Today, Humble Bundle, a company specializing in digital goods bundles and video game sales, announced that they released their Be the Change Bundle. This bundle represents a common interest from several comic creators to help support the Black Lives Matter movement. Humble Bundle worked with them to curate a unique selection of audiobooks, books, and comics both about and from people of color. A portion of the proceeds from this bundle benefits three charities that are also dedicated to helping support Black lives: The Bail Project, The Carl Brandon Society, and the National Urban League.
“We’re thrilled that Humble Bundle committed to this inclusive project and asked us [to] curate this list of exceptional stories by incredibly talented creators.”
“This was the perfect opportunity to bring attention to a virtual universe of Black art and talent and show just how important it is to have representation both on and off the page.”
“We wanted to highlight the array of Black talent in the industry and help support organizations that contribute to access to opportunities!”
“For me, the most exciting part of this is the incredible range of material here, everything from kids’ books to hard-hitting adventure, to thrilling tales of heroes both imaginary and historic. This is an instant library of gorgeous reads.”
The Be the Change Bundle released today, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 1PM Pacific and officially ends on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 12:59PM Pacific. The total MSRP value for this bundle is over $1,000USD.
Catch the magnificent Nalo Hopkinson in the 2020 Virtual Summer Reading Series: Summer of Science Fiction & Fantasy
The acclaimed Nalo Hopkinson, author of FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS, is participating in the 2020 Virtual Summer Reading Series: Summer of Science Fiction & Fantasy with a virtual reading on Tuesday, July 14, 9 EST/8 CST/6 PST. You’ll need to pre-register.
Readings include selections from recently published books, unpublished stories, or novels-in-progress. The featured reader also answers questions about writing, teaching, editing, and other topics.
The readings will stream live on YouTube.
About the Summer of Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading Series:
The Clarion West Summer Reading Series is sponsored by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, King County 4Culture, Amazon Literary Partners, the University Book Store, and the Seattle Public Library. If you are interested in helping to sponsor the summer reading series or sponsor the Write-a-thon, please contact us at email@example.com.
Three days of panels celebrating authors, filmmakers, game designers, podcasters, futurists, cosplayers, and other amazing thinkers and creators! Completely online and totally FREE.
Tachyon authors are involved in the scheduled programming.
Saturday, June 27
Afro-Futuristic Visions In Comics
John Jennings, Geoffrey Thorne, Gabriel Valentin, Brandon Easton, Nalo Hopkinson, Neal Hallford (M)
Top Shelf Fantasy: Conversations With Epic Authors
Tim Powers, Elizabeth Hand, Tad Williams, Ilana C. Myer, Neal Hallford (M)
We are proud to announce the inclusion of Nalo Hopkinson’s acclaimed collection FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS as part of Humble Bundle’s Fight for Racial Justice Charity Bundle.
This all-to-charity bundle features games like Baba Is You, Spelunky, EarthNight, Broken Age, NBA 2K20, and many more great indie and AAA titles. The bundle also includes comics and books from Image Comics, Paizo, Open Road Media, No Starch Press, and Tachyon Publications. The Fight for Racial Justice charity bundle will end on June 23rd at 11am PT.
This special one-week bundle features $1,200 USD worth of games for just $30 USD. 100% of the proceeds from your bundle purchase go to support organizations fighting for racial justice. For example, providing legal representation and assistance, protecting and expanding civil rights, and educating the public on racial injustice and slavery.
As part of Humble Bundle’s efforts to leverage it’s platform to help achieve racial equity, Humble Games also announced that applications to The Black Game Developer Fund are now open.
This fund is a $1 million annual commitment to support Black game developers, helping them publish games with funding, production and marketing support via Humble Bundle’s publishing label, Humble Games.
Bestselling authors and UC Riverside professors Dr. Nalo Hopkinson and Prof. John Jennings are the featured guests at the online event Afrofuturist Comics: Sankofa and the Black Speculative Re-Imagination
On Thurs, June 25, 4:30-5:30 pm PST Nalo Hopkinson, author of FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS and House of Whispers Vol. 1: The Power Divided (The Sandman Universe), and John Jennings, author of Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, will participate in Afrofuturist Comics: Sankofa and the Black Speculative Re-Imagination, the first in a series called Faculty Profiles in Research, Art and Innovation, hosted by the UCR Library. The duo will discuss their work in the science fiction and Afrofuturism genres, writing graphic novels, and why they chose to donate their scholarship to the UCR Library.
They will also answer questions from viewers; attendees who RSVP will receive a link they can use to submit questions at least 48 hours in advance.
Tachyon tidbits featuring Kameron Hurley, Lisa Goldstein, Daniel Pinkwater, Peter S. Beagle, Patricia A. McKillip, and Nalo Hopkinson
Rick Klaw blog adventures of a dwergish girl, cal poly pomona, comic years, cory doctorow, daniel pinkwater, dreams of distant shores, ivory apples, john r edlund, kameron hurley, ken and robin talk about stuff, lisa goldstein, meet me in the future, nalo hopkinson, otherwise award, patricia a mckillip, peter s beagtle, pluralistic, teaching text rhetorically, the forgotten beasts of eld, the secret history of fantasy 0
The latest reviews and mentions of Tachyon titles and authors from around the web.
- Kylie Ariel Bemis, “Dreamborn” (in Maiden, Mother, Crone, edited by Gwen Benaway, Bedside Press 2019)
- Meg Elison, The Book of Flora (47North 2019)
- Akwaeke Emezi, Pet (Make Me a World 2019)
- Kameron Hurley, Meet Me in the Future (Tachyon Publications 2019)
- Innocent Chizaram Ilo, “Of Warps and Wefts” (Strange Horizons, March 2018; reprinted in Transcendent 4: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, edited by Bogi Tackás, Lethe Press 2019)
- Mary Robinette Kowal, The Calculating Stars (Tor Books 2018)
- Laurie J. Marks, The Elemental Logic series (Fire Logic, Earth Logic, Water Logic, and Air Logic, Small Beer 2019)
- Yukiko Motoya, The Lonesome Bodybuilder (Soft Skull Press 2018)
- Rivers Solomon, The Deep (Gallery / Saga Press 2019)
Congratulations to all.
Adolescent Ivy’s great-aunt Maeve wrote the beloved novel IVORY APPLES with the help of the muses — supernatural beings that enter Ivy’s life and bring desperate, dangerous occult seekers there as well. Goldstein veils female bildungsroman with imagination and myth in another assured modern fantasy reminiscent of her excellent 2011 modern fairy tale THE UNCERTAIN PLACES.
IOW: this is a book with every single thing I love about Pinkwater novels. Reading Daniel Pinkwater – as a kid and as an adult – was hugely important to my development as a writer and a human being. Meeting another Pinkwater fan is always a sign that you are among good people.
World Fantasy Award winner Nalo Hopkinson in conversation with editor Patrice Caldwell and musician/author Amerie at Cellar Door Books
The World Fantasy Award winner Nalo Hopkinson, author of the acclaimed FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS, talks with Patrice Caldwell, editor of A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope, and musician Amerie (4AM Mulholland and After 4AM) at Cellar Door Books in Riverside, CA on Friday, March 13 at 6PM.
We’re pleased to welcome Patrice Caldwell for her debut anthology A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope (out 3/10/2020)! She’ll be in conversation with writer, editor, and musician Amerie (Because You Love to Hate Me) and local author Nalo Hopkinson (House of Whispers, FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS).
Beyonce’s Lemonade meets Octavia Butler in sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors (including Elizabeth Acevedo, Amerie, and Ibi Zoboi) that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic. Owner Linda says of Phoenix, “If story is the ground in which we plant the seeds of our stronger, prouder selves, more comfortable in our skins no matter what shade, what gender or non-conforming gender, then give Caldwell’s collection to every teen you know and watch the blooms.
Pre-order A Phoenix First Must Burn in-store or online. Tickets are required to attend this event. A purchase of a bundle ticket includes one copy of the book. To guarantee you get a copy of the book in time for the event and before we sell out, we recommend purchasing a book bundle! Only books pre-ordered from Cellar Door Bookstore will be permitted to the signing.
Friday, March 13 6PM
Cellar Door Books
5225 Canyon Crest Dr. #30A
Riverside, CA 92507
Tachyon tidbits featuring Kameron Hurley, Nalo Hopkinson, James Morrow, Ellen Datlow, and Michael Swanwick
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The latest reviews and mentions of Tachyon titles and authors from around the web.
Callum McSorley, on his eponymous site, offers a preview of his forthcoming SHORELINE OF INFINITY review for Kameron Hurley’s MEET ME IN THE FUTURE.
I’ve spent many words on this excellent SFF collection in my Shoreline review which will be published in a future issue. Here’s a sneak peek:
“Conceptually, these stories are out at the weird end of SFF, but her characters are so well drawn, rich in complexity, allowed to be angry, scared, cruel, and even kind sometimes, that they are believably, undeniably human – regardless of their appearance or if their intelligence is deemed real or artificial – which creates an anchor for the incredible things happening all around them.”
So glad that this project has led me to writers like Nalo Hopkinson and her collection, FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS. Hopkinson’s books number in the teens and her awards, especially from sci-fi and fantasy-type societies, are just as numerous. I loved exploring her imagination, her settings, and her characters, eating up her super-awesome stories one after another.
WOW ESSAYS in their sample essay Godzillas Transformation From Monster To Hero Research Papers Example cites James Morrow’s Sturgeon Award winner SHAMBLING TOWARDS HIROSHIMA.
In James Morrow’s novella SHAMBLING TOWARDS HIROSHIMA, a man is hired by the US government to put on a rubber monster suit and put on a demonstration in which he destroys a small city, in order to completely end World War II. As his main character says of his intentions for the beast, “I hope to make this magnificent lizard as famous a symbol for the abolition of nuclear weapons as Smokey the Bear has become for the prevention of forest fires” (Morrow 162). This scenario is an obvious homage to the Godzilla films from Japan’s Toho Company in the 1950s – a distinct reaction to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki several years beforehand, and a nuclear cautionary tale in the guise of a kitschy monster movie.
In the BOOK RIOT video Black Bi & Lesbian Books for Black History Month and F/F February video, Danika Ellis mentions the Nalo Hopkinson titles The Salt Roads and FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS.
THINGS AS THEY ARE includes FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS in their January reading round-up.
I’m reading Nalo Hopkinson’s collection, FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS, which is excellent but the stories are very intense, so I’m taking it slow!
Michaela Stephen at ON THE DANFORTH places Hopkinson among 5 Canadian Authors Who are Breaking the Boundaries of Genre Fiction.
Although Nalo Hopkinson is well known to many Science Fiction readers after publishing six novels and two short story collections, my favourite will always be her first novel, Brown Girl in the Ring (Warner Aspect). Set in Toronto in a dystopic future, Hopkinson blends Caribbean folklore and cyberpunk elements to show the strength of three generations of women. For those new to genre fiction, Nalo Hopkinson’s novels are a great place to start.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, the acclaimed Nalo Hopkinson spent her childhood in Trinidad and Guyana before her family moved to Toronto when she was sixteen. Her groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy, noted for diverse characters and the mixture of folklore, include the novels Brown Girl in the Ring (1998), Midnight Robber (2000), The Salt Roads (2003), The New Moon’s Arms (2007), The Chaos (2012), and Sister Mine (2013). Hopkinson’s shorter workers has been collected in Skin Folk (2001), Report from Planet Midnight (2012), and FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS (2015).
As an editor, Hopkinson has worked on many publications including Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction (2000), Mojo: Conjure Stories (2003), So Long Been Dreaming (with Uppinder Mehan; 2004), Tesseracts 9 (with Geoff Ryman; 2005), People of Colo(U)R Destroy Science Fiction! (with Kristine Ong Muslim; 2016), and Particulates (2018).
Beginning with her first novel Brown Girl in the Ring winning the Warner Aspect First Novel contest, Hopkinson has garnered numerous awards. Brown Girl also won a 1999 Locus Award and that same year, the author herself won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her second novel Midnight Robber was a 2000 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Skin Folk won the 2003 World Fantasy and Sunburst Awards as well as 2004 Gaylactic Spectrum Award (for GLBTQ themes in science fiction and fantasy). The New Moon’s Arms received the 2008 Sunburst and Prix Aurora Awards. Hopkinson’s superior editing skills were acknowledged with the 2006 Prix Aurora Award for Tesseracts 9 and a British Fantasy Award for People of Colo(U)R Destroy Science Fiction!
The movie Brown Girl Begins, directed and written by Sharon Lewis, serves as a prequel to Brown Girl in the Ring. The acclaimed film garnered several awards including IndieFEST Film Award and Houston Black Film Festival Prize.
Hopkinson currently teaches in the Creative Writing department at the University of California, Riverside. In 2016, she received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Anglia Ruskin University.
All of us at Tachyon wish the extraordinary Nalo Hopkinson a happy birthday. May those incredible and insightful folktales keep flowing!