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Prepping Free eBooks

I told myself today is the day I have to get back to blogging so here I am. Don’t you love when you got a lot of open projects and you’re being pulled in a million directions? Actually it’s not that bad. I’m not whining, honest. But I tend to let the blogging go by the wayside and concentrate on other stuff. But no more. At least I hope. Since I haven’t done an update in awhile I’ve got a lot of newsy things and share with you about what Wonder eBooks have been up to. But that would take one massive blog entry. So instead I’ll tell about what I’m about to work on.

SFFaudio.com does an annual challenge for every day people (yes, like you) to create an audiobook. SFFaudio’s editor, Jesse Willis, asked me if I had any stories that I could send his way. I was happy to oblige. So as soon I publish this I’m going to get them ready. The stories will be available in EPUB and PDF formats. Here are the titles:

Defense Mech by Ray Bradbury (from The Lost Bradbury: Forgotten Tales by Ray Bradbury)
The Green Girl by Jack Williamson
Daughters of Earth by Judith Merrill (From the Shrine of Temptation and Other Stories)
See You at the Morgue by Lawrence Blochman

 

5 Bestselling Science Fiction eBooks

5 of the top 15 bestselling Science Fiction eBooks at Fictionwise are published by Wonder Publishing Group. How cool is that? Check out all the WPG eBooks at Fictionwise.

8 Venus
is a Man’s World and Other Stories

[MultiFormat]

by William
Tenn
 
Wry,
brilliant stories from the late William Tenn. Stories of irony,
poignancy, humor and satire. Vampires, time travel and paradoxes,
government projects, war, and the battle of the sexes. Stories included
are: VENUS IS A MAN’S WORLD, OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS, NULL-P, BROOKLYN
PROJECT, SHE ONLY GOES OUT AT NIGHT, PROJECT HUSH, ME MYSELF AND I, and
RICARDO’S VIRUS. The Science Fiction Encyclopedia ranked Tenn as “one
of the genre’s very few genuinely comic, genuinely incisive writers of
short fic… more
info>>

Words: 35884 – Reading
Time: 102-143 min.

Category: Science
Fiction
/Humor

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9 Worlds
Without End and Other Stories

[MultiFormat]

by Clifford
D. Simak
 

A link between yesterday and the tomorrow that was here already ? The
closer you move to something the farther away it got ? Dreams
constructed and maintained by society ? Stranded on an alien world with
nobody to talk to except your spaceship ? A world-to-world search for
an elusive secret ? The bizarre, weird, strange creations of thing and
worlds only Science Fiction Grand Master, Clifford D. Simak could have
written ? and make believable.
Words: 55262 – Reading
Time: 157-221 min.

Category: Science
Fiction
/Fantasy

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11 Lorelei
of the Red Mist
[MultiFormat]

by Ray
Bradbury
, Leigh
Brackett
 

Hugh Starke, space-rat and convict, was being pursued by spacecraft
into the unknown parts of Venus. He had just pulled off the largest
lone wolf heist in the history of that planet. But now it looked like
he was going to pay the ultimate price for his misdeeds. But fate had a
strange twist on Starke’s life when he woke up in a different body. A
body that was strong and powerful. In a body of a Venusian barbarian
named Conan. But was Starke anything more than a puppet in this new
body? For he so… more
info>>
(Published:
1946)
Words: 22469 – Reading
Time: 64-89 min.

Category: Science
Fiction
/Fantasy

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14 The
Green World
[MultiFormat]

by Hal
Clement
 
Four
scientists, one guide–and a dangerous beast following their trail.
Nothing unusual from the looks of things, except that they are all in a
planet far away from Earth. Robin Lampert, Take Mitsuitei, Hans
Krendall and Ndomi Sulewayo, and their guide John McLaughlin, get
together to scour the wilds of Viridis and take what scientific
information the land can offer. They discover puzzling yet wondrous
mysteries, yet little do they know that the the land itself is
unwilling to give them the an… more
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Words: 24823 – Reading
Time: 70-99 min.

Category: Science
Fiction

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15 The
Towers of Titan and Other Stories

[MultiFormat]

by Ben
Bova
 
Five
extraordinary stories by one of Science Fiction’s most revered writers.
THE TOWERS OF TITAN–Across the frozen cliffs they loomed–the
unbelievably ancient towers with the unimaginable engines deep inside
them still pouring out their endless power. Dr. Sidney Lee, back from
living death, vowed to find the secret of the Towers of Titan! THE NEXT
LOGICAL STEP–Ordinarily the military least wants to have the others
know the final details of their war plans. But, logically, there would
be times… more
info>>

Words: 44667 – Reading
Time: 127-178 min.

Category: Science
Fiction

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New Releases–3 New Audiobook & 3 New eBooks!

Wonder Publishing Group is marching onward and upward with an impressive list of authors and titles for this week’s new releases: Philip K. Dick, Andre Norton, Jack Vance, William Tenn, Ray Bradbury, Leigh Brackett, and Day Keene. Are you kidding me? That’s a galaxy of stars 😉

New Audiobook Releases:

The Men Return & Worlds of Origin
By Jack Vance; Read by Tim Rowe
1 hr, 10 min.- [UNABRIDGED]

Available at Audible

Two vintage stories from the 1950s by science-fiction Grand Master Jack Vance, who wrote stories of adventure, detection, horror, and humor.

What the Critics Say:

“‘Worlds of Origin’: A mystery novel and a fine example of Vance’s trademark imagination with worlds and customs of alien origin. No less than a dozen wholly unique Vance worlds come to light during Magnus Ridolphs’ inquiry into the mysterious death of a man on a space-station retreat. ‘The Men Return’: [A] completely alien earth where our universal rule of cause and effect no longer has any meaning and only the insane flourish in the new dynamics.” (Amazon reviewer “Coriolous”)

The Defenders
By Philip K. Dick; Read by Mark Douglas Nelson
61 min.- [UNABRIDGED]

Available at Audible

Taylor felt life was pretty good. Sure, living in an underground bunker developing more sophisticated weapons to bomb the Soviets was less than ideal. But he had a pretty wife, and he was safe from the radioactive poisoned environment that existed above ground. The leadies, sophisticated robot servants, could inform them of the devastating destruction, the bombed out cities, and the further Soviet attacks. But it was a strange fact that the latest leadie to return to the bunker showed no sign of radioactivity. Strange enough for Taylor to be ordered above ground in a lead-lined suit to investigate. That Taylor didn’t want to go, wasn’t really an option!

People of the Crater
By Andre Norton; Read by Mark Douglas Nelson
1hr, 44min.- [UNABRIDGED]

Available at Audible

A flight to a lost world of Antarctica. Garin Featherstone has been sent to explore a mysterious blue haze that was spotted in the polar region. There he discovers a lost civilization and a strange environment of vivid green lands, crimson tree trunks, and golden rivers. He must save Thrala of the light against the lizard men.

This is Andre Norton’s first professional published story from 1947. Even the Grand Dame of science fiction had to have her first sale. And she shows her strengths in her first fantastic adventure story.

New eBook Releases

Venus is a Man’s World and Other
by William Tenn

FICTIONWISE | AMAZON KINDLE

Wry, brilliant stories from the late William Tenn. Stories of irony, poignancy, humor and satire. Vampires, time travel and paradoxes, government projects, war, and the battle of the sexes. Stories included are: VENUS IS A MAN’S WORLD, OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS, NULL-P, BROOKLYN PROJECT, SHE ONLY GOES OUT AT NIGHT, PROJECT HUSH, ME MYSELF AND I, and RICARDO’S VIRUS. The Science Fiction Encyclopedia ranked Tenn as “one of the genre’s very few genuinely comic, genuinely incisive writers of short fiction.”


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FW---Lorelei-of-the-Red-MistLorelei of the Red Mist

AMAZON KINDLE | FICTIONWISE

Hugh Starke, space-rat and convict, was being pursued by spacecraft into the unknown parts of Venus. He had just pulled off the largest lone wolf heist in the history of that planet. But now it looked like he was going to pay the ultimate price for his misdeeds. But fate had a strange twist on Starke’s life when he woke up in a different body. A body that was strong and powerful. In a body of a Venusian barbarian named Conan. But was Starke anything more than a puppet in this new body? For he soon found out the strings were being pulled by the beautiful, but terrible, Rann. For Rann was like the siren, Lorelei, and it was Hugh-Starke-called-Conan that would have to fight her or be lured to his doom!

Read about the making of the cover, Lorelei of the Red Mist, in this previous Brain Plucker posting.

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FW-Sleep-With-The-DevilSleep With the Devil by Day Keene

FICTIONWISE | AMAZON KINDLE

Ferron was big, tough and ruthless–he’d break your arm as soon as look at you. He had the morals of a tomcat and the instincts of a rattlesnake. But Ferron was sitting pretty. In New York City he had Lydia –a gorgeous redhead who loved him to distraction. Upstate he had Amy–lovely, virginal and wealthy; she could hardly wait till they were married. In the trunk of his battered car he had one hundred thousand dollars. –And he had literally gotten away with murder! Ferron was very lucky. Then his world started to come apart at the seams with shattering suddenness …

Art–Where Phallic Meets Yonic

Here at Brain Plucker we are way too cerebral to talk about sex, right? As some of the regular readers of this blog knows, I design most of the art work for Wonder Publishing Group by re-purposing older artwork in the public domain. WPG is publishing a story as an eBook called Lorelei of the Red Mist by Ray Bradbury and Leigh Brackett. There’s a wonderful painting by Frank Kelly Freas that graced a magazine called Tops is Science Fiction.

Tops In Science Fiction, Fall 1953

Tops In Science Fiction, Fall 1953

This was actually the second printing of the story. I would of repurposed this art if it wasn’t already reused for a excellent Leigh Brackett collection by Haffner Press called Lorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances. I didn’t want to create any confusion between that title and my own published version. So decided I needed to look elsewhere. Lorelei of the Red Mist first appeared in the Summer, 1946 issue of Planet Stories. The cover to that issue left me uninspired. I knew I could find something better than that. I then found an eBay auction that had a photo from the interior art from the already mentioned Tops in Science Fiction magazine. The interior was also by Frank Kelly Freas. Let me stop here to say that I think that Frank Kelly Freas was an exceptional artist in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. He most famously known for his paintings, but I love his interior illustrations for the old SF mags. So back to the picture from the eBay auction. I bid and lost on that issue. I bid and lost another auction for that issue. I decided to colorize the image from the auction. Now this is the first thing interior artwork that I colorized. But I still consider myself a dilettante as a colorist. I can’t look at a black and white drawing and really visualize its completion. In a sense this really exciting when the work starts taking shape. The first thing I did was to make the image more symmetrical.

Interior Art used from the eBay Auction picture

Interior Art from Tops in SF. Image was found from an eBay Auction picture.

I copied the layer and flipped it, did some cutting and cloning and merging to create the  final B&W image. I then started colorizing it. The female represents Rann, an ivory colored Venusian with aquamarine hair. As I cleaned up the image I noticed how phallic the post she was bound to looked. Yes that ring she bound to makes most body piercings seem mild (ouch!). I had the art just about nailed down when I showed it to a friend. I pointed out the phallicness of the art. And he noticed that the base was very vagina-like. In fact the phallic was going right through it. What have a created? By making the base symmetrical, I created one f**king awesome cover. Well before writing this post I had to figure out what the opposite of phallic is called. I have to admit to wondering this before. The best word I’ve found was “yonic”. Which means anything that can be described as vagina-like. Who knew?

Black and White and Symmetrical

Black and White and Symmetrical

Colorized

Colorized- (ouch! that ring had got to hurt)

The Final Cover

The Final Cover (coming March 2010)

Look for the eBook in March!

Best SF Radio Drama — X MINUS 1

x minus 1What classic SF audio drama actually adapted contemporary stories from great science fiction authors like:
Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Robert Sheckley, Robert Bloch, Fredric Brown, Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl, Fritz Leiber, and Philip K. Dick to name several? Well, that would be X Minus 1. The show started as Dimension X in 1950-51 for NBC Radio with stories adapted from Astounding Stories. But continued as X Minus 1 in 1955 and adapted their stories from Galaxy Science Fiction. There were also original scripts by George Lefferts & Ernest Kinoy which hold their own against the SF greats. There’s a total of 126 episodes.

The Flash Player below doesn’t show the playlist. There’s a better a one at Internet Archive. Plus, if you wish, you can download the shows there.

3 New Release – Wonder Audiobooks

Did you know you can get any of these titles, as well as any other Wonder Audio title for just $7.49? Just sign up at Audible.com/WonderAudio

Ray Bradbury’s fantastic tale of hyper-accelerated life spans of forgotten humans on an alien world.

The Creatures that Time Forgot

The Wench is Dead
By Fredric Brown; Read by William Coon
1 hr, 48 min.- [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Wonder Audio
Published: 2009

Available at Audible & iTunes

Mad! Impossible world! Sun-blasted by day, cold-wracked by night – and life condensed by radiation into eight days! Sim eyed the Ship – if he only dared reach it and escape! … but it was more than half an hour distant – perhaps the limit of life itself! From the author of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man. Originally published in the Fall 1946 issue of Planet Stories. It was later reprinted under the title Frost and Fire.

And part of the Noir Masters series:

The Wench is Dead
By Fredric Brown; Read by William Coon
57 min.- [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Wonder Audio
Published: 2009

Available at Audible & iTunes

Howard Perry has become a drunk – a skid row bum. It wasn’t always so, and he has hopes of returning to be a respected university student. But now he spends his days washing dishes to buy enough booze to hopefully blackout at night. His only friend is a prostitute name Billie the Kid. But Billie is just a working girl, and it would be stupid for him to care too much for her.

Of course Perry isn’t exactly making the smartest choices as he continues his downward spiral. And when he goes to borrow a drink from Billie’s neighbor, who soon turns up murdered, things are looking even worse for Perry.

A wonderfully bizarre tale by SF Grand Master, Damon Knight.

Rule GoldenRule Golden
By Damon Knight; Read by William Coon
3hr- [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Wonder Audio
Published: 2009

Available at Audible & iTunes

As a newspaper publisher, Robert James Dahls found the news disconcerting; in fact, inexplicable. News items like two boxers simultaneously knocking each other out, prison guards sick and unable to guard the prisoners, policemen shooting fleeing culprits and collapsing themselves, battered wives with husbands suffering the same injuries that they inflicted.

Dahl catches wind of a large experimental facility that is being led by the U.S. Department of Defense. His suspicions coincide with the strange, beyond-coincidental behavior that he’s been observing. For what’s on the grounds of the facility is much more radical than anything that was claimed to be found in Roswell. Not just an alien but one that has a strange effect on the human race, where the Golden Rule in reversed: Be done by as you do to others.

How can we get along without conflict? What will happen to the human race? Dahl soon finds himself a fugitive helping a bizarre alien save or destroy the Earth!


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