Thanks to grant funds from the Amazon Literary Partnership, the winning authors and translators will each receive $5,000. The finalists for both the fiction and poetry awards will be announced on Wednesday, May 15.
Thousands of Hollywood writers have been told by the Writers Guild of America to fire their agents — a drastic move that could impinge the production of new TV shows and films.
The abrupt directive on Friday followed a breakdown in negotiations over proposed changes to the agreement that has guided the basic business relationship between writers and agents for the past 43 years.
With talks stalled ahead of a midnight deadline, the WGA sent its 13,000 writers an email with instructions to notify their agents in writing that they cannot represent them until signing a new code of conduct.
…At the center of the conflict is a complaint among writers that their agents are not just drastically out-earning them, but preventing them from receiving better pay. The dispute threatens to hinder production at a time when the major broadcast networks are typically staffing up for their fall lineups. It could also lead to job losses in the industry.
“This whole fight is really about the fact that in a period of unprecedented profits and growth of our business … writers themselves are actually earning less,” said Goodman.
A main point of contention involves what are known as packaging fees, the money that agents get from a studio when they provide a roster of talent for a film or TV project. Traditionally, agents would earn a 10 percent commission for the work their clients receive from a studio. But with packaging fees, they are compensated by the studios directly. “They are not incentivized to increase the income of those writers,” Goodman said.
(2) TIME SCOUTS KICKSTARTER.
Time Scouts Handbook” is the focus of a Kickstarter launched by 826LA, a non-profit organization
dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and
expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to
write. They’ve raised $15,978 of
their $20,000 goal with over three weeks to go.
Introducing THE TIME SCOUTS HANDBOOK, your guide to traveling the whatever of whenever from 826LA. Filled with over 80 pages of time travel tips, writing prompts, and other useful scout tips like space knots, the Time Scouts Handbook has been lovingly designed to explore the most important place in space and time – your imagination.
With your help, we’ll not only create a print version of this manual for 21st century consumption, you’ll fund access to Time Scout programming for students across Los Angeles.
Time Scouts and this handbook are part of 826LA, a very real nonprofit dedicated to supporting students and teachers across Los Angeles. It is definitely not a front for an intergalactic, time-traveling adventure organization called Time Scouts. Who told you that? Was it Frida?
(3) SNAPCHAT GIMMICK. Is
there a dragon landing pad on the roof of Tor.com
“We are looking at the next saga. We are not just looking at another trilogy, we’re really looking at the next 10 years or more,” Kennedy said.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson is developing a trilogy of films, while Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are crafting their own trilogy.
“This [movie] is the culmination of the Skywalker Saga; it’s by no means the culmination of Star Wars,” said Kennedy. “I’m sitting down now with Dan Weiss and David Benioff…and Rian Johnson. We’re all sitting down to talk about, where do we go next? We’ve all had conversations about what the possibilities might be, but now we’re locking it down.”
This summit is on the calendar for next month, Kennedy said.
(5) SPACE COMMAND. Marc
Zicree’s latest Mr. Sci-Fi video – “He Met Star Trek’s Uhura When He Was 10
— and Shows Her His Scrapbook 50 Years Later!”
Mr. Sci-Fi shares a very special moment on the Space Command shoot with Nichelle Nichols!
To promote a recent pet adoption event, the Mumbai, India-based group World For All commissioned a visual campaign aimed at encouraging families to find a place in their lives for a needy animal — and what resulted couldn’t be more brilliant at doing just that.
The images are optical illusions, showing people framed in such a way that they form the shape of a pet in the empty space between them, along with the simple tagline:
Many people might say that Sir Patrick Stewart is famous for his iconic roles in television, movies and even on stage — but dog lovers know that one of the most important parts Stewart has played is as a homeless pit bull’s foster dad in his real life.
This was back in 2017 — and Ginger has since been adopted by a loving family.
At the time Sir Ian, who plays Gandalf, described the company’s actions as “unnecessary pettiness”.
The pub posted a picture of the actor on Instagram, prompting one user to reply: “I have never been more jealous in my life.”
Terry Hunt sent the link with a note, “The Hobbit is a LoTR-themed pub, particularly popular with students, which I’ve been visiting occasionally for around 25 years: see http://thehobbitpub.co.uk. In 2012 the film franchise sitting on the rights (who notoriously failed to pay the Tolkien Estate anything from the films’ earnings – not sure what the state of play is on that story) threatened the pub over its use of the name, etc., but apparently arrangements were made as it continued trading as before: at the time I missed the relevant report: (see here). I hadn’t realised until now that Sir Ian McKellen/Gandalf had been the co-payer, along with Stephen Fry, of the necessary fee.”
(8) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
by Cat Eldridge.]
Born April 14, 1925 — Rod Steiger. Carl in The Illustrated Man which is specifically based on three stories by Bradbury from that collection: “The Veldt,” “The Long Rain,” and “The Last Night of the World.” Great film. Genre-wise, he also was Father Delaney in The Amityville Horror, showed up as Charlie on the short-lived Wolf Lake series, played Dr. Phillip Lloyd in horror film The Kindred, was Pa in the really chilling American Gothic, played General Decker in Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks (really, really weird film), Dr. Abraham Van Helsing in Modern Vampires and Peter on “The Evil Within” episode of Tales of Tomorrow series. (Died 2002.)
Born April 14, 1929 — Gerry Anderson. English television and film producer, director, writer and if need be, voice artist. Thunderbirds which ran for thirty-two episodes was I think the best of his puppet-based shows though Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Fireball XL5 and Stingray are definitely also worth seeing. Later on, he would move into live productions with Space: 1999 being the last production under the partnership of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. (Died 2012.)
Born April 14, 1935 — Jack McDevitt, 84. If you read nothing else by him, read Time Travelers Never Die as it’s a great riff on the paradoxes of time travel. If you’ve got quite a bit of time, his Alex Benedict space opera series is a fresh approach to conflict between two alien races.
Born April 14, 1954 — Bruce Sterling, 65. Islands in the Net is I think is his finest work as it’s where his characters are best developed and the near future setting is quietly impressive. Admittedly I’m also fond of The Difference Engine which he co-wrote with Gibson which is neither of these things. He edited Mirrorshades: A Cyberpunk Anthology which is still the finest volume of cyberpunk stories that’s been published to date.
Born April 14, 1958 — Peter Capaldi, 61. Twelfth Doctor. Not going to rank as high as the Tenth Doctor or the Seventh Doctor on my list of favourite Doctors, let alone the Fourth Doctor who remains My Doctor, but I thought he did a decent enough take on the role. His first genre appearance was as Angus Flint in the decidedly weird Lair of the White Worm, very loosely based on the Bram Stoker novel of the same name. He pops up in World War Z as a W.H.O. Doctor before voicing Mr. Curry in Paddington, the story of Paddington Bear. He also voices Rabbit in Christopher Robin. On the boob tube, he’s been The Angel Islington in Neverwhere. (Almost remade by Jim Henson but not quite.) He was in Iain Banks’ The Crow Road as Rory McHoan (not genre but worth noting). He played Gordon Fleming in two episodes of Sea of Souls series. Before being the Twelfth Doctor, he was on Torchwood as John Frobisher. He is a magnificent Cardinal Richelieu in The Musketeers series running on BBC. And he’s involved in the current animated Watership Down series as the voice of Kehaar.
Born April 14, 1977 — Sarah Michelle Gellar, 42. Buffy Summers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yes I watched every episode. Great show. Even watched every bit of Angel as well. Her first genre role was as Casey “Cici” Cooper in Scream 2 followed by voicing Gwendy Doll in Small Soldiers. Her performance as Kathryn Merteuil in Cruel Intentions is simply bone chillingly scary. I’ve not seen, nor plan to see, either of the Scooby-Doo films so I’ve no idea how she is Daphne Blake. Finally she voiced April O’Neil in the latest animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.
Born April 14, 1982 — Rachel Swirsky, 37. Writer, editor, poet and podcaster. She was the founding editor of the superb PodCastle podcast and served as the editor for several years. As a writer, she’s a master of the shorter form of writing, be it a novella, a short story or a poem. Indeed her novella “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queen’s Window” won a Nebula Award. Her short story “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” won another Nebula Award for Best Short Story. She’s the editor of People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy.
(10) ONE BEST FAN WRITER TO
ANOTHER. Alasdair Stuart’s The Full Lid – April 12 edition features
a review of Una McCormack’s
excellent new novella The Undefeated
and a look at the movie adaptation of Tim Lebbon’s The Silence, as well as the first of a planned series of Hugo
spotlights on Charles Payseur.
Best Fan Writer finalist (Like me! That still sounds AWESOME) Charles Payseur is a writer, poet and a major part of the ongoing redemption of short fiction as an art form worthy of discussion. That sounds a touch high faluting I know but it’s true, short stories continue to enjoy a renaissance triggered by podcasting (Such as these fine shows) and the massive rise in digital magazines (Such as these fine magazines). The weird thing is that for the longest time that surging market has been largely overlooked by critics. Charles is not one of those critics.
(11) PSA. “RIKER IPSUM” delivers random
messages that appear to be quotes from ST:TNG’s
I can’t. As much as I care about you, my first duty is to the ship.
The drone attack that caused chaos at Gatwick before Christmas was carried out by someone with knowledge of the airport’s operational procedures, the airport has said.
A Gatwick chief told BBC Panorama the drone’s pilot “seemed to be able to see what was happening on the runway”.
Sussex Police told the programme the possibility an “insider” was involved was a “credible line” of inquiry.
…Police told the BBC they had recorded 130 separate credible drone sightings by a total of 115 people, all but six of whom were professionals, including police officers, security personnel, air traffic control staff and pilots.
Peter David’s comic book adaptation of Star Trek VI helped to get Vonda McIntyre’s first name for Sulu made canon.
The world of science fiction lost a great voice when the amazing Vonda McIntyre passed away earlier this month. McIntyre was a multiple Nebula Award-winning author, with her novel, Dreamsnake, capturing both the 1979 Nebula Award AND the 1979 Hugo Award….
Daniel Dern, JJ, John King Tarpinian, Chip Hitchcock, Dann, SF Concatenation’s
Jonathan Cowie, Cat Eldridge, Martin Morse Wooster, Mike Kennedy, Carl
Slaughter, and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing
editor of the day Soon Lee.]
The awards recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy and horror by New Zealanders.
The winners will be
decided by a vote of the members of SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy
Association of New Zealand Inc., and of the national convention, GeyserCon, to be held May 31-June 2.
PROFESSIONAL AWARD NOMINEES
The Kingfisher’s Debt by Kura
Carpenter (IFWG Publishing)
Restoration Dayby Deborah Makarios (Oi Makarioi)
Into the Sounds by Lee Murray (Severed Press)
Teeth of the Wolf by Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
The Voyage of the
White Cloud by M. Darusha Wehm (In Portentia Press)
When Gina Pressed
by Elise De Silva (EDS Publishing)
Ezaara, Riders of
Fire, Book 1 by Eileen Mueller (Phantom Feather Press)
Lutapolii – White
Dragon of the South by Deryn Pittar (Junction Publishing)
Quest by A.J. Ponder (Phantom Feather Press)
The Suburban Book of
the Dead by Jamie Sands
Best Novella / Novelette
Where the Sun Does Not
Shine by Paul Mannering (Adrenaline Press)
Skin Deep by Violet Penrose (Griffon Press)
Peace by James Rowland (Published in Aurealis #114, September 2018)
The Martian Job by M. Darusha Wehm (Choice of Games)
“On the Run” by Kevin Berry in Te Korero Ahi K? (SpecFicNZ)
“Girls Who do not
by A.C. Buchanan (Apex
Magazine, December 2018)
“We Feed the Bears of
Fire and Ice”
by Octavia Cade (Strange
“A Devoted Husband” by Melanie Harding-Shaw (Breach Zine)
“Dead End Town” by Lee Murray in Cthulu: Land of the Long White Cloud (IFWG Publishing)
Best Collected Work
The Fairies of Down
Under and other P?keha Fairy Tales by Geoff Allen (Makaro Press)
Te Korero Ahi K?Edited by Grace Bridges, Lee Murray and Aaron Compton (SpecFicNZ)
80,000 Totally Secure
Passwords that no Hacker Would Ever Guess by Simon Petrie
Cthulu: Land of the
Long White CloudEdited by Steve Proposch, Christopher Sequiera and Bryce Stevens. (IFWG
Cover for Te Korero Ahi
K?, Created by Evelyn Doyle (SpecFicNZ)
Cover for Quest, Created by Craig Phillips (Phantom Feather Press)
Cover for Capricious 9,
Created by Laya Rose (Capricious)
Cover for The Baker
Thief, Created by Laya Rose (The Kraken Collective)
Best Professional Production/Publication
Breach Magazine, volumes 5-9 Edited by Peter Kirk
New Orbit Magazine Edited by Naomi Moore (New Orbit Productions)
Writing from a Dark
Place by Lee Murray (Victoria University Press)
Overgrown by Laya Rose
Info Text subtitles
on Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 19 Blu-ray Box Set (BBC,
Paul Scoones (BBC)
Black Archive #15 by John Toon (Obverse Books)
Directed by Jermaine Clement and Jackie van Beek (New
Zealand Documentary Board)
Mortal Engines, Directed by Christian Rivers (Universal Pictures)
FAN AWARD NOMINEES
The Thirteenth Doctor by Laya Rose
Best Fan Production/ Publication
The Future According
to Mikey(Curdled Milk
Star Trek in the Park
– The Trouble with Tribbles(Enterprise Entertainment)
Phoenixine Edited by John and Lynelle Howell (Phoenix Science Fiction
Special Award Nominees
Best New Talent
are numbered to aid clarity — the number has no other significance).
Kingfisher’s Debt is Kura Carpenter’s debut novel and very cleverly set in an
Urban Fantasy world overlaying (or underlying, depending on your perspective)
Dunedin, New Zealand. The writing is crisp, the plot excellently designed and
executed. The work, I believe, clearly shows a writer who has taken the writing
process seriously, from conception to drafting, to re-drafting, and producing a
book that fits neatly into the Urban Fantasy genre while also having a strong
her unique and empathetic perspectives on disability, sexuality, and the human
condition, Saf Davidson has quickly cemented herself as one of the foremost
upcoming New Zealand SFF writers. Her work on serials “Tourist” and
“Mountain Sound” has garnered broad praise, and as an award-winning
comics writer and editor of games, it’s clear that she refuses to be put in a
box—whether creatively or professionally.
Concealment’s publisher, I nominate and highly recommend this fast paced, action
packed and gripping Sci-Fi novel. The below precis speaks for itself.
genes: will they be our hope or our undoing?
centuries from now humanity has made its last stand – a city high in the Swiss
Alps, a place of safety and security from a deadly past. This is the reality of
Nathanial Paquette’s life and it has been this way for the whole of his
sheltered twenty-three years. But with a knock at the family’s apartment door
everything changes. Now he must face an uncertain future and unexpected truth –
he is genetically altered, and what really matters is what lies hidden within
with eleven others, Nathanial discovers not only does he have to navigate the
competing agendas of the city’s ruling council and a man of science but survive
the rigorous training he and his fellow recruits are faced with.
a world where friendships are forged, enemies are made, and death awaits – ever
wanting to become everyone’s new best friend.
is the first book of a six-book saga, I promise you, you will be on the edge of
your seat from the beginning to the end. The author quickly draws you into the
characters’ lives and their world and moves the story along at pace. Using
compelling language, this new author reels you into the narrative and leaves
you wanting for more.
Makarios has produced a beautifully presented novel that is warm,
laugh-out-loud funny, full of twists, and well-drawn characters. The fantasy
has not only believable characters, but the land itself is a key character,
possessing a magic of its own. She sticks to her genre, but the surprises are
many along the way, and the ending is satisfyingly positive. Effortlessly woven
into the fast-moving story, there are many current themes – the environment,
justice, corporate greed and racism – even though the setting is old. I can’t
wait to see what Makarios produces next.
back-cover description of the novel is as follows:
Lily was born to be queen, but she leads a pawn’s existence in the shadow of
her guardians’ control. She dreams of the day when she will take her rightful
place in the world.
last her chance arrives, with a quest for the three Requisites of Restoration
Day, the royal rite which renews the life of the land. But she’s been hidden
away too long, and Arcelia has changed.
of everything but the identity which has become a life-threatening liability,
Lily will need to do more than cross the board if she is to emerge triumphant
as the queen she knows she must be. The land she thought was hers becomes the
field for a gripping game–and this time she’s playing for her life.”
writing and publishing her first novel (The Lady in the Coat) in 2017, Anna’s
confidence of writing horror stories has been continually improving. She is a
real enigma in the world of horror writing.
astounds more than anything, is that Anna understands how the brain works; how
we, as human beings cope/deal with fear, terror and paranoia.
reading Deceptive Cadence, Anna’s collection of short stories, you will
question the noises you hear as you drift off to sleep at night. Could there
really be someone lurking outside you window, waiting?
let’s not forget the monsters living in The Room at the End of the Hall. They
cannot be real, can they?
will seriously second guess yourself after you have read Deceptive Cadence. You
will jump at every noise you hear.
Ryan is an up and coming writer with imagination and writing skill to be a
hugely successful horror writer
The 2019 Prix Imaginales finalists have been announced. The awards will be given
the Festival of the Imaginary Worlds in Épinal, France, which will take place
from May 23 to May 26, 2019.
The Prix Imaginales
recognize the best works of fantasy of the year published in France in six
categories, with a prize of 1,000 euros for the first five categories and 500
euros for the last two.
A jury composed of
critics, journalists and specialists selected the nominees: Jacques Grasser
(Président), Jean-Claude Vantroyen (Vice-président), Annaïg Houesnard (Secrétaire),
Stéphane Wieser (Directeur du Festival), Christophe de Jerphanion, Natacha
Vas-Deyres, and Frédérique Roussel.
[NOTE: The Prix
Imaginales is a different award than the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire.]
Catégorie roman francophone /
d’argile et d’osier (Les
la nuit (L’Atalante)
K. DEWDNEY, L’enfant
de poussière et La Peste et la vigne (Au Diable Vauvert)
l’ombre des miroirs
Catégorie roman étranger traduit /
Foreign Novel translated into French
Charlie Jane ANDERS, Tous les oiseaux du ciel [All the Birds in the Sky] (Nouveaux Millénaires), translated by Laurent QUEYSSI
Kij JOHNSON, La quête onirique de Vellitt Boe [The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe](Le Bélial), translated by Florence DOLISI
Dmitri LIPSKEROV, Le dernier rêve de la raison [Last Dream of Reason] (Agullo), translated by Raphaëlle PACHE
Ed Mc DONALD, Blackwing tome 1, La marque du corbeau [Blackwing, Raven’s Mark #1](Bragelonne), translated by Benjamin KUNTZER
Catégorie jeunesse / Youth category
Passageur-L’enfant et le coq (Lynks)
FAYE et Nancy PENÀ, Les
Guerriers de glace (Nathan)
Orphelins du sommeil (Chat
Catégorie illustration / Illustration
masques d’Azr’ Khila, de
Charlotte BOUSQUET (Mnémos)
cité exaague, Les nouveaux mystères d’Abyme, tome 1, de Mathieu GABORIT (Mnémos)
de Neil GAIMAN (Au Diable Vauvert)
Guerriers de Glace,
avec Estelle FAYE (Nathan)
Catégorie nouvelle / Short Story
d’Alerte [Trigger Warning](Au Diable Vauvert)
d’une séancière (Mü)
Ballade de Black Tom, [The
Ballad of Black Tom] (Le Bellial)
Catégorie prix spécial du Jury /
Special Jury Award
de la Fantasy (Vendémiaire)
avec Pierre Bordage (Au
Effective as of 10am today, April 10th, 2019, I am resigning my position as a member of the SFWA Board of Directors.
We live in a world where appearance often carries more weight than intention. Recent controversies, and my perceived involvement in them, have increasingly made it difficult for me to effectively perform the responsibilities for which I’d been elected. Accordingly, it makes sense for me to step aside and allow someone else to continue the work.
Today’s decision notwithstanding, I remain committed to the ideals and goals of SFWA, perhaps best expressed by the statement the Board composed at last year’s Nebula Conference: “We are genre writers fostering a diverse professional community committed to inclusion, empowerment, and outreach.”
It has been my privilege to be of service to this organization and our community. I encourage you all to pay it forward.
Schoen’s statement does not specify what “recent controversies” he is perceived to be involved in. They may relate to Jonathan Brazee’s 20Booksto50K Nebula recommendation list. Schoen’s novelette “The Rule of Three” is one of the stories on the list that made the Nebula ballot. Brazee responded to criticism by apologizing for the list.
(2) NICHOLS ON SPACE COMMAND. Marc Zicree told fans, “Today’s shoot with Nichelle Nichols went great! Here’s a behind the scenes clip, with more to come.”
The new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker features quite the surprise: as the trailer comes to a close, the screen cuts to black and our ears are filled with the cackling of Emperor Palpatine. It’s a laugh cold enough to send shivers down your spine and a character inclusion crazy enough to make your head spin. He met his electrifying end in Return of the Jedi, after all. IGN talked to director and co-writer JJ Abrams at Star Wars Celebration Chicago about how the iconic villain came to be a part of the film, and his answer included a meeting with the Maker himself, George Lucas.
“This movie had a very, very specific challenge, which was to take eight films and give an ending to three trilogies, and so we had to look at, what is the bigger story? We had conversations amongst ourselves, we met with George Lucas before writing the script,” Abrams revealed. “These were things that were in real, not debate, but looking at the vastness of the story and trying to figure out, what is the way to conclude this? But it has to work on its own as a movie, it has to be its own thing, it has to be surprising and funny and you have to understand it.”
…Best of all, while I might not find out how Martin himself intends to finish his series (there are still two long-awaited books to come), I will almost certainly see the TV series of Game of Thrones return for its brutal, no doubt bloody and hopefully rewarding conclusion this month. As for Tottenham Hotspur winning the league in my lifetime, that remains too great a step for even the most benign of gods to arrange.
A fun way to teach anyone the basics of pIqaD (the Klingon alphabet)
For use on magnetic surfaces, like your fridge or your ship’s hull
…This set contains the entire alphabet, with multiples for the more frequently used, plus a few apostrophes.
(8) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
by Cat Eldridge.]
Born April 13, 1937 — Terry Carr. Lifelong fan and long after he turn pro, he continued to be active in fandom, hence was nominated five times for Hugos for Best Fanzine (1959–1961, 1967–1968), winning in 1959, was nominated three times for Best Fan Writer (1971–1973), winning in 1973, and was Fan Guest of Honor at ConFederation in 1986. He worked as an Editor, first at Ace where he edited The Left Hand of Darkness. After a fallout with Wollheim, he went freelance where he developed Universe and Best Science Fiction of the Year, the latter on a remarkable four publishers. He was nominated for Best Editor Hugo thirteen times and won twice. He wrote three novels, one with Ted White, and three collections of his stories in print. (Died 1987.)
Born April 13, 1943 — Bill Pronzini, 76. Mystery writer whose Nameless Detective has one genre adventure in A Killing in Xanadu. Genre anthologist, often with Barry N Malzberg, were many and wide ranging, covering such things as Bug-Eyed Monsters (with Malzberg), Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural (with Greenberg and Malzberg) and Arbor House Necropolis. As Robert Hart Davis, he wrote “The Pillars of Salt Affair”, a Man from U.N.C.L.E. novella that ran in the The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Magazine.
Born April 13, 1951 — Peter Davison, 68. The Fifth Doctor and one that I never came to be fond of. Just seemed too lightweight for the role. I thought he put more gravitas into the voice of Mole he did for The Wind in the Willows animated special Mole’s Christmas. For twenty years now, he has reprised his role as the Fifth Doctor in myriad Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish.
Born April 13, 1954 — Michael Cassutt, 65. His notable genre TV work includes executive producing, producing or writing, or both, for Strange Luck, Seven Days, Outer Limits, Eerie, Indiana, and The Twilight Zone. He was also story editor for the Max Headroom series which I loved.
Born April 13, 1959 — Brian Thomsen. Editor, writer and anthologist. He was founding editor of Warner Books’ Questar Science Fiction, and later served as managing fiction editor at TSR. He co-wrote the autobiography of Julius Schwartz. Strangely enough, I’ve actually read one of his anthologies, A Yuletide Universe, as I remember it from the cover art. (Died 2008.)
Born April 13, 1950 — Ron Perlman, 69. Hellboy in a total of five films including three animated films (Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Hellboy: Blood and Iron and Redcap). He’s got a very long association with the genre as his very first film was Quest for Fire in which he was Amoukar. The Ice Pirates and being Zeno followed quickly Captain Soames in Sleepwalkers and Angel De La Guardia in Mexican horror film Cronos. Several years later, I see he’s Boltar in Prince Valiant, followed by a hard SF role as Johnher in Alien Resurrection and Reman Viceroy in Star Trek: Nemesis. And I should note he was in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Gnarlack, a goblin gangster if I read the Cliff notes to that correctly. No, I’m not forgetting about his most amazing role of all, Vincent in Beauty and The Beast. At the time, I thought it was the most awesome practical makeup I’d ever seen. And the costume just made look him amazing.
Born April 13, 1962 — Stephen Holland, 57. I’m a deep admirer of those who document our genre and this gentleman is no exception. In handful of works, he’s created an invaluable resource for those interested in SF published in paperback. British Science Fiction Paperbacks and Magazines, 1949-1956: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide and The Mushroom Jungle: A History of Postwar Paperback Publishing certainly look to be essential reading, and his Fantasy Fanzine Index: Volume 1 also sounds useful.
In honor of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones—which premieres in just three days, people!!!—TGI Friday’s has released a limited-edition menu inspired by the series. However, vegetarians and vegans may want to steer clear of the “Dragon Slayer Feast.” It’s definitely a meat-heavy selection….
You can also order up Dragon Fire Hot Wings and the Bucket of Beast Bones, which is a combo of ribs and Friday’s famed glazed wings. However, as far as we know, the GOT special is currently a U.K. exclusive. The meat-filled feast will kick off April 10.
The Calculating Stars has a more grounded aesthetic than it’s predecessor, and aims to present a plausible alternative history where the space program is accelerated and is also a more international collaboration. In the centre of this effort is Dr Elma York who desperately wants to go into space but who must also navigate through the complexities of 1950s America.
It’s an engaging fictional autobiography of a remarkable person — the kind of multi-talented character that you find in accounts of America’s space program. Drive, talent, brains and luck conspire to put Elma in a spotlight but the attention that comes with it reveals Elma’s greatest weakness: social anxiety in crowds when she is the focus of attention. Ironically the press characterising her preemptively as ‘The Lady Astronaut’ complicates her attempts to actually become an astronaut.
(12) CREDIT WHERE DUE. Misty
S. Boyer’s long Facebook post provides
further detail about who contributed to the newsmaking black hole photo.
…The photo that everyone is looking at, the world famous black hole photo? It’s actually a composite photo. It was generated by an algorithm credited to Mareki Honma. Honma’s algorithm, based on MRI technology, is used to “stitch together” photos and fill in the missing pixels by analyzing the surrounding pixels.
But where did the photos come from that are composited into this photo?
The photos making up the composite were generated by 4 separate teams, led by Katie Bouman, Andrew Chael, Kazu Akiyama, Michael Johnson, and Jose L Gomez. Each team was given a copy of the black hole data and isolated from each other. Between the four of them, they used two techniques – an older, traditional one called CLEAN, and a newer one called RML – to generate an image.
The purpose of this division and isolation of teams was deliberately done to test the accuracy of the black hole data they were all using. If four isolated teams using different algorithms all got similar results, that would indicate that the data itself was accurate….
Beliefs in “pseudoarchaeology”—ancient aliens, Atlantis, and other myths—are on the rise. In 2018 41% of Americans believed that aliens visited Earth in the ancient past, and 57% believed that Atlantis or other advanced ancient civilizations existed. These outlandish beliefs have been circulating for decades, and archaeologists are now mobilizing to counter them. They are taking to Twitter, blogs, podcasts, YouTube, and newspapers to debunk false claims and explain real archaeological methods, and they plan to compare notes this week during a symposium at the Society for American Archaeology meeting.
It happened in a split second, and Vanessa Barker doesn’t remember any of it. She doesn’t remember dropping to the field, nor does she remember how she got hit.
When she came to, she was sitting on the sidelines with an EMT, being evaluated for what turned out to be her first concussion. Over the next two years, she’d suffer another two more while out on the field — hardly what she expected when she decided to start playing quidditch.
…”If I ever have any others, I’ll have to stop playing,” she said.
A young traveller encounters a vagrant on the road, who claims that his tattoos come to life after dark and tell the future. Starring Iain Glen and Elaine Claxton.
(18) VIDEO OF THE DAY. “The Black Hole: Based on
Stephen Hawking’s Reith Lecture” on YouTube is an animation done for BBC
Radio4 of an excerpt of a Stephen hawking lecture where Hawking says it’s not
hopeless if you fall into a black hole.
Martin Morse Wooster, Cat Eldridge, JJ, Chip Hitchcock, Cora Buhlert, SF
Concatenation’s Jonathan Cowie, Mike Kennedy, John King Tarpinian, Carl Slaughter,
and Andrew Porter for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770
contributing editor of the day cmm.]
The nominees are award-eligible works and persons first
nominated by fans and members of the Australian NatCon which have been compiled
into a ballot by a sub-committee elected at the previous National SF Convention
The Ditmars will be presented at the 2019 Australian
National SF Convention, (Continuum 15)
in Melbourne, June 7-10, 2019.
following section details the contents of the preliminary ballot. (Note that
the final ballot will include a “No Award” option in each category.
Devouring Dark, Alan Baxter, Grey Matter Press.
The Subjugate, Amanda Bridgeman, Angry Robot.
Faerie Apocalypse, Jason Franks, IFWG Publishing
City of Lies (Poison Wars 1), Sam Hawke, Tom Doherty
The Beast’s Heart, Leife Shallcross, Hodder &
Tide of Stone, Kaaron Warren, Omnium Gatherum.
Best Novella or Novelette
“Triquetra”, Kirstyn McDermott, in Triquetra, Tor.com
“Cabaret of Monsters”, Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Cabaret of Monsters, The Creature Court.
“The Dragon’s Child”, Janeen Webb, in The Dragon’s Child, PS Publishing.
Best Short Story
“The Art of Broken
Things”, Joanne Anderton, in Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet
“A Man Totally Alone”,
Robert Hood, The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories: Terrifying Tales Set on
the Scariest Night of the Year!, Skyhorse Publishing.
“The Heart of Owl
Abbas”, Kathleen Jennings, in Tor.com.
“Junkyard Kraken”, D.K.
Mok, in Mother of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press.
Best Collected Work
Sword and Sonnet, edited by Aidan Doyle, Rachael K. Jones and E. Catherine Tobler, Ate Bit Bear.
Mountains of the Mind, Gillian Polack, Shooting Star Press.
Mother of Invention, Rivqa Rafael and Tansy Rayner Roberts, Twelfth Planet Press.
A Hand of Knaves, Leife Shallcross and Chris Large, CSFG Publishing.
Tales from the Inner City, Shaun Tan, Allen & Unwin.
Cover art, Likhain, for Mother
of Invention, Twelfth Planet Press.
Cover and internal illustrations,
Shauna O’Meara, for A Hand of Knaves, CSFG Publishing.
Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
Earl Grey Editing, Elizabeth Fitzgerald.
Pratchat, Elizabeth Flux, Ben McKenzie,
Splendid Chaps Productions.
SF Commentary, Bruce Gillespie.
Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra
Pierce, and Tansy Rayner Roberts.
Best Fan Writer
Liz Barr, for writing in
Bruce Gillespie, for writing in SF
Commentary and ANZAPA articles.
Best Fan Artist
NOMINATIONS FOR ANY FAN ARTIST
Best New Talent
Bren MacDibble (aka Cally Black)
William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review
Damien Broderick, for Pscience
Damien Broderick, for Consciousness
and Science Fiction, Springer.
Tansy Rayner Roberts, for Gentlewomen
of the Press, Sheep Might Fly.
Cat Sparks, for “The 21st
Century Catastrophe: Hyper-capitalism and Severe Climate Change in Science
Fiction” PhD exegesis.
(1) STAR WARS TRAILER
UNVEILED AT CHICAGO CON.The
Hollywood Reporter was at the Star Wars Celebration when the Episode
IX trailer was screened.
After a year’s worth of speculation, emcee Colbert, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and filmmaker J.J. Abrams unveiled the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to a packed (and raucous) crowd at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago on Friday.
Among the big reveals is that Emperor Palpatine, the villain played by Ian McDiarmid in the previous two trilogies and thought to be dead, is back — as his laugh is heard at the end of the teaser. McDiarmid also walked out onstage after the trailer and ordered it to be replayed.
Earlier in the panel, Abrams made what might have been a reference to Palpatine, though he didn’t name him.
“This movie, in addition to being the end of three trilogies, it also has to work as its own movie,” said Abrams. “It’s about this new generation and what they’ve inherited, the light and the dark, and asking the question as they face the greatest evil, are they prepared? Are they ready?”
Daniels is one of the few characters who has appeared in all nine of the Star Wars films, which is a remarkable feat that should be celebrated among the Star Wars universe.
In fact, it was fitting that Daniels would be the first cast member introduced at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago along with R2-D2, the other character to grace every single film. When you think of 3-CPO, you often think of Daniels, and without his unique take on this iconic character, 3-CPO wouldn’t be the beloved character he is today.
Gen Con, the largest and longest-running tabletop gaming convention in North America, has named Locus Award-winning and Hugo Award-nominated author Cherie Priest as the event’s 2019 Author Guest of Honor. Ms. Priest will take part in several events as part of the convention’s Writer’s Symposium program, including book signings and appearances.
(4) LOOKS LIKE
HECK. NPR’s Chris Klimek’s reaction to Hellboy:“Hell, no!”
Hellboy, despite its colon-free title, is actually the fifth movie starring the good-guy demon hero (if you count the two animated films that featured the same cast as the live-action films made by monsteur auteur Guillermo del Toro in 2004 and 2008) and it’s even more exhausting than this sentence.
Pity. The blue-collar, crimson-skinned agent of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense — basically a more inclusive version of the Men in Black, with a more casual dress code — is a marvelous character on the page. And because filmmaker del Toro has at least as much affection for 1930s serials and monster movies and European folklore as cartoonist Mike Mignola (Hellboy’s creator) does, his two adaptations of Mignola’s comics were revered. But like most del Toro films they were only moderate box office successes, and the profligate profitability of Marvel movies in the subsequent decade (Hellboy is a creator-owned specimen of IP, outside the Disney megalith) demanded that someone try to tap that rich vein again.
Englishman Neil Marshall would appear to be a sterling candidate: He made a trio of well-regarded low-budget genre flicks and directed two episodes of Game of Thrones, including “Blackwater,” which featured the climactic battle of the series’ second season. The chaotic, repetitive movie he’s given us here calls into question not just his competence but his taste….
Tom Doherty Associates (TDA) President and Publisher Fritz Foy announced today the creation of NIGHTFIRE, a new horror imprint that will join Tor, Forge, Tor Teen & Starscape, and Tor.com Publishing as part of Tom Doherty Associates.
Foy will be Publisher, and TDA will add dedicated staff in editorial, as well as supplemental staff in marketing and publicity. Under the Nightfire imprint, editors will acquire and publish across the breadth of the genre—from short story collections to novellas and novels, from standalone works to series, from dark fantasy to the supernatural, from originals to reprints of lost modern classics. In addition to publishing books across all formats (print, audio, and ebook), Nightfire’s releases will also include podcasts, graphic novels, and other media.
Brandon Sanderson After reviewing George R.R. Martin’s notes, Sanderson announces it will take not two but six more books to finish the story properly. After delivering four 1,000-page tomes, Sanderson himself passes away (buried under a pile of 3,500 manuscript pages for the ninth book in the Stormlight Archive) with the story still incomplete. It is the year 2049. The final two books are completed by Christopher Paolini, working from Sanderson’s notes on Martin’s outlines, and are beamed directly into people’s brains via the NookVR brain uplink.
(7) QUIDDITCH REVISIONISM. Emily Giambalvo in the Washington Post profiles the University of Maryland
Quidditch team, currently ranked No. 1 and headed to the national Quidditch Cup
in Round Rock, Texas this weekend. But only a quarter of the quidditch
players have read Harry Potter and capes and bristles on the “brooms”
are now banned (platers compete with PVC pipes between their legs). “Crab
cakes and quidditch: That’s what Maryland does”.
The Maryland quidditch team has a 27-3 record and is ranked No. 1 in the country, but it still exists in relative obscurity. Fellow students walk by the practice without adjusting their pace, but they keep their heads turned toward the training. Sometimes onlookers pull out their phones, capturing what seems like a strange combination between playful chaos and a serious sport.
If you’ve seen her as Diane, the younger daughter on ABC’s Black-ish, you might already know. Diane is wise, wily, funny and a step ahead of her twin brother, Jack. And while scripts work wonders, you cannot create a character like Diane around an actress who wasn’t yet ten years old when she was cast in the role unless the actress in question has the chops for it. Martin’s first starring role in a film comes in Little, where she holds the screen opposite comedy powerhouses Issa Rae and Regina Hall. What’s more, everyone involved in promoting the movie says it was her idea — which she pitched when she was ten. Now, at 14, she’s an executive producer on the film.
…Unfortunately, the film needs more comedy and more consistency in the comedy it has. When it’s funny, it’s really funny, but it’s not funny frequently enough….
(9) TIME TREKKERS. YouTuber
Steve Shives tries to determine “Who
Is Actually Star Trek’s Most Reckless Time Traveler?”
(10) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]
Born April 12, 1884 — Bob Olsen. He wrote stories for Amazing Stories, from 1927 to 1936, many of them said to be of humorous inclination. He was one of the first writers to use the phrase ‘space marine’ in a two-story Captain Brink sequence consisting of “Captain Brink of the Space Marines” (November 1932 Amazing) and “The Space Marines and the Slavers” (December 1936 Amazing). I’m fairly sure thathe wrote no novels and less than twenty-four short stories. I do know that severe arthritis curtailed his writing career in 1940. (Died 1956.)
Born April 12, 1915 — Emil Petaja. An author whose career spanned seven decades who really should be remembered as much for his social circles that included early on as H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, and August Derleth which later expanded to include Anthony Boucher, Frank M. Robinson, Poul Anderson, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick and Robert A. Heinlein. It should not be overlooked that he did write seven novels and around forty short stories during his career with the stories appearing in Weird Tales, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fantastic Adventures, Worlds of Tomorrow, Future Science Fiction Stories and other venues as well. (Died 2000.)
Born April 12, 1936 — Charles Napier. Well let’s meet Adam on the Trek episode of “The Way to Eden”. Oh, that’s a horrible outfit he’s wearing. Let’s see if he had better genre roles… well he was on Mission: Impossible twice in truly anonymous roles, likewise he played two minor characters on The Incredible Hulk and he did get a character with a meaningful name (General Denning) on Deep Space 9. I surprised to learn that he was General Hardcastle in Superman and Justice League Unlimited series, and also voiced Agent Zed for the entire run of the Men in Black animated series. (Died 2011.)
Born April 12, 1958 — Elizabeth Klein-Lebbink, 61. A LA-resident con-running fan. She has worked on a variety of conventions, both regionals and Worldcons, frequently in the art shows. She is has been a member of the Dorsai Irregulars. She is married to fellow fan Jerome Scott. Works for NASA where she writes such papers as ‘Measurements of Integration Gain for the Cospas-Sarsat System from Geosynchronous Satellites’.
Born April 12, 1971 — Shannen Doherty, 48. Prue Halliwell on Charmed. (Watched the first, I think, four seasons. Lost interest at that point.) Her first genre role was voicing a mouse, Teresa Brisby to be exact on The Secret of NIMH. She was Cate Parker in Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys — a film that can’t possibly be as bad as its name, can it? Though I’m willing to bet that Borgore & Sikdope: Unicorn Zombie Apocalypse, an Internet short film, in which she is a News Anchor is every bit as bad as its title!
Born April 12, 1979 — Claire Danes, 40. Best known genre role is Kate Brewster in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Also was Yvaine in Stardust, a film that’s not even close to its source material.
Born April 12, 1979 — Jennifer Morrison, 40. Emma Swan in the Once Upon a Time series, and Winona Kirk, mother of James T. Kirk in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. She also paid her horror dues in Urban Legends: Final Cut as Amy Mayfield, the student videographer whose film goes terribly wrong. I’m intrigued to see that she’s the voice actor for the role of Selina Kyle / Catwoman in the forthcoming Batman: Hush, a film that needs a R rating to be told properly.
(11) COMICS SECTION.
Ziggy makes an out of this world real estate deal.
Studying cave paintings from Turkey, Spain, France, and Germany, researchers have come to the conclusion that humanity’s ancient ancestors were smarter than previously given credit for. These famed paintings were not simply decorative, a new study says—they represent a complex understanding of astronomy predating Greek civilization.
But those claims are flat-out wrong, Chael said. He certainly didn’t write “850,000 lines of code,” a false number likely pulled from GitHub, a Web-based coding service. And while he was the primary author of one piece of software that worked on imaging the black hole, the team used multiple different approaches to avoid bias. His work was important, but Bouman’s was also vital as she helped stitch together all the teams, Chael said.
“Katie was a huge part of our collaboration at every step,” Chael said.
In truth, singling out any one scientist in a massive, cross-disciplinary group effort like the Event Horizon Telescope’s project is bound to create misapprehensions. Many who shared an equally viral image of Bouman clutching her hands in joy at the sight of the black hole came away wrongly believing she was the sole person responsible for the discovery, an idea the postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has tried to correct.
All 19 tables of Zen Studios’ Star Wars Pinballare coming to Nintendo Switch, with a vertical play mode that takes advantage of the Switch screen’s dimensions when held sideways.
In addition to being sold through the Nintendo eShop,Star Wars Pinball will also get a physical edition release, a first ever for a Zen pinball suite. Star Wars Pinball will launch for Switch on Sept. 13, 2019, the studio/publisher announced today in advance of this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration.
(15) REDFEARN. StokerCon UK, to be held April
16-19, 2020 in Scarborough, has announced its Editor Guest of Honour:
Gillian Redfearn is the Hugo Award-nominated Deputy Publisher of Gollancz, the world’s oldest Science Fiction and Fantasy imprint.
Within five months of joining the Gollancz team as editorial assistant she had commissioned the bestselling First Law trilogy from Joe Abercrombie, swiftly followed by acquiring the UK rights to Patrick Rothfuss’ novels. When she became Editorial Director for the imprint in 2014 she was selected as a Bookseller Rising Star, and two years later Gollancz was shortlisted for best imprint in the Bookseller Awards.
Throughout her career Redfearn has worked across the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres, with bestselling and award winning authors including Ben Aaronovitch, Joe Abercrombie, Aliette de Bodard, Joe Hill, Charlaine Harris, Joanne Harris, Sarah Pinborough, Brandon Sanderson, Alastair Reynolds and Chris Wooding, among many others.
On January 10, 1982, the science fiction author Philip K. Dick sat down for an interview with journalist and friend Gwen Lee to discuss The Owl in Daylight, a novel that he’d been composing in his mind since May of the previous year. He wouldn’t finish—or even really begin—the book before his death from a stroke a few weeks later, but the novel he outlined to Lee has had as strange an afterlife as Dick himself.
(17) THEY LOST ON JEOPARDY!
Andrew Porter monitored tonight’s Jeopardy!
Answer: The director of the 2018 version of this 1953 classic said, Yes, books were harmed in the making of this motion picture.
Artists have drawn on Scotland’s Neolithic past to create a series of new illustrations.
The artwork, which includes a tribe and a guide to building a ceremonial timber circle, is for a free education pack called The First Foresters.
It has been created by Forestry and Land Scotland, formerly Forestry Commission Scotland, and Archaeology Scotland.
The artists were guided by European Neolithic artefacts for their drawings.
…”Alan produced the bulk of the illustrations, including a fantastic image of a decaying timber circle being enclosed by an earthen henge, and a fabulous ‘how to build a timber circle’ instruction sheet.
I had a whole gaggle of 100-point bucks in my sights, sleeping peacefully on their feet, like cows. The way they were lined up, I could take down the whole clan in a single shot of gun, clean through their magnificent oversized brains. That’d be enough (deer) meat to last Nora and the baby through the harsh Amarillo winter. I shifted my weight in my hidey spot, snapping a twig and pouring more pepper on the fire by muttering, “God dammit all to hell.” But like any hunting man worth his salt, I was wearing camouflage — that swirly brown-and-green stuff you sometimes see on bandanas. The deers, famously self-assured creatures, didn’t budge. They were awake now, munching happily on some squirrels they’d killed for food, the carnivores. But now they were the squirrels in this equation, which felt somehow ironic….
(21) UNAIRED. You can
see a four-minute clip from an unaired Star
Trek pilot filmed in 16mm.
The original print from Star Trek’s 2nd pilot was never aired in this format. Had different opening narration, credits, had acts 1 thru 4 like an old quinn martin show and had scenes cut from aired version and different end credits and music. The original 16mm print is now stored in the Smithsonian
Andrew Porter, Carl Slaughter, John King Tarpinian, JJ, Chip Hitchcock, Cat
Eldridge, Mike Kennedy, and Martin Morse Wooster for some of these stories.
Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Darren Garrison.]
Editor Preston Grassmann has revealed the table for contents for The Unquiet Dreamer: A Tribute to Harlan
Ellison, an anthology forthcoming from PS Publishing in August 2019.
It was sometime in the mid-nineties at Dangerous Visions Bookstore in Sherman Oaks, when a seismic shift altered the foundations of the room. It wasn’t the Northridge quake, but it was certainly a force of nature—in walked Harlan.
I had told him my dream of putting together an anthology someday, with a table of contents that included some of the very writers in this book. “That’s a pretty nifty list,” Harlan said. “Do it, kiddo.”
As the years passed, I went on to write for Nature Magazine and became a contributing editor at Locus, and the dream kind of fell by the wayside, but Harlan never let me forget. And though I wish Harlan could see it, the dream is finally here—a book full of memories and love—thirty-three international contributors who have joined together to celebrate his life. It’s strong and strange in ways I never expected, full of inspired ideas, anecdotes and stories of Harlan. Of course, to include everyone influenced by Harlan and the work he celebrated would more than fill The Lost Aztec Temple of Mars.
Introduction: Older Than Five, Younger Than Twelve
Foreword 1 – Second Father/First Child by Josh Olson
Foreword 2 – Harlan Ellison’s Influence on Me by Ellen Datlow
Aye, and Gomorrah by Samuel R. Delany
The Way You Came In May Not Be The Best Way Out by Paul Di Filippo
A Thin Silver Line by Steve Rasnic Tem
On an Old Man’s Contemplation of an Archway Sealed with Stones by Adam- Troy Castro
Hums by Peter Crowther
The Re-Evolution of Cloud Nine by Nikhil Singh
The First of Many Shudders by Kaaron Warren
Break Into Three by Nick Mamatas
Twelve Letters to My Daughter on the Moon by Ian McDonald
The Last Shout of the Beast by Bruce Sterling
Alice’s by Lisa Tuttle
Digger. Split. by David Gerrold
The Wedding Gown by Jeffrey Thomas
And Everywhere That Mary Went by Anna Tambour
Amniocryptic by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Build Your Own Monster by Rumi Kaneko (translated by Preston Grassmann)
Race Across a Vanishing Landscape by Gio Clairval
Rave On by Gregory Benford
The Collaboration by Allen M. Steele
The Man Who Saw Wakanda by Steven Barnes
The Starfvcker Dyad by Rich Larson
With Frank and Lucinda Brewer at the East Pole by Gregory Norman Bossert
Perfection by John Skipp & Autumn Christian
Silicon Times e-Book Review by Greg Bear
The Seer by Chris Kelso
Live Inside Your Own Sky by D.R.G Sugawara
Various Kinds of Conceits by Arthur Byron Cover
Five Years Later by Scott Edelman
The Fragments of a Hologram City by Preston Grassmann
Preston Grassmann was born in California and educated at U.C. Berkeley. He began working for Locus in 1998, returning as a contributing editor after a hiatus in Egypt and the UK. His most recent work has been published in Nature Magazine, Shoreline of Infinity, and “Futures 2” (Tor). He is a regular contributor to Nature and writes a feature for Locus called “The Cosmic Village”. He currently lives in Japan.