Archives for category: Dark Seeker

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.

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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

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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 only four more days until October 15 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.

What the Authors and books of The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle share is the award itself, whether the book was a Finalist or Winner.

Above and beyond the prestige of the award—and the superb quality of the work—you will find a diverse array of protagonists to root for and startling worlds to visit.

In Aestival Tide by Elizabeth Hand, come to Araboth—the majestic, domed, multi-tiered city of the Ascendants as the once-in-a-decade Aestival Tide approaches and destruction looms.

In Life by Gwyneth Jones, meet Anna Senoz, a scientist who makes a momentous discovery about the X and Y chromosomes. Anna’s discovery provokes shocking reactions and impacts her career, her marriage, and her child.

In The Cipher by Kathe Koja, join Koja’s artists of the modern-day demimonde as they experiment with the mysterious, dangerous Funhole in a storage closet down the hall.

In Points of Departure by Pat Murphy, meet a chimpanzee whose brain is implanted with the personality of a young girl who has died, a farmer who grows a spouse from a packet of seeds, a fortune-teller learns that there’s a difference between seeing the future and changing it, and more.

In Dark Seeker by K. W. Jeter, root for the survivor of a lethal Manson-like cult as he searches for the son he once believed was dead and has reason to believe is still alive. Will he find the boy? And what will he find if he does?

In Summer of Love by Lisa Mason, run away to the Haight-Ashbury of 1967 where a teenage girl holds the key to the survival of the future. With the help of a half-black, half-white Hip merchant, a time-traveling young man from five hundred years in the future must find the girl and protect her life during the dangerous Summer of Love.

In Frontera by Lewis Shiner, travel to the lost Martian colony of Frontera with Reese, an aging hero of the US space program, as he discovers a secret so devastating that the new rulers of Earth will stop at nothing to own it.

In Acts of Conscience by William Barton, have a brewski with a politically incorrect orbital mechanic who must confront his own conscience and decide what, if anything, to do about the systematic destruction of a planet’s intelligent species and his discovery of another species’ own plans for humanity.

In Maximum Ice by Kay Kenyon, return from space after two-hundred-fifty years to an Earth nearly swallowed by a peculiar crystalline, icelike substance and figure out how to survive amid Ice Nuns, snow witches, and renegade cannibals.

In Knight Moves by Walter Jon Williams, visit a depopulated Earth eight hundred years in the future as Doran Falkner confronts his lost promise, his lost love, and his lost humanity, aliens dig among ancient ruins for old comic books, and the creatures of legends walk again thanks to modern technology. Will Doran make the right move?

In Reclamation by Sarah Zettel, explore a far future where human groups have colonized the galaxy, but seek their mythical “Home Ground.” Eric Born, a lapsed priest, has escaped to the stars but discovers the shocking secret of the Home Ground. A classic science fiction tale told in Sarah’s award-winning witty and fast-paced style.

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 four more days until October 15. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Don’t let this bargain slip away. Act now and 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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As a 2016 Philip K Dick Award judge, I had access to the master list of Finalists and Winners going back to 1983, when the award was inaugurated.

When Storybundle agreed  to do a Philip K Dick Award Storybundle comprised of past Finalists and Winners, I researched the authors on that list.

I chose these authors because they meet the following criteria:

  1. They’re not dead (that’s a joke);
  2. They have an ebook of their Philip K Dick Award Finalist or Winner;
  3. They and their publishers were technically able (in a publishing sense) to participate in StoryBundle’s DRM-free environment.

You would be surprised how many authors going back to 1983 couldn’t meet those simple criteria, including the first.

I’m delighted and thankful for this list. I’ve read all of the authors’ works, often first their magazine stories and then their books, and met several of the authors at conventions and parties. This is a valuable addition to my elibrary, as I know it will be to yours.

I truly encourage you to enjoy these wonderful books as much as I do.

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 until October 15. That’s a week away, so you must act now! Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

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I’m a huge fan of interviews. Show me a print or online magazine with an interview of a personality who has a book, movie, or political platform to sell, I’m all eyes.

Why? I’m always curious to see how that personality spins whatever she or he is selling, what language is used, what insights are made, what personal details are revealed, and how that feeds the promotion, how effective the feed is.

Let’s face it. We’ve been spinning ourselves since the days when a clever personality leaked the version of the news she or he wanted the neighbors to know to the village gossip. Take it away, village gossip!

Herewith, some links to interviews with the Award-winning Authors in The Philip K. Dick Storybundle. I’m not even going to try paraphrasing anything. You must click on the link and savor the full glory of the author’s words.

First up, Elizabeth Hand, author of Aestival Tide, has the cover interview in the prestigious Locus Magazine at http://locusmag.com/. Actually, Liz’s interview is in the October 2015 print magazine, but the online version often offers a partial. So go there and check it out.

Kathe Koja, author of The Cipher, has a dynamite video interview with the Lovecraft Ezine panel about writing, authors and their reputations, inspiration, and encouragement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07sXBJlvidc
And be sure to check out Kathe’s interview with Jeff VanderMeer about The Cipher and weird fiction at http://weirdfictionreview.com/2012/05/interview-kathe-koja-and-the-weird/.

For the interview of Walter Jon Williams, author of Knight Moves, with Lightspeed, an award-winning online magazine, go to http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/nonfiction/feature-interview-walter-jon-williams/

Finally, I’ve got some interviews I’ve posted on The Official Website of Lisa Mason:
Lisa Mason’s Interview with Festivale at http://www.lisamason.com/festivaleinterview.html
Five Questions with Castles in the Sky at http://www.lisamason.com/castlesinthesky.html
Lisa Mason Talks about Writing with Ryan Schneider, Chat 1 at http://www.lisamason.com/chatwithryan1.html
Lisa Mason Talks about Writing with Ryan Schneider, Chat 2 at http://www.lisamason.com/chatwithryan2.html
Lit World Interview with Ronovan at http://www.lisamason.com/worldlitinterview.html
I’ve got an interview with Locus Magazine that coincided with the launch of Summer of Love but, to be honest, my elves haven’t keyed it in yet. We may get to it before the bundle is over and maybe not. The interview is in Issue # 400. Check out http://locusmag.com/ to see if they’ve got back issues online yet.

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 until October 15. But you must act now! Once it’s gone, it’s gone! Download yours today at http://storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

A writer-acquaintance who was acting as the Curator of a Storybundle earlier this year invited me to participate in his bundle.

I gladly did. I had heard about Storybundle.com and all the good things the website does for readers and authors alike but I didn’t know how to get involved. Now I did. You have to be invited by a curator.

I love the Storybundle website, how they’ve set things up and their commitment to all things writing. Storybundle is a major player in the new independent publishing revolution and works well with readers’ passion for ebooks.

After the first bundle was done, and performed well, I began communicating with Storybundle, letting them know that I’m publishing two stories in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction this year and serving as a judge for the 2016 The Philip K Dick Award.

Storybundle, ever alert for new bundle opportunities, was curious about my role as a judge. We’re slowly working out the details of how I may curate a 2016 Philip K Dick Award Storybundle next year. There are numerous logistical publishing hurdles to overcome. I frankly don’t know if that bundle will be feasible.

In the meantime, as a PKD Award judge, I acquired the master list of Finalists and Winners going back to 1983, when the award was inaugurated. I became excited that a great high concept for a bundle would be a Philip K Dick Award Storybundle comprised of PKD Finalists and Winners. Even better, I was familiar with most of the authors on the master list. I’d read their stories and books before I got published myself and looked up to them. They are big names to me.

Storybundle said yes! There were logistical publishing hurdles to overcome with this bundle, too, and I’ve worked very hard as a Curator to make The Philip K Dick Award Storybundle a reality.

And what a reality it is! Over 3,000 readers in the first eleven days, with eleven days to go.

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 until October 15. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

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His son is dead…

Or that’s what he believed. Caught up in the lethal madness of a Manson-like cult, Tyler has lost everything that once mattered to him. Out of prison, on a strict regimen of medications to keep the demons inside his head from returning, he knows he’s always one small step away from returning to that dark place and its horrors.

So when his ex-wife emerges from the shadows into which she had fled, and tells him that their son is still alive, kidnapped by another former member of the murderous group, Tyler has some tough, soul-threatening decisions to make. He can take the safe route that will keep him sane and alive, and just assume that his ex-wife is lost in some psychotic delusion about their dead son. Or he can take the risk that maybe — just maybe — she’s somehow telling the truth. He can stop taking the medications that the doctors give him, and go back into that dark world of madness and murder, to try and find the child that had gone missing so long ago. But if Tyler finds his son, will he be able to save him? And what will be left of him when he does?

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“The real pleasure of this book is in the quality of the writing. Jeter places three-dimensional characters in authentic Southern California landscapes with more grit than glamour . . . Dark Seeker provides an intense experience that sticks in the mind — further proof of Jeter’s versatile talent.”
– Locus

“. . . this may well be his best book yet. It is directed, dynamically paced, extremely well-written in a modified Chandleresque style, gritty and unsentimental about the failures of humanity, tight and economical, and with a lot to say about people and the devils inside them. It never lags but is deliberate when it needs to be; the plot denouement, usually the Achilles’ heel of horror, is splendidly worked out. It often seems in this genre that even the best writers can set up all the elements for the last twenty pages, yet never come through on them. Jeter has done an admirable job . . .”
– OtherRealms

“This made me feel like a church gargoyle looking out over a witch hunt in some zombie thrash pit. Not only that, it’s really well written…”
– SF Book Reviews, sfbook.com

“Effective, briskly paced, nicely tense…”
– Goodreads.com

“Fully realized, Jeter describes the endless roadways, the underpasses, the street corners and movie theaters with much color, much dread.”
– Douglaspurdy.com

K.W. Jeter is an American science fiction and thriller author known for his literary writing style, dark themes, and complex, paranoid characters. His latest novels are THE KINGDOM OF SHADOWS, set in the sinister & glamorous world of the film industry of the Third Reich, and the Kim Oh Thriller series — KIM OH 1: REAL DANGEROUS GIRL, KIM OH 2: REAL DANGEROUS JOB and KIM OH 3: REAL DANGEROUS PEOPLE, with more to come.

“Jeter is an exhilarating writer who always seems to have another rabbit to pull out of his hat.”
— The New York Times Book Review

“Brain-burning intensity . . .”
— Village Voice

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 until October 15. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Download yours today at http://storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.