AMAZING News: 2014 Hugo Awards Double Edition Featuring 2014 Hugo Awards and 1939 Retro Hugo Awards

Note that our format has changed a bit today to highlight the announcement of the finalists for the 2014 Hugo Awards. Note also that we have added some links to online material that has been nominate.

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Finalists with links to nominated works online via SF Signal

Commentary on the awards Scalzi, Coode Street Podcast

Our own:  As suggested by Scalzi (and apparent to just about anyone familiar with the awards), there must have been some kind of behind the scenes organizing – trolling for votes as some might put it – that is generally considered to be ethically questionable, if not downright wrong.  (I think that it’s no longer possible to keep folks from self-promoting and we all ought to back off from looking at that practice sideways.  But actively campaigning for a nomination and a win, that ought to be discouraged as much as possible if one gives it a surface think.  Delving deeper, it will become apparent that we can’t stop that either – and it is far less likely that we will ever know it is going on.  Which means that the only solution in the long run is to accept it and bring it out into the open.)

I find it significant that the works in question could be seen as representative of the “right wing faction” of SFdom.  First thing though:  these folks got nominated and are every bit as worthy of consideration as anyone else on the ballot.  That they might not have been nominated at all absent whatever supposed organizing that might have taken place is mere guesswork, impossible to prove/disprove and really beside the point so far as the final voting is concerned.  Echoing Scalzi:  read/review the works and make your voting decisions based on their merit(s).

That being said, one wonders if their presence isn’t representative of some kind of ‘last gasp’ of the professionals and fans who are largely identified as those agitating against diversity or, to put it more kindly, those who seem to have problems with our changing society.

For those very concerned that one or more of the above might win and manage to send the wrong message about our community, realize that in most Hugo Awards nominating categories, the percentage of overall votes for any particular work rarely exceeds 20% of the overall vote count, and many works make the final ballot with percentages barely above the minimal 5% cut-off (written works over the past several years).

Finally:  there is one sure way to greatly diminish, if not entirely eliminate, the impact that organized voting for the awards can have.  Increase the voting pool.  Loncon3 is justifiably proud of the increase in voting this year, but 1595 ballots (for best novel, probably representing very close to total ballots cast) is still not enough.  When the nominating details are released in August, we’ll have a very good idea of a maximum size of that voting block – and therefore a very good idea of how many folks need to vote in order to push that block’s participation percentage below 5%.

Bottom line without math:  if you want to see the awards results change in future, vote.

Amazing Stories Editor’s Picks For the 1939 Retrospective Hugo Awards along with links to online content (picks italicized and astericked).


(208 ballots)


(125 ballots)

  • Anthem by Ayn Rand (Cassell)
  • “A Matter of Form” by H. L. Gold (Astounding Science-Fiction, December 1938)
  • “Sleepers of Mars” by John Beynon [John Wyndham] (Tales of Wonder, March 1938)
  • “The Time Trap” by Henry Kuttner (Marvel Science Stories, November 1938)
  • “Who Goes There?” by Don A Stuart [John W. Campbell] (Astounding Science-Fiction, August 1938)* (though given Worldcon’s location this year, I expect Wyndham to win)

(80 ballots)

  • “Dead Knowledge” by Don A. Stuart [John W. Campbell] (Astounding Stories, January 1938)
  • “Hollywood on the Moon” by Henry Kuttner (Thrilling Wonder Stories, April 1938)
  • “Pigeons From Hell” by Robert E. Howard (Weird Tales, May 1938)
  • “Rule 18” by Clifford D. Simak (Astounding Science-Fiction, July 1938)*
  • “Werewoman” by C. L. Moore (Leaves #2, Winter 1938)

(108 ballots)

  • “The Faithful” by Lester Del Rey (Astounding Science-Fiction, April 1938)
  • “Helen O’Loy” by Lester Del Rey (download) (Astounding Science-Fiction, December 1938)* (let’s give Lester a Hugo!)
  • “Hollerbochen’s Dilemma” by Ray Bradbury (Imagination!, January 1938)
  • “How We Went to Mars” by Arthur C. Clarke (Amateur Science Stories, March 1938)
  • “Hyperpilosity” by L. Sprague de Camp (download) (Astounding Science-Fiction, April 1938)

(137 ballots)

  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. Written & directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater of the Air, CBS)
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Written & directed by Orson Welles (The Campbell Playhouse, CBS)
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker. Written by Orson Welles and John Houseman, directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater of the Air, CBS)
  • R. U. R. by Karel Capek. Produced by Jan Bussell (BBC)
  • The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. Written by Howard Koch & Anne Froelick, directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater of the Air, CBS)* (All of these are fine plays, but over time it’s a toss-up of whether RUR or WotW have had the greater social impact.)

(99 ballots)

  • John W. Campbell* (I just can’t be a partisan for Amazing Stories when we’re talking about the year that Campbell launched his revolution)
  • Walter H. Gillings
  • Raymond A. Palmer
  • Mort Weisinger
  • Farnsworth Wright

(86 ballots)


(42 ballots)

  • Fantascience Digest edited by Robert A. MadleFantascience_digest_194001-02_n12_copy
  • Fantasy News edited by James V. TaurasiFantasy_News_Taurasi_copy
  • Imagination! edited by Forrest J Ackerman, Morojo, and T. Bruce YerkeImagination_fanzine_1938_copy
  • Novae Terrae edited by Maurice K. Hanson* (THE exemplar of UK fanzines.)nt01
  • Tomorrow edited by Douglas W. F. MayersmallTom1cover

Images of various fanzines can be found on Zinewicki; additional information on the SF Encylcopedia and the Fan History Project (Fanac)


(50 ballots)

  • Forrest J Ackerman
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker*
  • Harry Warner, Jr.
  • Donald A. Wollheim


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Two New Science Fiction Action Titles Timed To Release With The Summer Blockbuster Movie EDGE OF TOMORROW Starring Tom Cruise And Emily Blunt

San Francisco, CA, April 14, 2014 – VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint supports the upcoming release of the gripping sci-fi action film, Edge of Tomorrow with the release of an official movie tie-in novel on April 29th. The new EDGE OF TOMORROW paperback release will carry an MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN. The book features a cover with the official movie poster featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in their title roles from the film. The EDGE OF TOMORROW novel was written by Japanese author Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and was previously published as ALL YOU NEED IS KILL.

The Haikasoru imprint has also announced the May 6th release of the ALL YOU NEED IS KILL official graphic novel adaptation. Written by Haikasoru editor and noted sci-fi author, Nick Mamatas, and featuring full-color artwork by popular comic book artist Lee Ferguson (Green Arrow, Miranda Mercury), the new graphic novel offers a single-volume retelling of the original ALL YOU NEED IS KILL novel that inspired the EDGE OF TOMORROW movie. The graphic novel carries an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN, and features an oversized North American graphic novel trim size of 6 5/8″ x 10 ¼”. An eBook edition will also be available worldwide for $8.99 (U.S. / CAN) for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, and the Kobo eBooks Store. North American fans can also access the graphic novel digitally on the VIZ Manga App as well as through

The Edge of Tomorrow feature film is slated for U.S. release from Warner Bros. Pictures on June 6th, and will be presented in 3D and 2D in select theaters, and 3D IMAX. The movie is directed by Doug Liman and stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton.

The story is set in the future when aliens called Mimics invade. Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. But he dies on the battlefield after only a few minutes, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

In 2009, ALL YOU NEED IS KILL served as the launch title for Haikasoru, a unique imprint developed by VIZ Media dedicated to publishing the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy for English-speaking audiences. New York Times best-selling author John Scalzi declared ALL YOU NEED IS KILL to be a novel that, “reads fast, kicks ass, and keeps on coming,” and it has proven to be one of Haikasoru’s most popular titles. Sakurazaka’s other novels include Characters (co-written with Hiroki Azuma) and SLUM ONLINE, which was published in English by Haikasoru in 2010.

Live…die…repeat. ALL YOU NEED IS KILL / EDGE OF TOMORROW delivers a nightmarish, action-packed spin on reliving one’s own triumphs, and failures,” says Nick Mamatas, Editor, Haikasoru. “Catch the original story that inspired the gripping movie with the official movie tie-in edition, and in the Western comic book mode with the ALL YOU NEED IS KILL official graphic novel. Both of these debuts are perfect reads leading up to the highly anticipated theatrical debut of Edge of Tomorrow this summer!”

“The ALL YOU NEED TO KILL graphic novel stays very true to the original source novel,” says Joel Enos, editor for the new comic. “We made a conscious effort to create something unique that could stand on it’s own away from both the original novel, the film and the upcoming manga, but would nicely complement and pay respects to all three! Lee’s retro-futuristic art style especially puts ALL YOU NEED TO KILL as a comic into it’s own orbit!”

Author Hiroshi Sakurazaka was born in Tokyo in 1970 and published his first novel, Modern Magic Made Simple, in 2003 with Super Dash Bunko, a popular young adult light novel imprint. There are now seven volumes in the series, and it was adapted as a manga in 2008 and became a television anime series in 2009. His 2004 short story, “Saitama Chainsaw Massacre,” also won the 16th SF Magazine Reader’s Award. Sakurazaka published All You Need Is Kill with Super Dash Bunko in 2004 and earned his first Seiun Award nomination for best of the year honors in Japanese science fiction. In 2010, Sakurazaka started an experimental digital magazine AiR with fellow author Junji Hotta. He remains one of Japan’s most energetic writers of both light novels and adult science fiction. 

Haikasoru’s Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including The Damned Highway (with Brian Keene) and Love is the Law. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction,, Weird Tales, and numerous other venues. He’s also written comics for Media Blasters and the Squid Works! Collective and has been nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, and Shirley Jackson awards.

Artist Lee Ferguson has worked in comics since 2001, when he broke in at Marvel on the 9/11 Heroes tribute book, followed by work on the company’s X-Men titles. Since then, he’s worked at DC, IDW, and Dynamite, while also putting out Freak, his creator-owned project from Image Comics. His newest book is The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, co-created with Brandon Thomas and published through Archaia Comics. In 2012, Miranda Mercury was on YALSA’s Best Graphic Novels for Teens list and was also nominated for four Glyph Awards, including Best Artist.

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APRIL 2014

Shards of Time From the Desk of Lynn Flewelling

Dear Readers,

I want to talk to you of endings and saying good bye to beloved characters and series. I think we all know what this feels like as readers; I certainly do. But honestly, I’ve been surprised at how painful ending a series can be for a writer, at least this one. It’s is a special type of bittersweet.

That’s how I’m feeling about the seventh and finale book in the Nightrunner Series, Shards of Time, which hit the shelves on April first (mass market, e-book, and unabridged audio!) I’m really, really happy with this book, and I’m so grateful to have ended the series on my own terms in my own way, rather than having it dribble off into oblivion. A good actor knows when to leave the stage, and that’s how I feel bringing down the curtain on Seregil, Alec & Co. Always leave ’em clapping.

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Subterranean Press has has more news of the signed, limited edition of the “Unlocked” novella — and if you pre-order in the next couple of days, US shipping will be free. Free, I tell you! SubPress does excellent versions of my work, and this one will be no exception — I’ve already seen the layout and it’s lovely.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy
We know you love it…so here’s a peek at some new Sci-Fi & Fantasy titles in NetGalley.
Browse the full category to discover even more titles.

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Half a King
By Joe Abercrombie
Half a King is my favorite book by Abercrombie so far, and that’s saying something.” -Patrick Rothfuss, bestselling author of The Wise Man’s Fear “As in all Abercrombie’s books, friends turn out to be enemies, enemies turn out to be friends; the line between good and evil is murky indeed; and nothing goes quite as we expect…With eye-popping plot twists and rollicking good action, Half a King is definitely a full adventure.”
-Rick Riordan, bestselling author of the Percy Jackson series

Del Rey

Pub Date: July 15 2014

Fool’s Assassin     
By Robin Hobb
Crown of Renewal
By Elizabeth Moon
Close Reach      
By Jonathan Moore
Praise for the Farseer series:“Fantasy as it ought to be written… Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”–George R.R. Martin, bestselling author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series
Del Rey
Pub Date: Aug 12 2014


Acclaimed author Elizabeth Moon’s brilliant, richly imagined epic fantasy masterwork reaches its triumphant conclusion!

Del Rey

Pub Date: May 27 2014

“Set on the icy polar seas, bristling with suspense…As horrifying and claustrophobic as any haunted house story… an irresistible page-turner of the first order.”–Jay Bonansinga, NYT bestselling co-author of The Walking Dead: Fall of the Governor, Part Two

Pub Date: May 6 2014
Tales of the
Hidden World       
By Simon R. Green
A Creature of Moonlight
By Rebecca Hahn
A Draw of Kings       
By Patrick W. Carr
Seventeen delightfully unexpected stories from Simon R. Green–including a brand-new adventure of the Droods–take us deep into the Darkside, embroil us in the Secret Histories, and lead us into the shadowy places where monsters and demons roam. 
Open Road Integrated Media
Pub Date: July 8 2014
A stunning debut novel about a girl who is half dragon, half human, and wholly herself. Fans of Graceling will be captured by A Creature of Moonlight, with its richly layered storytelling and the powerful choices its heroine must make.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

Pub Date: May 6 2014

After the king’s death, Illustra faces threats both inside and outside its borders. Will the next king be revealed in time to save their world?  

Bethany House Publishers
Pub Date: Feb 4 2014
Earthman Jack vs.
The Ghost Planet       
By Matthew Kadish
The Long Way
By Michael Corbin Ray
and Therese Vannier
The Doomsday Kids: Liam’s Promise 
By Karyn Langhorne Folan
It’s Harry Potter meets Star Wars in this action-packed tale of a high schooler from Earth who flies a magical spaceship, rescues an intergalactic Princess, and fights evil aliens.  Adventure, humor, and strange creatures abound!
Privateer Press
Pub Date: April 11 2014
A neglected orphan, an angry monk, a devious Englishman, and a mysterious dragon clash wills and cultures in an epic historical fantasy moving from China’s 19th-century Opium Wars to the frontiers of North America.
Baaa Press

Pub Date: Dec 2 2013

Separated from their parents by a nuclear blast, eight kids must work together to survive.


Liam’s Promise is the first of six books in The Doomsday Kids series.

Doomsday Kids
Pub Date: May 1 2014
Desolation Angels
By James Axler
Violent gangs, a corrupt mayor and a heavily armed police force are hallmarks of the former Detroit. When Ryan and the companions show up, the Desolation Angels are waging a war to rule the streets. After saving the companions from being chilled by gangsters, the mayor hires Ryan and his friends to stop the Angels cold. But each hard blow toward victory proves there’s no good side to be fighting for. As Motor City erupts into bloody conflagration, the companions are caught in the crossfire. In the Deathlands, hell is called home. 

Harlequin | Gold Eagle

Pub Date: July 1 2014


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Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel


Laird Barron is the author of several books, including The CroningOccultationand The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. His work has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Fearful Symmetries and Lovecraft Unbound. An expatriate Alaskan, Barron currently resides in Upstate New York.


Paul Tremblay is the author of five novels including The Little SleepFloating Boy, and The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly (YA with Stephen Graham Jones, forthcoming October 2014), and A Head Full of Ghosts (forthcoming in 2015,). He’s the author of the short story collection In the Mean Time and has co-edited five anthologies, including Creatures: Thirty Years of Monster Stories (with John Langan).  His fiction and essays have appeared in The Los Angeles Times and numerous year’s best anthologies.

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Hi ,

With six major book releases in six months, I’m hitting the road. This is so huge that Rebecca and I got together with Peter Wacks (our Managing Editor at WordFire Press) and brainstormed how to get the word out. We decided I should tell as many people as possible about my books in person. That’s why I’m heading to regional pop-culture conventions—lots of them. We’ve dubbed this the KJA Running Man Tour, and I’m sweating already!

We started at Emerald City Comic Con (~80,000 people), where Brian Herbert and I launched Mentats of Dune, which hit the New York Times bestseller list. (Thanks, readers!) I also got to show off the BOOM! Studios comic adaptation of Clockwork Angels.

If you missed me in Seattle, here are some places you can catch me on the KJA Running Man Tour:

  • April 17–19 (this weekend) FanX Salt Lake City, UT (~100,000 people)
  • May 16–18 Dallas Comic Con Dallas, TX
  • May 23–25 ComicPalooza Houston, TX
  • June 13–15 Denver Comic Con Denver, CO
  • More to come
My newest release is The Dragon Business, a hilarious spoof about a band of medieval con artists selling their services as dragon slayers, even though there isn’t a real dragon. Or is there? The Dragon Business was serialized on Amazon and just came out as a print book. You might also be interested in Twist, a Hitchcock-style SF thriller (on Kindle only) that’s part of Marcus Sakey’s “Abnorm Chronicles.”

Freebies from Kobo

Kobo is sponsoring a great giveaway of four eBooks that we publish at WordFire Press: the original Clockwork Angels novel, a standalone Dan Shamble story, the Frank Herbert & Bill Ransom classic The Jesus Incident, and Bloodletting, the start of a new epic fantasy by Peter J. Wacks & Mark Ryan.

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Don’t forget to come see me on my KJA Running Man Tour. Until next time, keep reading!


P.S. Rebecca can’t be with me for most of these conventions for health reasons. She has spine surgery next Thursday, so I’ll be taking a few weeks off to be with her. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

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Leviathan Wakes   Leviathan Wakes Comes to SyFy,Hannibal‘s Horticulturalists Owe Us Some Explanations, and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Take a Road Trip to Rhode Island! We’re very excited to hear that James S.A. Corey’sLeviathan Wakes is being adapted for the SyFy network! The upcoming series, described as “Game of Thrones in space,” will be titled The Expanse-chime in and let us know what you’d like to see on the show, and who you’d like to see in the cast! Alex Brown recaps the last few episodes of Hannibal and – wait, is that a tree made of people? Meanwhile, Thom Dunn enumerates a few of the issues plaguing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the show’s problematic relationship with Marvel movie-dom, and Chris Lough continues his weekly recaps of the series with this week’s episode, “Providence.”SHARE THIS:  Facebook   Twitter

Han Solo   Harrison Ford Is Grumpy in All Media! Somebody showed Harrison Ford how to log into Reddit, and he gave the world an AMA that was by turns crotchety, informative, and hilarious – he even provided a suitably grumpy answer to the eternal “who shot first?” debate. In other Star Wars news, Ryan Britt continues his reread of the Rogue Squadron series withThe Bacta War , in which Corran Horn tries to convince himself that he doesn’t want to become a Jedi, and decides to break his old friend General Dodonna out of prison.SHARE THIS:  Facebook   Twitter

Only Lovers Left Alive   Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton Vamp It Up; Time-Traveling Wolverine Bothers Beast and Charles Xavier Gets Punchy…Emily Asher-Perrin reviews Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, which is full of magic and fabulous actors and sad, sexy, world-weary vampires. The extended trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 somehow makes Toothless even cuter and sets the stage for some epic dragon battles, and the third X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer looks amazing (and teases us with Wolverine and Beast’s meet-cute! Also, lots of punching.)SHARE THIS:  Facebook   Twitter

PIE!   Purple Weddings and Singing Goats! So, ah, how about that royal wedding, huh? Maybe all these Westerosi lovebirds should just start eloping…Check out Theresa DeLucci’s quick recap ofGame of Thrones’s most shocking events, including a spoiler-filled comment thread for gloating and internet high-fives, as well as her in-depth review and speculation on the aftermath of the “The Lion and the Rose.” While you recover from the festivities, join Chris Lough on a tour of the fascinating geological history of Westeros. Finally, we bring you goats screaming theGame of Thrones theme song. Along with a few sheep. But mostly goats. It’s pretty crazy.SHARE THIS:  Facebook   Twitter

Rat Queens   The Elder Scrolls Online Takes Us Back to Tamriel, and Alan Moore Gets Sexy (and Serious) with Swamp Thing…In the latest edition of the weekly Gaming Roundup,Pritpaul Bains and Theresa DeLucci get a chance to playThe Elder Scrolls Online and come away wanting more! Mordicai Knode’s travels through Dark Souls II have reached an end, but also a beginning… Mordicai also shares his love of Rat Queens: Sass and Sorcery, the tale of a punk rock adventuring party who like their games foul-mouthed and dangerous. Finally, Jake Hinkson explores the work of the “longstanding king of the perverts” Alan Moore, focusing on the central role of the erotic in Moore’s groundbreaking run on The Saga of the Swamp ThingSHARE THIS:  Facebook   Twitter

Old Mannes Werre   Victorian Occultists, Magical Wells, and Medieval Pilgrimages (in Space?)Felix Gilman talks about the real-life Victorian occultistsand their adventures in interplanetary travel that inspired his latest novel, The RevolutionsCharlie Jane Anders gives wonderful writing advice over on io9, and we’ve rounded up some of the highlights! Elsewhere, Elizabeth Bear applauds Diane Duane’s expert use of chaos and contradiction in her writing, Peter Brett discusses his writing process during hisReddit AMA, and Cory Doctorow speaks to William Campbell Powell about Expiration Day. Plus, medieval scholar Michael Livingston translated John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War into Chaucerian English, with results sure to delight those of gentil herte…SHARE THIS:  Facebook   Twitter

Winter Soldier   We Refuse to Let Frozen Go! Much like this winter, Frozen just won’t quit! We’re currently delighted by this touching Winter Soldier/Frozen crossover fan art that melts our icy hearts every time we look at it. We also heartily approve of this hilarious alternate ending to Disney’s latest blockbuster – Elsa will fit right in with her new classmates! And finally, a question that has often haunted us: what do you get Batman for his 75th birthday? Since you can’t exactly put a big bow on “justice,” animator Bruce Timm settled for giving The Dark Knight a special birthday short!
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Cold Wind   Original FictionIn this week’s original story, Nicola Griffith delves into the world of urban fantasy, where women are not quite what they seem, and souls don’t always stay where they belong.“Clouds gathered along the horizon, dirty yellow-white and gory at one end, like a broken arctic fox. Snow wasn’t in the forecast, but I could smell it.” In Nicola Griffith’s “Cold Wind,” Onca hunts an immortal woman through the wintry Seattle night – but is she the predator or the prey? 

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Rocket Talk   Rocket Talk: The Podcast! Our brand-new, weekly Rocket Talk podcast continues to soar through the airless void of space! Join host Justin Landon as he discusses a range of topics, from SFF awards with Anne Perry and Jared Shurin to Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive with resident expert Carl Engle-Laird. Plus, in the latest episode, Emily Asher-Perrin hits a bullseye with her reading of Mari Ness’ “In the Greenwood.”SHARE THIS:  Facebook   Twitter


Gollancz Gateway Omnibus Series

March 2014

SF Gateway Omnibus: The Soul of the Robot, The Knights of the Limits, The
Fall of Chronopolis by Barrington Bayley [possibly rescheduled]

SF Gateway Omnibus: Synthajoy, The Steel Crocodile, Ascendancies (D G

SF Gateway Omnibus: Lincoln’s Dreams, Passage (Connie Willis)

April 2014

None listed

May 2014

SF Gateway Omnibus: Artifact, Cosm, Eater by Gregory Benford

SF Gateway Omnibus: Carson of Venus: Pirates of Venus, Lost on Venus, Carson
of Venus by Edgar Rice Burroughs

SF Gateway Omnibus: Captain Future and the Space Emperor, The Star Kings,
The Weapon Beyond by Edmond Hamilton

SF Gateway Omnibus: The Dreaming Jewels, To Marry Medusa, Venus Plus X by
Theodore Sturgeon

June 2014

SF Gateway Omnibus by Tim Powers

SF Gateway Omnibus: The Legion of Space, The Humanoids, Terraforming Earth,
Wonder’s Child by Jack Williamson

July 2014

SF Gateway Omnibus: The Sheep Look Up, The Shockwave Rider, The Traveller in
Black by John Brunner

SF Gateway Omnibus: Far Out, In Deep, Off Centre, Turning On by Damon Knight

August 2014

SF Gateway Omnibus: Iceworld, Cycle of Fire, Close to Critical by Hal

SF Gateway Omnibus: The Maker of Universes, To Your Scattered Bodies Go,
Dayworld by Philip Jos^e’ Farmer

September 2014

SF Gateway Omnibus: The Land That Time Forgot series by Edgar Rice Burroughs

SF Gateway Omnibus: The Road to Corlay, A Dream of Kinship, A Tapestry of
Time, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn by Richard Cowper (ie, “The Corlay
Sequence” of stories)

SF Gateway Omnibus: Berserker: The Shadow of the Wolf, The Bull Chief, The
Horned Warrior by Robert Holdstock

October 2014

SF Gateway Omnibus by Charles Sheffield

November 2014

SF Gateway Omnibus: Mirror Image, Charisma, Brontomek by Michael G. Coney

December 2014

SF Gateway Omnibus by Jack L. Chalker

SF Gateway Omnibus by Michael Scott Rohan

SF Gateway Omnibus: Green Eyes, The Jaguar Hunter, The Ends of the Earth by
Lucius Shepard

January 2015

SF Gateway Omnibus: Volume One: In the Forests of Serre, Alphabet of Thorn,
The Bell at Sealey Head by Patricia McKillip

SF Gateway Omnibus: Davy, Mirror for Observers, Good Neighbors and Other
Strangers by Edgar Pangborn

SF Gateway Omnibus: Wild Talent, The Lincoln Hunters, The Year of the Quiet
Sun by Wilson Tucker

February 2015

SF Gateway Omnibus: Volume Two: Song for the Basilisk, The Tower at Stony
Wood, Od Magic by Patricia McKillip

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  • On the “last gasp” comment, how are the “last gasp” writers doing in the market place?

    How many past Hugo winners (for “best” novel) have been best sellers?

    The Hugo’s started out as “what’s most popular” not “what’s best”.

    What’s “best” is IMO a matter of opinion.

    • Paul, I take it from your question that you may self-identify with the so-called “right wing” faction of fandom (if not, my apologies).

      The problem with your question is that you are suggesting that book sales have some bearing on the rightness or wrongness of statements made/positions taken by certain individuals and their followers within the industry.

      Popularity, money earned, awards received do not have any bearing whatsoever on whether or not someone’s positions on social issues are right or wrong. Making blanket statements about individual’s capabilities, intelligence, etc., based solely on their sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, race, place of birth, etc. are easily dismissed as stereotyping.

      • First, “Right Wing” doesn’t mean “Racist, sexist, etc.”.

        Second, the Hugo’s were never intended to go to people with the “correct social positions”. They were to go to the books, stories, etc. that were most popular among SF/F fans.

        So it doesn’t matter to me if “you” approve of the social positions of the writers of the nominated works.

        That isn’t relevant to how popular the nominated works are.

        I’ve read Larry Correia’s work (although not Warbound and I didn’t nominate it) and don’t see him as racist or sexist.

        His sales figures are relevant to how popular he is which is what the Hugo’s are about.

        If you want the Hugo’s to be “politically correct”, then you’ll have to change the rules on how the works are nominated and voted on.

        • Paul,

          I only identified the group in question by the handle that has been popularly used to generally describe the group of authors and fans who have been engaged in agitating against diversity, inclusion &etc.

          Right Wing in general parlance does not necessarily mean anything other than taking certain political positions – agreed.

          In the context of the current HUGO AWARDS NOMINATIONS discussion (I’m sure you’ve read plenty to date), “right wing” means those people who have said things that are sexist, or racist or homophobic, or those who have agreed with those statements. It clearly (within this context) points to Day and Correia who have publicly pushed a ballot and exhorted their fans to vote en bloc to “send a message”.

          The Hugo Awards were always intended to be a popular vote by the fans. They should remain so.

          I was not talking about either author’s fiction work – I was talking about their blog posts and emails and forum posts.

          Sales figures do not necessarily translate into “popularity”. Your equation is mistaken. The Scientologist’s book was extremely popular on that basis of measure. Then we found out they were sending legions of members to go out and buy the book.

          Popular within the science fiction community would mean, to me, that the vast majority of people respond positively to all of your works; that the incidents of you being excoriated by hundreds on the web are virtually non-existent and that the people who dislike you represent a very small handful.

          You’re also wrong in making assumptions about what I want. But then you’re throwing buzz words with no meaning around which greatly suggests that this dialogue is really pointless.

          What I want are Hugo Awards that represent the SF community’s tastes – not awards that some people are trying to use to make a political point (and a pretty weak one at that: look, I can game the Hugos. What that says in the long run is this:

          They had to game the system in order to get on the list. What does that say about your notions of “popularity”?

          • Sorry, but I don’t buy your definition of “Right Wing” and don’t think it applies to either person you mentioned.

            As for “gaming the system”, I have not seen any evidence that Larry or Vox have done anything different than publishers have done in the past to support their books for the Hugo.

            Unfortunately, I’ve seen plenty of intolerance expressed by the Political Left within the Science Fiction community and doubt that their intolerance reflects the views of the vast number of people who read science fiction and fantasy.

            You say that I’m using “buzz words”?

            You are also using “buzz words” but you’re correct about one thing.

            This dialogue is really pointless as you don’t want to hear that your views aren’t supported by me.

          • Paul: You are making knee-jerk statements and obviously came here with an axe to grind. This is painfully apparent from your last sentence “…you don’t want to hear that your views aren’t supported by me.”

            I’ve responded three times now to the “views” I supposedly don’t want to hear (actually you should have said something like “…don’t want to read” because, well, we’re not talking, but I got what you were implying – see, I’m hearing you) which not only demonstrates tolerance on my part, but also negates your statement.

            Do you want me to have to use words like “sexist”, “homophobic”, “racist” rather than the going catch phrase?

            You are engaging in typical baiting tactics, attempting to generate a win-win for yourself; you seem to be either terribly confused or are deliberately shifting the focus of what you are trying to say.

            Correia and Day did do something that I’ve never seen before. They publicly distributed a list of recommended votes and exhorted their readers and followers to participate in the Hugo vote to achieve a political purpose – rather than to actually review the works in question and vote on them on their merits.

            Tolerance does not mean that one must blindly accept ignorant, bigoted, hateful speech in some misguided quest to honor all viewpoints.

            Naturally, you are entirely overlooking the fact that I clearly stated that the works in question belong on the ballot and deserve to be evaluated in the same manner as everything else on the ballot. But I expect that that will be twisted or taken out of context or some strawman or other will be erected.

            But don’t say that I don’t want to “hear” your viewpoint. I have “heard” it and I do not agree with it.

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