Tachyon tidbits featuring Peter S. Beagle, Ellen Klages, James Patrick Kelly, and Joe R. Lansdale

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


Peter S. Beagle (photo: Rina Weisman), Ellen Klages (Scott R. Kline), James Patrick Kelly (Bill Clemente), and Joe R. Lansdale (Karen Lansdale)

LIFEHASAFUNNYWAYOFSNEAKINGUPONYOU provides the first review of Peter S. Beagle’s forthcoming collection THE OVERNEATH.

Yet another incredible collection of short stories from world renowned Fantasy Author Peter S Beagle. I was extra excited for THE OVERNEATH because I’d heard it featured a story about our very own Schmendrick the Magician. But imagine my delight when I discovered not one but two Schmendrick stories!!


Peter S Beagle just has an incredible skill for putting together both short and full length stories. I have been in love with THE LAST UNICORN my whole life and I continue to adore every single thing Peter writes. THE OVERNEATH is no different. A fantasy lover’s heaven from start to finish. 

At LIBRARY JOURNAL, Kristi Chadwick praises Ellen Klages’ WICKED WONDERS.

Klages’s (PORTABLE CHILDHOODS; Scott O’Dell Award–winning THE GREEN GLASS SEA) second collection of short stories highlights a decade of the writer’s work, articulating childhood wonders, supernatural situations, and sometimes the mere spirit of speculative fiction itself. ­


VERDICT Klages’s fans won’t be disappointed by these poignant and relatable tales that push the ­barriers of the fantastical realism and beyond.

GEEK’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY interviews James Patrick Kelly.

“It’s a truism that the field doesn’t acknowledge that very few, if any, science fiction writers have any idea of economics,” Kelly says in Episode 264 of the GEEK’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY podcast.

In Kelly’s new novel MOTHER GO, opposition to a colony ship steadily mounts as the launch date approaches because a vocal ‘Earth First’ faction doesn’t want to see so much technology and talent depart the planet forever. Kelly thinks that’s an all-too-plausible scenario.

“Is that really what Joe Six-Pack is going to want to spend his money on, to make sure that some future, future, future, future generation is going to have a happy life on some world going around Tau Ceti?” Kelly says.


Sci-fi often makes interstellar travel look easy, with characters jetting around the galaxy using FTL drives. But such technology will probably never exist. Instead space travel would be slow, dangerous, and grueling. “The galactic cosmic radiation of being exposed in a starship, even a well-shielded starship, is such that it probably is really a problem,” Kelly says. “You’re going to be exposed to galactic cosmic radiation for decades, and that isn’t good for you.”

SHORT SCARY TALES PUBLICATIONS is publishing the first graphic novel starring Joe R. Lansdale’s iconic characters Hap and Leonard. The hardcover, limited will be followed shortly with a trade paper edition through IDW Publishing.

A rip-roaring, high-octane, Texas-sized thriller, featuring two friends, one vixen, a crew of washed-up radicals, loads of money, and bloody mayhem.


Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are best friends, yet they couldn’t be more different. Hap is an east Texas white-boy with a weakness for Texas women. Leonard is a gay, black Vietnam vet. Together, they steer up more commotion than a fire storm. But that’s just the way they like it. So when an ex-flame of Hap’s returns promising a huge score. Hap lets Leonard in on the scam, and that’s when things get interesting. Chockfull of action and laughs, SAVAGE SEASON is the masterpiece of dark suspense that introduced Hap and Leonard to the thriller scene. It hasn’t been the same since.

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

Cover design by Elizabeth Story

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

Cover design by Elizabeth Story