The release date for The Middling Affliction has been announced: it will be hitting bookshelves everywhere on April 12, 2022!
Early preorders are very important. They make my publisher happy, instill confidence in bookstores and distributors to carry this title, and most importantly, they make me feel like a real writer. So, won’t you pretty please order your copy soon? I even have a bonus incentive for you:
Not sure yet? Read more about the book and sample the first chapter at the new dedicated Conradverse page.
Time, Space, and Alternate Universes panel – 1:10pm
Reading – 1:50
Attendees will get to hear an excerpt from a brand-new Conradverse story; a world premiere!
The rest of the day I will share a table with Esther Friesner in the dealers room. Please feel free to stop by for free signatures, free candy, and free advice (that last one worth almost as much as you will have paid for it!) We will also both have books for sale, and maybe a gently-used kidney. But probably just books.
Issue 12 launches on September 15. Buy it on all major ebook platforms or subscribe to our Patreon to get the issue early, for as little as $1 per month!
“Old People’s Folly” by Nora Schinnerl (Austria) “The Life Cycle of a Cyber-Bar” by Arthur Liu (China) translated by Nathan Faries (USA) “When a Sleeping Seed Blooms” by Alexandra Seidel (Germany) “Nobel Prize Speech Draft of Paul Winterhoeven, with Personal Notes” by Jane Espenson (USA) “When the Mujna Begins” by Oleg Divov (Russia) translated by Alex Shvartsman (USA)
I’m thrilled to finally announce this bit of news I’ve been sitting on for a few months. Now the ink is dry and the Publishers Marketplace announcement is out, so…
I sold my second novel, The Middling Affliction, to Caezik SF & Fantasy, in a deal negotiated by Valentina Sainato and Joshua Bilmes of JABberwocky Literary Agency.
Caezik Press is an imprint of Arc Manor. They publish Heinlein, Rob Sawyer, Ben Bova, and Harry Turtledove among others. They also publish Galaxy’s Edge magazine where many of my short stories have appeared. I’m thrilled to be working with them!
The Middling Affliction is a humorous urban fantasy adventure I like to explain as “The Dresden Files meets American Gods in New York City.” Those who have read my short stories may already be familiar with Conrad Brent, a hero who can perceive magic but can’t cast spells on his own. He fancies himself a magical Batman as he battles arcane threats using various artifacts and relying on his wits, a healthy amount of bluffing, and loads of caffeine to do his job. Conrad is the Brooklyn representative of the Watch, an organization of magic users whose mission is to protect mundanes (regular people) from monsters and unscrupulous or evil magic users.
This is book 1 of The Conradverse Chronicles, but it is written to work as a standalone, so no commitment to a series is required; you get a complete story.
The Middling Affliction will be hitting bookshelves in April 2022. Watch this space for more announcements! #SFWAPro
My fantasy novel Eridani’s Crown is on sale starting today (July 25) and through August 1st! Instead of the usual price of $6.99 you can grab it for only $3.99 which is over 40% off. And if you get it on Amazon, you can add the audio book for only $7.49 more, which is a steal!
You can get the discounted book from the following e-tailers:
The latest translation of mine from Russian has been accepted at this wonderful market, which I’ve been trying to crack for a decade. (Clarkesworld was the first magazine I ever submitted a short story to, back in 2010.) Very glad to share this first with Leonid Kaganov, a brilliant and popular writer from St. Petersburg for whom this is his first English language publication!
The latest issue of Future SF releases on June 15. Stories will be posted gradually onto the web here and available for immediate purchase from all major web platforms. The issue is going out to subscribers this weekend.
“Knights of the Phantom Realm” by Wanxiang Fengnian (China) translated by Nathan Faries “The Jellyfish” by K.A. Teryna (Russia) translated by Alex Shvartsman “Artificial Zen at the End of the World” by Gunnar De Winter (Belgium) “Unredacted Reports from 1546” by Leah Cypess (USA) “Follow” by T. R. Siebert (Germany)
Cover art by Luca Oleastri (Italy) Cover layout by Jay O’Connell (USA) Interior art by K.A. Teryna (Russia) #SFWAPro
I will be participating in my first live event since the pandemic started, and it will be a multi-author reading–with ice cream!
This is the inaugural event hosted by Randee Dawn over at the Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn. You will get to hear readings from Keith DeCandido, Mary Fan, and myself. I’ll be reading from my novel, Eridani’s Crown.
My essay, “A Brief History of Russian Science Fiction” has gone live as part of the Clarkesworld magazine May issue. You can read it here.
It is, of course, only possible to scratch the surface of the subject in so brief a piece. I’ve tried to go for a birds-eye view and focus on the big picture stuff as it attempts to cover 100+ years of history.
Meantime, I continue to do my small part to share some of the great Russian language short fiction with Anglophone readers. There are several pieces slated for publication in top tier magazines over the next 9 months, and several more currently out on submission.
I’m in talks with several editors and anthologists who would like to consider translations for their upcoming projects, and always happy to talk to others. If you’d like help connecting with Russian authors, a reprint recommendation, or need an original piece translated for your project, do not hesitate to reach out.