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  • While Peter S. Beagle is in Pittsburgh at the 2018 Nebula Conference being honored as a SFWA Grandmaster, we present a special Beagle tidbits.

    Three SFWA Grandmasters (Connie Willis, Peter S. Beagle, and in front Joe Haldeman) at the 2018 Nebula Conference (photo: Gay Haldeman)


    Linda White shares with comment a tweet from 41 Strange.


    COLȚUL DE LECTURĂ shares images from the Romanian edition of the Locus Award nominated IN CALABRIA.


    ELLEY THE BOOK OTTER mentions Beagle in Discussion: Mermaids, Dragons, or Unicorns?

    Of course, The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle is always and forever a classic. I’m torn as to whether I love the book or the movie more. Beagle also includes several really great stories about unicorns in his short story collection THE OVERNEATH (plus a story about Schmendrick the Magician’s origins!)


    For more info on THE OVERNEATH, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover design by Elizabeth Story

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

    Pat Murphy (photo: Lawrence Person), James Patrick Kelly (Bill Clemente), and Michael Swanwick (Beth Gwynn)


    CLARKESWORLD (ISSUE 140, MAY 2018) reprints “Cold Comfort” by Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty.

    I stood in the center of the frozen Arctic lake, chipping at the ice with an ice chisel, a sharp-edged piece of steel attached to a five-foot-long handle. It was the middle of May, and the ice was still about a meter thick. I made an indentation large enough to hold a bundle of six explosive cartridges.


    One cartridge in the bundle was primed with a number 6 electric blasting cap. I attached the lead wires to the cap, placed the cartridges in the crater I had made, then scraped the ice chips back into the hole to cover them. The afternoon sun would warm the surface and melt the snow a little. In the chill of the evening, it would refreeze, sealing the charge in place.


    I walked north on the ice, unrolling the lead wires. The spruce trees that surrounded the lake tilted this way and that, leaning on each other like drunks at closing time. A drunken forest. The trees had grown in the permafrost, the permanently frozen soil of the Arctic Circle, and their roots were shallow. As the frozen soil had melted, the trees had abandoned their upright posture, beginning a slow motion fall toward the ground. As the permafrost melted, it released methane, the main component of natural gas.

    Art by Arthur Haas


    TOR.COM publishes James Patrick Kelly’s new story “Grace’s Story.”

    We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

    —Carl Sagan


    I set my coffee cup on the watch officer’s console, careful not to spill. “Not even the next episode of the Fleeners?” I said, already knowing how Grace would reply. We’d had this argument about stories before. Not always about the Fleeners, but still. “Come on, it’s even kind of educational.”

    Art by Jun Cen

    Grace was her usual adamant self. “Jojin, you’re standing watch. That means you need to pay attention. Stories in their proper time.”


    “But you can keep watch on yourself. You do all the time.” No matter how many times I’d asked, Grace never got impatient about this. She treated each request for a story break as if it were the first. Annoying, yes, but it also gave me hope that she might change her mind someday, so I kept trying. If I’d nagged Mom or Dad this way, they would’ve half-seriously threatened to space me. “I happen to know that you were alone for two and a half hours yesterday. All alone.”


    “Only because your dad couldn’t stand watch. And I wasn’t always alone. Your sister did half-hour check-ins.” Grace dialed the color temperature in the command center’s lighting down to her most intimate yellow-rose glow to soften her refusal. Sometimes I thought her need for an audience was pathetic. “It’s not just about the watch. You know I like the company.” She purred like she was about to introduce one of my sex stories. “Your company, dear Jojin.”


    On his FLOGGING BABEL blog, Micheal Swanwick reveals that he’ll be teaching this summer.

    I’ll be teaching for two days at Rutgers University next month. I don’t teach very often – and less with each passing decade – so this is a rare event for me.



    Aaaaand… apparently they’re full up. But there’s a waiting list. You can find it and everything else about the conference here.

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    Photo: Bob O’Lary


    The Edgar and James Tiptree Jr Award-winning author of more than fifty novels, Nancy Springer celebrates the release of her new book THE ODDLING PRINCE. Be sure to stop by and visit with the charming Nancy.


    Saturday, May 26 Noon at My Favorite Books, Tallahassee FL


    Tuesday, June 5 11AM at Holmes County Public Library, Bonifay FL

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    Tuesday, June 12 2PM at Panama City Beach Public Library, Panama City Beach FL


    Tuesday, June 12 6PM at Bay County Public Library, Panama City Beach FL


    Thursday, June 28 1PM at Sundog Books, Seaside FL


    For more info on THE ODDLING PRINCE, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover art by Brian Giberson

    Design by Elizabeth Story

  • THE LITTLE RED REVIEWER praises Peter Watts’ forthcoming THE FREEZE-FRAME REVOLUTION.

    Just longer than a novella, but not long enough to feel like a novel, THE FREEZE-FRAME REVOLUTION is a smartly written stand alone story with enough meat around the edges to easily be expanded into a longer work if the author ever wished. If you’ve never read Watts before, this new novel is an excellent place to start.



    THE BEST SCI FI BOOKS recommends the book.

    I’m a big fan of author Peter Watts, and this novella THE FREEZE-FRAME REVOLUTION doesn’t disappoint. Interesting characters, fascinating science, and just great storytelling.


    Recommendation: Buy it, like most of Watts’ books.

    Regina Schroeder at BOOKLIST ONLINE enjoys the story.

    Told in a perfectly human voice—someone who questions and shifts his or her stand on things, who has unusual friendships and clings to small details—this is a genuinely pleasing story. Although it certainly could sustain greater length, the latest from Watts (Blindsight, 2006) packs a significant punch into a small package


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

    Cover by Elizabeth Story

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    The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College has awarded the inaugural 2018 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards in Speculative Fiction. The awards go to three works of fiction that demonstrate that the future can be imagined as something other than a slick, techno-dystopia. The open category award was shared by Lavie Tidhar’s CENTRAL STATION and On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis. The debut speculative fiction award goes to Best Worst American by Juan Martinez.

    Books that imagine futures far and near, nudged or driven by science but still bound by the human experience, have been named to the shortlist for the inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards.


    Included within the list of 11 finalist books in the speculative fiction genre are novels, a graphic novel, young adult work, and collections of stories. The finalists comprise a mix of first-time and established authors.


    “These books run the gamut in form, context, and outlook. We see irony, adventure, humor, and loss,” said Dan Rockmore, director of the Neukom Institute. “Whether describing a cloned space crew, the future of sexual relations, or everyday life in a changed environment, the Neukom shortlist is filled with essential reads that address the complexities that the future may bring.” The shortlist was prepared by Rockmore and Dartmouth colleagues Alexander Chee and Tarek El-Ariss.

    Each award winner will receive a $5,000 honorarium that will be presented during a Dartmouth-hosted panel to discuss the genre and their work.

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

    Cover and image by Sarah Anne Langton

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