"Nerd History" Storybundle - featuring Irregularity!

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Continuing its popular "pay what you want" ebook bundles, StoryBundle is presenting a special new collection - the Nerd History Bundle, curated by Simon Carless. This specially picked set of 7 seminal computer/nerd history books once again features a multitude of great titles for a fraction of their retail price.

The basic purchase tier ($3 or above) for the Nerd History StoryBundle includes A Microsoft Life by Stephen Toulouse, a wittily entertaining jaunt through a decade and a half at Microsoft, with lots of behind-the-scenes detail and charming anecdotes. Also included is Priming the Pump by David & Theresa Welsh, a rare in-depth look into the history of the TRS-80 and how the authors got personally involved in the blossoming of the 'PC revolution'.

Also available at this tier is 'Irregularity', edited by Jared Shurin - a fascinating set fictional of short stories that weaves delicious stories from the maverick scientists who set the scene for computing, from Isaac Newton to the sainted Ada Lovelace.

The higher-tier rewards - available at the payment tier of $12 or your local equivalent - include Fire in the Valley by Michael Swaine & Paul Freiberger, possibly the seminal history of the PC, and the basis for the '90s 'Jobs vs. Gates' TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley. Also included is The Google Way by Bernard Girard, a smartly written 2009 business book that analyzes Google's crown jewels - its search engine and its culture itself.

Also featured in the higher tier is Terrible Nerd from Kevin Savetz, a charming, geeky autobiography that reminisces about the 300 baud modems, type-in programs and nowadays shockingly primitive computing experiences of '80s youth. Finally featured is the 20th anniversary edition of Gates, the 1993 biography of Bill Gates is widely considered the definitive history of the rise of Microsoft and Gates himself - a detailed, readable look at the startling rise to power of the nerds. – Simon Carless

The initial titles in the Nerd History StoryBundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:

  • A Microsoft Life by Stephen Toulouse
  • Irregularity edited by Jared Shurin
  • Priming the Pump: How TRS-80 Enthusiasts Helped Spark the PC Revolution by David Welsh and Theresa Welsh

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $12, you get all three of the regular titles, plus four more:

  • Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry--and Made Himself the Richest Man in America (20th anniversary edition) by Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews
  • Fire in the Valley: The Birth and Death of the Personal Computer (3rd edition) by Michael Swaine and Paul Freiberger
  • Terrible Nerd by Kevin Savetz
  • The Google Way by Bernard Girard

Finally, both the optional charity and the curator's full cut from this bundle will be - appropriately - going to the Computer History Museum - a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit organization with a four-decade history as the world's leading institution & museum exploring the history of computing, and its ongoing impact on society.

The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub, .mobi and some .pdf) for all books!

It's also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

For more information, visit the website at storybundle.com or tweet at @storybundle. 


Extinction and You

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This October, we're publishing The Extinction Event - our fifth anniversary, and final, anthology. Jurassic London has been a lot of fun, and we've all really, really enjoyed bringing you some of the best and weirdest of fiction and non-fiction, as well as the occasional chili recipe.

There's nothing sinister going on (bless you for worrying!), we're not crushed by the industry (honestly, our books are doing well, although since all our proceeds go to charity, that's neither here nor there), and we've not been poached by Big Publishing (well, Anne was, but that was years ago!). 

What this means for The Extinction Event

Lots of questions about our lumbering final volume. What I think now:

  • Pre-orders in August
  • Delivery in October (including ability to pick up at the launch)
  • Physical/limited edition only. Numbers tbc, but I think 150.
  • We'll be distributing directly.
  • No idea on price yet. Just doing word / art count, and then I'm meeting with our lovely printers over how we can beautify it.

All of this is liable to change (well, not the October date or the physical-only bit).

What this means for readers

Ok. This is the important part: our books are going out of print at the end of October. 

The titles in print that are facing eminent extinction:

  • The Lowest Heaven (UK / US)
  • Irregularity (UK / US)
  • The Book of the Dead (UK / US)
  • A Town Called Pandemonium (UK / US)
  • Jews vs Aliens, Jews vs Zombies and the Jews vs omnibus (UK / US)

If you want them, buy them before the end of October.

If you're holding out for a last-ditch sale: please don't. I've already reduced prices as much as I can - anything lower and the authors get screwed. 

All of our chapbooks, short stories and the Speculative Fiction titles have already been removed from Amazon. The chapbooks will all remain available as free downloads from Goodreads. Many of the short stories can also be found online at Pornokitsch.

A few of our titles - Unearthed, The Brick Moon, Aleriel, We Need to Talk and Lost Souls - will remain on Amazon indefinitely. 

The out of print titles - Stories of the Smoke, Stories of the Apocalypse, Thy Kingdom Come, the various novelettes, etc - will not be returning to print at any point between now and October. I'm really sorry, but those are all well and truly gone.

We'll hold an auction for charity in October for any remaining signed books and rarities.

What this means for our contributors

We've contacted a lot of folks already. If you're a Jurassic author, artist, editor or contributor, and are concerned what this means for you or your work, please get in touch.

What this means for us

Ask us in November!

What this means for everyone

Extinction party in October, y'all! It'll be awesome.

Any question, please use the comments or fire me an email. Thanks!

[ETA: Lovely article on Tor.com, with more details of The Extinction Event. Check it out!]


The Extinction Event

The EndThis October is Jurassic London's 5th anniversary, and we're celebrating with a huge new anthology.

The Extinction Event will include over two dozen stories, a ton of art, and a whole heap of stuff, including new story introductions from a wide range of luminaries. 

We're still finalising the Table of Contents, but it currently clocks in at over 150,000 words; over half of which will be completely new material. We've been taking this as an opportunity to revisit our previous publications - including the more rare and out of print titles - and also commission some terrific new material.

The Extinction Event will be published in late October, as a very glamorous limited edition. In fact, this will be the only edition, so we're going to make it as special as possible. 

I suppose the clue is in the name, but... The Extinction Event is also our last book. 

It has been an incredible five year run and we've had a blast. We'll do the various "thank you" and "goodbye" bits in October, so we'll wait and talk about it then. But for now: you're all awesome! This is not a sad thing! We'll follow up later this week with a post explaining what you can expect from us over the next six months.

For now... start clearing some shelf space. The Extinction Event is coming, and it is going to be big


Daniel Polansky's The Builders - Order Your Limited Edition Now!

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Daniel Polansky's The Builders is a stunning - and deeply odd - novella. A tale of harrowing revenge and adorable woodland critters, Publishers Weekly said it is "as though Brian Jacques and Quentin Tarantino went drinking one night".

We are proud to publish this exclusive limited edition, which pairs Polansky's glorious prose with the artwork of Howard Hardiman.

This hardcover edition is limited to 75 copies, signed by both author and artist. It comes complete with coloured endpapers, ribbon bookmark and 14 original black and white illustrations.

As you can tell from the adorable, gun-toting Barley (above), we've embraced the "$@%&ed-up children's book" aesthetic, and are delighted by the results.

The Builders is available for £20, including free UK shipping & handling. It is at the printers now, with an eye on shipping the books in early April. You can order your copy here.

We're delighted to have the help of Blackwell's for both ordering and distribution, so your copy of The Builders is in safe hands. Plus, while you're there, you can add Daniel Polansky's other books to your basket, and a copy or two of Howard Hardiman's The Lengths.


Sarah Anne Langton vs Shortlists!

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We're very pleased to see (and hear) (and shout about!) Sarah Anne Langton's exquisite covers for the Jews vs books on the shortlist for the BSFA Awards.

Sarah has done amazing work for Jurassic London and other less paleontological publishers. She was also a finalist for last year's British Fantasy Awards, making her an official cross-genre sensation.

You can see more of her work on her website.

And, of course, Jews vs Zombies, Jews vs Aliens and the Jews vs Omnibus are all available for purchase through Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Congratulations to all the other finalists - we're particularly happy to see recognition for other Jurassic alums Aliette de Bodard, Paul Cornell, Adam Roberts and Vincent Sammy!


"I Decided That..." - a new story by William Curnow and Jade Klara

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I decided that things had become too complicated.

Understand, I did not want anything that followed from that. Like everyone else, I wanted only to be left alone, to get on with things. I was not someone who would push themselves forward. I was happy to stay in the background, to live a simple life, but I couldn't ignore facts.

 

A philosophical, dystopian and utterly bonkers new story by William Curnow - with art by Jade Klara - on Pornokitsch now! 


8 (Free!) (Online!) 2015 Short Stories

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In the doldrumy final days of 2015, some free reading - eight original stories, all published on our sister site, Pornokitsch:

"Bundle of Joy" by Tiffany Angus

When Brian Parker left for work on Tuesday morning, he didn’t see the tiny white baby shoes on the porch. And a good thing, too, because he likely would have thrown them away.


"The Time-Traveling Mystery-Solving Teens in... Murder on Dinosaur Island!" by Benjamin Blattberg, art by Sarah Anne Langton

“Oh my fucking god,” said Jerome, “the dinosaurs are going to kill us all!”


"The Lost City of Osiris" by Carol Borden

The whole world was white. It was impossible to tell sky from sand. And when the sun finally set, it left a red line across the horizon like a cut across his eye. Imhotep had been walking for days, weeks.


"Mass Hysteria and You" by Amy Coombe

At first I didn’t care.  Everyone was talking about how Carrie Barf collapsed in the hall between second and third period and I was, like, good. She’s a bitch.


"Killing Time" by Jennifer Moore, art by Sharon McGill

On the day Death came calling for her, Antonia Priver had already left. Clothes shopping, as usual.


"The Choreography of Masks" by David Pomerico, art by Jeffrey Alan Love

The candles mix with the floodlights, and down the road she sees the reflections off the tinted masks and plexiglass shields.


"Mephisto the Unruly" by George Sandison, art by E.G. Cosh

The fever dreams of Mephisto the Unruly were potent. They worked slowly at first, dragging slow, bright streaks of colour across the stained walls, but once they started to take physical form they would not be restrained.


"The Dragons of Kraków" by Michal Wojcik, art by Vincent Sammy

Jadwiga found the apartment in Kraków through a chain of email exchanges, eventually contacting another Canadian who lived abroad. A single bedroom, wifi and utilities included, close to the sights. 


BRB "OMG GTFO"

S.L. Grey's "OMG GTFO" was published in Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse, waaaaaaay back in 2011.

Apocalypse is long out of print (even digitally), but we're delighted to see that the EFF have picked up this deliciously weird story for their new anthology, Pwning Tomorrow.

"OMG GTFO" is about hell and technology and is really one of our very favourites. You won't want to miss out on it a second time.