Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bearwatch: 2011

The Third Bear hasn't been hibernating this winter. In fact, he's been pretty busy.

He's got a music feature on Large Hearted Boy, where Jeff Vandermeer discusses book soundtracks. Then The Third Bear Carnival rolls into Wired. Downloads for all!

And in case you haven't heard, royalties from The Third Bear will go to the Leviathan 5 Project: a collection that will give new and foreign-language authors a chance to showcase their work in this World Fantasy Award winning and PKD award finalist series.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Facebook and Futurama

Did you hear we won Best Anthology for the Best of 2010 Steampunk Facebook Awards? Steampunk Reloaded. It's way better than Farmville.

Also, are you in the Bay Area? If you are, tomorrow's SF in SF movie night is a double feature of Despicable Me and Futurama: The Beast With a Billion Backs.

Show starts at 7, but doors and cash bar open at 6! All proceeds go to Variety Children's Charity, so if you aren't drinking a 5$ donation at the door is appreciated.

The Preview Room is at 582 Market Street @ 2nd and Montgomery, right off the BART so no need to deal with city parking.

And remember, popcorn is FREE!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Litmag Reloaded!

Steampunk Reloaded just got reviewed in The Cascadia Subduction Zone, which is a fantastic literary quarterly you can purchase here.

Some choice bits:

The stories and essays led me through a maze of anti-colonial politics to meet alien space-time terrorists, robot gunslingers, moody artistic cyborg strippers, buried spaceships called to life by fairies, mysterious paper-and-typewriter bloggers and sockpuppets, and a couple of intrepid squid. Paired with Steampunk, this anthology is great for understanding shifts in the zeitgeist of speculative fiction today.

...For Steampunk Reloaded the aesthetic is of a baroquely fucked up revolution gone wrong, and of resistance by people, aliens, cyborgs, robots, magical beings, and cthuloid horrors to the machinery of power. It should make pulp fans, political thinkers, retro-technophiles, and history wonks very happy.


Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

Despite a bleak economic climate, I'm pleased to report that 2010 was Tachyon's most successful year ever. Happily, in our fifteenth year we've grown quite a bit, both in increasing our sales and making additions to our staff. Equally importantly, we're still getting great feedback from reviewers and readers alike. We truly appreciate all of you; I guarantee that in 2011, we'll be bringing you more smart science fiction & fantasy.

And now, a brief journey backward (courtesy of our time-traveling tachyon particles). The Chesley Award-winning painting above was created for the cover of Peter S. Beagle's marvelous The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche. The first edition of Rhino, Peter's first story collection, came out in 1997. Happily, it was also Tachyon's first major success. Created by the inimitable Michael Dashow, the rhino was even Mike's inspiration for our adorable little typewriter-wielding, bespectacled logo.

Now leap ahead to the first half of 2011. We're going on a field trip to the future of Mass Media and making a (brief!) descent into urban nightmares. We're visiting a city between life and death and lifting the veil between reality and fairy tales. We're also reuniting with Peter Beagle, who is every bit the master magician to whom we apprenticed ourselves.

OK, you can go home now if you want to. But isn't the future awesome? See you here again real soon.