...we didn't mean on the surface of the SUN.
If you live, well, almost anywhere right now, then you've been busily melting down into your component parts under the vicious onslaught of this ridiculous heatwave. We can't build you a refrigerator suit, or turn you into Superman so that the sun's ray's actually make you stronger. But we CAN offer up a bunch of awesome new books to chill out your brain, even while the rest of you melts. Here's what's new in the land of the Singularity.
Science fiction’s themes seldom fade in relevance or urgency. In Malcolm Jameson’s “Tarnished Utopia,” originally published in 1942, two people awaken from a state of suspended animation to face an authoritarian regime. They find themselves in a “strange cruel land of the future,” a “vicious world” that is “ruled over by the cruelest of dictators.” Subjected to torture and intimidation, our heroes must defeat tyranny at all costs. Our June pick for Singularity&Co. subscribers feels particularly prescient.
Jameson (1891 - 1945) was an American Naval officer who wrote during the Golden Era of science fiction. His stories were featured in pulp magazines, including Astounding Science Fiction, and his novella “Blind Alley” was the inspiration for the Twilight Zone episode “Of Late I Think of Cliffordville.” In his time he “had much to do with the development of modern naval ordnance," according to John W. Campbell Jr., and Jameson transferred his focus to writing as his health unravelled. Unfortunately, his promising writing career did not have time to blossom, and Jameson’s work has been largely lost to time. We’re excited to re-release “Tarnished Utopia” for a new generation, who will find its story still fresh and all-too-familiar. This ebook features gorgeous, untarnished cover art by Wesley Allsbrook.
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If you enjoy fine wine, long walks on the beach, and/or space opera, this month's Save the SciFi publication is for you. Richard C. Meredith's The Sky is Filled with Ships combines equal parts space opera and futurian angst, with an attention to mechanical detail bordering on the obsessive, in a story that could have easily inspired Haldeman's Forever War. For this one, we recommend reserving an entire evening to read it all in one sitting.
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If you caught one of Singularity&Co's panels at last weekend's Wizard World Experience NYC, then you know how we like our discussions: well-informed, opinionated, and outside the box. And boy, did our panelists deliver!
Saturday's panel pitted indie publishing versus traditional "Big Five" publishing in a spirited debate with Ryan Britt (former Senior Editor of Tor.com and host of our popular "I, Reader" series), Miral Sattar (CEO and founder of the excellent self-publishing resource Bibliocrunch.com), Lauren Panepinto (brilliant Creative Director of Orbit and wearer of fascinating leggings), and Madeline Caldwell (our insider at Knopf and founder of the "Bangin' Book Club," which serves fans of romance lit in Brooklyn), all of whom provided excellent and spirited evaluations of each sides' pitfalls and virtues.
Sunday's panel featured our favorite neighborhood scifi and fantasy writers dishing about genre fiction: the good, the bad, and the perplexing. We welcomed Keith R.A. DeCandido (the prolific writer of more than a few Star Trek novels, the Farscape comics, and much, much more), Alaya Dawn Johnson (author of YA sensations The Summer Prince and Moonshine), Jennifer Marie Brissett (founder of the Kindred reading series and author of several short stories published in some of your favorite SF&F anthologies), returning S&Co panel favorite Myke Cole (officer, gentleman, and author of the Shadow Ops military fantasy series), and Singularity&Co's own mistress of media, Kaila Hale-Stern (author of historical romance Taken By The Highwayman and contributor to Gawker, The Awl, NY Mag, Kotaku, and io9).
Both panels were programmed and moderated by our own Cici James, who boldly donned her new Original Series uniform, despite soaring temperatures and long polyester sleeves.
This month we're proud to announce a new addition to the Singularity&Co family: self-professed fantasy lit geek and wildly talented illustrator Wesley Allsbrook! Gracing the pages of New York Times articles, McSweeney's publications, and even a few S&Co book covers (including Judgment Night, Tarnished Utopia and Elleander Morning), Wesley's CV is stunning, to say the very least, and we can't wait to absorb her acerbic, creative brain for the good of the Singularity!
ON THE EVENT HORIZON
July is Hot!
Look out for the next "I, Reader" event in late July! Hosted by Ryan Britt and Emily Asher-Perrin (of Tor.com), this semi-monthly reading series stars our favorite scifi and fantasy authors reading short pieces based on a theme - anything from Star Trek lit, to erotic science fiction, to Choose Your Own Adventures. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for event updates!
Time Enough for August!
August: It's our first Anniversary! We still can't believe it's already/only been a year since we opened the scifi bookstore at the end of the world, but the months have been good to our little indie-bookshop-that-could, and we remain grateful and astounded. It's been a wild, pulpy ride, and the adventure continues…
If you signed up to be a Beta Tester, your invite is nearly on its way, as is SINGULARITY&CO 2.0, just in time to celebrate 12 months of books! Keep your eyes open!
DOOR QUOTE OF THE MONTH
This month's door quote is a cautionary statement from Ray Bradbury:
"We earthmen have a talent for ruining big beautiful things."
All too true. Visit our DUMBO bookshop for our fresh weekly front door quote! We have two air conditioners running full blast, so stop by and stay a while!