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  • Harlan Ellison at the Harlan Ellison Roast. L.A. Press Club July 12, 1986 (Photo: Pip R. Lagenta [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)


    The writer or editor of more than 75 books, over 1,700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns, two dozen teleplays, and a dozen movies, the iconic Harlan Ellison’s many influential works include such classics as DEATHBIRD STORIES, DANGEROUS VISIONS, I HAVE NO MOUTH AND I MUST SCREAM, STRANGEWINE, ANGRY CANDY, SLIPPAGE, and SHATTERDAY. He has won multiple Hugo, Nebula, Edgar, Stoker, Locus, and Audie awards as well as the Silver Pen, World Fantasy, British Fantasy, Bradbury, and American Mystery awards. 



    All of us at Tachyon wish the groundbreaking Harlan a happy birthday!


    For more info about SHATTERDAY, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover by Ann Monn

  • Ellen Klages (WICKED WONDERS), Cory Doctorow (CONTENT), and Charlie Jane Anders (SIX MONTHS, THREE DAYS) are attending Bay Area Book Fest 2017 in Berkley, CA, June 3-4.


    Ellen Klages (photo: Scott R. Kline), Cory Doctorow (Jonathan Worth, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0), and Charlie Jane Anders (Tristan Crane)


    The trio will be participating in several events.


    Saturday, June 3

    11:45 AM The Lessons of History, Alternate or Otherwise

    When we think of science fiction and fantasy, we think of alternate realities and futuristic cities—avatars and AI and Coruscant. But these genres look to what happened in the past as much as what might lie ahead. Go back to the future with three leading sci-fi and fantasy authors and explore what writers and readers can glean by going backward in time to move forward.

    Ellen Klages, John Scalzi, Nisi Shawl, Gregory Benford, moderated by Charlie Jane Anders



    Sunday, June 4

    10 AM When Reality Meets Science Fiction

    Large-scale, far-in-the-future stories tend to get most the glory in the sci-fi canon. But what happens when reality already feels like science fiction? Like George Orwell’s ‘1984,’ near-future narratives exploit current technology, politics, and fears to explore what life could be like in 10 years, one year, or even a hour. Our panelists consider how to predict the tantalizing possibility of what might be.

    Cory Doctorow, Meg Elison, Zachary Mason, moderated by Annalee Newitz



    1:30 PM Imagining the Other: Using Fantasy to Build Empathy

    You’ve no doubt heard the adage, “Write what you know,” but what if you want to write about aliens, dragons, wizards, or people from an entirely different culture? Four writers debunk the myth that “knowing” trumps all, and how it’s far more important to write what you imagine, what inspires you, and what story you want to tell.

    Randy Henderson and Erika Lewis, moderated by Ellen Klages



    3:15 PM Tor Books presents Science Fiction and the Resistance!

    Join Charlie Jane Anders, Cory Doctorow, Annalee Newitz and John Scalzi as they kick ass, take names and decide who goes down first, and hardest, in an epic discussion about new directions in science fiction and fantasy.

    Cory Doctorow, John Scalzi, Annalee Newitz, and Charlie Jane Anders


    For more info on WICKED WONDERS, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover design by Elizabeth Story


    For more info on CONTENT: SELECTED ESSAYS ON TECHNOLOGY, CREATIVITY, COPYRIGHT, AND THE FUTURE OF THE FUTURE, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover design by Ann Monn


    For more info on SIX MONTHS, THREE DAYS, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover design by Elizabeth Story


  • CAPTAIN’S QUARTERS praises Peter S. Beagle’s IN CALABRIA.

    I found this novella to be lovely.  While there are unicorns, the story is really about how Claudio Bianchi deals with and is changed by them.  Claudio is a cranky middle-aged farmer who lives on a farm in the Calabria region of Italy.  He is a bit of a loner that writes poetry.  So when he wakes one morning to find a unicorn on his farm in the middle of nowhere, his world is irrevocably changed.


    I loved Signore Bianchi.  For being salty, he has a good heart.  Even his farm animals have great personalities.  The ending was a little unusual but the journey of watching Bianchi’s relationships with the unicorn and other folk makes it worth the read.


    Photo: Rina Weisman


    BIBLIOPHIBIAN INC enjoys the fantasy.

    IN CALABRIA is a quiet sort of story. It has dramatic moments, certainly, but those weren’t what will stick in my mind in the slightest. What will stick in my mind is Claudio’s quiet care for the unicorn, his moments of inspiration, and his love for Giovanna. He opens up, going from old curmudgeon with a heart of gold to a man who loves, who is brave, who will put himself on the line — and it’s because of the unicorn.

    IN CALABRIA is more like that, a fable or fairy story, though I wouldn’t say it has something as simple as a moral. What’s nice is that, along with the serious moments and the warmth and tenderness, there’s a lot of humour as well. Like Claudio being grateful that Giovanna bought him pyjamas during a critical and dramatic moment…


    Rating: 4/5


    The book remains on the Borderland Books bestseller list.

    Borderlands Best-Selling Titles for April, 2017



    Hardcovers
    1. THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
    2. WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
    3. WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS by Marie Brennan
    4. NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
    5. NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
    6. SEVEN SURRENDERS by Ada Palmer
    7. 1636: MISSION TO THE MUGHALS by Eric Flint & Griffin Barber
    8. BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
    9. IN CALABRIA by Peter S. Beagle
    10. THE WRONG DEAD GUY by Richard Kadrey


    For more info about IN CALABRIA, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover design by Elizabeth Story

  • Photo: Scott R. Kline


    For STARBURST, Ian White praises Ellen Klages’ WICKED WONDERS.

    The best short stories, especially those which deal with wild, wonderful and fantastical themes, often read like poetry. There’s a certain beauty to the way in which they crystallise their subject, draw us into the very essence of the tale, and then leave us wishing that we could spend much more time inside their fragile, beautifully sculptured worlds. Ellen Klages is one of those writers, and this fantastic and diverse collection reveals Klages at the very height of her powers.

    In many ways each story is so very different, and Klages doesn’t like to be pinned down by genre. But, in many other ways, they all have something in common – most of Klages protagonists are children (even her adult protagonists don’t seem to have quite abandoned the child inside them) and there is a wonderful innocence-mixed-with-knowingness to her writing, a kind of confidential ‘sitting around the campfire’ kind of storytelling, that not only makes her characters immediately identifiable but also allows her to examine older, more grown up experience through the prism of childhood. There is genuine magic in each one of these stories – even those stories where magic is not an element - and Klages prose is so exquisite that this is the type of book you’ll want to read out loud, just to hear how the words sound on your tongue. Absolutely gorgeous.


    Gabino Iglesias gives the collection the Bookshots treatment at LIT REACTOR.

    Some are serious and some are funny, some are sad and some are witchy, some are packed full of promise and others drip melancholy. All of them are worth your time, and most of them point to Klages’ sense of wonder, love for language, and great humor. This last element is also on display at the end of the book, where readers are invited to figure out which three facts are lies after reading “10 Facts About Ellen Klages.” While I’m not a fan of sentences like this one, WICKED WONDERS is, and I hate to say it, fantasy for those that don’t like fantasy.



    SMITHEREENS enjoys the book.

    How does one speak about a short story collection? Of course, some stories will be great and others less so. As they are set in different genres, it’s harder to find a unifying theme without appearing vague and pointless. I will just venture to say that Klages’ main characters are often young girls and that she has a very authentic voice that adds to the charm of the story. There are often a big sense of humor in these stories, and mostly a happy ending, which makes for entertaining, light read. There are ventures into genres that I do not read usually, like fantasy or farce or SF, but most keep us readers grounded with realist details.

    But the collection overall reminded me what the power of a good story is: to entertain, to put you in someone else’s shoes and to let your imagination run loose for a little while.


    At TOR.COM, Klages contributes FIVE BOOKS ABOUT… Bad Girls Dance Where They Want To.

    Growing up, I was not a good girl. Good girls follow the rules, listen to their mothers, don’t make a fuss. They are quiet, polite, proper, and well-behaved. I rarely managed to pull that off. Branded a bad girl, I was sent to my room, grounded, and even—once or twice—threatened with expulsion from my stolid, conservative high school.


    For more info on WICKED WONDERS, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover design by Elizabeth Story

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    Review copies of the new edition of Patricia A. McKillip’s classic, World Fantasy Award-winning novel THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD  are now available via NETGALLEY.


    These copies are only for reviewers and librarians. For more details, visit NETGALLEY.

    And while you are there, check out the other Tachyon titles for review.


    THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD

    by Patricia A. McKillip

    ISBN: Print: 9781616962777 

    Digital: 9781616962791

    Published: September 2017

    Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Digital Books


    Winner of the World Fantasy Award

    “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 both love and deceit—and the possibility of more power than she can possibly imagine.


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


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

    Cover by Thomas Canty

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