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Wired cites Chicks Dig Time Lords among “books that caused a culture war”

Wired magazine has numbered Mad Norwegian’s Chicks Dig Time Lords among the books that caused a culture war, owing to the backlash it prompted from the Rabid Puppies movement. In the Wired piece, Chicks Dig Time Lords is seen alongside “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky (Apex Magazine), Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie and other The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin and other works that raised the Puppies’ ire. Chicks Dig Time Lords was released in 2010, and won the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Related Work.

Chicks Dig Gaming nominated for ENnie Award

Mad Norwegian Press is pleased to announce that Chicks Dig Gaming has been nominated for a 2015 ENnie Award. The ENnies are a fan-driven award given out for excellence in gaming, with the winners to be announced at Gen Con in Indianapolis.

Voting for the ENnies will be held online from July 4th to July 14th. No membership or dues are required to cast a vote.

Mad Norwegian extends thanks for the nomination; it is a great honor to be considered for the award.


Mad Norwegian Press Thanks Sad Puppies for Reminder That There’s Still Work to be Done

Lars Pearson, publisher and editor-in-chief of Mad Norwegian Press, comments:

“If there’s any upside to the Sad Puppies successfully dominating the 2015 Hugo Awards nominations, it’s this: it’s a signal flare that so many of us still have a lot of work to do in the world.

“In microcosm, this goes to what I’ve long said about extreme conservatives – so many of their beliefs are repellent, but I greatly admire their discipline, their ability to focus on a task with laser-like intensity. Along those lines, I don’t like the suggestion that the Puppies ‘gamed the system’, which suggests they changed the rules to their advantage. Instead, they amassed enough votes to win, and if progressives don’t like that, they damn well better stand up and do the same – even if this time around, it means voting No Award for the 2015 Hugos.

“As a side note, I was actually emboldened to read that one of the Puppies’ ringleaders, Larry Correia, went out of his way to cite our Chicks Dig… books, as well as Queers Dig Time Lords, as representative of the pitiful state of your typical Hugo nominee / winner these days. In all seriousness, and without sarcasm, it’s heartening to hear that someone who so heavily abuses the term ‘Social Justice Warriors’ holds a special dislike for our efforts to give women and LGBTQ people a greater voice in the world, as it means we’re doing something right. Correia’s rebuke, in fact, was a sort of fan mail that I’m almost tempted to frame and hang in my office.

“With so many things in life, there’s a temptation to coast on your progress – to find signs of improvement so encouraging, you stop running at top speed toward your goals. The Puppies’ power grab is a clarion call to anyone of opinion that the inclusion of women, LGBTQ folks and minorities in all levels of fandom – all levels of society, in fact – is a good thing, and we need to rise to that challenge.”

Mad Norwegian Press won the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Related Work for Chicks Dig Time Lords, and received Hugo nominations for Chicks Unravel Time (2013), Chicks Dig Comics (2013) and Queers Dig Time Lords (2014).

Space Helmet for a Cow officially on sale…

Mad Norwegian’s grand overview of the production of Doctor Who — the wry Space Helmet for a Cow: The Mad True Story of Doctor Who (1963-1989) by Paul Kirkley —is on sale today via Kindle and all retail outlets.

Companion Piece Table of Contents released

Mad Norwegian Press has released the full Table of Contents for the forthcoming essay book Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who. The book is officially on sale April 7, but advance copies are expected to be available at the Alien Entertainment table at Gallifrey 2015. Pre-orders are being taken for the print version (retail price: $19.95) with all major book retailers, plus in ebook form ($9.95) on Kindle and Kobo.

The full Table of Contents is as follows:

• The Impossible Girls by Deborah Stanish
• That Nitro-9 You’re Not Carrying: Violence and the Companion by Seanan McGuire
• Scheherazade and Galahad in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks by Mags L. Halliday
• Steven Taylor, Space Adventurer! by L.M. Myles
• Scintillating, Fascinating, Irritating by Liz Barr
• I Don’t Want Her to Go by Amy Gaertner
• “What a Splendid-Looking Roman You Make!”: The Male Companions, from Ian to Rory by Emma Nichols
• A Different Way of Living by Julia duMais
• We, Robots by Erika Ensign
• The Damned Don’t Cry by Sarah Groenewegen
• Stories and Fairytales: Feminism, Agency and Narrative Control with the Pond Family Women by Karen K. Burrows
• The Shakespeare Race Code by Amanda-Rae Prescott
• “I Can Do Your Part If You Can Do Mine”: Romana II as the Girl Doctor by Gwynne Garfinkle
• Mouth on Legs by Tehani Wessely
• From “There’s Nothing Only About Being a Girl” to “The Most Important Woman in the Whole of Creation”: Feminism and the Female Companions by Linnea Dodson
• Where in Eternity… is Josephine Grant Jones? by Joan Frances Turner
• Forever Playing Second Fiddle: How Sarah Jane and the Rest of Us are being Sold Short by Nina Allan
• The Barbara Strain by Lynne M. Thomas
• The Curious Case of Miss Victoria Waterfield by Jennifer Adams Kelley
• “Where Do I Fit In?”: The Tale of Perpugilliam Brown by Stephanie Lai
• My Doctor: Harry Sullivan by Sarah McDermott
• Donna: Noble by Name and Noble by Nature by Karen Miller
• Rewriting History with Sticky Notes: Narrative, Agency and Bernice Summerfield by Emma Ward
• Scientists, Not Office Boys: Zoe and Liz, Science-Heroes by Anna Livingston
• The Uses of Turlough by Anne Goldsmith
• Amy‘s Choice: Doctor Who Companions and the Nightmare of Domesticity by Una McCormack
• The Ones He Leaves Behind by Foz Meadows
• Science Princess FTW by Mary Robinette Kowal
• Origin Story by Aneira Vaughn
• What Has Romana Ever Done For Us? by Phoebe Taylor
• The Heroine of Her Own Story by Britany Harrison and Liz Barr
• Sara Kingdom Dies at the End by Tansy Rayner Roberts
• A Question of Emphasis: The Doctor as Companion by Amal El-Mohtar

Ahistory 2012-2013 Update now on sale

Mad Norwegian Press is pleased to announce the release of a digital-only AHistory 2012-2013 update, which expands upon and compliments the work of Ahistory Third Edition. The update incorporates nearly 300 new Doctor Who-related stories into a timeline stretching from the very beginning of the universe to the end of time, and includes such works as Series 7 starring Matt Smith, all relevant New Series Adventures, Big Finish audios, IDW and Doctor Who Magazine comics, Torchwood tie-in works, and so much more.

The 2012-2013 update is currently available for purchase on Kindle for $9.95, and will in future be available on Nook, Kobo and iTunes.

Companion Piece (new “Chicks Dig” Doctor Who book) slated for April 7, 2015

Mad Norwegian Press is proud to announce the forthcoming publication of the essay collection Companion Piece — a sister publication to the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords, the Hugo-nominated Chicks Dig Comics, and more.

The book is edited by L.M. Myles (Chicks Unravel Time) and Liz Barr, and features about 30 essays by female writers. Contributors include Nina Allan (“Angelus”), Amal El-Mohtar (The Honey Month), Mary Robinette Kowal (Shades of Milk and Honey), Seanan McGuire (Rosemary and Rue), Karen Miller (The Innocent Mage), Tansy Rayner Roberts (Ink Black Magic), Deborah Stanish (Chicks Unravel Time), Lynne Thomas (Chicks Dig Time Lords), Joan Francis Turner (Dust), and Tehani Wessely (FableCroft Publishing) and more.

Companion Piece (ISBN: 978193523197) will be published on April 7th, 2015, and retail (print version) for $19.95. The book will also be available as an ebook on Kindle, Nook, Kobo and iBooks on the day of release.

Full Chicks Dig Gaming Table of Contents released

Mad Norwegian Press has released the full Table of Contents for Chicks Dig Gaming, the forthcoming essay book on sale November 11th. The book features contributions by 35 female authors on  topics ranging from hardcore game analysis to personal anecdotes — from a celebration of world traveler Nellie Bly and the board game she inspired to the art of corporate spying and murder in Eve Online, and much, much more.

• Thank You, Mario, but Our Princess is in Another Castle, by Catherynne M. Valente
• ’Round the World With Nellie Bly, by Rosemary Jones
• Select Hero or Heroine, by Dawn Foran
• How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Numbers: a Girl, a Rulebook and Arithmetic, by Seanan McGuire
• Look Behind You! A Three-Headed Monkey!, by L.M. Myles
• So You Want to Start a Fight, by Dorothy Ail
• Who in the Hell is Carmen Sandiego?, by Teresa Jusino
• An Interview with Lisa Stevens
• Intuition, Gaming and the Laboratory Scientist, by Kelly Swails
• Saving the Galaxy in Cute Shoes, by Zoe Estrin-Grele
• The Silence of the Games, by Sarah Groenewegen
• Raising Gamers, by Filamena Young
• Game Change, by Linnea Dodson
• The Evolution of a LARPer in Three Acts, by Johanna Mead
• Black Windows, by E. Lily Yu
• Another Puzzle Solved? Professor Layton and the Passive Princess, by Mags L. Halliday
• An Axe Up My Sleeve, by Cheryl Twist
• A Chick Who Doesn’t Dig Games Plays “Portal,” by Fiona Moore
• An Interview with Margaret Weis
• How to Design Games for Boys, by Lynnea Glasser
• The Grace of Dice and Glossy Cardstock, by Lucy A. Snyder
• THAC0 of a Gamer Girl, by Jaleigh Johnson
• Let Us Play, by Lene Taylor
• The Hero in My Story, by Caitlin Sullivan
• When the Stars are Right, by Wendy N. Wagner
• A Vicarious Tale of Getting into Video Games for the Plot, by Hannah Rothman
• We Play to Lose, by Emily Care Boss
• It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, by Amy Hanson
• Saving Throws, by Jody Lynn Nye
• Go for the Eyes, Gamer Girls, Go for the Eyes!, by Sam Maggs
• Looking for Group, by G. Willow Wilson
• Refuge, by Mary Anne Mohanraj
• Leopards at the Wedding: Finding Love in a Glitchy Landscape, by Miriam Oudin
• Blood on the Hull: Gender, Dominion and the Business of Betrayal in “Eve,” by Jen J. Dixon
• Castling, by Racheline Maltese

Chicks Dig Gaming slated for November release

Mad Norwegian Press is proud to announce the forthcoming publication of Chicks Dig Gaming, the newest installment in its Hugo Award-winning range of essay collections on women and various kinds of fandom.

In this book, editors Jennifer Brozek (Apocalypse Ink Productions), Robert Smith? (Who is the Doctor?) and Lars Pearson (editor-in-chief, the Chicks Dig series) bring together essays by nearly three dozen female writers to celebrate the gaming medium and its creators, and to examine the characters and series that they love.

Catherynne M. Valente (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland, Indistinguishable from Magic) examines Super Mario Bros. through the lens of Samsara, the Wheel of Birth and Rebirth; Seanan McGuire (the October Daye series) details how gaming taught her math; G. Willow Wilson (Alif the Unseen) comes to terms with World of Warcraft; and Rosemary Jones (Forgotten Realms) celebrates world traveler Nellie Bly and the board game she inspired.

Other contributors include Emily Care Boss (Gaming as Women), Jen J. Dixon (The Walking Eye), Racheline Maltese (The Book of Harry Potter Trifles), Mary Anne Mohanraj (Bodies in Motion), L.M. Myles (Chicks Unravel Time), Jody Lynn Nye (the MythAdventures series), and E. Lily Yu (“The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”). Also featured: exclusive interviews with Paizo CEO Lisa Stevens and Dragonlance author Margaret Weis.

Chicks Dig Gaming will be published on November 11, 2014, with a retail price (print version) of $14.95. The book will also be available as an ebook on Kindle, Nook and iBooks on the day of release.

Space Helmet for a Cow: The Mad, True Story of Doctor Who slated for December release

Mad Norwegian Press is proud to announce the forthcoming release of Space Helmet for a Cow, a grand opus that provides a sweeping, wry and warm look at the behind-the-scenes story of Doctor Who – not just the greatest TV show ever made, but frequently the most insane TV show ever made. Which other program, for example, would attempt to sink Atlantis, wage inter-planetary war and crash Concorde – all in BBC Television Centre, on a budget that would barely cover a sitcom?

This is the story of how, over 50 years, a bunch of very clever, very dedicated and sometimes plain crazy people made Doctor Who happen, often against seemingly insuperable odds; a story of triumph and tragedy, tears and tantrums, and an awful lot of men called Donald.

This book also answers the burning questions few have dared tackle before. Questions like: How does a talking cabbage get an Equity card? What would have been in William Hartnell’s Glastonbury set? And if you meet a Yeti coming out of a loo in Tooting Bec, how long should you give it?

Space Helmet for a Cow will be published on December 9, 2014, with a retail price (print version) of $14.95. The book will also be available as an ebook on Kindle, Nook and iBooks on the day of release.

Volume 2 of Space Helmet for a Cow, covering the behind-the-scenes story of Doctor Who from 1990 to the end of Matt Smith’s tenure, will see release in 2015.