Android Dreamer is Evolving.

As of May 1st, Android Dreamer will be Hardcover Wonderland, and will be located conveniently at hardcoverwonderland.com.

Why the change? Well, we realized that this name tied us down pretty firmly to talking about science fiction and fantasy, and we have been anxious for some time to find a way to branch out of a bit more. With the new name comes a larger umbrella, as all sorts of fiction will be covered, including the kind with pictures.

Over the first few months, otherwise inactive days will be filled with re-posting some of our Android Dreamer material that we think is worth preserving. If your novel was recently reviewed here on Android Dreamer, rest assured that the review will be finding a new home on Hardcover Wonderland.

Thanks for continuing to read the site, and we hope to see your smiling avatars at hardcoverwonderland.com on May 1st.

Happy reading!

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New Paolo Bacigalupi Novel Available for Pre-Order

Paolo Bacigalupi Zombiie Baseball Beatdown

Image of ARC courtesy of Paolo Bacigalupi himself.

Paolo Bacigalupi, the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Michael L. Printz Award winning author of The Windup Girl, Ship Breaker, and The Drowned Cities has a new young adult novel coming out. Entitled Zombie Baseball Beatdown, it is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and presumably, other online retailers. The attached description of the book:

In this inventive, fast-paced novel, New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi takes on hard-hitting themes–from food safety to racism and immigration–and creates a zany, grand-slam adventure that will get kids thinking about where their food comes from.

The zombie apocalypse begins on the day Rabi, Miguel, and Joe are practicing baseball near their town’s local meatpacking plant and nearly get knocked out by a really big stink. Little do they know the plant’s toxic cattle feed is turning cows into flesh-craving monsters! The boys decide to launch a stealth investigation into the plant’s dangerous practices, unknowingly discovering a greedy corporation’s plot to look the other way as tainted meat is sold to thousands all over the country. With no grownups left they can trust, Rabi and his friends will have to grab their bats to protect themselves (and a few of their enemies) if they want to stay alive…and maybe even save the world.

The novel is due for release on September 10th of this year. Needless to say, you’ll see a review on Android Dreamer within the first week. In the meantime, check out our previous review of The Drowned Cities, which was hands down the best sci-fi novel of 2012.

2013 Hugo Award Nominees Announced

2013 Hugo Awards

The nominees for this year’s Hugo Awards were announced today via the Hugo Award website and a small handful of science fiction conventions throughout the world. The Hugo Awards website also announced that they broke their previous record of nomination ballots by a substantial amount, with 1,343 ballots compared to last year’s 1,101. It is worth pointing out the differences between these Hugo Award nominees and the recent Nebula Award nomination announcement. Among the Best Novel nominees, only Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312 and Saladin Ahmed’s Throne of the Crescent Moon were nominated by both the Hugos and the Nebulas.

Best Novel

2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Blackout, Mira Grant (Orbit)
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, John Scalzi (Tor)
Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW)

Best Novella

After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)
The Emperor’s Soul, Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)
On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, Mira Grant (Orbit)
“The Stars Do Not Lie”, Jay Lake (Asimov’s, Oct-Nov 2012)

Best Novelette

“The Boy Who Cast No Shadow”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Postscripts: Unfit For Eden, PS Publications)
“Fade To White”, Catherynne M. Valente ( Clarkesworld, August 2012)
“The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi”, Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity, Solaris)
“In Sea-Salt Tears”, Seanan McGuire (Self-published)
“Rat-Catcher”, Seanan McGuire ( A Fantasy Medley 2, Subterranean)

Best Short Story (662 nominating ballots cast)

“Immersion”, Aliette de Bodard ( Clarkesworld, June 2012)
“Mantis Wives”, Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld, August 2012)
“Mono no Aware”, Ken Liu (The Future is Japanese, VIZ Media LLC)

Once again, Paolo Bacigalupi’s wonderful The Drowned Cities was snubbed by voters, but John Scalzi’s amusing but underwhelming Redshirts received a nomination. If you’re interested in seeing the nominations in other categories, head over to the Hugo Awards website. Be sure to comment and let us know what you think of the nominees, and which works you believe were unfortunately overlooked.

2012 Nebula Award Nominees Announced

Nebula Awards 2012

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America have announced the nominees from 2012 Nebula Awards, the winners of which will be announced as a part of the Nebula Awards weekend, May 16th thru 19th. Unlike the Hugo Awards, which are voted on by any supporting member of that year’s World Science Fiction Convention, the Nebula Awards are voted on solely by full members of the SFWA. Becoming a member requires getting either a novel or three short stories published in the traditional manner, so it is only the true peers of the nominees that are voting. Here are some of the nominated categories and this year’s nominees:

Novel

Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ’13)
Ironskin, Tina Connolly (Tor)
The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Novella

On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
“The Stars Do Not Lie,” Jay Lake (Asimov’s 10-11/12)
“All the Flavors,” Ken Liu (GigaNotoSaurus 2/1/12)
“Katabasis,” Robert Reed (F&SF 11-12/12)
“Barry’s Tale,” Lawrence M. Schoen (Buffalito Buffet)

Novelette

“The Pyre of New Day,” Catherine Asaro (The Mammoth Book of SF Wars)
“Close Encounters,” Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)
“The Waves,” Ken Liu (Asimov’s 12/12)
“The Finite Canvas,” Brit Mandelo (Tor.com 12/5/12)
“Swift, Brutal Retaliation,” Meghan McCarron (Tor.com 1/4/12)
“Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia,” Rachel Swirsky (Tor.com 8/22/12)
“Fade to White,” Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 8/12)

Short Story

“Robot,” Helena Bell (Clarkesworld 9/12)
“Immersion,” Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)
“Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes,” Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 4/12)
“Nanny’s Day,” Leah Cypess (Asimov’s 3/12)
“Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream,” Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed 7/12)
“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species,” Ken Liu (Lightspeed 8/12)
“Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” Cat Rambo (Near + Far)

It seems like a pretty huge snub that Paolo Bacigalupi‘s The Drowned Cities and Ian TregillisThe Coldest War weren’t nominated in the novel category, though this isn’t meant to disparage those who did receive nominations. Whether either of these will make it to the Hugo Award ballot remains to be seen, as those nominations will be announced on March 30th via the Hugo Awards website.

Ray Bradbury Passes Away at 91

Photo by Alan Light, 1975

In “Kaleidoscope”, the second short story in Ray Bradbury’s collection The Illustrated Man, a catastrophic malfunction in a spaceship carrying a group of astronauts causes the entire crew to find themselves flying into the depths of space to their demise. In their final moments, the group uses their communicators to have a long conversation about life, and to say goodbye just as they leave signal range and lose their lives. Reading that short story for the first time is a shaking experience; reading it a second time makes you realize how science fiction in the hands of capable people is able to be as memorable as anything else in literature.

Ray Bradbury passed away today at 91 years old. He was born here in Illinois, specifically in Waukegan, where he spent the majority of his younger years before his family headed west to Los Angeles. Aside from the brilliant, wonderful, indispensible The Illustrated Man, Bradbury was responsible for The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Fahrenheit 451, the latter of which is still one of the most widely read novels of any genre in high schools around the world.

Although most of us would be very lucky to make it to the age of 91, losing Ray Bradbury is still an enormous loss to the world. He may not have been as prolific a novelist as writers like Isaac Asimov or other titans of science fiction, but on the strength of just a handful of his better works and a substiantial body of short story work he will always have an influence on what science fiction is. Novels like Fahrenheit 451, along with works like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, encouraged science fiction to ask questions that went beyond concepts of reality and technology, but into the political situations around the world, and how bad they could get.

Ray Bradbury was one of the last great masters of science fiction. Asimov, Clark, Heinlein, Dick, and now Bradbury have left us, leaving only a handful of legendary names like Le Guin still around, each loss feels worse than the last. It is a shame to know that most people we mention his name to throughout the next week or so will either ask “Who?” or have that look on their face that says “I should know who that is, but I don’t.” Bradbury was a credit to the arts and will be remembered by anyone who appreciates literature, and that is something.