Still in catch-up mode from the long holiday weekend… Here are our 3 Reach for Infinity winners:
Congrats to our winners! If you are one of our prize winners please send us your full name and snail-mail address to “info [at] worldswithoutend [dot] com” so we can send your prize right away. Be sure to mention Reach for Infinity in your email so we know which prize you’re claiming.
We were supposed to announce our Babel-17 winners last Friday but hey, long holiday weekend… who knew? So without further delay here are our 5 winners:
Congrats to our winners! If you are one of our prize winners please send us your full name and email address to “info [at] worldswithoutend [dot] com” so we can send your prize right away. Be sure to mention Babel-17 in your email so we know which prize you’re claiming.
I like Wil Wheaton’s brand of snark and so I find myself in the awkward position of promoting a show on the SyFy channel. Has Hell indeed frozen over? The Wil Wheaton Project premiers tonight at 10/9 central and he’s gonna riff on sci-fi and nerd culture and generally geek out about our favorite things. It could be a train wreck like most things SyFy but it could be fun too. I’m betting on Wil to make it work. What do you think?
It seems a Tolkien fan in Rotterdam found an unknown to exist reel-to-reel recording of Professor Tolkien talking to fans at a huge dinner party thrown in his honor in 1958. The fan kept it hidden in his private collection for 20 years before being talked into releasing it. Now it’s being re-mastered by Middle-earth Network and Legendarium Media and will be made available to us next fall. Details are sketchy at the moment but they have provided a production blog and registration so you can get up to date info as they release it.
The Huffington Post has the story of the origin and discovery of the missing audio file that will whet your appetite more than the wicked-short snippet above so be sure to check that out.
Thanks to WWEnder Stephen Poltz for letting us know about this interesting development in the Tolkien Universe. I am eagerly awaiting more information and we’ll post any major news on this project as we can.
We’re living in a sci-fi world… or at least, we could be. I don’t know how I missed this but I don’t want you to. It’s freakin’ brilliant! These folks have an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for further development and you have 9 days to contribute to our sci-fi future.
The finalists for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, for best SF novel, have been announced:
- Lexicon by Max Barry (Penguin)
- Proxima by Stephen Baxter (Gollancz)
- The Circle by Dave Eggers (Knopf)
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (Marian Wood / Putnam)
- Hild by Nicola Griffith (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
- The Cusanus Game by Wolfgang Jeschke (Tor, 1st English edition)
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
- The Disestablishment of Paradise by Phillip Mann (Gollancz)
- Evening’s Empires by Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
- The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata (Mythic Island Press)
- The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)
- On the Steel Breeze by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz)
- Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
- Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross (Ace)
- Strange Bodies by Marcel Theroux (Faber & Faber / Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
The award will be presented during the Campbell Conference, to be held June 13-15, 2014 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.
This makes the 6th major award nomination for Ancillary Justice which just took home the 2013 Nebula. What do you make of this list? Any personal favorites in there? Of the 15 books on the list 4 are by women which is an improvement over last year’s list that was only 1 out of 13.
Whenever we get a chance to do another book giveaway we jump at it. Especially if it’s from the good folks at Solaris who seem to be putting out some of the most exciting books these days. The book for this giveaway is no exception. We have three copies of Jonathan Strahan‘s latest installment in his Infinities anthology series: Reach for Infinity! This one comes out in stores on May 27th so this is your chance to win it before you can buy it.
Take a look at the list of authors in this book. It’s a who’s who of awesome authors that you probably already want to read. For your chance to win all you have to do is re-tweet this tweet:
— Worlds Without End (@WWEnd) May 19, 2014
…or comment here in the blog. Do both and double your chances! How easy is that? We’ll have a random drawing from our re-tweeter pool and announce our three winners next Monday so tweet away and don’t forget to tell your friends.
Reach for Infinity
Edited by Jonathan Strahan
An original collection of new short science fiction from the biggest and most exciting names in the genre. The latest in the Infinities collections edited and comissioned by multiple award-winning anthologist Jonathan Strahan.
What happens when humanity reaches out into the vastness of space? The brightest names in SF contribute new orginal fiction to this amazing anothology from master editor Jonathan Strahan. Including new work by Alastair Reynolds,Greg Egan,Ian McDonald, Ken Macleod, Pat Cadigan, Karl Schroeder, Hannu Rajaniemi, Karen Lord, Adam Roberts, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Aliette de Bodard Peter Watts, and others!
Table of Contents
- “Report Concerning The Presence of Seahorses On Mars”, Pat Cadigan
- “The Dust Queen”, Aliette de Bodard
- “Break My Fall”, Greg Egan
- “Wilder Still, the Stars”, Kathleen Ann Goonan
- “Amicae Aeternum”, Ellen Klages
- “Hiraeth: a tragedy in four acts”, Karen Lord
- “The Entire Immense Superstructure’: An Installation”, Ken Macleod
- “The Fifth Dragon”, Ian McDonald
- “Attitude”, Linda Nagata
- “Invisible Planets”, Hannu Rajaniemi
- “In Babelsberg”, Alastair Reynolds
- “Trademark Bugs: A Legal History”, Adam Roberts
- “Kheldyu”, Karl Schroeder
- “Hotshot”, Peter Watts
Our thanks to Solaris and Jonathan Strahan for the excellent prizes and best of luck to everyone. Help us spread the word and be sure to come back next Monday to see if you’ve won!
The 2013 Nebula Awards were announced last night at the Forty-Ninth Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, CA, hosted by the SWFA. The winner for best novel is Anne Leckie’s Ancillary Justice. The other nominees were:
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (Marian Wood)
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Morrow; Headline Review)
- Fire with Fire by Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
- Hild by Nicola Griffith (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata (Mythic Island)
- A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar (Small Beer)
- The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (Harper)
Congrats to Anne and all the nominees. This was one hell of a good nominees list. You can see the complete list of winners in all categories on the SFWA site.
Ancillary Justice has been nominated for five major awards and has already won the 2013 BSFA and the 2014 Clarke and is still in the running for the 2014 Hugo. That’s 3 out of 4 so far. Very impressive. Can she go 4 out of 5 with the Hugo? What do you think of this result? With all those noms it can’t be much of a surprise. Anything on the ballot that you would have preferred to have won?
After posting about this weekend’s Damon Knight Grand Master Award ceremony yesterday we talked to the fine folks at Open Road. We decided what better way to celebrate the occasion than by hosting a giveaway? Up for grabs are 5 digital copies of Delany’s seminal work Babel-17 and all you have to do for your chance to win is re-tweet the tweet below or leave a comment here in the blog. Do both and double your chances!
The contest will run until next Friday the 23rd and is open
world-wide to US and Canadian residents only. Next Friday we’ll put all the names into a hat and randomly draw 5 winners. Easy peasy.
— Worlds Without End (@WWEnd) May 16, 2014
At twenty-six, Rydra Wong is the most popular poet in the five settled galaxies. Almost telepathically perceptive, she has written poems that capture the mood of mankind after two decades of savage war. Since the invasion, Earth has endured famine, plague, and cannibalism—but its greatest catastrophe will be Babel-17.
Sabotage threatens to undermine the war effort, and the military calls in Rydra. Random attacks lay waste to warships, weapons factories, and munitions dumps, and all are tied together by strings of sound, broadcast over the radio before and after each accident. In that gibberish Rydra recognizes a coherent message, with all of the beauty, persuasive power, and order that only language possesses. To save humanity, she will master this strange tongue. But the more she learns, the more she is tempted to join the other side . . .
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Samuel R. Delany including rare images from his early career.
Babel-17, winner of the Nebula Award for best novel of the year, is a fascinating tale of a famous poet bent on deciphering a secret language that is the key to the enemy’s deadly force, a task that requires she travel with a splendidly improbable crew to the site of the next attack. For the first time, Babel-17 is published as the author intended with the short novel Empire Star, the tale of Comet Jo, a simple-minded teen thrust into a complex galaxy when he’s entrusted to carry a vital message to a distant world. Spellbinding and smart, both novels are testimony to Delany’s vast and singular talent.
Our thanks to Open Road for the great contest! Check out their list of Delany titles and many other authors on their site. Good luck to everyone and please help us spread the word about the contest. Don’t forget to check back here next Friday to see if you’ve won!
The Grand Master Award honors lifetime achievement, and Delany is excited, humbled, and a bit bemused, to be so named. “You don’t walk around saying, ‘Well, I’m Grand Master….’” he smiles. “Although you’re tempted sometimes!”
Open Road Media has a great selection of books by Delany and they also publish over a dozen Nebula Award winners, nominees, and Grand Masters, spanning the award’s 49-year history.