William Tenn – BRAIN PLUCKER http://www.brainplucker.com THE WONDER PUBLISHING GROUP BLOG Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:00:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Bestselling Science Fiction eBooks http://www.brainplucker.com/5-bestselling-science-fiction-ebooks/ Sun, 14 Mar 2010 23:41:06 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=1206 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
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Words: 35884 – Reading
Time: 102-143 min.

Category: Science
Fiction
/Humor

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9 Worlds
Without End and Other Stories

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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
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(Published:
1946)
Words: 22469 – Reading
Time: 64-89 min.

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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

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

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New Releases–3 New Audiobook & 3 New eBooks! http://www.brainplucker.com/new-releases-3-new-audiobook-3-new-ebooks/ Tue, 02 Mar 2010 22:31:13 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=1148 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 …

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William Tenn Passes Away http://www.brainplucker.com/william-tenn-passes-away/ Mon, 08 Feb 2010 17:01:35 +0000 http://www.brainplucker.com/?p=1053 Here’s a reposting I did from the Science Fiction Oral History Association (SFOHA.org) website:

One of Science Fiction’s master short story writers, Phil Klass, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2010 at age 89. Phil Klass, who may be better known by the pseudonym William Tenn, wrote more than 60 SF stories. Connie Willis in her introduction to the book Immodest Proposals: The Complete Science Fiction of William Tenn, Volume 1
wrote:

Tenn’s stories are witty, clever, thought-provoking, ironic, intensely intelligent, touching, and hilarious. And too few and far between. Most of the stories in this collection were written in the fifties and sixties, and, until now, have been hard to find. I’m overjoyed that they will all be in print again and all in one place (though it’s also delightful to come across one in an anthology when you least expect it, and have him seduce or surprise or swindle you all over again), But I wish there were more of them.

He was named Author Emeritus by SFWA in 1999. Some of his more famous short stories (and this list is by no means complete) are:

There is an excellent interview (well really it’s a monologue) with Phil Glass AKA William Tenn at Pulpnet.com. It was recorded at PulpCon 35 in 2006. Phil talks about working with John W. Campbell, Horace Gold and Fred Pohl among many others. He certainly had the gift of gab. If you feel saddened at his passing as I do, this recording will bring smile to your face.

Also there’s an another excellent interview from 2004 when he was on WNYC’s Spinning On Air. Which also has him reading his short story On Venus, Have We Got A Rabbi! [via: SFFaudio]

If you have any recordings of William Tenn, we’d love to post them here. Please contact us.

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