KDD: Hugo winners/nominees for $1.99 each

KDD: Hugo winners/nominees for $1.99 each

One of science fiction and fantasy’s most prestigious awards, the Hugo Awards, had their winners announced last night:

The Hugo Awards

The winner for novel was

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
by Ann Leckie
4.3 stars out of 5, 347 customer reviews

Interestingly, the book is published by Hachette in the USA…and is available without impediment from Amazon.com.

I was thinking of listing some other Hugo winners available through the Kindle store, but Amazon beat me to it (at least in one way).

One of today’s Kindle Daily Deals (at AmazonSmile*) is twelve Hugo winners and nominees for $1.99 each.

Their selection is dominated by Harlan Ellison (seven out of the twelve), but that’s not a bad choice. 😉 The books in the deal are:

  • Bloodchild: And Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
  • Tea with the Black Dragon by R.A. MacAvoy
  • A Fire in the Sun by George Alec Effinger
  • Strange Wine by Harlan Ellison
  • Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
  • The City on the Edge of Forever (I plan to read that one soon…it will tie in nicely to These Are The Voyages, TOS, Season One ( Season One Book 1) (at AmazonSmile) which I am just about to finish. It will give another side to the controversy over Ellison’s script which became an acclaimed Star Trek episode) by Harlan Ellison
  • The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World by Harlan Ellison
  • Selected Stories by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Slippage: Previously Uncollected, Perilously Poised Stories by Harlan Ellison
  • Harlan Ellison’s Watching by Harlan Ellison
  • The Whole Man by John Brunner

It’s not a very wide set of choices, though.

Amazon has a special section for

Hugo Award Winners in the Kindle store (at AmazonSmile*)

and there are 36 titles there, from Robert A. Heinlein to Neil Gaiman to Orson Scott Card.

Why not pick those for the deal?

Well, certainly, part of might have to do with deals with the publishers. Since the Agency Model was largely dismantled (but may be coming back) by the Department of Justice’s actions, Amazon can discount anything as much as they want. If they could get cooperation from the publisher, though, they might lose less money in doing so.

There was something interesting that tied the selected twelve together.

They are all available through Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*).

For people on their free month, or who are paying $9.99 a month (for people who joined right away, perhaps on July 18th, that’s just starting to happen), they can read them at no additional cost.

That could have been Amazon’s specific intent: to advertise KU with higher profile books by putting them on sale.

It could also just be a side effect of all of these being published by the same publisher: Open Road Media. Again, what could happen is that Amazon strikes a deal with Open Road to take a lower percentage while the books are on sale…as if they were list priced (the pricing set by the publisher) at a lower price than normal.

Regardless, if you are someone who is still buying books (as opposed to paying for access to them), this is a good deal. 😉

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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10 Responses to “KDD: Hugo winners/nominees for $1.99 each”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    And the German’s join the “war.” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/18/business/international/german-authors-join-protest-over-amazons-tactics-in-e-book-dispute-.html?_r=0

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Yep…I’d flipped a story about that into the free ILMK Flipboard magazine yesterday morning. Amazon has responded…by saying that Bonnier (a major German publisher) is pricing their e-books too high. That’s similar to what Amazon said about Hachette:


      I think a problem with that for Amazon is that people see authors (especially more than 1,000 authors together, as in the case of the German open letter) as individuals, and creative individuals. They don’t equate them with the publisher. So, when authors protest, many customers see it as just “people” (like them) going up against a corporate giant.

      Amazon, of course, can’t be seen as fighting with the authors. While there were many (many) things I didn’t like about Amazon’s e-mail to Kindle Direct Publishing authors, that strategy of appearing to align with authors and readers was a reasonable one.

      Now, if they hadn’t attacked and apparently misrepresented an author in that e-mail (George Orwell), it might have been more effective…

  2. Allie D. Says:

    Re: Hugo related news – Have you ever read John Scalzi’s blog? It’s called “Whatever” and he has a great run-down of this year’s Hugo process – he is a well-known and award-winning sci fi writer so you get his perspective from “the inside”. I get his blog emailed for some reason but have never gotten around to reading his fiction. It is a “someday” thing! : ) He’s quite prolific so it is also a question of what to start with.
    Anyway here it is: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2014/08/17/thoughts-on-the-hugo-awards-2014/
    I’ve got a question about Harlan Ellison who you mention here. I’ve got the same problem with him as I do with Scalzi – another one of those people who has written so many books that it is somewhat intimidating to start with at this late date. Also he seems to be cult-ish to me… people adore him and read every word, or are very ‘eh’ about him. That is merely my perception and I could be totally wrong! (I also mix him up with Harlan Coben, even though they are extremely different.)
    So, question: do you know enough about Harlan Ellison/sci fi in general to suggest what might be a good starter? For reference…hmm., I’ve been on a Heinlein kick – early, middle, and yes his long and entertaining books all the way into 1988 the year of his death. Am also a fan of OSC’s sci-fi but non-fantasy books. Asimov’s Robot books but not Foundation&Empire; I don’t mind long (see above re: Heinlein!) but I find that particular set of books to be dull. Too much exposition not enough plot for me. Let’s see. Gibson. Larry Niven. The usual, I think. Neal Stephenson, if I’m in the mood. I don’t know how I missed Ellison. No, I know why – ’cause we never had any in the house – I suppose my parents never got into him either.
    Sorry; none of this was really kindle-related. but if you’ve got an answer on the Ellison question I’d like to hear it! If you don’t know, just say so, I won’t hold it against you 😉
    Wait! Oh! I am so smart, I *can* tie this into the kindle – in terms of an Ellison suggestion, I’d prefer something available via Kindle Unlimited – which shouldn’t be hard – I took a look and many if not most of his most popular books appear to be included. I love Kindle Unlimited! One of the most obvious benefits for me, so far, is that it saves me the cost of many books that I would otherwise pick up at $1.99 – which can really add up to quite a lot! If I would otherwise buy more than 5 per month….and I do, on a regular basis – or have done so up till now – KU is automatically a great value for me at $9.99 a month.
    As often, apologies for long-windedness and off-topic-ness,

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Allie!

      I’ve written about John Scalzi a few times in this blog. Scalzi’s approach to controversies can be…caustic, in my eyes, which is not dissimilar to Harlan Ellison.

      I’ve read one of Scalzi’s books…Redshirts, which is…um…related to Star Trek, and reviewed it here:


      I’m familiar with a lot of science fiction. 🙂 Not only did I manage a brick-and-mortar bookstore, I was able to take a science fiction class in high school, and was part of a “science fiction club” back then…we published a magazine. I’ve also been to my share of “cons” (conventions). I even was at one where there was an Asimov/Ellison debate.

      The two of them had a mock feud. They really represented different poles: Ellison was the young non-traditionalist, Asimov the old school pure science writer. It was all in fun.

      That’s one of the issues with Ellison: it goes back to the question (I’ve written about in the blog before) about separating the art from the artist. Ellison is a larger than life kind of personality…for many people, that informs the writing (and it can be in a positive or negative way).

      Now, as to where to start…

      I think I’ll suggest

      I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream (at AmazonSmile)

      It’s a short story collection, with a couple of really strong ones.

      We even had a cat named after one of the stories…”Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes”.

      That’s a great thing about KU, though…you can sample them all. 😉 You could just read those two stories, and then skip over to The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World, and it wouldn’t cost you any more. It’s almost like assembling a playlist. 😉

      • Allie D. Says:

        I am a lowercase- f fan of Star Trek. I know of the existence of fanfic but have never actually read any – not related to star trek, not related to anything. I’ve got nothing against it, though, unless it requires the reader to know a lot of minutia – I’m not up on that. Except Star Trek V. I can quote all of Spock’s lines and a fair amount of the others. (I was nine years old when it came out. I liked whales. LOL)
        The title Redshirts sounded familiar and so I searched “my items” and I have chapters 1-4 that I downloaded for free, who knows when. But, I think I will check out the short story collection you mention here. I am in the middle of *so many* things right now; I normally read books of short stories in order and as a whole (akin to records and cds way back when they were actual albums with songs put together in a thoughtful, distinctive order by the artists themselves!). But as you noted, KU changes things. In this case I will aim to read the Hugo-winning title story and then see from there. If I like it, maybe I’ll skip to the one for which you named your cat. 🙂
        And since I won’t be paying for the book, I won’t feel guilty for not reading the whole thing (presumably – I’ll have to wait and see how that goes). If it works out that way, KU wins again!
        I’m really interested in your analysis/explanation of the Asimov and Ellison thing. If you are speaking of the con that I just googled from 1982…. well..see above how old I was when Star Trek V came out. So I kinda missed that. But, based on what I know about Asimov, I can absolutely imagine your description of a mock feud going on between these two really brilliant people.
        – Aren’t smart people fun? I am betting you know what I mean when I say that. Caustic can be fun too. If it’s done well. 🙂

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Allie!

        Actually the one where I saw Ellison and Asimov together was Discon II in DC in 1974.

        I also enjoyed Star Trek IV…I think that’s the one you mean, since you mention the whales. I live vaguely in that area, and we really like that aquarium. We used to say that every other Star Trek movie was good. 😉 The first one…well, no point belaboring that one. Star Trek II (Khaaaaaaaan!) was great. Star Trek III? Not as much. Star Trek IV? A lot of fun! Star Trek V? I remember thinking at the time that Shatner, who directed it, really didn’t understand Star Trek. It never really seemed like a show that the light-hearted actor would want to watch. VI? Did good box office, got pretty good reviews…last of the original crew by themselves.

        Reading straight through was always my pattern…well, within one book. I typically am reading several books at a time, and I bounce from one to the other, but I do read each one linearly. As I’ve written about the blog before, I also always finish them…but I like the idea of suggesting specific short stories from anthologies in KU: that might be worth a post…

        Thanks for writing again! I look forward to more from you.

      • Allie D. Says:

        Thanks for fixing my typo! I wish you could fix my star trek mistake! I did indeed mean IV.

  3. jjhitt Says:

    Bought all the Ellison titles. I’d heard of City on the Edge of Forever, but didn’t pay it much attention as I’ve long distanced myself from Trek fandom. OH BOY OH BOY… the forward to the book was well worth the price. No, Ellison didn’t “get” Trek, I’ll admit. But it would have been so much better if Roddenbury had gotten Ellison.

    I always did think it was a little flakey to use massive military vessels bristling with planet-busting weapons as a means of spreading peace and co-operation.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, jjhitt!

      I’m looking forward to reading Ellison’s version of the writing and then making of City on the Edge of Forever. I’ve recently read Mark Cushman’s, which is working from sources close to the show…but certainly doesn’t give Roddenberry a stainless suit of armor.

      I think it’s an easy narrative for Harlan to be the author writing true art, and Roddenberry being the commercialist watering it down…but my intuition is that isn’t the real story. I would figure there is a mixture of good and bad on both sides.

      When we see the changes, carefully laid out, in the Cushman book, the suggestions or actual edits Roddenberry made to several people are often the things I liked best about the episodes.

      Harlan, though, had written television before…I don’t think using the “naive author” brush works, either.

      In terms of Star Trek, though, I’m unconvinced that it would have been better if Roddenberry had aligned more with Ellison (who actually had a small office where they were filming). Gene knew what worked in Star Trek (although not without a few missteps), and what could be produced…sort of close to on time and budget (but almost never really making either).

      In addition to managing a bookstore, I managed a game store. What makes games fun? Rules. 🙂 I’ve always admired authors who can write within constraints…like Lester Dent (as Kenneth Robeson) churning out so many Doc Savage tales so quickly! Of course, authors who don’t follow rules are fun, too…but following rules (successfully, and still producing something worthwhile) can be harder.

      It was actually Gene Coon who introduced the Prime Directive…which suggests that those weapons are only for use on people who are already in the game. I think a lot of people who are Star Trek fans see the Prime Directive as one of the hearts of the show…outsiders/geeks understand a desire for non-interference. 😉

      • jjhitt Says:

        Ellison has a long history of not just doing the job and collecting his pay. But he’s at his best when he is on a rant and trying to get the last word.

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