Our Special Hugo Nominating Edition of Amazing News consists of this highlighted link to the Far Beyond Reality blog and their link roundup post(and a few others below) They’ve been doing yeoman’s work in gathering things together and appear to be acting solely as a repository; links are included to posts offering comment from across the entire spectrum. Please note that some of the links are themselves to link round-up posts – multi-layers of confrontational goodness – anger, angst, protestation, excuse, explanation and disturbed fire ant mound organized panic. If you really want to delve into this issue: Set aside several undisturbed hours. Remove all sharp and easily manipulated heavy objects from your vicinity. Secure a supply of high-energy hand foods and plenty of liquids. Take a double dose of your favorite tranquilizer, mood-elevator or serontonin reuptake inhibitor. If music calms you, play something. If you are prone to forehead slapping, put a ballcap on. Sit or lay while reading. And remember to take frequent breaks to go outside, stretch and scream at the world.
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21stof April 2014
BREAKING NEWS: NEAL ASHER’S JUPITER WAR (OWNER TRILOGY 3) NOW AVAILBLE ON ALL MAJOR E-TAILERS, INCLUDING AMAZONAND BARNES & NOBLE!
Alan Saul is now part-human and part-machine, and our solar system isn’t big enough to hold him. He craves the stars, but can’t leave yet. His sister Var is trapped on Mars, on the wrong side of a rebellion, and Saul’s human side won’t let her die. He must leave Argus Station to stage a dangerous rescue — but mutiny is brewing onboard, as Saul’s robots make his crew feel increasingly redundant. Serene Galahad will do anything to prevent Saul’s escape… read more
AUTHOR Q & A: NEAL ASHER
Q. With Jupiter War set to release in the US in just a few days, what can we as readers expect?
A. If you are a reader of Jupiter War then I guess you would already have read The Departure and Zero Point. What you can expect is a ramping up of the action and the danger that were steadily growing in those two books. You can also expect further questions of what it means to be human when the human brain is being linked up with computers, and where humans fit in the kind of highly technological society where this is possible – questions we are already facing in some respects now. And you can expect a resolution with this being the last book of this trilogy.
Q. What did your writing process look like, writing Jupiter War?
A. My writing process with Jupiter War was much the same as it is for all my books. I’m not one of these writers who has to plan out a book beforehand and plaster his office with post-it notes. All my plotting happens at the keyboard. You could say I write by the seat of my pants if that wasn’t a physical impossibility, or that I make it all up as I go along, which is what writers do. I sit down at my computer at maybe 8:00AM and edit through whatever I wrote on the previous day. I then simply continue and aim for 2,000 words by the end of my writing day, 10,000 words by the end of a five day week. I of course have to keep checking the previous books for details but don’t let that get too much in the way during the first draft. Once that is finished I then do a lot of editing, checking, deleting and rewriting. I even read the book back from the end a paragraph at a time so as to pick up errors (this method prevents too much involvement with the story). I finally send it off to the publisher when I’m so bored with editing I find myself making alterations just for a bit of excitement.
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Interview with Eileen Gunn: Stubborn and Tightly Stacked by Nisi Shawl (CW ’92)
Letter from Our Chair and Our Executive Director by Karen G. Anderson and Caroline Bobanick
Eventful Horizon: Our First Workshop Report by Neile Graham (CW ’96) and Huw Evans (CW ’12)
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A Light in the GrimDarkness, the End of a Beloved Series, and Writing Gender Beyond the Binary…We here at Tor.com love gritty SFF, but sometimes we want something a little lighter. Leah Schnelbach suggests some optimistic fantasy for when the grimdarkness gets a little too grim and dark-come add your own suggestions in the comments! Liz Bourke talks about Elizabeth Bear’s recently completed Eternal Sky Trilogy , why it made her cry and sent her looking for music. And in her Post-Binary Gender in SF column, Alex Dally MacFarlane explores the narrative device ofwriting without revealing gender or using gendered pronouns…
Nothing Good Comes After A Purple Wedding (Except, Possibly, Some Dragons…)Game of Thrones sure did throw us a curveball this week… Theresa DeLucci explores some of the thornier points of “Breaker of Chains.” In a far less troubling turn of events, George R.R. Martin has released a new sample from The World of Ice and Fire that delves into the life of Aegon Targaryen, and more importantly, gives us more dragons!
Potter-dom: Quidditch Coverage from Current Magical Argentina vs. Future Neo-Hogwarts!Intrepid sports reporter Ginny Weasley covers the Quidditch World Cup! J.K. Rowling wrote a new section of the website to give us a taste of Ms. Weasley-Potter’s coverage for the Daily Prophet. Plus, if you ever wanted to see how they play Quidditch in acyberpunked Neo-Hogwarts, we have an amazing mashup right here! And finally, join our Harry Potter reread as Emily Asher-Perrin confronts a troll with Hermione and chases a Snitch in Harry’s first Quidditch match!
Book Banning, Freaky Rabbits, and the Sacred Crystalline Tears of Tom HiddlestonIn this week’s YA Roundup, we take a look at trailers for If I Stay and Petals on the Wind, and discuss the most challenged books of 2013. In other crucially important news, we have learned the secret tounlocking Tom Hiddleston’s tears! (Spoilers: it involves a beautiful poem. Aw.) And why bother hunting Easter eggs when you can read our updated and expanded list of SF/F bunnies and other rabbit-like creatures?! Some of them are cute, some of them are creepy, and some of them might be downright dangerous…
NEW ORIGINAL FICTION
Original FictionTor.com is proud and delighted to have our fiction and contributing editors honored with Hugo nominations, and we’ve rounded up all of our nominated works for your reading pleasure. Thanks to everyone who voted! And in this week’s offering, Dale Bailey contemplates a society on the brink of collapse, and artists at the end of their ropes…
A long-married couple accepts their old friend’s invitation to an exclusive artists’ colony. Once they arrive, they learn that the inhabitants of the colony have found a new way to cope with a world teetering on the brink of extinction. Is the suicide party an idea whose time has come? Should they join the artists, and let go of the future?
ROCKET TALK PODCAST
Rocket TalkWe actually have two action-packed episodes of Rocket Talk for you this week!
First, in A Very Special Episode of Rocket Talk,Tor.com’s Associate Publisher Irene Gallo, Editorial Assistant Carl Engle-Laird, and Hugo-nominated blogger and Tor.com columnist Liz Bourke talk with host Justin Landon about this weekend’s announcement of the Hugo Awards finalists, and try to predict some winners! And in our regularly scheduled episode this week, Justin is joined by Joe Monti, Executive Editor for Simon & Schuster’s new SFF imprint, Saga Press, for a conversation about the publishing world and Saga in particular!
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Altus Press is proud to announce its latest Wild Adventure of Doc Savage release.
Working from a complete outline written back in 1935, Will Murray has produced
another thrilling exploit of the Man of Bronze. Up until now, Murray has been working from working from unpublished manuscript material found among the papers of Doc Savage originator Lester Dent, but this time he has a new collaborator.
“I knew one of the most wonderful pulp writers ever, Ryerson “Johnny” Johnson,” explains Murray. “We became friends back in the 1970s, when he was in his 70s and I was in college. Johnny ghosted a pair of Doc Savage novels for Lester Dent, and before he died he sold me the rights to an outline Dent never exploited. I saw in this absorbing alternate storyline a rare chance to sequel one of the original Doc adventures. Thus was born The War Makers, which is actually a sequel is no less than three classic Docs!”
All over the Midwest, cars and trucks were crashing–-stopped in their
tracks by an inexplicable force! Had some unseen power targeted America’s automotive industry––or was something more sinister at stake?
Summoned to solve the mystery, Doc Savage and his intrepid men follow a trail of terror that winds through the continental United States like a constricting serpent of
From the nation’s car capital to the Arctic Circle, the Man of Bronze races to stave off a strangely familiar menace only to confront a completely unexpected foe––the enigmatic Baron in Black! Doc Savage: The War Makers is available in trade paperback, hardcover and ebook editions.
Doc Savage: The War Makers is the eighth entry in Altus Press’ popular Wild Adventures of Doc Savage series. With a stunning cover by Joe DeVito depicting Doc Savage at his Fortress of Solitude in the North Pole.