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Posted on Jun 30, 2011 8:58:34 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
As promised, now that I've finished At the Edge of the Game

It's a 4* read, if you are an Old Skool Unregenerate New Wave Fanboy or think it's sounds cool to be one. For those who've enjoyed stuff like "Amnesia Moon", "City of Saints and Madmen", "Dhalgren" and "Rubicon Beach". Not self consciously preening like Vandermeer, the style reminds me of Disch or PKD.

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 1:54:45 AM PDT
I really enjoyed The Ultimate Choice. It was a fantastically fast read, very dark vision of the future. The scariest part was how possible everything seemed. Might want to give that one a go.

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 6:18:08 AM PDT
I loved James C. Moore's In the Time of Man. It's an incredible sci-fi/mystery novel by a bestselling author-turned indie. Only $2.99. (It's not heavy sci-fi, but the just-crazy-enough-to-be-possible kind of sci-fi.)

Description: A reporter and two scientists are determined to prove that another intelligence has been operating on planet Earth since the beginning of mankind's evolution.

From a reader review (I haven't written mine, yet): "Jim expertly weaves together a spiritual rock in Africa, cow mutilations in the bible-belt, and the increase of medical transports at an air-force base."

Posted on Jul 9, 2011 10:49:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 9, 2011 3:47:18 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
This caught my attention recently, interesting idea for a book, cool narrative structure and, at least based on the sample, fairly polished style. It looks like a 60s or 70s reboot of the fixup--I could see White or Haldeman or Disch doing something like this,

The Last Man on Earth Club

It definitely has a James White vibe, the notion of survivors of various apocalypses from across the multiverse being gathered together for therapy is very Sector General. I'll provide an update like I did for "At the Edge of the Game" when I finish it.

Just as a very little factoid, I used to track the reasons that people wrote their first book, the top 3 reasons were

(1) unemployment (this could end up as any kind of book)
(2) retirement (usually something 'biographical' or retrospective)
(3) successful psychotherapy (the Prince of Tides syndorme)

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 4:37:34 AM PDT
K.C. May says:
@Thomas J. Rogers: I agree! I've found some *great* indie authors in the fantasy, horror and thriller genres, but I'm still searching for an indie SF book I can read past the first few pages. I have my eye on a series that I hope to start next month. I've engaged the author in online conversation and found him to be highly intelligent and articulate, so I have high hopes that his books are good, too. :)

KC

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 9:06:37 AM PDT
nox says:
not really sci-fi, more like psy-fi, check out dice man by luke reinhart

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 9:16:51 AM PDT
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Posted on Jul 12, 2011 7:35:21 PM PDT
Annyssa says:
Vegans Are Tastier by Joe DeMarco

Posted on Jul 13, 2011 12:27:13 AM PDT
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Tully Barker says:
I'm a fan of B.V. Larson's Star Force series - at first I wasn't that into them, but each story has pulled me in.

Also just enjoyed The Blue Marble Gambit - kind of an old-fashioned space romp. And it even had a few haiku thrown in, among the unfriendly aliens.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 11:38:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 23, 2011 11:45:20 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
Another 4* read! The Last Man on Earth Club as I said above, it's got a Sector General vibe with a bit Crichton (I'm thinking of "Sphere", mostly in the way that psychological elements are integrated/handled in the story). Admirable job of handling the pacing and movement of a tricky plot. The language and grammar is a point or two off formal, but it's the right voice for the story.

Next up to the plate:

In Space No One Can Hear You Scream

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 6:13:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2011 6:18:19 AM PDT
I recommend Quarter Share (Solar Clipper Trader Tales), and I'm overdue to get the rest of the series. I'm presently enjoying Heirs of Mars by Joseph Robert Lewis.

One thing I've noticed is, a lot of people are recommending books by non-indie authors here. Sometimes it's hard to tell who is "indie" and who isn't, and it's not always evident from the book's page. And are you considered pro if a publishing house has published you... even if the book you just released was released by you, and not that pub house?

As a result, I'm not always sure which of the books I've read are indie, and which are not. I'd have to go back and research them to be sure.

Steven Lyle Jordan, author of:
Verdant Skies
Verdant Pioneers
Evoguia
The Kestral Voyages: My Life, After Berserker
Chasing the Light
Worldfarm One

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 5:39:08 AM PDT
Pale Boundaries by Scott Cleveland is good.

If you want a short, funny sci fi read then you might like to check out The Festival on Lyris Five by Nick Daws.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 11:11:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 26, 2011 11:13:35 AM PDT
Jerry Wright says:
In A Pig's Eye (The Captain Blunt Adventures) Okay, if you like some retro fiction, In A Pig's Eye is a collection of Short Stories about Captain Jim Blunt, mercenary, smuggler, etc., you get the picture. They were a lot of fun to read. I like C.L. Moore and Leigh Brackett, and these were pretty close. Not a novel, really, but lotsa fun.
Oh by the way, I've been reading and enjoying the Solar Clipper stories as well (Quarter Share, Half Share, etc.)

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 11:18:04 AM PDT
Quexos says:
The Man Who Turned Into Himself: A Novel

Posted on Jul 29, 2011 4:14:06 AM PDT
K.C. May says:
That's not an indie book, though, Quexos. Picador is an imprint of Macmillan.

KC

Posted on Jul 29, 2011 11:14:56 PM PDT
Arcy A. says:
Zia
If you're interested in sci-fi romance, then ZIA is the book for you! It keeps you turning the pages - the author's futuristic vision of real Disney town Celebration, Florida is amazing, but it's the characters that guarantee you'll keep reading. You'll know em and love em by the end.

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 11:50:51 AM PDT
Kate R. says:
I recommend The Stygian Conspiracy (Nexus Arcana) by Kodai Okuda. It is a well-researched and thoroughly enjoying read. You can read my review of it on his listing. It is one of the more unique books that I have read in a long time.
The Stygian Conspiracy (Nexus Arcana)

Posted on Aug 20, 2011 11:54:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 20, 2011 11:58:42 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
This was pretty good, as a collection of short stories I'd say it's comparable to a keeper issue of "Fantasy and Science Fiction", and it's got that F&SF feel too, right down to the hippie tinted view of the world:

Dark Futures: SF meets Horror

Nice mix of fantasy, horror and SFnal elements. For me, the third story "Gone Away Bay" stood out from the rest.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 5:31:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 21, 2011 5:42:54 AM PDT
James May says:
Quite frankly, when it comes to indie SF/fantasy, I think the authors are biting off more than they can chew by insisting on tackling novel length works. Many very good books have started off as shorts and later been expanded or made as fix-ups put together from several shorts. Although there have been some notable so-so results such as the expansion of The Witches of Karres by James Schmitz and John Varley turning Air Raid into Millennium there have been many successes such as works by Van Vogt, Barry Longyear, Anne McCaffrey, Jack Vance, Jack McDevitt and others.

I think indie authors would be better served, not only in terms of staying within their abilities and growing them, but also in terms of building a community by concentrating on the short form and encouraging anthologies, perhaps built around a common theme.

Anthologies show indie authors in a context one against the other and an opportunity for using their combined resources to promote their works and create a fan base and a community. Prominent writers can emerge from such scenarios and longer works can emerge based on being patient with growing one's skills as well as the popularity of a work.

More attention is given to communities of authors because of the range of ideas. One could have contests to submit short stories for an anthology based on fans idea, a famous old SF illustration, a transference from another genre such as an SF murder mystery, an homage to a specific SF/fantasy writer's world or prose style or any number of things to excite and promote a community.

Indies need a John W. Campbell-like figure to step up to the plate and organize awards, edit work, and generally speaking build a viable community that has some credibility. There is power in numbers as well as a common meeting ground people can visit in hopes that at least some measure of editing and vetting has been applied. Start with Amazon but create an indie website.

There is an opportunity here to create a gathering place and fanbase the old genre pulps once did and it could result in a new Golden Age where quality of work overrides individual concerns while at the same time giving individuals a place to submit to at least some kind of higher authority that divorces them from spam and blatant self-promotion in places it is not wanted.

Short stories can be advertisements for an author's longer pieces and other works. Imagine an anthology with fun introductions to the piece placing it in some kind of context that is written by someone other than the author for a change. You could have an anthology where each author writes an intro for the other.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 8:13:58 PM PDT
Kodai Okuda says:
That's odd, I tried to give you a "Yes" because I do think your comment adds to this discussion, and yet it didn't register.
I wonder why?

Anyway, I agree with you Mr. May.
The Indie community indeed needs a fanzine/magazine, and such a publication must have a "tough-as-nails" editor such as John Woods Campbell.
IMHO, the SF industry is moved too far into the realm of fantasy.
There are authors (who I will not name) that should not be winning the awards they are for SF.
Not that their writings are bad or anything, just they're not writing SF and those awards should be reserved for authors who do.
I'll admit I feel that we SF writers and readers are seeing a dawn of a new Pulp Fiction age and for me that seems like a largerly retrogressive move.
The only positive side I see is that such an age of Neo-Pulp Fiction will almost certainly usher in another age of Campbellian or HardSF.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2011 8:30:09 PM PDT
James May says:
Someone thought my little piece didn't add to the conversation which is odd because the level of spamming speaks to the level of failure. Instead of thinking about publishing houses I would ignore them and use the pariah status as a badge. Before you know it being indie could be the thing to be and then people come calling to mine indies.

There have been many, many popular arts movements created in just such a way that everyone now wants to be in on. Right now the indie movement is fractured into nothingness. You gotta create a buzz, a sense of exclusivity and all the energies and time spent spamming forums could be better used creating a simple web site with a comments section and monthly theme anthologies.

Hook up with some illustrators; there are tons out there that are really good who have little outlet for their work. Artwork is key to bringing people into literary works in the fantasy and SF genre. Frazetta was key to the surge in paperback sales back in the day and SF conventions always have an important art element. Indies are completely ignoring this and putting out lame covers for their work when they could get stock illos for a song.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2011 8:45:12 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
(There's something weird going on with the site cookies et al. I tried voting your comment up as well. Who knows!)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2011 9:08:33 PM PDT
James May says:
I completely purge my Firefox cache every couple of months, history, cookies, everything; you may or may not be surprised at how not doing so can gum up your connection to the internet even extending to wi-fi which is something little known.

I can write basic websites and if I was back in the states I might give it a try cuz I think I have my finger on this one and I'd like to be in on the ground floor. Mark my words, what I am saying will happen and then Amazon will be giving respect but that is based on sales.

This whole digital revolution has yet to be played out. What is really hurting it are two things. The first is the theft issue; there is literally no reason to buy music or books any more digitally and even photography is almost worthless with the advent of everyone having access to digital cameras and with file size needs shrinking to match the amateur.

Worse for writers is the desperation to be heard is so great that people will literally give away their writing for free. Part of this is a failure of unions. Look at the Huffington Post. They have celebrity actors who write for free but those morons would be the first to go on strike if anyone acted for free. Actors have a very strong union but by blogging for free they are essentially crossing a picket line every day and writer's union's better get with it and the writers start being smart about organizing themselves and making outlets for their work pay with boycotts for using non-union or free work.

We all know that a million people would act in movies and TV for free but the unions are there and they are powerful; there is no equivalent union power like that for writers but there should be. The HuffPo should be boycotted and every actor blogging there sent a letter stating they are hypocrites for violating union standards they love when it's in their favor and ignore when it hurts writer's careers.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2011 9:24:12 PM PDT
Kodai Okuda says:
Again I agree with you Mr. May.

We need an artist like Chris Foss or Peter Elson.
They were amazing SF painters back in the 1970s.
I've got the whole Steven Cadwell seris of "Galactic Encounters" art books and the old "Terran Trade Authority" books by Stewart Cowley.

If the current SF indie industry had artists of that calibur working with them, then I can see Indie-SF taking a far more professional turn for the better.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2011 9:34:48 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
Hi Ronald, I've been experiencing weirdness since Friday--I keep seeing that I've put people on ignore, which I never do, well I do ignore some people, but I don't need Amazon's help.
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