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Michael J. Sullivan’s The Crown Tower Release & pre-lauch offers
Ford Street: Flora’s War by Pamela Rushby
Duotrope (Markets)
Heroes & Heartbreakers


Kickstarter for a Gahan Wilson documentary
Haikosoru Acquires All You Need Is Kill Graphic Novel
JK’s not the only one with a pen name
Catherine Asaro gives us a list of authors who will be appearing at the SFWA Pavilion during the Baltimore Book Festival (Sept.)
TOR to release First Ever Chinese (translated) Novel
Indie Bookstores and Authors Should Partner Up
2014 will be Year of the Ebook
Who is on top (no, Who is on first base!) Ebook publishing numbers


Kevin Standlee links to an episode of Chris Garcia’s documentary series 5 Cons
ABE video from Suvudu
Comic Con Video Trailers (Riddick, Kick Ass 2, COSMOS!)
Boston Science Fiction Film Festival
Pro Se Presents Now Available
Captain Harlock Trailer
You better hear, see or speak some evil if you want to win a copy of this anthology
Mythic Delirium 0.1 now available
Cosplay at Faneuil Hall (Boston Comic Con)
William Gibson Interview
Gravity Sucks!  Yes. It Does.  Yes. It. Does.


Islam needs tolerance in fandom too
Star Trek: TNM (The ‘New’ Movies) brings gender fail to the Roddenberryverse
Brains! Men’s and Women’s Really Aren’t Different.  (What, you thought this was about civil rights for zombies?)
The Script that couldn’t be written.  Wonder Woman
Why reporting harassment works.  For everyone
CSWS Announces Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship


Video: A Geophysical Survey of Virtual Metropolis 
Firefly Card Game in October
Kickstarter Game Fail


Toni Weisskopf is collecting Tucker stories.  Smoooooth!
Geek Week on Youtube


NASA:  Cassini Photos
NASA Works on FTL
So Why Did HAL Malfunction?  It Was Probably Boredom.
I Seeeeee You!  An orbital robot takes pictures of a ground based robot, on Mars
IRIS Operational
Forget SETI:  Marcy Wants SETSS (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Space Ships)


Tolkein’s own drawings of Middle Earth
Robert Bloch writes appreciations of McComas, Russell and Brackett
SF Isn’t Dying, It’s Evaporating!


The Crown Tower Release & pre-lauch offers.

Date: August 06, 2013 12:00AM
Venue: online
Location: The United States
In 2 1/2 Weeks The Crown Tower will go live. As such, my publisher has a number of promotions going on that I would like to tell you about.

First, there are two free giveaways running: US & UK Unsigned (run by my publisher) and Signed (all coutries) by me .

Second, if you just can’t wait to get your hands on the book, there is an “extended preview” so you can read the first five chapters now. It is available on many venues such as: Kindle Nook Kobo

Also Orbit has a promotion going on for those that preorder, and people will receive:

* 2 signed/dedicated bookplates
* 3 signed bookmarks
* An entry to win a signed copy of the book
* A free short story (The Jester) originally released in the Unfettered Anthology.

The bookmarks/bookplates are only available for US and Canada but the short story and entry for signed copy are open regardless of location. To sign up, or for further details click here .

The new book is designed so you can read it even if you haven’t read any of the Riyria Revelations. I hope you’ll check it out…and good luck on the free giveaways.



Ford Street Publishing
Ages: 11+ PB Price: AUD $18.95
ISBN: 9781921665961
Reviewer: Jenny Mounfield’Cairo, 1915
We can always smell them before we see them.
Today it’s bad, really bad, but not as bad as the first time, because then we had no conception of just what we’d see when the wooden doors of the train slid back.’When I read the blurb for this book my first thought was, Oh, not historical fiction! But on reading the opening lines above, how could I not want to know more? What follows is Flora’s story: how she came to be in Cairo with her father in 1915 as the city filled with soldiers preparing for war; the friendships she formed and ultimately how her dreams of glittering parties and fun were replaced by train-loads of wounded and dying men fresh from the shattered shores of Gallipoli.”Much later, after everyone had gone, Gwen and I were in my room.
‘And just what was going on with the debonair William?’ I demanded.
‘We-e-e-e-ll.’ Gwen looked at me, eyes sparkling.
‘Gwen! You didn’t! Did you? Did you actually kiss him?’
Gwen nodded.
‘You did? Really? So what was it like? Was it wonderful? Tell me!’
‘What was it like?’ Gwen pretended to think about it. ‘Well, to tell you the truth, it was just sort of prickly. William has a moustache, you see.’
‘Prickly? Is that all?’ I was horribly disappointed.”While Flora’s War is set in a time of war and documents Flora’s volunteer work with soldiers, at its core it is a coming of age story. It’s a story about a girl on the brink of womanhood learning the value and commitment of friendship and love, as well as other important life lessons, such as the paradoxical nature of human kind. It is also very much a story about Egypt. Through Flora’s eyes, readers see her father’s archeological dig, are led through the shadowy corridors of her opulent and somewhat mysterious rented home and are taken into Cairo’s maze of back streets. Rushby has done her research so thoroughly that even now, a day after finishing this book, I can still see the pyramids pressed against an endless heat-hazed sky and smell the dry earthiness of sunbaked stone.

With the one-hundred year anniversary of the battle at Gallipoli less than two years away, this book will be an invaluable resource in the classroom. I can think of no better way for young adults to gain an understanding of exactly why Gallipoli is such an important part of our history than by reading Flora’s War. As for my view of historical fiction: it would appear an amendment is in order.

Pamela Rushby has written well in excess of 100 books for young people, perhaps her most notable being: When the Hiphicks Went to War (Winner, Ethel Turner Prize for young people’s literature, New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards 2010
Notable Book, Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards 2010). Find out more about Pamela’s writing and workshops

Jenny Mounfield is the author of four titles and several short stories for kids and YAs. Her reviews have appeared both in print and online. She lives north of Brisbane with her husband and three grown children.



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