Archives for posts with tag: science fiction

We’ll start off with Tangent at http://www.tangentonline.com/print–bi-monthly-reviewsmenu-260/221-fantasy-a-science-fiction/2932-fantasy-a-science-fiction-novemberdecember-2015
Here’s the review of my story by Robert Turner, a professor at the University of South Dakota.
Tomorrow is a Lovely Day” by Lisa Mason is a clever take on time looping. The protagonist, Benjamin, is stuck in an infinite loop created in an attempt to stave off the end of the world. The writing is tight and Mason’s use of classical allusions adds depth to the tale. The conclusion is satisfying and points the reader towards a consideration of the nature of time and the various cycles of life that it encompasses.”

Next up, is Steve Fahnstalk’s review in Amazing Stories: http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2015/10/magazine-review-magazine-fantasy-science-fiction-novdec-2015/
“Over the next sixty-six years F&SF (as we have called it for years) had a number of editors: Boucher & McComas did it for about 5 years, then Boucher went it alone for another five. Robert P. Mills took over for another five years, and Avram Davidson did it for about three years. Joseph W. Ferman took over for Avram for a couple of years—at least officially on the masthead—it’s said that his son, Edward L. Ferman, actually did the editing. Then Ed Ferman edited it from 1966 to 1991! Kristine Kathryn Rusch edited it from 1991 to 1997, only to be followed by Gordon Van Gelder, who brought C.C. Finlay on as co-editor for part of 2014; now in 2015, C.C. Finlay is sole editor, with Gordon Van Gelder as publisher. (The part of publisher was often, though not always, played also by the editor in many of the preceding years.) Although the frequency of publishing has also varied (as of now it’s bimonthly), F&SF has been a constant presence on the professional SF/F scene—and we hope it can continue for a long time! (Of course, we have to say that we are looking forward to the day when Amazing Stories will return to the newsstand where it belongs!)
Which brings us to the current issue: although dated November/December 2015, it’s out on the newsstands now, with a cover by David A. Hardy, which utilizes his little green alien that has graced a number of F&SF covers. Hardy is a Fellow and founding member of the IAAA (the International Association of Astronomical Artists), and his covers show his amazing grasp of astronomical art. (I mention the IAAA, because another founding member, Rick Sternbach—he of Star Trek The Next Generation fame as well—was our Art GOH at VCON 40 this past weekend. And a splendid time was had by all.)
On to the stories in the current issue.
I started reading in at the end, with Lisa Mason’s sparkling short, “Tomorrow is a Lovely Day,” which combines FTL messaging, time repeats (like Groundhog Day), Nostradamus, the world (as usual) falling apart and other familiar items into a well-written mélange that just might be about the end of the world as we know it. (Or maybe not….)”

Steve’s excellent take on the rest of the stories follows but I’m not going to set his words out here. Click on his link for the inestimable Fahnstalk’s words. Steve concludes:
“So there you go; after all these years, F&SF is still right up there with your “must-read” fiction, in my opinion. Give it a shot—if your local newsstand doesn’t carry it (and there are fewer and fewer outlets for actual magazines), then you can subscribe online here or buy it through Amazon.com.”

And third, we’ve got Locus Magazine, the Trade Journal of the Science Fiction Field with a review of “Tomorrow Is A Lovely Day” by Lois Tilton:

“Time paradoxes. Benjamin is reliving the worst day of his life over and over, except that, somehow, the repetition sets in and makes it worse, every time.
If only tomorrow comes, everything will be better. He’ll get his master’s degree, get a good job teaching, start a family with his wife Molly. Instead, he’s stuck in a low-level job guarding Dr. Schroeder’s time machine, reset every time.
A nightmarish scenario. Nicely done… with an increasingly mad scientist at the core. . . it strikes the same note as the Scholz story, Dr Schroeder partying with all the world leaders, adjusting time to benefit the privileged class, while the rest of the world, including Benjamin, suffers the consequences.”
http://www.locusmag.com/Reviews/

So there you have it, my friends. The critics “got it.” You think?

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Check out the F&SF blog: https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/blog/2015/11/02/editors-note-for-novdec-2015/
F&SF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/fandsf/status/661224980844122112

F&SF on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/6029587257/photos/a.416240307257.190583.6029587257/10153715363957258/

Buy the November-December F&SF here:

Electronic copy (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004ZFZ4O8/

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 Time Travel is on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, is 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.

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.

If you enjoy a title, please “Like” it, add five stars, write a review on the site where you bought it, Tweet it, blog it, post it, and share the word with your family and friends.

Your participation really matters.
Thank you for your readership

Look at what arrived on the newsstands today! The must-read magazine for the holiday season!

The Winter Wraith” by Jeffrey Ford
Hob’s Choice” by Tim Sullivan
The Thirteen Mercies” by Maria Dahvana Headley
Gypsy” by Carter Scholz
Her Echo” by KJ Kabza
The Fabulous Follicle” by Harvey Jacobs
DreamPet” by Bruce McAllister
Cleanout” by Naomi Kritzer
It’s All Relative at the Space-Time Café” by Norman Birnbach
The City of Your Soul” by Robert Reed
Tomorrow is a Lovely Day” by Lisa Mason

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Within the whimsical cover, you will find very adult and very beautiful stories, poetry, and humor.

The death of a mother, of a father-in-law. The challenge of leaving a decimated Earth and confronting grief and loss over the natural world a poet had to leave behind. Living the worst day of your life over and over—and what you figure out to do about it. Facing a winter blizzard alone in the house, your spouse off on a business trip, and confronting a scary, mysterious presence. And a hilarious hair-cutter to the stars—only they’re werewolves!

So there you have it, my friends. That’s how much variety you’ll find. The must-read holiday SF/F magazine of the season and more!

Check out the F&SF blog: https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/blog/2015/11/02/editors-note-for-novdec-2015/
F&SF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/fandsf/status/661224980844122112

F&SF on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/6029587257/photos/a.416240307257.190583.6029587257/10153715363957258/

Buy the November-December F&SF here:

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 Time Travel is on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Netherlands, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, is 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.

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.

If you enjoy a title, please “Like” it, add five stars, write a review on the site where you bought it, Tweet it, blog it, post it, and share the word with your family and friends.

Your participation really matters.
Thank you for your readership!

Here’s an October, 2015 review from Best SF.net about my story, “Teardrop,” in the May-June 2015 Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Lisa Mason. Teardrop.
The story follows NaniNini, living on a planet which we humans have discovered, and you can guess that this is not necessarily good news for the indigenes. She is quite content in having a relationship with one of those humans, but he isn’t typical of his species, and when others turn up with an altogether more business-like attitude to her planet and its resources, conflict ensues.
Mason creates a believable setting, and a believable protagonist who isn’t just a human with different skin tone/pointy ears and so forth, and it’s an altogether good read.”

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Read the rest of the reviews about the excellent stories in the issue at http://bestsf.net/the-magazine-of-fantasy-and-science-fiction-mayjune-2015/

So there you have it, my friends. Thank goodness, this reviewer understood what I was attempting to achieve!

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

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, is 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.

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.

If you enjoy a title, please “Like” it, add five stars, write a review on the site where you bought it, Tweet it, blog it, post it, and share the word with your family and friends.

Your participation really matters.
Thank you for your readership!

A Philip K. Dick Award Finalist

A San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book

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

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 feisty half-black, half-white hip merchant, 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?

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

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.

“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

Summer Of Love, A Time Travel is on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.

Summer of Love, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

 Summer of Love Cover Final

Twenty five-star Amazon reader reviews
New Five-Star Amazon 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!!!”

“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” From Goodreads

5 stars Calling All Fans
“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.
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.”

5 stars I think it’s a great book. The level of character development is much higher than what we have come to expect in Scifi-Fantasy.

What I can add is that Lisa Mason has done a meticulous job of researching what the sixties were REALLY like, not the candy coated version of them which one normally sees in the media. That one could go to the Fillmore and see Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Jefferson Airplane, legendary groups almost any night. The idea that this quality of music would last forever. The naive optimism about the future mixed with the omnipresent paranoia about the Man or the System. The wide open experimentation with living styles. The idea that anyone who dressed like you was your brother/sister. The dark side of “free love”. That someone with bell-bottomed pants and bare feet would hitchhike across the country to San Francisco with little or no money because a friend was there (somewhere) and a record said in the “Summer of Love”, all you needed was a “Flower in Your Hair”. The individual acts of giving and charity mixed with the fundamentally parasitic nature of the “Love” generation.

Ms Mason’s love of San Francisco shines through her story so one can taste and feel “Haight Ashbury” locale of the 60’s.

5.0 out of 5 stars Born in the wrong decade…shed a lot of light on my ideas This book is a wonderful book. I’ve read it approximately 5 times….My mom always used to tell me I was born in the wrong decade, and I believe that is true. This book was so true to life that I felt like I was there. I recommend it to anyone.

5.0 out of 5 stars More than a great science-fiction, a great novel as well This is a wonderful book for anyone who’s ever dreamed of time travel. It also shows you a first-hand view of the Summer of Love. Mason does an excellent job of describing her characters and how they feel, even when under the influence. Her view of the future seems realistic enough (although we’ll never know) and the way she twists the plot around Chiron, Starbright, Ruby, and the other characters is quite clever. All in all this is a book that I will read many times.

“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.

If you enjoy a  title, please “Like” it, add five stars, write a review on the site where you bought it, Tweet it, blog it, post it, and share the word with your family and friends.

Your participation really matters.
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!

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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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  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. The Philip K. Dick Award Bundle features Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
  • 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.

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