WHAT GOES WELL WITH CHOCOLATE? NEW BOOKS!

Because books go with everything.

Hardcover
Eye Of Zoltar, Jasper Fforde
Afterparty, Daryl Gregory
The Boundless, Kenneth Oppel
Expiration Day, William Campbell Powell
The Furies, Mark Alpert
Inventor's Secret, Andrea Cremer
Serpent Of Venice, Christopher Moore
Victories, Mercedes Lackey & Rosemary Edghill

Trade Paperback
Best Of Connie Willis, Connie Willis
Heaven's Queen, Rachel Bach
Born Of Illusion, Teri Brown
Invisibility, Andrea Cremer
New Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko
Secrets In The Shadows, Jenna Black

2014 Hugo Award Nominees

Hugo LogoBEST NOVEL

  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross (Ace / Orbit)
  • Parasite by Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia (Baen Books)
  • The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books)

BEST NOVELLA

  • The Butcher of Khardov by Dan Wells (Privateer Press)
  • “The Chaplain’s Legacy” by Brad Torgersen (Analog, Jul-Aug 2013)
  • “Equoid” by Charles Stross (Tor.com, 09-2013)
  • Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean Press)
  • “Wakulla Springs” by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages (Tor.com, 10-2013)

BEST NOVELETTE

  • “Opera Vita Aeterna” by Vox Day (The Last Witchking, Marcher Lord Hinterlands)
  • “The Exchange Officers” by Brad Torgersen (Analog, Jan-Feb 2013)
  • “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor.com, 09-2013)
  • “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling” by Ted Chiang (Subterranean Press Magazine, Fall 2013)
  • “The Waiting Stars” by Aliette de Bodard (The Other Half of the Sky, Candlemark & Gleam)

BEST SHORT STORY

  • “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky (Apex Magazine, Mar-2013)
  • “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Tor.com, 04-2013)
  • “Selkie Stories Are for Losers” by Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons, Jan-2013)
  • “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu (Tor.com, 02-2013)

Note:  4 nominees due to a 5% minimum requirement.

BEST RELATED WORK

  • Queers Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It Edited by Sigrid Ellis & Michael Damien Thomas (Mad Norwegian Press)
  • Speculative Fiction 2012: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary by Justin Landon & Jared Shurin (Jurassic London)
  • We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative by Kameron Hurley (A Dribble of Ink)
  • Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fictionby Jeff VanderMeer, with Jeremy Zerfoss (Abrams Image)
  • Writing Excuses Season 8 by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, Jordan Sanderson

BEST GRAPHIC STORY

  • Girl Genius Vol 13: Agatha Heterodyne & The Sleeping City written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
  • “The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who” Written by Paul Cornell, Illustrated by Jimmy Broxton (Doctor Who Special 2013, IDW)
  • The Meathouse Man Adapted from the story by George R.R. Martin and Illustrated by Raya Golden (Jet City Comics)
  • Saga Vol 2 Written by Brian K. Vaughn, Illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics )
  • Time by Randall Munroe (XKCD)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM)

  • Frozen Screenplay by Jennifer Lee; Directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee (Walt Disney Studios)
  • Gravity Written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón; Directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Esperanto Filmoj; Heyday Films; Warner Bros.)
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy & Michael Arndt; Directed by Francis Lawrence (Color Force; Lionsgate)
  • Iron Man 3 Screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black; Directed by Shane Black (Marvel Studios; DMG Entertainment; Paramount Pictures)
  • Pacific Rim Screenplay by Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro; Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney Double Dare You)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM)

  • An Adventure in Space and Time Written by Mark Gatiss; Directed by Terry McDonough (BBC Television)
  • Doctor Who: “The Day of the Doctor” Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Nick Hurran (BBC)
  • Doctor Who: “The Name of the Doctor” Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Saul Metzstein (BBC)
  • The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot Written & Directed by Peter Davison (BBC Television)
  • Game of Thrones: “The Rains of Castamere” Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; Directed by David Nutter (HBO Entertainment)
  • Orphan Black: “Variations under Domestication” Written by Will Pascoe; Directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions; Space/BBC America)

Note: 6 nominees due to a tie for 5th place.

BEST EDITOR – SHORT FORM

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Sheila Williams

BEST EDITOR – LONG FORM

  • Ginjer Buchanan
  • Sheila Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Lee Harris
  • Toni Weisskopf

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST 

  • Galen Dara
  • Julie Dillon
  • Daniel Dos Santos
  • John Harris
  • John Picacio
  • Fiona Staples

Note: category has 6 nominees due to a tie for 5th place.

BEST SEMIPROZINE

  • Apex Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Jason Sizemore and Michael Damian Thomas
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies edited by Scott H. Andrews
  • Interzone edited by Andy Cox
  • Lightspeed Magazine edited by John Joseph Adams, Rich Horton and Stefan Rudnicki
  • Strange Horizons edited by Niall Harrison, Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, Julia Rios, Sonya Taaffe, Abigail Nussbaum, Rebecca Cross, Anaea Lay and Shane Gavin

BEST FANZINE 

  • The Book Smugglers edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
  • A Dribble of Ink edited by Aidan Moher
  • Elitist Book Reviews edited by Steven Diamond
  • Journey Planet edited by James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, Lynda E. Rucker, Pete Young, Colin Harris and Helen J. Montgomery
  • Pornokitsch edited by Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin

BEST FANCAST

  • The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Doctor Who: Verity! Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas and Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)
  • SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester
  • The Skiffy and Fanty Show, Shaun Duke, Jen Zink, Julia Rios, Paul Weimer, David Annandale, Mike Underwood and Stina Leicht
  • Tea and Jeopardy, Emma Newman
  • The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond

Note: 7 nominees due to tie for 5th place.

BEST FAN WRITER

  • Liz Bourke
  • Kameron Hurley
  • Foz Meadows
  • Abigail Nussbaum
  • Mark Oshiro

BEST FAN ARTIST

  • Brad W. Foster
  • Mandie Manzano
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles
  • Sarah Webb

JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER

Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2012 or 2013.  Not a Hugo.

  • Wesley Chu
  • Max Gladstone
  • Ramez Naam
  • Sofia Samatar
  • Benjanun Sriduangkaew

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Time for the next book discussion of March, The Children of Kings by Marion Zimmer Bradley & Deborah J. Ross, part of the Darkover universe. As usual, the cover art and cover copy. Who's read this one already? What did you think?





Cover Copy: Millennia ago, the planet Darkover, a cold world orbiting a giant red sun, was settled by a lost colony ship from the Terran Federation. Alone on a new world, survivors interbred with the native chieri, psychically Gifted alien humanoids. The children of these matings were Gifted with telepathy and other psychic abilities, and their descendants, the aristocratic Comyn, forged a civilization in which the arts of the mind were cultivated and cherished. When the Terrans rediscovered Darkover, the seven Domains of the Comyn struggled to maintain their unique culture and independence, often at a terrible price. More than once, assassins and environmental saboteurs from the Terran Empire attempted to bring Darkover to its knees and erode the native culture for the benefit of the Federation--seeing Darkover as nothing more than a port of call for Terran military and trade. Eventually, a vicious interstellar war forced Federation forces to withdraw from Darkover, but Darkovans knew that it was only a matter of time before they would return.

Prince Gareth Elhalyn has grown up in the shadow of his legendary grandfather, Regis Hastur, one of the greatest leaders Darkover has ever known. But he is also haunted by fear of the insanity that is so prevalent in his Elhalyn family line. His world has become an unbearable counterpoint of meaningless aristocratic frivolity and dangerous political schemes--plots in which powerful lords attempt to use him to further their own ambitions. Overwhelmed by the memory of his famously brilliant ancestor, and fearful of the family's genetic weakness, he tries his best to better himself through the study of languages, swordplay, and training his psychic laran with his gradmother, Linnea Storn-Hastur, Keeper of the Comyn Tower. But Gareth cannot stop dreaming about a future without fame or family specters. His romantic spirit longs for escape from a life he feels is unfulfilling and limited. In a desperate attempt to remove himself completely from the restricted life of the Comyn, Gareth confesses his desires to his powerful grandmother, and with her blessing, disguises himself as a simple trader and travels to Carthon, on the border of the barbarous, warlike Dry Towns. The Dry Towns do not live under the rule of the Comyn, and no one in this isolated part of Darkover will recognize a Comyn lord.

In Carthon, protected by his guise of anonymity, Gareth overhears rumors of deadly, illegal Terran blasters being used in the barren lands beyond Shainsa--one of the main Dry Towns. If the Federation has returned and is now arming the bellicose Dry Towners with banned technology, it will mean a disastrous conflict for the Comyn of the Domains, who have long sworn themselves to the Compact, an oath of honor that forbids the use of distance weaponry. Venturing deeper and deeper into the desert lands, Gareth stumbles upon a terrible reality no one could have suspected and he is ill-prepared to deal with.

But in fact Gareth holds the key to protecting his world, if he can only stay alive in the deadly Dry Towns long enough to discover what it is. . . .

EASTER HOURS

In celebration of all that is good and chocolate, our store hours will be slightly altered for the weekend.

Friday April 18th: Closed

Saturday April 19th: Open

Sunday April 20th: Closed

Monday April 21st: Reduced Hours (12-5)

FACE THE ELEMENTS

On Saturday April 19th, we'll launch Elements, the new collection by Suzanne Church. There'll be a reading, a chance to chat with the author, and a special appearance by Sandra Kasturi: poet, editor and all-round awesome person. Join us here at the store at 3pm.

TUESDAY, SNOWY TUESDAY

Here're some new releases to fortify you against the chill.

Hardcover
STELES OF THE SKY, Elizabeth Bear
SHIPSTAR, Gregory Benford
GOBLIN EMPEROR, Katherine Addison
THE REVOLUTIONS, Felix Gilman
WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES, Soman Chaini
TRANSHUMAN, Ben Bova
UNWRAPPED SKY, Rjurik Davidson
FILE UNDER:13 SUSPICIOUS INCIDENTS, Lemony Snicket
FLUFF DRAGON, Platte F. Clark
FOREVER SONG, Julie Kagawa

Trade Paperback
SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, Soman Chainani
LOVECRAFT'S MONSTERS, Ellen Datlow, ed.
OPHELIA PROPHECY, Sharon Lynn Fisher
HOUSE OF IVY AND SORROW, Natalie Whipple
RO-BUSTERS, Pat Mills
FRANKENSTEIN'S CAT, Emily Anthes

Mass Market
ANTIAGON FIRE, L.E. Modesitt

PHONES ARE BACK

Looks like the problem has been solved. Thanks for your patience, you can all call us now. Like, right now. Anyone?

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

Folks, looks like our main phone line is down for the moment. We still have Internet and Fax, but we don't have any phone or voice mail access right now. We'll let you know as soon as the situation is fixed.

Guest Post: Tax Time Thoughts

 sparhawk3 copyby Bud Sparhawk

Oh crap, where did I put that check stub, or the acceptance letter saying how much I would be paid, or the receipts from Staples?  What about the toll tickets for driving to the con, oh, and the parking lot receipts, that is if I remembered getting them.  Maybe they’re still in the glove compartment?  What do I do about the pile of comps on the bookshelf or ……

Filing the US federal tax forms is not only pure freaking misery but forces one to lapse into the reality of their disorganized life.  Don’t they understand that all I want to do is write – not be a damned bookkeeper.

Even if you get all your paperwork together there are still problems.  A publisher is only responsible for sending IRS Tax Form 1099 when the total amount paid to a writer in a single tax year is greater than $600.  For the 99.9999% of us who write genre short stories, such huge payments from a single publisher are hardly ever the case – you have to sell a LOT of words to a single market at pennies per word to make more than $600.

In an ideal universe income records automagically flow to the writer from responsible corporations who always file Forms 1099. In this fantasy land the writer should have no problem listing every cent of their income.   But over here, in the real world, this does not always happen – even when payments exceed the limit.  Neither do the publisher/editors who slip payments through PayPal or other e-means provide the necessary forms.  Yet, despite these, the IRS insists that a writer acknowledge ALL income received regardless of whether they received documentation or not. Even if a writer manages to sell a half dozen short stories in a single year they still have to list every one of those pitiful amounts.

Listing a writer’s pitiful income is not an arduous task, given a small number of sales, however it is really embarrassing to admit that you received only $10 for a fucking novella that took you six agonizing months to write, even if it was finally (Hooray!) a SALE!

At the absolute bottom of market, one step above fanzines, there are the non-payment “publications” that pay ONLY in complementary copies.  Does a writer count those two or three copies as income and, if so, at what price?  Is it considered barter when you exchange your hard-won words for printed magazines or ephemeral electrons on an obscure website?  Maybe you could charitably consider those as tips except – wait a minute – tips are supposed to be reported as well!

This forces one into excessive contemplation of work that might be more financially rewarding, of books unread, of shows not seen, and of family neglected.  Putting those aside, the writer grumbles, sharpens the computer keys and drearily enumerates their modest successes, cursing fate, penurious publishers, and citizenship.

Perhaps next  year won’t be so difficult.

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Bud Sparhawk is a short story writer who has sold numerous science fiction stories to Analog, Asimov’s, and other widely circulated magazine, appeared in several “Best of” anthologies, and has works in other print, audio, and on-line media both in the United States and overseas. He has been a three-time Nebula novella finalist. He has also written technical articles appearing in various forms.

He has two print collections (Sam Boone: Front to Back and Dancing with Dragons), one mass market paperback (VIXEN), and several collections and unpublished novels available as eBooks, mostly in Kindle format. Many of his earlier works are available at Fictionwise.

Bud is currently the Treasurer of SFWA, a member of SIGMA, and a full-time writer. He maintains a weekly blog on the writing life, where this post first appeared. A complete biblography of stories, articles, and other material can be found at his web site.

 

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MOVIE TICKETS, ANYONE?

Wanna free pass to see THE RAILWAY MAN starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman? Each pass is good for two people to a screening at the Cineplex Queensway, Wednesday April 23rd at 7:30.  Drop us a note if you'd like one: inquiries-at-bakkaphoenixbooks-dot-com.

SFWA-WebWebcast!
When: April 24th, 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EDT
Where: AFL-CIO, 815 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Webcast: Instructions at the end of this post.

Hosts: The National Writers Union, DC Chapter and the Special Libraries Association, Social Science Division, Labor Section

The goal is to introduce copyright to a broader audience and foster dialogue around some key current issues—orphan works, fair use, and book scanning—for all stakeholders.

Speakers:

Edward Hasbrouck
Activist, journalist, author, consumer advocate
NWU Book Division co-chair
@ehasbrouck

Michael Capobianco
Author
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association of America (SFWA), President 1996–1998 and 2007–2008
@michaelcapobian

Kurt Wimmer
Expert, privacy and digital media law
Newspaper Association of America, General Counsel
@kurtwimmer

Moderator:

Larry Guthrie
Chair, Labor Section of the Special Libraries Association’s Social Science Division
Special Libraries Association, National Writers Union
@LarryGuthrie2

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NEW BOOKS, NEW BOOKS, NEW BOOKS!

Guys, there's a new hardcover book by Diana Wynne Jones.

The Islands Of Chaldea was begun by Diana during her last months, and finished after her death by her sister Ursula. Just looking at it makes me incredibly happy. And sad, too.

Hardcover
The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug, Daniel Falconer
Dreams Of Gods And Monsters, Laini Taylor
Unimaginary Friend, Dan Santant
Cauldron Of Ghosts, David Weber & Eric Flint
Collector Of Dying Breaths, M. J. Rose
Nethergrim, Matthew Jobin
Sea Of Shadows, Kelley Armstrong

Trade Paperback
Promise Of Blood, Brian McClellan
You, Austin Grossman
Balance Point, Robert Buettner
Fiend, Peter Stenson
Prodigy, Marie Lu
The Rising, Kelley Armstrong
Robot Uprisings, Daniel H. Wilson
Mark Of Athena, Rick Riordan
Reluctant Assassin, Eoin Colfer

International Sir Terry Pratchett Day

THE INTERNATIONAL AUTHORS FORUM LAUNCHES
INTERNATIONAL SIR TERRY PRATCHETT DAY AT LBF

To celebrate Sir Terry Pratchett as The London Book Fair’s (LBF) Author of the Day on Tuesday 8 April, the International Authors Forum, in association with LBF, has designated Tuesday 8 April International Sir Terry Pratchett Day, to mark his phenomenal international publishing success.   To launch the day, authors from around the world will be asked to vote for their favourite character from one of his books choosing from a list of Sir Terry’s Official Top 10 Favourites, which are:

  1. Commander Vimes
  2. Death
  3. Granny Weatherwax
  4. Tiffany Aching
  5. Lord Vetinari
  6. The Librarian
  7. Nanny Ogg
  8. Rincewind
  9. The Nac Mac Feegle
  10. Willikins

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