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By Mahendra Singh

 

Voltaire's most famous literary creation, Candide, is now rebooted for the better-than-best of all possible worlds, 21st-century America. The globe-trotting misadventures of American Candide and his wingnut tutor, Dr. Pangloss, his totally hot BBW Cunegonde plus sundry suicide bombers, illuminati global warmers, insurance cults, sex-crazed illegal aliens and even the Senate Sub-Committee on Homeland Furnishings provides sufficient belly laughs to make exile, destitution, rape, murder and torture into something that happens to other, mostly foreign people, thank God.

 

From the jungle slums of darkest Africa to the lily-white McMansions of American suburbia, the human condition wreaks havoc upon Candide and his friends as they search for an American Dream being held against its will in an undisclosed location. College-boy sissies will call it a Juvenalian satire upon America's penchant for mindless optimism and casual racism but Candide says it's really 'rage against the rage, Voltaire-dude!'

American Candide

 


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By Carlos Hernandez

 

A quirky collection of short sci-fi stories for fans of Kij Johnson and Kelly Link Assimilation is founded on surrender and being broken; this collection of short stories features people who have assimilated, but are actively trying to reclaim their lives. There is a concert pianist who defies death by uploading his soul into his piano. There is the person who draws his mother's ghost out of the bullet hole in the wall near where she was executed. Another character has a horn growing out of the center of his forehead—punishment for an affair. But he is too weak to end it, too much in love to be moral. Another story recounts a panda breeder looking for tips. And then there's a border patrol agent trying to figure out how to process undocumented visitors from another galaxy. Poignant by way of funny, and philosophical by way of grotesque, Hernandez's stories are prayers for self-sovereignty.

The Assimilated

Cuban’s Guide To Quantum Santeria

 


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By Brett Cottrell

 

"The End of the World Is Rye is a top-notch urban fantasy. Funny and sharp, it doesn't choke a good story in whimsy. Fans of Preacher and Sandman will have a great time with this one."

 

-- Garrett Cook, Time Pimp

 

What would you do for the perfect sandwich?

 

Kill?

 

Die?

 

Well, if you were a rogue angel, you might just cause the Apocalypse. And it looks like that's just what he's about to do when he lands in a polygamist cult in Utah. So, now it's up to the rest of God's divine posse, including Jesus and Lucifer, to save all of existence from certain destruction.

 

In his debut novel, Brett Cottrell takes you on a provocative, celestial roller coaster ride that will have you laughing on the edge of your seat all the way to the gates of Hell.

The End of the World is Rye

 

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By Vern E. Smith

 

Special 40th Anniversary Edition

 

A 1974 New York Times Notable Book and 1975 Edgar Award Nominee

 

Before There Was Street Lit, There Were The Streets ...

And The Jones Men Ruled Them

 

"It was The Wire before there was The Wire."

 

--Gar Anthony Haywood

 

DETROIT, 1974

 

To become the King, you have to take the crown. It won't be given up lightly. Heroin kingpin, Willis McDaniel, has been wearing that particular piece of jewelry for far too long, and youngblood, Lennie Jack, thinks it would look really good on his head. When a junkie tells Jack about a big delivery, the young Vietnam vet makes his move. Feeling his empire crumble, McDaniel puts the word out to find whoever's responsible. The hunt is on, the battle is engaged, and the streets of Detroit run red with blood.

 

In 1974 Vern E. Smith took the crime fiction world by storm with his debut novel, The Jones Men. Heralded as "a large accomplishment in the art of fiction" by The New York Times, The Jones Men went on to be nominated for an Edgar and became a New York Times Notable Book. The art of crime fiction has never been the same since.

The Jones Men

 


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By Bill Campbell

 

All the rappers in Koontown are being killed, and rumor has it that it's vampire crack babies doing the killing. Desperate the police reach out to Genevieve "Jon Vee" Noire, ex-super model/ex-homicide detective/private detective. Together with her former partner, Genevieve must navigate the dangerous world of gangsta rappers, shady record executives, corrupt cops and politicians, '80s pimps, welfare queens, secret sistah societies, Ubernoggin, and the National Guard. Can the ex-super model survive the chaos and insanity to save her beloved Koontown while it explodes all around her?

Koontown Killing Kaper

 

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By Various

 

In this wildly varied collection designed to showcase multiculturism, diversity, and characters of color in genre fiction, editors Campbell (Koontown Killing Kaper) and Hall (Chimera Island) bring together 40 authors to create an experience that’s both eye-opening and unpredictable…a provocative, entertaining, and vital anthology that accomplishes its mission.

 

--Publishers Weekly

 

FEATURING: Junot Diaz, Lauren Beukes, and Victor LaValle

 

Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond sets a bold new course for anthologies by showcasing the work from some of the most talented writers inside and outside speculative fiction. The authors in this anthology have earned such literary honors as the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award, the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Bram Stoker, among others. They have garnered numerous accolades and have sold millions of books around the world. Many of their names are likely to be new to you; Mothership is your invitation to get acquainted with them and their writing.

Mothership:

Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond

We at Rosarium thank SF3 for their generous grant to help out with our Mothership endeavors. In all actuality, we could never thank you enough.

 


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By Bill Campbell

 

Thirty-two-year-old writer Damian Cross has just returned from a disastrous first book tour only to be dumped by his fiancée. Now, newly-single for the first time in seven years, he has to pick up the pieces, start his life all over again, and write a second novel.

 

Damian blogs his way through today's dating scene and all its hazards-online dating, biological clocks, single mothers and their children, well-meaning friends, ex-girlfriends, and his meddling, matchmaking cousin-to find that the only thing that stands between him and success may actually be himself. Can Damian stop his world from crumbling around him and get it together in time to gain a chance at true happiness and write the "booty novel" everyone's telling him to write?

My Booty Novel

 


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By John Jennings

 

Pitch Black Rainbow is the latest collection of illustrations and process art work from graphic artist, John Jennings. It collects the best of Jennings' catalogue from the last five years. This book demonstrates Jennings' stylistic conventions of digital artwork, textured storytelling, graphic innovation, and strong classical underpinnings. His work celebrates the importance of black images in the speculative genres of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror and how the very presence of those images radicalizes the notions of the black subject. What's at the end of the rainbow? The freedom and unfettered power of the black imagination. [more]

Pitch Black Rainbow

 


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By Bill Campbell

 

Two years ago, Bill Campbell (author of My Booty Novel and Sunshine Patriots) decided to stay home with his newborn daughter and write a new novel. Of course, as every parent can guess, it didn't quite work out that way. As "Poohbutt" went from crawling to taking her first steps and as presidential politics turned into one historic election, Bill turned the chaos around him into an iconoclastic, incendiary blog, Tome of the Unknown Writer. Pop Culture compiles the best that the blog has to offer into an entertaining, witty collection that will have you laughing out loud and loving the day Poohbutt had her first solid meal.

Pop Culture

 


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By Various

 

Steampunk takes on Southeast Asia in this anthology The stories in this collection merge technological wonder with the everyday. Children upgrade their fighting spiders with armor, and toymakers create punchcard-driven marionettes. Large fish lumber across the skies, while boat people find a new home on the edge of a different dimension. Technology and tradition meld as the people adapt to the changing forces of their world. The Sea Is Ours is an exciting new anthology that features stories infused with the spirits of Southeast Asia's diverse peoples, legends, and geography.

The Sea is Ours

 


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By Various

 

Stories for Chip brings together outstanding authors inspired by a brilliant writer and critic, Science Fiction Writers of America Grandmaster Samuel R. “Chip” Delany. Award-winning SF luminaries such as Michael Swanwick, Nalo Hopkinson, and Eileen Gunn contribute original fiction and creative nonfiction. From surrealistic visions of bucolic road trips to erotic transgressions to mind-expanding analyses of Delany’s influence on the genre—as an out gay man, an African American, and possessor of a startlingly acute intellect—this book conveys the scope of the subject’s sometimes troubling, always rewarding genius. Editors Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell have given Delany and the world at large, a gorgeous, haunting, illuminating, and deeply satisfying gift of a book. [more]

Stories for Chip

 


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By Bill Campbell

 

Rebellion erupts on the "paradise" planet of Elysia, plunging the colony into chaos. In response, the all-powerful United Earth dispatches its elite corps of cyborg soldiers, led by Aaron "The Berber" Barber.

 

For a hero celebrated galaxy-wide for his acts of bravery against alien hordes, a ragtag group of colonized miners with antiquated weapons should be no challenge. But Barber and his soldiers are unprepaed to meet the most dangerous enemy yet--humans just like them. And on Elysia, the soldiers discover dangers that neither United Earth nor the Elysians themselves could have foreseen. The secrets Barber and his soldiers uncover lead them to question the true meaning of freedom in a world where nothing is what it seems. [more]

Sunshine Patriots

 


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By Jason Rodriguez

 

This Y/A collection of Twilight Zone-inspired short stories is a stunning assortment of modern-day twists on classic fables and science fiction standards, featuring a girl who can live in yesterday, a boy who can see through mountains, and a closet monster hunter. But, as we all have learned, every gift comes with responsibility, every vision comes with unwanted knowledge, and nothing is ever what it seems.

Try Looking Ahead

 

By Maurice Broaddus

 

We are a collection of voices, the assembled history of the many voices that have spoken into our lives and shaped us. Voices of the past, voices of the present, and voices of the future. There is an African proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” which translates as “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” This is why we continue to remember the tales of struggle and tales of perseverance, even as we look to tales of hope. What a people choose to remember about its past, the stories they pass down, informs who they are and sets the boundaries of their identity. We remember the pain of our past to mourn, to heal, and to learn. Only in that way can we ensure the same mistakes are not repeated. The voices make up our stories. The stories make up who we are. A collected voice.

THE VOICES OF MARTYRS

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