AMAZING NEWS: 10/16/2016

Space, season premieres and more

PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS (See full text below)

Atlas Obscura; AMC; Cecilia Tan; Krypton Radio; OMNI;


Don’t Judge a Writer by Anything Other Than Sentence Structure

Johansspn on the Black Widow Movie

When Disability and Science Fiction Intersect (via Radish Reviews/Something Terrible)

SF Authors Get Some Cred for Helping to Make Spaceflight Possible


Bob Eggleton Shares a Bova Book Cover

The Women of GotG2

Secret Library Apartments

Cat Video: THIS is how one resolves conflict over scarce resources

Dark Horse Presents

Walking Dead Spoiler?

Favorite GoT Character Returning

In case you didn’t know, there is a Warren Publications Archive – Vampirella, Creepy, Spacemen, The Spirit….

Haffner Press has More Kuttner

Why there is a Starbucks

In a galaxy far, far away…at a different time (plus more on reshoots)

The Outer Limits at the Ackermansion

Praise(?) for Luke Cage Villian Cottonmouth (via N. Jemisin)


The New Yorker Profiles Ursula Le Guin

Baen Short Story Contest Opens

RetroFuture Magazine Opens Submissions

Worldcon 75’s Statement on Staff Kerfuffle (VD comments)

Allen Steele’s Coyote to be Adapted for Film (via Mike Walsh)

The Expanse Coming to Netflix

I knew there was a reason why I like George Takei:  He also doesn’t like Nu Trek

New Release:  The Gunsmith

David Hardy Does an Analog Cover and Frank Wu gets a Mention


ExoMars Orbiter’s Schiaparelli Lander Begins Descent to the Martian Surface

“We choose to go to the Moon Mars, not because it is easy, but because they’re growing perfect potatoes for out potato gun”

Checking Out Balloons Innnn Spaaaaaaace!

Courtesy of our Favorite Space Cadet:  1g flight times to the planets


Oct 14, 2016


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In this month’s newsletter:

  • I’m back from Japan! (That’s why I missed sending the September newsletter!) 
  • The Prince’s Boy is back online
  • Mystical Magic/Shades of Prey box set live for pre-order!
  • Initiates of the Blood cover samples
  • Hard Rhythm coming in January
  • Daron’s Guitar Chronicles 7th anniversary

Thinky Thoughts

The photo above was taken in Japan just a few weeks ago! That’s corwin and me celebrating our 25th anniversary.

We decided for a big anniversary like that to take a big trip and we spent two weeks exploring and eating our way across Japan. Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Mount Koya, and Naoshima Island were all on our itinerary. We had a fantastic time. A good friend, Midori (who some of you know as a sexual empowerment educator) went with us and helped greatly with translation and navigation. (She took the photo of us you see here!)

The thinkiest thought I have about the trip is this: I didn’t do any writing while on this trip. I turned off “output” mode, and turned on “input” mode. I was soaking up experiences like a sponge. I’m sure that everything will end up processed and come out in my books and stories later, but sometimes it’s important just to take things in without thinking about how you’re going to “use” the experience. It’ll be fun to see how various things bubble up in my future work.

Shades of Prey: Mystical Magic

I’ve been teasing for a while that I’ll have a paranormal suspense novel in a “box set”–it’s finally here! Margo Bond Collins has put together a series called Shades of Prey. Set #1 is already available, and set #2 “Mystical Magic” which is the one I’m in, goes live on November 7th!

Mystical Magic is only 99 CENTS and contains 17 full novels including my book MIND GAMES. (Mind Games was originally published by Ravenous Romance in 2009 and I got the rights back last year.)

The idea behind offering 17 books for only 99 cents is we’re trying to hit the bestseller lists with this one! So please pre-order it and help us out!




The Prince’s Boy is back!

Some of you may remember the gay high fantasy erotica serial I posted online from 2009 to 2011. The main archive of posts was at and was lost in a server crash. Now we’re finally reposting the serial just like it appeared originally: one chapter per week. Five chapters are already up for you to enjoy! Start here: 

For those who are impatient to read the whole story, the original ebooks are available to purchase, but even better, both volumes plus the bonus material is all being collected together into a digital box set that goes live on November 7th.

Pre-order now:
Amazon | Barnes&Noble | Smashwords (other sites to come)

Cover Design Peek

We’ll have an official cover reveal for Initiates of the Blood coming soon. This is the book that will launch next year, starting a new urban fantasy/paranormal series for me at Tor Books. I thought you all might like to see part of the process of figuring out what to make the cover look like.

Getting the right cover design is the job of Irene Gallo, Tor’s art director. Given that the book is urban fantasy, we could have gone in the direction of “Strong Female Character probably in tank top brandishes a weapon/knife” –check out the results in Google image search for “urban fantasy book covers”:

Given how strong the erotic content is, though, they wanted to explore something more in line with current trends in erotica. Even Laurell K. Hamilton’s books got makeovers not that long ago to make them look more like erotic romance a la 50 Shades, so the first three images you see here are what they sent. I liked the echo of Twilight, clever, in these, but the image sent the wrong message–it looks too much like a guy holding a dead woman’s arm, no? And the one with the bloody knife looked like a crime book, no?

So Irene went back to the drawing board and then sent the next three–shadowy sexy silhouette in the background and a very pretty ritual knife VERY apropos to the theme of the book! I liked all three of these. In the end we’re still tweaking what body image and font is going to be used but the general idea will be along these lines. I’ll have the final cover to reveal very soon!

Hard Rhythm: Releases January 31st

The next in my Secrets of a Rock Star series of contemporary heterosexual BDSM romances will be out in January! I’ll have more to say about it soon. This is the third in the series, telling the story of the drummer, Chino Garcia and BDSM club hostess Madison Rofel. I’ll be getting ARCs next month, I think? So look for next newsletter to have info about how to get those!

Hard Rhythm can be pre-ordered from the following places:
IndieBound (local independent bookstores!) | Amazon | Walmart (!) | Barnes & Noble | Apple iBooks | Google Play | Kobo

Upcoming Tour Dates

I’m speaking *this weekend* at the Boston Book Fair on a panel called “Not Your Grandma’s Romance” moderated by Laurie Kahn, the filmmaker behind the Love Between the Covers documentary film. Admission is free and the panel will be at 10:30am Saturday at the Boston Common Hotel. Judith Arnold, Myretta Robens, and Caroline Linden will also be on the panel! For more info:

Some of my 2017 dates:
Jan 13-16: Arisia Science Fiction Convention, Boston
Feb 17-19: Fetish Fair Fleamarket #48 Warwick, RI
(Sadly, Wavecon was cancelled for lack of registrations!)
April 7-8: NECRWA Conference, Burlington, MA
May 2-7 RT Booklovers, Atlanta
May 18-22 MISTICon, Laconia, NH
June 1-2, BookExpo America, The BookCon, Javits Center, NYC
July 26-29 RWA National, Disney World
Aug 4-6 OutWrite 2017 (Washington, DC) Keynote speaker

One place we went in Japan was all the way to Naoshima Island in the Inland Sea. Naoshima is covered with modern art installations. Here I am in one of the famous ones.
Made a pilgrimage to Tokyo’s “Guitar Street,” Meidai Dori, which is lined with musical instrument shops. The best guitars in the world are sold here.

What I’ve Been Reading Lately

I thought I would have more time to read over the past couple of months because of all my time on airplanes, but I spent a lot of those hours proofreading my own books instead of reading other people’s! I did read Jeannie Lin’s “Capturing the Silken Thief,” but it was really just a short story, and I didn’t really get into it. I also started J.R. Ward’s Lover at Last, one of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, while I was on the plane back from Japan, but since I’ve been back I haven’t even had time to crack open the Kindle app again. Who knows when I’ll get to finish it? People tell me they either love or hate the Black Dagger Brotherhood books and I can see why. JR Ward does some things so incredibly well! But the angst is relentless and her style is so unique I can imagine it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, although I quite like it even though I can’t write like that. My main problem is I’m only maybe 25% of the way into the book and I’m already forgetting who some of the secondary characters are… This series requires a serious investment in time. I can see why people who get into it really love it, though.

Daron’s Corner: DGC 7th Anniversary Nov 1st

  • November 1st marks the 7th anniversary of the launch of the Daron’s Guitar Chronicles web serial! To celebrate I’m hosting a video chat via my Youtube channel. RSVP to the Facebook event here: to get reminders about it and post questions for me (or Daron) to answer!
  • Kickstarter news! Proofreading is almost done on the final layout of the omnibus book! Once it goes to press all rewards will be ready to be shipped! I’m aiming for “before Thanksgiving.”
  • I’m expecting around the time of the anniversary is also when DGC will cross the mark of exceeding the length of the Harry Potter seven-book series! So we’ll celebrate that online at the same time!

This month’s fiction

Here’s a scene from the middle of MIND GAMES, the paranormal romantic suspense novel I have in the 99-cent Mystical Magic box set (Shades of Prey 2), mentioned above. SPOILER ALERT: This scene’s from the middle so gives away a bunch of the plot. I picked it because it’s sexy. You have been warned. And remember, if YahooMail or Gmail cuts off this email, click the link to “Show Entire Message” so you can read the full excerpt!

Wren is a shy college librarian whose sister has gone missing. She hires an attractive private detective to look for her and he gets a lead at a sex club that only couples can enter, so they go in posing as a couple. Sparks have been flying between them for quite a while before this as it is…!


Two nights later she stood just inside the building, watching through the high window in the door for Derek’s car. She clutched the handle of her overnight bag in both hands. They’d be changing there. It was one of the rules of the club that everyone went in looking “normal” and came out again the same way. The sun had set, but there was still golden light in the sky as his SUV pulled into the driveway and she hurried down the steps to meet him.

She climbed into the passenger seat and shut the door. “Um, hi.”

“Hi.” He smiled. “Ready to go? Wait, forget that, stupid question. How are you?”

She answered with some pat answer, and he didn’t press, as they drove along the river to the other side of town. They were both silent as they went, and when Wren guessed they were getting close to their destination, she cleared her throat.

“I’m a little nervous,” she admitted. “Do you want to know the truth?”

He glanced at her as he turned into a parking lot “Do I?”

She bit her lip. I hope you do. “I really wish… we were going somewhere together… for the sake of going somewhere together. Not for the case.”

“That’s… a very good wish,” he said softly as he brought the car to a stop. “I wish that, too.”

Wren swallowed, trying to keep her heart in her chest. “Oh, good.” His smile seemed to soothe her. Neither of them seemed to know what to say after that, so she opened her door and got out.

They were standing outside a low brick building, in the parking lot where another building had once stood. They went around to the front and it seemed to Wren that there were no windows. There was no sign, either, just fairly fresh-looking black paint on the bricks, and two potted evergreens, each five feet tall, one on each side of the doorway. Derek pulled open the door and they were in a dimly lit entrance room, with a girl at a cash register, an unmanned coat check stand across from her. Everything was draped in heavy cloth, like backstage curtains. Derek gave his name and Wren was surprised he used his real name. She asked to see their IDs but it looked like it was just to verify their ages, and she crossed Derek off of a list. Wren was also surprised that no money exchanged hands. The girl pointed to the double doors that led further in, and reminded Derek that the changing rooms were to the left after entering. “Have a good time!” The phrase had never sounded so fraught to Wren before.

There were separate rooms for the men and the women to change clothes in. She wasn’t sure why that should be surprising, but it struck her as funny that a place where everyone went to get a look at each other’s yayas would feel the need to separate the changing rooms. Not that she wasn’t grateful for it. She didn’t want Derek watching her figure out how to get her outfit on.

In the end, she and Lawrence had settled on a midnight blue so dark it would look black under most light. She had a halter-top chemise that came to mid thigh, with a matching short robe of the same length, and matching panties that she hoped no one was going to see anyway, but they came with the set. She would have loved if pajama bottoms also came in the set, but they did not, and she really didn’t think she’d be comfortable in stockings. So she planned to go bare-legged. A pair of satin ballet-style slip-ons completed the outfit.

She looked in the mirror. Her eyeshadow and liner were dark blue to match as well, and she was surprised at how glamorous she looked, like a black and white photograph from some French fashion magazine, just a tinge of color added. The chemise could almost be an evening dress, if she were wearing pearls. The satin moved like water over her skin, feeling so light it felt as if all she was wearing was a caress. She had to keep looking down to be sure she was still covered.

She was just turning to put her normal clothes away when another woman came in. She had frizzy red hair and sat down heavily on the chair in front of the lockers. “Oh good,” she said to Wren when she saw her. “Could you help me get into my corset?”


The woman laughed. She looked to be in her mid-forties, rather heavy-set. “It’s not as tough as it sounds. I just need someone to hold the laces for me. It’s impossible to do it alone. I’m Suzanne.” She held out a meaty hand, and Wren shook it. Her wedding ring and engagement ring shone on the other hand as she pulled herself up out of the chair. “Your first time here?”

“Um, yes,” Wren said and waited to be told what to do.

“My second,” Suzanne said, as she put her glasses into a locker and began pulling her sweater off. “Although my husband and I used to go to swingers conventions all the time. Malibu Beach, Las Vegas, the Caribbean, we used to go like two or three times a year. But we’re becoming more homebodies now that we’re getting older, and right now money’s tight. This place seems all right, though, so far.”

“Does it?” Wren asked, without meaning for it to come out as tentative as it did.

Suzanne laughed again. “Yeah. Seems clean, and they keep the pervs out. Well, the bad pervs, I mean. I heard on the news, some place in Texas, a swingers club where the guy drugged his ten-year-old niece and nephew every night and made them perform sex acts on stage. That kind of stuff is just sick, sick, sick.”

“Oh, God.” Wren sat on the bench next to the lockers. “Jesus.”

“Yeah, makes you think who the hell is sick enough to even go to a place like that? But that’s the thing, only people who are already so ashamed of what they are doing would keep their mouths shut. It didn’t take long for someone with some common sense to call the cops. There’s nothing wrong with some consenting couples getting together for a little fun, or even a lot of fun. The more accepting people are of that, the less crap like that will happen. Anyway, as I was saying, this place doesn’t seem like that. They’re real careful, there’s no drugs allowed at all, and even the drinks they serve are watered down.” She turned to Wren, now dressed in leather boots up to mid thigh, with a gold and red brocade corset wrapped around her waist. She was hooking the two front flaps together where they had little hook-and-eyes.

In the back was a crisscross of laces, coming together in a loose bow right at the center of her back. She turned around again and pointed to the bow. “All you have to do is untie that, pull tight, and then tie it like you tie a sneaker. Okay?”

“Okay,” Wren said, and put her hands against the ribs of the corset for a second just to feel what it was like. Very hard, almost like a shell or armor. She pulled on the laces.

“A little more,” Suzanne said with a laugh. “I can still breathe.”

Wren giggled. “All right.” She pulled hard this time, and then tied the knot like she would on a birthday gift that was trying to come undone.

“Perfect!” Suzanne declared, adjusting the lie of her ample bosom in the top of the garment. “Now let’s go, or the menfolk will think we started having fun by ourselves. I’ll introduce you to my husband, Bob. What was your name again?”


“Ren? Is that short for something?”

“Um, no, like the bird.”

“Oh, okay. You’ll find some people don’t use their real names in the swinging scene, but Bob and I kept forgetting what names to use.” She pushed open a different door than the one Wren had entered through, and led her into a lounge area. A bartender was working in one corner, and music was playing, but not too loud. “People would be like ‘Hi, Kim!’ or whatever and I’d be like… is she talking to me? So we just stick with Bob and Suzanne.”

Wren was introduced to Bob, who seemed friendly without being too friendly. He was going bald, had a paunch, and was wearing a Hawaiian shirt with bikini bathing beauties all over it and loose surfer-style shorts. Wren looked around for Derek but didn’t see him.

“Young guy, tall and skinny, black hair? Oh, he’s in there still,” Bob said. “He got a call on his cell phone and went into the head to take it.”

“Oh, okay,” Wren said. She didn’t think of Derek as skinny, but maybe Bob did.

Suzanne suggested they get drinks, and Wren was just starting to wonder how people paid for things, if there was nowhere to carry a wallet in lingerie. But just then Derek emerged. As he’d promised, he was wearing a pair of leather pants and nothing else. Even his feet were bare, and that suddenly struck Wren as even more decadent than wearing boots like Suzanne. Like he’d just come from strolling up the white sand of a deserted Caribbean beach. She wondered if that was how Bob looked to Suzanne in his surfer shorts?

“Hey, beautiful,” Derek said, and slipped his hands around her waist and gave her a peck on the cheek.

Right. They were supposed to look like a young couple out for some adventure. “Hey,” she said back, and went up on tiptoe to kiss him just in front of his ear. The scent of leather and just a hint of his soap, and what had to be his skin, sent a shiver through her. “Um, this is Suzanne and Bob. They’ve been kind of teaching me the ropes.”

Bob guffawed. “Naw, we’d have to go to another kind of club for ropes.” He held out his hand and shook Derek’s. Within a few minutes, everyone had drinks in hand and Derek was pumping the couple for information. It was easy to do: they clearly enjoyed telling tales of the swingers’ circuit and helping out the “newbies.” Bob described the set-up here, how it was different from some other places, how here there were a series of rooms, and depending on how far you wanted to go or what you were willing to do, you went further and further in. Wren looked around at the other couples, wondering how deep in each of them would go. Most of them shared a drink or two, chatted a little with the others, and then would pass through a door painted silver, a design of a vine with heart-shaped leaves in darker silver painted over that.

But then everyone’s drinks were empty. Wren hadn’t even realized she’d finished her Blue Hawaiian, but she put the glass down on the tray by the bar with the others.

“Well, you all have a good time,” Suzanne said to them. “We’re going to go on and check out the next room.”

Derek held out a hand for Wren. “I suppose we should do the same. Ready?”

Wren just nodded, thankful that she hadn’t tried to wear high heels. The rum was going straight to her head. She took his hand and they went through the silver door, following the hearty sound of Suzanne’s laughter.

* * *

The door led into a hallway, as it turned out, carpeted with a nice oriental rug, with an ornate lamp sitting on a wooden side table, like you’d find in the hall of an old hotel. They went through another silver door on the right, and into a room with a soft pinkish light and subtly pulsing music. The vine design painted on it was larger than the one on the previous door, Wren noticed, with more leaves.

There were about a dozen people here, along with two single women whom Wren eventually decided must be employees. They were both in high heels, with similar corsets and short, sheer ruffled skirts, through which Wren could see their dark panties, even in the dim light.

Some of the couples sat on couches and banquettes built into the wall. Everything was draped with sheets, and Wren tried not to stare at the couple closest to them, the woman in the man’s lap and his hand between her legs. The sound of a woman sighing softly to her right caught her attention, and there a man sat with his back to the wall and his legs spread, his partner sitting between them and her legs spread also, his hand moving up and down under the sheer lace triangle of her panties. His attention was on his partner, as he kissed her neck and whispered softly to her, but the woman looked up, saw Wren looking, and smiled a dreamy smile.

Wren clutched Derek’s elbow. She barely listened when one of the female employees came over and welcomed him and reminded him that this was the foreplay room. Mutual masturbation was as far as people went in here, apparently, and—as Bob added after the woman had left—it was considered bad form for a man to come in here, though for some reason women were okay.

“And it looks like we’re just in time for the show.” He and Suzanne took a seat just a few feet from the spread-legged couple Wren kept looking back at, and Derek urged her to sit next to him on Suzanne’s other side.

The lights brightened at the other end of the room, and a small stage with a brass pole on it was illuminated. The music changed and got louder, and a burlesque dancer stepped up onto the platform.

She proceeded to do all manner of suggestive and acrobatic things with the pole, although Wren kept finding her eyes straying to the couples around her. One pair were kissing deeply, and then the man picked his partner up and carried her into the next room, where actual penetrative sex was allowed. One of the women took away the sheet they had been sitting on, like a waitress changing a tablecloth.

Wren found herself blushing and hoped the red tinge of the light hid it. She heard Suzanne giggle and looked up to see Bob had worked one of her breasts free of the corset and was sucking on it like a little baby, complete with “num num num!” noises. They were clearly having fun. In particular, Wren noticed, all the women seemed so happy. Even the ones like Suzanne who didn’t look like porn models. They all seemed to feel sexy and beautiful.

She shivered, as Derek absently ran a hand up her arm. His eyes were on the dancer, sometimes glancing back to the door the woman had come through.

Wren put a hand on his shoulder, then leaned closer to whisper in his ear. “You should… you should kiss me. Um. So we’ll fit in.” God, his scent…

He turned his head so that their foreheads touched. “Wren…” But if he’d planned to say more than that, he didn’t manage it before his lips touched hers.

Upon closing her eyes, she lost track of her hands as her entire world centered on the gentle nibble of his mouth, the fleeting sweep of his tongue. She tilted her head back further, her lips parting, and his tongue darted to touch hers. Something flared, hot and bright, desire igniting in her belly, thoughts flashing through her mind, like how good that same touch would feel on other parts of her, if only she dared…

Wren imagined him spreading her legs right here, running his fingers up and down the now-damp edge of her panties until he slipped a finger under the elastic, Suzanne and Bob watching. She could almost hear his voice as he’d whisper in her ear, like the other couple had been doing. Wren, you’re so beautiful, he’d be saying. I can’t stop touching you. I want to show everyone you’re beautiful and you’re mine and this is the pleasure I can give you.

To her dismay, he pulled back. “I don’t… think we should go beyond this room,” he whispered in her ear. “I think Abby was one of the women in here. Let’s… stay here as long as we can and see if we see her?”

“All right.” Wren’s hand slid along his jaw and she swallowed hard. Going into the other room meant having sex. Or breaking the rules by not doing it—no one was allowed to “just watch.” It was, they said, part of how they kept the voyeurs out. “But if we’re going to stay… you… you…”

He tilted her chin so he could look into her eyes. “If it’s too much, we could…”

“You have to kiss me again.” And she took a ragged breath as she waited for him to do so. This time he pulled her in, just with those two fingers under her chin, so she pressed against him as he leaned slightly back and brought her mouth to his.

This time his tongue met hers repeatedly, in a soft, relentless rhythm that her body recognized and responded to before her mind did, her hips answering with a beat of their own against him. She groaned quietly, thinking, oh God, I want him to touch me. Derek, please, oh please.

His warm hand slipped around the curve of her buttock. They were sliding and moving and she almost didn’t realize it, until he was flat on his back, pulling her astride him, grinding her pubic bone against the matching hardness under his zipper.

Wren had never wanted someone so much, not even in her fantasies. Oh, God, Derek, touch me, please touch me.

He gripped her buttocks with both hands, then slid one around her thigh further, pulling aside the crotch of her panties and smearing his fingers in the ample wetness there. He slid them back and forth, back and forth, gradually parting her labia and exposing her clit to the same gentle treatment.

She cried out softly as the pads of his fingers brushed across it. Oh, yes, yes, that’s perfect.

Wren, lovely Wren. I shouldn’t have brought you here. But I’m not sorry I did. Not now.

The whispers only sent her desire soaring. I’ve wanted you since I first saw you, she thought. I never dreamed it could feel like this. She sank into the sensation, his fingers pushing her higher and higher, as quickly and surely as if she were doing it herself.

May I make you come? Please say yes.

Yes, oh yes…

She cried out against his shoulder, as spasms of pleasure wracked her body, as he trailed off the touch and sensation only gradually, still holding her close with the other hand, and then running it over her close-shorn hair. “God, you’re beautiful…”

It was only when he spoke she realized with a jolt that he hadn’t been speaking aloud before. She jerked upright and stared into his eyes. Can you hear me?

Derek blinked. Yes. And you hear me?

Yes. She swallowed, a sudden chill and goosebumps climbing up her back. Oh my God.

He reached up and brushed a finger across her lips. They tingled and she heard the thought under that: my God I’ve never seen anything so beautiful in all my life. Then a more direct thought: Can you hear anyone else?

She looked up. Suzanne and Bob were gone and the dancer had finished. There was another couple in their place, the woman running her hand up and down the man’s crotch. Then he unbuttoned his jeans and she pulled his pecker out, yanking on it.

Maybe. I think the guy next to us just wondered why she always squeezes his dick so hard… Wren found herself giggling. But maybe I think that from the expression on his face. He’s like: ‘I shouldn’t be ungrateful that she’ll do this for me, but…’

Derek laughed quietly. What about the workers?

She tried to concentrate on the woman changing the sheets on the couch across from them, but Wren’s head was swimming too much. The air seemed close now, heavy with pheromones, and there was the rum and the orgasm and… she swayed and felt his hands holding her. “Can’t…” she said, shaking her head.

“Okay,” he whispered, and shifted their position, until she was in his lap.

She tried once more to reach out as one of the women came close. She closed her eyes. She felt a sensation of sinking, like the feeling of falling asleep, except she was still awake…

When she opened her eyes, she was under the cone of light, her hands bound over her head. Her breath caught. She had slipped into last night’s dream, and this time, the hand that reached out of the darkness to fondle her and the voice that laughed cruelly at her dismay definitely did not belong to Derek.
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We had hoped to reach the cave by noon.

The long drive across the Gibson Desert had made us testy and irritable. Somewhere along the gravel road, chips of stone had shattered the windscreen of the Honda; turning it into glass hail which the wind blew into the car. Janet was cut a little around the cheeks, and Mace, who had been driving, had specks of blood like a rash of measles over his whole face . . .

Science Fiction by Garry Kilworth

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Art by Frida Lundqvist   Introducing the Warbreaker Reread

Exciting news for Brandon Sanderson fans: our dedicated rereader of the Cosmere, Alice Arneson, has just launched the Warbreaker Reread! Each Thursday, Alice will be delving into the world ruled by the mysterious God King, analyzing each chapter, the various characters, and the novel’s connections to the larger Cosmere. She starts everything off with a detailed introduction and some background on the novel (and its rather interesting publication history), so jump into the comments and join us as we prepare to discuss Color, Biochroma, Breath, and (dun dun dun) Nightblood!

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  10 Supernatural Detectives That We Love to Drag Into Trouble

From hard-drinking former super-people to “consulting wizard” detectives, the best supernatural gumshoes-investigators of the private but also the occult-are the ones who should really know better. They’ve stumbled onto apocalyptic conspiracies, gone toe-to-toe with demons and supervillains, and have the curses and scars to prove it. And yet, they just keep getting dragged into the kinds of cases that regular private investigators don’t even know exist. Here’s a list of ten of our favorite supernatural detectives-help us add to the list in the comments!

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  The Flight of Dragons: Revisiting a Forgotten Gem of ’80s Fantasy

Reneysh Vittal revisits a favorite film from his childhood:The Flight of Dragons, a 1982 direct-to-video animated film by Rankin/Bass, the duo that brought usThe Hobbit and The Last Unicorn amongst other classics. It features wizards, magic, an Odyssean-level quest to save the day, body switching, inter-dimensional travel, an ultimate showdown of good versus evil, and of course, dragons. Lots of them. All that, and a terrifying villain voiced by James Earl Jones-so why doesn’t this beautifully animated fantasy gem get more attention these days?

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  Finding the Humanity in Epic Fantasy:Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear

“I said once-probably more than once, actually, but at least once where it’s written down-that Elizabeth Bear’s Range of Ghosts was the epic fantasy I’d been waiting my whole life to read. And never knew that I’d spent my whole life lacking it until I read it at long last.” Liz Bourke discusses how the first book of Elizabeth Bear’s Eternal Sky trilogy forever changed her sense of what epic fantasy could accomplish.

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Artwork by Anke Eissmann   The What-He-Did: The Poetic Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith

Author Walter Jon Williams pays homage to the fascinating life and work of Cordwainer Smith, a writer ahead of his time even in the future-obsessed world of science fiction. “Smith may be an acquired taste, an idiosyncratic voice chanting the stories of an impossibly strange and distant future. Still, I can’t help but think that if you don’t get Smith, you probably won’t get the future, either.”

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  All the Emotions: Five Books to Make You Feel

“Books can make us laugh, cry, smile, curl up in contentment or despair, jump up and shriek, run out of the room, and recite passages to friends and family. They can provide relief or ratchet up anxiety; they can deliver hope and triumph and deep satisfaction at a world set to rights. Books help us feel an enormous range of emotions as we experience the lives of others through the medium of story. It’s how we feel as we read a book that makes it memorable (or not).” Author Garth Nix discusses five of his favorite books that never fail to pack an emotional wallop.

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  Check Out the Highlights of New York Comic-Con 2016!

This past weekend, New York Comic-Con 2016 filled Manhattan’s Javits Center with cosplayers, comics enthusiasts, and fandoms of every stripe! We’ve rounded up all the news, trailers, plus some of our favorite cosplay from the Con, and you can catch up on all the highlights here, from author panels to the latest news about Doctor Who, The Expanse, Iron Fist, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency , and more!

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  Blue is a Darkness Weakened by Light, by Sarah McCarry

It isn’t what you’re thinking with me and the vampire; we’re just friends. Probably you’ve read too many books. We meet every evening on the corner of Twenty-Sixth and Sixth after I finish work and go for cocktails at the Half King. I am an assistant to a literary agent and he is a vampire, which is I suppose a certain form of employment.

“Blue is a Darkness Weakened by Light” is about a lonely young woman, recently moved to the big city, who is looking for love. What she finds is a friend and confidante who is much older and wiser than she.

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