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Happy National Author’s Day!

Grateful thanks to all the authors whose books have kept me entertained, made me laugh, made me cry, made me think, allowed me to get lost in another time or another world or another way of thinking for more years than I am willing to put into print in the internet.

 

Here are some ideas to celebrate:

Write a review (or many)

Tell your friends about a book (or many)

Send a message or a note to an author (or many) telling them you like their books

Buy a book (or many)

 

#HappyNationalAuthorsDay

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Review of Discarded

Review of Discarded by Michael J. Allen

 

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent an ARC of this book by the author for review purposes. All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

Elias Graham is the embodiment of a grumpy old wizard. And he certainly has reason to be since the rest of the world is intent on ignoring his fondest wish—to be left alone.

From the Wasteland to Seufert Fells, from mananet to Edison blocks, from helpful strangers to would be assassins, from the prosaic to the terrifying, inch by inch Elias is drawn down a path he tries to avoid. And we are with him every step of the way, cringing or cheering him on as appropriate.

A world where magic and technology coexist, and both can be used for good, or for evil.

A fun read. I look forward to more Elias stories in the future.

4 stars.

Discarded
Michael J. Allen

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2017 Nebula Award Winners Announced

 

2017 Nebula Award Winners Announced

May 19, 2018
Nebula Winners Announced

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is pleased to announce the winners for the 52nd Annual Nebula Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. The awards were presented in Pittsburgh, PA at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center during a ceremony hosted by Martin P. Robinson on the evening of May 19th.

2017 Nebula/Bradbury/Norton Award Winners

Novel: The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Novella: All Systems Red, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)

Novelette: “A Human Stain”, Kelly Robson (Tor.com 1/4/17)

Short Story: “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM”, Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex8/17)

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Get Out (Written by Jordan Peele)

The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book: The Art of Starving, Sam J. Miller (HarperTeen)

The Nebula Awards were presented during the annual SFWA Nebula Conference, which runs from May 17th-20th and features seminars and panel discussions on the craft and business of writing, SFWA’s annual business meeting, and receptions. On Sunday, May 20th, a mass autograph session took place at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center and was open to the public.

The Nebula Awards recognize the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the United States as selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, membership in which is open to professional genre authors. The first Nebula Awards were presented in 1966.

In addition to the Nebula Awards, SFWA presented the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book, the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award, the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award, and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

The 2019 SFWA Nebula Conference will take place at the Marriott Warner Center in Woodland Hills, CA from May 16th-19th.

For more information–please visit nebulas.sfwa.org or email pr@sfwa.org.

2018 Scribe Award Nominees for excellence in tie-in fiction

Congratulations to all the nominees!

 

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers is pleased to announce the 2018 Scribe Award Nominees for excellence in tie-in fiction:

Short Story
“Banana Republic” by Jonathan Maberry
“Ganbatte” by Keith DeCandido
“Murderers’ Row” by John Jackson Miller
“Pacing Place” by Bob Mayer
“Rear Guard” by Sarah Stegall
“Storm Blood” by Peter Wacks and David Boop

Adapted Speculative and General
Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet by James Goss
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter by Tim Waggoner
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets by Christie Golden
Kong Skull Island by Tim Lebbon

Original Speculative
The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox
Solar Singularity by Peter J. Wacks, Guy Anthony De Marco, and Josh Vogt
Halo: Legacy of Onyx by Matt Forbeck
Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad by Christie Golden
Star Trek Discovery: Desperate Hours by David Mack
Supernatural: The Usual Sacrifices by Yvonne Navarro

Original General
Don Pendleton’s The Executioner Fatal Prescription by Michael A. Black
The Will to Kill by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet A Jesse Stone Novel by Reed Farrel Coleman

YA Original
Star Wars Adventures in Wild Space – The Cold by Cavan Scott
Warriors Three: Godhood’s End by Keith R. A. DeCandido
X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry

Audio
Doctor Who: Across the Darkened City by David Bartlett
Doctor Who: Cold Vengeance by Matt Fitton
Warhammer 40,000: Agent of the Throne, Blood and Lies by John French
Torchwood: Cascade by Scott Handcock
Torchwood: The Dying Room by Lizzie Hopley

The winners will be announced at a special ceremony at ComiCon in San Diego.

Original announcement

Bards Tower Planet Comicon 2018

Bard’s Tower at Planet Comicon 2018

Bard’s Tower at Planet Comicon 2018

I’ll be helping at the booth. Come see me there!

Kevin J. AndersonMelinda M. SnodgrassJonathan MaberryKeith DeCandidoQuincy J Allen and Michelle Corsillo
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