Dale Sproule writes, "My new book, Psychedelia Gothique, collects 16 horror/cross-genre stories that endeavor to re-envision the familiar from perception-bending new perspectives. Rather than stick to customary fantasy, sf, mystery and horror routes, these tales seek out the unmarked trails in order to take you on 'hallucinogenic rides' to 'dark and surprising places.'"
I absolutely adored Ben Hatke's bestselling, science-fictional kid-comic Zita the Space Girl, and the sequel, Legends of Zita the Space Girl, was the perfect followup. Hatke captures the madcap lunacy of Vaughn Bode and the Mos Eisley Cantina, throws in a kick-ass girl adventurer, and great art, and it's just about perfect.
Gina from FirstSecond sez, "Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure in the final volume of this New York Times Best-Selling trilogy. Zita the Spacegirl has saved planets, battled monsters, and wrestled with interplanetary fame. But she faces her biggest challenge yet in the third and final installment of the Zita adventures. Wrongfully imprisoned on a penitentiary planet, Zita has to plot the galaxy's greatest jailbreak before the evil prison warden can execute his plan of interstellar domination!"
FirstSecond were good enough to supply us with an exclusive preview of this book -- see after the jump!
Lavie Tidhar writes, "My new novel, The Violent Century, is out today - billed as 'Watchmen meets Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,' it's a cold war noir thriller complete with Ãœbermenschen, Nazi war criminals, a murder, a love story, secrets and lies...
Tor.com has published an excerpt from The Land Across, a new novel from the incomparable, astounding Gene Wolfe, which comes out on Nov 26. It's a kafkaesque travelogue about magical realms and harsh borders, and on the strength of the excerpt, I want to shove it directly through my eyeballs and into my brain:
Sarah writes, "Author Peter S. Beagle, most well-know for his immortal work The Last Unicorn, has joined forces with artist Sarah Allegra to create the most memorable photos in her Dreamworld series yet! Sarah Allegra goes into detail and explains how she was able to create a completely unique, detailed, custom look for her photo on a Target budget."
Here's some spectacular news: Ted Chiang's incredible science fiction story "Story of Your Life" (which won the Nebula and Sturgeon, and was reprinted in his fantastic collection Stories of Your Life and Others) is being adapted for a feature film by director Nic Mathieu and producer Shawn Levy. We published an illuminating interview with Ted in 2010. He's one of science fiction's genuine good guys, and "Story of Your Life" in one of the genre's outstanding pieces. Plus, short story adaptations tend to be more successful than novel adaptations (a lot more happens in a typical novel than happens in a typical film).
In 1970 SF author Charles Platt (above, right) drove with Thomas M. Disch and Marilyn Hacker from New York to California. Sounds like quite a trip!
After an obligatory Howard Johnson’s roadside dinner in Pennsylvania, Tom suggested that since none of us wanted to see the eastern states, he could continue driving till around 5AM while I slept on the rear seat, after which we’d trade places. I duly passed out in the back, but woke abruptly a couple of hours later, sensing that something was–different. Then I realized that the car wasn’t moving.
Heavy rain was hammering the windshield and the roof. “Where the hell are we?” I asked.
”Interstate 80,” said Tom.
I peered through the side windows. “But you stopped in the fast lane!”
He gestured at the water pouring down the windshield. “Well, no one can possibly be driving in this.”
Tom was a very intelligent person. In fact he wrote a whole book, once, about intelligence. Common sense, however, was another matter. “Get this car onto the shoulder, immediately!” I yelled at him. He muttered and grumbled but did as I asked. Moments later a huge truck roared over the section of asphalt where we had been parked before I woke up.
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In this episode of Gweek we talk about DIY book publishing vs traditional book publishing, music designed to trick your lizard brain, software that turns photos into talking cartoon characters, a board game that teaches preschoolers about computer programming, and more!
Rob Reid, a writer and technology entrepreneur based in California. He wrote Year Zero -- a novel about aliens with a mad passion for human music – and founded the company that built the Rhapsody music service.
The original concept for Disneyland's Haunted Mansion was a walk-through "Museum of the Weird" featuring spooky exhibits (as always, the best place to read about this is Long Forgotten, far and away the top site for Haunted Mansion history, theory and context). This has been revived for a Marvel/Disney series of comics that pick up on the "New Weird" genre motifs and also kicks off a new series of comics based on Disney attractions and their storied histories.
This is pretty danged awesome. Spooky wunderkammers, surreal horror, and theme-parks? Please add me to your mailing list.
Elizabeth Perez's concept design for an edition of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 features a strike-anywhere match set into the cover and a screen-printed striking surface on the spine, so you can use the book to set fire to itself. This Fahrenheit 451 design would make a great accompaniment to the asbestos-bound first edition.
Nebula Award winning writer/editor Eugie Foster has aggressive cancer in her sinuses, and while she's insured, her insurance sucks. She's asking her friends and colleagues to help her make ends meet. She's got a ton of books and ebooks for sale -- or you can PayPal her at email@example.com.
Case and Molly is a prototype game for the Oculus Rift based on William Gibson's classic 1984 science fiction novel Neuromancer, by Greg Borenstein. It alternates between two points of view: an action hero (Molly) who is trying to physically penetrate a target, and a network operator (Case) who supports her by hacking the systems that protect that space. As Borenstein writes, this is "all too familiar."
He continues, "We constantly navigate the tension between the physical and the digital in a state of continuous partial attention. We try to walk down the street while sending text messages or looking up GPS directions. We mix focused work with a stream of instant message and social media conversations. We dive into the sudden and remote intimacy of seeing a family member’s face appear on FaceTime or Google Hangout."