Tony Frazier
  • “Misfits” by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Fantasy Stories:

  • “Christmas Eve at Harvey Wallbanger’s” by Mike Resnick
  • “Fossilized Gods” by J. Simon
  • “Second Banana” by Way Jeng
  • “The Art of Memory” by Barry N. Malzberg and Jack Dann


  • “Countdown to Armageddon, Episode Two” by Edward M. Lerner
  • “Fish Story, Episode Ten” by Dave Freer, Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis

Introducing Stories:

  • “Inheritance” by David Wesley
  • “Queen’s Mask” by Barbara Tarbox


  • “Rubber Sciences” by Norman Spinrad
  • “Title” by Stephen Euin Cobb


  • “A Holy Terror” by Ambrose Bierce


  • “Breeding like Rabbits — or Hugos” by Mike Resnick
  • “Pleistocene Park” by Mike Resnick
  • “The Pig in A Poke Factor” by Eric Flint
  • “From the Catacombs” by Barry N. Malzberg
  • “December 2007″ by Stephen Euin Cobb

SF Tidbits for 12/01/07

Even Still Yet More Free Fiction had a free online science fiction explosion today:

Tube Bits For 12/01/2007

  • The Jalopnik recently got an exclusive look at the new KITT, and fans of the old series, or 3rd Gen Pontiac Trans Am, won’t be happy. You see, the new KITT is a Ford Shelby Cobra Mustang. As cool as a Shelby Mustang is, it isn’t cheesy enough to be KITT. If they had wanted real muscle in the original series, they wouldn’t have used a Trans Am, or David Hasselhoff. (Ba dum crash!)
  • What do you do when the writers’ strike starts impinging on your SF TV? If you’re Jason Birdsall, you start your own production company and shoot your on show. Birdsall has enlisted engineering students from Stevens Institute of Technology to work on his show, Venus Risies, with Birdsall as the writer. The show will be released on the internet for all to see, which, I think, is the future of TV and it will be shown on Illusion TV. The website says its supposed to air in November 2007. Looks like they better hurry to reach that goal…
  • To further emphasize my point about the Internet and SF TV, Sci-Fi Storm points us to a website created to foster interest in a Sci Fi idea for a television show called Barrier. Regardless of what you think about this particular story, I suspect you’ll see more of this type of thing, and actual episodes, in the near future.
  • For all you American Torchwood fans, good news. BBC America will air the second season starting January 29th, at 9PM ET. Considering the writers’ strike will most likely still be going strong, here is your chance to watch some real SF on television. To our British readers, will you be watching the second season?
  • Looks like NBC has replaced iTunes with Netflix? Episodes of The Office, 30 Rock and Friday Night Lights will all be available for Netflix subscribers to view the day after airing. This appears, to me, to be a way of pushing the season DVDs for those shows as that will be the only way to catch up with them. I’m not sure how successful this will be.

I Am Legend Worldwide Banners

The new Will Smith film, I Am Legend debuts here in the States on Dec. 14th. I was unsure about seeing this movie, until I saw the latest trailer, which looks rather cool. And now Filmonic shows us the I Am Legend Global Banners for the film. Each banner shows a different city in the aftermath of the virus that destroys humanity. You can see the city of Tokyo in the banner at the top of this post. Filmonic has a few more, as does MoviesOnHK, with Seoul and Taipei here.

I don’t know about you, but I really like these images. I think WB has done a great job here promoting the movie, while still being interesting. I am no actually thinking I’ll see this movie in the theater sometime over the Christmas holiday.

Friday YouTube: Batman Goes Bar-Hopping, Hooks Up, Does Bat-usi, Faints

And the whole time, Robin is watching from the Batmobile. Holy Voyeuristic Perv, Batman!

[via Poe TV]

TOC: The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Ellen Datlow shows off the cover of her upcoming (April 2008) original anthology The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Elizabeth Bear posts these contents:

  1. “The Elephant Ironclads” by Jason Stoddard.
  2. “Ardent Clouds” by Lucy Sussex.
  3. “Gather” by Christopher Rowe.
  4. “Sonny Liston Takes the Fall” by Elizabeth Bear.
  5. “North American Lake Monsters” by Nathan Ballingrud.
  6. “All Washed Up While Looking for a Better World” by Carol Emshwiller.
  7. “Special Economics” by Maureen McHugh.
  8. “Aka Saint Marks Place” by Richard Bowes.
  9. “The Goosle” by Margo Lanagan.
  10. “Shira” by Lavie Tidhar.
  11. “The Passion of Azazel” by Barry N. Malzberg.
  12. “The Lagerstätte” by Laird Barron.
  13. “Gladiolus Exposed” by Anna Tambour.
  14. “Daltharee” by Jeffrey Ford.
  15. “Jimmy” by Pat Cadigan.
  16. “Prisoners of the Action” by Paul McAuley and Kim Newman.

SF Tidbits for 11/30/07

The Latest SFWA Copyright Brouhaha

A recent motion by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) regarding the reinstatement of its Copyright Committee (formerly known as the Electronic Piracy Committee) has some folks speaking out. The issue stems from a couple of months back when Andrew Burt of the SFWA took issue with some fiction posted at the text file sharing website, Scribd. (See history here.) The end result was that Burt was removed from the Committee. With the recent motion, Burton has been reinstated to the newly-named Committee.

Charlie Stross has something to say about that (expletive masking done by me):

To say that this is a f***witted decision is an understatement. Under Dr Burt, the new copyright committee will almost inevitably devolve into a reincarnation of the old piracy committee. If I thought it’d do any good I’d be resigning in protest right now; only the expense of a life membership purchased a couple of years ago is restraining me right now. Clearly the current executive of SFWA is making damaging decisions and ignoring input from committees it appointed, and and in view of this I call on SFWA president Mike Capobianco and the rest of the SFWA executive — including Andrew Burt — to resign immediately. Meanwhile, I’d like to call on all other SFWA members who don’t want to see their organization commit public relations suicide to make their voices heard.

John Scalzi also had some comments:

I think the board choose puzzlingly, to use as polite a word as possible, in its choice of chairman for the new committee, for some of the reasons which Charlie outlines in incendiary but not unreasonable fashion.

See also: Comments from Cory Doctorow.

SF Tidbits for 11/29/07

Tube Bits For 11/29/2007

  • December 2nd is fast approaching, which means the premier of Sci Fi’s Tin Man mini-series. SF Universe has some new promo pics for your viewing pleasure. If only all wicked witches looked like Kathleen Roberston, I’m sure we’d all welcome our new witch overladies. Speaking of Tin Man, covers the series and says it has “an edgy science-fiction feel and intriguingly complex storylines that will keep viewers guessing.” No mention of the bad dialog or cliched situations as the review in yesterday’s post mentioned. Still, I’m feeling compelled to watch it.
  • Ron D. Moore, executive producer of Battlestar Galactica has a new blog. Not much there yet, but he does reminisce about his days on Star Trek: The Next Generation and he has posted a podcast for Razor. Hopefully he’ll keep this one up to date better than his section on the Galactica page on SciFi. [via Trek Today]
  • Sticking with Star Trek, TV Guide recently released their 2007 Online Video Awards. One of the categories was for Sci-Fi Webisodes, and included the fan produced Star Trek: New Voyages. Amazingly, New Voyages won, beating out the professionally produced webisodes for Battlestar Galactica and The 4400. Good job guys. Now I really must watch this, the teaser on the TV Guide site looks promising. [also via Trek Today]
  • Sci Fi Japan let’s us know that Appleseed: Ex Machina will be appearing in a limited run in the U.S. starting in December, with the DVD appearing in March. I saw the first movie, Appleseed, and thought it was pretty good, aside from the plastic-y look to the characters. John Woo directed the movie, so get ready for loads of CGI doves. If it comes near Houston, I may check it out.
  • And finally, Sci Fi Scanner points us to this clip from the newly released Futurama DVD, Bender’s Big Score. Enjoy.

Read Chris Roberson’s Three Unbroken Online for Free

Solaris Books is serializing Chris Roberson’s second Celestial Empire novel, Three Unbroken, online for free. (The first novel, The Dragon’s Nine Sons, is reviewed here.)

Here’s a more detailed description of Three Unbroken from the press release:

Three Unbroken is the next epic novel in the Celestial Empire sequence and details the explosive war between the Chinese and Aztec empires as they battle for control of the red planet, Fire Star.

Based on the sixty-four elements of the I-Ching, Three Unbroken follows the lives of three soldiers from their induction into the armed forces to their eventual fight for survival on the frontline. The events of the novel are contemporaneous with those of The Dragon’s Nine Sons, the first novel in the sequence, set to be published by Solaris in February 2008.

New chapters of Three Unbroken will be posted twice a week, on Wednesday and Friday. The first chapter has already been posted. You can be notified of upcoming chapters by subscribing to their RSS feed.

The End Of Heroes Season 2

Kristin over at E! Online recaps Monday’s Heroes episode in Continue reading

A Bevy of Blue (and Green) Babes

I usually shy away from rumors these days, but this recent rendition of a blue alien reportedly from James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar is timely.

To honor our resident supermodel expert Peter Y. (if for no other reason than keeping Maxim in business), I submit a bevy of blue & green scifi babes.

On the blue team, we have Zhaan from Farscape, Plavalaguna the Diva from The Fifth Element, X-Men‘s Mystique, and the new Avatar alien.


Perhaps you like to go green? May I interest you in a She-Hulk or that green alien chick from Star Trek?


Who’s your favorite? There may be a poll on this, if you know what I mean.

SF Tidbits for 11/28/07

Tube Bits For 11/28/2007

  • NBC has ordered a full season of Chuck. They have an unknown number of episodes already produce and the full commitment is for 22. No real word on how the extra episodes will be made due to the writers strike.
  • Another show the writers strike won’t affect is the pilot episode for J.J. Abrams’ new series, Fringe. The pilot is already written and Journeyman director Alex Graves is set to direct. I know many people think J.J. Abrams can do no wrong, but I’m not so sure after seeing Mission Impossible 3. Can he bring some magic to the paranormal genre?
  • over-analyzes Razor and they sure do. I’m not sure why it’s a good thing to be morally ambiguous, ‘especially with what’s going on in the larger world’. They also talk sharp jumpage, Admiral Cain’s character and other stuff.
  • Many of us here really like the show Futurama, but how many of you knew the name was a riff on a ride at the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair? Wired explains in detail a bunch of interesting things about the ride, the fair, and the power of SF to predict the future. Also making an appearance is Cory Doctorow, sans goggles, cape and balloon.

Star Wars Toys Madness

I’m sure most of us have had, at one time or another, assorted Star Wars toys and other memorabilia. My brother and I had many action figures and vehicles which we would take outside and play with all the time. My favorite was the Yoda figure with snake twined around his neck. There was even a Hoth playset one of my mom’s craft magazines had plans for that I wanted to make, but never got around to. But even those hours spent playing with our figures doesn’t compare to this giant Star Wars collectibles auction on Ebay.

Over 1600 Star Wars figures, and a ton of other stuff. The seller wants to be rid of them to ‘accomplish a new plan I have for my future.’ I bet. The starting bid is $25,450, with $950 for shipping. Unbelievable. This sort of obsessive collecting just doesn’t resonate with me. I’m of the ‘rip it out of the box and play with it’ school. Call me crazy. So act fast, the auction ends on Nov. 28th at 2am CT. Oh, and the next bid will be the first.

For a much cooler, and geekier, collection, check out Joshua Budich’s collection. Although much smaller than the Ebay collection, Joshua has indulged his inner code monkey and created a really cool Flash front end to his figures. Not only did he create little images for each figure, he’s linked them to a picture of the corresponding package. Add to that all the filtering options and you have one cool interface. This is one case where obsessive comes in handy. Nicely done Joshua.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I must go mourn all my lost Star Wars figures and cards, and try no think about what they’d be worth today.

REVIEW: The Commons by Matthew Hughes

REVIEW SUMMARY: An interesting blend of science fiction and fantasy elements.


BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Guth Bandar explores the world of the human collective unconscious, which is becoming not so unconscious after all.


PROS: Intriguing world with mind-expanding ideas; cool science-fantasy setting; deals heavily with archetypes yet avoids cliché.

CONS: Needed stronger characters; some adventures weaker than others.

BOTTOM LINE: A good read that’s piqued my interest in other stories set in this universe.

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SF Tidbits for 11/27/07

TOC: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 2

Night Shade has posted the contents of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 2 edited by Jonathan Strahan, to be publishd in March 2008.

  1. The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” by Ted Chiang
  2. “The Last and Only Mr. Moskowitz Becomes French” by Peter S. Beagle
  3. “Trunk and Disorderly” by Charles Stross
  4. “Glory” by Greg Egan
  5. “Dead Horse Point” by Daryl Gregory
  6. “The Dreaming Wind” by Jeffrey Ford
  7. “The Coat of Stars” by Holly Black
  8. “The Prophet of Flores” by Ted Kosmatka
  9. “Wizard’s Six” by Alex Irvine
  10. “The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics” by Daniel Abraham
  11. “By Fools Like Me” by Nancy Kress
  12. Kiosk” by Bruce Sterling
  13. “Singing of Mount Abora” by Theodora Goss
  14. “The Witch’s Headstone” by Neil Gaiman
  15. “Last Contact” by Stephen Baxter
  16. “Jesus Christ, Reanimator” by Ken Macleod
  17. “Sorrel’s Heart” by Susan Palwick
  18. “Urdumheim” by Michael Swanwick
  19. “Holiday” by M. Rickert
  20. “The Valley of the Gardens” by Tony Daniel
  21. “Winter’s Wife” by Elizabeth Hand
  22. The Sky is Large and the Earth is Small” by Chris Roberson
  23. “Orm the Beautiful” by Elizabeth Bear
  24. “The Constable of Abal” by Kelly Link

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