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“What a gruesome question. Let’s see. If you leave a tadpole in a jar in the sun it will die.” – Margaret Atwood

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Finally, this is a great reader review of Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories at LibraryThing:

This collection has so many endearing elements I fear I will not be able to do them justice here. The stories interweave so well that it can be read like a novel, but they are also different in big and small ways that create more than enough interest to keep on reading. I was up till 6am this morning completely captivated by the themes and excellent continuity of the stories. These themes are sometimes deep, metaphysical, existential – generally philosophical; but, they are measured by wry and observant humour. Nothing is left in the ether; this is one of the most satisfying short story collections I’ve ever read.

22 September 2013

grotesquely captivating

I love this reader review of Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories over at Smashwords:

The characters, plots and themes are very graphic, perverse at times, shockingly so. But the writing is so good, that you find yourself flitting through the stories effortlessly, accepting one outrageous thing after another. You’re eager to turn the page to find out what grotesquely captivating character the author will dream up next.

 

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31 July 2013

Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories

Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories: released on 24 June 2013.

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In this enchanting and sometimes gruesome collection of short stories, New Zealand author RJ Astruc tells several intertwined tales, about the libertine engineer Val, the thief Bink Ottoman, the all-powerful a-class AI RESYS, the famous international terrorist Bouboucar Bottle and the not as well-known international terrorist Katya Sushi, and a whole cast of airship dwellers, Interpol agents, geneticists, mutants, holograms, and others living on the cutting edge of morality.

 

What people are saying about Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories:

There are zero teddy bears having zero picnics in this book, and in fact I am now a little frightened that Astruc will see this comment and write a story about a teddy bear picnic of betrayal, greed, and casual experimentation on live subjects.

…These stories won’t be to everyone’s taste; nothing is. But they’re very well-handled and doing something that will probably appeal to people who wanted to like Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl, whether they found that work successful or not.

—Marissa Lingen, “Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories, by R. J. Astruc,” Novel Gazing Redux, 11 June 2013.

 

Table of Contents:

Propagation
Signs Over the Pacific
Turning Pol
Faceless in Halukan
The Bad Thing
Ma-Ma
Greenwich Mean Time Plus
Nemutaph
Katya in Quarantine
The Future of Lole San Paulo
How You Make the Straight
Mother & Daughter

 

Other work by RJ Astruc available online:

24 June 2013

RJ Astruc

RJ Astruc lives in New Zealand and has written two novels: Harmonica + Gig and A Festival of Skeletons. RJ’s short stories have appeared in many magazines including Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, ASIM, Aurealis and Midnight Echo.

 

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Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories: released on 24 June 2013.

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24 June 2013

Signs coming tomorrow

I’m sitting here in the Dalek Pride t-shirt I got last week at Hypericon (a fun little science fiction and fantasy convention here in Nashville), pretty excited by all the stuff my peeps have done in the past month or so.

Also! We have a new book coming out tomorrow. Well, officially tomorrow, but actually it’s already up at Amazon and Barnes & Noble—which you’d already know if you followed us on Facebook or Twitter. Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories is a collection of a dozen intertwined short stories by New Zealand author RJ Astruc, featuring airship crashes, Interpol agents, artificial intelligence, hologram cities, bioterrorism and psychic gamblers. Official announcement, naturally, tomorrow.

 

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23 June 2013

“The Romantics and the Bohemians wrote poems to impress girls and get drunk–exactly what Chet is trying to bring to Nashville.”

Hi there peeps. I took the day off from my day job today so I could work on URB stuff, and I’m really excited about some of the stuff we’re bringing into the world in the next fews months, not least Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories and The Mask Game. I’ll be working on The Mask Game cover art in the next few weeks.

This afternoon I stopped at East Side Story and met their proprietor, Chuck Beard, and dropped off some copies of Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days. Chuck posed for a photo (below).

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Lots of news to report! For Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors: a review of The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home by Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman is up at The Toronto Review of Books; Booklist Online has a new cute, contentless interview with Paolo Bacigalupi; Davis McCombs received the 2013 Laman Library Writers Fellowship; reviews of Daddy Love by Joyce Carol Oates are up at Pop Matters and The Times; and Chet Weise is featured in the latest issue of Native (check out page 35). If you live near Bellingham, WA, you should go see him performing poetry (and selling anthologies!) on 22 February 2013 with two seminal garage/punk bands, The Mono Men and Fireballs of Freedom.

front_cover_800px__93307.1359477875.800.600 For 140 And Counting contributors: David C. Kopaska-Merkel‘s Luminous Worlds should come out this month from Dark Regions Press; David was also recently interviewed by The Mystic Nebula; Peter Newton‘s haiku appeared in Neverending Story; so did Liam Wilkinson‘s; Jonathan Pinnock has two poems in The Pygmy Giant: “Dissonant Love Song #2” and “Dali’s Moustache“, and The Independent gave his Dot Dash four stars; Miriam Sagan‘s short story “The Nun” appears in Orion headless.

7 February 2013


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