Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The SF Signal Podcast Episode 34 - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

"In episode 34 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester, Jeff Patterson & John DeNardo sit down to chat with Hugo award winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch!"


3.5 out of 5

http://www.box.net/shared/static/dp6zqs4x8h.mp3

Roll the Bones - Mercedes Lackey and Cody Martin

Murdock and Victrix get to go back into the super-nazi killin' business.


3.5 out of 5

http://media.podiobooks.com/swc4wd/PB-SecretWorldChronicle4-23.mp3

Heroes and Thieves - Mercedes Lackey and Cody Martin

Time for some cracking and berating for the CCCP and allies.


3.5 out of 5

http://media.podiobooks.com/swc4wd/PB-SecretWorldChronicle4-22.mp3

Jersey Gods - Thunder Road 1

Jersey Gods - Thunder Road 1

Godforce sharing betrayal.


3 out of 5

http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album.php?gid=2292

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Perils On Planet X - Lair of the Science Witch

Perils On Planet X - Lair of the Science Witch

And more than a few of her monsters.


3.5 out of 5

http://atomicpulp.supernaturalcrime.com/strips_pages/strips_pages_POPX/popx_lair_03.html

Blackest Night - 00 Blackest Night Death Becomes Us

Blackest Night 0

I see dead heroes.


3 out of 5

https://comics.comixology.com/#/view/2788/Blackest-Night-0

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Interview Anno Dracula and more - Kim Newman

"Q. One of the key characters in Anno Dracula is Geneviève Dieudonné. This is a character we’ve seen before in some of your Warhammer novels. What’s the motivation is having a sort of pan-Universe character who pops up across different books?

Strictly speaking, she’s not quite the same, and the Geneviève in my Diogenes Club books is not the same either – they’re counterparts in different parallel worlds. As I’ve said, the idea for Anno Dracula took a long while to percolate and several other things I’d been doing fed into it. One was a very rough outline I did for a novel that was supposed to tie the Warhammer and Warhammer 40K worlds together – in which Geneviève, who could as an immortal live long enough to feature in both, teamed up with a resurrected Wyatt Earp to track a resurrected Jack the Ripper on some planet full of Riverworld-type risen dead famous people. It didn’t get beyond a paragraph: at this date details are blurry, but I think GW decided they wanted to keep their two franchises separate (I wasn’t the only one to come up with an idea linking them, and I may even have been asked to devise something which would). So, when I came to AD and needed a plot to allow an exploration of the world I’d imagined, I went back to the bare skeleton of Geneviève-and-a-detective-after-the-Ripper and used it. Given that I was playing with so many other people’s fictional characters in the context of my own invented timeline, it felt appropriate that I use one of my own – and, by doing so, I created by implication the third Geneviève who existed in a parallel version of my fictional universe where Dracula lost. The notion of tying together all one’s books and stories into my own multiverse or meta-series is something many other writers have done. I was probably thinking most of Mike Moorcock or M. John Harrison when I began to weave it all together (my most intricate, not to say indulgent, exercise in this is ‘Cold Snap’ in Secret Files of the Diogenes Club), but Stephen King and others have gone the same route."


4 out of 5

http://www.geeknative.com/20476/kim-newman-interview-anno-dracula-and-more/

Friday, May 27, 2011

Disambiguation - Ian Sales

Ganymedia separation. With flying boats.


4 out of 5


http://althistfiction.com/free-stories-and-reviews/disambiguation-by-ian-sales/

http://itdoesnthavetoberight.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/disambiguation2.pdf

The Sword - 22

The Sword - 22

"I shagged your father for thousands of years."

"Yeah, and he still didn't want you. Plus - you = barren."

"I'm ripping your womb out and stomping on it."

"That's right, show the world you are totally crazy on tv, invulnerable godwoman."


4 out of 5

http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album.php?gid=2216

The Science of the Story An Interview With - Greg Egan

" You are currently in the middle of writing the Orthogonal trilogy. What prompted you to begin such a project and what do you hope to gain from such an endeavor?

A few years ago I started thinking about what it might be like to live in a universe that was different from our own in one very simple but profound way: instead of having a fourth dimension, time, that was set apart from the three dimensions of space, you had four dimensions that were completely interchangeable. In this universe, at the deepest level, "the future" and "the past" would be directions no different from "north" and "south" — and just as those compass points take their meaning from a particular object, the Earth, whose axis could as easily be pointing any way at all in space, in this hypothetical universe "the future" and "the past" would always be the future and past of a particular physical object, such as a cluster of stars and planets, rather than a property of the universe itself.

Of course the instinctive response to this is to say that without time, nothing can change, so nothing can happen — the whole universe will be a kind of frozen snapshot. But that turns out not to be true at all. In such a universe, you can still have a "history" laid out across space that, from the inside, would look very much like the passage of time appears to us.

Now, if you make that one simple change, what follows? What would the physics and the chemistry be like, in this new framework? Before I started writing I put a lot of work into fleshing out those details, so I could predict exactly how light would behave, how matter would behave, and what kinds of technology would or wouldn't be possible. The result is a combination of novelty and consistency that really appeals to me: there are a lot of very strange aspects to this universe, but they're not just an arbitrary collection of weird phenomena, they all flow directly from a single premise. "


4 out of 5

http://www.diamondbookdistributors.com/default.asp?t=1&m=1&c=53&s=656&ai=108976

Master of Disaster - Paolo Bacigalupi

dystopian tales are infuriating, disturbing, and impossible to put down

...


"“Damn, the swanks and the rust rats are all the same at the end of the day. Everyone’s looking to get a little blood on their hands.” What’s the message behind that?

Everybody’s doing something to survive. One thing about wealth is that we don’t really think about where it comes from. When we think of having access to cheap energy, we have to remember that cheap energy comes from someplace. Around here, in Colorado, for example, we do a lot of natural gas drilling. So, you have a business that is predicated on many things. You go down and you frack the ground. That means you’re pumping diesel into the land and creating an environmental cost to extracting something that we use for our convenience. But there’s also a social cost.

What is it?

Rig workers work these insane shifts, so there’s a problem with methamphetamine addiction. They can keep going on shifts that run 12 hours, day after day after day. That’s going to break a person. And we live on top of that. The number of injuries and deaths in the natural gas industry are also on us whenever we turn on our gas stoves. I’m really interested in the idea that some of the things we take for granted—things that seem clean and pristine—are connected to long chains of things we don’t see, or don’t want to see."


4 out of 5

http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/home/890188-312/master_of_disaster_paolo_bacigalupis.html.csp

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Breaking the Ice - Thoraiya Dyer

"Why do you need a berg"?


3.5 out of 5

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/4338/full

Velocity - 1

Velocity 1

Baldy, if you are going to kill me, then I am going to go Ultra Sapien on you.

And writer, letter and colorist doing bright yellow text on bright green should maybe made to stare at it for an hour on a computer screen like their poor reader victims.


4 out of 5

http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album.php?gid=2747

Rolling Back the Years: Popular Publications - Frederik Pohl

"He said I could start right away. He cautioned me that these new magazines he was adding would be paying only a half-cent a word, instead of the traditional pulp penny, and to be consistent, all he could pay an editor for them, like me, was $10 a week, which even in 1939 was starvation wages. (I learned later that I wasn’t even the worst-paid of his new hirees. A young man named Costa Carousso was hired at about the same time, and his deal was that he would be paid nothing for his first three months and then raised to $10 a week. Curiously when Carousso, like me, got swept up into the Air Force a couple of years later, they turned us both into weathermen.)"


3.5 out of 5

http://www.thewaythefutureblogs.com/2011/05/rolling-back-the-years-popular-publications/

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Scales - Alastair Reynolds

Just your lizard-machine-human brain in a ship N-space reality level, FTL space battle, then.


4 out of 5

http://download.guardian.co.uk/audio/kip/books/series/books/1245671468081/4260/gdb.bks.091622.fp.Alastair-Reynolds.mp3

http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/scales/

Seven Came Back - Clifford D. Simak

One more or die, Venerable.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.archive.org/details/SevenCameBack

Advisors At Naptime - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Advisors At Naptime - Kristine Kathryn Rusch
World domination game is boring when you are knee high to a grasshopper.


2.5 out of 5

http://kriswrites.com/2011/05/23/free-fiction-monday-advisors-at-naptime/

The Thing on the Roof - Robert E. Howard

The Thing on the Roof - Robert E. Howard
http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0608011.txt

A book collector acquires a copy of Nameless Cults. It motivates the man he got it for to go back to the temple of the Toad Goad.

The amulet he acquires there has very unfortunate consequences.


3 out of 5

http://www.archive.org/download/CthulhuPodcastEpsiode102/CEP102.mp3

Flurb 10 - Rudy Rucker

A lot of stories here, mostly short and mostly average. Much near future flashbacking into badness, too so a bit of a theme presumably.

Plenty of fun photos as usual.

Flurb 10 : A Peculiar Fashion Business - Jon Armstrong
Flurb 10 : Six Days on the Road and I'm Gonna Make it Home Tonight - Kek
Flurb 10 : The Hidden Neosurrealism of the Early to Mid 21st Century - Adam Callaway
Flurb 10 : The Skug - Rudy Rucker
Flurb 10 : Zombies Condoms and Shenzhen - Madeline Ashby
Flurb 10 : Doctora Xilbalba's Datura Enema - Ernest Hogan
Flurb 10 : The End of Mirth - Howard V. Hendrix
Flurb 10 : Sphincter and Sphinx - Th. Metzger
Flurb 10 : Deepscreen - Marc Laidlaw
Flurb 10 : Wasps/Spiders - Brendan Byrne
Flurb 10 : The Paranoid Critical Method - Bruce Sterling
Flurb 10 : The Seduction of a Very Special Music Box - Kris Saknussemm
Flurb 10 : The Gravity Fetishist - Annalee Newitz
Flurb 10 : Rim - Carter Scholz
Flurb 10 : Intelligent Design 2.0 - Ian Watson
Flurb 10 : Buried in Time - Kathleen Ann Goonan
Flurb 10 : Bitters - John Shirley

Fibre chop.

3 out of 5


Parsons and presidential design.

3 out of 5


Spontaneous garbogenesis.

3 out of 5


Zeno Pratt.

3 out of 5


Dupuis suicide research Factory Girl.

3.5 out of 5


Racist Arizona agent god test.

3 out of 5


Experimental economist cyborg pie.

2 out of 5


Fat sleaze.

3 out of 5


Serpent infection.

3 out of 5


Drone strike story walk.

3 out of 5


Lunatic art babble.

2 out of 5


Lunatic art babble.

3 out of 5


Martian kinkmod.

3.5 out of 5


Dumb down.

3 out of 5


Cheese time Q-Device.

3 out of 5


Toxic patrol.

3.5 out of 5



2.5 out of 5

http://www.flurb.net/10/index10.html

Sandmagic - Orson Scott Card

Sandmagic - Orson Scott Card
Desert power.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/new/new-fiction/sandmagic/

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Thing From Another World

Alien horror under the ice rather changeable.


3 out of 5



http://www.youtube.com/movie/the-thing-from-another-world

Bitters - John Shirley

Toxic patrol.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.flurb.net/10/shirley10.htm

Buried In Time - Kathleen Ann Goonan

Cheese time Q-Device.


3 out of 5

http://www.flurb.net/10/goonan10.htm

Intelligent Design 2.0 - Ian Watson

Dumb down.


3 out of 5

http://www.flurb.net/10/watson10.htm

The Gravity Fetishist - Annalee Newitz

Martian kinkmod.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.flurb.net/10/newitz10.htm

The Seduction Of A Very Special Music Box - Kris Saknussemm

Bloated time drug chinks?


3 out of 5

http://www.flurb.net/10/saknussemm10.htm

The Paranoid Critical Method - Bruce Sterling

Lunatic art babble.


2 out of 5

http://www.flurb.net/10/sterling10.htm

Wasps/spiders - Brendan Byrne

Drone strke story walk.


3 out of 5

http://www.flurb.net/10/byrne10.htm

Deepscreen - Marc Laidlaw

Serpent infection.


3 out of 5

http://www.flurb.net/10/laidlaw10.htm

Eight Miles - Sean McMullen

Angelica lives advances.


3 out of 5


http://www.seanmcmullen.net.au/eightmiles.htm

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/starshipsofa/StarShipSofa_No_189_Sean_McMullen.mp3

Doctora Xilbalba's Datura Enema - Ernest Hogan

Racist Arizona agent god test.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.flurb.net/10/hogan10.htm

Vision Machine - 3

The conclusion of this story :-

Freeing Jane from government control, removing the illegal monitoring systems, and enabling some interesting telepathy.


4.5 out of 5

http://gregpak.com/uploads/Vision_Machine_3.pdf

Sphincter and Sphinx -Th Metzger

Fat sleaze.


3 out of 5

http://www.flurb.net/10/metzger10.htm

Zombies Condoms And Shenzhen - Madeleine Ashby

Dupuis suicide research Factory Girl.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.flurb.net/10/ashby10.htm

The Skug - Rudy Rucker

Turing Zeno Pratt.


3 out of 5

http://www.flurb.net/10/rucker10.htm

The Hidden Neosurrealism of the Early to Mid 21st Century - Adam Callaway

Spontaneous garbogenesis.


3 out of 5

http://www.flurb.net/10/callaway10.htm

Our Tribe: Gabba Gabba Hey - Walter Jon Williams

"For almost the entire history of science fiction, the one thing you would never find in a science fiction novel was, well, science fiction. Every person in a science fiction story behaved as if science fiction itself was never invented. Nobody in science fiction had ever read a science fiction story or seen a science fiction film. When they were faced with a science fictional problem, they had absolutely no frame of reference outside the mundane world in order to deal with it. (When I see a science fiction film, I’m often prone to thinking thoughts like: “If only the protagonist had read that Up the Line by Silverberg, he’d know what to do.” And if Buffy the Vampire Slayer had actually read horror fiction, she would have had an easier time, too.)"


3.5 out of 5

http://www.walterjonwilliams.net/2011/04/our-tribe-gabba-gabba-hey/

Six Days on the Road and I’m Gonna Make It Home Tonight - Kek Kek

Parsons and presidential design.


3 out of 5

http://www.flurb.net/10/kek10.htm

Lightspeed 10 - John Joseph Adams

A couple of very good reprints and a decent new story. A fine interview with Walter Jon Williams and some better than usual articles make a close to excellent issue.

Lightspeed 10 : Saying the Names - Maggie Clark
Lightspeed 10 : Gossamer - Stephen Baxter
Lightspeed 10 : Spider the Artist - Nnedi Okorafor
Lightspeed 10 : Woman Leaves Room - Robert Reed

Bo assignment trial.

3.5 out of 5


Wormhole stuffup surfing webs.

4 out of 5


"Some of these pipelines carry diesel fuel, others carry crude oil. Millions of liters of it a day. Nigeria supplies twenty-five percent of United States oil. And we get virtually nothing in return. Nothing but death by Zombie attack. We can all tell you stories."

The Zombies in this case are security robots that guard the pipeline from being broken into and tapped for the use of the exploited locals. In this atmosphere of local oppression a woman discovers a strange relationship with one of the robots, thanks to a bit of Bob Marley music, among others. Some robots have better taste than others?

Still, lots of petroleum products and killer attack robots is always going to be an exposive situation.

A good story, and the editor has managed to get a fine example of work set in other than your usual locations, here."

4 out of 5


Alive machine.

3 out of 5




4.5 out of 5

http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/issue/mar-2011-issue-10/

Saying the Names - Maggie Clark

Bo assignment trial.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/saying-the-names/

Lightspeed Feature Interview - Walter Jon Williams

"Your stories “Lethe” and “The Green Leopard Plague” are among the most memorable—and moving—pieces of SF I’ve ever read. Both stories are set in a future that remains full of grief and loss even though death has been all but banished from human experience. And both stories suggest that even “in a future where everything goes right,” (your phrase) suffering will still be part of what makes us human. This is a very un-SF outlook. Yet it has given rise to some of your most lyrical and resonant writing. Where does that theme come from, and why do you think it keeps reappearing in your writing?

Perhaps it’s because I find death and suffering to be really, really sad, and sadder still because (at our current level of technology) they’re inescapable. Death and suffering are primary features of the human condition: They’re something we all share. When they no longer exist, we’ll know that posthumanity is upon us.

Also, from the point of view of the craftsman, I find it challenging to find something to write about in a world without war, poverty, and death. But just because those things are gone doesn’t mean that suffering doesn’t exist: There will still be people who are stupid or uncaring who will make you feel bad; you will still make horrible mistakes that will feel like the end of the world; and you’re going to love the wrong person. Almost guaranteed.

When those conditions are no more, you’ll know that humanity as we know it no longer exists."


4.5 out of 5

http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/feature-interview-walter-jon-williams/

Spider the Artist - Nnedi Okorafor

Spider the Artist - Nnedi Okorafor-mbachu
"Some of these pipelines carry diesel fuel, others carry crude oil. Millions of liters of it a day. Nigeria supplies twenty-five percent of United States oil. And we get virtually nothing in return. Nothing but death by Zombie attack. We can all tell you stories."

The Zombies in this case are security robots that guard the pipeline from being broken into and tapped for the use of the exploited locals. In this atmosphere of local oppression a woman discovers a strange relationship with one of the robots, thanks to a bit of Bob Marley music, among others. Some robots have better taste than others?

Still, lots of petroleum products and killer attack robots is always going to be an exposive situation.

A good story, and the editor has managed to get a fine example of work set in other than your usual locations, here."


4 out of 5

http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/spider-the-artist/

Gossamer - Stephen Baxter

Wormhole stuffup surfing webs.


4 out of 5

http://browseinside.harpercollins.com/index.aspx?isbn13=9780061059049

http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/gossamer/

Woman Leaves Room - Robert Reed

Alive machine.


3 out of 5

http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/woman-leaves-room-2/

Bishop Patterson's Crocodiles - Lavie Tidhar

Floating over and chomping Steve.


3 out of 5

http://www.magicalrealism.co.uk/view.php?story=19

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Penultimate Pre-pub Taste: The Cold Commands - Richard Morgan

"“You’ve got the wrong house,” he said conversationally.

The invigilator’s face mottled with anger. “How do you dare to-“

“No, you’re not listening to me.” Egar kept his voice patient and gentle. “There’s obviously been some mistake back at the Citadel. Pashla Menkarak isn’t keeping you up to date. When he sent you down here, didn’t he tell you how dangerous it is to stand under this tree?”

The invigilator flashed an inadvertent glance up at the branches over his head. Egar dropped an amiable right arm onto his shoulder, just above the collar-bone. He dug in with his thumb. The invigilator uttered a strangled yelp. The men-at-arms came belatedly to life. One of them raised a meaty hand and grabbed Egar’s free arm.

“That’s en-“"


4 out of 5

http://www.richardkmorgan.com/news/727/penultimate-pre-pub-taste/

Friday, May 20, 2011

Halcyon 1

Halcyon 1

Cunning plan - surrender in this reality.


3.5 out of 5

https://comics.comixology.com/#/view/8667/Halcyon-1

Birth of Venus - 1

Birth of Venus 1

Pregnant by supervillain = foetal superpowers? Nasty.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.birthofvenuscomic.com/

Blood and Thunder, Dreams in the Fire: an Interview with Robert E. Howard Scholar - Mark Finn

"The late Robert E. Howard’s public profile has never been higher, with a new comic book anthology series from Dark Horse, a continuing line of Del Rey collections, a Conan movie later this summer, and now a the release of Dreams in the Fire, a new anthology of stories and poetry honoring his legacy. Edited by noted Howard historians and editors Mark Finn and Chris Gruber, proceeds from Dreams in the Fire benefit the Robert E. Howard United Press Association. I recently spoke with co-editor Finn regarding the new anthology, Howard’s life and what might have been had the brilliant young author not killed himself at the age of 30."


4 out of 5

http://suvudu.com/2011/05/blood-and-thunder-dreams-in-the-fire-an-interview-with-robert-e-howard-scholar-mark-finn.html?ref=twt_Suvudu_stream

Embassytown 1 - China Mieville

"The Host spoke.

Of course I’d seen its like many times. Some lived in the interstice where we dared ourselves to play. We sometimes found ourselves facing them, as they walked with crablike precision on whatever their tasks were, or even running, with a gait that made them look as if they must fall, though they did not. We saw them tending the flesh walls of their nests, or what we thought of as their pets, those whispering companion animal things. We would quieten abruptly down in their presence and move away from them. We mimicked the careful politeness our shiftparents showed them. Our discomfort, like that of the adults we learned it from, outweighed any curiosity at the strange actions we might see the Hosts performing."


3 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/stories/2011/05/embassytown-excerpt?start=1

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ghost Project - 1

Ghost Project - 1

Weapons Inspector dead problems.


3.5 out of 5

https://comics.comixology.com/#/view/9670/Ghost-Projekt-1-of-5-

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cimmeria - Barry Windsor-Smith

Cimmeria - Barry Windsor-Smith

Wow, he finished it! :)


4.5 out of 5

http://www.barrywindsor-smith.com/studio2/cimmeriaintro.html

Lassie's Rescue Rangers Theme




3.5 out of 5

Footprints - 1 Iced 1

Footprints 1 Iced 1

Cryptozoology monster squad team-up murder investigation.


4 out of 5


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/775602645/footprints-your-everyday-hardboiled-cryptid-monste

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Elric - The Balance Lost 0

Elric - The Balance Lost 0

Got us Champions aplenty here.


4 out of 5

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=8578

Monday, May 16, 2011

My City : Cape Town - Lauren Beukes

"I am ... a glorified typist with stories in my head. Sometimes they get out.

Where were you born? In Joburg. I grew up across the road from the zoo. We'd hear the elephants and find snakes in the garden. "


3.5 out of 5

http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/article1062741.ece/My-City---Cape-Town---Lauren-Beukes

A life in writing: China Mieville - Justine Jordan

"As well as being "neurotically about language", throwing in plenty of jokes about academics and linguistics, Embassytown is a sincere homage to its SF forebears. Miéville insists that "I would never disavow my generic tradition. Occasionally people say, 'but you're not really science fiction, you're escaping the genre'. Not really! I know it's meant nicely, but I would much rather operate as a conduit than an outlier." For Miéville, as for fans and critics in the SF field, genre is where the pulse of literature – the ideas, the excitement – is to be found. "The project of realism, the very name, shows it to be not merely hubristic, it's absurd, it's preposterous. Which bit? Which bit are you being realistic about?" Increasingly, Miéville is a locus of critical hopes, and Ursula K Le Guin is quietly confident: "When he wins the Booker, the whole silly hierarchy will collapse, and literature will be much the better for it.""


4 out of 5

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/may/14/china-mieville-life-writing-genre

Biba Jibun - Eugie Foster

Ghost train rabbit, mum.


3 out of 5

http://www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-online/2011/04/short-fiction-biba-jibun-by-eugie-foster/

Values Vision and Mission - James Van Pelt

Dog work.


3 out of 5

http://dailysciencefiction.com/story/james-van-pelt/values-vision-and-mission

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Artifacts - 0

Artifacts - 0

Top Cow Event, Aphrodite.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.mydigitalcomics.com/product.aspx?id=f0966402-896e-4be1-bb84-46987d1d4baf

Aphrodite IX - 00

Aphrodite IX 0

I'm all monitored.


2.5 out of 5


http://www.mydigitalcomics.com/product.aspx?id=04fedc32-aa44-4079-a653-0507f15c72ab

Covehite - China Mieville

Rig monster.


3 out of 5

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/apr/22/china-mieville-covehithe-short-story?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Thunder Agents - 1 The High Read

Thunders Agents - 1 The High Red

Daniel god machine recruiting sales pitch background.


3.5 out of 5

https://comics.comixology.com/#/view/10178/T-H-U-N-D-E-R-Agents-1

Memoir - 1

Don't eat the meat in this little town.


3 out of 5

https://comics.comixology.com/#/view/8661/Memoir-1-of-6-

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Evil Eater - Peadar O Guilin

Twitchy tentacle feed.


3 out of 5

http://peadarog.livejournal.com/137770.html

Where Beauty Lies In Wait - Peadar O Guilin

Boys just wanna have fun. Or be girls.


4 out of 5

http://peadarog.livejournal.com/137770.html

The Mourning Trees - Peadar O Gulin

Pain execution destruction.


3.5 out of 5

http://peadarog.livejournal.com/137770.html

Geeks Bearing Gifts - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Deity dating dodgy vlog.


3.5 out of 5

http://kriswrites.com/2011/05/09/free-fiction-monday-geeks-bearing-gifts/

INTERVIEW: on South African Culture Writing About Race and Genre - Lauren Beukes

"And I just did a nine page comic for Vertigo for the Strange Adventures anthology, and that was amazing as I've always wanted to write comics. I read Misty when I was a kid and Asterix and Tin Tin and 2000AD was a huge influence on me, and Elf Quest and it was always something I really wanted to do. I got the opportunity through Bill Willingham, who I met at WorldCon, and he introduced me to his editor. I got to pitch on this story idea and she loved it. It's so exciting to do . I think what's been most exciting is to see how it works differently - that's the nice thing about working across the board, and playing in all these different disciplines, to see what different challenges they bring. In animation, for example, the storyboard is very straightforward - it's one, two, three panels in a row - that's what a storyboard looks like, because that's how it's going to be animated onscreen. With comics, the layouts that you can play with, the panels... it's just mind-blowing. That's what I struggled most with - trying to figure out what panel layout works best. Luckily, Shelly Bond, the editor and Inaki Miranda , the Illustrator really held my hand through this, and brought such amazing life to that, so that was really, really cool, and hopefully it'll lead to more comics work because I loved it."


4 out of 5


http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2011/05/interview-lauren-beukes-on-south-african-culture-writing-about-race-and-genre/

Bad Taste



Kiwis are tasty, unless they are crazy soldier types.


3.5 out of 5

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Man-Made Men - Alex Irvine

"Alchemical Creations

Homonculi are also often made of clay, but they tend to be smaller and more peaceful than golems. Tiny little men, they are usually made to do housework. The sixteenth-century occultist Paracelsus usually is widely credited with coining the word. His little servant apparently got fed up with the alchemist, though, and ran off into history soon after his creation. After Paracelsus, alchemical literature abounds with various creations employing the humanoid mandrake root. As preformationist doctrines spread through European intellectual circles, it became common to create homunculi by, for example, replacing part of an egg white with human sperm and then burying and digging up the egg at specified times. The resultant creature, according to one David Christianus in the eighteenth century, would subsist on earthworms and lavender seeds."


3.5 out of 5

http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/new/new-nonfiction/man-made-men/

The Quantum Thief 1- Hannu Rajaniemi The Thief and the Prisoner's Dilemma

"As always, before the warmind and I shoot each other, I try to make small talk.

“Prisons are always the same, don’t you think?”

I don’t even know if it can hear me. It has no visible auditory organs, just eyes, human eyes, hundreds of them, in the ends of stalks that radiate from its body like some exotic fruit. It hovers on the other side of the glowing line that separates our cells. The huge silver Colt would look ridiculous in the grip of its twiglike manipulator limbs if it hadn’t already shot me with it fourteen thousand times."


4.5 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/stories/2011/05/excerpt-the-quantum-thief-by-hannu-rajaniemi

Shannon's Law - Cory Doctorow

Get the elf lady a bucket of Internets.


3 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/stories/2011/05/shannons-law

Monday, May 09, 2011

The Iron Shirts - Michael F. Flynn

New one, all Gael and smoking.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.tor.com/stories/2011/05/the-iron-shirts

Me and Alfie Part 7: Cyclothymia - Frederik Pohl

"I said, “Oh, you want my autograph.”

And he said, “No, I want to give it back to you. I hate it. I don’t want it in my possession.” And that’s the closest I ever came to being attacked. Of course, I started out as a fan.

Bester: So did I. I read what’s his name’s Amazing Stories when I was only that high. I couldn’t even afford to buy any. I used to read it on the newsstand. Until they chased me, and I’d come back five minutes later and I’d finish the story.

Pohl: Well, I didn’t do that. I bought them in secondhand stores and got them for a nickel. I identify more closely with readers than I do with most writers. I still read science fiction for pleasure. Not all of it, because who can? 1,200 books a year is more than I can handle. But when I have finished reading what I have to read professionally in science fiction, I read some just for fun.

Bester: Fortunately I don’t have to read it professionally. I read it just for fun, and I do read science fiction regularly."


4.5 out of 5

http://www.thewaythefutureblogs.com/page/2/

Me and Alfie Part 8: Hollywood and the Name Game - Frederik Pohl

"Every day. I find that sometimes it gets a little treacherous though because I want to write the same scene in three different novels. There are two novels that I’m working on now and I’ve got a great scene and I want it in both of them.

Bester: I’ve stolen scenes from myself many a time and been ashamed.

Audience: Do you consider the increasing commercialism of science fiction will have a detrimental effect on the future?

Pohl: The increasing commercialism of science fiction has worried me sometimes because it seems to me that the prices have got pretty high and it’s a sort of South Sea Bubble thing that is going to bust before long. But I don’t think it’ll affect any writer seriously. Writers that are good enough to command the sky-high prices that are going on, especially science-fiction writers, are generally also so damn stubborn that they’re going to do what they want to do anyhow. And not too many of the first-rank writers that I know are going to worry about commercialism. They will do their thing."


4 out of 5


http://www.thewaythefutureblogs.com/page/2/

Robert Silverberg Part 2: Agberg and Me - Frederik Pohl

"I did, however, wonder what Bob and Bobby had traded in that fine Riverdale mansion in for. (Riverdale, remember. That’s actually a part of the Bronx, but you must never remind any Riverdalean that that is true. They may cry.)

I can’t say I really envied the Silverbobs their semi-palace. Any more rooms than the thirteen I already owned would have simply been showing off, and I had a full acre of land, with a pretty little river flowing along two sides of it, compared to their approximately two and a half square feet of grounds, bounded by city streets all over. But, ah, that library! Their house had been owned before them by a couple of New York celebrities, and although I’ve forgotten their names, they must have been great readers. The house’s library room was nearly the square footage of my living room and dining room combined, and it was two stories high! With bookshelves going floor to ceiling on every wall! And those roll-away stepladders everywhere, too, so if you wanted to read selections from half a dozen volumes you were probably going to be getting in your day’s exercise at the same time, too!"


3.5 out of 5

http://www.thewaythefutureblogs.com/2011/05/robert-silverberg-part-2-agberg-and-me/

Robert Silverberg - Frederik Pohl

"Although Robert Silverberg was born (in Brooklyn, home of literary giants) in 1935, his first novel, a juvenile entitled Revolt on Alpha C, was not published until 1955. Asked to explain this prolonged period with no new book appearing, Silverberg is quick to respond. “What do you think, I’m some kind of freak who never has periods when he just can’t seem to get words on paper? I’m human, you know. Just last week I had a really scary episode of writer’s block that lasted from about 10:45 in the morning almost till lunch.”

Nevertheless he carries on. His current total is 245 books — sorry, 246 books and more than — no, make that 249 books, as the latest one was a trilogy. . . .

Well. perhaps some of that is slightly exaggerated, but it’s true that Silverbob has an almost pathological craving to produce books at very near an Isaac Asimovian pace."


4.5 out of 5

http://www.thewaythefutureblogs.com/2011/05/robert-silverberg/

Sunday, May 08, 2011

La Muse 1 - Adi Tantemedh and Hugo Petrus

La Muse 1 - Adi Tantemedh

Just a super powered alien leatherclad do-gooder showoff babe with a platform.

4 out of 5

http://www.bigheadpress.com/lamuse?page=0

Death Desert - Robert Moore Williams

Saved by a Martian water finding monkey in the life diamond death duel between Red Kelly and Knuckles Roker.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.archive.org/details/DeathDesert

Roll a d6

A nice parody :-


4 out of 5

Roll a D6 from Connor Anderson on Vimeo.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

The Architect - Mike Baron and Andie Tong and Scott Bieser

The Architect 35 - Andie Tong

If your old man leaves you a big old scary house and he is an undead mushroom monster loving sorcerer who wouldn't mind sacrificing you and yours, maybe pass on the inheritance?


4 out of 5

http://www.bigheadpress.com/thearchitect?page=35

Friday, May 06, 2011

The Lost Machine - John Wyndham

The Lost Machine - John Wyndham
Left a note.


3 out of 5

http://www.archive.org/details/TheLostMachine

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Second Variety - Philip K. Dick

If there's a bear in there, you are rooted. Out there isn't good, either, in the long run.


4.5 out of 5

http://www.archive.org/details/SecondVariety


4.5 out of 5

http://gutenberg.org/ebooks/32032

Falcata Times Interview - Mark Chadbourn

"Mark Chadbourn: Nobody likes to glamourise themselves and what they do more than writers. That sense that writing is an "affliction" allows them to buy in to the illusion that they are some kind of tortured artists, gifted and cursed by God in equal measure. The truth is, writers have a particular skill, like professional football players, and if they're clever and diligent they can make money out of it. They no more *have* to write than football players *have* to kick the ball around. The proof is when writers get very successful; a lot of them choose to do anything but write for most of the time. Don't get me wrong - it is very hard work and lonely, and only the most driven can entertain the idea of a career with words. But I do believe that storytelling is inherent. It can't be taught in any of the many creative writing classes available across the world, whatever they might say in their advertising."


4 out of 5

http://falcatatimes.blogspot.com/2011/04/interview-mark-chadbourn.html

Who Slays The Gyant Wounds The Beast - Mark Chadbourn

Who Slays The Gyant Wounds The Beast - Mark Chadbourn
Dead poet High Society, Swyftely.


4.5 out of 5

http://www.darkfictionmagazine.co.uk/podpress_trac/web/1536/0/who_slays_the_gyant_by_mark_chadbourn.mp3

CLA$$WAR - 01 Love Your Country Then Rip it Down

Classwar 01 Love Your Country Then Rip It Down

Enola Gay team dissension Mr President.


4 out of 5

https://comics.comixology.com/#/issue/39/Classwar-1-of-6-

Razorjack Preview

Razorjack Preview


3.5 out of 5

http://www.comixology.com/digital/1574/Razorjack-Preview?utm_campaign=rss&utm_term=iphone%2b1574

Larissa Miusov - Lucius Shepard

Now with audio version : -

Larissa Miusov - Lucius Shepard
http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/396425.html?#cutid1

http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/396624.html#cutid1

http://community.livejournal.com/theinferior4/396805.html?#cutid1

Small disappearance image.


3.5 out of 5

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/starshipsofa/StarShipSofa_No_187_Lucius_Shepard.mp3

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Phantom Sense - Richard A. Lovett and Mark Niemann-Ross

Bug feeling withdrawal kid rescue.


4 out of 5


http://www.analogsf.com/2011_04/phantom.shtml

The Song of Phaid the Gambler - Mick Farren

The Song of Phaid the Gambler - Mick Farren
A punter's journey.


Phaid, as the title suggests, is a punter. Not a singer though, and the book begins with him broke and absolutely nowhere near where he wants to be.

In an indeterminate grimy world that is in bad condition due to failed weather technology among other things, Phaid and his luck set out to try and get back to where he works out he should be.

A bit seedy, a bit baroque throughout his wanderings, lusts and adventures.


3 out of 5

http://www.univeros.com/usenet/cache/alt.binaries.ebooks/10.000.SciFi.and.Fantasy.Ebooks/Mick%20Farren/Mick%20Farren%20-%20The%20Song%20of%20Phaid%20the%20Gambler.pdf

Without End - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Without End - Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Geneva extension.


3 out of 5

http://kriswrites.com/2011/05/02/free-fiction-monday-without-end/

Orbit Interview With - Paolo Bacigalupi

"I’d had four novels rejected previously, and was pretty determined to only write short stories, ever after. So I took the most interesting aspect of the world and wrote a different story (one that really was a short story) called “The Calorie Man.” That story utilized some of the ideas about peak oil and agribusiness and GMOs that I was interested in, and that was that. Later, I was looking to write another story, and I’d always found the character of Tan Hock Seng interesting from that original short story, and so I went and wrote a piece of his back story, and that became “Yellow Card Man.”"


3 out of 5

http://www.orbitbooks.net/2011/05/03/interview-with-paolo-bacigalupi-part-1/