We know a lot of folks are stuck at home right now — either in quarantine, or because of work from home, or under county/city/state orders to stay home — so as a way of helping to provide some entertainment, we’re launching a new video series starting March 31. Authors who contributed chapters to Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor Who will be from their chapters and talking about the companion they wrote about. The videos will be available on our YouTube Channel and will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter. We hope you enjoy getting to know some of our authors and the companions that they love! Watch for tomorrow’s video!
kOZMIC Press launches it’s line of Classics with a collection of three works by H. G. Wells. Terror rains down from the skies onto the English town of Woking, and everything changes in an instant. This collection includes the novel The War of the Worlds along with the short stories “The Star” and “The Crystal Egg,” plus a new introduction piecing the three together. This edition will be available in April from kOZMIC Classics.
Yesterday (Jan 10, 2020), the news broke of one of my musical heroes passing away. I’ve posted elsewhere about how his drumming influenced my playing (I’m a drummer too). But I thought I’d share here that Neil Peart also inspired my love of writing. I first discovered Rush in about 1978 when a school friend loaned me a copy of the Fly By Night LP. The overall musicality surprised me, but it was the drumming that really grabbed me and opened my eyes and ears. But once the music started to seep into my brain, I started to really notice the lyrics. And then I realized that both of those things came from the same person. Neil was not only an incredibly technically proficient drummer, one of the greatest in the world, he was also an accomplished writer. He wrote all the lyrics for Rush songs (with one or two exceptions), and his words were lush, literate, poetic, and imagery-laden. I learned about Tolkien, Coleridge, Rand and more from Neil. In later years, he published travelogue books and collections of poetry. He taught me that being a drummer wasn’t a one-dimensional thing. Reading his lyrics gave me a love of language and expression. In short, Neil made me want to be a writer. I started writing stories. I wrote articles. I got involved in my high school newspaper. I’ve written lyrics in every band I’ve been in. And now I write books. I love writing. And it was Neil Peart who started me off on that path. Thank you, Professor.
As we draw near the close of a decade, I thought it would be worthwhile to take a look back at the best Doctor Who from the ’10s. I was originally going to pick my 10 favorite television stories that aired between 2010 and 2019. But then I thought it would be fun to make one selection from each calendar year. And since there were a number of years in which only one episode happened, that gave the opportunity to stray outside of just the television show. So here’s our picks for the 10 highlights from the past 10 years:Continue reading
ANNOUNCING the first picture book from author R. Alan Siler and illustrator Stephanie Jackson! In Lucy Can’t Dance, little Lucy Rosencrantz discovers the joys of dance and self-expression and encourages children of all ages to find their own dance! Get more details at the Lucy Can’t Dance page.
H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine was originally released in 1895. To celebrate its 125th birthday, kOZMIC Press launches it’s new imprint, kOZMIC Classics, with a very special edition of this timeless masterpiece. Included in this release are:
- The original short story, “The Chronic Argonauts,” which Wells later expanded into the novel
- The complete The Time Machine novel by H. G. Wells, including a section of text that was not included in either the original British or American publications
- A newly-written essay by Dr. Lisa Yaszek, Professor of Science Fiction Studies at Georgia Tech, tracing the development between the two works.
Expected publication date of this anniversary edition is Spring 2020.
The brand-new, fully updated “Remastered” edition of Doctor Who’s Greatest Hits will be out November 2019, the show’s anniversary month! We plan to debuting copies at Conjuration Convention (crossing fingers!) and it’ll be available in wide release at the same time. Visit the DWGH page to get full details, read excerpts, and pre-order!