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The Guardian on Beautiful Intelligence

Great review of Stephen Palmer’s Beautiful Intelligence over at the Guardian: “…a thrilling chase across a ravaged Europe, a burgeoning North Africa and balkanised US, interleaving excellent action set-pieces with fascinating philosophising on the nature of consciousness. A gripping read to the poignant last line.”

Full review at the Guardian.


New: Beautiful Intelligence by Stephen Palmer

Beautiful Intelligence by Stephen Palmer

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AI or BI? Artificial intelligence or beautiful intelligence?

The race to create a sentient machine is headed by two teams, led by former researchers at Ichikawa Laboratories, who escape the regime there – and each other – to pursue their own dreams in the world beyond Japan.

Leonora Klee is creating a single android with a quantum computer brain, whose processing power has never before been achieved.

Manfred Klee is creating a group of individuals, none of them self-aware, in the hope that they will raise themselves to consciousness.

But with a Japanese chase team close on their heels, will either be successful before they are trapped and caught?

Beautiful Intelligence is a fast-paced, philosophical thriller that confronts questions of how we will create artificial sentience, and whether it will be beautiful.

“A supremely odd yet deeply rewarding experience…” Jason Pettus, CCLAP

“Stephen Palmer is a find.” Time Out

“Stephen Palmer is a writer you should read. His work is unique, original, sometimes challenging, always fresh and sometimes barking…” Amazing Stories

Cover by Steve Jones
Published: 01 Jul 2015

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Buy this book in print (ISBN: 1511550627): Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CanadaCreateSpace – and other booksellers


Conflict, conflict, conflict – yes, Total Conflict is out!

Out now: Total Conflict, edited by Ian Whates

Total ConflictEighteen stories of strife and mayhem from some of the biggest names in Science Fiction. Tales of humanity pushed to its limits, of striving, ingenuity, brilliance, desperate action, violence, and resolution. Eighteen tales of Conflict, of Science Fiction at its absolute best.

Available at a knockdown price:
Amazon.com
 | Amazon.co.uk

Contents:
1. Introduction – Ian Whates
2. The Wake – Dan Abnett
3. Psi.Copath – Andy Remic
4. Unaccounted – Lauren Beukes
5. The New Ships – Gareth L Powell
6. The Harvest – Kim Lakin-Smith
7. The War Artist – Tony Ballantyne
8. Proper Little Soldier – Martin McGrath
9. The Maker’s Mark – Michael Cobley
10. Brwydr Am Ryddid – Stephen Palmer
11. Occupation – Colin Harvey
12. Sussed – Keith Brooke
13. The Soul of the Machine – Eric Brown
14. Extraordinary Rendition – Steve Longworth
15. The Legend of Sharrock – Philip Palmer
16. The Cuisinart Effect – Neal Asher
17. The Ice Submarine – Adam Roberts
18. War Without End – Una McCormack
19. Welcome Home, Janissary – Tim C Taylor


Fish Eats Lion: new print edition of Singaporean speculative fiction anthology

Just out – the first infinity plus print edition of Fish Eats Lion, edited by Jason Erik Lundberg:

Fish Eats Lion: Singaporean speculative fictionFish Eats Lion collects the best original speculative fiction from Singapore – fantasy, science fiction, and the places in between – all anchored with imaginative methods to the Lion City. These twenty-two stories, from emerging writers publishing their first work to winners of the Singapore Literature Prize and the Cultural Medallion, explore the fundamental singularity of the island nation in a refreshing variety of voices and perspectives. This anthology is a celebration of the vibrant creative power underlying Singapore’s inventive prose stylists, where what is considered normal and what is strange are blended in fantastic new ways.

“Lundberg combines accessibility with a uniquely Singaporean flavor in his selections. SF readers looking to expand their horizons will enjoy visiting new worlds from an unaccustomed point of view.” – Publishers Weekly

“I doubt I’ll read a more engaging collection this year. […] There’s a rich optimism to be found here that speaks of lesser-known spec-fic writers rising to a challenge, and that challenge being more than adequately met.” – Pete Young, Big Sky

“Entertaining in this post-colonial era, it hints at how storytellers can become mythmakers, with the power to change the world.” – Akshita Nanda, The Straits Times

Buy this book in print (ISBN: 1502984822): Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CanadaCreateSpace – and other booksellers

Also available as an ebook from: Amazon USAmazon UK – Barnes and NobleKoboApple – Smashwords


Stumbling into print

Working on Garry Kilworth’s fabulous new novel, The Iron Wire (due later this month – watch this space), I was struck by how many excellent books I’ve worked on at infinity plus, and in particular, how many of them now have print editions. I thought I’d write a blog post to highlight some of them, and explain how we kind of sidestepped into print editions, having initially set out as an ebook-only publisher.

But then, I thought… it’s not fair to pick out individual titles to highlight like this, particularly when it’s the range of titles that had struck me. So instead, here’s the complete listing of print titles.

Note: while I hope that you’ll enjoy these books wherever you buy them (and I’m delighted that independent bookstores are stocking our books), authors get the most financial benefit if you buy from Createspace.

infinity plus: titles by format: print

Ordered by release date

See also: books from our infinite press imprint

An old era is drawing to a close, a new era about to begin, and the great mage Donn has passed on his Talents to a new generation. When a rogue church leader threatens to set loose wild powers, Donn’s children must oppose him but, also, they must contend with Donn himself: the old mage has not finished with his children yet. A fantasy epic of revolution, jealousy and earth-shattering magic. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsWeightless Books
Print (ISBN: 1500976466): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
Rites of PassageRites of Passage by Eric Brown
Rites of Passage gathers four long stories from a British Science-Fiction Award-winning author. Stories of a Victorian London facing the threat of alien invasion, a strange world where the sun is fixed eternally overhead, the struggle to survive in a near-future post-apocalypse, and a far-future Earth where giant crabs and a swollen sun threaten humanity’s very existence. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwords
Print (ISBN: 1499500319): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
Hairy LondonHairy London by Stephen Palmer
What is love? One evening at the Suicide Club three gentlemen discuss this age-old problem, and thus a wager is made. Dissolute fop Sheremy Pantomile, veteran philosopher Kornukope Wetherbee and down-on-his-luck Velvene Orchardtide all bet their fortunes on finding the answer amidst the dark alleys of a phantasmagorical Edwardian London. But then, overnight, London Town is covered in hair… (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwords
Print (ISBN: 1495995224): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
Nocturnes and Other NocturnesNocturnes and Other Nocturnes by Claude Lalumière
Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes: Twenty-five dark stories that span a daring breadth of genres. In these noir tales that unfold at the edge of realism, mythic nocturnes from impossible pasts, and disquietingly intimate stories of speculative fiction, Claude Lalumière explores our collective and intertwined obsessions with sex and death. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwords
Print (ISBN: 1494461978): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
Strange MammalsStrange Mammals by Jason Erik Lundberg
Strange superheroes and the magic of the quotidian; stories of piercing darkness and quirky, surreal humor; writing from the heart and soul; phantasmagorical journeys into what it means to be human. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwords
Print (ISBN: 1492363685): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
The Fabulous BeastThe Fabulous Beast by Garry Kilworth
A set of beautifully crafted tales of the imagination from “the best short story writer in any genre” (New Scientist). (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading CompanySpacewitch
Print (ISBN: 1490339604): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
Falling OverFalling Over by James Everington
Sometimes when you fall over you don’t get up again. And sometimes, you get up to find everything has changed. Ten stories of unease, fear and the weird from James Everington. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading CompanySpacewitch
Print (ISBN: 1490339132): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
SalvageSalvage by Eric Brown
The Salvageman Ed series of linked stories – four of which appear here for the first time – combine action, humour and pathos, from the master of character-based adventure science fiction. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading CompanySpacewitch
Print (ISBN: 1490339051): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
Parallax ViewParallax View by Keith Brooke and Eric Brown
Stories that examine the interface between human and alien – a parallax view from two of Britain’s top science fiction writers, both shortlisted for the 2013 Philip K Dick Award. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboApple
Print (ISBN: 1481009052): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
On my way to Samarkand: memoirs of a travelling writerOn my way to Samarkand: memoirs of a travelling writer by Garry Kilworth (writing as Garry Douglas Kilworth)
Garry Kilworth’s books include SF and fantasy, historical novels, literary novels, story collections, children’s books and film novelisations. This autobiography covers family history, travels and his experiences in publishing. ‘A master of his trade’ (Punch) (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1480208299): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
Red Dot IrrealRed Dot Irreal by Jason Erik Lundberg
Once you enter the surreal worlds of Lundberg’s equatorial fantastika, a part of you will never leave. “A fine meal for the mind awaits you in Lundberg’s collection” (Jonathan Carroll) (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1492364894): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
The Alchemy of HappinessThe Alchemy of Happiness by Jason Erik Lundberg
A triptych of stories rooted in Asian myth and legend, literary fantasy at its very best from the author of Red Dot Irreal, plus a hybrid essay on the transformative power of speculative fiction. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1492379212): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
GenetopiaGenetopia by Keith Brooke
The wilds: a world where genes mutate and migrate between species through plague and fever, but that’s where Flint must go… “A minor masterpiece that should usher Brooke at last into the recognized front ranks of SF writers” (Locus) (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1480192406): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
What happens when every wish you make is immediately granted by God? If you could use the power of music to travel through time? If your body was the battleground for a strange, alien invasion? In turns humorous, lyrical, profound – but always entertaining – these are the haunting tales of an author at the height of his power. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1480298131): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
One of UsOne of Us by Iain Rowan
Anna fled her own country when the police murdered her brother and her father, but now, in a world of people trafficking, prostitution and murder, she must decide how much she is prepared to give up to be one of us? Shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger award. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1470075768): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
GhostwritingGhostwriting by Eric Brown
Over the course of a career spanning twenty five years, Eric Brown has written just a handful of horror and ghost stories – and all of them are collected here. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 147010086X): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
From cyberpunk visions of post-human futures to traditional tales of alien encounter and time travel, ten science fiction stories from the two times winner of the BSFA short story award. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleKoboAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1479242047): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
Nowhere To GoNowhere To Go by Iain Rowan
Eleven stories of murder, obsession, fear and – sometimes – redemption, from a writer shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association’s Debut Dagger award. (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleAppleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1475127863): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers
One More UnfortunateOne More Unfortunate by Kaitlin Queen
Relentlessly drawn back to a circle of old friends and enemies, Nick Redpath has all kinds of issues to deal with. But first he must prove that he didn’t murder his old flame, Geraldine Wyse… (…more)
Ebook: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleSmashwordsRobot Trading Company
Print (ISBN: 1470068273): Amazon USAmazon UKCreateSpace – and other booksellers

Just out: Story Behind the Book, Volume 3 (Essays on Writing Speculative Fiction)

Story Behind the Book, volume threeAnother of these excellent volumes collecting nearly 40 non-fiction essays from some of the most exciting authors working today. Offering an unique insight into the creative and publishing process, these essay reveal all the beauty, effort and frustration that inevitable comes hand in hand with the urge to write, edit or illustrate.

Contributors include Steven Erikson, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Hugh Howey, Richard Kadrey, Christopher Fowler, Gary Gibson, Eric Brown, Garry Kilworth, Steve Rasnic Tem, Ian R. MacLeod, Cat Sparks, James Everington, Pat Cadigan, Freda Warrington, Nick Mamatas, Robert Reed and many more.

And what’s more, like the earlier volumes editors Kristijan Meic and Ivana Steiner are donating all proceeds to the charity Epilepsy Action, who have been hugely supportive of my daughter Molly (to whom this book is dedicated).

Lots of good reasons to grab a copy!

Buying at Amazon.com in the US
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Buying at Amazon.co.uk in the UK
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Cyberpunk novel-bundle deal about to close…

 

Less than two days remaining on this thirteen-novel offer!Cyberpunk Storybundle

Available from http://storybundle.com/cyberpunk:

A bundle of cyberpunk novels from top authors, including Frank Herbert, Kevin J Anderson, Melissa Scott and David Bischoff. Oh, and yours truly, of course.

And what’s more, you get to choose how much you want to pay! If you pay $3 or more you get these titles:

  • Resurrection, Inc. by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Lost Things by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham
  • The Infinite Battle (Star Hounds: Book 1) by David Bischoff
  • PSI/NET by Billy Dee Williams and Rob MacGregor
  • The Accord by Keith Brooke
  • On My Way to Paradise by David Farland

Pay $15 or more, and you get these additional titles:

  • Immortal by Steven Savile
  • High-Opp by Frank Herbert
  • Pennsylvania by Michael Bunker
  • Dreamships by Melissa Scott
  • Galactic Warriors (Star Hounds: Book 2) by David Bischoff
  • The Macrocosmic Conflict (Star Hounds: Book 3) by David Bischoff
  • Beowulf: A Bloody Calculus by Milo Behr

And when you buy you can select to donate part of your payment to charity.

This bundle of books is coordinated by Steven Savile, whose novel Immortal appears here exclusively a month ahead of its publication anywhere else. Of this bundle, he says:

“Some of these writers are among my favourites in any genre. I can honestly say I adore each and every one of the books in this bundle. More than anything, I think the books here do a fantastic job of showcasing the dark cities and darker edges of where this world is going and can’t help but capture your imagination in the same way that Philip K Dick and other great writers captured mine. I really hope you enjoy them.”

The Cyberpunk Storybundle is available from http://storybundle.com/cyberpunk. All books are available in a variety of DRM-free formats.


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