AMAZING News 12/15/13

PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS (See below for full text)

PRO SE PRODUCTIONS AND PULPWORK PRESS TEAM UP FOR EPIC EVENT TOR
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Kevin J. Anderson

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Ridley Scott Options YA Series
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FANDOM

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CORFLU 2014
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INDUSTRY

HarperVoyager Launches Super Reader Program
Authors Demand International Bill of Rights
NYRoSF Editorial:  What is SF?
Advice From Scalzi On Legacies (Makes Me Wonder What He’s Going To Write Next)
ChiZine Giveaway

SCIENCE

By the Cold and Irradiated Shores of a Dry Martian Lake Bed
More Fear of Technology:  We’re Doomed.  Doomed I Say!  (Via SF Signal)
Talking With Non-Humans
Waskally Wabbit On the Moon!  (Chuck Jones – World’s Most Prescient SF Director – Anticipates Chinese Mission 65 Years Before It happens! See Slideshow Below)

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PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS

PRO SE PRODUCTIONS AND PULPWORK PRESS TEAM UP FOR EPIC EVENT
Two companies specializing in New Pulp and Genre Fiction announce a joining of forces for a special event. One company brings an iconic New Pulp character while the other provides a platform aimed at introducing young readers to Genre Fiction. Pulpwork Press and Pro Se Productions proudly revealed plans for Pro Se’s YoungPulp! imprint to feature Derrick Ferguson’s popular creation, Dillon, in the thrilling digest novel YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH.

“You don’t talk about New Pulp,” Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Production stated, “and not discuss Dillon. Not only has Derrick breathed life into a hero cast in the classic ‘all man, all adventure’ mold, but also he’s created a character with history, passion, and his own unique aspects. Dillon has his own swagger and style and, although it reminds a reader of other characters, Derrick makes it all Dillon. And now, with YOUNG DILLON, readers get to see the boy that grows into the man we all clamor for new stories about. It’s really exciting to have Derrick bring the world of Dillon to our YoungPulp! line. With its focus on introducing younger readers to the excitement of adventure Pulp like fiction, YoungPulp! is the perfect venue to tell the stories of Dillon’s early adventures.”

Scheduled for release in early 2014, YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH pulls back the curtain on the past of a modern day hero. Many are the legends that have been told about Dillon, but none are stranger than the whispers of his having been raised in the mythical and eternal city of Shamballah and his training by those deadliest of adepts in the martial arts, the Warmasters of Liguria.

Now, at last, the true story behind those legends can be told.

This is a story of a Dillon and the events and people who would forge him into the man we know. This is a story of a Dillon in the days before his feet were set on the path that would lead him to the wildest adventures of them all. And it is itself an incredible adventure in its own right. This is the story of YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH. And, once you’ve read it, you and Dillon will never be the same.

“I can truthfully say,” says Ferguson, “with no hyperbole whatsoever that this is totally unlike any Dillon adventure you have ever read.”

YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH will feature a cover by Sean E. Ali with logo and design work by Percival Constantine. It will be edited by Hancock and Morgan Minor and formatted by Ali for print publication and Russ Anderson for Ebooks. The book will also feature an introduction by Gary Phillips, noted author of crime tales, comics, and New Pulp.

For interviews with the author or the staff involved with the book or for more information concerning YoungPulp! contact Morgan Minor, Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations, at MorganMinorProSe@yahoo.com

To learn more about Pulpwork Press, go to www.pulpwork.com

To explore Pro Se Productions, go to www.prose-press.com and like Pro Se on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ProSeProductions.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRO SE PRODUCTIONS AND PULPWORK PRESS TEAM UP FOR EPIC EVENT Two companies specializing in New Pulp and Genre Fiction announce a joining of forces for a special event.  One company brings an iconic New Pulp character while the other provides a platform aimed at introducing young readers to Genre Fiction.  Pulpwork Press and Pro Se Productions proudly revealed plans for Pro Se’s YoungPulp! imprint to feature Derrick Ferguson’s popular creation, Dillon, in the thrilling digest novel YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH. “You don’t talk about New Pulp,” Tommy Hancock, Partner in and Editor in Chief of Pro Se Production stated, “and not discuss Dillon.  Not only has Derrick breathed life into a hero cast in the classic ‘all man, all adventure’ mold, but also he’s created a character with history, passion, and his own unique aspects.   Dillon has his own swagger and style and, although it reminds a reader of other characters, Derrick makes it all Dillon.   And now, with YOUNG DILLON, readers get to see the boy that grows into the man we all clamor for new stories about.  It’s really exciting to have Derrick bring the world of Dillon to our YoungPulp! line.   With its focus on introducing younger readers to the excitement of adventure Pulp like fiction, YoungPulp! is the perfect venue to tell the stories of Dillon’s early adventures.” Scheduled for release in early 2014, YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH pulls back the curtain on the past of a modern day hero. Many are the legends that have been told about Dillon, but none are stranger than the whispers of his having been raised in the mythical and eternal city of Shamballah and his training by those deadliest of adepts in the martial arts, the Warmasters of Liguria.   Now, at last, the true story behind those legends can be told. This is a story of a Dillon and the events and people who would forge him into the man we know.  This is a story of a Dillon in the days before his feet were set on the path that would lead him to the wildest adventures of them all.  And it is itself an incredible adventure in its own right.  This is the story of YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH. And, once you’ve read it, you and Dillon will never be the same. “I can truthfully say,” says Ferguson, “with no hyperbole whatsoever that this is totally unlike any Dillon adventure you have ever read.” YOUNG DILLON IN THE HALLS OF SHAMBALLAH will feature a cover by Sean E. Ali with logo and design work by Percival Constantine.  It will be edited by Hancock and Morgan Minor and formatted by Ali for print publication and Russ Anderson for Ebooks. The book will also feature an introduction by Gary Phillips, noted author of crime tales, comics, and New Pulp. For interviews with the author or the staff involved with the book or for more information concerning YoungPulp! contact Morgan Minor, Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations, at MorganMinorProSe@yahoo.com To learn more about Pulpwork Press, go to www.pulpwork.com To explore Pro Se Productions, go to www.prose-press.com and like Pro Se on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ProSeProductions.
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Lift. Art by Dominick Saponaro.   Special Advance Excerpt from Words of Radiance-the (Gigantic) Manuscript is Here! Plus A Fancy New MistbornCover!

We’ve got some special treats for those who are eagerly awaiting the second volume in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive: first, a special excerpt from Words of Radiance! Get a peek at an exciting new character in the interlude chapter, “Lift.” And if you’d like to see how many reams of paper it takes to print the giant manuscript, we’ve got an impressive visual for you.Also, the new Brazilian cover of Mistborn shows Kelsier getting into some axe-fighting action, so you should probably check that out right now!

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Art by Cory Godbey   Want Some Hobbits and Dwarves? We Got Your Hobbits and Dwarves Right Here!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is almost upon us, so we’ve been celebrating by talking about it non-stop! We’ve got a gorgeous art post featuring the many illustrations Tolkien’s work has inspired over the years, a look at the process of putting up a 150-foot painted dwarf-infested mural in NYC, and an adorable Twitter interview with Benedict Cumberbatch where he reveals what sort of music the mighty Smaug jams to on his downtime. We’ve also discovered something entirely shocking-it would seem that the Extended Edition of the first film, An Unexpected Journey, is actually better than the theatrical release!

Leah Schnelbach has graced us with a list of Middle-earth recipes for those of us who need to plan a Hobbit party, and Kelsey Ann Barrett is on hand to discuss what elements from the books and appendices might make into this film: more Thranduil! Giant spiders! We are so pumped for this movie now!

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Dragons in Game of Thrones   Dragons Take to the Sky! Updated Fairy Tales for the Modern Reader!

Dracarys, y’all! We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite dragons to in honor of Smaug the Terrible-get in on the action and tell us who your best beloved fire-breathing beasties are, from Drogon and Kazul to Falkor and Toothless! And we also asked our readers to shareyour favorite fairy tale retellings, and your answers did not disappoint! Let’s take a peek at what modern fairy tales are capturing our hearts these days….

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Wonder Woman   Wonder Woman is Coming! So Are More X-Men Films! Spider-Man Might Not Need Peter Parker? Plus, Godzilla, Channing Tatum, and Life on Mars!

We’ve got the very first trailers for the upcomingGodzilla reboot and the new Wachowski project,Jupiter Ascending, as well as a review for The Last Days on Mars! Not to mention news that the X-Men film to follow Days of Future Past will be X-Men: Apocalypse!What does that mean for the upcoming movies and storylines? We’ve got the scoop! And following a rumor that Andrew Garfield might not continue to a fourth Spider-Man film, Chris Lough is prepared to ask a hard question: do future Spidey movies really need Peter Parker at all?

And finally, the news we’ve been waiting for… Wonder Woman has been cast for her debut in the Man of Steelsequel! Take a look and see what you think of the newest incarnation of everybody’s favorite Amazon!

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A Storm of Swords   The Song of Ice and Fire Read Has Finished A Storm of Swords! Meet Dunk and Egg! Plus…a Game of Thrones Video Game?

Leigh Butler reached the stunning conclusion of A Storm of Swords in her ongoing Read of Ice and Fire,so now she’s going to take a little detour… moving on to the Tales of Dunk and Egg! We just met our intrepid duo in “The Hedge Knight” (Part One), then we’ll move on to”The Sworn Sword,” so don’t miss out on the fun (and swordplay)! And while we’re at it, how do you feel about a Game of Thrones video game? It would seem that Telltale Games has acquired the right to develop the series, and it’s coming… check out the new trailer and let us know: will you play?

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We have one last opportunity for review this year before we sign off for Christmas. We thought this one might be better coming from the commissioning editor himself, and the man you all know as @Gollancz, Simon Spanton.

 

 

Dear Reader,

 

First and foremost, thanks for signing up to Gollancz Geeks. Your enthusiasm for genre writing, your willingness to share that with us, to commit some of your reading time to be a part of what we’re trying to do? This is absolutely priceless. And your feedback is so valued by us and our authors alike. Finding out how readers feel about the books we’re working on is the best possible way to connect back to what our jobs are all about. So thank you for that opportunity.

 

Now to Son of the Morning.

 

Big isn’t it?

 

I don’t have an issue with big books (hell! I publish fantasy novels, I can’t really afford to), but I do need the story to be as long as the book. Padding is an indulgence for the author and an imposition on the reader. For all its epic size I don’t think you’ll find an ounce of padding in Mark Alder’s novel.

 

This massive book grew out of a single image. In my mind’s eye a gleaming  wavefront of plate-armoured angels mounted on horseback, their wings blinding white in the midst of the many chivalric colours, the blood and the mud, crash into the ranks of Edward the Third’s men-at-arms. That image, illogical, irrational, impossible, wouldn’t leave me. Now, any editor can have an idea. It takes an author to write a book. So I talked about this idea with Mark Alder. He loves history, he’s forgotten more than I ever knew and he has a real relish for research. But more importantly I know Mark can write a cracking story.

 

So we talked and Mark mulled it over and came back with some ideas and then he wrote this novel. And it’s an awesome piece of work. Mark has taken the facts of the Hundred Years War, the characters from history and the beliefs of the age, and has written a rip-roaring (no other word for it) historical fantasy. The religious beliefs of the time fit the idea and he brings it all to vivid and believable life. There are characters from history who would appear OTT in Game of Thrones – Mark lets them loose on the page.

 

And do Angels ride at men-at-arms? Mark comes up with something much, much better.

 

Welcome to the Hundred Years War as it should have been…

 

Do let us know what you think.

 

All the best

 

Simon

 

Simon Spanton

Associate Publisher, Gollancz  

 

We have 15 copies of Son of the Morning to give to some lucky geeks. If you are interested in reviewing it, please reply to this email no later than midnight on Tuesday 17th December. We will pick 15 names at random to receive a copy.

 

Everyone who sends back a review to us before the deadline we will set for the chosen Geeks will receive their exclusive Gollancz Geeks t-shirt, bookmark, badge and pen by way of thanks. We reserve the right to publish your review on the Gollancz blog, but if you’d rather not go public then do let us know in your return email.

 

If you’d no longer like to be on Team Gollancz Geeks, simply reply to this email letting us know and we will remove you from the list.

 

Looking forward to hearing what you think!

 

Merry Christmas, and a happy new year Geeks!

 

Gollancz

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Hi ,

Some people give fruitcakes, or special family-recipe cookies, but what does a writer give for a holiday gift? Stories, of course.

In the spirit of the season, I wrote “Naughty and Nice,” a holiday-themed caper featuring my zombie PI, Dan Shamble. Since all the legendary creatures have come back to the world, why not Santa Claus? Santa hires the best zombie detective in town to retrieve his stolen list of who’s been bad or good. “Naughty and Nice” is available in all ebook formats for only 99¢. I also collected other holiday stories that I’ve shared with my writer friends over the years—a whole anthology called A Fantastic Holiday Season from WordFire Press.

Also, if you’re interested in an excellent DRM-free bundle of books (including my Nebula nominee Assemblers of Infinity with Doug Beason, a Frank Herbert classic, and others), you can name your own price at fictionbundle.com. A portion of the proceeds goes to support the Challenger Centers and the American Red Cross. This ebook offer is available worldwide, but expires just after Christmas.

Rebecca and I have put a lot of miles on our suitcases recently. I’m in Washington, DC, now for my first official meeting as a board member for the Challenger Centers for Space Science Education. Last week Rebecca & I were in the Caribbean as instructors for the Sail to Success writing cruise. The week before that, we were in Las Vegas for a writer’s summit, and the week before that I was in Poland as a guest author in Warsaw and Lublin. (See pictures below: 1. me in Poland, 2. Fremont Street in Las Vegas, 3. Miami sunset as our ship sets sail.) Fortunately, I take my laptop along, so I managed to get the manuscripts edited for Dan Shamble Slimy Underbelly  and for Hellhole Inferno.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday season. 2014 is going to be a busy and exciting year. I’ll stay in touch. Until then, keep reading!

KJA

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