The fashion industry is the kookiest contender in the futurist camp, but it belongs there. From the thousand-yard stare of runway models to the lament of “that’s so last season,” the discourse is always intent upon the horizon. It’s no cosmic coincidence that a serious sci fi, fantasy and comic slant dominates designer n...
Two of our ebook releases—our latest, Mr. Stranger’s Sealed Packet, and our premiere, A Plunge into Space, took us to Mars long before we had any idea of what it looked like. When we finally got the red planet to pose for a picture with the Mariner 4 probe (1965) and the landing of Viking I (1976), the results were neither the canals o...
As we plunge into spring -- not to be confused with plunging into space -- we've got another Austin Hall classic all ready to go for Save the Scifi subscribers.
This time, we're hitting you with People of the Comet, a shortish but very sweet tale about atoms, fractals, and the infinite nature of reality -- from the viewpoint of 1948, so don't think it will read like a Feynman treatise or anything.
If you've ever wondered about your place in the universe (and who hasn't, apart from maybe Bill Murray), and you're not all that bothered by the realization that that place is very, very small indeed, then you'll love this one. 1948 was a good year to be an optimist, falling as it did after WWII and before people were getting around to being properly terrified by the Cold War. So while our book's hero does come to realize that he's only a tiny part of an infinitely huge universe, he does so in such a way that emphasizes the interconnectedness and friendliness of it all. Which is comforting.
So subscribers, grab yourself People of the Comet now, and feel at one with all things.
PS The publisher probably should have gone with Hall's proposed title, Hop O' My Thumb, which -- while not all that great a title -- has far more relevance to the plot and the characters in it. The fact that they happen to come from a comet is like the least interesting thing about these guys.
The Mid-Atlantic meteorology weasel may have predicted six more weeks of winter, but here at S&Co, things couldn't be any hotter. So throw on your bikinis, grab a drink with an umbrella in it, and get ready for news that will warm even the iciest of hearts.
Save More Scifi!
Our 18th Save the Scifi book, Satellite E One, by Jeffery Lloyd Castle, is now up and ready for subscribers to download now!
For an optimistic tale of space exploration, and mankind in general, it doesn’t get much better than Jeffery Lloyd Castle’s Satellite E One. So spot-on that it reads more like an alternate history non-fiction account of the space program than a speculative novel.
We’ll ruin the suspense for you right off the bat: there are no space monsters in this book. No unexpected giant sentient crabs, no megalomaniacal Martians, no deadly light rays, no evil plots to overthrow the government... no evil at all, in fact. This book is an unapologetic celebration of humanity and everything it’s capable of. Granted, that leaves us a bit without a plot arc, but that’s more a breath of fresh air than a failing. Our antagonist in Satellite E One is the universe, and its obnoxious vastness. The protagonist really is humanity (more to the point, British humanity, and even more to the point, male British humanity--which is a bit problematic, but hey, it was 1954).
For a hard-science work, the writing is beautiful. It’s a bit of a shock to read Castle's lyrical descriptions of space and then realize that, at the time it was written, we hadn’t even made it into orbit yet. Castle had one hell of an accurate imagination, and a literary style worthy of it. Rather than trying to explain further, we’ll just leave you with this quote:
“In the ultimate test you have a greater faith in the infallibility of your scientific deductions than in the evidence of your senses. That is right, for your work is vital. But let the scientist work in silence, that the poets may sing.”
So what on earth, or in orbit around it, are you waiting for? Download Satellite now!
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General release of "Elleander Morning" on February 8th!
Last year we had the pleasure of publishing Jerry Yulsman's fabulous WWII alternate history, Elleander Morning. A drop-dead gorgeous, time traveling courtesan assassin receives mysterious, top secret orders from the highest authority: make your way to Vienna and kill a young painter named Adolf Hitler. But 60 years on--long after Elleander changes history forever, saving millions of lives in the process--it seems the horrific past that never was may be starting its inevitable march anew, this time holding billions of lives in the balance.
Last year, Elleander Morning was only available to our Save the Sci Fi book club members. But on February 8th, we're releasing it for sale to the general public on all major platforms --including Amazon, iTunes, and Kobo--with brand new cover art to boot! Why February 8th? Because the date coincides with Elleander's original publication date in 1984, and, coincidentally, it would have been Jerry Yulsman's 90th birthday. How cool is that?
So please, let your friends know - and check out Elleander Morning for yourself!
Cici James at Housing Works' Geek Week! - Tied-in: The Ups and Downs and Ins and Outs of Writing Licensed Fiction
HOUSING WORKS, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014 AT 7:00PM
The bookshelves are full of fiction based on Star Trek, Star Wars, Halo, Batman, Doctor Who and many more TV shows, movies, video games, and comic books. Writing these books can be a great deal of fun, but the life of a writer of media tie-in fiction is its own hero journey of highs and lows.
Join three tie-in veterans, New York Times best-selling author DAVID MACK (Star Trek, The 4400, Farscape, Wolverine), award-winning author KEITH R.A. DeCANDIDO (Star Trek, Doctor Who, World of Warcraft, Cars), and editor GINJER BUCHANAN (Star Wars, Conan, Leverage, Marvel Comics) for an in-depth discussion, moderated by Singularity&Co's CICI JAMES.
New Old Books!
Calling all old book lovers: our Brooklyn bookshop has just taken in three massive hauls of vintage paperbacks and hardcovers from some very generous donors. Come on in and comb through our latest acquisitions - there be treasure in them thar shelves!
L.E. Modesitt Jr. fans: we only 4 signed hardcovers left!
Save the Adventure!
For those tracking our Save the Adventure campaign, we're happy to announce that we're on the verge of clearing our first three titles, one of which will be our inaugural Save the Adventure book! We don't want to show all our cards at once, but we can say that the first Save the Adventure book will be either a William Haggard novel from the early 1960s, a John Christopher from the same era, or a Morley Roberts title from the early 20th century. And whichever makes it as the first, the other two will be hot on its heels!
And for those who didn't get on the Save the Adventure train the first time around, don't worry: we'll be releasing all our Save the Adventure titles for general release on all major e-book buying platforms in a few months!
Check out all this and more on our all-new Save the Adventure sub-site, coming soon, along with the totally revamped savethescifi.com, to a browser near you!
It might be bitterly cold out, but at S&Co, some seriously hot things are going on. We are about to blast a hole in your winter blues. Thanks to you, Save the Adventure was a huge success, and we are a go! And we're kicking it off in the most awesome way possible.
We are over the moon over this news: techno-thriller superstar Payne Harrison has graciously allowed us the rights to publish all five of his books in eBook form! We’re thrilled to sign S&Co’s first living author, let alone one with his stature, and even more excited that we can now bring all of his works to you.
In addition to the fact that we all love these books, we are all incredibly happy to be working with an author who understands S&Co's purpose and joins us in our love of genre. From the man himself: “I am delighted to be the newest member of the Singularity family,” said Harrison. “Publishing has changed dramatically over the last few years and it’s refreshing to work with a young and nimble company that understands the electronic marketplace for literature— particularly in the adventure and scifi genres.”
Speaking of genre, that's... kind of hard to pin down here. While his work is most commonly referred to as "techno-thriller," and to an extent that is accurate, it all really goes far beyond that. If you're not familiar with it, think about what would happen if William Gibson, Tom Clancy and Tim Powers met up and decided to collaborate on a book or five. Yeah, it really is that good. It's difficult to get into the specifics without spoiling, of course, but here’s a taste: space shuttle hijackings. Cutting-edge genemod plagues. High-stakes conspiracies and secret governments. Nukes. Stuff that makes getting nuked look like a fun day at the beach. Spec Ops guys landing on the backs of flying helicopters. The daisychain.*
Because almost all five books blend scifi, adventure, techno thriller and spy novel, it's a bit hard to classify any of them as anything other than "amazing." However, we did have to decide what best fit where, and this is how it played out:
• Subscribers to our brand new Save the Adventure side will get free access to Storming Intrepid. The full Save the Adventure site will be launching in January, but all you supporters will be getting an early taste, as a thank you, when this heist-novel-to-end-all-heist-novels comes out in the next few days. We will be emailing all subscribers a link as soon as it's ready for download.
• Save the Scifi subscribers: you get free access to Forbidden Summit: download it now! This one is in the scifi category for reasons we don't want to spoil, but trust us. Oh, and all of you should know that you'll also be getting another scifi ebook before the end of December. We're keeping the title under wraps for now, but trust us: you won't be disappointed.
• Don't have a Save the Scifi or Adventure subscription? Fear not! All five Payne Harrison titles: Eurostorm, Black Cipher, Storming Intrepid, Forbidden Summit, and Thunder of Erebus are available for purchase by everyone, subscriber or not. Buy all five Payne Harrison eBooks now!
Watch this site, Facebook and Twitter over the following weeks: we’ll be having quite a few conversations with Mr. Harrison, answering fans’ questions and discussing the rather eerie way that recent events have been mirroring some of his more seemingly far-fetched plot points. (Not Eurostorm. Eurostorm is just crazy. Crazy AWESOME. )
Five incredible novels, all ready to be read on the go. That's enough to get you safely through the winter, if you take your time and savor each one. And you really should.