Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hauntings, coming to a house near you

Or perhaps coming to *your* house... Here, courtesy of editor Ellen Datlow, are the contents of Hauntings, her forthcoming Tachyon anthology of ghost stories.

"Eenie, Meenie, Ipsateenie" by Pat Cadigan
"Hunger: A Confession" by Dale Bailey
"Cargo" by E. Michael Lewis
"Delta Sly Honey" by Lucius Shepard
"Nothing Will Hurt You" by David Morrell
"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
"Anna" by F. Paul Wilson
"Mr. Fiddlehead" by Jonathan Carroll
"The Fooly" by Terry Dowling
"The Toll" 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
"Spectral Evidence" by Gemma Files
"Two Houses" by Kelly Link
"Where Angels Come In" by Adam L. G. Nevill
"Hunger: An Introduction" by Peter Straub

Alas, you'll have to wait until March 2013 for this one. At least you'll have plenty of time to prepare to be haunted. (Can one prepare to be haunted?)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Andrew Fox dishes on writing...and cheese

You'll want to check out this interview with Andrew Fox on the James River Writers website. Andy talks about some of his previous novels, including The Good Humor Man, discusses his writing process, and gives some great advice for aspiring writers. One thing that was particularly funny (and he had just told us about this recently) was that he'd drawn real-life inspiration for the--fortunately fictional--immolation of a warehouse full of cheese. Andy says:

"That cheese warehouse scene early in the book, by the way, was based upon an actual U.S. Department of Agriculture subterranean storage facility in the Midwest, outside of Kansas City. I worked many years as the "Government Cheese Man" for Louisiana, ordering millions of dollars of processed cheese each year for low-income senior citizens, so I became very familiar with the USDA system of food commodities."

Monday, April 16, 2012

After the Fall now on Subtext

iPad users, do we have a treat for you!

Go inside After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall with annotations from author Nancy Kress in Subtext, a new social reading app for the iPad. Discover hidden allusions, learn about the real science that inspired her dystopian story and more—all from the margins of your book. You can even read with your friends and add your own notes to the community discussion. Click on the image to your left to preview one of Nancy's notes.

All you need is to buy an EPUB version of After the Fall and then download Subtext for free from the App Store. Need we say check it out? Do!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Upcoming Books from Tachyon

Spring is here! Now's the time to turn your thoughts to sunshine (it's a little wet here, but still), long days, and the awesome books you'll be reading After the Fall, During the Fall... (see what we did there?) and in early 2013.

Wonders of the Invisible World
Patricia A. McKillip
When: October 2012
What is it?
Pass through fairy tales into the magic of invisible worlds in these opulent stories by a beloved fantasy icon, World Fantasy Award-winner, and author of the classic Riddlemaster trilogy. Patricia McKillip has inspired generations of dedicated readers with enchanting tales. Her lush, mesmerizing narratives are as deliciously bittersweet as the finest chocolate and as intoxicating as the finest wine.
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John Joseph Adams, ed.
When: November 2012
What is it?
Epic fantasy is storytelling at its biggest and best. From the creation myths and quest sagas of ancient times to the mega-popular fantasy novels of today, these are the stories that express our greatest hopes and fears, that create worlds so rich we long to return to them again and again. These stirring tales include contributions from George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Ursula K. Le Guin, Brandon Sanderson, Carrie Vaughn, Orson Scott Card, and many more.
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The Emperor's Soul
Brandon Sanderson
When: November 2012
What is it?
From the bestselling author of the Mistborn Trilogy and co-author of the final three books of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series comes the tale of a heretic thief who is the only hope for the survival of an empire.

Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic. Though condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor's scepter, she is given one opportunity to save herself: Shai will attempt to create a new soul for an emperor who is almost dead from an attack by assassins.

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Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution
Ann VanderMeer, ed.
When: December 2012
What is it?
This entertainingly edgy new anthology is the third installment in the bestselling Steampunk series (Steampunk and Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded). Steampunk Revolution features a renegade collective of writers and artists including Cherie Priest, Catherynne M. Valente, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Garth Nix, Carrie Vaughn, Lev Grossman, Nick Mamatas, Vandana Singh, Bruce Sterling, Genevieve Valentine and many more who are rebooting the steam-driven past and powering it into the future.

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The Apes of Wrath
Richard Klaw, editor
When: February 2013
What is it?
In Rue Morgue, the jungles of Tarzan, the fables of Aesop, and outer space, the apes in these fantastic tales boldly go where humans dare not. With a foreword from the director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this provocative anthology delves into our cultural fascination with our simian cousins. Classic stories old and new explore the lighter and darker sides of apes, with tales from James P. Blaylock, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Gustave Flaubert, Karen Jay Fowler, Robert E. Howard, Joe R. Lansdale, Pat Murphy, Edgar Allan Poe, and more.
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Ellen Datlow, ed.
When: March 2013
What is it?
This spine-tingling anthology—complied by the horror genre's most acclaimed editor—collects a chilling array of ghost stories from the past twenty-five years. Our obsession with the mysteries of the afterlife is explored in these supernatural tales of haunted houses, lost souls, unexplained phenomena, and "good" neighbors. Contributors will include Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Carroll, Peter Straub, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Kelly Link, Terry Dowling, and Elizabeth Hand.
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Monday, April 09, 2012

After the Fall reviewed...everywhere...

Three excellent new reviews for Nancy Kress's After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall.

UK Guardian

"Kress succeeds in tackling major themes – societal responsibility, the stewardship of the planet and mother love – and the twist-in-the-tale finale, despite the role of the Tesslies being unresolved, is wholly satisfying. Recommended."

Denver Post

"Past and future are stories on a collision course with their efforts to build a family. Pete is an angry teenager in a very unjust world who is lashing out at all around him. Julie is making a life with her daughter while her analytic skills are telling her something is very wrong. Kress makes us care about both of these characters as well as the fate of the whole planet."

The Little Red Reviewer

"Kress's After The Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall is sure to make more than a few best of the year lists in nine or ten months.... Now go find a copy of this book and inhale it."

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Order your e-books from an indie - us!

Since you *still* can't order our e-books from Amazon, why not go right to the source? Order all of our Tachyon e-books directly from our website. That includes EPUB, PDF, and yes, MOBI for Kindle formats. We recommend After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress as your first purchase; it's new, it's hot, and says "Expect to see this one on the final ballots of the major awards next year." on After the Fall

Today on, Stefan Raets very favorably reviews our new release After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress, commenting:

"Superstar SF and fantasy author Nancy Kress returns with After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, an elegant novella that combines several wildly different science fiction ideas into a tight package. There’s a little bit of everything here: time travel, hard science, environmental collapse, aliens, post-apocalyptic dystopia. It may sound hard to combine all of these in such a short format, but Nancy Kress makes it work."

Monday, April 02, 2012

Future Media on SF Site

Happy Post-April-Fool's-Day day!

Now that it's safe to read the internet again, here's a thoughtful review of Future Media from SF Site:

"Rick Wilber has produced one of the most impressive anthologies of recent times. Indeed along with the wonderful Kafkaesque, it has been quite a year for superb anthologies from Tachyon Publications."

Read the rest of the review here.