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Corrupted Science front cover

We’ve been running a NetGalley promo, and will be changing the available titles shortly. Corrupted Science will be archived this coming Sunday night, August 26, and replaced by another title, so if you review books and are interested in Corrupted Science, it’d be a good idea to sign on with NetGalley now.

We’ll be archiving most of the other currently available e-books a week after that, so again it’d be a good idea to sign up with NetGalley now if any of the following are of interest.

Here’s a brief description of NetGalley followed by a list of currently available titles.

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If you read e-books and even occasionally review them on Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, etc., or your blog (if you have one), you might want to check out NetGalley. Ditto if you work for a library or a bookstore.

NetGalley a service that provides free e-books to those who review at least some of the free books they download, or who work for institutions (bookstores, libraries) that order books. This differs from the unrestricted book-giveaway sites in that while anyone can create a NetGalley reader account, prior to okaying a book download publishers can check to see how many of the books a particular reviewer downloaded he or she reviewed. So, publishers are free to turn down “reviewers” who have downloaded say 20 or 30 books and haven’t reviewed any of them.

But if you like to read e-books and at least occasionally review some of them, or work for a library or a bookstore, it’s great. It couldn’t be easier to sign up for this free service at NetGalley’s web site, and even very short, one- or two-sentence reviews count.

We currently have the following e-books available for download by reviewers:

  • Corrupted Science: Fraud, Ideology, and Politics in Science (revised & expanded), by two-time Hugo Award winner John Grant. This brand new book (pub date June 15) covers the historical period from the days of Galileo to the present, and covers a very wide range of topics including fraud by scientists themselves, the vast array of corporate misuse and misrepresentation of science, and the misuse and misrepresentation of science by authoritarian regimes, notably Nazi Germany under Hitler, the Soviet Union under Stalin, and the USA under Trump, with a special focus on climate change denial under Trump.
  • Sleep State Interrupt, by T.C. Weber. This cyberpunk thriller deals with an even more overtly repressive near-future America and the struggle against that repression by a multicultural crew of hackers and political activists attempting to wake the USA from its “sleep state.” Sleep State Interrupt received a Compton Crook Award nomination in 2017 for Best First Science Fiction Novel and has received dozens of favorable reviews on both Amazon and Goodreads.
  • Anarchist Cookbook front coverThe Anarchist Cookbook, by Keith McHenry with Chaz Bufe, introduction by Chris Hedges. Anarchists have talked for decades about producing an anarchist cookbook, a book whose contents accurately reflect its title. A book written by anarchists that delivers recipes for social change, recipes for tasty food, and accurate information about anarchism. There have been several false starts on such a book, but no one has ever published one. Until now.Topics covered include the nature of anarchism, approaches to social and political change—what works and what doesn’t, avoiding entrapment by the FBI, food politics, and vegan recipes and cooking for both large and small groups. Popmatters says that this book “features a lively tone and inspiring argument. . . . [It’s an] affordable and handsomely produced compendium.”
  • Cover for Stage Fright:40 Stars Tell You How You Can Beat America's #1 FearStage Fright: 40 Stars Tell You How They Beat America’s #1 Fear, by Mick Berry and Michael Edelstein, PhD. This groundbreaking book contains 40 interviews with highly accomplished public figures on dealing with stage fright, offering tips from their own experiences in overcoming it. Jason Alexander, Mose Allison, Maya Angelou, David Brenner, Peter Coyote, Olympia Dukakis, Melissa Etheridge, Richard Lewis, Ron Paul, Robin Williams, and 30 others sound off about their trials with stage fright, candidly discussing their fears and insecurities with life in the public eye and ultimately revealing the various paths they followed to overcoming them.
    Stage fright sufferers from all walks of life—whether a high school freshman nervous about an oral presentation or a professional baseball player with the eyes of the world on him—will find consolation by understanding the commonality of their problem, as well as helpful information to finally shed their inhibitions.
  • Free Radicals, by Zeke Teflon front coverFree Radicals: A Novel of Utopia and Dystopia, by Zeke Teflon. The reviews tell you all you need to know regarding this sci-fi novel about a hard-bitten bar musician exiled to a prison planet filled with religious and political cults:

“Solidly entertaining . . . reminiscent of early Mick Farren.” –Publishers Weekly

“The plot holds the reader’s interest and should appeal to a fairly wide audience.” —Booklist

“[Free Radicals] is among the best future-shock reads in years. . . . Teflon wields a dark sense of humor . . . and is a terrific depicter of violence. . . . [Free Radicals] is the only sci-fi novel I’ve read that captures the gritty existence of a futuristic bar musician . . . [It also] makes great use of border Spanish; . . . If we lived in the ’60s and ’70s when audience-rattling paperbacks like Naked Lunch were cheap, plentiful and available on pharmacy spinner-racks, critics would hail Free Radicals as a masterpiece.” —Tucson Weekly

So, if you review books and any of these titles appeal to you, we’d suggest signing up with NetGalley now, as we’ll be taking down these titles from NetGalley shortly and replacing them with others.

Finally, just a reminder that book reviews are fun to write and that your reviews do matter and can be a tremendous help to both small publishers and to other readers.


(A few weeks ago, we ran a brief obit for our good friend Earl Lee, who died last month. The following is a more complete obituary written by Earl’s son Nathan.)

EarlAuthor, librarian, and free thinker Earl Wayne Lee passed away at home in Pittsburg, Kansas on February 19th, 2015 at the age of 60 after a year-long struggle with pancreatic cancer. Earl was born November 8th, 1954 in Rockford, Illinois. After several years of moving every few years, his family settled in Calamine, Arkansas. Watching the local ABC channel, he developed his lifelong love of cheesy horror movies. He had a devotion to learning, and as a child he asked to be bussed a half hour away to a larger school in Cave City, Arkansas, so that he could better prepare himself for the future. In 1972, he went to Lyon College to study Western Literature, where he wrote columns for the college newspaper. In 1975, he went to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas to begin work on his masters in English literature. In the master’s program, he met his future wife, Kathy De Grave. He graduated from the U of A in 1978 with his Master of Arts, and in the same year he married Kathy. Earl went on to get his high school teaching certification in 1982, but ultimately decided that his true calling lay in working with books. In 1985, he graduated with his Masters of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After graduating with his MLS he took his first library job at Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma in 1986. In 1987 he took a new job as acquisitions librarian at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. He was an active faculty member at Pitt State for over 25 years, including involvement in the faculty senate, and he eventually reached the rank of University Professor. He worked tirelessly to curate the book collection at Pitt State, always seeking to find balance within the collection.

Although he thoroughly enjoyed his work in the library, his true passion was always writing. Over the course of his career he wrote many articles on religion and censorship that have appeared in The Humanist, Religious Humanism, Freethought Today, Truth Seeker, The Match! American Libraries, You Are Being Lied to, and Counterpoise. He has also written a number of books, including the novels Drakulya and Raptured: The Final Daze of the Late, Great Planet Earth, and the nonfiction Libraries Betrayed, Libraries in the Age of Mediocrity, and his most recent book from Park Street Press, From the Bodies of the Gods. He also turned his novel Drakulya into a play that was staged by the Pitt State communications department in 2001. He was also well known for his foreword to Upton Sinclair’s  The Jungle: the Uncensored Original Edition. Before he died, Earl had just finished writing a new novel, The Unkindness of Ravens: A Romance of the Late War, which will be published by See Sharp Press in the Spring of 2016.

Earl was well known for his unique sense of humor, his kindness, and his generosity. For all his academic achievements, when asked what he valued most in life, he said it was his family. He was preceded in death by his father Early Ray Lee. He is survived by his wife Kathy De Grave, and their three children, Nathan, Cambria, and Erin De Lee, his mother Opal Lee, and his siblings, Brian Lee, Cara Dickison, and Andy Lee. His wife, mother, siblings, children, and friends all miss him dearly. A memorial service for Earl was held at Pitt State’s Leonard H. Axe Library on Friday, February 27th.

Earl was always been a defender of the First Amendment. If you’d like to support that cause, please donate in his name to the Freedom to Read Foundation.

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We recently reposted a number of Earl’s blog posts. They’re well worth reading and provide good examples of Earl’s sense of humor.