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Books news: Rudy Rucker, Harrison Ford, Electric Literature and more

October 14, 2010 |  3:24 pm

The mulitplatform magazine Electric Literature has created another single-sentence animation from one of its stories. This time it's from the story "Three Figures and a Dog" by Robero Ransom from Electric Literature No. 4; watch it above.

In other short-story news, science fiction demigods Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling have combined their star power and collaborated on a new story for Tor.com, "Good Night, Moon." It's online only.

Open Road Integrated Media, which specialized in releasing high-profile e-books, has announced it will e-publish mystery titles from Lawrence Block, Stephen Coonts, Robert K. Tanenbaum and Don Winslow as well as the classic children's series The Boxcar Children Mysteries.

Comedic actor Paul Reiser, who hit the bestseller lists back in the 1990s with his books "Couplehood" and "Babyhood" is coming back to shelves in 2011 with "Familyhood," publisher Hyperion announced Wednesday. The star of "Mad About You" will also be returning to TV next year in "The Paul Reiser Show."

Harrison Ford and writer E.O. Wilson have teamed up with PEN to create a new award, the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing. Wilson is a scientist and writer; Ford, best known for his acting, is a board member of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation. The first winner will be chosen in fall 2011 and recieve a prize of $10,000.

Meanwhile, in the kind of book news that is beginning to seem like a broken record, hardcover sales are down, e-books are up, according to numbers released Thursday by the American Assn. of Publishers. But that's for August; things will really get interesting when the holidays roll around.

-- Carolyn Kellogg