Thursday, December 23, 2010


The inaugural issue of our beautiful new fantasy quarterly Fantastique Unfettered is officially released in print today. Edited by Brandon H. Bell (Aether Age co-creator and M-Brane contributor), FU is a "Periodical of Liberated Literature," all of its content released under a Creative Commons license. As such, we think it is probably unique, and we know of nothing else quite like it. As a physical object, FU #1 is a delight to hold in one's hands. It's lovingly designed and full of terrific artwork to compliment the really amazing writing (11 items fiction and three poems). 

We're using a new printer and distribution system for this first edition of FU, and its availability will probably trickle through the system gradually over the next few days, but it is available right now on the Barnes & Noble site with a sweet discount. Our cover price is $9.95, but it can be had on B&N for $7.01. We can't even sell it that cheaply directly, so we are encouraging everyone to get over there and grab it up. We do not have ebook versions available yet, but will have news of that forthcoming reasonably soon.

Please visit the FU site for more information on the magazine, its content and philosophy. 

Monday, December 6, 2010

2020 VISIONS: We'd like to sell another 100 copies this month

Hi, readers! We know that many, many publishers are vying to get on your holiday shopping list in these final weeks before the end of the year, but may we suggest considering some of the lovely treasures and values available from M-Brane Press? Just published is the stunning 2020 Visions, edited by Rick Novy:

Some storytellers use the distant future as the setting to make fantastic extrapolations and to explore compelling ideas. In this volume, however, the writers look forward a mere decade and present stunning scenarios, reveal exciting possibilities and warn against the harrowing pitfalls that may lie just a few steps ahead of us. What will life be like ten years from now? Sixteen extraordinary writers offer their own mind-bending answers to that questions, their spectacular 2020 Visions...

Authors include Mary Robinette Kowal, Cat Rambo, Alex Wilson, David Gerrold, Jason Ridler, Alethea Kontis and many other geniuses. This is a really good book, y'all. I'd say so even if it wasn't an M-Brane Press title. The premise is very...well, timely, and this is just such a great group of writers. Each story is amazing.

We'd like to sell at least a 100 more copies of it before Christmas. That's really not that many, but it's a reasonable goal and would make us very happy to reach it. We suggest purchasing it from Amazon, where one can take advantage of free shipping on orders of $25 or more. But the book is only $13.95, so to reach that $25 threshold, one might consider adding another M-Brane title. We've created a little shopping list here on Amazon to help out with that.

You might also consider picking up some fine titles (also available on Amazon) from our good friends at Hadley Rille Books (one of the most interesting publishers in the speculative fiction lately) particular The Aether Age! For more information on the amazing The Aether Age, please visit the Aether Age site.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

2020 VISIONS released!

The fabulous anthology of near-future sf, edited by Rick Novy, has finally, after a few little production snags, become available to the reading public. It's available as a trade paperback for $13.95 on here on Amazon. Those of you who pre-ordered copies can expect them to ship to you within a few days. Readers who did not pre-order should grab it on Amazon right away and take advantage of "Free Super-Saver Shipping!" on orders of $25.00 or more by also buying this week's other major release, The Aether Age (if I may make a suggestion).

I'm very proud of 2020 Visions and the fine work that editor Rick and all the great authors did for it. It's a very good anthology, and I think people will be duly impressed. Same goes for the amazing Aether Age, so just go ahead and get them both while you're at Amazon!

Monday, November 29, 2010

AETHER AGE goes on sale today!

After a year and a half of anticipation, from the summer of 2009 when we dreamed up the Aether Age universe in online discussions, the book is finally done and available for purchase. We'd love to see some excellent sales of it today--which happens to also be the fifth anniversary of our publisher, Hadley Rille Books. So go to Amazon to buy your copy of The Aether Age, and consider also picking up another of Hadley Rille's many fine titles (just search "Hadley Rille Books" on Amazon, and you'll find a lot of cool books). And consider, also, picking up a copy of the recently-released M-Brane SF Quarterly #1. 

See the Aether Age trailer.

Monday, November 15, 2010

2020 VISIONS pre-order continues; publication slightly delayed; option to buy it with M-BRANE QUARTERLY

We expected today to be release day for 2020 Visions, the incredible anthology of near-future sf edited by Rick Novy (more info here). My own "real life" schedule, however, afforded us some unexpected opportunities for delay. Anyway, it's going up to the printer tomorrow, which means we'll likely see it for sale on Amazon and probably some other places by end of the month. While any further delay is a disappointment, there is a silver lining or two: we will extend the pre-order special and add another attractive way to obtain this book (rest of this post is to be read in TV pitch-man tone):

1) Order 2020 Visions NOW! using this Pay Pal button below for only $13.95 [ FREE SHIPPING!] and get for FREE a one-year subscription to the electronic edition (PDF) of M-Brane SF, the spectacular zine of awesomeness!!

But that's not AALLLLL....!!!

2) Order 2020 Visions this way instead (button below) and get not only the free subscription to M-Brane SF but also a print copy of the astounding M-Brane SF Quarterly #1, the trade paperback collection of the last three months' of the zine's stories, plus some bonus items. ALLLL yours for $19.95!! That's like getting two great books for the price of...about one and a half.

The image is of the full cover (front, back and spine) of 2020 Visions; art by Jonathon Fowler, design by James Fowler.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

2020 VISIONS US pre-order begins

Sometimes storytellers use the far future as the setting to make fantastic extrapolations and to explore compelling ideas. In this volume, however, the writers look forward a mere decade and present stunning scenarios, explore exciting possibilities and warn against the harrowing pitfalls that may lie just a few steps ahead of us. What will life be like ten years from now? Sixteen extraordinary writers offer their own mind-bending answers to that question, their singular 2020 Visions…

Editor Rick Novy has gathered together an incredible array of writers and stories to look ahead to the future ten years hence:

Mary Robinette Kowal  “Birthright”
Sheila Finch “The Persistence of Butterflies”
Randy Henderson  “A Shelter for Living Things”
Jason S. Ridler  “Showing Light”
Ernest Hogan  “Radiation is Groovy, Kill the Pigs”
David Lee Summers  “The Revelation of Thought”
Jeff Spock  “Teh Afterl1fe”
Emily Devenport  “If the Sun’s at Five O’Clock, It Must be Yellow Daisies”
Cat Rambo  “Therapy Buddha”
Jack Mangan  “Dead Rookies”
David Boop  “Organ Cloning While You Wait”
Spencer Ellsworth  “The Black Plague of Our Generation”
Gareth L. Powell  “The Bigger The Star, The Faster It Burns”
Alethea Kontis  “Pocket Full of Posey”
Alex Wilson “Nervewrecking”
David Gerrold  “Time Capsule 2120: Actual Comments from Lunar Tourists”

(The picture above is a proof of the cover image by artist Jonathon Fowler, inspired by Alex Wilson's "Nervewrecking." We'll show the completed version with titling and back-cover text soon.)

Publication of 2020 Visions is set for November 15. We are offering a pre-order special for the print edition starting immediately: $13.95, shipping included, plus a complimentary one-year electronic subscription to M-Brane SF Magazine. Apologies to readers outside the US, but we can't offer this special outside the US at this price due to shipping costs, though the book will be available in other normal channels after publication. US domestic readers may use the Pay Pal button below to place their order (one does not need a Pay Pal account to use Pay Pal; credit cards and e-checks may be used by way of Pay Pal).

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hella Cheap PDF sale! Limited time!

For a limited time--so limited it could end at any moment--we are offering cheap PDF-format copies of our book titles and cheap 12-issue subscriptions to the PDF edition of the magazine M-Brane SF. These prices are stupid-cheap: $2.00 for the books and $4.00 for the zine subscription. We are doing this as part of Gud Magazine's "First Come First Sale."

Available books are Cesar Torres beautiful collection The 12 Burning Wheels; Derek J. Goodman's stunning quartet of novelettes and novellas, Machina; our LGBT science fiction anthology Things We Are Not; and Ergosphere, the special twelfth issue of the zine guest-edited by Rick Novy.  Additional information about these books is located elsewhere on this site. The buttons below will take you to Pay Pal to order the book selections and the magazine subscription. Allow a day or so for me to process your order (book PDFs and the zine will be delivered by via web links that will be sent to you in email).

BOOKS for $2.00!

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THE MAGAZINE: $4.00 for 12 issues

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Information pending on:

The Aether Age (with Hadley Rille Books)
2020 Visions, edited by Rick Novy)
The M-Brane Double #1, by Alex Jeffers and Brandon Bell)

Thursday, March 4, 2010


"We so rarely give thought to the machines that surround us, but just because we ignore them does not mean they don't have stories to tell. Monolithic factory machines might just hide a divine presence, robots from a forgotten war lay in wait in the sewers for a time when they can rise again, creatures of steel and steam patrol the skies, and a metal giant made for destruction learns emotions from a teenage boy. In these four tale, Derek J. Goodman shows us just what mysteries the mechanical world may hold."

M-Brane Press presents Derek J. Goodman's collection of sf novelettes and novellas Machina. The book starts with the spectacular "Dea Ex Machina," which has been adapted as an opera for an upcoming production by the Crucible in Oakland California, and also includes the amazing steampunk novella "The Twister Sisters"; the loving homage to 1980's-era sci-fi and teen movies "Those Were the Days," and the stunning manga-influenced boy/machine love story "As Wide as the Sky, and Twice as Explosive."

Mark Streshinsky, the librettist and director of Machine, the opera based on Derek's story, provides an introduction to the collection. The cover art is by Dan Galli.

The book will become available in print and as an ebook from Amazon on April 1, but we are offering several direct-from-M-Brane pre-order deals starting immediately. 

1) Buy Machina in print (trade paperback, 236 pages) for $12.95 (shipping included!). Get a complimentary one-year subscription to the PDF edition of M-Brane SF!

2) Buy the electronic version of Machina in either PDF, .prc(mobi), or .epub formats for $4.95. Get a complementary one-year subscription to the PDF edition of M-Brane SF!
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3) Buy Machina together with Cesar Torres' The 12 Burning Wheels (both in trade paperback) for only $14.95! Or with Ergosphere, ten stunning stories from the pages of M-Brane SF, for $15.95! Shipping included, as well as a complimentary one-year subscription to the PDF edition of M-Brane SF!

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Thursday, February 4, 2010


Writer of weird and spectacular fiction Cesar Torres has created an astounding 12-item cycle of stories that he calls The 12 Burning Wheels, and somehow it has happened that I have the great privilege of bring these stories into print under a single cover. 

1) The print edition of The 12 Burning Wheels will sell for on Amazon for $7.99 plus shipping, but order it now from M-Brane SF for only $7.99, shipping included. Purchase includes a free subscription to the PDF edition of M-Brane SF.

2) Buy the print editions of The 12 Burning Wheels and the queer anthology Things We Are Not (TWAN) for only $18.99, shipping included. This is a serious deal, since TWAN by itself sells for almost that. This option, too, includes a free subscription to the M-Brane PDF.

3) Buy The 12 Burning Wheels and the print edition of Ergosphere (aka M-Brane #12, edited by Rick Novy) for only $15.99.  The M-Brane subscription is included with this option as well.

Here is the Pay Pal link for them (a drop-down menu accommodates the three options). One does not need a Pay Pal account to use Pay Pal: one may use credit and debit cards, and checks by way of their e-check system.

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4) This book is also available in these electronic formats: .prc/MOBI (readable on the Kindle), PDF (readable and printable on a computer and many other devices), and EPUB (readable on most devices, including the Nook). Purchase of these formats also includes a complimentary subscription to the PDF edition of M-Brane SF. Here is the Pay Pal link for them (a drop-down menu accommodates the three options). Only $3.99!

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