Monday, March 19, 2012

After the Fall reviewed in Publishers Weekly

Today's online edition of Publishers Weekly features a great review of Nancy Kress' post-apocalyptic eco-thriller, After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall.

"Nebula- and Hugo-winner Kress mixes time travel, global catastrophe, and mysterious aliens in this strong postapocalyptic tale.... Kress handles the crisscrossing timelines with cool elegance."

After the Fall is available *pre-publication* on our website in print, EPUB, MOBI (for Kindle) and PDF formats. The apocalypse is well as in the past of the recent future. Check it out.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Fantastical Andrew Fox comes to The City

(Yes, we call San Francisco "The City." It's an old, yet still amusing, pretension.)

Andy Fox was kind enough to both pay us a visit (taking time out of a busy work schedule to do so) and to post this wonderful blog entry about it. We miss you, Andy - come back soon! He also wrote a fantastically accurate piece on the ongoing struggle of our distributor, IPG, with Amazon. Amazon is still banning 5,000 IPG-publisher e-books. We still don't know how or when this will end, and we urge people to continue to pay attention to the situation and act accordingly.

Monday, March 12, 2012

SF in SF Presents: Steampunk Film Festival, Wednesday March 14

It's that time again, time for the 4th Annual Steampunk Film Festival! This years fantastic films are:

Steam Trek - Steampunk meets Star Trek! Two of the galaxy's greatest things combined. Join the intrepid crew of Her Majesty's Æther Ship Dauntless as they to boldly go where no gentleman has gone before!

The Special Effects of Karel Zeman - Karel Zeman was a pioneer filmmaker and master special effects artist. The Special Effects of Karel Zeman contains shorts from Zeman's films, and a behind-the-scenes look at his special effects process. The clips used in The Special Effects of Karel Zeman (1980) are from his films made between 1947 & 1980.

The Fabulous World of Jules Verne - Our feature presentation! "A terrific treat for Steampunk fans - call it "the granddaddy of all Steampunk!!" It's a rare Czechoslovakian film from 1958, (we're showing the American release) filmed with both live action and animation, extraordinarily ahead of its time. Its style, dubbed "Mystimation," faithfully recreates that of the Victorian line engravings (by Édouard Riou, Léon Benett, and others) featured in the original editions of Verne's novels, composited with various forms of animation by Karel Zeman.

It captures the feel of the earliest photographic equipment and the sense of wonder around the turn of the century. Famous critic Pauline Kael was called the film a "wonderful giddy science fantasy" that "sustains the Victorian tone, with its delight in the magic of science, that makes Verne seem so playfully archaic." The American version of the film was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1962."


The Steampunk Film Festival is this Wednesday, March 14th, so don't miss out!

This year's Steampunk Film Festival is being held as a fundraiser for the Locus Science Fiction Foundation, but all bar and raffle proceeds will still go to Variety Children's Charity.

All SF in SF events take place at:

The Variety Preview Room Theatre
The Hobart Bldg., 1st Floor
582 Market St., 2nd at Montgomery

Doors and cash bar open at 6pm (suggested $5-$10 donation at door)
Movies start at 7pm
and the popcorn is freeeee!

Friday, March 09, 2012

Eyes Like Leaves winners (and other de Lint news!)

We fed the names of all the members in the Eyes Like Leaves Facebook group through our super-computer* and out came these lucky winners!

Congratulations to: Elaine Donholt, Jacquelyn Higgins, and Corrie Haldane-Adams who won a copy of Eyes Like Leaves and signed CDs of Charles de Lint and MaryAnn Harris' music.

Shar Tyrant, Jodie Redman, and Valerie Mallette won copies of Promises to Keep.

And cheers to Lm Brown and Kinara Erickson, who get signed CDs of Charles and MaryAnn's music.

(*our super-computer is actually Super-Intern Rachel, who helped us gather the hundreds of group member names for the drawing)

The drawing may be over, but we're still having lots of fun in the FB group talking about Eyes Like Leaves and our other favorite de Lint books. If you're a de Lint fan, come join us!

In other Eyes Like Leaves news, the Little Red Reviewer has just posted her excellent review:

"If you are a fan of deLint, Eyes Like Leaves should definitely become part of your collection. New to de Lint and like high fantasy? You should certainly give it a try."

And finally, in other Charles de Lint news, the YA blog A Cupcake and a Latte has an interview with de Lint where they talk about his new YA novel Under My Skin.

Happy de Lint day, everyone!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The Green Man Review on Sleight of Hand

Peter S. Beagle's amazing collection Sleight of Hand has been out for a bit, but it's still getting some well deserved praise from the Green Man Review.
"There’s quiet power here, and delicate craftsmanship, and most of all, a genuine emotional response that few short story collections can generate."

Read the rest here

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Eyes Like Leaves giveaway - last day!

Hello all you lovely Charles de Lint fans, past, present, and future. Today is your last chance to join the Eyes Like Leaves Facebook group *and* win wonderful prizes including copies of the novel, signed CDs of Charles and MaryAnn's music, and even copies of Charles' Jilly Coppercorn adventure Promises to Keep. Don't delay!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Five Star Context

Folks are continuing to discover Context! Most recently, Cory Doctorow's latest collection popped up in the San Francisco Book Review, where it got five stars:

"If you are interested in the context of our Internet-centric lives, Context is a must-read collection of essays."

Read the rest of the review here.

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Friday, March 02, 2012

Anne Dick on To The Best of Our Knowledge

If you're tuned in to Wisconsin Public Radio this Sunday, listen up for Steve Paulson's interview with Anne Dick on her relationship with Philip K. Dick (chronicled in The Search for Phillip K. Dick). Otherwise, listen to it at your leisure on the interwebz.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Falling for After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall

Now that we're well into 2012, it seems fitting to remind everyone that we've got a post-apocalyptic thriller coming up! After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress hits the shelves in just a few weeks.

Here are a couple review quickies to hold you over:

Seattle PI calls After the Fall "A disturbing, lively piece of fiction," which hits the nail right on the head.

And Babes in Nerdland says: "Bottom line: I highly recommend this book." So do we.
Lawrence Schimel sent this photo of the table that Tachyon is sharing with A Midsummer Night's Press at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference that started today and runs through Saturday. The mission of AWP is to foster literary achievement, to advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and to serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing. Margaret Atwood is the keynote speaker this year. We're very pleased to be included.