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Surreal Time Press Reviews GEEK THEATER – The Complete Collection

surrealtimespressIn what is turning out to be one of the most fascinating reviews that I have seen done in a very long time, Surreal Time Press (STP) is publishing a complete set of reviews that feature each play within Geek Theater. It is really quite stunning when someone takes the time and initiative to put together a project like this (all on their own), and it is more than a little humbling. I think, putting it quite bluntly, that this is an editor’s dream. Clearly, STP isn’t going to be enamored of every play and will find things to critique. That’s just how reviews work. However, it’s truly amazing that they have taken the time to sit down and parse each play, pulling out the good and the bad, and then putting it all online for everyone to see.

This list of reviews is currently incomplete as the process is still ongoing, but I will post links to the new review as they are made available. I offer my sincere thanks to STP for this amazing series of reviews for Geek Theater.

GEEK THEATER REVIEW PART 1: INTRODUCTION
http://surrealtimepress.com/2014/12/18/geek-theater-review-part-1-introduction/
Introduction by Jen Gunnels and Erin Underwood

“If there ever was a moment for a collection of plays like Geek Theater: Fifteen Plays by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers, this is it. The recently published volume has been carefully curated by editors Jen Gunnels and Erin Underwood to celebrate the current proliferation of “geek” related content in theater. As a New York theater critic, I have had the great privilege of witnessing this invasion of geek genres and ideas first hand over the last ten years … In the tradition of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, the plays collected in Geek Theater keep the big ticket special effects mostly off-stage and instead find their stories in the human moments and mind-blowing ideas in the spaces between. I’m fascinated and invigorated by the idea that while mindless effects-laden movies are becoming common in Hollywood, the pure science fiction of the mind lives on and thrives in live theater.”

GEEK THEATER REVIEW PART 2: MISSION TO MARS
http://surrealtimepress.com/2014/12/23/geek-theater-review-part-2-mission-to-mars/
Mission to Mars by Jeanne Beckwith

“The ending is masterful.”

GEEK THEATER REVIEW PART 3: FOR THE LIVING
http://surrealtimepress.com/2015/01/07/geek-theater-review-part-3-for-the-living/
For the Living by Chie-Hoon Lee

“It kind of blew my mind.”

GEEK THEATER REVIEW PART 4: THE REST OF THE SHORT PLAYS
http://surrealtimepress.com/2015/01/14/geek-theater-review-part-4-the-rest-of-the-short-plays/
Rapunzel’s Haircut by Cecil Castellucci

“Fractured or post-modern fairytales are certain nothing new, so it’s admirable that despite the murder and brainwashing, Castellucci pries out of this old fairy tale a compellingly modern concept about love in the discussion of Rapunzel’s two suitors.”

The Promise of Space by James Patrick Kelly

“Kelly’s story works because it is driven by character.”

GEEK THEATER REVIEW – PART 5: CONSIDER THE SERVICES OF THE DEPARTED
http://surrealtimepress.com/2015/03/30/geek-theater-review-part-5-consider-the-services-of-the-departed/
Consider the Services of the Departed by F. Brett Cox

“Delivered by a non-gender specific speaker in formal attire, Cox’s script is instead brisk and bracingly funny, correlating the shuffling deceased with the plight of the migrant worker – why not let them rise from their graves and do the jobs that nobody wants to do?”

GEEK THEATER REVIEW – PART 6: THE ZOMBIES OF MONTROSE
http://surrealtimepress.com/2015/04/01/geek-theater-review-part-6-the-zombies-of-montrose/
The Zombies of Montrose by James Morrow

“We are in refreshingly new territory.”

GEEK THEATER REVIEW – PART 6: THE ZOMBIES OF MONTROSE
http://surrealtimepress.com/2015/04/01/geek-theater-review-part-6-the-zombies-of-montrose/
The Zombies of Montrose by James Morrow

“We are in refreshingly new territory.”

GEEK THEATER REVIEW – PART 7: THE CLOCKWORK COMRADE
http://surrealtimepress.com/2015/04/03/geek-theater-review-part-7-the-clockwork-comrade/
The Clockwork Comrade by Carlos Hernandez

“I never knew I wanted a story about a talking grandfather clock meeting Castro, but this play is so charming and unique that it completely won me over.”

GEEK THEATER REVIEW — PART 8: THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF LONG TERM MEMORY
http://surrealtimepress.com/2015/04/13/geek-theater-review-part-8-the-long-and-the-short-of-long-term-memory/
The Long and the Short of Long Term Memory by Cecil Castellucci

“I feel like the tremendous little piece of stagecraft with the hand raising sells the whole thing.”

GEEK THEATER REVIEW — PART 9: GEEK!
http://surrealtimepress.com/2015/04/21/geek-theater-review-part-9-geek/
GEEK! By Crystal Skillman

“There’s a good chance you’ll be won over before you even get to the actual script for Crystal Skillman’s play GEEK!”

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Links to each new review will be posted here.

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Geek Theater Eligible for Hugo Nominations

For those of you looking for books published in 2014 to nominate for the Hugo Awards, you might consider Geek Theater for the “Best Related Work” category. Published in November 2014, Geek Theater is an anthology of SF and fantasy stage plays and truly is the first of its kind. It is available in print and as an eBook.

If you have any questions, please visit the Hugo Awards website. Here’s a link to the “I Want to Vote” page.

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Kindle eBook Special for Futuredaze & Futuredaze 2: Reprise

For those of you looking for a good science fiction anthology to curl up with over the holidays, both Futuredaze and Futuredaze 2: Reprise are both available on Kindle for only $2.99 each — through December 31, 2014!

We hope you enjoy the amazing stories within both of these anthologies.

futuredaze2-cover-pcsizeFUTUREDAZE 2: REPRISE — “…some of the best science-fiction writing for teens.” — Carolyn Bailey, Foreword Reviews, Fall 2014

  • “The Fluted Girl” by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • “The Last Ride of the Glory Girls” by Libba Bray
  • “I Never” by Cassandra Clare
  • “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” by Neil Gaiman
  • “Deep Blood Kettle” by Hugh Howey
  • “Sweet Sixteen” by Kat Howard
  • “Valedictorian” by N. K. Jemisin
  • “Going Deep” by James Patrick Kelly
  • “The Veiled Shanghai” by Ken Liu
  • “Good Girl” by Malinda Lo
  • “The Other Elder” by Beth Revis
  • “Secret Identity” by Will Shetterly
  • “Stupid Perfect World” by Scott Westerfeld
  • “A Letter from the Clearys” by Connie Willis
  • “Wilding” by Jane Yolen

futuredazeFUTUREDAZE — “A delightful surprise—young stories of a new sort: stories with a sense of wonder and a wary, expectant look at the universe.” —C.J. Cherryh

POETRY (alpha order):

  • “The Ghost Hunter” by E. Kristin Anderson
  • “Learning How to be a Cat” by Jenny Blackford
  • “The Alien” by Cathy Bryant
  • “Ghost Walkers” by Sandi Cayless
  • “Speech Lessons” by Alicia A. Cole
  • “King and Queen” by John Grey
  • “Why” by Evelyn Lumish
  • “Things to Consider When Choosing a Name for the Ship You Won in a Poker Game Last Night” by Iriving
  • “Pennies” by Iriving
  • “The Blue Hour” by Brittany Warman
  • “The Teenage Years of Ed Nimbus” by Neil Weston
  • “Market Day” by Anna Della Zazzera

FICTION (alpha order):

  • “Over It” by Camille Alexa
  • “Driven Out” by Steve Alguire
  • “The Stars Beneath Our Feet” by Stephen D. Covey & Sandra McDonald
  • “String Theory” by Danika Dinsmore
  • “Larvae” by Gregory Frost
  • “Clockwork Airlock” by Nancy Holder
  • “Another Prison” by Rahul Kanakia
  • “Prospect of a World I Dream” by Alex J. Kane
  • “Not With You, But With You” by Miri Kim
  • “Your Own Way Back” by Richard Larson
  • “Out of the Silent Sea” by Dale Lucas
  • “Unwritten in Green” by Alex Dally MacFarlane
  • “A Voice in the Night” by Jack McDevitt
  • “The End of Callie V” by Jennifer Moore
  • “Me and My Army of Me” by Katrina Nicholson
  • “Spirk Station” by Chuck Rothman
  • “The Cleansing” by Mark Smith-Briggs
  • “Powerless” by Leah Thomas
  • “Hollywood Forever” by Llinos Cathryn Thomas
  • “The Myriad Dangers” by Lavie Tidhar
  • “The Fall of Stile City” by William John Watkins

 

 

 

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Surreal Time Press Reviews Geek Theater

Mitch Montgomery, science fiction theater and film reviewer for Surreal Time Press, is in the process of publishing a series of reviews about Geek Theater. You can find his introductory review of the book as a whole here: GEEK THEATER REVIEW PART 1: INTRODUCTION, which will be followed by another review featuring the short plays within the anthology. Here’s our favorite line as this was exactly what we were aiming for with Geek Theater:

Purchase Geek Theater

“In the tradition of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, the plays collected in Geek Theater keep the big ticket special effects mostly off-stage and instead find their stories in the human moments and mind-blowing ideas in the spaces between.” – Mitch Montgomery, Surreal Time Press

Read the full review.

Geek Theater is available online at:

The Geek Theater eBook is Now Available

For those of you looking to purchase a digital copy of  Geek Theater, it is now available as an eBook on Amazon and Smashwords. You will also be able to purchase the eBook at Barnes and Noble as well as other retailers in the next few days.

In the meantime, here are the sites where the Geek Theater eBook is currently available:GeekTheater-Kindle

  • Amazon, file format:
    • .mobi (Kindle)
  • Smashwords, file formats:
    • .epub
    • .mobi
    • .pd
    • .lrf
    • .pdf
    • .html

 

Happy Book Day to Geek Theater

We are thrilled to announce that Geek Theater is now available. Happy Book Day to all of our authors who have a play included in this exciting and unique anthology. Geek Theater, edited by Jen Gunnels and Erin Underwood, is a labor of love that we are extremely proud to make available online and in stores near you.

Geek Theater is available in many places including:

Geek Theater showcases 15 science fiction and fantasy stage plays by some of today’s top authors and award-winning playwrights and is the first anthology that truly delves into the world of speculative fiction theater. Until recently, modern science fiction and fantasy stage plays have largely gone unnoticed despite the proliferation of plays and performances by theater companies around the world. These plays are an important part of the science fiction and fantasy canon as they represent a unique intersection of authors and playwrights producing work at a time when these genres are flourishing.

Table of Contents:

Short Length Plays
Mission to Mars by Jeanne Beckwith
For the Living by Chie-Hoon Lee
Rapunzel’s Haircut by Cecil Castelucci
Promise of Space by James Patrick Kelly

Monologue
Consider the Services of the Departed by F. Brett Cox

Medium Length Plays
Zombies of Montrose by James Morrow
Clockwork Comrade by Carlos Hernandez
The Long and the Short of Long Term Memory by Cecil Castelucci
Geek! by Crystal Skillman
Faustfeathers by John Kessel

Full Length Plays
Thunderbird at the Next World Theatre by Andrea Hairston
Universal Robots by Mac Rogers
DEINDE by August Schulenburg
Hearts Like Fists by Adam Szymkowicz
Dog Act by Liz Duffy Adams

 

 

 

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Pre-Order Geek Theater Now!

Geek Theater is Coming on November 4, 2014! But why wait to purchase your copy. You can pre-order a copy of Geek Theater now and receive it on November 4th.

Pre-Order Geek Theater Now!

Pre-Order Geek Theater Now!

The first of its kind, Geek Theater is a groundbreaking anthology of 15 science fiction and fantasy stage plays, edited by Jen Gunnels and Erin Underwood. Each play challenges what you think you know about science fiction and fantasy theater by doing what SF/F does best…but now you can see it on the stage.

“Dim the lights, raise the curtain, and be transported to worlds strange and wondrous, times far and near, with tales thoughtful and thrilling — and then give this book the standing ovation it deserves.” — Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of FlashForward

Geek Theater showcases 15 science fiction and fantasy stage plays by some of today’s top authors and award-winning playwrights and is the first anthology that truly delves into the world of speculative fiction theater. Until recently, modern science fiction and fantasy stage plays have largely gone unnoticed despite the proliferation of plays and performances by theater companies around the world. These plays are an important part of the science fiction and fantasy cannon as they represent a unique intersection of authors and playwrights producing work at a time when these genres are flourishing.

Featuring plays by Liz Duffy Adams, Jeanne Beckwith, Cecil Castelucci, F. Brett Cox, Andrea Hairston, Carlos Hernandez, James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, Chie-Hoon Lee, James Morrow, Mac Rogers, August Schulenburg, Crystal Skillman, and Adam Szymkowicz.

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Get the First Volume of Futuredaze on Kindle for $2.99

FuturedazeFor a limited time, Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction, the first book in the Futuredaze series by Underwords Press, is available for only $2.99 on Kindle. Or if you have purchased a print edition of Futuredaze from Amazon, you can get the Kindle version of Futuredaze for only $0.99.

Don’t miss your chance to pick up a Kindle copy of Futuredaze for yourself or buy it for a friend.

And when you’re done, leave a review and let us know what you think.

Happy Reading!!!

About the Book:

Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction includes 33 original short stories and poems that spark the imagination, twist the heart, and make us yearn for the possibilities of a world yet to come. Futuredaze includes pieces by Jack McDevitt, Nancy Holder, Gregory Frost, Lavie Tidhar, Sandra McDonald, Brittany Warman, Stephen Covey, E. Kristin Anderson, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Jenny Blackford, and many more!

Reflecting many of the ideals first set forth by science fiction icons such as Isaac Asimov, George Orwell, and Ray Bradbury, Futuredaze challenges the imagination with young adult fiction that includes far-flung futures, dystopian alternate worlds, life among the stars, and a host of startling stories that embrace the idea of “What if?” that has driven the science fiction genre forward for more then a century. Now, it’s time to give voice to the next generation of science fiction readers and to those of us still young at heart.

Table of Contents:

FICTION (alpha order):
“Over It” by Camille Alexa
“Driven Out” by Steve Alguire
“The Stars Beneath Our Feet” by Stephen D. Covey & Sandra McDonald
“String Theory” by Danika Dinsmore
“Larvae” by Gregory Frost
“Clockwork Airlock” by Nancy Holder
“Another Prison” by Rahul Kanakia
“Prospect of a World I Dream” by Alex J. Kane
“Not With You, But With You” by Miri Kim
“Your Own Way Back” by Richard Larson
“Out of the Silent Sea” by Dale Lucas
“Unwritten in Green” by Alex Dally MacFarlane
“A Voice in the Night” by Jack McDevitt
“The End of Callie V” by Jennifer Moore
“Me and My Army of Me” by Katrina Nicholson
“Spirk Station” by Chuck Rothman
“The Cleansing” by Mark Smith-Briggs
“Powerless” by Leah Thomas
“Hollywood Forever” by Llinos Cathryn Thomas
“The Myriad Dangers” by Lavie Tidhar
“The Fall of Stile City” by William John Watkins

POETRY (alpha order):
“The Ghost Hunter” by E. Kristin Anderson
“Learning How to be a Cat” by Jenny Blackford
“The Alien” by Cathy Bryant
“Ghost Walkers” by Sandi Cayless
“Speech Lessons” by Alicia A. Cole
“King and Queen” by John Grey
“Why” by Evelyn Lumish
“Things to Consider When Choosing a Name for the Ship You Won in a Poker Game Last Night” by Iriving
“Pennies” by Iriving
“The Blue Hour” by Brittany Warman
“The Teenage Years of Ed Nimbus” by Neil Weston
“Market Day” by Anna Della Zazzera

Join the Young Adult Scavenger Hunt — October 2014!

Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt! There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter them all! I am a part of the INDIE TEAM–but remember there are also  five other teams, which gives you multiple chances to win a completely different set of signed books!

One lucky winner will receive a signed book from each author on The Hunt from the INDIE TEAM! Even better, you have a chance to win a grand prize from each other teams as well. But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) starts on October 2 at noon (PST), and ends on Sunday, October 5th at noon!

Team Indie

This tri-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to find exciting new authors, gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and get a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Visit the official “HOW TO HUNT” -YA Scavenger Hunt page to learn more about The Hunt, view links to the participating authors, and the list of prizes!

Solving the Puzzle & Entering the Contest

Directions: I’ve listed my favorite number in the text below. Collect the “favorite/secret numbers” from all of the authors on the INDIE TEAM, and then add them up to discover the winning number (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you’ve added all the numbers for the INDIE TEAM authors, make sure you fill out the entry form <click here> to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify. So, make sure you get the number from each author on my team.

Contest Rules: Open internationally. Anyone under the age of 18 should have a parent’s or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, October 5th at noon Pacific Time. Entries submitted without the correct number, without contact information, or after the deadline will not be considered. The winner will be chosen at random from the qualified entries for each team.

Meet the Author: Rachel Morgan

Today, I am hosting Rachel Morgan on for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

“Rachel Morgan is a South African author who spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn’t for her–after all, they didn’t approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults and those young at heart. She is the author of the bestselling Creepy Hollow series, and the lighthearted contemporary romance Trouble series.”

Find out more information by checking out Rachel’s website or find more about Creepy Hollow: THE FAERIE GUARDIAN here!

Creepy Hollow: THE FAERIE GUARDIAN by Rachel Morgan

Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone–she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamour follows her into the fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot–and it’ll take all her training to get out of it alive.

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Get Exclusive Content

Check out Rachel’s special content for The YA Scavenger Hunt . . . A brand new book trailer for the Creepy Hollow Series.

CONTINUE THE HUNT

Remember to enter the Other Teams’ contests for your chance to win a bunch of signed books–including books by me, Rachel Morgan, Colleen Houck, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is 10. Once you’ve collected all of the INDIE TEAM’S favorite numbers, add them together and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize! Here’s a link to the contest entry page for the Hunt.

Continue your quest to complete the Hunt by visiting Colleen Houck

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But before you go, here’s…

~Your Extra Chance to Win~
a Copy of Futuredaze 2: Reprise

futuredaze2-cover-pcsizeIn addition to the YA Scavenger Hunt contest, I’m also running my own contest. Enter here to win a signed copy of FUTUREDAZE 2: REPRISE. The entry with the most points wins! If there is a tie, those contestants will be entered into a random drawing to determine the winner. This contest is open internationally. If you are under 18 years old, please be sure to get your parent’s permission to enter.

How to get your points (one point per item, 4 total):

NOTE: If you already follow or like any of these pages on Twitter or Facebook, give yourself a point since you can’t “like” me twice…even though I wish you could. 🙂

The YA Scavenger Hunt is now over. Thank you so much for participating!

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