Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Phoenix Pick, Book Bale +

Phoenix Pick, for those of you who haven't heard of them, is an online bookstore for older, classic SF.  They do paperback and ebook editions of mostly (entirely?) out of print titles.  Their monthly newsletter always has a code for a free ebook.  This month's book is Halo by Paul Cook (yes, he of the controversial Amazing Stories "When Science Fiction is Not Science Fiction" post).

Regardless of his definition of 'real' science fiction, his book sounds pretty interesting.  So I may give it a try next year when the retail holiday season is over and my essential reading pile is gone.

The mysterious alien artifact called the Halo came quietly and mysteriously and then sowed the earth with seeds that threatened to destroy humanity by destroying their souls.

But the aliens had underestimated the human spirit and a band of Moon-based scientists survive to fight and take back what is rightfully ours.

A powerful, visionary and scary look into our future and a possible encounter with an alien species almost impossible to beat.
Phoenix Pick is also starting their own book bundle, pay what you want (minimum $2.99) program called Bookbale.  The first bundle will include books by Frank Herbert, Robert Heinlein, Joe Haldeman, Mercedes Lackey, Andre Norton, Kevin J. Anderson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Mike Resnick and Robert J. Sawyer.  It goes on sale November 1st.  I'm curious to see what titles have been chosen (they're not visible yet).  I think these kinds of things are great, even though I haven't had time to read the books from the other bundles I've bought.  Too many books...

Finally, if you like magazines, Issue 4 of Galaxy's Edge is up.  You can buy and download it for $3.99 or read it online for free.

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