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StarShipSofa Announces Writers Workshop

The popular podcast, StarShipSofa, will be running an online SF&F writers workshop in March. The tutors will be Michael Swanwick, James Patrick Kelly, Sheila Williams, Gregory Frost and David Mercurio Rivera. That’s a very impressive list. The cost is £30 up until Feb. 27th and £35 thereafter. Further details here, and sign-up here.

Weird Tales Increases Pay Rates

Editor Ann VanderMeer has announced that Weird Tales will now pay 5c/word for their fiction. The magazine has also revamped its website and adopted the famous Clarkesworld online submission management system. The full press release is available here.

Maura on Shadoweyes

Following our podcast discussion for issue #5 Maura McHugh ordered a copy of Ross Campbell’s Shadoweyes. She reviewed it on her blog. I ordered a copy as well, and I’m happy to confirm Maura’s opinion.

Chadbourn Gets Historical

Author Mark Chabourn is planning a series of posts on writing historical fantasy. The first one is here. It looks like it could be an interesting series.

Colin Harvey To Edit New Anthology

Colin Harvey will be editing a new anthology for the Irish company, Aeon Press. Transtories will be “a collection of original stories based on, developed from or including any word from the dictionary prefixed by ‘trans;’”. The submission period begins on March 1st and closes on March 31st. Full details at the Aeon website.

Guardian on SF&F Covers

Today’s Guardian Book Blog features a post by Damien G. Walter in which he implores readers not to be put off by the gaudy, and sometimes frankly awful, covers used on speculative fiction books. Examples of fine writers he says can be found behind lurid covers include JG Ballard, Kim Newman and Jon Courtenay Grimwood. (It sounds like some smart person has got ARCs of The Fallen Blade to several Guardian Book Blog contributors.)

VanderMeer Gets Musical

Jeff VanderMeer is one of those writers who loves to have a soundtrack to his writing. Today the music blog, Largehearted Boy, has a feature by Jeff in which he talks about the musical inspiration for his collection, The Third Bear.

Peter Crowther Becomes Angry Robot

The boss of PS Publishing is making a new foray into writing with the Forever Twilight trilogy of “apocalyptic science fiction novels”. Yes, that’s during the apocalypse, not post-it. Angry Robot books has signed him up. More details from their website.

Conrad’s SF Novel

When he was researching his review of Johanna Sinisalo’s Birdbrain, Sam Jordison discovered that Joseph Conrad had co-authored a science fiction novel with Ford Madox Ford. Sam was intrigued, and tracked down the book, The Inheritors. His review of it has just gone up at The Guardian.

Another Award for Bacigalupi

Our sister site, SF Awards Watch, has just reported that Paolo Bacigalupi’s Ship Breaker has won the prestigious Printz Award from the American Library Association. Further details here.

Angry Robot signs Trent Jamieson

Angry Robot Books announced today that they have signed Australian author, Trent Jamieson to produce a series of “steampunk-tinged fantasy novels”. Jamieson is already publishing an urban fantasy series with Orbit, the first book of which, Death Most Definite, will be featured in our next issue.