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Posts Tagged ‘Greg Bear’

Open Road Integrated Media Offers Sci-Fi eBook Humble Bundle Deal

openroadOpen Road Integrated Media has formed a partnership with Humble Bundle. The two have crafted a special eBook package tailored for science fiction readers.

According to the press release, this deal “offers eleven science-fiction titles by authors such as Greg Bear, Timothy Zahn, and William Dietz, which are available in multiple formats including PDF, mobi, and epub.” Buyers who pay $12.00 or more will have access to all eleven books.

This Humble Bundle deal will be made available from July 9th to July 23rd. The proceeds will be donated to two nonprofit organizations, the Science Fiction Writers of America Medical Fund and First Book. What do you think?

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George R.R. Martin Adaptation Opens New Amazon Comic Imprint

Amazon has launched its own comic book imprint called Jet City, adapting stories by George R.R. MartinHugh Howey and Neal Stephenson.

The comics will be released in Kindle editions “as standalone comics, as serialized comics released over multiple episodes, and as bundled graphic novels.” The graphic novels will also be sold as print editions on Amazon and comic book sellers. In October, the imprint will adapt “Meathouse Man,” a George R.R. Martin short story. Martin had this statement, in the release:

My fans have been clamoring for the return of Dunk & Egg ever since the graphic novels of “The Hedge Knight” and “The Sworn Sword” went out of print several years ago … so I am delighted to announce that Jet City Comics is bringing them back—newly formatted for digital readers, and in paper for those who still prefer the traditional formats. And Jet City will be bringing you something new as well: the graphic novel “Meathouse Man,” adapted from one of my strangest, darkest, and most twisted short stories by the amazingly talented Raya Golden. I’m pleased and excited to be a part of Jet City’s takeoff. May they fly high.

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Jane Rogers Wins Arthur C. Clarke Award for ‘The Testament of Jessie Lamb’

Jane Rogers has won the 2012 Arthur C. Clarke Award for her novel, The Testament of Jessie Lamb.

Below, we’ve embedded free samples of all the books on the shortlist for the UK’s prestigious science fiction prize.

Here’s more from Tom Hunter, the Prize director: “”It wasn’t an obvious Arthur C Clarke winner – it’s not from a science fiction publisher but from a small Scottish press … It offers a route into dealing with quite serious issues, about science, about maternity and about making choices.”

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Neal Stephenson Stars in Book Trailer about the Inherent Silliness of Book Trailers

Amazon Publishing’s 47 North imprint has released a book trailer for The Mongoliad: Book One, the first installment in a group-written novel headlined by Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear.

Instead of making a Hollywood version of the book or hiring actors, the video actually reflects on the inherent silliness of making a book trailer in the first place. It ends with the tagline: “Some books are so good, a trailer just seems Medieval.”

Here’s more about the book: “The Foreworld medieval adventure saga was actually born out of swordfighting. Stephenson and the other authors are avid practitioners of Western martial arts and they are part of an enthusiastic study group in Seattle. Stephenson realized that the descriptions of swordfighting in his novels would have been much better with contributions from people with fighting expertise. Thus the idea for a saga about the complex, bloody history of Western martial arts was born, co-written by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, E.D. deBirmingham, Joseph Brassey, Erik Bear, and Cooper Moo.” (Via Reddit Lit Video)

Starbucks Features Free Greg Bear eBook

Until December 7th, Starbucks customers in the United States can access a free digital copy of Greg Bear’s new science fiction novel while visiting the coffee shop. The book trailer is embedded above.

The new Starbucks Digital Network chose Bear’s Hull Zero Three to feature in the coffee shop’s new in-store premium content. What do you think of the new program–would you read a free digital book at Starbucks?

Here’s more from Orbit: “Customers will be able to access the complete text of HULL ZERO THREE on their laptops, tablets, and many smart phones. Stop by your local Starbucks, put in your order, have a seat, open your laptop, log on. You’ll find HULL ZERO THREE in the Bookish Reading Club on the network’s Entertainment channel.”

Science Fiction Political Consultants

arlan.andrews.sr1.jpgAs President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney debate national security issues in recent speeches, a crack team of science fiction writers advised politicos at the 2009 Homeland Security Science & Technology Stakeholders Conference.

According to the Washington Post, novelist and engineer Arlan Andrews (pictured) founded the Sigma group to have science fiction writers provide “imaginative services” to other groups, including the Army, the Department of Energy, and NATO. One recent event was lead by novelist Greg Bear.

Here’s more from the article: “Science fiction writers tend to know a lot about science. And the ranks of federal and commercial R&D departments are stuffed with sci-fi fanatics. The cost to taxpayers is minimal. The writers call this ‘science fiction in the national interest,’ and they consult pro bono.” (Via Ron Charles)

Greg Bear to Write Three Video Game Novels

Tor has hired Hugo Award-winner Greg Bear (most recently, the author of “City at the End of Time“) to write three novels about the popular video game series, Halo. The publisher has already sold a million copies of three other Halo books.

The new trilogy will focus on an ancient race of aliens that left behind mysterious and powerful machines in the Halo universe. If you want to know more about the franchise, GalleyCat had that video interview with Eric Nylund about how his writing took off after he wrote for the video game–he’s written Halo books, stand-alone novels, and video games.

Here’s more from the Tor release: “‘We’re thrilled to have Greg Bear join a great tradition of sci-fi writers who’ve inhabited the ‘Halo’ universe, and Greg’s incredible sense of epic scale and wonder is the perfect match’ … said Frank O’Connor, Franchise Development Director for Halo, at Microsoft Game Studios.”