Celebrating 2016 Nebula Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Nebula Award winners and nominees!

We would also like to compliment ALL of the participants, panelists and volunteers that made the conference possible.  It was truly one of the very best so far!

If you have not attended the annual SFWA conference before, you are missing the very best of professional SF/F conferences!

 

 

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Congrats 2016 Hugo Award winners!

2016We are so very proud to be part of this amazing community that so soundly triumphed and showed the Sad Puppies the door with a resounding slam!  Click the link below to see the wonderful slate of winning authors this year that are well worth reading (if you haven’t done so already).  Some of our favorite authors are here, so please celebrate this world-changing genre by checking out the works that were awarded with one of our industry’s top two awards.

Hope to see you all next year in Helsinki!

2016 Hugo Awards

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Lawrence M. Schoen 2014 Nebula Award Nominee

NFPpageCoverCongrats to fellow Noble Lawrence M. Schoen for his 2014 Nebula Award nomination for his novella “Calendrical Regression” published by our own NobleFusion Press.  This is Lawrence’s third nomination and deservedly so – the latest installment in his Conroyverse is a delightful romp through time and space with the best buffalito companion a hypnotist could wish for.  Click to take a look!

Nebulacolor-150x150And a Svenkali assassin versus The Amazing Conroy’s effort to regress a Mayan mystic just takes it to a whole ‘nuther level of epic and culinary proportion!

 

We hope to see you in Chicago in June!

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Cover Reveal for Lawrence Schoen’s “Barsk”

Lawrence’s wonderfully mind-bending novel Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard is coming–the cover looks fantastic!
http://www.lawrencemschoen.com/news/cover-reveal-barsk-the-elephants-graveyard/

Barsk is here!

Barsk is Coming in December!

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Story seeds picked from the Internet chaff

I usually avoid the “Top 10 Whatever” headlines that have become mostly linkbait and generally contain little (or no!) substance. But when it comes from a fun site like Ancient Origins, it can be a great source of material for stories. I wouldn’t go to them for definitive research, but as an intriguing starting place? Absolutely. So, here are the Top 10 Archeological Discoveries of 2014.

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The 30 Sci-Fi Stories Everyone Should Read

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30 Sci-Fi Stories Everyone Should Read

This month fellow Kansans James Gunn and Chris McKitterick (renowned and gifted Science Fiction writers/scholars/professors) contributed to Popular Mechanic’s recent list of the top 30 must read stories in the genre.

While not all of them are all-time classic SF must-reads (although Jim and Chris’ picks are totally spot on perfect), they are all super reads and worth checking out.  You can’t go wrong with any of them.  And, if for no other reason, the cover art is worth a gander since they are the original artwork from the first editions – many of which are over 50 years old.  Great art and literature is timeless!

Enjoy.

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Why Today’s Inventors Need to Read More Science Fiction

“Reading science fiction is like an ethics class for inventors, and engineers and designers should be trying to think like science fiction authors when they approach their own work. ”

For me, THIS is one of the great powers of speculative thinking.

And this article is one of the reasons I enjoy the Atlantic. Long, but worth it.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/09/why-todays-inventors-need-to-read-more-science-fiction/279793/

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Profile of a Pioneer: Science Fiction, Software, & 49 Years’ Innovating

An interesting article about Dana Paxson, a long-time IT professional and industry “outsider” who is trying to change the way science fiction is produced and consumed.  And, it blends a story about a guy who builds art from found things with a guy who can read octal as if it were plaintext–a Noble Fusion.

http://www.idgconnect.com/abstract/3723/profile-pioneer-science-fiction-software-49-years-innovating

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6-Word Science Fiction Short Stories

Writing science-fiction and fantasy is a specialized form of literary art that is at the far right of the “inspiring and thought-provoking” bell curve.  The short-story is an art form all of it’s own and demands a steady and trained hand.  Combining the two is down right daunting and one of the most noble and rewarding challenges of all.  We are fans.

But a good science fiction/fantasy/horror short story written with only 6 words leaves us speechless.

So for your pleasure, Wired Magazine commissioned 6-word short stories from some of the best talent: Joss Whedon, Eileen Gunn, William Shatner and more.  This was published quite some time ago, but since time is a construct for the mind we decided to post this anyway.  Enjoy!

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.11/sixwords.html

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Kim Stanley Robinson interview — The Atlantic

Wanted to share a great interview with KSR about his new novel 2312 and his writing process.  I love the description of his work as “These books are the gold-standard of realistic, and highly literary, science-fiction writing.” … something I’d love to have said about anything we produce! In any case, it’s a worthwhile read.

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/04/in-300-years-kim-stanley-robinsons-science-fiction-may-not-be-fiction/274392/

 

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