WWW: May 2, 2012

Got any interesting SFF tidbits? Just post below in the comments.

1) I’ll have the e-lobster for $9.99: Publishers, next time meet at Denny’s because those fancy restaurants look really suspicious and now you’re being sued for price-fixing. Readers, you can peruse the antitrust civil suit here (opens a pdf). Discussions of elicit meetings at fancy restaurants begins on page 13.Civil antitrust action against publishers

2) Microsoft invests in Nook: As reading habits change, brick and mortar stores gradually decline, and the various e-readers and tablets continue to battle for supremacy, Microsoft’s interest in Barnes & Noble will help keep them afloat.

3) Phoenix Pick needs readers’ help to start a new SF shared world series: Mike Resnick will write the first book if this project is adequately funded. Cool incentives for investors. You could name a character! (I’d like to name the villain after one of my high school math teachers.)

4) Speaking of Phoenix Pick, here’s their free e-book for May: It’s The Messiah Choice by Jack L. Chalker. “Sir Robert McKenzie, owner of the Magellan Corporation, dies suddenly in a mysterious and grisly way. His daughter may be next, for a Satanic cult is determined to herald the arrival of the apocalypse. Greg MacDonald unravels the mystery of the cult, run by scientists with a distorted sense of duty and a computer that may be the Antichrist itself.” Use coupon code 9991511.

5) Nine SF films you should see but probably haven’t: John Scalzi, at FilmCritic.com recommends nine semi-obscure SF films. Have you seen any of them?


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JUSTIN BLAZIER (on FanLit's staff since September 2009) is a Cyber-Security Analyst/Network Engineer located in Northern Kentucky. Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on authors like Tolkien, Anthony, and Lewis. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. When he is not reading books he is likely playing board games or Tabletop RPGs. Justin lives in a quiet neighborhood with his wife, their daughter, and Norman the dog.

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4 comments

  1. Whoa–I’ve seen four of the nine movies. That’s just strange. They are:
    –Metropolis (the original black and white)
    –Brother From Another Planet (They used a bunch of welfare applications for the paperwork props in one scene, I recognized them because I worked as an eligibility worker. It was like a delightful in-joke!)
    –Ghost in the Shell
    –The Iron Giant

  2. I’ve actually own a copy of The Iron Giant. It’s a wonderful story and my kids love it, too.

  3. It’s nice to see it getting some recognition.

  4. Kieran /

    I’ve seen Ghost in the Shell and Primer (now that was a head melter!)

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