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“Knocked Up” meets “E.T.”

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Nikki and Josh really want a child but have infertility issues. Gretchen and Mike have the same problem. When Nikki meets Gretchen at the Happy Daze Family Clinic in Pasadena, they discover that they share a love of music and have asked for a donor with musical talent.

Nine months later, each woman gives birth to a very unusual baby. Seeking an answer as to why their kids are so special, they meet again at a pediatrician’s office.

And the search is on!

Who—and what—is Donor Number 333?

U F uh-O, A Sci Fi Comedy started out as a screenplay for a producer looking for a science fiction comedy like “Galaxy Quest” or “Men in Black” and became a novella. Prose writing is so much more fun than scriptwriting!

U F uh-O, A Sci Fi Comedy is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, and Kobo.

U F uh-O, A Sci Fi Comedy is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

5 star review on Amazon for U F uh-O, A Sci Fi Comedy

A very clever humorous novella! July 26, 2013

Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase

I had never read any work by this author, but I met Lisa on Facebook and twitter and she seemed a very nice person. For that reason, I thought I would try one of her books, but I really had no expectations; being a nice person is no proof that she will be able to write. As it turns out, she also is an excellent author!
By about the time I was halfway through the book, I found myself very involved with the characters and wholeheartedly cheering them on! I took a chance on someone I never read before and was rewarded by finding another favorite author. It wasn’t until I had finished the book and read the end material that I learned that she had many other works published and some with pending movie contracts.
I would highly recommend this 82 page funny novella to anyone who enjoys a well written book with excellent character development in unusually subtle ways. Read this little book and I’m sure you will be as pleasantly surprised as I was. I am looking forward to reading more of her works as I’m sure you will be, too!

From the author of Summer Of Love (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Summer of Love
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Gilded Age (a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series,
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery)
is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story on Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
My Charlotte: Patty’s Story is also on Amazon.com worldwide in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Netherlands, and Mexico.

Whew! Did I forget anything? I don’t think so, but I didn’t include every title in my whole list, either. For that—

Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming projects, fine art and bespoke jewelry by Tom Robinson, worldwide Amazon.com links, and more!

And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, on Wikipedia, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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Thank you for your readership!

 

About Elizabeth Hand and Aestival Tide
I met Elizabeth Hand at the San Francisco Worldcon when our mutual publisher drove a bus filled with its authors up to George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch for the evening. What a memorable evening it was!
I’d also use “memorable” to describe any of Liz’s stories and books. She’s internationally renowned for her lush literary style and cutting-edge ideas. Prepare to be dazzled by Aestival Tide, a wonderful addition to the Philip K. Dick Award Bundle. –Lisa Mason
For more information about Liz and her books, go to http://www.elizabethhand.com/

About Gwyneth Jones and Life
I first became acquainted with Gwyneth Jones via her incisive and award-winning criticism of science fiction. What a treat to discover her own incisive and award-winning science fiction.
Life is a tale of feminism and courage that asks difficult questions about women and society and a splendid example of what science fiction may achieve beyond conventional genre tropes. I’m pleased to include Life in the Philip K. Dick Award Bundle. –Lisa Mason
For more information about Gwyneth and her books, go to http://www.gwynethjones.uk/

About Kathe Koja and The Cipher
I remember when Kathe Koja burst onto the science fiction, fantasy, and horror scene with her jaw-dropping stories. A masterly visceral stylist, Kathe fearlessly explores the dark underside of creativity. And reality.
I wasn’t surprised to learn The Cipher also won the Bram Stoker Award, conferred by Horror Writers of America, and was named by io9.com as one of the Top Ten Debut Novels That Took the World by Storm.
When you dive into this selection in the Philip K. Dick Award Bundle, be sure to leave the lights on. –Lisa Mason
For more information about Kathe Koja and her books, go to http://kathekoja.com

About Pat Murphy and Points of Departure
I’ve run into Pat Murphy over the years at parties and conventions since she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and so do I.
Points of Departure is a story collection, including Pat’s Nebula-winning “Rachel in Love.” She also won a Nebula for her novel, The Falling Woman. She is renowned for her stories, which are elegant, thought-provoking, and compassionate. I’m delighted to include this fine collection in the Philip K. Dick Award Bundle.–Lisa Mason
For more information about Pat Murphy and her books, go to http://www.brazenhussies.net/murphy/

About K.W. Jeter and Dark Seeker
I’ve run into K.W. Jeter once or twice over the years in the San Francisco Bay Area and am glad to have made his acquaintance. I’ve also read his startling stories in the inevitable Year’s Best anthologies.
Jeter is known for his vivid literary style, complex paranoid characters, and dark themes. In Dark Seeker, K.W. boldly tells the tale of a survivor of a deadly cult and his search for his son who may or may not still be alive.
Enjoy another prime example of the outer limits that science fiction may achieve and the Philip K. Dick Award Bundle offers. –Lisa Mason
For more about K.W. Jeter and his books, visit https://www.facebook.com/AuthorK.W.Jeter

About Lisa Mason and Summer of Love
I am not now, nor have I ever been, a hippie. I’m glad we cleared that up!
I did, however, find the sixties a fascinating period in American history in which to set a science fiction story, a time when lingering Victorian attitudes finally expired and we as a society decisively moved forward into the twentieth century, for better or for worse.
I spent over two full-time years researching and writing Summer of Love. I’m gratified so many readers have understood my vision and delighted to include this—still my bestselling book since it was published in 1994—in the Philip K. Dick Award Bundle. –Lisa Mason
Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming projects, fine art and bespoke jewelry by Tom Robinson, worldwide Amazon.com links for Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, and Spain, and more!
And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

About Lewis Shiner and Frontera
I first became acquainted with Lewis Shiner through his insightful and elegant stories published in all the magazines.
In Frontera, a cyberpunk classic, Lew takes us to a very Phil Dickian world of oppressive corporations and a ruined Martian colony with a terrible secret. I’m thrilled to present Shiner’s excellent science fiction in the Philip K. Dick Award Bundle. –Lisa Mason
For more information about Lewis Shiner and his books, please see www.lewisshiner.com.

About William Barton and Acts of Conscience
I appreciate the challenge for an author to depict, and depict deeply, an “anti-hero.” In Acts of Conscience, this anti-hero is a way politically incorrect dude.
But William Barton pulls it off beautifully and his tale of an orbital mechanic, a guy who fortuitously scores a spaceship and takes off for the stars, is a dark journey of the soul as much as a space odyssey. I’m excited to include another genre-expanding title in the Philip K. Dick Award Bundle. –Lisa Mason
For more information about William Barton and his books, please see http://williambarton.com/.

About Kay Kenyon and Maximum Ice
I can always count on Kay Kenyon to take me to a deeply realized world, then unleash a dynamic story that will keep me on the edge of my seat.
Maximum Ice delivers an urgent apocalyptic tale set on a far-future Earth. The multi-talented Kay has written extensively in fantasy, as well as science fiction. I’m delighted to include her excellent science fiction in the Philip K. Dick Award Bundle. –Lisa Mason
For more information about Kay Kenyon and her books, please visit http://www.kaykenyon.com.

About William Jon Williams and Knight Moves
I first learned about Walter Jon Williams when he burst onto the publishing scene with his visionary magazine stories.
Walter has gone on to write twenty-seven novels and three story collections, appearing on the New York Times and London Times bestseller lists, winning the Nebula Award, nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, and also writing for comics, the screen, and television.
Walter brings more of his visionary imagery to Knight Moves, which takes us to a far-future Earth depopulated by a space-faring humanity, a lonely and fantastic place where legends roam again, thanks to modern technology. I welcome this classic science fiction to the Philip K. Dick Award Bundle. –Lisa Mason
For more about Walter Jon Willliams and his books, go to http://www.walterjonwilliams.net/

About Sarah Zettel and Reclamation
I can count on Sarah Zettel to entertain me with her renowned witty and fast-paced style and classic themes.
She’s the award winning, cross-genre author of thirty novels that cover the literary spectrum from science fiction and fantasy to Young Adult to Mystery and Romance. Sarah’s science fiction has won critical acclaim and the Philip K. Dick Award for her novel BITTER ANGELS (written as C.L. Anderson). I’m delighted to include RECLAMATION in the Philip K. Dick Award Bundle. RECLAMATION was a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and also won Locus Magazine’s Best First Novel award. –Lisa Mason
You can find all of Sarah Zettel’s books in all her genres at www.sarahzettel.com

So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).

The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle ENDS TODAY October 15 midnight East coast time, 9 P.M. West coast time so you must act now! Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Don’t let this incredible bargain slip away! Download yours today at http://storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

Like the movie and music industries, publishing offers its share of exciting awards recognizing excellence in writing.

One of these awards is the coveted Philip K. Dick Award, presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award was inaugurated in 1983 after the untimely death of the iconic science fiction author, Philip K. Dick, whose work has been adapted into major motion pictures such as Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Minority Report.

I’m serving as one of five judges for the 2016 PKD award. After participating in the Time Travel Bundle for Storybundle.com earlier this year, I became excited by the concept of a bundle comprised of PKD Finalists and Winners.

One thing led to another, and now I’m thrilled to curate the Philip K. Dick Award Bundle for Storybundle.com. Above and beyond earning the distinction of the award, this unique and historic collection of eleven amazing books showcases the many-splendored spectrum of science fiction from classic themes to the avant-garde.

Visit the majestic city of the Ascendants in Elizabeth Hand’s Aestival Tide, the spooky abandoned storage closet down the hall in Kathe Koja’s The Cipher, rock-n-rolling San Francisco in 1967 in my own Summer of Love, a Martian colony with a terrible secret in Lewis Shiner’s Frontera, the visionary far future in Walter Jon Williams’ Knight Moves.

As always at Storybundle.com, you the reader name your price—whatever you feel the books are worth. You may designate a portion of the proceeds to go to a charity. For the Philip K. Dick Award Bundle, that’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (“SFWA”). SFWA champions writers’ rights, sponsors the Nebula Award for excellence in science fiction, and promotes numerous literacy groups.

The basic bundle (minimum $5 to purchase, more if you feel the books are worth more) includes:

  • Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist)
  • Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner)
  • The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist)
  • Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner)
  • Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist)
  • Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist)

To complete your bundle, beat the bonus price of $15 and you’ll receive another five books:

  • Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist)
  • Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation)
  • Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist)
  • Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist)
  • Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist)

All of these accomplished, traditionally published authors have received recognition and been shortlisted for or won multiple awards in addition to placing as a PKD Finalist or Winner, and we’re delighted their ebooks are available for the Philip K. Dick Award Bundle.

Elizabeth Hand has won the World Fantasy Award (among many others), as has Gwyneth Jones. Walter Jon Williams has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list, won the Nebula, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. Sarah Zettel has both won the Philip K. Dick Award and placed as a Finalist. Pat Murphy has won the Nebula twice, Kathe Koja the Bram Stoker. Lisa Mason has had a New York Times Notable book, a New York Public Library Recommended Book, and a San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book. The list goes on.

If you’re just dipping your toe into science fiction and not sure where to begin or if you’re a long-time fan and reader, this stellar collection, which is both historic and unique, is an excellent addition to your elibrary, providing world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

–Lisa Mason

The Philip K. Dick Award Bundle ENDS TODAY October 15, 2015 and only via Storybundle. The bundle is easy to read on computers, smartphones, and tablets, as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books.

When the bundle is gone, it’s gone. So download yours today!

It’s super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of thrilling titles.
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  • Receive extra books: If you beat our bonus price, you’re not just getting six books, you’re getting eleven!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.

For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, Twitter us at @storybundle, Like us on Facebook, and Plus us on Google Plus. For press inquiries, please email press@storybundle.com.

Today, October 15, is the last day for The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle until midnight Eastern Standard Time, 9 P.M. Pacific Standard Time

The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).

Thousands of purchasers can’t be wrong! But you must act now because once this bargain is gone, it’s gone! Download yours today at http://www.storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

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I can count on Sarah Zettel to entertain me with her renowned witty and fast-paced style and classic themes.

She’s the award winning, cross-genre author of thirty novels that cover the literary spectrum from science fiction and fantasy to Young Adult to Mystery and Romance. Sarah’s science fiction has won critical acclaim and the Philip K. Dick Award for her novel BITTER ANGELS (written as C.L. Anderson). I’m delighted to include RECLAMATION in the Philip K. Dick Award Bundle. Her debut novel, RECLAMATION was a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist, and also won Locus Magazine’s Best First Novel award. –Lisa Mason

You can find all of Sarah Zettel’s books in all her genres at www.sarahzettel.com

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So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).

The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs ONE MORE DAY until October 15 midnight East coast time, 9 P.M. West coast time so you must act now! Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Don’t let this bargain slip away! Download yours today at http://storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

If the conventional wisdom is that boys and men read science fiction, girls and women read romance, then further conventional wisdom is that men write science fiction and women write romance.

This certainly may have been true forty years ago and remains true, to a certain extent, today. Women who wrote superb science fiction—C. L. Moore, James Tiptree, Jr., Andre Norton—wrote under male pseudonyms.

But beginning in the 1970s, women like Ursula K. Le Guinn, Joanna Russ, and Vonda McIntyre leapt into the science fiction arena and influenced the next generation of women science fiction writers. Writers like the seven women in The Philip K Dick Award StorybundleElizabeth Hand, Gwyneth Jones, Kathe Koja, Pat Murphy, Lisa Mason, Kay Kenyon, and Sarah Zettel.

You must watch this fine video of Sarah talking about women who write science fiction and their stories at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N08_dvCxbIw

So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).

The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs only one more day until October 15, midnight Eastern Standard Time, 9 P.M. Pacific Standard Time. You must act now because once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://www.storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

The conventional wisdom is that boys and men read science fiction, girls and women read romance.

As Jane Austin famously said, “I write about love and money. What else is there?” I’m sure a lot of girls and women want only to read about love and money. Indeed, romance books account for 60 percent of the fiction market. Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thrillers, and literary fiction scramble around for pieces of the rest of that pie.

But there is something else. There are ideas and speculations, inner space and outer space, the future and the past, artificial intelligence and technology. Aren’t girls and women interested in reading about those things, too?

Yes, they are.

You must see this terrific video of Sarah talking about girls and women who are fans and readers of science fiction at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLiEQChjYeI

So there you have it, my friends. The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle includes Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand (PKD Finalist), Life by Gwyneth Jones (PKD Winner), The Cipher by Kathe Koja (PKD Finalist), Points of Departure by Pat Murphy (PKD Winner), Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter (PKD Finalist), Summer of Love by Lisa Mason (PKD Finalist), Frontera by Lewis Shiner (PKD Finalist), Acts of Conscience by William Barton (PKD Special Citation), Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon (PKD Finalist), Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams (PKD Finalist), and Reclamation by Sarah Zettel (PKD Finalist).

The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle runs only one more day until October 15. You must act now because once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://www.storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

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