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Advance Review Copies of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 are trickling out into the world, so we thought now would be a good time to announce our contributor list. The anthology will contain stories from the following authors; we’re keeping the specific stories selected for inclusion under wraps for now, but meanwhile here is a list of the authors featured in the anthology.

  • Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015Nathan Ballingrud
  • T.C. Boyle
  • Adam-Troy Castro
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Theodora Goss
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Kelly Link
  • Carmen Maria Machado
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Sam J. Miller
  • Susan Palwick
  • Cat Rambo
  • Jess Row
  • Karen Russell
  • A. Merc Rustad
  • Sofia Samatar
  • Sofia Samatar (that’s right, TWO STORIES!)
  • Kelly Sandoval
  • Jo Walton
  • Daniel H. Wilson

The book will publish on October 6, 2015, and can be pre-ordered now:

NEWS: THE END HAS COME is a Kindle Daily Deal—Today Only, Discounted to $1.99!

Book 3 of The Apocalypse Triptych, THE END HAS COME, is a Kindle Daily Deal today (7/16/15), meaning it’s on sale for just $1.99. Today only, so if you haven’t gotten a copy yet be sure to snag one now while it’s cheap! And please tell a friend!

The Apocalypse Triptych

NEWS: SDCC Giveaway for PRESS START TO PLAY Was a Hit!

Daniel H. Wilson and I were both at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend, and we had the opportunity to giveaway about 160 copies of PRESS START TO PLAY to eager SDCC patrons. We did a big group signing as well, as several of the contributors to the anthology were in attendance.

It was really great to see how excited people were about the book. And hey, if you’re one of those lucky people who got a free signed copy, I hope you’ll consider telling a friend about it and/or posting a kind note on Goodreads or the like!


Back Row (L to R): Jessica Barber, Hugh Howey, John Joseph Adams, Daniel H. Wilson, Chris Avellone | Front Row (L to R): Rhianna Pratchett, Micky Neilson, Seanan McGuire (not pictured: Austin Grossman)

Press Start SDCC Table

NEWS: New Humble Bundle, “Made With Kickstarter” Bundle, Features NIGHTMARE and HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!!

The latest Humble Book Bundle is out, and it’s a “Made With Kickstarter” Bundle. It includes issue #33 of Nightmare (which was originally funded on Kickstarter), and HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! and Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects (which of course was funded on Kickstarter).

You can pay-what-you-want to get the bundle, which includes a great assortment of titles. Here’s more about the Bundle and how Humble Bundle works, from the press release:

Kickstart your book collection! The biggest books on Kickstarter are now available in a bundle! Name your price for To Be Or Not To Be, God Hates Astronauts, Imagined Realms Book 1, Hollow World, and Help Fund My Robot Army. If you pay more than the average price, you’ll also get The Big Feminist BUT, A Hero at the End of the World, The Great Way Trilogy, The Sleep of Reason: An Anthology of Horror, Steampunk World, and Nightmare Magazine #33. If you pay $15 or more, you’ll receive all of the above plus Code Monkey Save World, Ava’s Demon, The Warden and the Wolf King, and MOTHER RUSSIA.

Pledge what you want. The contents of this bundle would cost you up to $165 if purchased separately, but here at Humble Bundle, you pay what you want.

Read Anywhere. These comics and books are available in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, MOBI, and ePub, so they work on your computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices! Instructions and a list of recommended reading programs can be found here for comics and here for books.

Support charity. Choose where the money goes — between the publisher and two charitable causes (EFF and First Book) via the PayPal Giving Fund. For details on how this works, click here. If you like this bundle, feel free to drop something in the Humble tip jar.

If you’ve already got my stuff in the Bundle,  you should still totally go check it out, if for no other reason than it includes Ryan North’s AMAZINGLY BRILLIANT choose-your-own-adventure novel, To Be or Not to Be, which is probably about what you think it’s about.

So what are you waiting for? Go check it out!

NEWS: Speaking at Clarion

In other San Diego-related news, I’m going to be speaking to this year’s class of the Clarion Writing Workshop at UCSD, when I’m down in the area for SDCC. It’s not an open event–it’s just going to be me and the Clarion class, so there’s not much point in me posting about it online, but I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to share. :)

NEWS: PRESS START TO PLAY Giveaway & Signing at SDCC, Saturday July 11!

Daniel H. Wilson and I will be signing copies of PRESS START TO PLAY at San Diego Comic Con on Saturday July 11th from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the PenguinRandom House booth (#1520).

You might ask, how is that possible since the book isn’t out yet, and indeed won’t be out until August 18? I’M GLAD YOU ASKED, fictional person. Vintage is going to be GIVING AWAY a limited number of copies of PRESS START TO PLAY at the aforementioned booth #1520, where you can also get Daniel and I to sign them.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE. Also joining us at the signing table will be several contributors to the anthology, including: Daniel (natch), Austin Grossman, Hugh Howey, Seanan McGuire, Jessica Barber, Micky Neilson, Chris Avellone, and Rhianna Pratchett! [links to their SDCC schedules]

AND if you have more of a Pokemon sort of philosophy (“Gotta catch ’em all”), there’s also a few other contributors attending SDCC who sadly won’t be able to join us at the signing, but perhaps you’ll be able to track down otherwise. They are: Ernest Cline, Andy Weir, and Charlie Jane Anders.

If you miss out, though, we’ll also have these sweet bookmarks!



NEWS: PRESS START TO PLAY Bookmarks—Coming Soon to a Convention Near You!

Vintage made these sweet PRESS START TO PLAY bookmarks for distro at conventions and bookstores and the like.


News: Canceled MN Events: 4th St. Fantasy and CONvergence

Sorry to say that I won’t be attending either 4th St. Fantasy or CONvergence this year, as originally planned. We had a series of mishaps that made our Minnesota trip impossible, alas. Sorry to disappoint anyone who was hoping to see us there!

REVIEW: GeekDad on PRESS START TO PLAY: “You’ll find many stories here that will capture your imagination.”

GeekDad reviews Press Start to Play: “I’m hooked on John Joseph Adams’ short story anthologies. […] It’s a fantastic group of authors […] and the stories are as various and diverse as videogames themselves. […] If you like videogames and science fiction, you’ll find many stories here that will capture your imagination.” [review]

REVIEW: LOOSED UPON THE WORLD is “Impressive” Says Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly calls Loosed Upon the World, a “big, impressive anthology” describing the anthology as “a grim array of futures” and sums up with “These works combine effective storytelling and a passionate desire to promote taking action on climate change before it’s too late. [review]