More Amazon Book Pricing Controversy: Random Book News

Time for another edition of Random Book News. But time is short, today, so this is going to be short and sweet — a list of links, as it were. No need to rewrite the wheel, so to speak.

Science Fiction Writers Protest Amazon IPG Move

Locus reports that the SFWA plans to remove a number of links from Amazon — links to its authors’ books. Why would it do this? It’s a response to Amazon removing some 4,000 books from distributor IPG over a pricing dispute; IPG distributes many SFWA authors’ books. SFWA is actually redirecting its links to Amazon to other booksellers, such as Powels, Barns and Noble.

Seems like there’s been a lot of weird and problematic issues with Amazon pricing lately.

NY Times Discusses Pulp, Burroughs, His Barsoom Series, and the Disney Movie John Carter

I’ve read the first four Barsoom books, and while they are a guilty pleasure in many ways, I have to agree with the New York Times’ assessment:

… Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Princess of Mars …  is 100 years old and was already a little dated when it came out. Burroughs … published it in monthly installments in the All-Story Magazine starting in February 1912. It was the first thing he ever wrote, after a lifetime of failing at just about everything else, and he was clearly learning on the job.

Edgar Rice Burroughs, more well-known for Tarzan of the Apes, did away with all logic in creating his sci-fi series. The book is filled with inconsistencies and plot threads that are never followed up. And as science fiction goes, Princess of Mars is not very scientific.

Um, yeah, there is all that. Then there is the sexism and racism. But if you can overlook all that, there is pulpy, manly fun to be had.

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman (a clever book cover)NY Times Review of Tupelo Hassman’s Girlchild

I confess the only reason this stuck out from the list of headlines in my various RSS feeds was the name of author Tupelo Hassman. A nom de plume? One would assume (and one would be rhyming). In any event, this author’s debut novel sounds interesting, if the Times’ reviewer is any judge.

Grim Reaper Tough on the World of Science Fiction

If you look at the most recent news items on Locus, the first three are obits. Ouch.

Paul Haines was an Australian science fiction author, while Ralph McQuarrie was a designer and illustrator who we’re all familiar with, even if we don’t know his name — he created the look of the first Star Wars trilogy. And by first, we mean the original trilogy; not the craptacular one that came much later. Jack Scovil was a noted literary agent; he worked with many famous authors, among other accomplishments.

Stephen King to Narrate The Wind Through the Keyhole

It’s the first time in a decade that King will narrate an audiobook version of his work, SF Scope reports.