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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

First, a few words from the publisher:


M. David Blake’s magnum opus, the 2014 Campbellian Anthology, is now available for download! This book attempts to collect in one volume representative works by most of the writers eligible for this year’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. We don’t have them all—there were a few we couldn’t get—but all the same, this book contains more than 860,000 words of fiction by 111 authors, and best of all, it’s not merely free, it's DRM-FREE.

But it’s only available for a limited time, so download your copy soon, by clicking on one of these links and selecting “Save file.”

UPDATE 02/02/14 7:30PM CST: Due to the staggering amount of web traffic this book is generating--more than 3,500 hits in just the past 90 minutes--we are adding more download sites. The kind folks at Writertopia.com, StarShipSofa.com, and Tor.com are now hosting mirror sites, and we will be announcing more mirror sites as they come online. Thank you for your interest and your patience.

Primary download site:

Mobi file, for Amazon Kindle and Kindle Readers apps:
http://rampantloonmedia.com/downloads/2014CampbellianAnthology_Kindle.mobi

Epub file, for iPad, Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, and most other e-reader devices and apps:
http://rampantloonmedia.com/downloads/2014CampbellianAnthology_iPad-nook-Kobo-Sony.epub

Cover art, just because it's so awesome:
http://rampantloonmedia.com/downloads/2014CampbellianAnthology_Cover.jpg

Secondary download site:
Mobi | Epub | Cover

Writertopic John W. Campbell Award data page and mirror download site:
Writertopia.com

StarShipSofa mirror site: (the .mobi and .epub files are zipped and must be unzipped before use)
Mobi | Epub | Cover

Tor.com mirror site:
Mobi | Epub


Don't have a Kindle or other e-reader? Then use the free Kindle Reading App, available for most computers, tablets, or smart phones, the Kindle Cloud Reader, that lets you read .mobi files in your web browser, the Nook Reading Apps, which are comparable but for .epub files, or any one of about a gazillion other epub reading apps that are available for download, and mostly for free. Let us know if you find one you really like and would recommend!

UPDATE: We've learned that some web browsers attempt to open the .mobi or .epub files directly, most often producing a window full of gibberish. If you click on one of the download links and it does not offer you the option to save the file, try right-clicking on the link and selecting the "Save Link As" option. (Wording may vary, depending on your choice of browser.)

ANOTHER UPDATE: We've discovered that while our web hosting service provides us with unlimited bandwidth, there's a hard limit on the number of download connections that can be open simultaneously. We've since upgraded our service and quadrupled the number of simultaneous connections permitted. If you tried to download this book earlier and got HTTP Error 503 - Service unavailable, try again now.   



And now, a few words from the curator:

Here We Go Again
(or: wait, are we still here?)

A little over a year ago, a small group of us had a crazy idea. “What if,” we said, “there was a way everyone eligible for the Campbell could publicize their work at the same time, so that readers might have some idea of who we are?”

Now, I don’t recall every name who was part of the original discussion (I could check, but that would be work, and I’m plumb tuckered out after assembling this tome), although at some point I volunteered to oversee an anthology if the others would all agree to participate. That first volume had a very respectable showing, with 43 writers represented by a combined total of roughly 350,000 words.

What a difference a year makes! The volume you now hold in your hands is considerably larger, and includes a multitude of works from 111 contributors, spanning more than 860,000 words. (Should anyone be curious, that exceeds the combined total in George R. R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords and A Dance with Dragons, which are—so far, at least!—the two longest volumes from A Song of Ice and Fire.)

It is big. It is very big. And judging from this year’s response, next year’s volume will likely be larger.

Now, any standard anthology introduction might interrupt itself at this point with some self-assured bluster about how much you, the reader, will enjoy every smidgen of the contents.

You won’t. There will be some stories in this volume that you dislike, perhaps even strongly, and that’s okay. Every writer whose work is represented herein still accomplished something remarkable in attaining a specific level of publication, and by doing so earned a place within these pages. I encourage you to investigate each and every one, but I make no promise about how you’ll feel about the stories that landed them here, or the works they elected to share.

Here’s a secret: You don’t have to read this entire anthology for it to serve a purpose and be valuable to you. You’re allowed to skip around.

So you’ve already spotted the next Adams, Butler, or Cherryh? Try the next Xue, Yolen, or Zelazny… or anything in between.

A story lost you along the way, or did something you’ve already seen too many times? Try a different story, or a different excerpt, or even a different writer.

There are a lot of words in this volume. I can’t tell you where to focus your attention; by agreeing to play host, I also agreed to remain impartial. That doesn’t mean I don’t have favorites (I do), but it means I ask you to decide upon your own.

Here’s another secret: If you do read every word in this anthology, and investigate all the links for those currently known to be eligible, you’ll probably discover a new favorite. At least one. And if you do—if you, as a reader, connect with even a single new writer—then I will feel very, very good about this year’s installment of the Annual Campbellian Anthology.

Now, go make a friend. Your writers are waiting.


M. David Blake


What You Should Do Now: If you plan to nominate anyone—regardless of whether or not that individual chose to participate in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology—as a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, please visit www.loncon3.org/memberships and purchase at least a “Supporting” membership. Doing so will allow you to nominate for both the Campbell and Hugo Awards (if you register before 31 January 2014), receive the 2014 Hugo Voter Packet, and vote on the final ballot.

Please Note (from the website): “Members of Loncon 3 who have an Attending, Young Adult Attending or Supporting membership by 31 January 2014 are eligible to nominate for the Hugo Awards and the Retro-Hugos. Equivalent members of LoneStarCon 3 (the 2013 Worldcon) and Sasquan (the 2015 Worldcon) at that date are also eligible to nominate.”

Unless you are a member of one of those conventions by 31 January 2014, you will not be allowed to nominate… but you will still be allowed to enjoy the 2014 Campbellian Anthology.

Friday, January 3, 2014

SHOWCASE #13 ESCAPES!

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This week featuring:
  • “Cold Beyond White,” by Beth Cato
  • “Above the Ice,” by Matthew Timmins 
  • “Searching for Home,” by Lance J. Mushung
  • “The End,” by Scott M. Davis
  • 2014: The Changes Ahead, by Bruce Bethke