Future SF issue 2 cover and TOC reveal

March 11, 2019

Future Science Fiction Digest volume 2 releases March 15.

Table of contents:

“Tideline Treasures, or Growing Up Along the Mile-High Dyke” by Tais Teng and Jaap Boekestein

“The Roost of Ash and Fire” by David Walton

“The Lord of Rivers” by Wanxiang Fengnian (translated by Nathan Faries)

“No Body Enough” by Dantzel Cherry

“An Actual Fish” by Natalia Theodoridou

“The Peculiar Gravity of Home” by Beth Cato

“The Zest for Life” by N. R. M. Roshak

“The Token” by Mike Resnick

“To Save a Human” by Svyatoslav Loginov (translated by Max Hrabrov)

This issue will be live at www.future-sf.com on March 15, 2019.

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Publication: “Whom He May Devour” podcast at StarShipSofa

March 8, 2019

This story was originally published in Nautil.us and was a 2017 nominee for the Canopus Award. Listen to it at StarShipSofa or read it at Nautilus.
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Publication: “The Gilga-Mess” in IGMS

February 22, 2019

I’m incredibly honored to have my story be the lead story of an IGMS issue for the second time. (Which means it gets full color artwork!) Like last time, the art is by the amazing M. Wayne Miller. So cool! The story is called “The Gilga-Mess” and is the third installment in the Coffee Corps series (though it reads just fine as a standalone.)

My joy is mixed with an equal dose of sadness as IGMS will be closing its virtual doors after two more issues. It has been a wonderful presence on the SF scene and I’m indebted to its staff and especially its editors, Scott M. Roberts and Edmund Schubert before him, for publishing some of the best stories I’ve written.

You can preview the story by clicking here.

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“The Rule of Three” by Lawrence M. Schoen is a Nebula Finalist!

February 20, 2019

I’m very excited to share that “The Rule of Three” by Lawrence M. Schoen which I edited and published in issue 1 of Future SF this past December is a Nebula Award finalist! This is an excellent first contact story, but reminiscent of golden age SF and modern in its sensibilities. If you haven’t read or listened to it yet, please do so! It’s available online for free in both formats:

Read “The Rule of Three” online
Listen to “The Rule of Three” narrated by Wulf Moon

At this point the entire first issue has been unlocked and is free to read online, and I’m hard at work putting together issue 2, which will launch on March 15.

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Publication: “Gifts of Prometheus” in Nature

February 20, 2019

My flash fiction SF story “Gifts of Prometheus” is live and free to read at Nature. Enjoy!
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Publication: The Goddess of Birds and Wind in Gorgon: Stories of Emergence

February 16, 2019

My short story “The Goddess of Birds and Wind” appears in the latest anthology from Pantheon Magazine, edited by Sarah Read. Check it out!

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No UFO volume in 2019

February 9, 2019

I will not be editing and publishing Unidentified Funny Objects 8 this year.

There are a number of factors that led to this decision. First and foremost among them are the health setbacks I’d experienced in the latter half of 2018. Things are pretty much back on track now, health-wise, but two surgeries and months of recovery time put a significant dent in my writing and editing schedule, creating a deficit I’m yet to recover from. Rather than to push even harder and overload myself with responsibilities, I’ve looked to reduce the number of projects on my plate, and between crowdfunding, reading submissions, editing, and marketing, UFO is the most time-consuming editing project I engage in every year.

The second contributing factor is my work on Future SF — a quarterly magazine is about as involved and complex an undertaking as one might expect, and I felt it was only fair to give it a proper amount of attention and care, especially over the course of the early issues, while I establish the ‘zine and build staff. By this time next year I hope to have content inventory levels that will allow me to focus on UFO submissions exclusively for six weeks; right now I’m still buying stories for issues 2 and 3 with pretty much nothing “banked” in my coffers yet.

Finally, there are other projects across writing, translation, and editing fields. There are some exciting things happening on the latter two fronts and I hope to be able to share something about that relatively soon, but my primary focus is on writing; I hope to complete my third novel by summer, while my agent is shopping around the first two.

UFO series is far from canceled. I expect to release UFO6 and UFO7 in audio book format this year. UFO6 is almost done and I’m waiting on my voice narrator partners to finish editing their narration so we can announce and release it. I will also feature some humorous science fiction in Future SF to tide UFO fans over. I’ll be reaching out to series regulars to solicit material for this.

Looking ahead, I hope to resume the series in 2020. I would also consider teaming up with another publisher for future volumes, which would allow me to focus on the creative work of putting the anthology together and not so much on marketing and other business aspects of the project.

Until then, and as always, happy reading.

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