The Not at San Diego Comic-Con Sweepstakes

Are you like me? Stuck at home wishing you could go haunt the halls of this weekend’s San Diego Comic Con? If you are actually there, please send me pictures! If not, here’s something for you.

The folks at Tor, bless their little hearts, have decided to have mercy on us poor unfortunate souls. They have put together an AMAZING prize package — actually, I think they are giving away five of these prize packages. All you have to do is leave a comment on the web page before July 22. If you’re interested, here’s a link:

Tor’s Not at San Diego Comic-Con Sweepstakes

(See below the picture for prize pack contents.)

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And here’s a list of what’s included in each prize bundle:

    • Ender’s Game movie poster
    • Ender’s Game T-shirt and cap
    • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    • The Way of Kings quote magnets
    • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
    • Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
    • The Eternity Artifact by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
    • The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
    • The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel: Volume 3 based on the novel by Robert Jordan, written by Chuck Dixon, and illustrated by Marcio Fiorito and Francis Nuguit
    • Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson
    • Girl Genius Omnibus Volume One by Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio
    • Halo: Glasslands by Karen Traviss
    • Homeland by Cory Doctorow
    • The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe
    • The Human Division by John Scalzi
    • Hunters of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
    • Ironskin by Tina Connolly
    • Johnny Hiro: Half Asian, All Hero by Fred Chao
    • London Falling by Paul Cornell
    • The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind
    • River Road by Suzanne Johnson
    • Sea Change by S. M. Wheeler
    • The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
    • Wild Cards I edited by George R. R. Martin

Plus, one winner will receive a display exclusive – a Redshirts booth poster!

Good luck!

15 Top Locus Award Winners for 2012

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Click above for July 2013 issue of Locus Magazine

Need a good summer read — or two or three? Here’s a list of the best of the best, courtesy of the Locus Awards handed out last Saturday (June 29, 2013).

Science Fiction Novel: Redshirts, John Scalzi (Tor; Gollancz)

Fantasy Novel: The Apocalypse Codex, Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)

First Novel: Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz)

Young Adult Book: Railsea, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan)

Novella: After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)

Novelette:The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi“, Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity)

Short Story: “Immersion”, Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)

Anthology: Edge of Infinity, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris US; Solaris UK)

Collection: Shoggoths in Bloom, Elizabeth Bear (Prime)

Non-Fiction: Distrust That Particular Flavor, William Gibson (Putnam)

Art Book: Spectrum 19: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner & Arniw Fenner, eds. (Underwood)

Artist: Michael Whelan

Editor: Ellen Datlow

Magazine: Asimov’s

Publisher: Tor

If you’d like even more choices, see the Locus Award runners-up here on locusmag.com.

Happy reading!

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Links of the Week

Friday, Friday, how I love thee oh Friday! (Sorry about that. Just feeling a little Shakespeare-ish this morning.) Anyway…it is indeed Friday and I’m looking forward to a family weekend. As is my common ritual, let’s kick it off with my favorite links post. What a great way to sum up all the fun stuff I found this week!

I think that should do it for today. Have a great weekend everybody!

Why Did I Wait So Long to Read “Fuzzy Nation” by John Scalzi?

Fuzzy Nation is a fun, humorous novel, a quick read that provides a pleasant escape for a few hours. This ”reimagining” of the 1962 Hugo-nominated novel Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper is, according to author John Scalzi, not intended to replace or improve upon Piper’s book, but is simply a variation on the story, events, and characters Piper created roughly 50 years ago.

When Fuzzy Nation was published earlier this year, I started reading a excerpt on Tor.com (here’s the link, free registration required) and, although intrigued, I moved on to something else when I finished the sample. Last week, however, I stumbled across the book, picked it up and started reading where I left off. I finished it the next day.

Jack Holloway, the main character in Fuzzy Nation, is a roguish maverick who prefers to work alone, save for his dog, Carl, which he has taught to detonate explosives needed in his job as an independent prospector in the employ of ZaraCorp. When Jack (and Carl) inadvertently cause a cliff collapse on the planet Zarathustra, he finds he has uncovered a rich vein of priceless jewels, which he manipulates his ZaraCorp handler into recognizing as his own claim.

However, the only reason why ZaraCorp is allowed to exploit the planet’s resources is because no sentient life has been discovered on Zarathustra — at least until a family of adorable fuzzy biped creatures show up at Jack’s house. Now the race is on to determine whether the fuzzies are people or animals, the outcome of which will determine ZaraCorp’s future exploitation of the planet’s resources.

Fuzzy Nation has a bit of mild language that I know some of my more conservative readers might dislike, but it certainly wasn’t as bad as some books I started and eventually put down because I tired of wading through what seemed to be gratuitous cursing. For me, Fuzzy Nation doesn’t fall into this category. If you don’t mind an occasional curse uttered by a Han Solo type of character, you’ll probably enjoy the book.

If you want more info, here’s the scoop:

Author’s website: http://whatever.scalzi.com/

Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Tor Books (First Edition edition: May 10, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0765328542
ISBN-13: 978-0765328540

Have you read Fuzzy Nation or any of John Scalzi’s other books? I love to hear from you. Leave a comment and let me know.

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