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It’s not quite the end!

20 Apr

While I have your attention…

The Bundoran Buddies Sci-Fi Bundle 2 is into its final few days over at https://storybundle.com/scifi. I’d like to thank everyone who bought a bundle so far and encourage those who think they might like to expand their science fiction library to go take a look. It costs nothing to look and if you like what you see, it doesn’t really cost much to buy. You can get 4 books for as little as $5 and all twelve for as little as $15. Of course, if you’re feeling generous, you can pay a little more and even make a contribution to a great charity.

Science fiction spans all of space and time but the community that produces it is pretty tight-knit. It’s great to promote the authors we’ve published at Bundoran Press but it’s even nicer to bring together some of our friends in the community to share in the process. But why stop there? There are some other great bundles available for both science fiction and fantasy fans as well as gamers, so head on over to storybundle.com to check them out.

Supporting the arts, supporting small businesses, helping people less fortunate than ourselves is one of the best ways we can get through the current crisis with as many of us still alive and well as possible to enjoy life once it gets back to normal. So, keep washing your hands, stay home as much as you can, practice social distancing, listen to health care professionals, wear masks, and stay calm and carry on. The life you save may be your mother, or your best friend, or even your own.

Bundling in the time of COVID

14 Apr

Venusian Job CoverBefore I say anything else, let me remind you of our bundle of books – you can get 12 books for $15 at https://storybundle.com/scifi.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Most people think of writing as a solitary thing and, for some people, it is. For others, not so much. In fact, many of the writers I know are quite the social butterflies – writing together in coffee shops, meeting with other authors to discuss and critique their work, just hanging with fellow scribes to share food, drinks, ideas, troubles, encouragement and friendship. Half my closest friends and the majority of my acquaintances are writers. Some of this interaction has always taken place on-line, so that part hasn’t changed. Still, it can get awfully lonely when you can’t see anyone or discuss writing and the world face-to-face and in groups.

I’m lucky. My wife is a writer, as well, so we can at least talk about our work over coffee and recap our day’s accomplishments (or lack thereof) over drinks at the end of the day. And we do have a forum for our writers’ group where we can exchange messages or even have video conferences. But some essential quality is missing: companionship and physical contact.

Of course, I wear other hats. I am also an editor, both for Bundoran Press and for other people’s work as a freelancer. Oddly, I’ve never been busier, where the medium of discussion is through the text being edited. Indeed, some of my clients live in other countries and I will never meet them face-to-face and only occasionally talk to them on the phone. While writing may be a solitary sport, editing consists of a team of two.

Of course, many of you know me best as the managing editor and publisher of Bundoran Press Publishing Company. That work is nothing if not collaborative and social. I am not only working with authors but also artists, book designers, printers, government officials, event organizers, bookstores and the general reading public.

I knew all that, of course, but COVID-19 has brought it all into frightening clarity.

While the production of book files and even e-books can proceed without too much difficulty, the other side of the business—the creation and sale of physical books—has come to a complete halt.

We had plans to launch a new book on May 1st at the Ad Astra science fiction convention in Toronto with a follow-up event at Creative Ink in Vancouver two weeks later. Those two conventions were, of course, canceled, so Ryan McFadden’s follow up to The Venusian Job, fortuitously (?) entitled Corona Burning, won’t be launched next month.

Which is just as well since the printer contracted to produce it is now closed until at least mid-May (and probably longer), so we would have no physical books to sell anyway. And with conventions shutting down and bookstores closing, there are no places to sell the books in any case. Even sales of our audiobooks have dropped off (as have everyone’s) as people mostly listen to them while commuting. We’re not alone in this, book publishers large and small have had books delayed or cancelled, sales compromised and futures transformed.

I have 4 more conventions and book events scheduled for this year – plus at least one more in the works. But, right now, I fully expect one or two—and possibly all five—to be cancelled as uncertainty persists as to when stay-at-home orders will end. The conventions are important because, in addition to actual sales, they provide critical word-of-mouth publicity that drives sales on Amazon, Kobo and our own website: www.bundoranpress.ca. If nobody knows you exist, nobody buys your books.

Our current bundle of books on Story Bundle was planned long before COVID-19 was on the radar and includes the aforementioned The Venusian Job. Although it was our most recent publication, I included it in order to provide a boost to the launch of the sequel a few weeks later. I’m still hoping to see that boost when Corona Burning comes out (we’ll do a virtual launch in May to market the ebook) but, like everything else, it is hard to predict. Never having done a virtual launch before means having to re-think the whole process and, moreover, find an audience.

There is a sense that people are reading more books – though I’ve sometimes found myself too distracted to settle down with a book for too long. It’s too early to say for sure but initially our sales dropped in the first few weeks of the pandemic, though they seem to be picking up again.

But for now, we are in a wait and see posture, hoping for the best – not just for ourselves and the Press but for all our authors and friends and, of course, our readers.

In the meantime, head over to https://storybundle.com/scifi where you can get six Bundoran Press books plus six more from writers such as Tanya Huff, Robert J. Sawyer, Madeline Ashby, Gerald Brandt, Nina Munteanu and Edward Willet. It’s a great deal for you and would mean a great deal to me.

 

Bundoran Buddies Book Bundle II

1 Apr

Venusian Job CoverBundoran Buddies Book Bundle II

Curated by Hayden Trenholm

Science fiction is our conservation with the future. That’s the philosophy of Bundoran Press Publishing House. But how can you have a conservation without friends? Even though in the days of COVID-19, most of those conversations take place on-line or by phone, there’s never been a better time to think and talk about the future.

That’s why I’m curating this twelve-book science fiction bundle for https://storybundle.com/scifi, made up of ten novels and two short story collections from established greats and rising stars. Half of the books were published by the Press and the other six come from some fabulous authors who have been our friends and supporters for years. As always, at Story Bundle, you decide what the books are worth and a portion of the proceeds go to charity.

The Bundoran Buddies Book Bundle includes Lazarus Risen, an international collection of stories focused on longevity and immortality, including Hugo nominated author, Sean McMullen.

Award winners and nominees abound in this bundle. Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer offers up Space: Stories, a collection of his short stories, all of them set off-world, including a Hugo finalist and two Aurora Award winners.  Aurora Award winning Edward Willett gives us a Lost in Translation that explores the necessity of understanding the other in a taut tale of interstellar negotiations.

If your taste runs to near-future, BAFTA nominee, Fiona Moore, brings us Driving Ambition, where the murder of an intelligent car launches the protagonist, a mediator between humans and artificial intelligences, on a dangerous trajectory. Or you might prefer, Madelaine Ashby’s iD, the second volume of her Machine World series which “explores the uncomfortable possibilities and limitations of love within slavery and free will under constraint (Globe and Mail).”

At the other end of the temporal spectrum, we have The Better Part of Valor, the second of the Confederation of Valor series from multi-award-winning author Tanya Huff – still producing best sellers after over two decades in the field. Duatero from Brad C. Anderson, with his first novel from from Bundoran Press, is set on a lost outpost of humanity where moral dilemmas compete with fast paced action on a plague planet.  Jennifer Rahn’s Dark Corridor gives us a fun romp in a hard science thriller that includes cyborgs, drug lords and space Vikings.

But wait, there’s more. Ryan McFadden’s hilarious and exciting The Venusian Job pits thief, Emily Van Lars, a.k.a. The Engineer, and her motley crew of mercenaries against aliens, crime lords and a deadly AI. Gerald Brandt’s The Courier, the first volume of a trilogy, is an action-packed thriller in a dystopian future, Los Angeles. Charmingly written Brendan’s Way by Matthew Bin is set entirely aboard a colony ship heading off world in a novel dubbed “Heinlein meets Marx.” Last but certainly not least, Nina Munteanu’s Outer Diverse, the first volume of the Splintered Universe series, introduces Galactic Guardian Rhea Hawk, who investigates the massacre of an entire spiritual sect, catapulting her into a treacherous storm of politics, conspiracy and self-discovery.

The Bundoran Buddies Book bundle only runs for three weeks. It’s a great deal and a chance to pick up books by some of your favorite SF writers and discover some new favorites at the same time.

For $5USD (or more if you are feeling generous) you get four of the twelve ebooks – MOBI or ePub – and for $15 or more you unlock the remaining eight.

The initial titles in the bundle (yours for a minimum of $5) include:

  • iD by Madeline Ashby
  • Outer Diverse by Nina Munteanu
  • The Venusian Job by Ryan C. McFadden
  • Lazarus Risen edited by Hayden Trenholm and Michael Rimar

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get the remaining eight books, including:

  • Duatero by Brad C. Anderson
  • Lost in Translation by Edward Willett
  • Space: Stories by Robert J. Sawyer
  • The Courier by Gerald Brandt
  • Dark Corridor by Jennifer Rahn
  • The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff
  • Brendan’s Way by Matthew Bin
  • Driving Ambition by Fiona Moore

What better time to cuddle up with a dozen great books and explore the brave new worlds they present? Self-isolation will never seem so much fun.

The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via https://storybundle.com/scifi. It allows easy reading 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, but after the three weeks are over, the bundle is gone forever!

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

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

  • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of thrilling titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. We’re currently featuring Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.
  • Receive extra books: If you beat our bonus price, you’re not just getting four books, you’re getting twelve!

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

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

 

Interview with James Alan Gardner

12 Jan

A great bundle of science fiction books is currently being offered at https://storybundle.com/scifi, consisting of six titles from Bundoran Press and six by some great writers who have befriended the press over the years. As an added bonus, we will be running a series of interviews with the authors about their contribution to the Bundle.

Next up: James Alan Gardner

What themes appear most strongly in your writing? What makes you particularly care about those ideas?

I’m a child of pop culture, steeped in comic books, science fiction, fantasy, and all those good geeky things. But I’ve always been distanced from that culture too; I love the genre in a “meta” way, rather than completely buying in. (I’m not cut out to be a capital-F Fan of the genre.)

So when I write, I’m always holding genre conventions up to the light. I try to see the underlying assumptions and exploit them. I seldom try to subvert conventions or defy them. Instead I ask myself, “What if the world truly worked like that? What if there’s a good reason for all those genre conventions, even if they seem ridiculous when you actually think about them? And how would intelligent people behave if they knew they were living in that kind of world?”

Beyond that, I try to show a broad range of humanity, rather than peopling my stories with the usual straight white men. It’s another way to take a second look at genre conventions without actually trying to disrupt them. “Okay, suppose you have a world where genre rules apply. How would different people live in that world? What new directions would they go in? What if you weren’t the male lead?”

Do you have a special routine when you are writing? Time of day? Inspiring music or images? Particular clothing or food/drink?

I write every morning, seven days a week. I try to get started by 10:00AM and go until at least 1:00PM. In the afternoon, I either do freelance editing for other people (hire me!) or I deal with different types of writing: blog writing, articles, short stories, or “punching up” whatever novel I’m working on.

I can’t think at all when there’s music playing, or when there are any other audio distractions. I drink two cups of coffee before I start my writing day, but for my actual writing time, I drink glasses of 1/3 orange juice, 2/3 Diet Coke, mixed together.

Are you a plotter or a pantser or some combination of the two? Do prefer to writing or re-writing?

I’m not a big plotter, but I need what I call a “keel” before I start writing. Just as a keel gives a boat balance and keeps it floating upright, a story-keel gives the essence of a book: why I’m writing it and what I want to hold onto, no matter what directions the plot and characters might go. In practice, a keel is just a few sentences of content I consider non-negotiable. Beyond that, I let myself improvise and follow serendipity.

That’s enough to get me through a very rough first draft. Then I start rewriting, which I enjoy a great deal. Rewriting is where the story really comes together; I know more or less what the story is about, so I can tune it and refine it to deliver its heart and soul.

If you could give one piece of advice to a budding writer, what would it be?

Read a lot, write a lot, and still have a life.

Bonus advice: I have strong reservations about “Write what you know”, but even so, work hard to know a lot of cool things. You need both breadth and depth. When a writer’s knowledge is narrow and shallow, it shows.

 

To learn more about this great bundle of books, visit https://storybundle.com/scifi.

To connect with Bundoran Press, visit our web-site, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @BundoranPress

To learn more about Jim and his writing, visit: https://jamesalangardner.wordpress.com/

 

Interview: Al Onia

11 Jan

A great bundle of science fiction books is currently being offered at https://storybundle.com/scifi, consisting of six titles from Bundoran Press and six by some great writers who have befriended the press over the years. As an added bonus, we will be running a series of interviews with the authors about their contribution to the Bundle.

Next up: Al Onia

What inspired you to write Transient City? How does this book fit into the rest of your writing career?

The “endless memory” phenomenon was the starting point for the lead character but it evolved into a noir SF setting and an homage to British popular culture of the 1960’s. Transient City was the easiest book I’ve written; the plot, characters and setting became intertwined with each other and added depth I couldn’t have reached treating them independently.

Who is your favorite secondary character in this book and why?

I have two, Shoes because she developed from “one of the cast” to a compelling character on her own (one I chose as co-star in Transient’s sequel Rogue Town). The other favorite character is the city itself. Once I began picturing the detail, it took on a life of its own as either a haven or an obstacle for many of the characters.

What themes appear most strongly in your writing? What makes you particularly care about those ideas?

The idea of an individual transcending circumstance and internal barriers to “do the right thing.” True heroes are often overlooked to focus on fame rather than substance.

Are you a plotter or a pantser or some combination of the two? Do prefer to writing or re-writing? Do you write every day or when the muse strikes you?

I am definitely a pantser. I revel in the ideas which appear once I start typing. I outline as I go, seldom more than a few chapters ahead. I know the overall arc most times but I don’t commit to anything until at least half way through the first draft. I do prefer the energy and idea flow which accompany the first draft of any project. Re-writing is hard but the reward in it is the resonance one can control to give the work more substance. I write every day, whether I’m creating, re-writing or editing. I strike a time balance which allows progress, ultimate completion but doesn’t drain the muse.

Do need privacy to do your writing or do you prefer the social ambiance of a coffee shop or writing retreat? How do you balance your writing with the rest of your life?

I prefer to work in private. I have a dedicated computer space with a door for word-processing and a sunny deck for editing and early note-jotting. When I’m working on a project (which is most of the time), I make it my top priority each day, no distractive reward activities until I’ve done a hour or two first thing in the morning. When I was still working in a paying career, I’d try for 30-60 minutes before work and the full hour at lunch.

If you could give one piece of advice to a budding writer, what would it be?

Seek therapy. If you’re not convinced there’s better ways to create than writing, then seek fellow writers to support and be supportive of. Oh yeah, and write with the goals of finishing what you write, finding your voice and learning from each effort.

 

To learn more about this great bundle of books, visit https://storybundle.com/scifi.

To connect with Bundoran Press, visit our web-site, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @BundoranPress

To learn more about Al and his writing, visit: http://ajonia.com/

 

Interview with Robert J. Sawyer

10 Jan

A great bundle of science fiction books is currently being offered at https://storybundle.com/scifi, consisting of six titles from Bundoran Press and six by some great writers who have befriended the press over the years. As an added bonus, we will be running a series of interviews with the authors about their contribution to the Bundle.

First up is Robert J. Sawyer.

What inspired you to write Frameshift? How does this book fit into the rest of your writing career?

I’m very much a top-down writer. I pick a topic, research the heck out of it until I’ve found something worth saying on the topic — that is, until I’ve found my theme — and then devise the characters who will be most uncomfortable and at jeopardy as I explore that theme. I wrote Frameshift over 20 years ago, mostly in 1996, and back then the ongoing project of trying to map the human genome was a huge news story, so I chose genetics as my overall topic. And in digging into, it seemed clear to me, Canadian that I am, that the only thing that would make sense in the coming era of predictive genetic testing would be socialized medicine. That this issue is still front-and-center today in political and ethical discourse hopefully means that Frameshift is still relevant.

Who is your favorite secondary character in this book and why?

Avi Meyer, who is hunting for former Nazis who might be lurking in modern genetic research. In high school, I dated a Jewish girl, and her parents, including her father, who was a concentration-camp survivor, worked hard to break us up. I struggled then over why they would do that, and found some peace by walking many figurative miles in Avi’s shoes.

What themes appear most strongly in your writing? What makes you particularly care about those ideas?

Over and over again, two themes: rationalism and empathy. Rationalism because it’s the only way we’ll get out of the messes we find ourselves in, whether its the depredations of religious extremists or the existential threat of climate-change denial. And empathy because it’s the core value of fiction. As I said above, Frameshift let me walk in Avi Meyer’s shoes; modern fiction, with its structure based on one point-of-view character per scene, is the only narrative tool we have that places you firmly inside someone else’s head, and the whole point of that exercise is to realize that other people have value, too. It’s certainly a large part of Frameshift; it’s the main message of the book I wrote right after it, the Hugo Award-nominated Factoring Humanity, and it’s the core message of my latest novel, Quantum Night, too.

 

To learn more about this great bundle of books, visit https://storybundle.com/scifi.

To connect with Bundoran Press, visit our web-site, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @BundoranPress

A Big Bundle of the Best

9 Jan

THE BUNDORAN BUDDIES SCI-FI BUNDLE

The Bundoran Buddies Sci-Fi Bundle – Curated by Hayden Trenholm

Science fiction is our conversation with the future. That’s the philosophy of Bundoran Press Publishing House. But how can you have a conversation without friends? That’s why I’m curating this twelve-book science fiction bundle for www.storybundle.com, made up of eleven novels and one short story collection from established greats and rising stars. Half of the books were published by the Press and the other six come from some fabulous authors who have been our friends and supporters for years. As always, at StoryBundle, you decide what the books are worth and a portion of the proceeds go to charity.

The Bundoran Buddies Book Bundle includes a never before published collection of selected stories from Hugo and Nebula nominated author, James Alan Gardner, available nowhere else.

Award winners and nominees abound in this collection. Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer offers up his genetics-based near future novel, Frameshift, while Arthur C Clarke Award finalist, Alison Sinclair, presents the first book of her SF Plague Confederacy series: Breakpoint: Nereis. Aurora Award winning Edward Willett gives us a rousing space opera with Right to Know.

If your taste runs to near-future, Ramez Naam’s mind-expanding and globe covering Nexus is right up your alley. Or you might prefer, Madelaine Ashby’s vN, a gripping tale of designer self-replicating robots meant to both thrill and terrify.

At the other end of the temporal spectrum, we have military space opera, Valor’s Choice, from multi-award-winning author Tanya Huff – still producing best sellers after over two decades in the field or Stars Like Cold Fire from relative newcomer, Brent Nichols, both of whose novels from Bundoran Press have garnered Aurora Award nominations. Jennifer Rahn’s The Cyanide Process gives us a fun romp in a hard science thriller that includes robot ninjas and space Vikings.

But wait, there’s more. Fall from Earth is a far-future first contact novel set in an empire based on Chinese philosophies and traditions while Matt Hughes mystery SF novel, Template, spans multiple worlds and human cultures smeared across half the galactic arm. Mystery lovers will also enjoy Al Onia’s diesel punk noir, Transient City, with one of the most unusual and engaging detectives you will ever meet.

The Bundoran Buddies Book bundle only runs for three weeks. It’s a great deal and a chance to pick up books by some of your favorite SF writers and discover some new favorites at the same time. – Hayden Trenholm

For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you’re feeling generous), you’ll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format—WORLDWIDE.

  • Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff
  • Template by Matthew Hughes
  • The Cyanide Process by Jennifer Rahn
  • Right to Know by Edward Willett

If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular books, plus EIGHT more!

  • Frameshift by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Nexus by Ramez Naam
  • vN – The First Machine Dynasty by Madeline Ashby
  • Breakpoint Nereis by Alison Sinclair
  • Stars Like Cold Fire by Brent Nichols
  • Fall From Earth by Matthew Johnson
  • Organisms – Selected Stories by James Alan Gardner
  • Transient City by Al Onia
  • This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading 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!

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

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

  • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now!
  • Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you’ll get the bonus books!

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

For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, tweet us at @storybundle and like us on Facebook.

What a Wonderful Deal

25 Jul

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I see Terrence Green, Van Belkom, too

I see books for me, and books for you

And I think to myself what a wonderful deal.

 

I see Sean Stewart and Robert J. Sawyer

Hayden Trenholm and Mike Rimar

And I think to myself what a wonderful deal

 

The Aurora Award Book Bundle

The best in Canadian Sci-Fi

Horror and Fantasy are also there too

Everything for me and for you

 

Read Derryl Murphy and Michael Rowe

Read Bedwell-Grime and S. M. Beiko

And think to yourself what a wonderful deal

Yes, think to yourself what a wonderful deal.

https://storybundle.com/aurora

 

Bundled Up With Friends

25 Apr

I’ve got a lot of ties to the current e-book bundle at Story Bundle (which you really should have bought by now). I’ve already talked about my relationship with Darusha Wehm – whose book I edited and whom I first met in person in London, England at World Sf Convention after her book came out. We’ve seen each other in person a few other times but most of our contact is by e-mail or social media.

I also described my relationship to the other writers in the fabulous anthology Strangers Among Us. Some I’ve known some for a couple of years and others for a couple of decades (Edward Willett sang at my wedding). Most I see once or thrice a year at conventions or other literary and social events while maintaining contact through Facebook and the like. The same can be said for a couple of the other writers in the bundle.

The exception is Robert Sawyer whose Factoring Humanity was a Hugo Award finalist and who is one of only 3 writers I have read everything they ever published. So I was a big fan of his before I first invited him to teach at the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association workshop in 1995. We’ve since been fast friends and spend time together whenever we can. We’ve even dedicated books to each other.

But I want to emphasize that I was a fan of his work before I ever met him – and I remain a fan to this day and consider myself fortunate to also be a friend.

Factoring Humanity is a great book and like all Rob’s books delves deep into the human condition and asks profound questions about the impact of technology on society and individuals. This book has it all: messages from outer space, AI, neuroscience and a rollicking good story. If you haven’t read it, it would be worth buying the bundle just for that.

But wait, there’s more. Factoring Humanity is bundled up with 11 other books which you can get for as little as $15US.

What are you waiting for?

Story Bundle!

12 Apr

Here is a guest blog from Cat Rambo, describing the SFWA Story Bundle including Children of Arkadia by M. Darusha Wehm.

THE SFWA SCIENCE FICTION BUNDLE

The SFWA Science Fiction Bundle – Curated by Cat Rambo

I am so pleased to present the first ever SFWA-focused StoryBundle. The idea for it has been hovering in my head for a several years but it was only last year that we finally had the contacts and volunteer structure to actually enact it. Last year I asked SFWA members to send in their science fiction and fantasy works for consideration in the bundles, and the enthusiastic response to that call let me assemble this awesome bundle as well as a second one, this time with a fantasy focus, for later this year. Midway through this year, we’ll open up the call for applications for the 2018 bundles.

If you’re curious about other SFWA offerings, sign up for our quarterly newsletter, which features new and backlist releases from our members in the area of fiction, games, and other offerings.

One reason I’ve pushed this StoryBundle along is because it’s a program that works well for our small press and independently published members, whose market agility allows them to make full use of the bundle. The membership voted to accept these new members in 2015 and one of the challenges was making sure SFWA served their needs. They’ve added immense enthusiasm and knowledge to our hive mind, and it’s great to have a way that helps them promote their work while also supporting the organization’s Givers Fund, which gives grants each year to encourage and promote fantasy and science fiction writing, including organizations such as the the African Speculative Fiction Society, Alpha Workshop, Clarion and Clarion West, and Launchpad.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, it’s over 50 years old, and has a membership of professional writers and publishing professionals from around the globe. It administers the Nebula Awards each year. If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, stop by the mass autographing session on the evening of May 19, which will feature (literally) dozens of authors, including many authors on this year’s ballot and SFWA’s latest Grand Master, Jane Yolen. Check out the SFWA website at sfwa.org for information on genre writing, the field, and other services. – Cat Rambo

The initial titles in the SFWA Science Fiction Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

  • Saiensu Fikushon 2016 by TOBI Hirotaka, Toh Enjoe and Taiyo Fujii
  • Borrowed Tides by Paul Levinson
  • The Weave by Nancy Jane Moore
  • Truck Stop Earth by Michael A. Armstrong
  • Children of Arkadia by M. Darusha Wehm
  • Beyond the Gates by Catherine Wells

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all six of the regular titles, plus SIX more!

  • Unidentified Funny Objects by Alex Shvartsman
  • Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Strangers Among Us by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law
  • Tech Heaven by Linda Nagata
  • The Burning Eye by John F. Carr
  • The Leaves of October by Don Sakers

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading 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!

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

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

  • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America!
  • Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you’ll get the bonus books!

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

For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, tweet us at @storybundle and like us on Facebook.