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AETHER, a unique painted drawing by Tom Robinson, the San Francisco Bay Area artist and jeweler. Inquiries and bids to acquire this remarkable artwork are accepted on this page. http://www.lisamason.com/aether.html

Alana, the beloved Turkish Angora cat of Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author, and Tom Robinson, the San Francisco Bay Area artist http://www.lisamason.com/alanacat.html
One Day in the Life of Alexa, a 2017 novella by Lisa Mason. In Print and an ebook on all retailers worldwide. How long do you want to live? Alexa, an experimental Tester of a longevity drug confronts environmental, political, and personal perils as she grapples with tough questions of life, love, and death in the future. “An appealing narrator and subtly powerful emotional rhythms.” –Goodreads http://www.lisamason.com/alexa.html
ARACHNE, back in Print and an ebook worldwide of the first novel by Lisa Mason published in hardcover by William Morrow, trade paper by Eos Books, and mass market paperback by AvoNova. Deemed “a cyberpunk classic” by The Boston Globe, ARACHNE debuted in the top ten on the Locus Hardcover Bestseller List. The sequel is CYBERWEB
http://www.lisamason.com/arachne.html
ANYTHING FOR YOU, a Lisa Mason story published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Here’s my interview with F&SF http://lisamason.com/anythinginterview.html
The Artificial Intelligence Storybundle curated by Lisa Mason goes live from March 29 to April 20, 2017. Kathleen Ann Goonan, Lisa Mason, Laura J. Mixon, Linda Nagata, Samuel Peralta, Ryan Schneider, Walter Jon Williams (Plus stories by William Gibson, Pat Cadigan, Bruce Sterling, Cory Doctorow, Jonathan Lethem, and more). Lisa Mason’s two AI novels, ARACHNE and CYBERWEB are included http://lisamason.com/aibundle.html
ATHENA, the new beloved Lilac-point Siamese, Turkish Angora mix cat adopted in 2015 by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author, and Tom Robinson, the San Francisco Bay area artist and jeweler. ADORABLE CAT PIX! http://www.lisamason.com/athena.html

Interview with Lisa Mason regarding her well-received dark fantasy, “Aurelia,” published in the January-February 2018 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction http://www.lisamason.com/aureliainterview.html
Bast Books publishes print books and ebooks of Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author, including Mason’s backlist books and stories, and new books and stories. NEW PRINT EDITIONS of ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ALEXA, SUMMER OF LOVE, THE GILDED AGE, THE GARDEN OF ABRACADABRA, ARACHNE, CYBERWEB, and STRANGE LADIES: 7 STORIES are now available!
http://www.lisamason.com/bastbooks.html
Bast Collectible Books offers signed first editions and other rare books, including The Essential Ellison SIGNED by Harlan Ellison, Beat poetry, science fiction and fantasy, a gorgeous 1890s cookbook, and art and literary books. William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski, John Steinbeck, David Brin, and more The signed Andy Warhol sold http://www.lisamason.com/bastcollectiblebooks.html
“The Bicycle Whisperer,” a near-future story by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, about runaways, homeless teenagers, and bicycles, published in the May-June 2018 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. The page includes the cover, contents, and reviews http://www.lisamason.com/bicycle.html
Interview with Lisa Mason for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction regarding her controversial story, “The Bicycle Whisperer” in the May-June 2018 Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction http://www.lisamason.com/bicycleinterview.html
My Author’s Bio at http://www.lisamason.com/lisabio.html
My Books page (the titles published by Bantam and HarperCollins) at http://www.lisamason.com/lisabooks.html
My interview with the book blog, Write Castles in the Sky http://www.lisamason.com/castlesinthesky.html
A five-star passionate historical romantic suspense, Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) by Lisa Mason, includes the four books in the miniseries. Lily is a feisty suffragist in 1895 compelled into a web of murder and corruption resulting from controversial 1890s US immigration policy. During her journey, she falls in love with Dr. Jackson Tremaine and together they solve the mystery of the Celestial http://www.lisamason.com/celestialgirlomnibus.html
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CHROME, my new speculative fiction. The novel is now an ebook at all retailers worldwide, the print edition is forthcoming in August, 2019. http://www.lisamason.com/chrome.html
CYBERWEB, Back in Print and an ebook worldwide of the second novel by Lisa Mason published in hardcover by William Morrow, trade paper by Eos Books, and mass market paperback by AvoNova. Cyberweb was deemed “a cyberpunk classic” by The Boston Globe and is the sequel to ARACHNE, which debuted in the top ten on the Locus Hardcover Bestseller List
http://www.lisamason.com/cyberweb.html
DAUGHTER TAO by Lisa Mason, the science fiction and fantasy author. A 5-star magical historical fantasy about Chinese alchemy and Chinese unicorns first published in Peter S. Beagle’s anthology, Immortal Unicorn (HarperPrism). “The characters come alive and you really care about them.” Reader Review
http://www.lisamason.com/daughteroftao.html
Keep Fit, Keep Writing: A Roundtable about physical fitness with Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Kevin J. Anderson, Lisa Mason, and Linda Nagata (Part 1: Move It!). Mountain-climbing for Kevin, lake-walking for Lisa, a gym treadmill for Linda
http://www.lisamason.com/fitnessblog1.html
Keep Fit, Keep Writing: A Roundtable about diet with Authors Kevin J. Anderson, Lisa Mason, and Linda Nagata (Part 2: Chow Down!). The Paleo Diet for Kevin, a mostly vegetarian, low fat diet for Lisa, general healthy eating for Linda
http://www.lisamason.com/fitnessblog2.html
EVERY MYSTERY UNEXPLAINED, an historical fantasy about stage magic and real magic, love and loss by Lisa Mason, the science fiction and fantasy author. The novelette was first published in David Copperfield’s anthology, Tales of the Impossible (HarperPrism). “The story I was hoping for….” The Writerly Reader Blog
http://www.lisamason.com/everymystery.html
An Interview with Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author, with Festivale, the book-showcasing website, discussing with whom Mason would like to head out into the universe on a space ship and what she would take with her
http://www.lisamason.com/festivaleinterview.html
The Garden of Abracadabra is the bestselling urban fantasy by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author. After her mother on her death-bed urges her to study Real Magic, Abby Teller becomes the superintendent of a magical apartment building to finance her studies at the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts. She discovers all her tenants are some stripe of supernatural entity and is compelled into a supernatural murder investigation. “Very entertaining urban fantasy.” In Print and an ebook on all retailers worldwide http://www.lisamason.com/gardenabracadabra.html
Lisa Mason’s classic time travel to 1895, The Gilded Age, was published previously in print as The Golden Nineties by Bantam Books. A New York Times Notable Book and a New York Public Library Recommended Book. NOW BACK IN PRINT from Bast Books and as an ebook on all retailers worldwide. Zhu Wong is a time-traveler from a far-future China. She is compelled into a dangerous time travel to 1895 San Francisco to rescue a slave girl whose fate holds the key to the future. The sequel to Summer of Love. Brand-new reviews!
http://www.lisamason.com/gildedage.html
A contemporary fantasy story about cancer, AIDS, death, and Egyptian magic. Hummers by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, was published in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 5th Annual Collection (St. Martin’s Press), and nominated for the Nebula Award. A woman comes to grips with her own impending death with the magic of hummingbirds
http://www.lisamason.com/hummersstory.html
ILLYRIA, MY LOVE, a controversial speculative story by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author, is published exclusively by Bast Books. Channeling Fritz Leiber’s classic story, “The Man Who Never Grew Young,” and Martin Amis’ Time’s Arrow, Illyria, My Love takes us on one woman’s journey through wartime and the shocking secret of her obsessive love for a man http://lisamason.com/illyria.html
The official website of Lisa Mason, the author of science fiction, fantasy, modern fantasy, romantic suspense, time travel, cyberpunk, humor, short stories, and screenplays. Adorable cat pictures, blogs and interviews, forthcoming works, and art and bespoke jewelry by Mason’s husband, Tom Robinson, the San Francisco Bay Area artist, jeweler, and sculptor. All links, all readers worldwide. NEW PRINT BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE for SUMMER OF LOVE, THE GILDED AGE, THE GARDEN OF ABRACADABRA, ARACHNE, CYBERWEB, ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ALEXA, and STRANGE LADIES: 7 STORIES! FORTHCOMING IN 2019: CHROME http://www.lisamason.com/index.html
The Story of Luna, the beloved blue mink Tonkinese cat adopted years ago by Lisa Mason the fantasy and science fiction writer and Tom Robinson the artist, jeweler, and sculptor http://www.lisamason.com/lunacat.html
Forthcoming books, screenplays, and stories by Lisa Mason in science fiction, fantasy, modern fantasy, and cyberpunk, including The Labyrinth of Illusions, Book 2 of the Abracadabra Series, and Oddities, a second collection of previously published and new stories, Pangaea I and Pangaea II as print and ebooks, and, in 2019, CHROME, a new high-concept science fiction novel
http://www.lisamason.com/nextthing.html
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Lisa Mason’s interview with NFReads.com, a fascinating mainstream website featuring interviews with authors and other notable people in public eye. Mason talks about her current and forthcoming works http://www.lisamason.com/nfreadsinterview.html
Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author, chats about writing with author Ryan Schneider in a discussion about inspiration, the writing process, print books and ebooks, and the state of the publishing http://www.lisamason.com/chatwithryan1.html

Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author, chats about writing in a follow-up interview with author Ryan Schneider in a discussion about writing influences, movies, print books and ebooks, and the state of the publishing business http://www.lisamason.com/chatwithryan2.html
The PHILIP K. DICK AWARD STORYBUNDLE, curated by Lisa Mason, included eleven PKD finalists and winners, including Lisa Mason’s SUMMER OF LOVE
http://www.lisamason.com/philipkdickawardbundle.html
“Riddle”, a dark erotic fantasy by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, was published in the September-October 2017 68th Anniversary issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. This is Mason’s interview with F&SF, plus several reviews of the story. “Riddle” received an Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Horror 2017 anthology edited by Ellen Datlow http://www.lisamason.com/riddlepage.html
Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, chats with author Ryan Schneider about THE GARDEN OF ABRACADABRA, Mason’s urban fantasy novel about Abby Teller, who takes the job of superintendent of a magical apartment building to finance her studies in Real Magic at the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts http://www.lisamason.com/ryanchatswithlisaaboutabracadabra.html
SHAKEN, a short sexy science fiction thriller by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, was published first as “Deus Ex Machina” in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, in Transcendental Tales from Asimov’s (Donning Press), and translated and published worldwide. The retitled and expanded novella, SHAKEN, is an ebook on all retailers worldwide http://www.lisamason.com/shaken.html

“The Sixty-third Anniversary of Hysteria” by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, is a literary historical fantasy story about Surrealist women artists during World War II exiled from Europe to Mexico City. The story was first published in the Full Spectrum 5 anthology (Bantam) and inspired by the lives of Mason’s favorite Surrealist artists, Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington http://www.lisamason.com/sixtythirdanniversary.html
STORIES by LISA MASON Fantasy, modern fantasy, horror, and science fiction short stories by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, published in magazines and anthologies worldwide http://www.lisamason.com/stories.html
Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, curated The STORY COLLECTION STORYBUNDLE, which included eight award-winning story collections by Karen Joy Fowler, Lewis Shiner, Lisa Mason, Pat Murphy, Elizabeth Hand, Walter Jon Williams, Kathe Koja, and C.C. Finlay http://lisamason.com/storycollectionbundle.html
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories by Lisa Mason, a five-star collection, presents science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction previously published in magazines and anthologies worldwide. “A must-read collection.” “Lisa Mason may just be the female Philip K. Dick.” IN PRINT and an ebook on all retailers worldwide http://www.lisamason.com/strangeladies.html
SUMMER OF LOVE, the bestselling five-star classic time travel to 1967, by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, was originally published by Bantam. Now SUMMER OF LOVE is Back in Print from Bast Books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble and an ebook on all retailers worldwide. A Philip K. Dick Award Finalist, San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book, and James Tiptree, Jr Award Nominee. New 2018 Review!
http://www.lisamason.com/summeroflove.html
Charles De Lint’s review of Summer of Love by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. http://lisamason.com/solfsfreview.html
Reviews of Summer of Love by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, published by Faren Miller, the eminent book reviewer for Locus Magazine, the Trade Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field, and the award-winning science fiction author Lewis Shiner. http://lisamason.com/sollocusshinerreviews.html
My Charlotte: Patty’s Story by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, is a short, sweet memoir about a brief life in a garden and Mason’s first inspiration to write at the age of eight, leading to her first story, Arachne, published in Omni, then to her first two early cyberpunk novels, Arachne and Cyberweb. Yes, there was an orb weaver named Patty! The ebook includes Mason’s first Omni story, Arachne http://www.lisamason.com/mycharlotte.html
Eon’s Kiss, Book 1 of the Eon Trilogy, is a passionate paranormal New Adult romance by modern fantasy author, Suzanna Moore. Two more books in the trilogy are planned but have not been announced
http://www.lisamason.com/suzannamoore.html
Tesla, A Screenplay, is a feature-length biopic about the eccentric genius inventor of AC electricity and radio, Nikola Tesla, by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author. Read by Hollywood producers. Out for auction http://www.lisamason.com/tesla.html

“Taiga” by Lisa Mason, is an SF story by the fantasy and science fiction author published in Not One of Us, Digest # 61, a poetry and fiction digest edited by John Benson in April 2019. Includes Mason’s interview about “Taiga.” http://www.lisamason.com/taiga.html
Lisa Mason, the bestselling author of Summer of Love and The Gilded Age, talks time travel with Laura Vosika, author of Blue Bells of Scotland, discussing methods of time travel, historical research, time machines, social commentary, and classic time travel books, Blogs 1 through 3 http://www.lisamason.com/timetravelblogs1to3.html
Lisa Mason, the bestselling author of Summer of Love and The Gilded Age talks time travel with Laura Vosika, author of Blue Bells of Scotland, discussing methods of time travel, historical research, time machines, social commentary, and classic time travel books, Blogs 4 and 5
http://www.lisamason.com/timetravelblogs4to5.html
Tomorrow’s Child, a high-concept science fiction story by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction writer, was published in Omni Magazine. A high-powered executive, who is about to lose his only daughter to critical burn wounds, will try anything to save her life. The story is in development as a feature-length movie at Universal Pictures. The ebook includes Lisa Mason’s 30-day blog, The Story Behind The Story That Sold To The Movies
http://www.lisamason.com/tomorrowschild.html
Unique, handmade abstract symbolist art of Tom Robinson, the San Francisco Bay Area artist, jeweler, and sculptor. Tom Robinson is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, the Academy of Art College, and the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. Drawings and paintings on paper and on wood panel. New! A desktop stabile is now available! Purchase Tom Robinson artwork directly on this page.
http://www.lisamason.com/tomrobinsonart.html
Handmade unique necklaces, earrings, and rings by Tom Robinson, the San Francisco Bay area artist, jeweler, and sculptor, including Sculpture Necklace # 8, the Europa pendant, the Modern Tiki Pendant, and the hand-finished solid sterling silver Ankh. Tom Robinson is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, the Academy of Art College, and the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. Purchase Tom Robinson jewelry directly on this page
http://www.lisamason.com/tomrobinsonjewelry.html
The artist’s bio and statement by TOM ROBINSON, the San Francisco Bay Area artist, jeweler, and sculptor. Tom Robinson is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, the Academy of Art College, and the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts
http://www.lisamason.com/tomrobinsonbio.html
U F uh-O is a five-star adaptation of a screenplay in the vein of Men In Black and Galaxy Quest, a science fiction comedy about families and children, aliens and UFOs. Novella and screenplay by Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author http://www.lisamason.com/ufo.html
Ronovan’s Lit World Interview with Lisa Mason, the fantasy and science fiction author
http://www.lisamason.com/worldlitinterview.html

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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. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. BACK IN PRINT! Find the beautiful trade paperback at https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Love-Travel-Lisa-Mason/dp/1548106119/ or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-of-love-a-time-travel-lisa-mason/1104160569.
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. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. BACK IN PRINT! Find the beautiful trade paperback at https://www.amazon.com/Gilded-Age-Time-Travel/dp/1975853172/ or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-gilded-age-a-time-travel-lisa-mason/1106038566.
The Garden of Abracadabra (“Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy . . . I want to read more!) On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. NOW IN PRINT! Find the beautiful trade paperback at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978148291/ or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-garden-of-abracadabra-lisa-mason/1108093507
Arachne (a Locus Hardover Bestseller) is an ebook on US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. On Kindle worldwide in France Kindle, Germany Kindle, Italy Kindle, Netherlands Kindle, Spain Kindle, Mexico Kindle, Brazil Kindle, India Kindle, and Japan Kindle. Back in Print! Find the beautiful trade paperback at https://www.amazon.com/dp/198435602X or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/arachne-lisa-mason/1000035633.
Cyberweb (sequel to Arachne) is on US Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also Kindle worldwide on UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Brazil Kindle, France Kindle, Germany Kindle, India Kindle, Italy Kindle, Japan Kindle, Mexico Kindle, Netherlands Kindle, and Spain Kindle. Back in Print at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1984356941 or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cyberweb-lisa-mason/1001932064
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories (“A must-read collection—The San Francisco Review of Books). On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle world wide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. NOW IN PRINT at https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Ladies-Stories-Lisa-Mason/dp/1981104380/ or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/strange-ladies-lisa-mason/1115861322.
One Day in the Life of Alexa (“Five stars! An appealing narrator and subtly powerful emotional rhythms”). On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. Order the beautiful trade paperback NOW IN PRINT at https://www.amazon.com/One-Life-Alexa-Lisa-Mason/dp/1546783091 or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-day-in-the-life-of-alexa-lisa-mason/1126431598.
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition, A Lily Modjeska Mystery (Five stars) On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. SOON IN PRINT!
Shaken (in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.
Hummers (in Fifth Annual Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror) On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.
Daughter of the Tao (in Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn) on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in AustraliaFrance, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.
Every Mystery Unexplained (in David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.
Tomorrow’s Child (In Active Development at Universal Pictures) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.
The Sixty-third Anniversary of Hysteria (in Full Spectrum 5) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.
U F uh-O (Five Stars!) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.
Tesla, A Screenplay on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.
My Charlotte: Patty’s Story on Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Netherlands, and Mexico.
“Illyria, My Love” is on US Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Germany Kindle, France Kindle, Spain Kindle, Italy Kindle, Netherlands Kindle, Japan Kindle, Brazil Kindle, Mexico Kindle, and India Kindle.
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6.20.17.SOL.BOOK.2.NEW

So thrilled this book is back in print! And as timely as ever!

What readers say:
“This book was so true to life that I felt like I was there. I recommend it to anyone.”
“More than a great science-fiction, a great novel as well.”
“My favourite SF book of all time, beautiful, cynical and completely involving….Unmissable!”

The year is 1967 and something new is sweeping across America: good vibes, bad vibes, psychedelic music, psychedelic drugs, anti-war protests, racial tension, free love, bikers, dropouts, flower children. An age of innocence, a time of danger. The Summer of Love.

San Francisco is the Summer of Love, where runaway flower children flock to join the hip elite and squares cruise the streets to view the human zoo.

Lost in these strange and wondrous days, teenager Susan Bell, alias Starbright, has run away from the straight suburbs of Cleveland to find her troubled best friend. Her path will cross with Chiron Cat’s Eye in Draco, a strange and beautiful young man who has journeyed farther than she could ever imagine.

With the help of Ruby A. Maverick, a wise and feisty half-black, half-white hip entrepreneur, Susan and Chi discover a love that spans five centuries. But can they save the world from demons threatening to destroy all space and time?

A harrowing coming of age. A friendship ending in tragedy. A terrifying far future. A love spanning five centuries. And a gritty portrait of a unique time in American history.

The cover, hand-drawn by Tom Robinson, is styled to look like a 1960s psychedelic poster.

What the professional book reviewers say:

“Captures the moment perfectly and offers a tantalizing glimpse of its wonderful and terrible consequences.” San Francisco Chronicle

“A fine novel packed with vivid detail, colorful characters, and genuine insight.” Washington Post Book World

“Remarkable. . . .the intellect on display within these psychedelically packaged pages is clear-sighted, witty, and wise.” Locus Magazine

“Mason has an astonishing gift. Her chief characters almost walk off the page. And the story is as significant as anyone could wish. This book will surely be on the prize ballots.” Analog

“A priority purchase.” Library Journal

5 stars From the Readers

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‘Summer of Love is an important American literary contribution that may very well have a strong and viable fan base. Where are you? Join us!
This novel is loads of fun to read. The majority of the characters are hippies from the 1960s who meet a stranger from the future who’s looking to save his world. This fellow, Chiron, needs to find a troubled adolescent teen named Susan (a.k.a. Starbright) for a very compelling reason. The book has a great deal to offer: swift action, lovable characters, spiritual insight, and well-chosen primary documents such as essays, poems, and news articles which round out the reader’s understanding of the worldview of the novel.
I think Summer of Love has excellent potential for a wider audience. I hope it continues to enjoy a healthy amount of sales in the used books market on this site. I wish even more for it to be in wider circulation. Some books talk about the sixties. This novel IS the sixties, thanks to the spirit and scholarship of its author. And, as one reader aptly put it, ‘the sci-fi stuff is just plain off the hook.’ Get a copy. Most people who have read it seem to respect it and enjoy it every bit as much as I do.”

New Reader Review! “Just checked to see if this book was on Kindle. It has been many years since I’ve read it but I remember it as one of my very favorite books. Time to go back and re-read it!”

In 2010, the ebook revolution took the publishing business by storm, and I was able to get Summer of Love before new and long-time readers alike as an ebook.

Now, seven years later in 2017, the print book revolution is happening. You will find the PRINT BOOK today at https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Love-Travel-Lisa-Mason/dp/1548106119/

So there you have it, my friends! Whether you’re a longtime reader or new, I hope you enjoy this classic!

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. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. BACK IN PRINT! Find the beautiful trade paperback at https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Love-Travel-Lisa-Mason/dp/1548106119/

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. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. BACK IN PRINT! Find the beautiful trade paperback at https://www.amazon.com/Gilded-Age-Time-Travel/dp/1975853172/.

Arachne (a Locus Hardover Bestseller) is an ebook on US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. On Kindle worldwide in France Kindle, Germany Kindle, Italy Kindle, Netherlands Kindle, Spain Kindle, Mexico Kindle, Brazil Kindle, India Kindle, and Japan Kindle. Back in Print! Find the beautiful trade paperback at https://www.amazon.com/dp/198435602X.

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Strange Ladies: 7 Stories (“A must-read collection—The San Francisco Review of Books). On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle world wide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. NOW IN PRINT at https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Ladies-Stories-Lisa-Mason/dp/1981104380/

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The Garden of Abracadabra (“Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy . . . I want to read more!) On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. NOW IN PRINT! Find the beautiful trade paperback at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978148291/

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition, A Lily Modjeska Mystery (Five stars) On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

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Lewis Shiner, the author of Frontera in the Philip K Dick Award Storybundle, posted this review on Facebook after the bundle launched.

“I haven’t kept up with SF for some years, so I didn’t know about Lisa Mason’s SUMMER OF LOVE until she approached me about the PKD Award Storybundle (http://storybundle.com/pkdaward). I was immediately intrigued because I am currently working on a huge mainstream novel about the sixties that includes a long section set in San Francisco in August of 1967, which I had researched in print, on the Internet, and on the ground with the help of music historian Richie Unterberger.

The book completely knocked me out. I recognized everything, from the geography of Golden Gate Park to the stores in the Haight to the historical figures like Digger honcho Emmett Grogan (thinly disguised as “Leo Gorgon”) and biker Chocolate George (as himself). The Dead and the Airplane and Janis are all here–there’s even a historically accurate cameo by George Harrison. The fictional characters ring true, and they cover the spectrum from the childlike to the predatory. You can smell the pot smoke and patchouli and Loveburgers.

What elevates the book to greatness, though, is its heart and its moral center. Mason somehow captures the playfulness and guilelessness of the era without once turning away from the squalor and violence and hypocrisy. She has no sympathy for the narcissism of the Diggers, the sexism of the gurus, the foggy incompetence of the constantly stoned–and nothing BUT sympathy for the believers, the innocents, the ordinary folks trying to get by from day to day.

It is a tribute to Mason’s courage that, after showing us rape, addiction, rip-offs, and murder, she remains unshaken in her idealism. In this wonderful novel, the sixties are not a clown show or a costume party, not a joke or political cartoon. They are, as I believe them to be in my own heart, the key to the survival of the human race.

SUMMER OF LOVE is just one of 11 novels in the Philip K. Dick Award story bundle.”

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.

Review of Summer of Love in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Books To Look For by Charles De Lint

Lisa Mason has a different take on time travel. Where Robert Sawyer uses it to have some fun—albeit he is serious in his speculations on dinosaurs—Mason uses time travel to explore the sensibility of the sixties and environmental concerns. On second thought, perhaps there isn’t that much difference. These days, true hippie culture is as much a dinosaur as those behemoths that once roamed the world, and part of Mason’s thrust is to explore how it died off—was dying even as, to all intents and purposes, it appeared to be in its heyday.

Her time traveler, Chiron Cat’s Eye in Draco, has his origin in our own far future. He comes to San Francisco during the Summer of Love because that summer in 1967 is a “hot spot” on the time line. Something happens during those few months that has repercussions through the centuries until, in Chiron’s own time, data is mysteriously disappearing from his people’s data banks. He’s been sent to stop it.

His mission begins with trying to track down a young woman names Starbright, his only clue a film clip from the CBS news. But finding her is only a part of the problem. Once he’s found her, he has to protect her from danger until the “hot spot” closes.

Starbright—we learn well before Chiron—is actually Susan, a fourteen-year-old runaway from the suburbs of Cleveland who arrives in Haight-Ashbury to find herself. Much of the story is told from her point of view, as well as that of an older woman named Ruby who befriends both Susan and Chiron. Ruby is an old beatnik who has made the natural transition into hippiedom as did many of the beats at the time, and her take on the scene is particularly fascinating.

The story progresses from there and is quite engrossing as the fated summer unfolds and we experience the group dynamics between the three and various secondary characters. But there’s more to the story than the (fairly) linear plot line. Mason is using Summer of Love to explore present day environmental concerns as well as old hippie culture. Her extrapolations of how the future will turn out are firmly based upon the present misuse of the world’s resources, and while she doesn’t beat the reader over the head with her message, she makes a good case for the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. Unfortunately, she’s probably preaching to the converted because one’s interest in this book is undoubtedly directly proportional to one’s sympathy to the counterculture as it rose up during the sixties.

That said, I have to admit (my age showing) that I found Summer of Love to be a clear-eyed look at the past, rather than one warped by the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia. Her characters are captivating and I enjoyed the stream-of-consciousness style of writing that opens many of the chapters as well as the clippings and quotes of the times that are interspersed with the main body of the text. She’s managed to capture both the innocence of the hippie culture and the streetwise cynicism that eventually brought it down.

Summer of Love is a far cry from the hard-edged cyberpunk sensibility of her earlier novel, Arachne, but I happen to consider that a good thing. There’s nothing more tiresome than an author continually rewriting the same book, and that’s certainly not the case here. Mason has given us an enchanting foray into the near past, as seen through the eyes of the people of its times, as well as through the eyes of an individual from our own all-too possible far future. In that sense it’s both a history lesson and cautionary tale, but one that doesn’t forsake the first tenet of good fiction: there’s an entertaining story at the heart of it all.”

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.

Here’s the 1994 review of Summer of Love by Faren Miller in Locus, the Magazine of the Science Fiction Field:

“[In] Lisa Mason’s Summer of Love, the intellect on display within these psychedelically packaged pages is clear-sighted, witty, and wise.

If you belong to the boomer generation, you’re already a traveler in time. The world of 1967 had 30-pound ‘calculating machines,’ AIDs-free sex, largely voluntary homelessness amid continuing postwar prosperity; hip was ‘groovy,’ unhip ‘square’ or ‘plastic.’ For those in the right place, musical legends could be seen onstage any night of the week, five bucks a show. In short, a lost and now increasingly alien time. But it was far from an edenic Golden Age, as Mason soon makes clear. When Starbright (nee Susan Bell) runs away from her uptight and increasingly dysfunctional family in Cleveland and hops on a plane to San Francisco in pursuit of the hippie dream, she is engulfed in a scene mingling innocence and squalor, idealists and hustlers, joy and pain in equal measure.

Everyone who lived through those days, whether at their cultural epicenters or far on the sidelines, can look back with the benefit of 27 years’ hindsight. But young Chiron Cat’s Eye in Draco has a much farther way to go, in the eyeblink of near-instantaneous transport of the “ME3 Event” taking him from the San Francisco of the 25th century to the city chaotically celebrating the advent of the Summer of Love on Solstice Day, 1967. Chi is armed with centuries of perspective on the mess humanity was already making of its home planet: it will take all those centuries just to clean up after the profligate Industrial Age and advance a few cautious steps forward, into experiments with terraforming Mars and using a still not completely understood higher physics for a venture back in time. His armament also includes an array of ‘nutribeads’ and ‘prophylac’ wraps designed to shield him from the germ-crawling horrors of the past. Viewed from any standpoint but his own, he’s a slumming young aristocrat, absurdly finicky, unaccountably grave, and strange enough to be ‘far out’ yet not quite hip. He’s also a committed feminist, to the bemusement of most folk in that benighted year of ’67.

The plot element that brings Chi to the past, in search of Starbright, has that somewhat melodramatic air shared by most science-fiction notions-of-convenience, even in hard SF. Starbright is the most likely candidate for being an ‘Axis’ of catastrophic change in the ‘hot dim spot’ of 1967—a time whose archival remnants have begun to degrade in some bizarre space/time software glitch involving sinister antimatter doubles from an alternate universe and . . . well, even SF’s old master used such gimmicks at need.

However, the science fictional heart of this novel – its sharp intelligence – doesn’t need to rely on gimmickry. Cybernetics, sociology, ecology, and speculative physics all get their due in an atmosphere of mental exhilaration far removed from the Haight’s druggy ambience. Starbright herself is a bright girl, a one-time high school science whiz with a flair for mathematics that will help her calculate the arithmetic behind a San Francisco drug deal, if not the dangers of having anything to do with it. Chi, of course, has the brains to use his camouflaged future-tech with a good understanding of the principles behind it.

So, science is grounding as well as plot mechanism here. Well and good. But the wisdom of this book, along with its sparklings of wit, have a more immediate human source in a character more pivotal than any transtemporal Axis. That character is Ruby A. Maverick, proprietor of the Mystic Eye herbal/cosmic bookstore. Strong-willed businesswoman, sadder and wiser survivor of the Beat experiment, mixed-race black/Native America and ‘southern cream,’ she is a formidable woman even in her rare moments of vulnerability, and not wet-behind-the-ears redheaded kid, not even a futuristic ‘Man from Mars,’ stands a chance of besting her. When Chi and Starbright both end up in her orbit, the byplay is delicious – and we see just how much a boy from the future can learn about himself and his times, from this woman of the past.

Summer of Love offers a whole array of beautifully portrayed characters along the spectrum between outright heroism and villainy. It turns a clear eye on a time and place whose own inhabitants experienced with blinkers on, whether these consisted of youthful self-absorption, hard-grained bigotry, or a haze of drugs. And it looks ahead, to a future whose relative wonders derive more from hard work, sacrifice, and a painfully achieved maturity than from the whiz-bang baubles of limitless high technology.

Not what you expected from a book with flowers in its hair? Well, make no mistake, this is a remarkable second novel from another in the sudden array of talented, new, coincidentally female SF writers who seem ready to provide their own definition of a Golden Age for our field.”

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! So you must act now and download yours today at http://storybundle.com/pkdaward and enjoy world-class, award-winning reading right now and into the holidays.

Just in time for the Summer Solstice, and the first day of the Summer of Love, tomorrow, here is Charles De Lint’s original review:

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“Lisa Mason has a different take on time travel. Where Robert Sawyer uses it to have some fun—albeit he is serious in his speculations on dinosaurs—Mason uses time travel to explore the sensibility of the sixties and environmental concerns. On second thought, perhaps there isn’t that much difference. These days, true hippie culture is as much a dinosaur as those behemoths that once roamed the world, and part of Mason’s thrust is to explore how it died off—was dying even as, to all intents and purposes, it appeared to be in its heyday.

Her time traveler, Chiron Cat’s Eye in Draco, has his origin in our own far future. He comes to San Francisco during the Summer of Love because that summer in 1967 is a “hot spot” on the time line. Something happens during those few months that has repercussions through the centuries until, in Chiron’s own time, data is mysteriously disappearing from his people’s data banks. He’s been sent to stop it.

His mission begins with trying to track down a young woman names Starbright, his only clue a film clip from the CBS news. But finding her is only a part of the problem. Once he’s found her, he has to protect her from danger until the “hot spot” closes.

Starbright—we learn well before Chiron—is actually Susan, a fourteen-year-old runaway from the suburbs of Cleveland who arrives in Haight-Ashbury to find herself. Much of the story is told from her point of view, as well as that of an older woman named Ruby who befriends both Susan and Chiron. Ruby is an old beatnik who has made the natural transition into hippiedom as did many of the beats at the time, and her take on the scene is particularly fascinating.

The story progresses from there and is quite engrossing as the fated summer unfolds and we experience the group dynamics between the three and various secondary characters. But there’s more to the story than the (fairly) linear plot line. Mason is using Summer of Love to explore present day environmental concerns as well as old hippie culture. Her extrapolations of how the future will turn out are firmly based upon the present misuse of the world’s resources, and while she doesn’t beat the reader over the head with her message, she makes a good case for the three R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle. Unfortunately, she’s probably preaching to the converted because one’s interest in this book is undoubtedly directly proportional to one’s sympathy to the counterculture as it rose up during the sixties.

That said, I have to admit (my age showing) that I found Summer of Love to be a clear-eyed look at the past, rather than one warped by the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia. Her characters are captivating and I enjoyed the stream-of-consciousness style of writing that opens many of the chapters as well as the clippings and quotes of the times that are interspersed with the main body of the text. She’s managed to capture both the innocence of the hippie culture and the streetwise cynicism that eventually brought it down.

Summer of Love is a far cry from the hard-edged cyberpunk sensibility of her earlier novel, Arachne, but I happen to consider that a good thing. There’s nothing more tiresome than an author continually rewriting the same book, and that’s certainly not the case here. Mason has given us an enchanting foray into the near past, as seen through the eyes of the people of its times, as well as through the eyes of an individual from our own all-too possible far future. In that sense it’s both a history lesson and cautionary tale, but one that doesn’t forsake the first tenet of good fiction: there’s an entertaining story at the heart of it all.”

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So there you have it, my friends. Full disclosure: I am not now nor have I ever been a hippie. I was fascinated by the time period and spent over two years researching this book. It is intended to be a broader statement about the evolution of American attitudes—for better and for worse—that began in the sixties.

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, Kobo, and Sony.
Summer of Love is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

The Gilded Age is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Sony, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
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Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo, Sony.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India, and Mexico.

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, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, and Mexico.

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!

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