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NEWS: OZ REIMAGINED is one of Amazon’s “Kindle Summer Reading Deals” and is on Sale for $2 Thru 8/9/14!

OZ REIMAGINED is one of Amazon’s “Kindle Summer Reading Deals” and is on sale for $2 through August 9! [link]

If you’ve already bought and enjoyed the book, please tell a friend!

Here’s the Table of Contents:

  • Foreword: Oz and Ourselves—Gregory Maguire
  • Introduction: There’s No Place Like Oz—John Joseph Adams & Douglas Cohen
  • The Great Zeppelin Heist of Oz—Rae Carson & C.C. Finlay
  • Emeralds to Emeralds, Dust to Dust—Seanan McGuire
  • Lost Girls of Oz—Theodora Goss
  • The Boy Detective of Oz: An Otherland Story—Tad Williams
  • Dorothy Dreams—Simon R. Green
  • Dead Blue—David Farland
  • One Flew Over the Rainbow—Robin Wasserman
  • The Veiled Shanghai—Ken Liu
  • Beyond the Naked Eye—Rachel Swirsky
  • A Tornado of Dorothys—Kat Howard
  • Blown Away—Jane Yolen
  • City So Bright—Dale Bailey
  • Off to See the Emperor—Orson Scott Card
  • A Meeting in Oz—Jeffrey Ford
  • The Cobbler of Oz—Jonathan Maberry

Plus, each story in the anthology has been illustrated by artist Galen Dara, who also provided the cover for the book.

Visit the FREE READS/EXCERPTS page to read selections from the anthology. You can also visit the AUTHOR INTERVIEWS page where you can read interviews with the authors.

NEWS: HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! and Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects is now on sale!

HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects, my new anthology about improbable, futuristic, magical & alternate-world crowdfunding projects, is now on sale!

You can learn more on the HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! website, including where you can buy the book. You can also peruse the FREE READS, AUTHOR INTERVIEWS, or PROJECTS BLURBS pages to get a feel for the anthology and learn more about the stories.

HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects

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If you’re a regular backer of Kickstarters, you’ve probably seen some unique crowdfunding projects in your time. But one thing all of those campaigns—boringly!—had in common was: They abided by the physical laws of the universe!

HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! is an anthology of science fiction/fantasy stories told in the form of fictional crowdfunding pitches, using the components (and restrictions) of the format to tell the story. This includes but is not limited to: Project Goals, Rewards, User Comments, Project Updates, FAQs, and more. The idea is to replicate the feel of reading a crowdfunding pitch, so that even though the projects may be preposterous in the real world, they will feel like authentic crowdfunding projects as much as possible.

So if what you’ve always been looking for in a Kickstarter—and couldn’t find—was a project that allowed you to protect yourself from spoilers, buy wishes, find lost objects, or support a wildlife preserve for supernatural creatures, then HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects may be just the thing you’ve been looking for.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  • INTRODUCTION
    John Joseph Adams
  • HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!!
    Keffy R.M. Kehrli
  • FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY
    Jeremiah Tolbert
  • ZERO G R&J
    Mary Robinette Kowal
  • A MEMORIAL TO THE PATRIOTS
    Jake Kerr
  • I WANT TO BE A LIONESS
    Chuck Wendig
  • LIBERTY: SEEKING SUPPORT FOR A WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS FOR A NON-HUMAN BEING
    Samuel Peralta
  • HELP SUMMON THE MOST HOLY FOLDED ONE!
    Harry Connolly
  • FULFILL MY DESTINY—AND SAVE THE WORLD!
    Matt Forbeck
  • LARPING THE APOCALYPSE 2: THE NANO-PLAGUE
    Tim Pratt
  • FUND TAPHOGNOSIS INDUSTRIES
    Tobias S. Buckell
  • CATASSASSINS!
    Veronica Belmont
  • FINDER OF LOST THINGS
    Monte Cook
  • PRIMA NOCTA DETECTIVE AGENCY NEEDS YOU
    Genevieve Valentine
  • SO JUICY TRANSFORMING STRIPS
    Matt Williamson
  • THE SPIRIT OF MARS: FUND A SACRED JOURNEY TO THE RED PLANET
    Andrew Penn Romine
  • FLASHED FORWARD
    Bradley Beaulieu
  • HELP ME FOLLOW MY SISTER INTO THE LAND OF THE DEAD
    Carmen Maria Machado
  • BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
    Michael J. Sullivan
  • A PRACTICAL MECHANISM FOR OVERCOMING THE DIRECTIONALITY OF TEMPORAL FLOW
    David D. Levine
  • LIFE-SIZED ARENA TETRIS!
    David Malki!
  • ZIPPERS
    Derek Van Gorder
  • I USED TO LOVE H.E.R.
    Maurice Broaddus
  • LOCALLY GROWN, ORGANIC
    Kat Howard
  • LET’S KEEP BURT GRIMSBY’S HEAD FROZEN!
    Heather Lindsley
  • JEROME 3.0
    Jason Gurley
  • HELP ME DESTROY CANNES!
    Jonathan L. Howard
  • SAVE THE PHOTOPHOBIC HEMOGLOBIVORES WITH THE SANGUINE RESERVE!
    Mur Lafferty
  • NOSFERATU, BRUTUS?
    Scott Sigler
  • UPDATES
    Vylar Kaftan and Shannon Prickett
  • YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE
    Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
  • MECHANICAL ANIMALS
    Brooke Bolander
  • KISMET™
    Daniel H. Wilson
  • BRING ABOUT THE HALLOWEEN ETERNAL!!!
    Seanan McGuire

WEBSITE:

www.johnjosephadams.com/robot-army

WHERE TO BUY IT:

www.johnjosephadams.com/robot-army/buy-the-book

NEWS: The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is on Sale for $1.99

My anthology, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, is on sale today for $1.99. It appears to be US/Canada-only. It’s on sale in the following stores:

If I discover it’s on sale elsewhere as well I’ll update this post.

NEWS: THE END IS NIGH is a Kindle Daily Deal Today (6/21) — On Sale for $1.99!

THE END IS NIGH, the “pre-apocalypse” anthology I co-edited with Hugh Howey, is part of Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal today (June 21). That means the ebook edition, which normally sells for $6.99, is on sale for just $1.99! That’s 22 stories, and more than 130,000 words for just under two bucks. (Note: The Kindle Daily Deal is for US customers only. Sorry!)

I think it’s a really great book naturally, but don’t take my word for it. Here’s what some reviewers have said about it:

  • The End Is Nigh is very good. Of course it is. Adams and Howey are a two-man tour-de-force of post-apocalyptic lit. … Ultimately, the best thing about The End Is Nigh is how elegantly it balances on the thin line between beauty and devastation. There’s no story in the book that didn’t break my heart at least a little, and there’s none of the twenty-two that hasn’t stuck with me, hard.” —Wired.com
  • “Even if you aren’t typically a fan of short stories, really do pick this up. If you love apocalypse stories, pick this up. Actually no matter what you like, pick this up…seriously.” —Seattle Geekly
  • “Destined to be a favorite among end-of-the-world enthusiasts.” —FEARnet

Additionally, the anthology has racked up 70 reviews over on Amazon and has a 4.3/5 average star rating.

Among the 22 stories it contains includes new, never-before-published stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, Hugh Howey, Seanan McGuire, Nancy Kress, Scott Sigler, Ben H. Winters, Charlie Jane Anders, Jonathan Maberry, Robin Wasserman, Tananarive Due, and many more. You can learn more about the anthology—and read free samples from the book—on its official website.

The End is Nigh

Table of Contents: HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects

HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects contains 32 all-new, never-before-published stories, plus a reprint of the eponymous story that inspired the anthology. It will go on sale on July 1, 2014.

Here’s the final table of contents:

  • INTRODUCTION
    John Joseph Adams
  • HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!!
    Keffy R.M. Kehrli
  • FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY
    Jeremiah Tolbert
  • ZERO G R&J
    Mary Robinette Kowal
  • A MEMORIAL TO THE PATRIOTS
    Jake Kerr
  • I WANT TO BE A LIONESS
    Chuck Wendig
  • LIBERTY: SEEKING SUPPORT FOR A WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS FOR A NON-HUMAN BEING
    Samuel Peralta
  • HELP SUMMON THE MOST HOLY FOLDED ONE!
    Harry Connolly
  • FULFILL MY DESTINY—AND SAVE THE WORLD!
    Matt Forbeck
  • LARPING THE APOCALYPSE 2: THE NANO-PLAGUE
    Tim Pratt
  • FUND TAPHOGNOSIS INDUSTRIES
    Tobias S. Buckell
  • CATASSASSINS!
    Veronica Belmont
  • FINDER OF LOST THINGS
    Monte Cook
  • PRIMA NOCTA DETECTIVE AGENCY NEEDS YOU
    Genevieve Valentine
  • SO JUICY TRANSFORMING STRIPS
    Matt Williamson
  • THE SPIRIT OF MARS: FUND A SACRED JOURNEY TO THE RED PLANET
    Andrew Penn Romine
  • FLASHED FORWARD
    Bradley Beaulieu
  • HELP ME FOLLOW MY SISTER INTO THE LAND OF THE DEAD
    Carmen Maria Machado
  • BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
    Michael J. Sullivan
  • A PRACTICAL MECHANISM FOR OVERCOMING THE DIRECTIONALITY OF TEMPORAL FLOW
    David D. Levine
  • LIFE-SIZED ARENA TETRIS!
    David Malki!
  • ZIPPERS
    Derek Van Gorder
  • I USED TO LOVE H.E.R.
    Maurice Broaddus
  • LOCALLY GROWN, ORGANIC
    Kat Howard
  • LET’S KEEP BURT GRIMSBY’S HEAD FROZEN!
    Heather Lindsley
  • JEROME 3.0
    Jason Gurley
  • HELP ME DESTROY CANNES!
    Jonathan L. Howard
  • SAVE THE PHOTOPHOBIC HEMOGLOBIVORES WITH THE SANGUINE RESERVE!
    Mur Lafferty
  • NOSFERATU, BRUTUS?
    Scott Sigler
  • UPDATES
    Vylar Kaftan and Shannon Prickett
  • YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE
    Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
  • MECHANICAL ANIMALS
    Brooke Bolander
  • KISMET™
    Daniel H. Wilson
  • BRING ABOUT THE HALLOWEEN ETERNAL!!!
    Seanan McGuire
HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!!

Cover by Jason Gurley

Hugo Voter Packet Now Available!

The Hugo Voter Packet is now available for download to registered members of Worldcon.

My contributions to the packet include my anthology, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination (Best Editor, Short Form), and a 2013 sampler of Lightspeed which contains every original story published in 2013 (Semiprozine).

DEAD MAN’S HAND now on sale!

DEAD MAN’S HAND, my new anthology of all-original weird western fiction, is now on sale! You can learn more on the DEAD MAN’S HAND website, including where you can buy the book.

The book’s website also features interviews with most of the authors, plus some free fiction from the book, and you can also read (or listen to) “Second Hand” by Rajan Khanna in the May issue of Lightspeed.

Dead Man's Hand

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From a kill-or-be-killed gunfight with a vampire to an encounter in a steampunk bordello, the weird western is a dark, gritty tale where the protagonist might be playing poker with a sorcerous deck of cards, or facing an alien on the streets of a dusty frontier town.

Here are twenty-three original tales—stories of the Old West infused with elements of the fantastic—produced specifically for this volume by many of today’s finest writers. Included are Orson Scott Card’s first “Alvin Maker” story in a decade, and an original adventure by Fred Van Lente, writer of Cowboys & Aliens.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  • Introduction—John Joseph Adams
  • The Red-Headed Dead—Joe R. Lansdale
  • The Old Slow Man and His Gold Gun From Space—Ben H. Winters
  • Hellfire on the High Frontier—David Farland
  • The Hell-Bound Stagecoach—Mike Resnick
  • Stingers and Strangers—Seanan McGuire
  • Bookkeeper, Narrator, Gunslinger—Charles Yu
  • Holy Jingle—Alan Dean Foster
  • The Man With No Heart—Beth Revis
  • Wrecking Party—Alastair Reynolds
  • Hell from the East—Hugh Howey
  • Second Hand—Rajan Khanna
  • Alvin and the Apple Tree—Orson Scott Card
  • Madam Damnable’s Sewing Circle—Elizabeth Bear
  • Strong Medicine—Tad Williams
  • Red Dreams—Jonathan Maberry
  • Bamboolzed—Kelley Armstrong
  • Sundown—Tobias S. Buckell
  • La Madre Del Oro—Jeffrey Ford
  • What I Assume You Shall Assume—Ken Liu
  • The Devil’s Jack—Laura Anne Gilman
  • The Golden Age—Walter Jon Williams
  • Neversleeps—Fred Van Lente
  • Dead Man’s Hand—Christie Yant

WEBSITE:
johnjosephadams.com/dead-mans-hand

FREE READS:
johnjosephadams.com/dead-mans-hand/free-reads

EDITIONS:

  • Trade Paperback
  • Ebook
  • Audiobook
BUY THE BOOK:

Eat, Meet, GEEK

I’ll be speaking at the Eat, Meet, GEEK meetup group’s monthly meeting/dinner in Los Angeles tonight (April 25) at 8pm PT.

Here’s a little blurb describing the group:

A monthly meeting of the best and brightest in the LA Art Scene. Whether you do VFX, comic books, act, write, or stand on your head, you don’t want to miss out on this dinner. We come together on the last Thursday of every month to catch up on news, meet fellow professionals, find work, hear our speaker and eat!

Info about my event in particular is here. Anyone is welcome to attend. It’s located at Canter’s Deli. The group asks for a $5 fee to help cover the cost of their speakers.

If you’re in the LA area and you’re free, come check it out!

Hugo Nominations!

I am honored to announce that Lightspeed and myself have once again both been nominated for the Hugo Award. Thanks so much to everyone who nominated me and the magazine, and congratulations to all of the other nominees. The full nominee list can be found here: thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2014-hugo-awards.

ROBOT UPRISINGS is now on sale!

ROBOT UPRISINGS, my new anthology co-edited with Daniel H. Wilson, is now on sale! You can learn more on the ROBOT UPRISINGS website, including where you can buy the book.

Robot Uprisings

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Humans beware. As the robotic revolution continues to creep into our lives, it brings with it an impending sense of doom. What horrifying scenarios might unfold if our technology were to go awry? From self-aware robotic toys to intelligent machines violently malfunctioning, this anthology brings to life the half-formed questions and fears we all have about the increasing presence of robots in our lives. With contributions from a mix of bestselling, award-winning, and up-and-coming writers, and including a rare story by “the father of artificial intelligence,” Dr. John McCarthy, Robot Uprisings meticulously describes the exhilarating and terrifying near-future in which humans can only survive by being cleverer than the rebellious machines they have created.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  • Foreword—Daniel H. Wilson
  • Complex God—Scott Sigler
  • Cycles—Charles Yu
  • Lullaby—Anna North
  • Eighty Miles an Hour All the Way to Paradise—Genevieve Valentine
  • Executable—Hugh Howey (reprint)
  • The Omnibot Incident—Ernest Cline
  • Epoch—Cory Doctorow (reprint)
  • Human Intelligence—Jeff Abbott
  • The Golden Hour—Julianna Baggott
  • Sleepover—Alastair Reynolds (reprint)
  • Seasoning—Alan Dean Foster
  • Nanonauts! In Battle with Tiny Death-subs!—Ian McDonald
  • Of Dying Heroes and Deathless Deeds—Robin Wasserman
  • The Robot and the Baby—John McCarthy (reprint)
  • We are All Misfit Toys in the Aftermath of the Velveteen War—Seanan McGuire
  • Spider the Artist—Nnedi Okorafor (reprint)
  • Small Things—Daniel H. Wilson

WEBSITE:

johnjosephadams.com/robot-uprisings

WHERE TO BUY IT:

johnjosephadams.com/robot-uprisings/buy-the-book