Monday, May 30, 2011

Book Trailer: The Final Evolution

The Final Evolution is the fifth book in the Avery Cates series of Noir Science Fiction novels, due out in June 2011.

Awards: 2011 Mythopoeic Awards Finalists

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the 2011 Mythopoeic Award Finalists. Winners will be announced at Mythcon 42, to be held July 15-18, 2011, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature:
  • Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay (Roc)
  • Redemption in Indigo, Karen Lord (Small Beer Press)
  • The Bards of Bone Plain, Patricia A. McKillip (Ace)
  • A Cup of Normal, Devon Monk (Fairwood Press)
  • Troubled Waters, Sharon Shinn (Ace)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Video: Ira Glass on Storytelling

Even if you’re not happy with what you’re putting out, even if your ability to execute doesn’t quite match up to your vision yet, don’t quit. This is normal. Do a lot more work and you’ll find the gap close.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Cover Art: Armored

Here's the cover of the upcoming anthology Armored by John Joseph Adams.  It will be released by Baen in 2012.  The cover art was created by Kurt MillerYou can read more about it at io9.

From Starship Troopers and Iron Man to Halo and Mechwarrior, readers and gamers have long been fascinated by the idea of going to battle in suits of personal, powered combat armor or giant mechs. This anthology explores the range of what can be done with the trope, from the near-future powered exoskelton technologies we might be seeing just a few years from now, to the combat armors of Starship Troopers and Halo, to the giant bipedal mechs of Mechwarrior. Featuring original stories by: Alastair Reynolds, Dan Abnett, Jack Campbell, Jack McDevitt, Simon R Green, Sean Williams, Genevieve Valentine, and more!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Interview: George R. R. Martin on the TV series

Before the Game of Thrones premiered, author George R. R. Martin sat down with author Joe Abercrombie to discuss the HBO series and his books.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Table of Contents: Voices from the Past

H & H Books have released their first eBook anthology of original fiction, with all proceeds benefiting Great Ormond Street children's hospital. Voices from the Past, edited by Scott Harrison and Lee Harris, is available at Amazon for Kindle users, and at the publisher's website forother eReaders.

Cover Art: Uglies

Here are the new book covers for Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series.
Click here for the bigger and zoomable version.
Westerfeld writes: "Of course, whenever new covers appear online, they create dissent and controversy. Fans mostly don’t like new looks for books, because the old covers are the ones they’re used to. If you’re a fan, after all, that old look was probably the reason you picked up the books in the first place!

So really, the new covers aren’t for fans at all. You guys already HAVE my books, after all. These are for all the people who’ve never picked up Uglies because the old covers looked boring or stupid to them. Maybe they never even noticed the series on the shelves. It’s for non-fans (who probably don’t read this blog) that this new look exists.

So feel free to complain."

Excerpt: Embassytown

Del Rey Spectra has released the first fifty-eight pages of China Mieville’s first Space Opera, Embassytown. The book hits shelves May 17, 2011.
The children of the embassy all saw the boat land. Their teachers and shiftparents had had them painting it for days. One wall of the room had been given over to their ideas. It’s been centuries since any voidcraft vented fire, as they imagined this one doing, but it’s a tradition to represent them with such trails. When I was young, I painted ships the same way.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Excerpt: Vampire Warlords

Vampire Warlords by Andy Remic from Angry Robot hits shelves today.

Product Description: Legendary warrior Kell must choose to flee the conquered land of Falanor, or fight for its people in this triumphant conclusion to the epic Clockwork Vampire Chronicles!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Book Trailer: The Meowmorphosis

Quirk Books, publisher of such titles as Night of the Living Trekkies is releasing The Meowmorphosis by Franz Kafka and Cook Coleridge, a new take on Kafka's classic tale of horror on May 10, 2011.

Awards: 2011 Arthur C Clarke Ceremony

Lauren Beukes wins the 2011 award for her book Zoo City. Presented at the Sci-Fi-London film festival.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Book Xylophone

Book Reading: Spring Heeled Jack

Lou Anders reading from Philip K Dick Award winner, The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack at the PKD Award Ceremony at Norwescon 34.