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  • Ellen Datlow’s entertaining and disquieting anthology HAUNTINGS is a Kindle Daily Deal for Friday, November 16.

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


    “[Hauntings is] apt to entertain and disquiet the horror fans.”
    SF Site, featured review


    This fiendish anthology, complied by the horror genre’s most acclaimed editor, drags you into the twisted minds of modern literary masters at their fiendish best. Visionary storytellers fill this collection of tales lyrical and strange, monstrous and exhilarating, horrific and transformative.

    *A sweetly vengeful voice on the radio calls a young soldier out to join a phantom patrol.

    *A hotel maid who threw her newborn child from a fourth-story window lingers in an interminable state.

    *An intern in a paranormal research facility delves deeply into the unexplained deaths of two staff members.

    *A serial killer plans his ultimate artistic achievement: the unveiling of an extremely special instrument in a very private concert.

    At once familiar and shocking, these riveting stories will haunt you long after you put down your book and turn out the light.


    “This anthology of 24 previously published dark fantasy and horror stories, edited by the ever-adept Datlow (Blood and Other Cravings), explores a variety of situations in which people encounter literal or figurative specters from beyond. Some feature the ghosts of lovers or spouses wronged, while others give readers a powerful lens through which to view the evil people can do here on Earth, as in the gut-wrenching ‘Cargo’ by E. Michael Lewis. The theme is interpreted quite loosely and in varied ways, although many of the stories—such as the atmospheric opener, Pat Cadigan’s ‘Eenie, Meenie, Ipsateenie,’ and Adam L. G. Nevill’s tense ‘Where Angels Come In’—hinge on anxieties relating to children in peril. Even so, the collection flows smoothly, capturing the pleasantly shivery dread of a round of ghost stories told by a fire, with only a few hiccups or sour notes (the most sour being Richard Bowes’s deeply unpleasant “Transfigured Night”). Solid entries by Neil Gaiman, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and Joyce Carol Oates capture the mood perfectly and will thrill fans of the eerie.”
    Publishers Weekly

    “Datlow once again proves herself as a master editor. Her mission to broaden readers’ concepts of what a haunting can be is nothing short of a success, and the twenty-four stories on display run the gamut from explicitly terrifying to eerily familiar. Readers who wish to be haunted themselves should not miss this one. Highly recommended.”
    Arkham Digest

    “That delicious sense of tantalization, of maybe and what if, impelled me through page after page, encountering intriguing characters, spine-shivering settings, and bits and pieces (sometimes literally…of corpses)….”
    Hellnotes


    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    • “Hunger: An Introduction” by Peter Straub
    • “Anna” by F. Paul Wilson
    • “Cargo” by E. Michael Lewis
    • “Eenie, Meenie, Ipsateenie” by Pat Cadigan
    • “Hunger: A Confession” by Dale Bailey
    • “Delta Sly Honey” by Lucius Shepard
    • “Nothing Will Hurt You” by David Morell
    • “The Ammonite Violin (Murder Ballad #4)” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
    • “Haunted” by Joyce Carol Oates
    • “The Have-Nots” by Elizabeth Hand
    • “Closing Time” by Neil Gaiman
    • “Mr. Fiddlehead” by Jonathan Carroll
    • “The Fooly” by Terry Dowling
    • “The Wall” by Paul Walther
    • “The Pennine Tower Restaurant” by Simon Kurt Unsworth
    • “Distress Call” by Connie Willis
    • “The Horn” by Stephen Gallagher
    • “Everybody Goes” by Michael Marshall Smith
    • “Transfigured Night” by Richard Bowes
    • “Hula Ville” by James P. Blaylock
    • “The Bedroom Light” by Jeffrey Ford
    • “Specral Evidence” by Gemma Files
    • “Where Angels Come In” by Adam L. G. Nevill
    • “Two Houses” by Kelly Link


    For more info about HAUNTINGS, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover art “Voice of Shades” © 2010 by Valentina Brostean

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    Lavie Tidhar and his Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award


    Born in Israel, British Science Fiction and World Fantasy Award–winning author and editor Lavie Tidhar has lived all over the world, including in Vanuatu, Laos, and South Africa, and currently resides in London. Among his lauded novels are A Man Lies Dreaming (2014, winner of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize for Best British Fiction), The Violent Century (2013), Martian Sands (2013), Osama (2011, winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel), the Bookman Histories (The Bookman, 2010; Camera Obscura, 2011; The Great Game, 2012), and The Tel Aviv Dossier (2009 with Nir Yaniv). For CENTRAL STATION (2016), Tidhar received overwhelming acclaim including winning the prestigious John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award as well as nominations for 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award and 2016 British Science Fiction Award. The book places on NPR Best Books of 2016, Barnes and Noble Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016, and 2016 Locus Recommended Reading List. His most recent publications are Candy, his first foray in juvenile fiction, and the just published UNHOLY LAND, which is being hailed by many as the best book of 2018.

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    Tidhar’s numerous shorter works, which include the 2012 British Fantasy Award-winning novellas Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God, have been collected in Black Gods Kiss (2015) and Hebrewpunk (2007). Much of his non-fiction has been collected in Art And War: Poetry, Pulp And Politics In Israeli Fiction (2016).

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    As an editor, Tidhar has been responsible for The Apex Book Of World Sf (Volumes 1-3, 2009, 2012, 2014), Jews vs Zombies (2015 with Rebbecca Levene), Jews vs Aliens (2015 with Rebbecca Levene), and A Dick & Jane Primer For Adults (2008). His graphic novel credits include going to the moon (2012 with artist paul mccaffrey), and Adolf Hitler’s “I Dream Of Ants!” (2012 with artist Neil Struthers).


    All of us at Tachyon wish the goofy, inventive, and talented Lavie a happy birthday!


    For more info on UNHOLY LAND, visit the Tachyon page.

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

    Covers by Sarah Anne Langton

  • Jacob Weisman’s acclaimed anthology INVADERS: 22 TALES FROM THE OUTER LIMITS OF LITERATURE is a Kindle Daily Deal for Monday, November 12.

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


    “Invaders is a playful and imaginative exploration of what it means to write in the field of science fiction”
    AV Club


    The invasion of the future has begun.

    Literary legends including Steven Millhauser, Junot Diáz, Amiri Baraka, and Katharine Dunn have attacked the borders of the every day. Like time traveling mad-scientists, they have concocted outrageous creations from the future. They have seized upon tales of technology gone wrong and mandated that pulp fiction must finally grow up.

    In these wildly-speculative stories you will discover the company that controls the world from an alley in Greenwich Village. You’ll find nanotechnology that returns memories to the residents of a nursing home. You’ll rally an avian-like alien to become a mascot for a Major League Baseball team.

    The Invaders are here. But did science fiction colonize them first?


    • A Kirkus Science Fiction and Fantasy Book You’ll Want to Read in July
    • A 2016 Publishers Weekly Best Summer Read
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    [STAR] “In this very fine reprint anthology, Weisman has brought together 22 SF stories by authors who, although not generally associated with the genre, are clearly fellow travelers (not the ominous invaders suggested by the title). Among the major names are Pulitzer Prize–winner Junot Díaz, George Saunders, Katherine Dunn, Jonathan Lethem, Amiri Baraka, W.P. Kinsella, Steven Millhauser, Robert Olen Butler, and Molly Gloss. Among the best of the consistently strong stories are Díaz’s “Monstro,” the horrifying tale of a disease outbreak in Haiti; Gloss’s near-perfect first-contact story, “Lambing Season”; Kinsella’s totally bizarre “Reports Concerning the Death of the Seattle Albatross Are Somewhat Exaggerated”; Ben Loory’s fable-like “The Squid Who Fell in Love with the Sun”; and Saunders’s “Escape from Spiderhead,” a deeply sexy tale of wild experimental science. In general, the stories tend toward satire and emphasize fine writing more than hitting genre beats—technology is usually a means to an end rather than the center of the story—but most of them could easily have found homes in SF magazines. This volume is a treasure trove of stories that draw equally from SF and literary fiction, and they are superlative in either context.”
    Publishers Weekly

    “Further proof, if any more were necessary, that the line between genre and literary fiction is simply speculative.”
    Library Journal

    “Well, damn. From the first page to the last, Invaders surprised and intoxicated me, offering one stirring, visionary, warm-hearted, funny, probing story after another. Reading them in quick succession made me feel as if the world was flickering before my eyes, ricocheting from one possible reality to another, beneath a dozen different suns. It would be hard to devise a better survey of those contemporary short fiction writers, both celebrated and undersung, who have worked to smuggle the methods of science fiction into the mainstream.”
    —Kevin Brockmeier, author of A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip

    “For almost forty years I’ve believed and practiced and preached that there’s no necessary distance between ‘high literature’ and ‘science fiction.’ Invaders is convincing proof. Funny, absurd, frightening, streetwise, probing, heartbreaking — the fiction collected here touches all registers.”
    —Carter Scholz, author of The Amount to Carry: Stories  and Radiance


    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    • “Portal” by J. Robert Lennon
    • “Beautiful Monsters” by Eric Puchner
    • “The Squid Who Fell in Love with the Sun” by Ben Loory.
    • “Five Fucks” by Jonathan Lethem
    • “LIMBs” by Julia Elliott
    • “We Are The Olfanauts” by Deji Bryce Olukotun
    • “The Region of Unlikeness” by Rivka Galchen
    • “A Precursor of the Cinema” by Steven Millhauser
    • “In the Bushes” by Jami Attenberg
    • “Fugue State” by Brian Evenson
    • “Reports Concerning the Death of the Seattle Albatross Are Somewhat Exaggerated” by W. P. Kinsella
    • “Lambing Season” by Molly Gloss
    • “Conrad Loomis & The Clothes Ray” by Amiri Baraka.
    • “Topics in Advanced Rocketry” by Chris Tarry
    • “The Inner City” by Karen Heuler
    • “Escape from Spiderhead” by George Saunders
    • “Amorometer” by Kelly Luce
    • “The Yogurt of Vasirin Kefirovsky” by Max Apple
    • “Monstros” by Junot Díaz
    • “Minotaur” by Jim Shepard
    • “Help Me Find My Spaceman Lover” by Robert Olen Butler
    • “Near-Flesh” by Katherine Dunn


    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

  • Lauren Beukes’ acclaimed collection SLIPPING: STORIES, ESSAYS, & OTHER WRITING is a Kindle Daily Deal for Saturday, November 10.

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


    “Whether they’re set in modern-day Johannesburg or on a planet circling a distant star, these powerful, beautifully written stories are always about today and the darkness of the human soul.”
    Publishers Weekly


    A Punk Lolita fighter-pilot rescues Tokyo from a marauding art installation. A young architect’s life is derailed by an inquisitive girl who happens to be a ghost. Unwitting recruits discover biohazardous plants on an inhospitable planet. Loyalty to a favorite product can be addictive when it gets under your skin.

    In her edgy and satiric debut collection, award-winning South African author Lauren Beukes (The Shining Girls) never holds back. Ranging from Johannesburg to outer space, Beukes is a fierce and captivating presence in the literary landscape.

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    • A Book Riot Wonderful Book of 2016
    • A Barnes & Noble Blog Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections and Anthologies of 2016
    • 2016 Locus Recommended Reading List


    “An art installation so tactile as to feel alive, a ghost that lurks alongside a promising architecture student, a girl gutted from the inside to make a premiere athlete: all stitched together into a punk tapestry of stories and other short pieces. Cape Town author Beukes (Zoo City, 2016, etc.) makes good use of her South African homeland, though she often turns Johannesburg and Cape Town into futuristic wastelands, as in “The Green,” a sci-fi militaristic nightmare of a short story, or “Riding with the Dream Patrol,” an unsettling look at where our cyberfuture could be headed (hint: bad places). There are also more straightforwardly bizarre entries, bordering on pure science fiction but never losing Beukes’ dark comedic edge, particularly “Unathi Battles the Black Hairballs,” wherein a fighter pilot (a woman, of course) must save Tokyo. Also, there are talking cats to spice things up (where there are hairballs, there must be cats). Some of the most effective pieces are the shortest, such as “Dial Tone,” where Beukes evokes the lonely desperation of her nameless narrator in less than four pages, as the character places crank calls and is often simply soothed by the dial tone. Or “Confirm/Ignore,” in which the narrator berates readers, and society at large, for their obsession with pop culture: “One day I get Bette Davis and Bettie Page confused. This is not my fault. It’s yours.” Her brief autobiographical pieces—on her first forays into journalism and a letter to her young daughter on the meaning of beauty—wrap up the slim volume nicely. Utterly bizarre and equally addictive, these pieces demonstrate that Beukes has only tapped the surface of her prodigious and wide-ranging talent with her novels.”
    Kirkus

    “A fantastic, comical, alternate historical dieselpunk affair … filled with astonishing characters, fine dialogue, and an abundance of ideas and is packaged with John Coulthart’s cool Futurist-Constructivist-inspired graphics, an introduction by graphic novelist Warren Ellis, and an interview with the author.”
    Booklist

    “South African writer Beukes (Zoo City; Broken Monsters) showcases her evolution as an author with these 26 pieces—mostly short stories with a few nonfiction entries at the end. Stories such as “Branded” recall Beukes’s debut, Moxyland, with its combination of cyberpunk elements and South African patois. That distinct regional flavor gets sanded out of some of the later tales, which hop among genres deftly. One of the more bizarre, “Unathi Battles the Black Hairballs,” features a cameo by magical realism author ­Haruki Murakami. Some selections are more likely to appeal to readers unfamiliar with Beukes. For example, “The Green” is a fantastically creepy sf story of grunt soldiers on a planet with invasive local flora. Another good starting point is the title story “Slipping,” which tells of a runner who has undergone extensive physical modifications. VERDICT Even the early stories, many set in Beukes’s native Johannesburg, have a rough energy and imagination that shows why she ­remains an author to watch.
    Library Journal

    “Beukes writes with passion and a hot immediacy, employing demotic prose that often attains a gritty poetry. She favors capturing the explosive instant rather than the multi-linked chain of circumstances that constitute most stories.”
    Locus

    “Shows off [Beukes’] skill across a range of genres … brilliant.”
    New York Journal of Books


    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Fiction

    • Muse
    • Slipping
    • Confirm / Ignore
    • Branded
    • Smileys
    • Princess
    • My Insect Skin
    • Parking
    • Pop Tarts
    • The Green
    • Litmash
    • Easy Touch
    • Algebra
    • Unathi Battles the Black Hairballs
    • Dear Mariana
    • Riding with the Dream Patrol
    • Unaccounted
    • Tankwa-Karoo
    • Exhibitionist
    • Dial Tone
    • Ghost Girl

    Nonfiction

    • Adventures in Journalism
    • All the Pretty Corpses
    • Judging Unity
    • Inner City
    • On Beauty: A Letter to My Five-Year-Old Daughter


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

    Cover art by Clara Bacou

    Design by Elizabeth Story

  • SF IN SF, in partnership with Tachyon Publications and the American Bookbinders Museum, welcomes the acclaimed authors Nick Mamatas and Michael Marshall Smith.

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

    Sunday, November 18
    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


    For more info on THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF EVERYTHING, visit the Tachyon page.

    Cover by Elizabeth Story

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