Hey the Hugo nominations are open and you can vote for us! Also Firefly is coming back as books. And the Hugo nominations are open and you can vote for us. Plus StoryBundle has an awesome set of books called Black Narratives! And the Hugo nominations are open and you can vote for us. Oh and the Locus Awards are open for voting. That one... you can't vote for us. But you can vote for us in the Hugos.
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Tom: Gainey Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2015
It looks like Hugo Nominations are open, both for last year's works, and for 1942 works. They are calling it the "1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards", but that's like how they call this years the 2018 Hugo awards for 2017 works. If you are eligible to nominate, you have until March 16th to get those in, so that should hopefully be plenty of time to think on it.
Stephen: You can nominate The Sword and Laser podcast in the best Fancast section. There is a need to double the amount of nominated votes from last year to become a finalist. WorldCon 76 is being held in San Jose, Ca. You need to be a supporting member or have gone to Worldcon 75 to be involved
Silvana: Locus Award's ballot is out and non-subscribers can vote too.
Jenny: StoryBundle is offering a Black Narratives Bundle that has some great stuff, including one previous S&L read and another by the same author. The initial titles in the Black Narratives Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:
To Raise a Clenched Fist to the Sky: The Panther Chronicles, Book One by T. Thorn Coyle
Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson
Angelborn by L. Penelope
Echo by Alicia Wright Brewster
If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular titles, plus SEVEN more!
Lion’s Blood: InSha’allah Series Book One by Steven Barnes
Blades Of Illusion: Crown Service #2 by Terah Edun
To Wrest Our Bodies from the Fire: The Panther Chronicles, Book Two by T. Thorn Coyle
Kabu-Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor
The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson
Black Borne by L.L. Farmer
Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
Even though I've already read The Salt Roads and Redemption in Indigo, I went for this one! " https://storybundle.com/blacknarratives
April: Tomi Adeyemi's book "Children of Blood and Bone" is coming out 3/6, and it looks amazing. This video of her opening her copy is fantastic:
Tassie Dave: Titan Books is releasing 3 Firefly novels. Starring our loveable bunch of rogues and browncoats. These will be the first books written for the franchise with original storylines.
The first will be released in October, 2018 with 2 more scheduled for release next year (March and October 2019)
The novels will be written by Nancy Holder, who has written over a dozen Buffy the Vampire Slayer tie-in novels; Age of Heroes author James Lovegrove; and Tim Lebbon, who has written the movie novelizations for 30 Days of Night and The Cabin in the Woods, as well as tie-in fiction for the Star Wars, Alien, and Predator franchises. Joss Whedon will serve as consulting editor.
Tamahome: Firefly novels coming to the 'verse
Mark: My Own Kind of Freedom: A Firefly Novel by Steven Brust was written on spec and submitted for consideration as an official Firefly novel, but was rejected. Brust released it as an ebook which you can download in epub/mobi/pdf formats at http://dreamcafe.com/firefly.html
Matthew: So happy to see R.A. Salvatore announced more Drizzt books (who didn’t see that coming lol). It’s a brand new trilogy starting with a book called Timeless on Sept 18th. I’m a few books behind but will easily catch up before the new one comes out. Also this year is the 30th anniversary of the The Crystal Shard.
Colin: Orbit announces the publication of original Culture drawings from the Estate of Iain M. Banks. Sounds like something that some of us would be interested in.
TRP: here's a link to a story about the HBO version of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
It's a film starring Michael B. Jordan, Sofia Boutella, and Michael Shannon which is due to air on HBO in the spring of this year.
Here's another link to the teaser trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzAwg9gj9vc
Tom's book Pavaria is on Audible now, read by Tom!
March Madness nominations continue
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