On Bud Webster…

budWe are deeply saddened and devastated to learn of the passing of Bud Webster. Bud had been ill for a while, and had moved into hospice care, but no amount of foreknowledge really prepares one for reality.

There are a lot of people who describe Bud as both their friend and mentor, and I think the greatest gift he ever gave me was the ability to claim the same. When the Merry Blacksmith Press was trying to get off the ground in its first year, Bud took a chance on us and became one of our first authors. It was a privilege to work with him in collecting and editing Anthopology 101, Past Masters, and The Joy of Booking. We had been discussing a collection of his poetry and short stories, as well as a possible new edition of his Groff Conklin book, but those plans had to be put on hold after his illness made it too difficult to concentrate on such projects. Bud was a dedicated and generous friend. Patient and understanding. Really… he was just the best guy.

Anthopology_covI first became aware of Bud through his Bubba Pritchard stories in Analog, and then through his Anthopology column in The SFWA Bulletin. It was while working on the Bulletin that I really got to know Bud. His reputation as sf historian was well founded in his unending knowledge of every writer, every story, every collection or anthology of the field. His generosity of spirit showed itself when one year the Bulletin found itself short an editor for its annual Nebula issue. Bud stepped up and found the issue’s copy, worked over the editing and organizing, and coordinated with me and the business manager to make sure we still got our issue out on time. He was the best team player one could imagine and an inspiration for all of us.

Our world will never be the same. We can take some comfort in knowing that Bud’s words and legacy live on, but I’m still going to miss him.


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Queen of Nothing is here!

QueenOfNothing_frontNew from TA Pratt, creator of Marla Mason and author of Bride of Death and Lady of Misrule.

When a vile spirit awakens in the underworld, only sorcerer (and part-time death god) Marla Mason can save the world from devastation.

From Queen of Nothing:

She laughed. “I’m a trickster god, Rondeau. There are lots of us, waxing and waning in power, but I must say, I’m pretty ascendant these days. Coyote and Kokopelli and Loki are all still around, but they’re shaped and tethered by some old ideas. I’m the god of layoffs and winning lottery tickets, of finding your soulmate on an online dating site and getting murdered by internet trolls, of sentient algorithms and disruptive technologies. I’m the god of the singularity, the unevenly distributed future, climate change and private space flight. I’m the god of the edge, Rondeau, where everything teeters and everything bleeds.”

Now available for order!

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It Was the Bottom of the Fifth…

BottomFifth_coverO yez, o yez! A brand spanking new volume (our fifth!) of thigh-slappingly hilarious cartoons from the master of wordplay, Timothy C. Lockley! You’ve seen his work before in On Facebook… Everybody Knows You’re a Dog and When Cliches Collide.

backcoverIt Was the Bottom of the Fifth and the Bassist Was Loaded features over 300 new cartoons to enjoy, all lovingly crafted and curated. Now available just in time for the holidays.


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Summerland by Rory O’Brien now available!

Summerland_cover_frontGilded Age Newport…
Millionaires and robber barons come to spend the season in their opulent mansions while their wives throw lavish balls and gossip over afternoon tea. In 1893, the toast of the town is a spirit-medium—just returned from Europe—who now summons the departed to the marble mansions and wealthy parlors of the summer colonists. Her success attracts the attention of a retired stage magician who has made his name exposing psychic charlatans. He decides to travel to Newport to effect one last dramatic unmasking.

From Rory O’Brien, author of the highly acclaimed Gallows Hill, comes a new novel, Summerland. Now available for order.

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Author Event – 2050: A Future History by Joseph Zornado


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Two new great titles for November

Stay tuned over the next few days and weeks for ordering information on two of our latest titles. First up is our fifth volume of cartoons by the master of wordplay Timothy Lockley.


Next up is the latest from Rory O’Brien, author of the popular Gallows Hill. In this novel, Rory takes on a mystery set in Gilded Age Newport and the world of spirit-mediums. Look for Summerland coming soon!


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New for July 2015!


Just in time for Readercon! We are completing the 2050: A Future History trilogy by J. Zornado with 2050: When Immortals Reign.  Also now available for order is a new, yes NEW, Matt Howarth novel. Tuners follows an adventurous band of orphans in a post-holocaust world searching for a pirate radio station while avoiding Quiet Men and other hazards.

Both books are available to order now through this website or via Amazon or your local bookstore. We’ll also have copies with us at Readercon in Burlington, MA July 9-12.

See you there!

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Now available… 2050: The Power At the Bottom of the World (vol. 2)

2050_2_webNow available for order, the second volume of J. Zornado’s captivating 2050: A Future History trilogy.

What power rules the world? Two thousand years after the fall of civilization, Vilb continues his epic journey, desperately in search of his humanity in a post-human world.

With explorations of both Earth of 2050 and the new world he lives in millenia later, Vilb Solenthay and a memorable cast of characters continue to unravel the mysteries of Little Earth.

Keys found in the past could unlock knowledge of the present, and reveal the secrets to future.

The third volume in the trilogy, When Immortals Reign, will be available in July of 2015!

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Marla Mason is back! Lady of Misrule

Yep! A new Marla Mason book from TA Pratt is on its way for the 2015 season. We’re in the final proof stages and the book will be available for order as soon as the start of April.

LadyMisrule_cover_front_webIn Lady of Misrule, Marla awakens for her month on Earth and finds her allies missing, and an old enemy causing trouble in her home city of Felport. If that wasn’t bad enough, a charming gentlemen from beyond the multiverse has decided that murdering gods might make for an amusing pastime. He figures he will start with Marla. Now, with the help of her former apprentice Bradley Bowman, Marla must rescue her friends, crush her enemies, and eliminate the aforementioned existential threat—before her month runs out and she returns to the underworld.

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The Original Action Pack!

Battles and airships and alien gods (oh, my)!


For our next holiday season offer, we bring you some old-school high adventure!

Join displaced Earthman John Carter as he explores Barsoom and gets caught up in ancient intrigue and powerful, planet-wide forces. This is where adventure starts, and for a very limited time, we’re offering all three of the original trilogy of books for only $15.oo plus $4.00 shipping. Don’t miss out on this incredible deal.

See our Holiday Specials page for details.

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