Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Table of Contents: The Mammoth Book of Steampunk

Sean Wallace has posted the table of contents for his upcoming anthology The Mammoth Book of Steampunk:
  • “Steampunk: Looking to the Future through the Lens of the Past” (introduction)
  • “Fixing Hanover” by Jeff VanderMeer
  • “The Steam Dancer (1896)” by  Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • “Icebreaker” by  Elise Tobler (original)
  • “Tom Edison and His Amazing Telegraphic Harpoon” by Jay Lake
  • “The Zeppelin Conductors’ Society Annual Gentlemen’s Ball” by Genevieve Valentine
  • “Clockwork Fairies” by Cat Rambo
  • “The Mechanical Aviary of Emperor Jala-ud-din Muhammed Akbar” by Shweta Narayan
  • “Prayers of Forges and Furnaces” by Aliette de Bodard (original)
  • “The Effluent Engine” by N.K. Jemisin

Monday, June 27, 2011

E-reader Ownership Doubled in Six Months

From a New Report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project:
“The percent of U.S. adults with an e-book reader doubled from 6% to 12% between November 2010 and May 2011. Hispanic adults, adults younger than age 65, college graduates and those living in households with incomes of at least $75,000 are most likely to own e-book readers. Parents are also more likely than non-parents to own these devices.

Tablet computers have not seen the same level of growth among U.S. adults in recent months. In May 2011, 8% of adults report owning a tablet computer such as an iPad, Samsung Galaxy or Motorola Xoom. This is roughly the same percentage of adults who reported owning this kind of device in January 2011 (7%), and represents just a 3 percentage-point increase in ownership since November 2010. Overall, the highest rates of tablet ownership are among Hispanic adults and those with household incomes of at least $75,000 annually.”

Table of Contents: The Urban Fantasy Anthology

The Urban Fantasy Anthology, edited by Peter S. Beagle and Joe R. Lansdale, hits bookstores on August 15, 2011.

Product Description: Star-studded and comprehensive, this imaginative anthology brings a myriad of modern fantasy voices under one roof. Previously difficult for readers to discover in its new modes, urban fantasy is represented here in all three of its distinct styles—playful new mythologies, sexy paranormal romances, and gritty urban noir. Whether they feature tattooed demon-hunters, angst-ridden vampires, supernatural gumshoes, or pixelated pixies, these authors—including Patricia Briggs, Neil Gaiman, and Charles de Lint—mash-up traditional fare with pop culture, creating iconic characters, conflicted moralities, and complex settings. The result is starkly original fiction that has broad-based appeal and is immensely entertaining.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Book Trailer: The Last Werewolf

Described as a "literary horror novel", here is the description for The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan hits shelves July 12, 2011.

Cover Art: The Dread

Orbit Books has unveiled the cover art for The Dread by Gail Z. Martin, available from February 2012. The cover was illustrated by fantasy artist Steve StoneRead more at Orbit Books.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bookshelves: Liberia Shelving Cubes

The Libreria ABC modular bookcase system consists of shelving cubes that are cleverly shaped like letters and numbers. Libreria ABC is the work of Italian design firm Saporiti. It’s unclear if or when the bookcase will be on sale.