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NEWS: Nebula Awards Nomination Period Now Open + Free Stuff for SFWA Members

This year’s Nebula Awards nomination period is now open.

From November 15 to February 15, Active and Associate SFWA members may submit nominations for the Nebula Awards. Nominations may be submitted through the online ballot, available here. For more information, visit SFWA’s How to Vote page.

To assist you in finding material to nominate, I’ve assembled this post to list everything that I worked on in 2015.

  • Most of Lightspeed‘s original fiction from 2015 is available online (and also much of the 2015 original fiction is available as a podcast). If you are a SFWA member, you can also download an ebook (epub/mobi/pdf) compilation of all 2015’s original material from the SFWA forums.
  • Most of Nightmare‘s original fiction from 2015 is available online (and also much of the 2015 original fiction is available as a podcast). If you are a SFWA member, you can also download an ebook (epub/mobi/pdf) compilation of all 2015’s original material from the SFWA forums.
  • Selected stories from Fantasy’s Queers Destroy Fantasy! Special Issue are available online. If you are a SFWA member, you can also download an ebook (epub/mobi/pdf) of the special issue. (Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and Queers Destroy Horror! are included in the aforementioned Lightspeed and Nightmare compilations, respectively.)
  • Selected stories from The End Has Come are available online. If you are a SFWA member, you can also download an ebook (epub/mobi/pdf) of the anthology.
  • Selected stories from Press Start to Play are available online. If you are a SFWA member, you can also download all of the original stories from the anthology in doc/rtf format.
  • Selected stories from Operation Arcana are available online. If you are a SFWA member, you can also download an ebook (epub/mobi/pdf) of the anthology.

After the jump, you’ll find lists of all of the 2015 eligible stories/authors that either appeared in Lightspeed or Nightmare, or in projects I’m otherwise affiliated with. (more…)

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NEWS: Presents the Top 5 SF/F Short Stories of All-Time, Selected by BASFF 2015 Editors

“For the first time ever, the renowned Best American series of anthologies has published a collection of the country’s best science fiction and fantasy stories. Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy is a terrific book, filled with 20 stories that filter very basic questions about humanity — how do men and women relate to each other? how are we being changed by our technology? what is the relationship between oppressor and oppressed? — through the filters of other genres and even other worlds.” —, on BASFF 2015

Clickthrough to see the list of our top ten stories, including discussion about each selection. [article]

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NEWS: New Anthology of “The Monstrous and the Macabre,” WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? Announced (Saga, August 2016)

Over on io9, we just announced one of my 2016 anthologies: What the #@&% Is That: The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and Macabre (which I co-edited with Douglas Cohen). It will be published Sept. 20, 2016 by Simon & Schuster’s Saga Press imprint.

COVER (art by Mike Mignola)



  • Introduction by Douglas Cohen
  • Mobility by Laird Barron
  • Fossil Heart by Amanda Downum
  • Those Gaddam Cookies by Scott Sigler
  • The Sound of Her Laughter by Simon R. Green
  • Down in the Deep and the Dark by Desirina Boskovich
  • Only Unclench Your Hand by Isabel Yap
  • Little Widow by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • The Bad Hour by Christopher Golden
  • What is Lost, What is Given Away by John Langan
  • Now and Forever by D. Thomas Minton
  • #connollyhouse #weshouldntbehere by Seanan McGuire
  • The House That Love Built by Grady Hendrix
  • We All Make Sacrifices by Jonathan Maberry
  • Ghost Pressure by Gemma Files
  • The Daughter out of Darkness by Nancy Holder
  • Framing Mortensen by Adam-Troy Castro
  • The Catch by Terence Taylor
  • Hunters in the Wood by Tim Pratt
  • Whose Drowned Face Sleeps by An Owomoyela & Rachel Swirsky
  • Castleweep by Alan Dean Foster


Fear of the unknown—it is the essence of the best horror stories, the need to know what monstrous vision you’re beholding and the underlying terror that you just might find out. Now, twenty authors have gathered to ask—and maybe answer—a question worthy of almost any horror tale: “What the #@&% is that?” Join these masters of suspense as they take you to where the shadows grow long, and that which lurks at the corner of your vision is all too real.


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NEWS: LOOSED UPON THE WORLD is Now Available Wherever Fine Books Are Sold!

Loosed Upon the World is now available!


This is the definitive collection of climate fiction from John Joseph Adams, the acclaimed editor of the Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series and Wastelands. These provacative stories explore our present and speculate about all of our tomorrows through terrifying struggle and hope.

Join the bestselling authors Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi, Nancy Kress, Kim Stanley Robinson, Jim Shepard, and twenty others as they presciently explore the greatest threat to our future.

This is a collection that will challenge readers to look at the world they live in as if for the first time.


Loosed Upon the World


  • FOREWORD—Paolo Bacigalupi
  • INTRODUCTION—John Joseph Adams
  • Shooting the Apocalypse—Paolo Bacigalupi
  • The Myth of Rain—Seanan McGuire
  • Outer Rims—Toiya Kristen Finley
  • Kheldyu—Karl Schroeder
  • The Snows of Yesteryear—Jean-Louis Trudel
  • A Hundred Hundred Daisies—Nancy Kress
  • The Rainy Season—Tobias S. Buckell
  • The Netherlands Lives With Water—Jim Shepard
  • The Precedent—Sean McMullen
  • Hot Sky—Robert Silverberg
  • That Creeping Sensation—Alan Dean Foster
  • Truth or Consequences—Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Entanglement—Vandana Singh
  • Staying Afloat—Angela Penrose
  • Eighth Wonder—Chris Bachelder
  • Eagle—Gregory Benford
  • Outliers—Nicole Feldringer
  • Quiet Town—Jason Gurley
  • The Day It All Ended—Charlie Jane Anders
  • The Smog Society—Chen Qiufan (translated by Ken Liu & Carmen Yiling Yan)
  • Racing the Tide—Craig DeLancey
  • Mutant Stag at Horn Creek—Sarah Castle
  • Hot Rods—Cat Sparks
  • The Tamarisk Hunter—Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Mitigation—Tobias Buckell & Karl Schroeder
  • Time Capsule Found on the Dead Planet—Margaret Atwood
  • AFTERWORD: Science Scarier Than Fiction—Ramez Naam


If you’d like to learn more about the book, or read stories from the anthology for free online, visit the website for Loosed Upon the World at

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NEWS: THE END IS NIGH Part of the Latest StoryBundle “Disasters” Bundle!

THE END IS NIGH is part of the new StoryBundle ebook bundle. It’s a pay-what-you-want bundle, and it’s available through Sept. 17. See the pitch about it below, from bundle curator Kevin J. Anderson:

StoryBundle - Disaster Bundle


Every time you turn on the news, you see a different possibility for how the world might end—and imminently! Climate change, Ebola, asteroid impact, nuclear war … zombie apocalypse. How will you prepare? How will you save your family? How will you help save the world for your children and future generations?

Obviously, the best preparation is to read up on every possible disaster scenario. And a great way to start is with the Disasters Storybundle, which just launched at

I have just curated a new bundle of 11 epic disaster novels that cover the gamut of What Can Go Wrong. Think of it as 50 Shades of Doom. But these aren’t just tales of disaster…but tales of heroism, persistence, ingenuity, and survival. These are truly the best things to read while you’re huddled underground in your bomb shelter (or just in your living room, in the meantime).

The New York Times bestseller FIRE by Alan Rodgers has it all, the brink of nuclear war, religious fanatics taking over the country, a mysterious virus that raises the dead… ATLANTIS by Bob Mayer takes you to the Bermuda Triangle and the fate that destroyed Atlantis may be moving on the rest of the world.

In STORM WORLD by New York Times bestseller Brian Herbert and Bruce Tayler, a group of survivors after a global climate catastrophe fight to defend the last seed bank, which holds hope for the future. David Sakmyster’s FINAL SOLSTICE has a different explanation for disastrous climate change—Druids! Bill Ransom’s VIRAVAX and Laura Anne Gilman’s DRAGON VIRUS both tell of species-altering genetic plagues…but in dramatically different fashion.

Brian Herbert and Jan Herbert turn to the seas, where the lifeforms of the ocean finally rebel and turn against the land dwellers after centuries of destruction and pollution. My novel ILL WIND with Doug Beason is about a gigantic oil spill in the San Francisco Bay…and efforts to mitigate it release an oil-eating virus that brings about the fall of civilization. Hugh Howey and John Joseph Adams have covered it ALL in their anthology THE END IS NIGH, with stories about every kind of end-of-the-world imaginable. THE HIGH EDGE by Dean Wesley Smith, a novel in his popular Seeders universe, describes a huge population die-off, and the survivors who must reach for the stars. And SEEDS by Chris Mandeville takes place half a century after a catastrophic solar event destroys life and technology on Earth’s surface, and it is now time for the underground survivors to emerge.

Trust me, this batch of books will stiffen your backbone and give you hope (or at the very least prove to you that your Bad Day could have been a lot worse!)

At, you pay whatever you feel the books are worth and you’ll get the six basic books. If you pay above $15 you get the original six books, plus five more. That’s only a little more than a dollar per book! The bulk of the earnings goes *directly* to the authors, with a portion also going to charity—the Challenger Centers for Space Science Education, in this case.

Available in all eBook formats. But this bundle is available for only a limited time—don’t miss the disaster!

If that sounds good, head over to and pay-what-you-want for the bundle and get lots of great disaster fiction for an affordable price.

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NEWS: PRESS START TO PLAY Interview Featured on GameCrate

GameCrate talked to us about PRESS START TO PLAY. My favorite exchange:

GC: So when it came time to decide if it’s “video game” or “videogame,” who threw the first punch?

D: Copyeditors always throw the first, and last, punch.

J: When copyeditors start throwing punches, I always counter the first couple, then I dodge right and press start to throw an uppercut.

That’s right, a Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out! reference! Little Mac FTW.

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NEWS: IGN Interviews Daniel About PRESS START TO PLAY

IGN interviewed Daniel about PRESS START TO PLAY (and related subjects):

IGN Comics: You’re the co-editor of Press Start to Play. What are the origins of this project?

Daniel H. Wilson: My co-editor John Joseph Adams and I had collaborated on an anthology before called Robot Uprising. This time around we wanted to do an experiment. What happens when video games and science fiction collide? So we reached out to our favorite science fiction authors, like Hugh Howey, Andy Weir, Charlie Jane Anders. We also reached out to the people who write the video game narrative that millions of us play, Chris Avellone, Mickey Neilson, Rhianna Pratchett, and Marc Laidlaw. These are the people who wrote Half Life, Tomb Raider, World of Warcraft, the Fallout series. They have written narratives that have reached millions of people, and we wanted to know, what would it look like if they wrote science fiction inspired by video games?

Read the whole piece at IGN!

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NEWS: PRESS START TO PLAY is Now Available Wherever Fine Books Are Sold!

Press Start to Play is now available!



You are standing in a room filled with books, faced with a difficult decision. Suddenly, one with a distinctive cover catches your eye. It is a groundbreaking anthology of short stories from award-winning writers and game-industry titans who have embarked on a quest to explore what happens when video games and science fiction collide.

From text-based adventures to first-person shooters, dungeon crawlers to horror games, these twenty-six stories play with our notion of what video games can be—and what they can become—in smart and singular ways. With a foreword from Ernest Cline, bestselling author of Ready Player One,Press Start to Play includes work from: Daniel H. Wilson, Charles Yu, Hiroshi Sakurazaka, S.R. Mastrantone, Charlie Jane Anders, Holly Black, Seanan McGuire, Django Wexler, Nicole Feldringer, Chris Avellone, David Barr Kirtley,T.C. Boyle, Marc Laidlaw, Robin Wasserman, Micky Neilson, Cory Doctorow, Jessica Barber, Chris Kluwe, Marguerite K. Bennett, Rhianna Pratchett, Austin Grossman,  Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, Catherynne M. Valente, Andy Weir, and Hugh Howey.

Your inventory includes keys, a cell phone, and a wallet. What would you like to do?



Press Start to Play


  • Foreword—Ernest Cline
  • Introduction—John Joseph Adams
  • God Mode—Daniel H. Wilson
  • NPC—Charles Yu
  • Respawn—Hiroshi Sakurazaka (translated by Nathan Collins)
  • Desert Walk—S.R. Mastrantone
  • Rat Catcher’s Yellows—Charlie Jane Anders
  • 1Up—Holly Black
  • Survival Horror—Seanan McGuire
  • REAL—Django Wexler
  • Outliers—Nicole Feldringer
  • <end game>—Chris Avellone
  • Save Me Plz—David Barr Kirtley (reprint)
  • The Relive Box—T.C. Boyle (reprint)
  • Roguelike—Marc Laidlaw
  • All of the People in Your Party Have Died—Robin Wasserman
  • RECOIL!—Micky Neilson
  • Anda’s Game—Cory Doctorow (reprint)
  • Coma Kings—Jessica Barber (reprint)
  • Stats—Marguerite K. Bennett
  • Please Continue—Chris Kluwe
  • Creation Screen—Rhianna Pratchett
  • The Fresh Prince of Gamma World—Austin Grossman
  • Gamer’s End—Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Clockwork Soldier—Ken Liu (reprint)
  • Killswitch—Catherynne M. Valente (reprint)
  • Twarrior—Andy Weir
  • Select Character—Hugh Howey


If you’d like to learn more about the book, read stories from the anthology for free online, or read interviews with the authors, visit the website for Press Start to Play at

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