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Wed
Oct 29 2014 4:00pm
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Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! (Excerpt)

Harry Harrison

Harry Harrison memoir excerpt Recollections of one of the grand masters of science fiction, on his storied career as a celebrated author and on his relationships with other luminaries in the field. This memoir is filled with all the humor and irreverence Harry Harrison’s readers have come to expect from the New York Times bestselling author of the uproarious Stainless Steel Rat series. This also includes black and white photos spanning his sixty-year career.

Harry Harrison’s memoir, Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! is available November 4th from Tor Books. Read an excerpt below!

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Tue
Oct 28 2014 4:00pm
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Coming Home (Excerpt)

Jack McDevitt

Coming Home by Jack McDevitt

Thousands of years ago, artifacts of the early space age were lost to rising oceans and widespread turmoil. Garnett Baylee devoted his life to finding them, only to give up hope. Then, in the wake of his death, one was found in his home, raising tantalizing questions. Had he succeeded after all? Why had he kept it a secret? And where is the rest of the Apollo cache? Antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his pilot, Chase Kolpath, have gone to Earth to learn the truth. 

Coming Home, the latest in the in Alex Benedict novel series, comes out on November 4, 2014 from Ace Books. Read an excerpt from the sci-fi time travel tale below.

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Tue
Oct 28 2014 9:00am

Read The Three-Body Problem Right Now on Tor.com

The Three-Body Problem Cixin Liu

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, Cixin Liu’s massively popular Chinese science fiction saga The Three-Body Problem starts with a secret military project sending signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization repeatedly on the brink of destruction captures the signal and makes plans for contact. And eventual invasion.

On November 11, this trilogy of books debuts in English starting with the eponymous first volume, The Three-Body Problem. But you can read a variety of stories from the novel for free, right now.

  • In “King Wen of Zhou and the Long Night,” scientist Wang Miao is encouraged to play an online VR game by the name of “3Body.” He becomes immersed in a planet that is itself a puzzle, a puzzle that, if the reader can solve it before Miao himself can, may just explain why Earth is such a tempting target for invasion.
  • In “The Universe Flickers,” Miao demands proof that the aliens are real, and is given a terrifying—and completely silent—demonstration of their power.
  • In “Silent Spring,” young Ye Wenjie, a daughter of scientists, endures the madness of China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s as it brutally swallows her family in front of her. And here, this tale of first contact truly begins.

Click on any of the above links to read from the novel or preorder it at your preferred retailer.

Mon
Oct 27 2014 4:00pm
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Knife Fight and Other Struggles (Excerpt)

David Nickle

Kife Fight and other struggers David Nickle excerpt A young man at loose ends finds he cannot look away from his new lover's alien gaze. A young woman out of time seeks her old lover in the cold spaces between the stars. The fleeing worshippers of an ancient and jealous deity seek solace in an unsuspecting New World congregation. In a suburban nursery, a demon with a grudge and a lonely exorcist face off for what could be the last time. And when a big city mayor who delineates his mandate by the slash of a blade faces an unexpected challenger, it turns into a struggle that threatens to consume everything.

In Knife Fight and Other Struggles, available now as a ebook and on November 4th in print from ChiZine, David Nickle follows his award-winning debut collection with a new set of dark tales that span space, time, and genre. Read an excerpt from “Looker” below!

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Fri
Oct 24 2014 2:00pm
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Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution (Excerpt)

Keith DeCandido

Sleepy Hollow Children of the Revolution excerpt Keith R.A. Candido When Ichabod Crane, a soldier from the Colonial Army, is resurrected from his grave more than two centuries after he was killed in battle, he partners with Lieutenant Abbie Mills of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department to fight the evil forces that have taken hold of the town.

It’s a cold day in January, and Ichabod visits Patriots Park for a moment of peace. Instead, he receives a disturbing vision from his wife, Katrina, in which she delivers a cryptic but urgent message: he must retrieve the Congressional Cross that he was awarded by the Second Continental Congress for bravery in action. There’s just one problem: Ichabod was killed before he ever received the medal, and he is unsure where it might be. Together Ichabod and Abbie set out to uncover the mystery of the cross and its connection to George Washington and his secret war against the demon hordes. They soon learn that a coven of witches is also seeking the cross in order to resurrect their leader, Serilda, who was burned at the stake during the Revolutionary War. Now they must locate the cross before the coven can bring back Serilda to exact her fatal revenge on Sleepy Hollow.

Keith R.A. DeCandido’s Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution, the first tie-in novel for the Fox television series, is available now from Crown Publishing.

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 4:00pm
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We Will All Go Down Together (Excerpt)

Gemma Files

We Will All Go Down Together Gemma Files Every family has its monsters...and some are nothing but. In the woods outside Overdeere, Ontario, there are trees that speak, a village that doesn’t appear on any map, and a hill that opens wide, entrapping unwary travellers.

It’s a place most people usually know better than to go, at least locally—until tonight, when five bloodlines mired in ancient strife will finally converge once more. Devize, Glouwer, Rusk, Druir, Roke—these are the clans who make up the notorious Five-Family Coven.

From downtown Toronto to the wilds beyond, where reality’s walls grow thin, dark forces are drawing the Coven’s last heirs to a final confrontation. All are haunted by a ghost beyond any one person’s power to exorcize unless they agree to stand together once more—at least long enough to wreak vengeance upon themselves!

Gemma Files’ short story collection We Will All Go Down Together is available December 31st from ChiZine. Read an excerpt from “Furious Angels” below!

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Wed
Oct 22 2014 4:00pm
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The Hero and the Crown (Excerpt)

Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley The Hero and the Crown Aerin is an outcast in her own father’s court, the daughter of the foreign woman who, it was rumored, was a witch, and enchanted the king to marry her.

She makes friends with her father’s lame, retired warhorse, Talat, and discovers an old, overlooked, and dangerously imprecise recipe for dragon-fire-proof ointment in a dusty corner of her father’s library. Two years and many burnt twigs (and a few fingers) later, Aerin is present when someone comes from an outlying village to report a marauding dragon to the king. Aerin slips off alone to fetch her horse, her sword, and her fireproof ointment…

But modern dragons, while formidable opponents fully capable of killing a human being, are small and accounted vermin. There is no honor in killing dragons. The great dragons are a tale out of ancient history. That is, until the day that the king is riding out at the head of an army. A weary man on an exhausted horse staggers into the courtyard where the king’s troop is assembled to announce that Maur, the Black Dragon, has awakened.

On November 18th, Robin McKinley’s Newbery Medal-winning novel The Hero and the Crown will be available for the first time as an ebook from Open Road Media.

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Wed
Oct 22 2014 2:00pm
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Child of Earth (Excerpt)

David Gerrold

Child of Earth David Gerrold When Kaer’s extended family signs up to emigrate to Linnea, a planet known for horses as large as houses and dangerously mistrustful natives, Kaer is certain the move will bring the divided household closer together. What none of them are prepared for is the grueling emigration training in the Linnean dome, a makeshift environment designed to be like Linnea in every possible way, from the long, brutally harsh winters to the deadly kacks— wolf-like creatures as tall as men.

The training is tough, but Kaer’s family is up to the challenge. Soon they begin working like Linneans, thinking like Linneans, even accepting Linnean gods as their own. The family’s emigration seems to be just around the corner. But then a disaster on Linnea itself changes everything.

David Gerrold’s Child of Earth, book one in The Sea of Grass trilogy, is available from BenBella Books. Check out an excerpt below!

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Mon
Oct 20 2014 10:00am
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Willful Child (Excerpt)

Steven Erikson

Steven Erikson Willful Child excerpt These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the...

And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through ‘the infinite vastness of interstellar space.’

Willful Child is available November 11th from Tor Books. Steven Erikson—New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Malazan Book of the Fallen sequence—has taken his lifelong passion for Star Trek and transformed it into a smart, inventive, and hugely entertaining spoof on the whole mankind-exploring-space-for-the-good-of-all-species-but-trashing-stuff-with-a-lot-of-high-tech-gadgets-along-the-way, overblown adventure.

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Fri
Oct 17 2014 4:00pm
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Gifts for the One Who Comes After (Excerpt)

Gifts for the One Who Comes After Helen Marshall Ghost thumbs. Microscopic dogs. One very sad can of tomato soup. Helen Marshall’s second collection offers a series of twisted surrealities that explore the legacies we pass on to our children. A son seeks to reconnect with his father through a telescope that sees into the past. A young girl discovers what lies on the other side of her mother’s bellybutton. Death’s wife prepares for a very special funeral.

In Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Marshall delivers eighteen tales of love and loss that cement her as a powerful voice in dark fantasy and the New Weird. Dazzling, disturbing, and deeply moving, the collection is available now from Chi Zine.

Below, read an excerpt from “Ship House.”

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Wed
Oct 15 2014 5:00pm
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The Accidental Highwayman (Audio Excerpt)

Ben Tripp

The Accidental Highwayman Ben Tripp audio excerpt Listen to a free excerpt from The Accidental Highwayman, Ben Tripp’s swashbuckling adventure for young adults! The audiobook—available now from Macmillian Audio—is read by Steve West.

In eighteenth-century England, young Christopher “Kit” Bristol is the unwitting servant of notorious highwayman Whistling Jack. One dark night, Kit finds his master bleeding from a mortal wound, dons the man’s riding cloak to seek help, and changes the course of his life forever. Mistaken for Whistling Jack and on the run from redcoats, Kit is catapulted into a world of magic and wonders he thought the stuff of fairy tales.

Bound by magical law, Kit takes up his master’s quest to rescue a rebellious fairy princess from an arranged marriage to King George III of England. But his task is not an easy one, for Kit must contend with the feisty Princess Morgana, gobling attacks, and a magical map that portends his destiny: as a hanged man upon the gallows….

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Wed
Oct 15 2014 2:00pm
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Hild (Excerpt)

Hild Nicola Griffith In seventh-century Britain, a new religion is coming ashore and small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently. Hild is the king’s youngest niece, with a glittering mind and a natural authority.

She is destined to become one of the pivotal figures of the Early Middle Ages: Saint Hilda of Whitby. But for now she has only the powerful curiosity of a bright child and the precarious advantage of a plotting uncle, Edwin of Northumbria, who will stop at nothing to become overking of Angles.

Hild establishes a place for herself at his side as the king’s seer, and she is indispensable—as long as she doesn’t lead Edwin astray. The stakes are high—life and death—for Hild, for her family, and, increasingly, for those who seek the protection from this strange girl who seems to see the future.

Drawing from the few records history has left us, Nicola Griffith has brought the young Saint Hilda’s harsh, but beautiful, world to vivid, absorbing life in Hild, available in paperback from Picador on October 28th.

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Tue
Oct 14 2014 4:00pm
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The Heart Does Not Grow Back (Excerpt)

Fred Venturini

The Heart Does Not Grow Back Fred Venturini Dale Sampson is used to being a nonperson at his small-town Midwestern high school, picking up the scraps of his charismatic lothario of a best friend, Mack. He comforts himself with the certainty that his stellar academic record and brains will bring him the adulation that has evaded him in high school. But his life takes a bizarre turn as he discovers an inexplicable power: He can regenerate his organs and limbs.

When a chance encounter brings him face to face with a girl from his past, he decides that he must use his gift to save her from a violent husband and dismal future. His quest takes him to the glitz and greed of Hollywood, and into the crosshairs of shadowy forces bent on using and abusing his gift. Can Dale use his power to redeem himself and those he loves, or will the one thing that finally makes him special be his demise?

Fred Venturini’s darkly comic debut, The Heart Does Not Grow Back is available November 11th from Picador.

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Thu
Oct 9 2014 4:00pm
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Young Woman in a Garden (Excerpt)

Delia Sherman

Delia Sherman Young Woman in a Garden collection excerpt In her vivid and sly, gentle and wise, collection of short stories, Delia Sherman takes seemingly insignificant moments in the lives of artists or sailors—the light out a window, the two strokes it takes to turn a small boat—and finds the ghosts haunting them, the magic surrounding them. Here are the lives that make up larger histories, here are tricksters and gardeners, faeries and musicians, all glittering and sparkling, finding beauty and hope and always unexpected, a touch of wild magic.

A long anticipated first collection of fabulous stories with ghosts, fairies, artists, and even a merman—Delia Sherman’s Young Woman in a Garden is available November 11th from Small Beer Press. Read an excerpt from a story titled “Walpurgis Afternoon” below!

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Wed
Oct 8 2014 4:00pm
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Champion of the Scarlet Wolf (Excerpt)

Ginn Hale

Champion of the Scarlet Wolf Ginn Hale Five years after abandoning the Sagrada Acedemy, Elezar Grunito has become infamous in the sanctified circles of noble dueling rings for his brutal temper and lethal blade. Men and women of all ranks gather to cheer and jeer, none of them knowing Elezar’s true purpose. But a violent death outside the ring marks Elezar as a wanted man and sends him into hiding in the far northern wilds of Labara.

There, creatures of myth and witchcraft—long since driven from Cadeleon—lurk in dark woods and prowl the winding streets. Soldiers and priests alike fear the return of witch-queens and even demons. Elezar soon learns that magic takes many forms, some too alluring to resist, others too terrible to endure. But just as he begins to find his place in this strange new country, the past he left behind along with his school days returns to challenge him once again.

Return to the world of Lord of the White Hell in this fantasy adventure from Ginn Hale! Champion of the Scarlet Wolf is available exclusively on Weightless Books. Print editions will follow in Fall 2015.

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Wed
Oct 8 2014 11:30am
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Prophecies, Libels & Dreams (Excerpt)

Ysabeau S. Wilce

Prophecies Libels and Dreams Ysabeau S Wilce Prophecies, Libels & Dreams is a collection of seven stories by Ysabeau S. Wilce—available November 11th from Small Beer Press. These inter-connected stories are set in an opulent quasi-historical world of magick and high manners called the Republic of Califa.

The Republic is a strangely familiar place—a baroque approximation of Gold Rush era-California with an overlay of Aztec ceremony—yet the characters who populate it are true originals: rockstar magicians, murderous gloves, bouncing boy terrors, blue tinted butlers, sentient squids, and a three-year-old Little Tiny Doom and her vengeful pink plush pig.

By turn whimsical and horrific (sometime in the same paragraph), Wilce's stories have been characterized as “screwball comedies for goths” but they could also be described as “historical fantasies” or “fanciful histories” for there are nuggets of historical fact hidden in them there lies. Read an excerpt from the story “Quartermaster Returns” below!

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Wed
Oct 8 2014 10:00am
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Dangerous Women: “The Girl in the Mirror” (Excerpt)

Lev Grossman

Dangerous Women Volume 2 Commissioned by editors George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, these tales of dangerous women by the most stellar names in fiction are publishing this autumn from Tor Books as a three-volume paperback!

Dangerous Women: Voume Two—available October 28th—includes stories by Lev Grossman, Sharon Kay Penman, S. M. Stirling, Sam Sykes, Caroline Spector, and Nancy Kress, as well as a new Outlander novel by Diana Gabaldon.

In “The Girl in the Mirror,” Lev Grossman takes us to Brakebills, an ancient, venerable school for wizards, one haunted by a thousand age-old traditions as well as spirits of a different kind, to show us that even the most innocent of pranks can end up having dangerous and even deadly consequences. Read an excerpt below, then join Stefan Raets for his review and analysis of the full story.

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Tue
Oct 7 2014 9:30am
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An English Ghost Story (Excerpt)

Kim Newman

Kim Newman excerpt An English Ghost Story A dysfunctional British nuclear family seek a new life away from the big city in the sleepy Somerset countryside.

At first their new home, The Hollow, seems to embrace them, creating a rare peace and harmony within the family. But when the house turns on them, it seems to know just how to hurt them the most—threatening to destroy them from the inside out.

An English Ghost Story—available now from Titan Books—is a stand-alone novel from acclaimed author Kim Newman. Read an excerpt from the haunted house tale below!

 

 

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Mon
Oct 6 2014 4:00pm
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The Wilds (Excerpt)

Julia Elliott

The Wilds Julia Elliott At an obscure South Carolina nursing home, a lost world reemerges as a disabled elderly woman undergoes newfangled brain-restoration procedures and begins to explore her environment with the assistance of strap-on robot legs.

At a deluxe medical spa on a nameless Caribbean island, a middle-aged woman hopes to revitalize her fading youth with grotesque rejuvenating therapies that combine cutting-edge medical technologies with holistic approaches and the pseudo-religious dogma of Zen-infused self-help.

And in a rinky-dink mill town, an adolescent girl is unexpectedly inspired by the ravings and miraculous levitation of her fundamentalist friend’s weird grandmother.

These are only a few of the scenarios readers encounter in Julia Elliott’s debut collection, The Wilds—available October 14th from Tin House Books. Below, read an excerpt from the collection’s title story.

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Mon
Oct 6 2014 10:00am
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Dangerous Women: “Virgins” (Excerpt)

Diana Gabaldon

Dangerous Women Volume 2 Commissioned by editors George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, these tales of dangerous women by the most stellar names in fiction are publishing this autumn from Tor Books as a three-volume paperback!

Dangerous Women: Voume Two—available October 28th—includes stories by Lev Grossman, Sharon Kay Penman, S. M. Stirling, Sam Sykes, Caroline Spector, and Nancy Kress.

Diana Gabaldon’s novella “Virgins” is a prequel story to her Outlander series, and features Jamie Fraser, who is forced out of his Scottish home and set to wandering in the world.

 

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