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2010 Goal – 100 New eBook Titles

A new year and new goals for 2010. The top thing on my list is to publish 100 eBook titles this year. That’s two a week, so you can expect to see two new releases every week. That’s pretty ambitious since this is basically a two person operation, working part-time at that (actually working a full-time job in addition to WPG is more accurate).  There is me and my wonderful freelancing proofreader (Hi, Junelle!). Why are we called Wonder Publishing Group if there’s only two people? WPG started as Wonder Audiobooks, then we started publishing eBooks, and print books; so you see, there’s a whole group of kinds of books. And speaking of print books and audiobooks, there will be more of those published this year as well.

There hasn’t been many posting here of late. But that was because I had to jump-start the year with getting a lot of titles going in the pipeline. You’ll be seeing a new release posting here tomorrow. Here are some of the titles coming out within the next month:

Death Quotient and Other Stories by John D. MacDonald – Several Science Fiction stories, many before reprinted.

The High Ones and Other Stories by Poul Anderson – Other 100,000 word anthology of 10 great SF stories from the 1950s. I’m planning on releasing a print book version of this title as well.

Double for Death by Rex Stout- A novel by Rex Stout, people. In fact he called it his favorite mystery.

Woman’s World and Other Stories by Evan Hunter – Four great SF stories from this mystery and SF master. BTW, Just watched the movie, The Blackboard Jungle, today. It’s based on Evan Hunter’s novel of the same name. What a great movie. Vic Morrow’s character really scared me.

That’s just a few of the titles in the works. Isn’t this exciting?

And I don’t like to do a posting without a visual. Here’s another future release. Sometimes a cover comes out a little more special than the rest. This one I tried something slightly new visually (new for me, that is). Compare the re-purposed art from the WPG cover to the original from Imagination. The new thing I tried was not erasing the sign behind the lady’s head, but cropping the hand and gun so it looks like it coming out of the picture frame. The art is by Lloyd N. Rognan.

Gateway to Darkness by Fredric Brown

Gateway to Darkness by Fredric Brown

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Free Audiobook Novel – H.B. Fyfe’s Novel D-99

H. B. Fyfe - D-99

As part of the SFFaudio Challenge, Wonder eBooks offered up the digital text to H.B. Fyfe’s novel, D-99. And I’m happy to report that Jerry Pyle lent his voice talent skills in creating the audiobook. I haven’t listened to it in it’s entirety yet, but Jerry does a very good job of it. The novel is available at LibriVox.org.

If you prefer an eBook version, it available in multiple formats at Fictionwise and at Amazon for the Kindle.

4 Bestsellers In The Top 8 On Fictionwise

Four out of the top eight bestselling Science Fiction titles at Fictionwise are published by Wonder Publishing Group (hey, that’s my company!). Very Cool!

4 Second Variety [MultiFormat]
by Philip K. Dick
In futuristic America, Russia declares war on all of Terra, and this has left the American government no choice but to evacuate and move to a safer, secret location, the Moon Base. However, war still continues over on Terra. In defense and retaliation, “claws” were created, small machines built to search and destroy any living creature. Russia may have the upper hand, but America is determined to fight back. In their zeal they have created the ultimate weapon–robotic killing machines. But in a … more info>> (Published: 1953)

Words: 15288 – Reading Time: 43-61 min.
Category: Science Fiction

5 D-99 [MultiFormat]
by H.B. Fyfe
EARTHMEN IN TROUBLE Harris was caged in an underwater “zoo” by a pack of blue lobsters. Maria drew a five-year sentence on a puritanical planet for trying to buy a souvenir–and for being excessively feminine. Taranto & Meyers had committed the crime of being shipwrecked on a planet that didn’t like strangers. Gerson was simply kidnapped. And nobody had any idea why five citizens of Terra were being held on other worlds–and the ultra-secret Department 99 existed only to set them, and others lik… more info>>

Words: 57073 – Reading Time: 163-228 min.
Category: Science Fiction

6 Search The Sky [MultiFormat]
by Frederik Pohl, C.M. Kornbluth
Earth Colonists’s voyage to settle the far planets beyond our universe. Spaceships have been unable to evoke responses from these planets, and in a novel that is as well-written as it is ingenious, one man starts out form Halsey’s Planet to find the answer. But is there an answer? By the co-authors of the SPACE MERCHANTS and WOLFBANE. (Published: 1954)

Words: 52927 – Reading Time: 151-211 min.
Category: Science Fiction

8 Down to Earth and Others [MultiFormat]
by Harry Harrison
From one of the best, Science Fiction Grand Master Harry Harrison, comes seven fantastic stories of space, aliens, war, and robots. And his stories always have the backbone of the human condition to support them.

Words: 54267 – Reading Time: 155-217 min.
Category: Science Fiction

New Releases – Philip K. Dick, Pohl, Kornbluth, del Rey & Harrison

Here some great new eBook releases. All awesome Science Fiction this time around.


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Second Variety
by Philip K. Dick

[Science Fiction, 15288 words] In futuristic America, Russia declares war on all of Terra, and this has left the American government no choice but to evacuate and move to a safer, secret location, the Moon Base. However, war still continues over on Terra. In defense and retaliation, “claws” were created, small machines built to search and destroy any living creature. Russia may have the upper hand, but America is determined to fight back. In their zeal they have created the ultimate weapon–robotic killing machines. But in a world of superior technology, it becomes difficult to determine exactly who is leading whom, man or automaton. And it becomes especially difficult when a boy with a teddy bear, some Russian soldiers, and an American soldier have to work together.

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Search the Sky by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth

[Science Fiction, 52927 words] Earth Colonists’s voyage to settle the far planets beyond our universe. Spaceships have been unable to evoke responses from these planets, and in a novel that is as well-written as it is ingenious, one man starts out form Halsey’s Planet to find the answer. But is there an answer? By the co-authors of the SPACE MERCHANTS and WOLFBANE.

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Thunder in Space and Other Stories by Lester del Rey

[Science Fiction, 77331 words] While Russia continues to remain wary of American attack, America has grown more suspicious of Russian activities. And the rest of the world is stricken with the painful knowledge that they shall inevitably be caught in the crossfire …

At the back of his mind, Goddard’s Acting Commander, Jerry Blane, knew it was bound to happen sooner or later, but he never expected he’d have to blast the enemy under these circumstances: the establishment of friendly–even helpful–relations with their Russian counterpart, the Tsiolkovsky. So when faced with the decision to save his life and his crew by demolishing the Russian spaceship, he made a choice that would foster revolutionary mindsets and alter global history.

Also contains the stories,

SPAWNING GROUND
MOON-BLIND
LET ‘EM BREATHE SPACE!
PURSUIT
THE BAND PLAYED ON

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H. B. Fyfe - D-99
D-99
by H.B. Fyfe

[Science Fiction, 57073 words] EARTHMEN IN TROUBLE Harris was caged in an underwater “zoo” by a pack of blue lobsters. Maria drew a five-year sentence on a puritanical planet for trying to buy a souvenir–and for being excessively feminine. Taranto & Meyers had committed the crime of being shipwrecked on a planet that didn’t like strangers. Gerson was simply kidnapped. And nobody had any idea why five citizens of Terra were being held on other worlds–and the ultra-secret Department 99 existed only to set them, and others like them, free. This tense novel is the story of one evening’s work for Department 99–their successes and failures–and of the strange crisis that almost wrecked D-99.

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Brains, Brains, Brains and Science Fiction Art

Two great things that go great together. Brains and Science Fiction. With a blog called Brain Plucker what could be better than showcasing some that art? This will be a series of postings as I gather more and more SF Brain art. If you have some great SF Brain art. Send me a file or link to timeshowhost [at] gmail.com.

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New Books Coming and Oh Yes, Love the Cloning Tool

Trying to tie together a lot of loose ends before the year’s end. I’ve got two audiobooks that will be available this Winter. One contains two stories by Jack Vance and the other is a novella by Andre Norton.

I was working on a cover for the Pohl/Kornbluth novel, Search the Sky and decided to re-purpose the original cover (which is in Public Domain–so it’s all good). Even though I needed a image with a vertical orientation, I couldn’t stop myself from redoing the whole image, mostly using the cloning tool in Photoshop. The video just alternates between the before and after image. Cover art is by Richard Powers who did a lot of unique abstract SF art in the 50s and 60s.

And here’s the book cover. Look for the eBook release in the next couple of weeks.

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Some other eBooks that will be coming out in soon is an anthology of stories by Science Fiction Grand Master-Harry Harrison, and a novella by Philip K. Dick! Cool covers as well, but I’ll save that for another post 😉

I’m also currently, like right now, digitizing some old recordings from the SFOHA (Science Fiction Oral History Association) archive.

I’m also putting out a printed book of three novels by Andre Norton. More about that soon.

Jack Williamson and Frederik Pohl recording on Collaboration

I just posted a recording on the SFOHA site, though I’d share it hear. A couple of my heroes.

Here’s an interesting panel discussion with two Science Fiction Grand Masters, Frederik Pohl and Jack Williamson. They wrote some great books in collaboration with each other including the Starchild Trilogy and the under appreciated Saga of Cuckoo series. Fred Pohl collaborated with C.M. Kornbluth on the classic novel The Space Merchants as well as other novels and short stories. His most recent novel is a collaboration with the late Arthur C. Clarke called The Last Theorem. Jack Williamson passed away in 2006.

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“The Art, Science, and Combat of Collaboration.” ConFusion 14, Ann Arbor Inn, Ann Arbor, MI,
January, 1977.
Introduction by Jim Martin. Q&A.
Pohl and Williamson are veterans of collaboration with other authors–including a series of novels done with each other. They offer rare insights into an activity that seems more common in Science Fiction than with other types of literature. They also discuss problems in writing and in getting published.
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New Releases — 5 Noir Masters, 1 Classic Western & 1 SF Short

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! All of these new releases are available at Fictionwise.com. Most are also available for the Kindle at Amazon.

Mona by Lawrence Block

Mona by Lawrence Block

Also published as Grifter’s Game. The living was high and the pickings came easy–till my one wild love became my sweet, slow death. Clip artist, reamer, pigeon plucker–take your pick. They all spell confidence man. Hell–they all spell me, Joe Marlin. But then, by any other name I’d smell as sweet to bored women on the prowl–rich ladies with their baby blues tight shut and their pocketbooks wide open. That was my game–devil-may-care conning, fly-by-night living, skipped checks at plush hotels, fleeced suckers wherever I could make a touch, a well developed string of aliases. A great old life–the rolling stone gathering no moss, just the green stuff that counts. Then I met Mona–and fell like a ton of bricks, like some legendary lover ready to fight demons and dragons. Beautiful, wicked Mona–the girl who gave me a dream of a rose-covered cottage, and straight arrow living–and a nightmare involving the biggest clipping of them all–murder!
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A is for Android by Milton Lesser

A is for Android by Milton Lesser


The question is asked: Are the famous Dancing Girls of the Hyperion Club androids? Michael Carmody, Special Investigator for Android Service, especially wants to know, and his work takes him all the way to Saturn’s seventh moon just to find out. But will the answers be as important as his own life?

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Shave by Jack Shaefer

Shave by Jack Shaefer


Joe Starrett is a humble farmer, loving husband and father, and law-abiding citizen, but a rancher such as Luke Fletcher can get the worst out of even him. The Starrett family and others like them are having land conflicts with the notorious cattle owner, and they seem to be at the losing end. But then Shane comes into the picture–and their lives change forever. What seemed to be a simple political issue turns out to be a lesson in life.

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One Minute Past Eight by George Harmon Coxe

One Minute Past Eight by George Harmon Coxe

A suspense thriller from Mystery Grand Master, George Harmon Coxe. At approximately eight o’clock private detective Harry Baker stumbled onto something big. At exactly one minute past eight, Baker was dead. The local police had figured that out for themselves. Now they wanted to know the rest from Jeff Lane. But what could Jeff tell them? He had sent Baker to locate his missing step-brother in Caracas. When Baker cabled he had news, Jeff went to Venezuela himself. Now Baker was dead. And, a few days later, so was Lane’s step-brother. Jeff was struck b a sudden cold conviction. He was in a strange land, among strange people and up to his neck in murder. The search for a missing heir leads to two murders and too many suspects.

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Wake Up to Murder by Day Keene

Wake Up to Murder by Day Keene

What had he done? Jim took a quick shot of whiskey and stood eyeing the girl in the bed–She was all too real, too warm, and entirely too luscious–but last night was a blank–The answer came in 24 hours when Jim Charters, nice guy and home-loving type, went home to his wife to find himself the fugitive from a grisly game of death–a nightmare that had started with a “night on the town” and wound up with multiple murders!

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The Thrill Kids by Vin Packer

The Thrill Kids by Vin Packer


The Thrill Kids by Vin Packer A Classic Novel of Juvenile Delinquency from 1955. Four kids from decent homes, roaming the streets and looking for kicks. Four kids who–one lovely summer night–wandered into Central Park, first molested a girl, and then brutally murdered an old vagrant they found asleep in a gully there! Author of Spring Fire and Look Back to Love.

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The Hinges of Hell by Stewart Sterling

The Hinges of Hell by Stewart Sterling


Expect the unexpected? A hotel fire. A murdered million dollar heiress. A missing priceless sapphire. A pyromaniac newly-wed-husband-turned-widower. All the elements and the accompanying evidence point to an open-and-shut-case, but for some reason, seasoned Chief Fire Marshall Ben Pedley doesn’t think so. His investigation brings him in circles, but in the end he realizes the first place to go to is always the last place anyone ever looks!

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eBook Black Sunday Sale All Weekend–45% Off!

Fictionwise 45% off sale
Fictionwise is having a big Black Sunday Weekend Sale. Wonder Publishing Group now has 75 eBook titles available in MultiFormat (yes, even for the Kindle). All Wonder eBooks are 45% off through this weekend. Including many new releases which I haven’t done a post for yet (like, hopefully that will happen tomorrow).

Wonder eBooks at Fictionwise.

Great Covers Series 3 – Famous Fantastic Mysteries

Famous Fantastic Mysteries ran from 1939 to 1953. Most of the cover were by Lawrence and Virgil Finlay. It started out with stories mostly of reprints from the earlier pulp magazines published by the Munsey company. Later in ’43 they started reprinting novels that were only previously printed in book form. These issues were full of some fine interior art as well. Most notably Virgil Finlay, my personal fave of the period.

Famous Fantastic Mysteries Gallery

Famous Fantastic Mysteries Slideshow

Artist - Virgil Finlay

Artist - Virgil Finlay

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