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Announcing the Winner of Thunder in the Void from Haffner Press!

Monday, June 4th, 2012 | Posted by John ONeill

thunder-in-the-voidThanks to all those who entered our contest to win a copy of Thunder in the Void, compliments of Haffner Press.

We asked our readers to submit the title of an imaginary Space Opera tale in honor of Henry Kuttner, whose imagination produced the stories in Thunder in the Void: “War-Gods of the Void,” “Raider of the Spaceways,” “We Guard the Black Planet,” “Crypt-City of the Deathless Ones,” the previously unpublished “The Interplanetary Limited,” and many more.

Here are the 13 finalists, as chosen by judges John O’Neill, C.S.E. Cooney, and Howard Andrew Jones:

“The Werehounds of Autumn Zero,” Daniel Eness
“Lamentations of a Dying Empire,” Mark Zuchowski
“Nightmare at Lightspeed,” Michael Rogers
“In the Clutches of the Gear-God,” Jason Thummel
“It Was Born In A Black Hole,” Dave Ritzlin
“Dark as a Nova, Slow as Light,” Martin PaweÅ
“Miss Manners and the Andromedan Royal Court,” Barbara Barrett
“Demon of the Farthest Star,” Ryan Rollins
“The Pirate Priestess of Pallas,” Mike Brown
“The Starfarers of Zaurak,” Shedrick Pittman-Hassett
“Vortex Raiders of Krygon-9,” Stephen Blount
“Purple Priestess of the Citadel of the Snake-Men,” Amy Farmer

After much discussion, pondering, and hand-to-hand combat, the judges managed to whittle the choices down to three finalists:

“It Was Born In A Black Hole,” Dave Ritzlin
“Demon of the Farthest Star,” Ryan Rollins
“The Pirate Priestess of Pallas,” Mike Brown

However, there can be only one winner — because we have only one copy of the book, and we forgot to come up with second prizes. So the judges were secluded until they managed to agree on a winner, and that winner is…

“Demon of the Farthest Star,” Ryan Rollins

Congratulations to Ryan! He will receive a copy of Henry Kuttner’s Thunder in the Void, compliments of Haffner Press.

Because we have lots of books lying around, we’ve managed to come up with something for Dave Ritzlin and Mike Brown as well… nothing as cool as Thunder in the Void, but really, that’s a tall order.

Thanks again to everyone who entered our contest. I love virtually all of the top 13 titles — you folks are a creative bunch.

The staff here at Black Gate would like to thank Stephen Haffner at Haffner Press for providing us promotional copies of Thunder in the Void, and for just being a cool guy.

Thunder in the Void is 612 pages in high-quality hardcover format, with an introduction by Mike Resnick and a cover price of $40. Cover art is by Norman Saunders. It is available directly from Haffner Press.


  1. A deserving winner — very Vancian sounding. But I gotta say, out of all the titles, the one I most wish had a story I could read has to be “The Werehounds of Autumn Zero.”

    Comment by Matthew David Surridge - June 4, 2012 3:43 am

  2. I was just thinking that looked like an enticing table of contents.

    Comment by Sarah Avery - June 4, 2012 9:40 pm

  3. Black Gate owns the entries, right? How about it’s contributors write stories/poems for each title?

    Comment by Mister_Alex - June 4, 2012 11:05 pm

  4. Matthew — thanks!

    And that was part of the criteria for selecting the winner: which story would you most want to read?

    “The Werehounds of Autumn Zero” was definitely one of my favorites as well. But I was only one of the three judges.

    Comment by John ONeill - June 5, 2012 1:06 am

  5. Sarah — yes, that was a nice side effect of this contest. :)

    Comment by John ONeill - June 5, 2012 1:06 am

  6. Alex,

    Tempting… but we’re currently closed to submissions, and expect to be for a while. :(

    Comment by John ONeill - June 5, 2012 1:06 am

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