This book is collection of short stories, though Lansdale himself describes it as a “mosaic novel”. In summary: Hap and Leonard spend a night driving around town, shooting the shit and doing nothing much in particular. As their conservation drifts along and they pass by places they used to know, memories spark off flashbacks which lead into short stories, mostly about Hap’s childhood, his parents, and particularly his relationship to racism, but also covering the first time Hap and Leonard met and the first time they got into trouble together. (Two of the stories were published previously in another context, but they’re integrated so well into the rest that I wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t already read them: “The Boy Who Became Invisible” and “Not Our Kind”.) But despite mostly taking place in the past, I don’t think this would make for a good introduction to the series; a lot of the power of the stories depends on already knowing these characters and having an emotional connection to them and their relationship. On the other hand, if you do know them, this is a wonderful expansion of their history.

    Lansdale’s RUSTY PUPPY was one of the PW Picks: Books of the Week, February 20, 2017.

    As always, Lansdale spins a wild, rollicking yarn, but behind all the mayhem is a heartfelt tale about friendship, brotherhood, loyalty, and family. Hap and Leonard are complicated, violent men, but they display a basic humanity and decency that carries this remarkable series along.


    Joe R. Lansdale’s southern fried, swamp rock duo of ne’er-do-wells, Hap and Leonard, have staked out a home on SundanceTV.

    After a critically-acclaimed first season that ended on a doozy of a cliffhanger (what was that thing doing in Uncle Chester’s basement, anyway?), the duo return – caught in the middle of a murder mystery with more twists and turns than an East Texas highway – in Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo on Wednesday, March 15th (10/9C).

    Photo: Karen Lansdale

    Lansdale is taking a break from his book tour to attend the Nacogdoches Film Festival, for which he serves on the Board of Directors.

    The Nacogdoches Art Alliance (NAA) is pleased to announce that the sixth annual Nacogdoches Film Festival will be held this coming February 24-26, 2017. This year’s theme is Exploring the Frontiers of the Imagination.

    Headlining this year’s Festival will be two-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and director Al Reinert, whose documentary film, For All Mankind, won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for documentary films, in addition to being nominated for an Academy Award. That film led director Ron Howard to hire him several years later to write the screenplay for his blockbuster film, Apollo 13, for which Reinert earned a second Oscar nomination.

    This year, the Festival will kick off with the VIP reception on Friday at the Charles Bright Visitor Center in downtown Nacogdoches. The Friday evening films will be shown at the Lamp-Lite playhouse, home of live theater performances for nearly forty years. Saturday and Sunday’s events will be held on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    An important element of the Nacogdoches Film Festival experience is the Q&A period following the showing of each film, where attendees are able to ask questions of industry professionals who actually took part in the making of that particular film.

    For more info about HAP AND LEONARD: BLOOD AND LEMONADE, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover by Elizabeth Story

  • Nancy Kress’s acclaimed, Nebula-winning YESTERDAY’S KIN is a Kindle Daily Deal for Friday, February 24.

    For today only, the ebook is available for just $1.99!

    “Science-fiction fans will luxuriate in the dystopian madness, while even nonfans will find an artful critique of humanity’s ability to cooperate in the face of a greater threat.”


    Aliens have landed in New York.

    A deadly cloud of spores has already infected and killed the inhabitants of two worlds. Now that plague is heading for Earth, and threatens humans and aliens alike.  Can either species be trusted to find the cure?

    “Nancy Kress has always written stories as accessible to the novice as to the seasoned fan, and “Yesterday’s Kin” gets my vote as this summer’s most inviting introduction to science fiction for new readers.”
    —Gary K. Wolfe, Chicago Tribune

    Geneticist Marianne Jenner is immersed in the desperate race to save humanity, yet her family is tearing itself apart. Siblings Elizabeth and Ryan are strident isolationists who agree only that an alien conspiracy is in play. Marianne’s youngest, Noah, is a loner addicted to a drug that constantly changes his identity. But between the four Jenners, the course of human history will be forever altered.

    Earth’s most elite scientists have ten months to prevent human extinction—and not everyone is willing to wait.

    “Nancy Kress delivers one of the strongest stories of the year to date…. As with all of Kress’s work, this is very nicely crafted, with well-paced prose that carries you through the story, complex human characters, a compelling and conflict-driven human story, a clever twist partway through, and an even cleverer twist at the end.”
    —Gardner Dozois, editor of The Year’s Best Science Fiction series

    “Aliens arrive and set up a research station in New York, offering their friendship and aid. There’s a cloud of spores heading for Earth, and the aliens (dubbed Denebs despite coming from another star entirely) have firsthand experience dealing with it. In exchange for the technology that made their interstellar travel possible, the aliens want human help in curing the plague caused by the spores that have already destroyed two of their own colony worlds. Geneticist Marianne Jenner is one of the scientists who have been asked aboard the alien station, but even among her own family there is a difference of opinion about whether these extraterrestrials can be trusted. Verdict: Kress has proven that she can pack a huge amount of story into a small container (as with 2013’s title After the Fall Before the Fall, During the Fall), and here the author expertly explores one family’s experience of alien visitation.”
    —Library Journal

    “Yesterday’s Kin is a fabulous look at first contact through the eyes of a family. Like all of Nancy’s work, the characterization and the science is impeccable, and the story so well done that I was sad when it was over. Nancy delivers a complete package, and shows her chops as one of our best modern science fiction writers.”
    —Brenda Cooper, award-winning author of the Ruby’s Song series

    “Sparely constructed and cleverly resolved, “Yesterday’s Kin” provides everything readers need for an immersive plunge into a frightening, fascinating and inescapable predicament.”
    —Seattle Times

    “ clear prose and deft strokes of character”

    “Kress combines intriguing scientific speculation with strong human drama to create a finely crafted story that should appeal to a wide range of readers”
    —Asimov’s Science Fiction

    A Fantasy Cafe Best Book of 2014
    “Yesterday’s Kin is a wonderful example of why Nancy Kress is such an acclaimed science fiction author. It’s hard science fiction with a big focus on scientific research and discovery but it’s never bogged down by explanation, remaining equally focused on the characters and story. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down!”
    —Fantasy Cafe

    “In short, Yesterday’s Kin was a joy to read. Not only was the prose easily digested, but the scientific speculation and facts behind the story really helped in raising enjoyment. A thoroughly recommended novel.”
    —SFF World

    “Yesterday’s Kin is a beautiful blend of science and drama.”

    “… fascinating, intelligent and intuitive… . Yesterday’s Kin is highly recommended.
    —Nerds in Babeland

    “…well worth the read…”
    Internet Book Review

    “It’s not a horror story, or a western, or a war story dressed in space clothes, but proper full-blooded science fiction, and I loved it. I get the feeling that I will be reading many more books by Nancy Kress.”
    Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction

    For more on YESTERDAY’S KIN, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover by Thomas Canty

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    Photo: Jill Roberts

    Writer, editor, and publisher Jacob Weisman founded Tachyon Publications in 1995. Originally the goal was to bring back the old masters who were out of print, as evident by Clifford Simak and Mary Shelley collections and novels by Stanley Weinbaum and Robert Nathan. Tachyon published 2-3 titles a year and only sold to specialty bookstores. In 2003, Weisman decided to “start the company over from scratch.” He wisely hired Managing Editor Jill Roberts, secured distribution that brought Tachyon books to mainstream bookstores, and expanded the line to 8-10 books year. The Tachyon titles have won Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy, Shirley Jackson, and Locus awards. Weisman, himself, garnered World Fantasy Award nominations in 1999, 2009 and 2010.


    While Weisman oversees all of Tachyon books, he was directly responsible for several anthologies including THE TREASURY OF THE FANTASTIC (with David Sandner; originally published by Frog, Ltd), THE SWORD & SORCERY ANTHOLOGY (with David Hartwell)  INVADERS: 22 TALES FROM THE OUTER LIMITS OF LITERATURE  and forthcoming THE NEW VOICES IN FANTASY (with Peter S. Beagle).


    Prior to Tachyon, Weisman edited and published 14 issues of the quarterly fantasy magazine THE THIRTEENTH MOON and worked for the Seattle SuperSonics. His writings have appeared in THE NATION, REALMS OF FANTASY, THE LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL, THE SEATTLE WEEKLY, THE COOPER POINT JOURNAL, and in the college textbook, SPORT IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY.


    Everyone at Tachyon wishes the extraordinary Jacob a happy birthday. And not just because we’re told to.

    For info on THE TREASURY OF THE FANTASTIC, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover art and design by Thomas Canty

    For more info on THE SWORD & SORCERY ANTHOLOGY, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover by Jean-Sebastien Rossbach

    Design by Elizabeth Story

    For more info on INVADERS: 22 TALES FROM THE OUTER LIMITS OF LITERATURE, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover art by Goro Fujita

    Design by Elizabeth Story

    For more info about THE NEW VOICES IN FANTASY, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover art by Camilla André

    Cover design by Elizabeth Story

  • Dave Smeds, photographed at Westercon 64 in the Fairmont San Jose Hotel on Saturday, 2 July 2011 (Wikimedia Commons)

    The Nebula Award-nominated writer Dave Smeds has authored six novels including the two volume WAR OF THE DRAGON series (THE SORCERY WITHIN and THE SCHEMES OF DRAGONS), the original X-Men novel THE LAW OF THE JUNGLE, and PIPER IN THE NIGHT.

    His numerous short stories have been collected in EARTHLY PLEASURES (as Reed Manning), EMBRACING THE STARLIGHT, and RAIDING THE HOARD OF ENCHANTMENT: SEVEN TALES OF HIGH FANTASY.

    All of us at Tachyon wish the fantastic Dave, a happy birthday.

    For more information about EMBRACING THE STARLIGHT, visit the Tachyon page.

  • The latest reviews and mentions of Tachyon titles and authors from around the web.


    Lauren Beukes, Lavie Tidhar (photo: Kevin Nixon. © Future Publishing 2013), Brandon Sanderson (Ceridwen via Wikimedia Commons), and Richard Klaw (Brandy Whitten)


    Twenty-one short stories and six essays from a South African writer. Many of the stories are futuristic and/or scifi. In the introductory blurbs Beukes is compared to Stephen King. I don’t know about that because I’ve read very little King. I do know that I liked most of these stories even though several were the sort of thing I don’t usually read (giant menacing hair balls, super powers, weapons gadgetry). In both the fiction and essays, Beukes deals with social issues–particularly those dealing with the status of women. This is one of those books that makes me want to read everything else she has written.


    Derek Conrad of OUT OF THAT WORLD reviews Lavie Tidhar’s “The Old Dispensation.”

    I haven’t read any of Lavie Tidhar’s novels, but I did give one of them, CENTRAL STATION (Tachyon Publications 2016), to a friend for his birthday last October. After reading “The Old Dispensation,” however, I’m tempted to ask if I can borrow the novel for a weekend. This story on Tor is so strange, so engrossing that I was hooked immediately even though I knew basically nothing about what was happening. Reading “Dispensation” was like learning a new language, and it really is for anyone unfamiliar with Exilarchs, Treif, and Ma’ariv. I appreciated Tidhar for telling the story how it needed to be told, however, and not worrying if things were confusing at first. Eventually I adapted to the narration and was able to tease out the meaning of the unfamiliar words. This was no different than the typical science fiction story that pelts its audience with techno-gobbledegook, except this time the foreign words were grounded in reality, and exploring their meaning through the text was challenging and informative at the same time.


    I found the whole thing enthralling, even when I was stumbling into undiscovered territory. But that’s what I like about science fiction—discovery. Expect to find this one in a Best of anthology at some point, but read it now on Tor first.

    CHRISTY LUIS REVIEWS praises Brandon Sanderson’s THE EMPEROR’S SOUL.

    I love the human psychology and the theme of cultural misunderstanding in THE EMPEROR’S SOUL. And, of course, I love the Asian-inspired stamp magic. It ties in with the “form” type magic present in Stormlight Archives, I think, too—or it sounds like it does, anyway. In fact, I love the format and pacing and characters and everything about this story!


    Although the novella is set in the same universe as Elantris, the reading order doesn’t matter. In fact, this might be a great introduction to Sanderson’s work, if you’re not ready to jump into The Way of Kings. There’s no fat to trim.

    *****5/5 STARS

    Richard Klaw, editor of THE APES OF WRATH, is co-editing (with Mark Finn) CHICKEN FRIED CTHULHU. The project is currently being kickstarted.

    “I also placed another yarn with Strange Tales – ‘The Valley of the Lost’ – a horror tale in an early Texan setting. I’m trying to invest my native regions with spectral atmosphere, etched against a realistic setting.”     Robert E. Howard to H.P. Lovecraft, April, 1932

    It’s time to shine a light into the dark corners of the Southwest; places like Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexio, where the land is impossibly old, and civilization is new and precarious. The ground in these parts is soaked with blood, with oil, with sweat. There are no tears. They shoot you for wasting water around here. 


    CHICKEN FRIED CTHULHU pays tribute to the authors who first carved out a place for themselves in the vast, open countryside, and paved the way for new authors to leave their indelible mark on Mythos fiction. But like the outlaws and outsiders who settled in the southwest, they prefer to do it their way: bloody, bawdy, and belligerent. Lovecraftian fiction done the only way we know how to do it: chicken fried!

    CHICKEN FRIED CTHULHU is a collection of new and reprint stories set in and around the southwest by southwestern writers. Included in this sensational line-up: Zelia Bishop, Christopher Brown, Stephen Graham Jones, Walter DeBill, Jr., Bradley Denton, Robert E. Howard, Joe Lansdale, Caroline Spector and Don Webb for starters. More authors will be announced during and after the Kickstarter is concluded. Thirteen authors (and more, with your help) with a unique, one-of-a-kind take on the Cthulhu Mythos that is unmistakably Weird. And we’re going to debut the book at this year’s World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio, Texas!

    For more information about SLIPPING: STORIES, ESSAYS, & OTHER WRITING, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover art by Clara Bacou

    Design by Elizabeth Story

    For more info about CENTRAL STATION, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover by Sarah Anne Langton

    For more info on THE EMPEROR’S SOUL, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover art by Alexander Nanitchkov.

    Design by Elizabeth Story

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