Book Giveaway: Classical Traditions in Science Fiction Edited by Brett M. Rogers & Benjamin Eldon Stevens
It’s been some time since we last ran a book giveaway contest but we’re back now with a doozy. Instead of our typical fiction offering we’ve got something a little more highbrow for you this time: Classical Traditions in Science Fiction edited by Brett M. Rogers & Benjamin Eldon Stevens from Oxford University Press. CTSF is the first collection dedicated to the rich study of science fiction’s classical heritage, offering a much-needed mapping of its cultural and intellectual terrain. Told you it was highbrow.
We have 2 copies to give away: our first place winner will receive a hardcover copy, worth $89.10, and our second place winner will receive a paperback copy. As always, we’ve made it super easy to enter. All you have to do is re-tweet this tweet:
— Worlds Without End (@WWEnd) January 26, 2015
or comment here in the blog and you’re in – easy peasy. Do both and double your chances! We’ll have a random drawing and announce the winners next Monday so tweet away and don’t forget to tell your friends.
So now you know about the contest I’ll leave it for Brett and Ben to tell you about their book.
From its very beginning to its most recent moments, modern science fiction (SF) has looked back to Greek and Roman antiquity as a source of inspiration for ideas, images, and important questions. Classical Traditions in Science Fiction (CTSF) looks at some of the ways in which SF has looked to the future in part by looking back.
For example, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), arguably the starting point of SF, is subtitled “Or, The Modern Prometheus,” referring to the ancient myth of the Titan who stole fire, a symbol of technology, and gave it to humankind. The subsequent punishment of both Prometheus and humankind in the myth, like the consequences for creator and creature in Shelley’s haunting novel, suggests that our relationship to technology is a complicated one: even as we are awestruck by what we can do, we are asked to wonder how science and technology may affect our humanity. (Frankenstein is discussed at length in CTSF chapter two, while Prometheus is treated in the introduction, excerpted here, and in a related post on OUPblog.)
Likewise, nearly two hundred years later, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy (2008-2010 as books, ongoing in films) asks how much we might give up so as to have access to technology of a different sort: in the pursuit of safety and security in society, are we sacrificing essential liberties? Collins invites us to ask this question by imagining a future version of the United States of America modeled on visions of ancient Imperial Rome, in which the ethically shallow excesses of a small libertine class are built on systems of oppressive, militaristic exploitation and control. Will our future thus resemble, in undesirable ways, the ancient past? (The Hunger Games are treated in CTSF chapter 13.)
In these two examples and many others, SF turns to ancient Greek and Roman mythology, literature, history, and art to raise questions about what it means to be human in an increasingly technoscientific world. At the deepest level, that connection matters because the methods by which we reconstruct the ancient past is much like how we speculate about the future: in both cases, we work to imagine a world in ways unlike our own… so as to see our own world, our present, more clearly.
We hope all of this is as fascinating to other readers of SF (and fantasy!) as it is for us. Check out the book, available now on sites like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes; visit the book’s facebook page for excerpts, related events, and more; and attend our upcoming conference on “The Once and Future Antiquity,” March 27th-29th at the University of Puget Sound. We’re also very happy to answer questions and have conversations at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Our thanks to Brett and Ben and the folks at Oxford University Press for the opportunity to bring this exciting new work to our fans attention. Best of luck to everyone!
Time to give out some more books! For our Pretender contest we had 81 re-tweets and 25 blog comments. Here are our 5 lucky winners:
Congrats to our winners! If you are one of our prize winners please send us your full name and snail-mail address to email@example.com so we can send your prize right away. Be sure to mention Pretender: Saving Luke in your email so we know which prize you’re claiming.
Our thanks to Steven and Craig and everyone at The Centre Universe for the great contest and prizes and to everyone who participated! We’ll be back with another giveaway soon come on back!
There are Pretenders among us, geniuses with the ability to become anyone they want to be. In 1983 a corporation known as The Centre isolated a young Pretender named Jarod and exploited his genius for their research. Then, one day, their Pretender ran away…
Steven Long Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, the duo behind the 90’s hit NBC TV series, The Pretender, are back again with the second installment of the new Pretender book series. The Pretender: Saving Luke is the sequel to the critically acclaimed first book, Rebirth and picks up right where that book left off with more Jarod being awesome and Miss Parker being hot — and hot on his heels. Throw a little Sydney and Broots in there for some existential angst and charming confusion respectively and you’ve got another winner on your hands.
The good folks at The Centre Universe have come back to us to help them spread the word and we have 5 autographed trade paperback copies of Saving Luke to give away.
You know the drill: re-tweet this tweet:
— Worlds Without End (@WWEnd) July 1, 2014
or comment here in the blog to enter the contest – easy peasy. Do both and double your chances! We’ll have a random drawing and announce the winners next Monday so tweet away and don’t forget to tell your friends.
Now comes the exciting climax to the first fully original, mystery thriller novel, The Pretender: Rebirth – the return of Jarod, Miss Parker, Sydney and the nefarious, clandestine activities of The Centre, in The Pretender: Saving Luke.
Jarod uses his dazzling mind and unequaled abilities to save a kidnapped boy and thwart a deadly plot threatening the innocent lives of hundreds while he continues his search for the truth about his identity and hides from those who want to recapture him.
Leading the Centre hunt for Jarod is the sexy, complex, bitch-on-wheels, Miss Parker. Theirs is a pursuer/pursued relationship bound together by emotional ties, mutual scars and an unspoken passion for each other.
Alongside Miss P. is Sydney, Jarod’s surrogate father figure and Centre psychologist who nurtured his genius for the Centre’s disreputable purposes. But Jarod’s patience with Sydney roils with anger over lack of answers to Jarod’s past and the identity of his natural birth parents.
Authors Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle, have encored with a return tome sure to please not only returning fans of the original TV series but also new readers unfamiliar with the world of The Pretender.
There are Pretenders among us…
Our thanks to Steven and Craig and everyone at The Centre Universe for the opportunity to bring this new chapter to our fans! Best of luck to everyone.
Time to give out some more books! For out Uprising contest we had 109 re-tweets and 7 blog comments. Here are our 3 lucky 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 Uprising in your email so we know which prize you’re claiming.
For this book giveaway we have a new book by English author Sarah Cawkwell. Uprsising, book one in her Heirs of the Demon King series, is fresh out from Abaddon Books and they want us to help them spread the word. To that end they’ve offered up 3 copies to our lucky followers.
For your chance to win all you have to do is re-tweet this tweet:
— Worlds Without End (@WWEnd) June 3, 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 Tuesday so tweet away and don’t forget to tell your friends.
Mathias Eynon’s dreams were small. A dabbler in magic, he expected to live in obscurity in his home in the Welsh hills, not drawing attention to himself. But fate has other plans for him. It is the Year of Our Lord Fifteen Ninety, and a revolution is quietly brewing, here and further abroad. Richard V has overstayed his rule, some say; others whisper that the whole line of Demon Kings must be burned out.
Mathias – son of a man executed for the practice of magic – is set to become a symbol, and a leader. And to do that, he needs champions. A wise woman sends him to the corners of the known world – to the frozen lands of the north, to the pirate-haunted ports of Spain, to the mountains of the German Empire, to the burning sands of the Holy Land – to bring back masters of the four magic arts. With Richard’s Witch Hunters on his heels, he sets out to gather his allies.
Our thanks to Abaddon Books and Sarah Cawkwell for the excellent prizes and best of luck to everyone. Help us spread the word and be sure to come back next Tuesday to see if you’ve won!
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.
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!
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!
This contest ended yesterday but I was out of town and couldn’t make the announcement until now. Anyway, we’ve just had our re-tweet contest prize drawing for Miles Cameron‘s The Red Knight and The Fell Sword, books one and two of his Traitor Son Cycle from Orbit!
There were 204 entries for the contest and here are our 5 random winners:
Congrats to all our winners! If you are one of our prize winners please send your full name and snail-mail address to us at “info [at] worldswithoutend [dot] com” so we can send your prize right away. Be sure to mention The Fell Sword in your email so we know which prize you’re claiming.
Our thanks to Orbit and Miles Cameron for the excellent contest and to everyone who participated! We’ll be back with another giveaway soon so keep an eye open!