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Amazing StoriesAmazing Stories, a magazine with a history spanning back until 1926, is being resurrected - go to http://www.amazingstoriesmag.com/ to see for yourself.

Most of the content of the "Relaunch Prelaunch" issues is available online for a limited time, so it's worth going back once in a while, and checking what is coming on-stream.

Or you could, of course, just pay the $1.99 for the full editions - actually, I'd recommend you either do this, or donate something to the effort!

International Speculative Fiction, Magazine, Number ZeroThe International Speculative Fiction Site has published the inaugural edition of their new magazine, showcasing non-anglophone SF.

The magazine is freely available for download here - this version contains 3 short stories, plus features/inteviews on Brazilian and Hungarian SF.

The stories are The Death of Mr. Teodorescu by Cristian Mihail Teodorescu (which didn't set my world on fire for some reason), The Wind-Blown Man by Aliette De Bodard (great stuff), and The Ethics of Treason by Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro (still reading, but unusual and thought-provoking so far!)

Go check it out - this looks like an interesting new venture!

Daniel Lieske - Wormworld Saga - Chapter 3Daniel Lieske has published the 3rd chapter of his gorgeous digital graphic novel Wormworld Saga on his website.

It is free to read - I would suggest that, if you enjoy this, you donate something or buy the app to keep him going!

The story now kicks off well and truly in the parallel Wormworld - to me this had quite a lot of the feel (but a completely different look) of Jeff Smith's Bone stories.

If you haven't read the first two instalments then follow the link at the top of the page to take you there.

 



Daniel Lieske - Wormworld Saga - Chapter 2It was the perfect accompagnement for Christmas - Daniel Lieske released Chapter 2 of the Wormworld Saga on December 25.

This is a most gorgeously drawn series, following the adventures of a boy (who has problems fitting in) in a parallel fantasy world - so far so vanilla, but very nicely done indeed!

If you're new to this then I'd suggest you start with Chapter 1, and if you enjoy it why not support the artist (who has just put out 3 month's work for free!) by getting something from his print shop, or buy the Wormworld iPod/Android app?

Flurb - A Webzine of Astonishing TalesI'd like to draw your attention to the Fall/Winter 2011 edition of Flurb, Rudy Rucker's Webzine of Astonishing Tales, which publishes short stories which are hard to place, both in topic as well as in terms of finding a publication.

I haven't read all the stories yet (I'm pacing myself, given that this is something which lends itself for reading on a mobile device when one is out of sensible reading material whilst on the move), but can comment on the following already:

 

Bruce Sterling - The Onset of a Paranormal Romance

A brave approach by Bruce, but this didn't work for me, and not just because of the open ending

 

A. S. Salinas - The Robert Armstrong Syndicated Newspaper Strip

Fun, if not very deep, and rather forgettable. Provided perfectly good travel entertainment.

 

Rudy Rucker and Paul Di Filippo - Fjaerland

A well written and entertaining Lovecraft et al spoof, apparently with a real location.

 

The current issue as well as the earlier one (entertainment for many trips!) can be found at the Flurb website.

The Hugo AwardsCongratualations to the winners of this year's Hugo Awards!

 

BEST NOVEL Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)

BEST NOVELLA The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)

BEST NOVELETTE The Emperor of Mars by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)

BEST SHORT STORY For Want of a Nail by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)

plus:

JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER (not a Hugo) Lev Grossman

 

Full Results, voting breakdown etc all over at the Hugo Awards Website

 

 

Peter Watts – Maelstrom

 

Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner

 

S.P. Somtow – I Wake from a Dream of a Drowned Star City

 

Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters

 

Lavie Tidhar - Central Station

 

Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments

 

Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow

 

Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains

 

Peter Watts - Blindsight


Andy Weir - The Martian

 

Ken MacLeod - Cosmonaut Keep

 

Doris Lessing - Shikasta

 

Liz Williams - Empire of Bones

 

Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives

 

Somtow Sucharitul – Starship & Haiku

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