Swanwick and Khanna at NYRSF Readings on Sept. 8

The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings begins its 25th season on September 8 with presentations by Rajan Khanna and Michael Swanwick.

Rajan Khanna’s first novel, Falling Sky, a post-apocalyptic adventure with airships, was released in October 2014. A sequel, Rising Tide, is due out in October 2015. His short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and several anthologies. His articles and reviews have appeared at Tor.com and LitReactor.com, and his podcast narrations can be heard at Podcastle, Escape Pod, PseudoPod, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Lightspeed Magazine.

Michael Swanwick has received the Hugo, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards for his work Stations of the Tide, which was also honored with the Nebula Award and was also nominated for the Hugo and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. “The Edge of the World,” was awarded the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 1989, and nominated for both the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. “Radio Waves” received the World Fantasy Award in 1996. “The Very Pulse of the Machine” received the Hugo Award in 1999, as did “Scherzo with Tyrannosaur” in 2000. His latest novel, Chasing the Phoenix, is just out from Tor Books.

The NYRSF Readings are held at the Brooklyn The Commons Café, 388 Atlantic Avenue (directions & links below).

The events can be viewed on Livestream, and remain archived for a period of time. (Go to Livestream.com and search for NYRSF.)

Admission is free but with a suggested donation $7.

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Uncanny Magazine Posts Sixth Issue

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Uncanny Magazine issue 6 has been released by Hugo Award-winning Publishers/Editors-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas (Chicks Dig Time LordsApex Magazine) and Michael Damian Thomas (Queers Dig Time LordsGlitter & Mayhem)

Half the contents can be read free now, and the other half on October 6. Or, the entire issue is available for purchase in eBook versions from Weightless Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Kobo. Subscriptions are also available through Weightless Books.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 6 Table of Contents

Cover Artist

“The Future Matters” by Matthew Dow Smith







  • Episode 6A: Editors’ Introduction: Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas Short Story: Paul Cornell’s “Find a Way Home” as read by Erika Ensign Poem: Rose Lemberg’s “A Riddler at Market” as read by Amal El-Mohtar Interview: Deborah Stanish Interviews Paul Cornell

This podcast was produced by Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky (The Uncanny Podcats). Music created by Null Device and used with their permission.

  • Episode 6B: Editors’ Introduction, Keffy R. M. Kehrli’s “And Never Mind the Watching Ones” (as read by Amal El–Mohtar), Amal El–Mohtar’s “Biting Tongues” (Reprint) (as read by the author), and an interview with Keffy R. M. Kehrli conducted by Deborah Stanish.

Profiles in History’s Next Big Hollywood Auction

A vast number of iconic movie props, costumes and photos — many of genre interest — will be auctioned by Profiles in History September 29-October 1. The catalog is online.

Items range from the small – Captain America’s dogtags (page 604) – to the large, the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty automobile (page 609). You can buy the model Rodger Young used in Starship Troopers (page 574). There are Watchmen costumes, and from Lord of the Rings, plenty of prop swords and an endless supply of prosthetic hobbit feet and ears.

The dedicated Ray Bradbury fans among us will want to know that an autographed first edition of The Martian Chronicles, and a signed The Martian Chronicles preproduction shooting script, will be going on the block. See photo below.

Trek fans are expected to pay $6,000-$8,000 for Jonathan Frakes’ collection of 250+ ST:TNG scripts.

And a Leonard Nimoy-worn Star Trek tunic in Science Officer blue is on offer, valued between $70,000-$90,000.

Page 336 Martian Chronicles Prof in Hist catalog

Roll Over R2-D2 and Tell Kenobi The News

Puppies need a break after a long day working the Hugos. What could be more fun than play-testing the latest Star Wars themed toy?

BB-8 is science fiction’s newest small, cute robot, and Gizmodo’s “Toyland” delivers an in-depth review.

It wasn’t until Star Wars Celebration, back in April, when a sassy real-life version of BB-8 came rolling out on stage, that everyone realized that R2-D2 was about to face some stiff competition. For The Force Awakens, BB-8 was brought to life using on-set puppeteers and visual effects. But for real-life appearances, the film’s special effects team was actually able to build a fully-functional BB-8 that could be controlled remotely off-stage…

When paired with an app running on your smartphone or tablet, BB-8 can autonomously explore your home, perform a series of pre-programmed movements, and even respond to voice commands. But at any time you can also grab a set of on-screen controls and send BB-8 rolling and exploring wherever you want.

With a price tag of $150 Sphero’s BB-8 is one of the most expensive Star Wars toys to hit store shelves this weekend, but there’s little doubt this tiny droid is going to be a huge hit leading up to the movie’s release this December.

Much more info at Toyland.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]

SFWA Contracts Committee Releases New Model Magazine Contract

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Contracts Committee has released an updated Model Magazine Contract, available on the SFWA website. The Model Contract not only contains a sample contract that magazines can use, but also glosses each clause so writers can understand what rights are affected and why they matter.

Michael Capobianco, one of the model contract’s creators,  says, “The Model Magazine Contract is our attempt to draw up a fair agreement that respects the concerns of both authors and publishers. It should not only be helpful to SFWA members and others in evaluating the terms of their short fiction agreements, but sets a standard for all short fiction licenses into the future, strongly supporting the idea that short story rights, even non-exclusive rights, are only licensed for a limited period of time after which they revert to their authors, who then become free to sell exclusive rights once again. Drawing this line has become crucial for digital publication, where it is rapidly becoming the standard that publishers retain non-exclusive rights of the length of the copyright with no additional payments due the author.”

SFWA President Cat Rambo notes, “An updated contract is something that has been frequently requested, and supplying it is a subtle but powerful way to influence the industry. Within ten minutes of tweeting about it, I already had a request for a copy from a publisher who wanted to make sure they were ‘doing it right’.”

Michael Capobianco, Jim Fiscus and Ken Liu did the primary work on the contract, and John Joseph Adams, Michael Armstrong, Charles Coleman Finlay, Jeffrey Liss, and Jonathan Wall provided feedback. Additional model contracts are planned for release over the course of the next year.

Robert Vaughn on the Campaign Trail

Robert F. Kennedy and Robert Vaughn in 1968.

Robert F. Kennedy and Robert Vaughn in 1968.

Imagine if George Clooney suddenly moved down the block from you, in your middle class, suburban town…

And — In some parallel universe, Robert Vaughn may well be in his EIGTH term, as the Senator from California (or a veteran of an even higher office)?

Just imagine, with help from James H. Burns’ profile of Robert Vaughn — “The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – The Long Island Affair”.

Vaughn had actually been on the South Shore only nine months earlier, in Valley Stream, when his U.N.C.L.E. co-star, McCallum, got married to model and actress Katherine Carpenter from Cedarhurst. The couple had met in 1965, when the U.N.C.L.E. stars participated in a photo shoot for Glamour magazine.

News of the nuptials was attempted to be kept quiet but by the afternoon of September 16, 1967, at the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, an estimated 2000 kids (and some of their parents!) filled the sidewalks at at the corner of Rockaway and Dubious Avenues in Valley Stream.

“The number of people there was tremendous,” says Vaughn. :”It was like one of the Beatles was getting married. In fact, they used to call David, “The Blonde Beatle!”


Katherine Carpenter and David McCallum.

Katherine Carpenter and David McCallum.

Scalzi’s Reading of Pratt Audiobook Goes Live

Pratt Scalzi coverJohn Scalzi has released his reading of Alexandra Erin’s parody — John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular,” the Audiobook, Read by Me, John Scalzi”

Fans have donated over $10,000 to Con-or-Bust since the appeal began, which also unlocks the stretch goal — so Scalzi will commission a song about his lack of popularity as well.

Did My Nose Grow?


SJWs always lieVox Day’s SJWs Always Lie, released today, is at this writing the #1 Amazon Best Seller in two categories.

Though why should you believe me? You know what SJWs always do.

The book is named after the First Law of SJW: SJWs always lie. SJWS ALWAYS LIE is a useful guide to understanding, anticipating, and surviving SJW attacks from the perspective of a man who has not only survived, but thrived, after experiencing multiple attempts by Social Justice Warriors to disqualify, discredit, and disemploy him in the same manner they have successfully attacked Nobel Laureates, technology CEOs, broadcasters, sports commentators, school principals, and policemen. It analyzes well-known SJW attacks as well as the two most successful examples of resistance to the SJW Narrative, #GamerGate and Sad Puppies.

I have a copy and will read it and report back.