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    SF IN SF, in partnership with Tachyon Publications and the American Bookbinders Museum, welcomes multiple Nebula and Hugo Award winner Nancy Kress, acclaimed novelist Jack Skillingstead, and British Fantasy, Locus, Sunburst, and Aurora award nominee Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

    Nancy Kress (photo: Ellen Datlow), Jack Skillingstead, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    Each author will read from a selection of their work, followed by Q&A with the audience, moderated by Terry B​isson. Schmoozing with the authors and book signing follows the end of the discussion.

    Sunday, March 25
    Doors and cash bar open 6:00PM
    Event begins at 6:30 PM
    The American Bookbinders Museum
    355 Clementina
    San Francisco, CA

    $10 donation at the door (no one is turned away for lack of funds).

    All donations benefit the American Bookbinders Museum

    There will be an opportunity to have books signed at the end of the event. Books will be for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books, and attendees are welcome to bring books from home for signatures. There is no charge for autographs.

    Podcasted by SOMA FM - SF’s internet radio station

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    Satirist James Morrow initially focused his prodigious storytelling skills into making 8MM genre films with his friends. The dozen or so films included The Revenge Of The Monster Maker, Cagliostro the Sorcerer, and two literary adaptations, The Ancient Mariner and The Tell-Tale Heart. Their efforts garnered a CINE Golden Eagle for the 16mm short film, Children Of The Morning and the Francis Scott Key Award at the Baltimore Film Festival, the Judge’s Prize at the Santa Barbara Film Festival, the Jury’s Prize at the Columbus Film Festival, and the Audience Prize at the Midwest Film Festival, all for the short film A Political Cartoon.


    After receiving degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, Morrow taught and worked on various odd writing jobs including as a contributor to TV Guide, creator of the murder-mystery board game, Suspicion, and the graphics designer and script doctor for the video game Fortune Builder, often regarded as a forerunner to SimCity. His first novel two novels The Wine Of Violence and The Continent Of Lies received positive reviews but it was the third novel This Is The Way The World Ends that proved to be his breakout work with a Nebula award nomination and lots of acclaim. If the previous work got peoples attention, Morrow’s next cemented his reputation as an explorer into the enigma of religious faith. Only Begotten Daughter earned a World Fantasy Award. Next came the Godhead Trilogy with Towing Jehovah (winner of the World Fantasy and Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire), Blameless In Abaddon, and The Eternal Footman. Morrow’s recent novels (The Last Witchfinder, The Philosopher’s Apprentice, and Galápagos Regained) dramatize the birth of the scientific worldview.

    Morrow has had five novellas published as books: The Adventures of Smoke Bailey, City of Truth, SHAMBLING TOWARDS HIROSHIMA (winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award), and THE MADONNA AND THE STARSHIP, and THE ASYLUM OF DR. CALIGARI. His numerous short stories including the Nebula award-winning “Bible Stories for Adults, No. 17: The Deluge” are collected in Swatting at the Cosmos, Bible Stories for Adults, THE CAT’S PAJAMAS & OTHER STORIES, and Reality By Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow. The acclaimed novelette BIGFOOT AND THE BODHISATTVA will be published later this year as a Particle Book.


    All of us at Tachyon wish the enlightening Jim an entertaining birthday. Keep watching the skies to ponder, is any of this really happening?

    For more info on THE CAT’S PAJAMAS & OTHER STORIES, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover by John Picacio

    For more info on BIGFOOT AND THE BODHISATTVA, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover by Richard Braithwaite

    Design by Elizabeth Story

    For more info on SHAMBLING TOWARDS HIROSHIMA, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover by Ann Monn

    For more info on THE MADONNA AND THE STARSHIP, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover and design by Elizabeth Story.

    For more info on THE ASYLUM OF DR. CALIGARI, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover by Elizabeth Story

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    Patricia A. McKillip’s classic THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD is a Kindle Daily Deal for Saturday, March 17.

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

    • World Fantasy Award-Winner
    • A Paperback Wonderland Best Book of 2017

    “Rich and regal.”—New York Times

    Young Sybel, the heiress of powerful wizards, needs the company of no-one outside her gates. In her exquisite stone mansion, she is attended by exotic, magical beasts: Riddle-master Cyrin the boar; the treasure-starved dragon Gyld; Gules the Lyon, tawny master of the Southern Deserts; Ter, the fiercely vengeful falcon; Moriah, feline Lady of the Night. Sybel only lacks the mysterious Liralen, which continues to elude her most powerful enchantments.

    But when a soldier bearing an infant arrives, Sybel discovers that the world of man and magic is full of love and deceit—and the possibility of more power than she can imagine.

    THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD is one of the true classics of fantasy.

    “Like the Ring trilogy or the Earthsea books … This magical moonlit fantasy has dignity and romance, heart-stopping suspense, adventure, richness of concept and language and—perhaps rarest of all in romantic fantasy—a sly sense of humor.”
    Publishers Weekly

    “This is my favorite book of all time. If I had to pick a desert island book, it would be this one.”
    Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate

    “Before Daenerys was Mother of Dragons, Sybel commanded beasts of all kinds. McKillip offers up a powerful character full of passion, determination, obsession, and love.”
    A. C. Wise, author of The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories

    “Some books stay with you. It’s been over forty years now since I first read The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and succumbed to its enchantments. With its rich and lyric prose, its wondrous mix of characters (beasts included!), and its thoroughly enchanted world it was unlike anything I had read to that point. Forty years later I still cherish the experience. Some books truly do stay with you.”
    Bruce Coville, author of the Dragon Chronicles

    “Patricia McKillip’s Forgotten Beasts of Eld is stunning. I grew up in a boarding school, so I can’t say how great it is without profanity. It’s truly great, concentrated, thoughtful, vicious, exalted fantasy, and everyone should read it, and it seems criminal to me that I haven’t until now. Reading Eld felt like finding a missing star: it’s always been there, shaping space, and reading it made so many other books make sense. I read it in a down moment, and it filled me with joy and awe at the power of love, writing, and fantasy.”
    Max Gladstone, author of the Hugo Award-winning Craft Sequence series

    “Gorgeous, evocative, and fragile.”

    “An extraordinary book, and McKillip deserves all the praise she received for creating such a masterful, brave, intricately crafted universe. 10/10 stars”

    “Intimate, gorgeous, quiet and deep, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld remains as resonant as ever.”

    [The] Forgotten Beasts of Eld is a remarkable novel to come from such a young person: wise and deep and lucid and crisp.”
    Antick Musings

    “There is a magic and grandeur to McKillip’s focused prose, a kind of resounding clarity that lives and echoes in the mind long after the story is done.”
    Ben Loory, author of Tales of Falling and Flying and Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

    For more info about THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover by Thomas Canty

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

    Peter Watts, Joe R. Lansdale (photo: Karen Lansdale), Kameron Hurley, and Lavie Tidhar (Kevin Nixon. © Future Publishing 2013)

    Bradley Horner on his eponymous site delivers the first review for Peter Watts’ forthcoming THE FREEZE-FRAME REVOLUTION.

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    This is some classy hard-hard SF. :) Black hole/worm hole drive using new and real theories? Hell yeah.

    But beyond that, I love the whole idea of short periods of wakefulness during a single trip that takes 65 million years. 

    Add a rebellion against IBM… I mean HAL… I mean CHIMP, without expecting anything to go quite the way that 2001 went, or even remotely like it, and we’ve got a really fascinating story.


    Watts knows how to build really fascinating locations and situations… maybe better than almost any other writer. He never rests on a single awesome idea but adds to it and introduces even more interesting wrinkles such as watching an AI dance, or truly alien intelligences, or maybe just freaking out because the rest of humanity must necessarily be dead during the scope of your mission.

    But add a complicated revolution among sleepers using old D&D manuals? Adding jarring notes during a musical composition?

    Oh yeah, the devil is in the details. :)

    At SALON, Melanie McFarland discusses HAP AND LEONARD: THE TWO BEAR MAMBO and racism.

    But its stories wade into territory Americans still would rather refrain from confronting, and its status as a period piece only sharpens the discomfort of knowing that bigotry is still as alive now as it was in the late ‘80s, when Hap and Leonard’s adventures take place.

    With each new round of episodes, showrunner John Wirth and his fellow executive producers and writers display our fractured race relations more plainly. In its first season we could take comfort in the notion that the epithet-spewing antagonists were psychotic outsiders. Season 2 moved it closer to center stage, as Hap and Leonard contended with the racism of a local justice system rigged by a corrupt judge and local sheriff content to allow a plague of disappeared black boys to go unchecked.

    In these six new episodes pit the duo against the Ku Klux Klan, a hate group that only a couple of years ago naively was presumed to be a relic of the pre-Civil Rights era. Reports indicate that they’re openly recruiting again, and shortly after Donald Trump was elected president, we came close to getting an unscripted series about the KKK. This season of “Hap and Leonard” takes place in a version of a 1989 that feels very much like the present, and this is a coincidence… to a degree.

    Grovetown’s racist reputation is renowned enough that friends warn Hap to go it alone this time, which longtime viewers know is impossible. Depicting small towns as breeding grounds for evil is a go-to for TV series and movies, a fact the writers acknowledge by having the characters name-check “The Twilight Zone” as they drive into the center of town. “Two-Bear Mambo” takes place at Christmas time,  leading the heroes to observe straightaway how much the place resembles a Hallmark card, right down to its blinding whiteness. They also notice that everybody is staring at them, and not a one is smiling.

    Any person of color that’s taken a road trip has likely experienced such a moment, and knows that the best course of action is to fill the tank and keep driving. Hap, however, presumes his whiteness will protect Leonard in Grovetown. It did before to a certain extent. The peril they face this time around is much more extreme.

    “Hap and Leonard” has a knack for nodding in increasingly unsubtle ways to our society’s lack of evolution in matters of race and sexual orientation. The nature of this season’s conflict means that we spend less time witnessing Leonard’s tribulations as a gay man and much more about his crisis of confidence in America itself. One moment in an upcoming episode leads him to question whether his service in Vietnam, a life chapter in which he takes intense pride, means anything if he can’t safely walk down a street in his own country. Hap went to jail instead of going to Vietnam and draws a similar sense of esteem in his participation in the anti-war movement. The violence of this enemy tries those beliefs as well.ce in Vietnam, a life chapter in which he takes intense pride, means anything if he can’t safely walk down a street in his own country. Hap went to jail instead of going to Vietnam and draws a similar sense of esteem in his participation in the anti-war movement. The violence of this enemy tries those beliefs as well.


    PAT’S FANTASY HOTLIST quote of the day comes from Kameron Hurley’s forthcoming APOCALYPSE NYX.

    Someone had to be imperfect, or there was nothing to strive for in that big worshipful love letter to God.

    Nyx didn’t mind being the broken piece.


    Cover image by Sarah Anne Langton

    On March 6, ZENO LITERACY AGENCY reported that Estación Central, the Spanish language edition of Lavie Tidhar’s John W. Campbell Award winning CENTRAL STATION, is now available.

    The global conquest of Lavie Tidhar‘s latest novel, CENTRAL STATION continues next week! ESTACIÓN CENTRAL is to be published by Alethé

    For more info on THE FREEZE-FRAME REVOLUTION, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover by Elizabeth Story

    For more info on APOCALYPSE NYX, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover by Wadim Kashin

    Design by Elizabeth Story

  • At BOOK RIOT, Liberty Hardy includes Nalo Hopkinson’s FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS among the 100 must-read contemporary short story collections.

    Of all of the 100 must-read lists I have done so far, this was probably the easiest, because there are so many amazing contemporary short story collections. Story collections are such a gift: a whole bunch of different stories in one convenient place! What fun! The following list is made up of the first 100 collections that popped into my head. I have read and loved each of them. (And I probably have enough titles to do a sequel—stay tuned!) And by “contemporary” I mean “published this century.” (Which still gave me eighteen amazing years to choose from!)

    Cover art by Nilah Magruder

    UNCANNY (March/April 2018) reprints Hopkinson’s story “Old Habits,” which also appears in FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS.

    Ghost malls are even sadder than living people malls, even though malls of the living are already pretty damned sad places to be. And let me get this out of the way right now, before we go any farther; I’m dead, okay? I’m fucking dead. This is not going to be one of those stories where the surprise twist is and he was dead! I’m not a bloody surprise twist. I’m just a guy who wanted to buy a necktie to wear at his son’s high school graduation.

    I wander through Sears department store for a bit, past a pyramid of shiny boxes with action heroes peeking out of their cellophane windows, another one of hard-bodied girl dolls with permanently pointed toes and tight pink clothing, past a rack of identical women’s cashmere sweaters in different colours; purple, black, red and green. The sign on the rack reads 30% off, today only! It’s Christmas season. Everywhere I wander, I’m followed by elevator music versions of the usual hoary Christmas classics. Funny, a ghost being haunted by music.

    I make a right at the perfume counter. It’s kind of a relief to no longer be able to smell it before I see it, to no longer have to hold my breath to avoid inhaling the migraine-inducing esters cloying the air around it.

    Photo: Sanna Pudas

    Ryan B. Patrick for CBC shares the books and writers that changed Nalo Hopkinson’s life.

    William Shakespeare

    “My father was a Shakespearean-trained actor, so I got to see a lot of the plays performed. This meant they made much more sense to me when I read them. And Shakespeare, of course, has a fair number of fantastical elements in his work.”

    Shattered Like A Glass Goblin by Harlan Ellison

    “I read works that were fantastical because my brain is skewed that way. I could figure out life — because I was having one — so I wanted something that was outside the ordinary. Not to say that regular fiction can’t be outside the ordinary, but I wanted folklore, futuristic stories and magical stuff. So that’s what I always looked for

    Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany

    "Delany’s approach to writing is what many define as postmodern today. He broke science fiction and opened up the idea of what was possible. Dhalgren was a very experimental novel in many ways. He had characters of colour at the centre. Eventually, at some point, I realized he was Black and that was wonderful — to see that there were other people like me in the genre.”

    Alice B. Sheldon/James Tiptree Jr.

    “I was a voracious reader in the past. I was reading a host of feminist writers, particularly Alice B. Sheldon, known by the pen name of James Tiptree Jr. Her analysis of male-female relationships in science fiction had a big effect on me.”

    For more information on FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover art by Chuma Hill

    Design by Elizabeth Story

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