Monster Hunter Tales Anthology Announced

Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Monster Hunter International creator Larry Correia have signed a contract with Baen to co-edit an anthology of stories set in Correia’s Monster Hunter universe.

Schmidt told his Facebook readers the anthology will feature 18-20 stories. Correia will write two of them himself, including one from a monster’s POV (never done before).

Other invited contributors include Jim Butcher, Jonathan Maberry, Jessica Day George, Faith Hunter, John Ringo, Sarah A. Hoyt, John A. Pitts, Jody Lynn Nye, Mike Kupari, Maurice Broaddus, plus Steve Diamond and John C. Wright .

Correia says the book will come out in 2017.

NYRSF Readings’ “Sam-Enchanted Evening” with Delany and Miller

Sam J. Miller and Samuel Delany at NYRSF Readings. Photo by Mark Blackman.

Sam J. Miller and Samuel Delany at NYRSF Readings. Photo by Mark Blackman.

By Mark L. Blackman: Disclaimer: The pun in the title is Jim Freund’s. However, reading it as “Salmon-Chanted Evening,” I mused “Fish and Chip.” They readers were also at one point referred to by an audience member as “Sam One” and “Sam Two.”

The night of Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (Earth Day Eve) was “Sam-Enchanted Evening” as the New York Review of Science Fiction Readings Series presented the sort-of-similarly-named duo of Samuel R. “Chip” Delany and Sam J. Miller. The event was held at the Series’ outlying alternate venue, The Brooklyn Commons, a hall in Brooklyn about a mile from the Barclays Center, and hosted by producer/executive curator Jim Freund, host of WBAI-FM’s Hour of the Wolf radio program on sf and fantasy.  (The show broadcasts and streams every Wednesday night/Thursday morning from 1:30-3:00 am. WBAI’s offices are a couple of floors above and the studio is soon being relocated there.)

Things were more chaotic than usual as The Commons was undergoing a renovation, and unrecognizable from the last NYRSF reading held there, in December. One improvement was the addition of a café. Seating, though, at least that evening, was less than optimal, with the audience sitting along the sides, few facing the readers. (We are assured that this will be resolved shortly.) Another was that the main space has been converted for all forms of multimedia and that last night was a test run, utilizing the three robotic cameras (operated, in a baptism of fire, by Terence Taylor). Welcoming the audience, Freund informed (warned?) us that we were on Livestream (for those who missed it, the event may be viewed here).

This is, he continued, the first of three consecutive Tuesday readings here. Next week, Tuesday, April 28, rather than a NYRSF reading, there will be a special Hour of the Wolf night featuring Robert Shearman (more on that below), and on Tuesday, May 5 (Cinco de Mayo), two women who are helping shape the future of sf, N.K. Jemisin and Sheree Renée Thomas. The June 2 readings will be back at their more usual venue, the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art (aka Gallery La La) on Sullivan Street in Manhattan, with Ron Hogan as guest curator, and Lev A.C. Rosen and Adam Sternbergh reading. Down the line, the next (the 25th) season of NYRSF Readings will, he hoped, be funded by a Kickstarter campaign. He then introduced the first-reading Sam.

Sam J. Miller is a winner of the Shirley Jackson Award and currently a finalist for the Nebula Award. He read a specially pared-down (“chopped-up-ish, 20-minutes-ish”) version of his Nebula-nominated story, “We are the Cloud.” Set in a near-future Bronx, where the human brain’s unused capacity is being used for data-processing and wireless signals, a young man, Sauro (as a kid, he liked dinosaurs, though it was pronounced “sour-oh”), aging out of the foster care system, has an affair with another boy, does gay porn, and dives into the Cloud. Miller read rather quickly.

During the intermission, and after much autographing and many, many selfies, a raffle was held for two flashdrives. The first featured WBAI’s original radio drama production of Delany’s “The Star-Pit” (fondly recalled by Freund from his first days at WBAI) and the second (donated by John Joseph Adams and Skyboat Media [Stefan Rudnicki], which produced the podcast readings) a copy of Miller’s “We are the Cloud” (not pared-down) and “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides” (his Shirley Jackson Award-winning story) plus their podcasts. Freund then elaborated on next week’s Hour of the Wolf Live event, an evening with Robert Shearman, who is probably best-known here as the writer of “Dalek,” a pivotal episode in the revived series of Doctor Who, and a nominee for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. The guest host will be Ellen Datlow (whose suggestion it was).

Freund introduced the second reader of the evening, Samuel R. “Chip” (rather than “Sam”) Delany, “one of the greatest writers in the world.” Delany has won four Nebula Awards, two Hugo Awards, the Stonewall Book Award, and the J. Lloyd Eaton Lifetime Achievement Award, been named Grand Master by SFWA (the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, and invited to be Guest of Honor at innumerable science fiction conventions.

Before reading from his most recent (2012) novel, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, Delany convulsed the audience by sharing a bad, and bombastically condemning, review of the book that excoriated it for its “heatedly and graphically … [and] outrageously gratuitous sex” (citing among its perverse proclivities drinking from condoms and “nude nose-picking”). He read from Chapter 90, a missing (through no fault of his or the publisher’s) chapter. The novel centers on two working-class gay men, Eric (who reads and rereads Spinoza’s Ethica) and Shit (a nickname back from when he was called “a little shit”), who have been together since they met at 17 and 19, respectively; it’s 2059 and they’re now 76 and 78, working on an island as handymen. To our disappointment after that buildup, the chapter was PG-13 clean and totally devoid of nude nose-picking.

Ellen Kushner came up for “a PSA,” announcing the planned publication of the book Stories for Chip, a tribute to what he’s done and what he’s meant to us; it’s being funded by a Kickstarter campaign. (Visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stories-for-chip-a-tribute-to-samuel-r-delany.)

Delany was overwhelmed by the warmth of the reception, which included a standing ovation.

As customary at these Readings, the Jenna Felice Freebie Table offered giveaway books, and refreshments (cider, cheese and crackers).

The capacity crowd, approaching if not exceeding 80 (it was SRO, squatting room only), included Celeste Rita Baker, Melissa C. Beckman, Richard Bowes, Jenn Brissett, Chris Claremont, Kris Dikeman, Melissa Ennen (the building’s owner), Karen Heuler, N.K. Jemisin, Barbara Krasnoff, Matthew Kressel, Ellen Kushner, John Kwok, Lissanne Lake, Diana Pho, David Mercurio Rivera, James Ryan, Delia Sherman, Terence Taylor, and Alex Whitaker. Following more autographing and selfie-taking, Freund, Miller and about 20 members of the audience adjourned to a nearby bar and grill.

Bujold Novel Among 11 New Baen Acquisitions

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, a new Vorkosigan Saga novel by Lois McMaster Bujold, is among eleven recent acquisitions by Baen Books.

There are also two new entries in the best-selling Liaden Universe® science fiction series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

Three more are by Hugo finalist Michael Z. Williamson: two set in the universe of his time travel novel A Long Time Until Now  (May 2015), and one set in the world of Williamson’s long running and popular Ripple Creek series.

Larry Correia will deliver Wendell (but Baen is silent whether the novel is named after a manatee.)

Baen has also acquired two new novels in the Caine Riordan science fiction series from Nebula finalist and Compton Crook award winner Charles E. Gannon.

Also on the way is a new hard science fiction novel by AnLab award winner and multiple Hugo finalist Brad Torgersen, plus a new Skolian universe science fiction mystery novel from two-time Nebula award winner Catherine Asaro.

“We are extremely pleased with this wonderful selection of new novels we will soon offer eager fans,” said Baen Books publisher Toni Weisskopf. “And we’re very happy to work with a group of such fine writers whose work engages and entertains hundreds of thousands of readers.”

The full press release follows the jump.  Continue reading

Paolo Bacigulpi Book Tour

Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi’s forthcoming novel Water Knife envisions a world where people will kill for water. Those of us in drought-stricken California, where local communities are hiring “water cops,” wonder if that future is not far off.

The author’s The Windup Girl won both the Hugo and Nebula in 2009. Now Night Shade Books is releasing a new expanded edition of The Windup Girl with additional stories, an author Q&A and in a larger format with a re-imagined cover.

Fans in the western U.S. soon will have a chance to meet and hear from Paolo Bacigalupi, who will be on tour promoting his books in May and June:

  •  5/26/15: Denver, CO Tattered Cover, reading, Q&A, and signing
  • 5/27/15: Boulder, CO Boulder Bookstore, reading, Q&A, and signing
  • 5/28-29/15: New York, NY, BEA and NYC media
  • 5/30/15: Boston, MA Brookline Booksmith, reading, Q&A, and signing
  • 6/2/15: Chicago, IL Anderson’s Bookshop, reading, Q&A, and signing
  • 6/3/15: Salt Lake City, UT The King’s English, reading, Q&A, and signing
  • 6/4/15: Phoenix, AR Changing Hands Bookstore, reading, Q&A, and signing
  • 6/6-6/7/15: San Francisco, CA, Bay Area Literary Festival
  • 6/6-6/7/15: San Francisco, CA, Borderlands, signing
  • 6/8/15: San Diego, CA Mysterious Galaxy, reading, Q&A, and signing
  • 6/9/15: Los Angeles, Vroman’s, reading, Q&A, and signing
  • 6/10/15: Portland, OR Powell’s Bookstore, reading, Q&A, and signing
  • 6/11/15: Seattle, WA University Book Store, reading, Q&A, and signing
  • 6/18/15: Crested Butte, CO Rumors Coffee and Tea House, reading, Q&A, and signing

Galaxy Quest Being Developed As Series

Galaxy Quest poster.

Galaxy Quest poster.

Cancelled fictional TV show Galaxy Quest may return to the medium it was never on in the first place. Deadline reports Paramount Television is putting together a series project based on the 1999 movie and involving key players from the film.

The feature’s Hugo-winning screenwriter, Robert Gordon — expected to write the TV version — director, Dean Parisot, and producer Mark Johnson are anticipated to be executive producers of the potential TV series, along with Melissa Bernstein.

Meanwhile, Tony Shaloub says he’d “Never say no” if there’s ever a Galaxy Quest 2.

[Thanks to David Klaus for the link.]

Star Trek Renegades Trailer

Take a peek at Tim Russ’ Star Trek Renegades, with Adrienne Wilkinson as Captain Lexxa Singh, Russ as Tuvok, and Walter Koenig and Robert Picardo cast in other roles, in this new trailer.

It is nearly ten years after Voyager’s return from the Delta Quadrant, and the Federation is in a crisis. The Federation’s main suppliers of dilithium crystals are disappearing. Space and time have folded around several planets, effectively isolating them from any contact with outside worlds. And this phenomenon is not natural – someone or something is causing this to happen. This necessitates drastic measures; some of which are outside the Federation’s normal jurisdiction. For this, Admiral Pavel Chekov, head of Starfleet Intelligence, turns to Commander Tuvok, Voyager’s former security officer and current head of the newly reorganized Section 31. Tuvok must put together a new covert, renegade crew – mostly outcasts and rogues – even criminals. This new crew is tasked with finding out what is causing the folding of time and space, and stopping it – at all costs. But will they be able to put aside their differences and stop trying to kill one another in time to accomplish their mission?

[Thanks to David Klaus for the link.]

Don D’Ammassa Launches Managansett Press

Don D'Ammassa late last century. Photo by and copyright © Andrew Porter

Don D’Ammassa late last century. Photo by and copyright © Andrew Porter

By Andrew Porter: Don D’Ammassa, who reviewed thousands of titles for Science Fiction Chronicle and still reviews books on his Critical Mass website, has launched Managansett Press, to release his own titles. He writes:

The first three titles, available thru Amazon, are The sinking Island, a lost world novel; The Kaleidoscope, a dark fantasy; and That Way Madness Lies, a collection of horror stories. In the near future I will be adding Caverns of Chaos, a Lovecraftian horror novel, two more collections of short horror, Little Evils and Passing Death, a collection of fantasy shorts, Elaborate Lies, and a nonfiction book about John Dickson Carr. I also plan to reprint three of my SF novels and two mystery novels, previously published by Five Star Books.

For more information, see: Managansett Press or Don’s author page on Amazon.

There Will Be War, Again!

TWBWv1_960Jerry Pournelle’s There Will Be War series is returning to print. All nine volumes will be reissued by Castalia House in ebook and two-volume omnibus hardcovers.

I’m glad to see that Dr. Pournelle, who I have now known over 40 years, will have his iconic titles back on the market.

Jerry commented on the project’s history for File 770:

I am very pleased that we were able to revive, in both hardbound and eBook, the There Will Be War anthology series.  The series was conceived during the Cold War, but most of the stories take place in other eras.  I am not astonished that they hold up well long after the collapse of the Soviet Union ended that conflict. We will be releasing the original 9 volumes over the next year and revive the series after that.  However much international politics may change, it remains likely that There Will Be War.

Informal addition: when I announced this series with what turned out to be the first of nine volumes of one of the most successful SF anthologies ever produced, the title so disturbed my friend Harry Harrison that he rushed out an anthology he called There Won’t Be War.  It was, alas, the only volume ever produced.

Additional information: This series bought only anthology rights, but many of its stories were original, thanks to the untiring efforts of my friend and associate John Carr, who worked with many authors both veteran and new. I was too deeply involved with other projects to undertake such a difficult task.

Castalia House will also be creating a new book in the series, There Will Be War volume X. Vox Day says they will be acquiring stories and articles. “Reprints are fine; TWBW has always been reprints.”

Castalia will also continue its Riding The Red Horse series, comprised of only new fiction.