Welcome to Necronomicon! Florida's Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Gaming Convention!

Science Fiction - Fantasy - Horror - Gaming - Costume / Cosplay - Filk
October 3-5, 2014 in Tampa, Florida
 
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Indie Games Bundle 2 days only

Bundle of Holding is offering an indie games bundle with 2 days remaining.  

For just US$8.95, you get DRM-free .PDF ebooks of all four games in our core collection (retail value $49) by these star designers:

  • Emily Care Boss, Breaking the Ice (retail $9): First of Emily's rom-com trilogy "Three Games About the Human Heart."
  • Ron Edwards, Trollbabe (retail $15): The Sorcerer designer's influential pop-culture tribute to 1970s underground comix.
  • Clinton R. Nixon, The Shadow of Yesterday (retail $15): Pulpy post-apocalyptic romantic sword-and-sorcery fantasy.
  • Jared A. Sorensen, octaNe (retail $10): A rollercoaster ride through post-modern psychotronic trash-culture America.

And if you pay more than the threshold price of $22.14, you'll level upand get our entire collection of seven bonus games (retail value $71):

  • Vincent Baker, Dogs in the Vineyard (retail $15): God's Watchdogs keeping small towns pure on the Old West frontier.
  • Paul Czege, My Life With Master (retail $10): In service to an insane Master, you're plagued by weariness, self-loathing, and unrequited love.
  • Ron Edwards, Sorcerer (retail $25): The new annotated version (also seen in our earlier Indie Treasure Trove) of the pioneering game of demon-driven ambition.
  • Ralph Mazza, Universalis (retail $10): One of the first modern GM-less games, vastly influential and hugely fun.
  • James Wallis, The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen (retail $11): Tall-tale telling as taught by the Baron himself. NEW IN THIS OFFER: The Baron's own marginalia!
  • NEW! Jared Sorensen, InSpectres (retail $10): Franchise-based occult extermination by the designer of octaNe. Who ya gonna call?
  • NEWER! Ben Lehman, Polaris (retail $10): Chivalry and tragedy in the uttermost North. NEW IN THIS OFFER: The 23-page mini-supplement "The Wish We Wish to Night."

You can give a Bundle of Holding as a gift -- either a generic gift code good for any one bundle, or a gift download link for this specific bundle that's good even after the offer ends.

Necro Newsies

Our GoH for next years' Necronomicon will be Joe Haldeman!  Our winning tshirt design for this year is by Ashley Mitchell , and we'll hopefully have a picture up soon!

We're still in the process of looking for sponsorships and donations to help us with prize support for this years' gaming events, swag for our freebie table and goodie bags, and charity donations for our auctions, raffles and yard sale.

We are an all volunteer, not-for-profit 501c organization benefiting Kids & Canines of Tampa Bay (501c(3) and the Francis House (501c(3).  If you are or know of a gaming, science fiction, or geeky type organization or company that would like to contribute and receive advertising and recogniton in our gaming program book in exhange for support, please contact gaming@NecroFL.com and we'll send you all the details!

Storybundle Game Masters Bundle

Storybundle is offering a bundle this week of 8 stories of gamer-themed fiction. They're also offering a Weird Fiction Bundle of 8 fantasy books and an International Crime Bundle. Check them out through July 23rd at StoryBundle.

Humble Bundle SciFi Books Bundle!

Humble Bundle just posted a SF book bundle. Pay what you want and support charity!  Sweet Deal! Books this time include:

The Healer's War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, The Reluctant Swordsman by Dave Duncan, Freehold by William Dietz, The Time of the Dark by Barbara Hambly, and Wingman by Mack Maloney. Beat the average price and you'll receive all of the above as well as Spellsinger by Alan Dean Foster, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison, The Forge of God by Greg Bear, and Song of Kali by Dan Simmons.

Pay $12 or more to receive everything previously mentioned as well as Encounter with Tiber by Buzz Aldrin and John Barnes and Blackcollar by Timothy Zahn.

Pulp Fandom & July Releases

A little something to get you in the mood for Necronomicon.  The Golden Age, a great blog full of pulp science fiction art goodness.

This month's free eBook from Phoenix Pick is Beyond the Doors of Death by Robert Silverberg & Damien Broderick. Click here to get the free eBook as well as be able to get 2 additional books by Robert Silverberg for $3.99.

Issue #9 of Galaxy's Edge Magazine is now available online as well.


Some new book and game releases in July!

The High Druid's Blade: The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks

The Greaveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell

The Year's Best Science Fiction: 31st Annual Collection ed. Gardner Dozois

The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume 2 by Stephen King, Charles De Lint, Jane Yolen and others

Last Orders: The War That Came Early by Harry Turtledove

Poison Promise (Elemental Assassin) by Jennifer Estep

Firefly Role-Playing Game by Margaret Weis Productions

Pathfinder Campaign Setting:Numeria, Land of Fallen Stars by Paizo Staff

Pathfinder Cards: The Emerald Spire Superdungeon Campaign Cards Deck by Paizo Staff

Pathfinder Player Companion: Blood of the Elements by Paizo Staff

Pathfinder Pawns: Wrath of the Righteous Adventure Path Pawn Collection by Paizo Staff

Shadow Run Beginner Box Set

Out of the Black (Odyssey One, Book 4) by Evan Currie

Equoid: a Laundry Novella (Laundry Files) by Charles Stross

Tales of the Hidden World by Simon R. Green

Ringworld: The Graphic Novel, Part One by Larry Niven, Robert Mandell, and Sean Lam (Illustrator)

Kill City Blues: A Sandman Slim Novel by Richard Kadrey

New Frontiers: A Collection of Tales About the Past, the Present, and the Future by Ben Bova

The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma by Brian Herbert


Some  Audible Audio editions are available this month as well:

Caves of Steel: Robot, Book 1 [Audible Audio Edition] by Isaac Asimov (Author), William Dufris (Narrator)

The Naked Sun: Robot , Book 2  [Audible Audio Edition] by Isaac Asimov (Author), William Dufris (Narrator)

The Robots of Dawn: Robot, Book 3  [Audible Audio Edition] by Isaac Asimov (Author), William Dufris (Narrator)

Lost Dorsai  [Audible Audio Edition] by Gordon R. Dickson (Author), Kevin T. Collins (Narrator)

The High Druid's Blade: Defenders of Shannara Book 1 [Audible Audio Edition] by Terry Brooks (Author), Simon Vance (Narrator)

New Eric Flint and Timothy Zahn Books!

GoH Eric Flint has a new one in his Ring of Fire series: 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies (Ring of Fire)

Guest Timothy Zahn has a new book out in his Cobra universe!  Cobra Slave (Cobra Rebellion Book 1)

Guest Richard Lee Byers has a great new one out as well!: Zombies in Paradise

There are also some other great new books out or coming out this month:

The Long Mars: A Novel (Long Earth) by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Written in My Own Heart's Blood: A Novel (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon
On the Steel Breeze (Poseidon's Children) by Alastair Reynolds
Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Cyador's Heirs (Saga of Recluce) by by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
Rogues by George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Gillian Flynn and Neil Gaiman
Earth Awakens (The First Formic War) by Orson Scott Card
The Dark Between the Stars (Saga of Shadows Trilogy) by Kevin J. Anderson

Necronomicon Business Cards

Be sure to pick up some great Necronomicon business cards at the next Stone Hill meeting to pass out to your friends!

Free SF reading for June

 

The June issue of Galaxy's Edge is now available to read online for free. Also, Phoenix Pick is offering their free eBook of the month: Brain Plague by Joan Slonczewski.  Tor.com is also offering 5 of the Hugo finalist stories available to read for free online. Enjoy!

Doctor Who

Artist H.R. Giger Has Died At 74

H.R. Giger, whose horrific, biomechanical art-style defined the world of Alien and Prometheus, passed away yesterday from injuries suffered when he fell down his stairs at his home, according to sources.

Read more at io9

Zombies!

Richard Lee Byers has a new eBook available called Zombies in Paradise It's a collection of 6 of his best horror stories all about the undead. 

What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do In The Shadows is a horror comedy written, directed by, and starring Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (aka half of Flight of the Conchords). It made its debut at Sundance earlier this year, and if this trailer is anything to go by, it looks like a lot of fun.

Star Wars News

The cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has been announced!

Mondoshawans

The Calgary Expo is taking place this week and I just had to post this link to some of the cosplay. Yes, someone actually made a Mondoshawan. I've never seen this done before.

Nerdy Bits

Giant Freakin Robot profiles several stories that are either greenlit for production or purchased for production. Some good books in here... lets hope that if they're made they don't disappoint.

Also announced... a Farscape movie is in the works.

Here's a cool interactive map- Google Maps style-  of Westeros and Essos. You can have it display by chapters or episodes and level of spoilers depending where you are in the series.

Here's a trailer for the upcoming season of Falling Skies

2014 Hugo Finalists and 2013 BSFA Awards

The finalists for the 2014 Hugo Awards have been announced.  There were 1923 valid nominating ballots. The Hugo winners will be annouced at Loncon3, the 2014 WordlCon on August 17,2014.

The winners of the Britich Science Fiction Association Awards (BSFA) for 2013 have alson been announced.

Lathe of Heaven eBook now available

This is the first eBook publication of the clasic The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin.  You can pick it up for $3.99 for one week only by purchasing directly from Dimension Books.

SF short film, story by Ken MacLeod

Check out this great short SF film based on a story by Ken MacLeod about the worst crime you've never imagined.

Scattered from Joshua Bregman on Vimeo.

Nerdy Bits

Have a look at some of these great zoomable star maps from Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly and Battlestar Galactica universes  here

Also, check out the article on io9 Great Unsung Science Fiction Authors that Everybody Should Read.

Tim Powers The Anubis Gates is becoming a stage play!

There are new trailers for Edge of Tomorrow and for Xmen: Days of Future Past.

Ever wonder what The Avengers would look like as plushie octopuses, or what male superheroes would look like if they posed like female superheroes?

Comic Book Day: Pull list for March 26,2014

Dealers room tables now available!

Do you want to vend at Necronomicon?  The info is posted on our Dealers Room page. We've already sold a third of the tables, so if you're thinking of vending at the con, don't wait to long to reserve your space!

Jupiter Ascending Trailer

Cosplay street fest

From Kokatu:

Today, Osaka's geek district Nipponbashi held a big street festival. The area's main drag was closed off to cars, allowing cosplayers to roam free and cause all sorts of cosplay chaos.  Some of Japan's Most Wonderful And Strange Cosplay

Various nerdy tidbits from around the web

Richard Lee Byers was a guest on the Exploding Typewrite Podcast discussing tradional publishing vs. self-publishing.

Tor.com has their Nebula-Nominated Stories available for free download!

Read the article on space.com : 8 Science Fiction Movies to Watch in 2014.

Does bad science ruin science fiction? from Den of Geek.

From The Mary Sue: Bask in the Wonder of this Low-Cost Cosplay and drawings of Genderswap Disney & Dreamworks Characters

London Super Comic Con 2014 Cosplay in Pictures and How to Make your own Lightsaber from Geeks are Sexy.

From Neatorama: 4 Neat Facts about the Big Bang and Star Trek Inspired Foods for Every Occasion.

Outlander teaser trailer and Geek Couture Fashion coming to Comic-Con from Nerdist.

This weeks upcoming Comics Titles and Valiant Universe RPG news from Bleeding Cool.

In April for PC gamers, free to play shooter Ghost Recon:Phantoms will be available from Steam and Star Trek Online's Season 9 will arrive. Sony Online Entertainment will also be rolling out their new SOE All Access Pass on the 16th. For $14.99/month you'll get subscriptions to ALL their online games including Planetside 2, DC Universe Online, EverQuest, EverQuest II, and Vanguard:Saga of Heroes.  It will also include upcoming titles EverQuest Next and EQN Landmark when released. While these Sony titles are Free to Play (FTP), there is a lot more available to you with a subscription.

Orphan Black Season 2 Trailer

The Real History of Science Fiction

Shatner, Tennant, Le Guin, Gaiman and More to Bring You The Real History of Science Fiction.

From BBC America's web portal for the documentary:

From Star Wars to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and from Jurassic Park to Doctor Who, each program is packed with contributors behind these creations and traces the developments of Robots, Space, Invasion, and Time. Narrated by Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who writer, actor, and co-creator of the BBC’s Sherlock, the series determines why science fiction is not merely a genre… for its audience it’s a portal to a multi-verse – one that is all too easy to get lost in.

Among those taking part are: William Shatner (Star Trek), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek), Steven Moffat(Doctor Who), Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), Chris Carter (The X-Files), Ronald D Moore (Battlestar Galactica), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Schlock), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), John Carpenter(Dark Star, The Thing), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Neil Gaiman(The Sandman, Stardust), Kim Stanley Robinson (Mars Trilogy),Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise), Ursula K Le Guin (The Left Hand of Darkness), Syd Mead (Blade Runner),Kenny Baker (Star Wars), Anthony Daniels (Star Wars), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Peter Weller (Robocop), Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica), and many more.

The show will debut on April 19th at 10pm. Mark your calendars!

"Caravan of Shadows" available again!

Richard Lee Byers novel CARAVAN OF SHADOWS (a tale of ghosts set in the original World of Darkness) is now available again after being out of print for a number of years. If you're interested, follow the link.

March Reading List

On io9 today, The Science Fiction and Fantasy Books you can't affort to miss in March.

Astrojive: How Do You Do Fantastic?

Richard Lee Byers ponders the facts, rumors about the forthcoming Fantastic Four movie on Airlock Alpha

Upcoming from Tor

Tor.com just posted their release list for March and April.  New Tor.com Original Fiction in March and April.

While you're there, grab free eBook editions of Nebula Award Finalst Novellas "Burning Girls" and "Wakulla Springs.

March Phoenix Pick Newsletter

The March newsletter for Phoenix Pick is up. You can grab yourself some new SF ebooks, read the latest issue of Galaxy's Edge online for free and pick up a free ebook too!

Reboots in the works....

Heroes is back. The show will return to NBC in 2015 as Heroes Reborn, with original series creator Tim Kring back at the helm as showrunner. The 13-episode event miniseries will star a new cast of characters and follow a story line independent from the show's original 4-season run (though NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said former cast members would likely "pop" in for cameos.)

A Farscape movie is in development, a decade after Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars provided closure to fans left hanging by the original series' final episode. Screenwriter Justin Monjo has reportedly written a script for the spinoff, to be directed by Brian Henson (son of Jim Henson), Executive Producer of the show's original four-season run and director ofPeacekeeper Wars.

The Fannish Life: Television Worth Looking Forward To

Ann Morris has a new column up at Airlock Alpha. Check it out.

Away Mission April 11-13

If you're in the Tampa Bay area in April and want the chance to meet William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy (via Skype), Kevin Sorbo and John De Lancie, you might want to check out The Away Mission.  This is a for profit con, so expect to pay for photos or autographs in addition to your admission.

Pulp-O-Mizer

 

 Keeping with the spirit of this year's Necronomicon Pulp Fandom theme, create your own Pulp Magazine covers with the PULP-O-MIZER

GoH Eric Flint ebooks free on Amazon

In addition to 1632 (Ring of Fire) being free for Kindle on Amazon, did you know you can also pick up The Course of Empire, In the Heart of Darkness, and The Philosophical Strangler for free?  Grab these ebooks while you can!

Richard Lee Byers "The Sundering" ebook now available!

 

The eBook editions of THE REAVER: THE SUNDERING BOOK IV are now available!

Click to get it now for Kindle or Nook

Richard Lee Byers on Bombad Radio

Richard was a guest on the Bombad Radio podcast with Jeremiah Stewart.

You can listen here:  Episode 124: The Reaver with Richard Lee Byers (The Sundering Series)

Movie Board Games anyone?

Want to check out some board games? Totalfilm.com has rated 50 movie based board games from worst to best. Aliens comes in at #1 and Firefly at #7.   Worst To Best: Movie Board Games

Richard Lee Byers news

You can read a new excerpt from Richard Lee Byers THE REAVER: THE SUNDERING BOOK IV here: It's Sundering Sunday!


Richard Lee Byers was a guest on the Earth Station One podcast. Check it out:


Richard's new eBook series is now available: PLAGUE KNIGHT AND OTHER STORIES. For a limited time they are available for $3.99 from this link.
2014 SF & Fantasy on television

io9 has published their Ultimate guide to 2014 Science Fiction and Fantasy for your TV watching pleasure.

2013 Locus Recommended Reading List

This Recommended Reading List, published in Locus Magazine’s February 2014 issue, is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers — Liza Groen Trombi, Gary K. Wolfe, Faren Miller, Jonathan Strahan, Russell Letson, Graham Sleight, Adrienne Martini, Carolyn Cushman, Tim Pratt, Karen Burnham, Gardner Dozois, Rich Horton, Paul Di Filippo, and others — with inputs from outside reviewers, other professional critics, other lists, etc. Short fiction selections are based on material from Jonathan Strahan, Lois Tilton, Rich Horton, Gardner Dozois, David G. Hartwell, Ellen Datlow, Alisa Krasnostein, Paula Guran, Brit Mandelo, Ann VanderMeer, Gwenda Bond, and others. Essays by many of these contributors, highlighting their particular favorite books and stories, are published in the February issue.

See the list here.

Free SF ebooks and magazine

Have you checked out Galaxy's Edge yet?  It is a SF magazine published bi-monthly and available to read for free online. Click the link to check it out.

 

 

SIGN UP FOR YOUR MONTHLY FREE SF EBOOK COUPON from Phoenix Pick: CLICK HERE

 

Harry Turtledove at USF February 18 & 19

Science-fiction luminary Harry Turtledove, the great master of alternate history fiction, will be visiting USF on Feb. 18-19, making some class visits, giving a reading and talk on the evening of Feb. 18th, and taking part in a panel discussion with several folks from the faculty on Feb 19th. The public is invited to the reading and the panel.

Tuesday, Feb. 18
TECO Room (College of Education)
6:00pm, reception to follow

Fiction Reading with Harry Turtledove

Wednesday, Feb. 19
MSC 3705 (Marshall Student Center)
2:00pm

Alternative History Discussion Panel

Free Book from Tor!

TOR books is offering a SOME OF THE BEST FROM TOR.COM 2013 anthology for free download: CLICK HERE

 





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