Charles Stross in AZ

SF author Charles Stross is touring the US in support of his newest book, Saturn's Children, and will be signing at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale on Wednesday July 30, 7pm. Charles has been nominated for the Hugo Award many times, most recently with Halting State for 2008, and won in the novella category in […]

Review: MobiPocket Software

I think of myself as a technical girl, so after listening to your comments about reading with a handheld device I thought I should try it out. I have to admit that the concept was not appealing. While I've been lovin' my HTC Smartphone with it's touch screen; I've found watching movies on it's 3x4 in screen to be less than appealing and reading PDF's an exercise in horizontal scrolling frustration.   [Read more...]

City of Ember movie trailer

For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights - underground. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing... and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Now, in a race against time, the citizens must search Ember for clues that will unlock […]

Story Readings: Summer Narrates for Starship Sofa

The newest story presented by Starship Sofa, "Going Through Changes", written by Pat Murphy in 1992, is read by yours truly.   [Read more...]

Dragon Page Challenge: The Tick-Tock Hobbit Universe

As promised, here's the place to post links to your stories in the Tick-Tock Hobbit Universe, as described in "Cover to Cover" #278A. You can start at TS 24:10 and hear Jason's voicemail asking the question, and our responses that led to this idea, or you can just start at TS 40:20 and listen to […]

Trailer for "The Midnight Road"

Tom Piccirilli's latest suspense novel is "The Midnight Road", and there's a trailer for it up on YouTube now: Done by Gary Braunbeck (MR. HANDS, KEEPERS, IN SILENT GRAVES), it has Tom tickled. Stay tuned for an interview with Tom, coming up soon, but for now, check out the trailer and the book.

What to do with the books no one wants?

This makes me both sad and angry. Especially the part about libraries not taking books... that struck me as odd. I guess I shouldn't be too hard on him... I had to throw out some ancient technical books this past weekend, for the obvious reasons. But I do hope he didn't burn any collectible Babylon […]

Joe Murphy -- In Loving Memory

We are sad to announce that our beloved friend and colleague Joe Murphy left us today to his ongoing battle with leiomyosarcoma carcinoma. We loved him very much and will be greatly missed in our lives. We bid farewell to a dear and sweet man.   [Read more...]

Scott Sigler's "Ancestor": The Print Version

Scott Sigler's Evil Plan ™ continues to unfold. He's passing out the full-length PDF of Ancestor, and wants everyone who wants to get the print version of the book to go to Amazon and order it on April 1st. Read. Go. Now.

Another Fiction Podcast

So, am I the last one to find out that Mercedes Lackey was collaborating on producing a serialized original fiction podcast? The Secret World: A Chronicle of Mystery and Heroism, created by Mercedes Lackey and Steve Libbey. I tell ya, I really gotta get out more. There are probably another dozen podcasts that I'd enjoy […]

How to get a job as a freelance writer

So you wanna be a full time writer, but your novel is still stuck on some faceless editors desk in NYC. You need to pay the bills, and you'd like to do it without continually asking "do you want fries with that?" as part of your schtick. You've heard other authors talk about making ends […]

Print Book Reviews Harder to Find?

Interesting. I only just today saw this Editor & Publisher article: AP to Discontinue Book Review Package By Dave Astor Published: February 02, 2007 NEW YORK -- The Associated Press is ending its book review package. "This is a sad turn of events for book reviews. AP reviews, even small, ran far and wide, and […]

Good advice? Don't ignore negative reviews -- feature them!

One of the best books I read in 2006 was Infoquake, by David Louis Edelman. I had a chance to interview him recently. He's a nice guy, and a smart guy, and one hell of a writer in my opinion. But as always happens, not everyone agrees with that last assertion. David has recently posted […]

Can you write a novel with a wiki?

In the event that you don't have enough of your own solo writing projects underway: Penguin is launching its first wiki and in a project called A Million Penguins we've created a space where anyone can contribute to the writing of a novel and anyone can edit anyone else's writing. Over the next six weeks […]

More on Indie Bookstore Struggles

I like the indie stores I shop at... Changing Hands in Tempe, and The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale. I don't have many ideas for the indies or for the midlist authors, but it sure seems like we're more than overdue to find a few new ones to make a lot more people on all sides happy.   [Read more...]

Pseudopod: The Horror Podcast Magazine

Mur Lafferty and Ben Phillips have teamed up with Escape Artists, Inc. (the folks behind Escape Pod, the science fiction podcast magazine) to create Pseudopod -- bringing you great original works of short horror fiction to your MP3 player of choice each and every week.   [Read more...]