Monday, October 26, 2015

10 Questions with World Fantasy Award-winning Author Lewis Shiner (@lewisshiner)


This Author Spotlight
features

Lewis Shiner

World Fantasy Award Winner
and
Author of Seven Novels



Exciting news, gang: a brand new round of Author Spotlights is on its way, featuring a number of accomplished and talented writers.

The first of these is Lewis Shiner. Lewis Shiner is the author of BLACK & WHITE, FRONTERA, and the World Fantasy Award-winning GLIMPSES, among other novels. He's also published four short story collections, journalism, and comics. Virtually all of his work is available for free download at www.fictionliberationfront.net.

1.How did you get into writing and why do you write?

I've been writing fiction since I was four and started my first novel at seven, so it's hard to remember exactly what prompted it. I got uprooted a lot as a child (my father was in the National Park Service and we moved at least once a year), so books were one of the few constants in my life. I expect that's why I came to love them and want to write them myself.

As to why I write, that's changed over the years.  Initially I wrote to be rich and famous. When that didn't work out, I came to discover that it was an innate need, a way to process the events of my life and my feelings about them.

2.What do you like best (or least) about writing?

First drafts are the hardest, especially the early stages, because that's when I create the scaffolding that has to support everything else. I retype everything at least once and sometimes twice, and that second draft, when I'm retyping the rough work of the first draft and smoothing it out--the hard work of craft as opposed to the undependable magic of inspiration--is my favorite part. I also find that my first drafts are more and more polished, so the rewriting is less work. I've gotten to where I don't like finishing anything, because that's when my grandiose dreams for a project run up against the real world.

3.What is your writing process? IE do you outline? Do you stick to a daily word or page count, write 7 days a week, etc?

I used to outline, but more and more I just take my head full of vague ideas and start typing.  That way my characters can surprise me and the plot can develop more organically.

I have a day job and a full life, so I don't always manage to write every day, but I try. I don't have any artificial goals that I set for myself--I just write as much as I can. I enjoy the process and I know that my whole life is better when the work is going well, so that's incentive enough to write.  Weekends are my most productive time.

4.Who are some other writers you read and admire, regardless of whether they are commercially “successful?”

From the past: Dickens, Tolstoy, Eliot, and Conrad. Current writers I really admire include Ann Patchett, Barbara Kingsolver, Jane Smiley, and Karen Joy Fowler. I also love a good UK police procedural, of which my favorite practitioner is Barry Maitland.

5.Should the question mark in the above question be inside or outside the quotes? 

Outside.  The question mark refers to the sentence as a whole, not the contents of the quotes.

6.What’s your stance on the Oxford Comma?

The Oxford (aka "serial") comma is the only way to go.  Omitting it, like so many other rules in the AP Style book, hearkens back to the 19th century when every comma literally cost money. The Chicago Manual of Style has completely overshadowed AP Style.

7.What are your books about and how do they come to fruition?

Well, I've got seven novels and a career-retrospective short story collection in print, and they're all pretty different.  They range from hard SF (FRONTERA) to mainstream regional comedy (SLAM) to subjective time-travel (GLIMPSES and DESERTED CITIES OF THE HEART) to rock and roll realism (SAY GOODBYE) to mystery/suspense (BLACK & WHITE, DARK TANGOS).

The best metaphor that I've been able to come up with for my gestation process is that of a sieve. The intersection of a number of ideas forms a kind of mesh, and bits of other things start to get stuck in it--characters, scraps of dialog, visual images, and so on. If a lot of stuff clumps up in the sieve, then I've got a novel. If it's only a few bits, it may be a short story or nothing at all.

8.What’s your current writing project?

For the last five years I've been working on a gigantic mainstream novel about the sixties with the working title OUTSIDE THE GATE S OF EDEN.  Hundreds of characters, starting in 1965 and going to 2020, set mostly in Texas, but also San Francisco, New York, rural Virginia, Tupelo, New Orleans, and Guanajuato, Mexico.  It's currently over 350,000 words, and I'm finally closing in on the end. It attempts to answer the question: What happened to the idealism of the sixties and how did we end up with the greed-based culture of today?

9.What book(s) are you currently reading?

I just finished Sara Gran's CLAIRE DeWITT AND THE CITY OF THE DEAD, which I loved, and THE BASTARDS' PARADISE by Kathe Koja, which is astonishingly well-written. I'm currently reading travel guides to Madrid for an upcoming vacation.

10.Who or what inspires your writing?

It's a question of following my passion. Anything can set me off--a song, an article on the Internet, a passage in the Times Book Review, an argument with a friend. The trick is recognizing that flash of interest, seeing the possibilities in it, and knowing how to convert that passion into the framework for a story.

Finally, is there anything you’d care to add? Please also include where people can read your published stories, buy your book, etc.

All of my novels are in print and available as trade paperbacks or ebooks through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. All of my short fiction is online at fictionliberationfront.net.

Thank you, Lewis. An impressive body of work worth reading. Let us know when that epic novel is ready.

Be sure to visit Lewis's website to read his work. And follow him on Twitter: @lewisshiner

And keep your eyes open for forthcoming interviews with equally-talented writers.


Friday, October 23, 2015

There Grammar Matters!

Grammar matters?

Where?

There?

Here?

Everywhere!

Wait, whose grammar?

Their's?

Over there?

Never mind, they're over there, practicing their grammar.

Seriously, though, how is it that in the Information Age (where we all are and have been for nigh 20 effing years), the need to write has increased yet the ability to write has decreased? Want to make yourself insane? Read the comments on virtually any YouTube video. How the hell are we even able to understand one another?

Consider the following:














And because I can never have enough Ryan Gosling Hey Girl memes...





Thursday, October 22, 2015

Did You Watch Back to the Future on Back to the Future Day?



The historic day has come and gone.

October 21, 2015.

A long time in the making.

It was a fascinating opportunity to compare science fiction with science fact. For example, no flying cars yet. But we're also not still using fax machines. Much.

What are your predictions for the future?

Thirty years from now?

Humans routinely living and working on Mars?

Jurassic World? With people bored by the run-of-the-mill T-Rex?

The Singularity? aka the point at which Artificial Intelligence surpasses human intelligence? And if we apply the Turing Test, which asks you to discern whether you're communicating with a person or a computer A.I., we already have such machines. Refinement and evolution is inevitable.

Such was my fascination that I wrote my novel Eye Candy. Inspired by the work of Isaac Asimov, it's a hoot. With an ensemble cast and an exciting story, as many Easter eggs as Ready Player One, and a bang-up ending, it's worth a read. Check it out:



Saturday, October 17, 2015

When You Put Your Heart and Soul Into Your Writing



THAT is when you absolutely positively MUST remember that you write for yourself first. That's why first drafts are so much fun.

One time at UCLA one of my screenwriting professors said, When you write yourself into a corner, change corners.

So when you're struggling to find inspiration, and it happens to all of us, try to find a way back. 
Try thinking about all of us fellow writers out there... banging away at our keyboards.

Try reading the first few pages of one of your favorite books.

Try watching a beloved movie, perhaps one about writers.

Try this writing exercise: set the timer on your phone for 10 minutes. Grab any book at random. Close your eyes. Open the book to any page and put your finger down. Open your eyes. Read the sentence your finger is on. That is your opening sentence. Open a new document. Type that sentence. Start your timer and WRITE AS FAST AS YOU CAN WITHOUT STOPPING. Whatever comes through is what was supposed to come through. Because you're free to write anything, and not all up in your head about character and plot and diction, you're free to create. Let it flow. It will. Whatever it is. This is a warm-up exercise. It doesn't matter what you type. It doesn't matter what you misspell. Write All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy for 10 minutes if you must. But whenever I do this exercise, the timer goes off all of a sudden and I have no idea 10 minutes have already passed. I typically silence the timer and continue writing. Several of my favorite short stories were a direct result of this exercise.

And, if you're unable to gather the strength for even this, know that that is okay too. You may not write for a week. You may not write for a month. You may not write for a year. It may take time. Sometimes you have to wait.

But don't suffer alone. Get on Instagram. Join or create a writers group. Find community. Writing is a solitary activity. But the love of writing and of books makes you a member of a unique family unlike any other. We all know what it's like. We all procrastinate. We all struggle with reconciling the excitement with the fear. We all sometimes have to make just one more mug of coffee. You can do it.#writers

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Last Call for The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle by Lisa S. Mason (@LisaSMason)

Last Call for The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle
by Lisa Mason



Today, October 15, is the last day for The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle!

The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).


Download yours today at http://www.storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays!

Thank you, Lisa. This has been an exciting series of blogs sharing the Philip K. Dick Award Storybundle. So many talented writers and so many fantastic books.

Let us know when the next Storybundle is available.

Until then, kids, grab this PKD bundle today if you haven't already. It really is one of a kind. And a bargain at twice the price. Buy it today.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist) is in The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle (@sarah_zettel)



Reclamation

by
Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist)

is in

The Philip K Dick Award
Storybundle

Set in the far future, RECLAMATION centers on The Realm of the Nameless Powers, a world so ravaged by age that only a portion of deep canyons is habitable. The Realm has degenerated into a harsh caste system and Middle Ages technology. Their religion strictly enforces the castes who can marry, and which children are allowed to live.

Eric Born is a lapsed priest and a son of one of the noble families. Like all members of the priesthood, he possesses very precise telekinetic abilities, but he also has the rare gift of healing. Stifled by the backward ways of The Realm, he escapes to make a new life among the stars. Since then, he has established himself as a freelance computer engineer. He is employed by the Rhudolant Vitae, space traders who travel between star systems trading their technological and management skills for raw materials and political influence. The Vitae's deepest desire is to find their native world, from which they were forced to flee many centuries ago. When Eric Born discovers that The Realm is that very world, his loyalties are split.
Amazon.com Review

Imagine a distant future where human groups have colonized the galaxy, but where the earthly origins of the human race have been mysteriously forgotten. Several groups are pursuing a quest for the mythical "Home Ground," where human life began. Sarah Zettel's intriguing premise has a vital element of the best science fiction: it invites reflection on present reality while discussing an imagined future. Eric and Arla, migrants from a planetary backwater called the Realm, become central to the revelation of the truth, and their personal histories shed light on humanity's strange amnesia.
From Publishers Weekly

Zettel's debut novel breaks little new ground, but SF fans will still enjoy it. Her heroes, telekinetic Eric Born and mysterious pariah Arla Stone, must save their home planet from factions trying to tear it apart. This quest places them directly in the path of the Vitae, one of the most powerful races in the galaxy. Zettel's writing is crisp, and the story moves at an appropriately rapid pace. Although the reader may occasionally get the sense that the dramatic situation is familiar, Zettel's deft action scenes and wry humor help smooth out the trouble spots.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Sarah Zettel is the award winning cross-genre author of thirty novels that cover the literary spectrum from science fiction and fantasy to Young Adult to Mystery and Romance. A self-described "third generation nerd," Zettel's science fiction has won her critical acclaim and the Philip K. Dick award for her novel BITTER ANGELS (written as C.L. Anderson). 

RECLAMATION was her debut novel and won Locus Magazine's Best First Novel award

You can find all her books in all her genres at www.sarahzettel.com

You must see this video of Sarah talking about girls and women who are fans of science fiction at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLiEQChjYeI

And you must watch this video of Sarah talking about women and their stories in science fiction at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N08_dvCxbIw


So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).


The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs only until October 15. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://www.storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

Thank you, Lisa. Another talented and respected writer in this storybundle.

Time is running out, folks. Purchase your Philip K. Dick Award Storybundle now.

And for more kick-ass sci-fi, check out my novel EYE CANDY. It's a sweet, romantic, daring adventure with an ensemble of characters you'll love. And follow me on Instagram for daily writing inspiration and sneak peeks of my work.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Other Renowned Authors Who Have Won the Philip K Dick Award #SFWApro by Lisa Mason (@LisaSMason)




Other Renowned Authors Who Have Won the Philip K Dick Award #SFWApro
by Lisa Mason

It should also come as no surprise that other renowned authors and their books have been Philip K Dick Award Finalists or Winners over the years since 1983.

The list reads like a Who’s Who of Science Fiction, such as Carnival, Undertow, and Chill by Elizabeth Bear, At the City Limits of Fate by Michael Bishop, Mindplayers by Pat Cadigan, Voyager in the Night by C.J. Cherryh, Artificial Things by Karen Joy Fowler, Neuromancer by William Gibson, Neon Lotus by Marc Laidlaw, The Remaking of Sigmund Freud by Barry N. Malzberg, Memories by Mike McQuay (deceased), The Scar by China Mieville, The Wild Shore by Kim Stanley Robinson, Subterranean Gallery, Carlucci’s Edge, Carlucci’s Heart, and Ship of Fools by Richard Paul Russo, Green Eyes and Life During Wartime by Lucius Shepard (deceased), Leviathan, Vol 3 edited by Jeff VanderMeer, Millennium by John Varley, and Elivissey by Jack Womack.

So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).




The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs only until October 15. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://www.storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

Thank you, Lisa. This is indeed a who's-who of science fiction. My to-be-read list just got a lot longer.

Only one day remaining, boys and girls, so purchase your Philip K Dick Award Storybundle now. Today. Now. You'll regret it if you don't. A month from now you'll be all like, "Man... I should've gotten that sweet Philp K Dick Storybundle. Now it's too late. Dang." And we'll be all like, "Yeah, pretty much." So, yeah. Buy it NOW.

And for more kick-ass sci-fi, check out my novel EYE CANDY. It's a sweet, romantic, daring adventure with an ensemble of characters you'll love. And follow me on Instagram for daily writing inspiration and sneak peeks of my work.



Monday, October 12, 2015

Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams is in The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle!



Knight Moves

by
Walter Jon Williams

is in
The Philip K Dick Award
Storybundle!

A Philip K Dick Award-nominated novel.

Eight hundred years ago Doran Falkner gave humanity the stars, and he now lives with his regrets on a depopulated Earth among tumbledown ruins and ancient dreams brought to life by modern technology.

But word now comes that alien life has been discovered on a distant world, life so strange and impossible that the revelation of its secrets could change everything. A disillusioned knight on the chessboard of the gods, Doran must confront his own lost promise, his lost love, and his lost humanity, to make the move that will revive the fortunes both of humans and aliens . . .

Knight Moves is an engrossing and evocative read, a tale of immortality and love and death rendered in a style that reminds me more than a little of the early Roger Zelazny. Williams’ people are intriguing and sympathetic, and his portrait of an Earth left transformed and empty by a humanity gone to the stars, where aliens dig among ancient ruins for old comic books while the creatures of legends stir and walk again, will linger in my memory for a long time. Williams is a writer to watch, and– more importantly– to read.”
–George R.R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones

Knight Moves uses an unmatched cast of characters, human and otherwise, to tell an intriguing story.”
–Fred Saberhagen, author of the Book of Swords Trilogy

Walter Jon Williams is an award-winning author who has been listed on the best-seller lists of the New York Times and the Times of London.  He is the author of twenty-seven novels and three collections of short fiction.

His first novel to attract serious public attention was Hardwired (1986), described by Roger Zelazny as "a tough, sleek juggernaut of a story, punctuated by strobe-light movements, coursing to the wail of jets and the twang of steel guitars."  In 2001 he won a Nebula Award for his novelette, “Daddy’s World,” and won again in 2005 for “The Green Leopard Plague.”

Walter's subject matter has an unusually wide range, and include the glittering surfaces of Hardwired, the opulent tapestries of Aristoi, the bleak future police novel Days of Atonement, and the pensive young Mary Shelley of the novella "Wall, Stone, Craft," which was nominated for a Hugo, Nebula, and a World Fantasy Award.

He has also written for George RR Martin's Wild Cards project.

His latest work is The Fourth Wall, a near-future thriller set in the world of alternate reality gaming.

Walter has also written for comics, the screen, and for television, and has worked in the gaming field.  He was a writer for the alternate reality game Last Call Poker, and has scripted the mega-hit Spore.


For Walter’s sobering blog about his struggles with the writing of Knight Moves and his experiences after the book placed as a Philip K Dick Award Finalist, go to http://www.walterjonwilliams.net/2012/01/revisiting-knight-moves/

Walter has been blogging about writing for years and has passionate opinions. He ought to know! Here are some of his recent words of wisdom about the craft:
Walter discusses, with his usual humor, the role of family in fiction and particularly in genre fiction.
http://www.walterjonwilliams.net/2015/06/family/
Walter’s remarks on the autobiography of George Clinton and how funkadelic music has a lesson for writers.
http://www.walterjonwilliams.net/2015/03/lessons-for-writers-dr-funkenstein/
Walter discusses ambiguity in life and in fiction.
http://www.walterjonwilliams.net/2014/01/ambiguity/
Walter discusses what the phenomenal success of the Beatles can teach writers. Great insights!
http://www.walterjonwilliams.net/2014/02/lessons-for-writers-the-fab-four/
Walter talks idiot plots, idiot characters, and lazy writing. Get cracking!
http://www.walterjonwilliams.net/2015/01/trama-idiota/

So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).


The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs only until October 15. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://www.storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

Good stuff, Lisa. Another iconic writer in the PKD storybundle. Thank you!

And for more kick-ass sci-fi, check out my novel EYE CANDY. It's a sweet, romantic, daring adventure with an ensemble of characters you'll love. And follow me on Instagram for daily writing inspiration and sneak peeks of my work.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Unique and Diverse! The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle




Unique and Diverse!
The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle
by
Lisa Mason
Author of Summer of Love
and
Curator of
the Philip K. Dick Storybundle

What the authors and books of The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle share is the award itself, whether the book was a Finalist or Winner.

Above and beyond the prestige of the award—and the superb quality of the work—you will find a diverse array of protagonists to root for and startling worlds to visit.

In Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand, come to Araboth—the majestic, domed, multi-tiered city of the Ascendants as the once-in-a-decade Aestival Tide approaches and destruction looms.

In Life by Gwyneth Jones, meet Anna Senoz, a scientist who makes a momentous discovery about the X and Y chromosomes. Anna’s discovery provokes shocking reactions and impacts her career, her marriage, and her child.

In The Cipher by Kathe Koja, join Koja’s artists of the modern-day demimonde as they experiment with the mysterious, dangerous Funhole in a storage closet down the hall.

In Points of Departure by Pat Murphy, meet a chimpanzee whose brain is implanted with the personality of a young girl who has died, a farmer who grows a spouse from a packet of seed, a fortune-teller who learns that there's a difference between seeing the future and changing it, and more.

In Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter, root for the survivor of a lethal Manson-like cult as he searches for the son he once believed was dead and has reason to believe is still alive. Will he find the boy? And what will he find if he does?

In Summer of Love by Lisa Mason, run away to the Haight-Ashbury of 1967 where a teenage girl holds the key to the survival of the future. With the help of a half-black, half-white Hip merchant, a time-traveling young man from five hundred years in the future must find the girl and protect her life during the dangerous Summer of Love.

In Frontera by Lewis Shiner, travel to the lost Martian colony of Frontera with Reese, an aging hero of the US space program, as he discovers a secret so devastating that the new rulers of Earth will stop at nothing to own it.

In Acts of Conscience by William Barton, have a brewski with a politically incorrect orbital mechanic who must confront his own conscience and decide what, if anything, to do about the systematic destruction of a planet's intelligent species and his discovery of another species' own plans for humanity.

In Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon, return from space after two-hundred-fifty years to an Earth nearly swallowed by a peculiar crystalline, ice-like substance and figure out how to survive amid Ice Nuns, snow witches, and renegade cannibals.

In Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams, visit a depopulated Earth eight hundred years in the future as Doran Falkner confronts his lost promise, his lost love, and his lost humanity, aliens dig among ancient ruins for old comic books, and the creatures of legends walk again thanks to modern technology. Will Doran make the right move?

In Reclamation by Sarah Zettel, explore a far future where human groups have colonized the galaxy, but seek their mythical “Home Ground.” Eric Born, a lapsed priest, has escaped to the stars but discovers the shocking secret of the Home Ground. A classic science fiction tale told in Sarah’s award-winning witty and fast-paced style.

So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).


The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs only until October 15. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://www.storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

Again, THANK YOU, Lisa, for curating this collection so everyone can enjoy it. Truly epic stuff.

And for more kick-ass sci-fi, check out my novel EYE CANDY. It's a sweet, romantic, daring adventure with an ensemble of characters you'll love. And follow me on Instagram for daily writing inspiration and sneak peeks of my work.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist) is in The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle! (@KayKenyon)




Maximum Ice
by
Kay Kenyon
(PKD Finalist)
is in The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle!

They thought Earth would always abide. But it hadn't, not at all . . . .

Zoya Kundara has lived on the space vessel Star Road for 250 years. As Ship Mother, she is awakened from Deep Sleep in times of crisis, providing counsel to generations of its Romany crew. Now the starship has returned home, only to discover an Earth on the verge of extinction, blanketed in a crystalline substance called Ice. But it's not ice. This pearl-white mantle is a grand and mysterious ecology of information-bearing crystals. And it is relentlessly enclosing the last free lands.

To find a home for her crew, Zoya must approach the denizens of this strange new Earth. She will discover the Ice Nuns, who seek sole control of the physics-defying crystals; people huddled like moles in underground techno-warrens; and the snow witches, creatures of Ice, both mad and prophetic . . . and one snow witch in particular, who will defend the kingdom of Ice with power and immortal cunning.

From Library Journal

The generation ship Star Road returns to Earth after 250 years to revitalize its failing population and discovers that the planet is enveloped in a crystalline substance referred to as Ice. Zoya Kundara, the Ship Mother, acts as emissary to the planet's underground inhabitants, hoping against hope to find a way to rescue Earth and her own people from extinction. The author of The Seeds of Time and Leap Point delivers an ecological adventure set against an Earth peopled by Ice Nuns, snow witches, and renegade cannibals. For most sf collections.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

It has been 250 years since Zoya's starship left Earth, and upon finally returning, the crew discovers a planet nearly swallowed by a peculiar crystalline, icelike substance. As Ship Mother, Zoya has spent most of the long years in suspended animation, wakening occasionally to reconnect with the crew, an extended Romany family that fled after being scapegoated for a virulent plague. They are desperate to rebuild their lives on Earth, but communications with its few surviving inhabitants, who live in stinking warrens under the ice's surface, don't bode well. Then a transmission from a mysterious community called the Ice Nuns, which claims to be studying the ice as an information storage medium, entices Zoya down to the surface to investigate. Unbeknownst to her, Swan, an old enemy of the Rom, still wanders the surface, and when he hears of their return, he vows a singular, bloody vengeance for the deaths of his family. A vivid cast of characters, some interesting asides on religious authority, and the bleakly beautiful landscape make this a uniquely powerful tale reminiscent of Greg Bear. Roberta Johnson
Copyright © American Library Association.

Kay Kenyon is best known for her world building. Her science fiction and fantasy novels all develop out of a Place, a memorable and alluring geography, habitat, or magical kingdom. She then discovers who lives there, and why. And so the stories begin.

Her most recent novel is the fantasy Queen of the Deep, about an aspiring actress who opens a door onto a strange Renaissance kingdom. Her previous fantasy was A Thousand Perfect Things.

Kay has been a finalist for the Philip K. Dick and the John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, and twice for the ALA Reading List awards. Her science fiction includes the acclaimed series "The Entire and The Rose." Some of her early science fiction, such as Maximum Ice, has now been reissued in eBook, with what the author thinks are some of her best covers ever. Five of her short stories, including The Last Wave and The Book of Faces, are available as separate e-releases on Amazon.

Kay lives with her husband in Wenatchee Washington, and is a founding member of Write on the River, dedicated to helping aspiring writers improve their craft and navigate the writing life. 

Find out her latest news on her blog and website: http://www.kaykenyon.com, follow her on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KayKenyon, connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook/kay.kenyon, or sign up for her newsletter on her website.

So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).




The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs only until October 15. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://www.storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

Thanks, Lisa. So many talented and accomplished authors in this Storybundle.

And for more kick-ass sci-fi, check out my novel EYE CANDY. It's a sweet, romantic, daring adventure with an ensemble of characters you'll love. And follow me on Instagram for daily writing inspiration and sneak peeks of my work.


Friday, October 9, 2015

Authors and Books with Recognition and Multiple Awards are in The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle!




Authors and Books with Recognition and Multiple Awards are in The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle!
by Lisa Mason 
It should come as no surprise that the authors participating in The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle and their books have received recognition and awards in addition to the Philip K Dick Award.

Elizabeth Hand has received the Nebula, World Fantasy, Mythopeoic, Tiptree, and International Horror Guild Awards, and her novels have been chosen as New York Times and Washington Post Notable Books. She’s been a Philip K Dick Award Finalist three times.

Gwyneth Jones has won two World Fantasy awards, the Children of the Night award, the BSFA award and the Pilgrim award for Science Fiction criticism.

Novels of Lisa Mason have been chosen as a New York Times Notable Book, a New York Public Library Recommended Book, and a San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book.

Kay Kenyon has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and chosen twice for the ALA Reading List.

Pat Murphy’s Nebula Award-winning story "Rachel in Love" is included in Points of Departure and she won a Nebula for her novel, The Falling Woman. Her fiction has also won the World Fantasy Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Seiun Award.

Stories and books by Lewis Shiner have frequently been short-listed for the Nebula and the Hugo Awards.

Walter Jon Williams has appeared on the best-seller lists of the New York Times and the Times of London, won a Nebula Award for his novelette, “Daddy’s World,” and won the Nebula again for “The Green Leopard Plague,” and was nominated for a Hugo, Nebula, and a World Fantasy Award.

William Barton has been a Philip K. Dick Finalist three times.

And Kathe Koja’s The Cipher not only placed as a PKD Award Finalist but also won the Bram Stoker Award and was recently named one of io9.com's Top 10 Debut Science Fiction Novels That Took the World By Storm.

Sarah Zettel won critical acclaim and the Philip K. Dick Award for her novel BITTER ANGELS (written as C.L. Anderson). RECLAMATION was her debut novel, was a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist, and won Locus Magazine's Best First Novel award.

So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).


The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs only until October 15. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://www.storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

Thank you once again, Lisa. Truly a talented group of writers and a collection of books worth reading. Everyone should grab this bundle of books.

And for more kick-ass sci-fi, check out my novel EYE CANDY. It's a sweet, romantic, daring adventure with an ensemble of characters you'll love. And follow me on Instagram for daily writing inspiration and sneak peeks of my work.