Book Magnet Project #4: Alex Detail’s Revolution by Darren Campo

The fourth entry for the Book Magnet Project is in, and it's for a rather curious little book: Alex Detail's Revolution.

Here goes:

About the Book
17 year old Alex Detail has been kidnapped and sent off to fight in a hopeless war against The Harvesters, an alien force that is trying to extinguish Earth's Sun.

Unfortunately for Alex's kidnappers (and the world) he has lost the mega IQ that allowed him to win the last war with The Harvesters ten years ago when he was just 7 years old.

But now the House of Nations is out of options. The end of life is imminent.

Alex must save his ship, fight his evil clone and survive the war long enough to make it to Pluto, where, underneath the planets frozen surface lies the only force in the solar system that can stop The Harvesters.
About the Author
Darren Campo is a television executive who has overseen the production of hundreds of shows in a variety of genres. At the heart of all his stories, Campo employs Jungian archetypes for characters and Joseph Campbell's hero's journey themes for story, which culminated in the writing of "Alex Detail's Revolution".

Campo is currently head of programming for truTV. Just prior to the launch of truTV, Multichannel News named Darren Campo one of "40 Under 40" to watch. He graduated from the NYU's Stern School of Business and lives in New York City.

You can learn more about Darren Campo at his website.

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There you have it. If you have a promotional magnet for your sf/f (or related) book and want to take part in this project, send an email to arconna[at]yahoo[dot]com with the subject "Book Magnet Project." Help me cover my fridge!

Book Magnet Entry #3: Null Pointer and Star Strikers by Ken McConnell

The third entry for my Book Magnet Project is in, and late (because of me). There's a story, though: I picked up the letter containing Mr. McConnell's magnet and bookmarks and put it into a book, where it remained for quite some time due to my mind deciding it didn't want to memorize where I had placed the stuff.

But, I found the magnet again, and the bookmarks, and want to tell you all about this very interesting set of books by Ken McConnell!

So, let's start with this first:
Description of Null Pointer:
The man in the cubicle beside him was dead. The police say it was a heart attack, but programmer Joshua Jones knows better. A message he found in the dead man’s code points to a psychotic hacker who can strike through the internet, leaving no trace. Relying on the advice from his tech savvy friends, Joshua must solve the mystery of who the killer is before becoming the killer’s next victim.
It sounds interesting, right? The author was worried that it might not be specfic-y enough, but a story about a hacker that kills people through the Internet? That's pretty damn specfic-y to me!

You can find Null Pointer on Amazon.com or in the various other formats and locations listed here (you might also be curious to know that the novel can be found for free on a blog and in various ebook formats, including the big boys). So, check it out! Might be a thrilling read for the cyberpunk enthusiast!
Description of Starstrikers:
Starstrikers is a military space opera that takes place during a thousand year war between two galactic civilizations. It captures the strategy of fleet admirals, the bravery of common spacers and the adventures of an elite special forces team as they all struggle against a powerful enemy war lord with devastating new technology.
The description leaves much to the imagination, but if you're into space opera, it might be the one for you!

The novel can be found on Amazon.com and loads of other places listed here (in print and digital format). It's also free in several formats available at the aforementioned link.

About the Author:
Ken McConnell is a writer of SF and Mystery novels and short stories. He works as a software tester and writes fiction in his spare time. He has maintained a blog about writing and technology since 1998. You can follow him on Twitter (user name: KenMcConnell).
You can find more information about Mr. McConnell and his fiction at his website.

There you have it folks! Feel free to check out Mr. McConnell's books and his website.

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There you have it. If you have a promotional magnet for your sf/f (or related) book and want to take part in this project, send an email to arconna[at]yahoo[dot]com with the subject "Book Magnet Project." Help me cover my fridge!

Book Magnet Entry #2: The Future Fire (SF Magazine)

The second entry for my Book Magnet Project is in! There are two magnets, both of which are in the middle. What are they for? The online magazine The Future Fire.
What is The Future Fire?
It is an online magazine that publishes "dark science fiction and art with a social conscience, a political sensibility, and of the highest quality." It contains fiction and non-fiction, reviews, and more. Issues come in html and pdf formats, so you can read online, or take it with you in your e-reader.
They are also, I am told, currently seeking submissions for a special Feminist Science Fiction themed issue, which will also include queer-focused SF under the heading. The FemSF issue will appear in January, 2010, and I've been told that while this is a special issue, the editing team of TFF is not limiting their interest to such themes in non-themed issue to come. If you've got something FemSF or queer-SF, check out their submission guidelines and send it in! You should also read their Manifesto, which contains some insight into the impetus for TFF's creation.

So, check them out if you're interested in dark SF with a social or political leaning.

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There you have it. If you have a promotional magnet for your sf/f (or related) book and want to take part in this project, send an email to arconna[at]yahoo[dot]com with the subject "Book Magnet Project." Help me cover my fridge!

Book Magnet Entry #1: Deviations: Covenant by Elissa Malcohn

The second entry for my Book Magnet Project is in! The magnet is on the left and is for the book Deviations: Covenant by Elissa Malcohn. The book was originally published by Aisling Press, which, unfortunately, is no longer in business. However, Ms. Malcohn informs me that Covenant and the rest of the books in the Deviations series can still be purchased through her website (or found at ManyBooks). There is a bit more about Ms. Malcohn, including her publishing history, at the end of this post.

Now, to the image and information about Ms. Malcohn's books:
About the Deviations Series:
Long ago the Masari and the Yata hunted together in peace, until the species they drove to extinction included those possessing nutrients necessary to Masari survival. The Yata then became the only source of those nutrients. Deviations tells how these peoples cope with the reality of being sentient creatures forced to play the roles of predator and prey, and how several of them try to thwart long-established conventions in the hope of overcoming their biological imperative. In Deviations love triumphs in the midst of death. The series focuses on the social, ethical, and spiritual dilemmas surrounding both the literal cannibalism of the societies involved and the many ways in which their different communities feed off each other.

About Covenant:
TripStone hates to kill her gods, but she must feed her people. An accomplished hunter in the Masari village of Crossroads, she is charged with the ritual slaying of the sacred Yata.

Her comrade Ghost tries to end Masari dependence on Yata meat by performing experiments punishable by death. His jeopardy increases when he shelters a teenage runaway sickened by fasting.

Their worldview shatters when they harbor a Yata woman raised to be livestock instead of a god. But Crossroads itself is imperiled. Hidden in the far woods, a secret Yata militia is preparing to alter the balance of power.

About Elissa Malcohn:
Ms. Malcohn was a John W. Campbell Award finalist in 1985 and her story "Moments of Clarity" (Full Spectrum, Bantam, 1988) reached preliminary ballot for a Nebula. More recently, three of her stories have appeared in publications that won awards in 2009: "Arachne" in IPPY Silver Medalist Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory (Scriblerus Press); "Memento Mori" in Bram Stoker Award-winner Unspeakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet (Dark Scribe Press); and "Hermit Crabs" in Hugo Award-winner Electric Velocipede. "Hermit Crabs" is also on the recommended reading list in The Year's Best Science Fiction, 26th Annual Edition. Ms. Malcohn also has fiction and poetry in the Oct./Nov. 2009 issue of Asimov's.

Aisling Press (small, indie) published the first edition of Covenant and was contracted to publish Appetite before it folded--all rights reverted back to Ms. Malcohn.

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There you have it. If you have a promotional magnet for your sf/f (or related) book and want to take part in this project, send an email to arconna[at]yahoo[dot]com with the subject "Book Magnet Project." Help me cover my fridge!

The Book Magnet Project: Let’s Cover My Fridge

The other day I put two promotional magnets for two books I have received on my fridge. Why? Because I had them and I've always wanted to put stuff on a fridge, but I've never had one I could properly call "mine." Now that I do, I want to cover the blasted thing with promotional magnets for books. That's where this project comes in.

If you have a book (traditionally published or self-published), are a publisher, or print a magazine/journal/webmag/etc. that either fits into the SF/F genres, is related to them, or at least has elements that might be considered a part of the SF/F genres, then I want your promotional magnets. I only need one, not dozens.

What will I do in return? Well, every magnet I get will involve a free spotlight post on this blog. That means I'll tell everyone I got your magnet, what the magnet is for, what the book/mag is about, and where to find it. It's free advertising for having fun!

So, to participate, all you have to do is email me at arconna[at]yahoo[dot]com using the subject line "Book Magnet Project" or something along those lines to tell me about your book and to find out where to send the magnet. I don't care how you send the magnet, just as long as you send it to me (you can probably send it via standard letter in the U.S., for a measly 42 cents).

And to those that can't participate (because you don't have a book or a magnet), then please help me spread the word about this. I want to see how quick we can cover my fridge in magnets!