Bash Bash Revolution gets Starred Review

Becky Spratford is a book critic and she recently posted her review of Bash Bash Revolution for Booklist along with some additional comments on her blog.

Not only will you think twice before opening a game app on your phone after completing Lain’s novel, but you may also start wondering if we are already living as pawns to a superintelligent machine. This is not a cartoonish sketch, it is a realistic and bleak look at the post-singularity world. An easy suggestion for fans of current, accessible science fiction that thoughtfully contemplates AI such as Ready Player One or Sea of Rust, but it is also a great choice for those who enjoy John Scalzi’s narrative style.

Read the whole blog entry from Becky Spratford on her blog.

The Philip K. Dick Award Nominees 2016 Podcast

2016podcastThe Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States and this years nominees (Maguerite Reed, PJ Manney, Adam Rakunas, Ramez Naam, Douglas Lain and Brenda Cooper) decided to record a conversation about the PKD award, their own novels, the science fiction genre, and Philip K Dick himself.

These six nominees, in conjunction with their publishers, have also decided to offer a giveaway. You can enter to win all six titles at

Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper (Pyr)
After the Saucers Landed by Douglas Lain (Night Shade Books)
(R)evolution by PJ Manney (47North)
Apex by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot Books)
Windswept by Adam Rakunas (Angry Robot Books)
Archangel by Marguerite Reed (Arche Press)

24 Mar 2015, 4:23pm
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In the Shadow of the Towers Table of Contents (could still be revised a bit)

In the Shadow of the Towers: Speculative Fiction in the Post 9/11 World
set to be published in Sept, 2015
Night Shade Books/Skyhorse books

Section One: The Dead
There’s a Hole in the City – Richard Bowes
My Eyes Your, Your Ears – Ray Vukcevich
Beyond the Flags – Kris Saknussemm
Beautiful Stuff – Susan Palwick

Section Two: Reaction and Repetition
Excerpt from Zenith Angle – Bruce Sterling
Our Lady of Toledo Transmission – Rob McCleary
Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill – Kelly Robson
Retribution – Tim Marquitz
Until Forgiveness Comes – K Tempest Bradford
Pipeline – Brian Aldiss

Section Three: The New Normal
Excerpt from Little Brother – Cory Doctorow
Unexpected Outcomes – Tim Pratt
Out of My Sight, Out of My Mind – David Friedman
Closing Time – Jack Ketchum

Section Four: Civilization?
The Last Apollo Mission – Douglas Lain
Giliad – Gregory Feeley
Apologue – James Morrow

31 Dec 2011, 8:33pm
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Happy New Year-Free Story

I’ve decided that I should send an ebook or PDF version of my short story “Noam Chomsky and the Timebox” (published in Interzone magazine earlier this year) to anyone who wants to bring in 2012 by reading a strange story about Terence McKenna’s one encounter with the great anarchist Chomsky.

So send me an email with your request if you’d like a complimentary copy of the story. Here’s the Email Button

Here’s what the Rhetor and Philosopher Daniel Coffeen had to say about the story.

Daniel Coffeen’s comments on Timebox