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Promote Your Projects / Re: The Joy of Technology by Roy Gray
« on: January 10, 2012, 12:03:46 am »
has now been reviewed by Tom Crouch on the BFS website. Not a glowing review I must admit.

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Promote Your Projects / Re: The Joy of Technology by Roy Gray
« on: November 14, 2011, 07:42:20 pm »
Not really a review but a comment from Ian Sales about The Joy of Technology,
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This is a chapbook published by Pendragon Press. The author is a friend of mine. The technology in question is that used in sex clubs in Germany in order to better titillate customers. The customers, in this case, are a coachload of football fans from the UK, visiting Germany as their team is playing away. A father introduces his son to the joys of travelling onto the Continent to see a footy match, and also to the delights to be had before and after the match. Gray pulls no punches, and if his story dehumanises its characters I suspect that was its intent. It does trail off a bit towards the end, and perhaps would have been much improved by a punchier finale.

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TTA Press / Re: TTA Press E book editions
« on: November 05, 2011, 06:35:38 pm »
Uploaded Interzone 233 to Smashwords. I also uploaded it to Fictionwise but it won't 'go live' until 21 Nov - assuming I made no errors.
Smashwords editions should eventually appear on Apple, Sony, Barnes and Noble, etc but it seems to take 3 or 4 weeks for that to happen, again assuming I made no errors.
Both sites provide Kindle compatible versions.

IZ 233 is the issue with Nina Allan's 'The Silver Wind'. Plus 'Tell me Everything' by Chris Butler, 'Tethered to the Cold and Dying' by Ray Cluley and 'Crosstown Traffic' by Tim Lees.

Next week's issue will be IZ 237. It features The Last Osama by Lavie Tidhar, Erasing the Concept of Sex From a Photobooth by Douglas Lain, Insect Joy by Caspian Gray and Digital Rites by Jim Hawkins.

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TTA Press / TTA Press E book editions
« on: November 01, 2011, 11:57:41 am »
I've started posting E book versions of Interzone and Black Static to Fictionwise (again) and Smashwords.
Once an issue uploaded it takes around 2 or 3 weeks to 'go live' on Fictionwise but it is 'live' immediately on Smashwords. However Smashwords also sell though other sites like Apple, Sony, Barnes & Noble etc and issues take 2 or 3 weeks to 'go live' on those external sites. Those timings assume I've made no layout errors in the uploaded files otherwise we go round the loop again.

Both sites offer Kindle versions as well as other E book formats. Our files are DRM free.
Recent additions are Interzone 231 & 232 plus Black Static 19 & 20.
The free version of Interzone 230 is still available on Smashwords if you want to check how they look.

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Pendragon Press / Re: Pendragon Chapbooks
« on: November 01, 2011, 11:32:48 am »
And here is is part of Peter Tennants review of The Joy of Technology from his Case Notes reviews in Black Static 25. I have 'censored' it by removing a passage that might cause discomfort for some and cut it for copyright reasons.

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....by 2019 the world seems to have recovered from its zombie problems just in time for TTA PR man Roy Gray to introduce us all to THE JOY OF TECHNOLOGY (Pendragon Press chapbook, 35pp, £3), and those who are easily shocked should take note that this is a sexually explicit work, very much so in fact.

Young Dennis’ estranged father is doing some bonding by taking his son to see their team play in Dusseldorf, and as a special treat before the match he takes him to ‘prap’ club The Joy of Technology. ‘Prap’ club, you say. What’s one of those? ......

It’s an intriguing idea, ... Gray doesn’t stint on showing how this kind of ‘adult’ entertainment could play out in the real world, but there’s a serious side to the story. ... Dennis is treated to an experience that he isn’t mature enough to place in any proper context, and the boy’s attitude to the opposite sex is completely changed by what he undergoes... and this is where I have reservations about the work. There is certainly a dialogue to be had on ways in which the sex industry is demeaning to women and the possible effects of sexually explicit material on impressionable minds, but in this particular scenario the change was simply too abrupt and dramatic to be convincing. Regardless, while I feel Gray overstates the case, there is no denying that he does so eloquently and with a powerful message about the ways in which technology is alienating us from each other, ...and the dangers that could lie in wait.

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Pendragon Press / Re: Pendragon Chapbooks
« on: October 31, 2011, 11:22:57 pm »
Dominic Green who has had more than 20 stories in Interzone, been nominated for a Hugo (The Clockwork Atom Bomb) and made Gardner Dozois' Year's Best selections at least twice has posted his review of Roy Gray's Pendragon Chapbook The Joy of Technology on his (Dominic's) Facebook page. So I've extracted it and posted it here for you.

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Finally had a chance to read *The Joy of Technology* by Roy Gray in full, and it is indeed very, very rude. Being an SF story about the future of sex aids, though, it's going to be, and the rudeness never feels gratuitous. I found the story engaging, the characters well drawn, the jokes funny, and the setting depressingly realistic (the sort of father you don't want to have giving his son the sort of coming-of-age present a father shouldn't give).
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Complaints? A couple of German spelling mistakes, and a lack of hyphens and commas in appropriate places (at one point the story referred to 'flat speaker panels cum projector screens', and given the subject matter, I found myself wondering what manner of device a cum projector might be). I'm afraid, though, that reality has overtaken art as far as Manchester City are concerned - Roy evidently didn't consider it possible at the time of writing that the Blues might dominate the Reds. Football, like lightspeed experiments under the Alps, has proven JBS Haldane right - the universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we *can* imagine.
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Roy's half-page apology for being rude at the beginning of his rude story was also very sweet.


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Promote Your Projects / Re: The Joy of Technology by Roy Gray
« on: October 31, 2011, 11:15:05 pm »
Thanks Andrew.
Dominic Green who has had more than 20 stories in Interzone, been nominated for a Hugo (The Clockwork Atom Bomb) and made Gardner Dozois' Year's Best selections at least twice has posted his review of The Joy of Technology on his Facebook page. So I've extracted it and posted it here for you.

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Finally had a chance to read *The Joy of Technology* by Roy Gray in full, and it is indeed very, very rude. Being an SF story about the future of sex aids, though, it's going to be, and the rudeness never feels gratuitous. I found the story engaging, the characters well drawn, the jokes funny, and the setting depressingly realistic (the sort of father you don't want to have giving his son the sort of coming-of-age present a father shouldn't give).

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Complaints? A couple of German spelling mistakes, and a lack of hyphens and commas in appropriate places (at one point the story referred to 'flat speaker panels cum projector screens', and given the subject matter, I found myself wondering what manner of device a cum projector might be). I'm afraid, though, that reality has overtaken art as far as Manchester City are concerned - Roy evidently didn't consider it possible at the time of writing that the Blues might dominate the Reds. Football, like lightspeed experiments under the Alps, has proven JBS Haldane right - the universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we *can* imagine.
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Roy's half-page apology for being rude at the beginning of his rude story was also very sweet.


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TTA Press / Free E edition of Interzone 230
« on: September 03, 2011, 07:23:08 pm »
You can download a free copy from here and the reason why is here. All e readers and pcs catered for afaik.

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Promote Your Projects / The Joy of Technology by Roy Gray
« on: August 27, 2011, 04:32:30 pm »
It's a horror story, it's SF, it's rude and it's a chapbook due out from Pendragon Press at Fantasyson 2011. Merely £3, even less if you buy more than two chapbooks from Pendragon, or more than 2 copies.
Here is the cover image

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TTA Press / Re: Black Static
« on: August 08, 2011, 12:02:14 am »
The 2011 World Fantasy Award nominations have been announced, and Mercurio D. Rivera's 'Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us' from Black Static #18 is up for the Short Story Award. Download Mercurio's story for free from the TTA Press website along with Richard Butner's 'Holderhaven' (from Crimewave 11: Ghosts) which is shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award (Novelette) for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

Plus 4 Black Static authors and an interviewee at Waterstones in Deansgate, Manchester (UK) on Saturday, August 13 · 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Ramsey Campbell, Gary McMahon, Joel Lane, Conrad Williams and Tom Fletcher discuss urban horror. There will also be readings by each author.
Also on Facebook

Black Static 24 line up with Ramsey Campbell.

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TTA Press / Re: TTA 'Events'
« on: May 30, 2011, 09:55:44 pm »
2011 Manchester Independent Publishers Book Market 17 & 18 June in St Ann's Square outside the Royal Exchange Theatre
 
It's on again this year and TTA will be there with new and back issues of Interzone, Black Static and other goodies. like Crimewave, Alison and The Harm. There will be readings and poetry at the market and TTA published authors will be included in the readers and it is a good opportunity for authors to meet local publishers like Comma Press.

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TTA Press / Re: Black Static
« on: April 20, 2011, 08:44:17 pm »
Black Static 22 is out now and has short fiction from two authors who also have their new novels in the Peter Tennant's Case Notes reviews section. Burying Brian by Steven Pirie (with interview), Frankenstein's Prescription by Tim Lees (with interview).
More on the issue with titles, teasers and art here.
This issue and Interzone's latest, and lots of other TTA goodies, will be on sale at Eastercon this weekend.

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TTA Press / Re: Black Static
« on: March 06, 2011, 08:53:32 pm »
Cheers Des. Your real time reviews are intense, immediate and very personal. I wonder do you think they would be very different if you read the stories under different circumstances eg on train journey, from an ebook or online?
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