Two new anthology stories coming out in September

September 17, 2017

I have two very different short stories releasing in exciting anthologies this month.

First up is “Ambassador to the Meek” in The Sum of Us anthology from Laksa Press, edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law. This anthology celebrates caregivers and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity. The editors have done a great job promoting this book, with blog posts recently appearing on John Scalzi’s blog, Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog, and many other places. There are some excellent writers involved, and the book is available currently.

 

“Ambassador to the Meek” is a dystopian story set in the world where instantaneous transportation has become available (think Star Trek teleporter), but while scientists initially discovered no ill effects, it was later discovered that any living being that used such a teleporter was going to die from the damage to their cells after about twenty years from initial use. And since these were phased in over time, this creates a sort of gradual apocalypse with most of the Earth’s population doomed to die over the course of several years.

The story follows a woman whose job it is to find homes for the orphaned children born after the discovery and thus bound to survive. She’s reaching out to communities that have never used the teleporter for religious or other reasons — the Amish, the orthodox, and various groups mistrustful of modern technology. In this story, she must return to the compound of the cult her mother and her had escaped from when she was a child.

 

My other story is very different. It will appear in OCEANS: The Anthology, edited by Jessica West and published by Daniel Arthur Smith, releasing late this month. You can pre-order it on Amazon for only $0.99 prior to release! “The Hunt for the Vigilant” is a Lovecraftian humor story with a twist. Here’s the marketing blurb for it from the book:

Magic is real and its programmable. Eldritch gods exist but can be held at bay by consuming coffee and playing YouTube videos of warding chants. And now the whole world knows this.

An eccentric billionaire sees this as a business opportunity. He recruits the man responsible for revealing the existence of magic to the public for a mission to the bottom of the South Pacific that is more dangerous than either of them realize.

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New publication: “The Practical Guide to Punching Nazis” at Daily Science Fiction

July 31, 2017

This is how you know I’m a science fiction writer: when the news broke of a certain hatemonger getting punched in the face during a live interview, my first thought was, “a time traveler did it.” And as the internet busied itself with debate as to whether or not it was okay to punch this person, the story had coalesced in my mind.

Enjoy!

The Practical Guide to Punching Nazis at Daily Science Fiction

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July 2017 Publications

July 21, 2017

Publications — just like acceptances — seem to happen for me in clumps. After a few weeks of inactivity I’ve got three releases this week, and one coming up next week.

First up is an original story over at Nature. “Catalogue of Items in the Chess Exhibition at the Humanities Museum, Pre-Enlightenment Wing” is a very dark tale. It’s one of several chess-inspired stories (sort of!) I’ve written for Nature and you can follow a link at the bottom of the story to a brief blog post about that.

Second is today’s podcast at Tales to Terrify, which produced one of my very few horror short stories — “A Thousand Cuts.” I’m proud to complete my District of Wonders trifecta as I’ve now had stories appear in all three of their genre podcasts — Starshipsofa, Far-Fetched Fables, and now Tales to Terrify.

Third up is the Science Fiction for the Throne: One-Sitting Readsan anthology from Fantastic Books edited by Tom Easton and Judith K. Dial.  It includes a reprint of another Nature story of mine with a long title: “Staff Meeting, As Seen by the Spam Filter.” I’m a big proponent of flash fiction and am very pleased that Fantastic Books is publishing what might be the first of many in this series. I hope the book does well enough to be followed by Fantasy for the Throne, etc.

The fourth publication is coming up in a week. Daily Science Fiction will run my new story, “The Practical Guide to Punching Nazis” on July 31.

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New podcast: “Letting Go” at 600 Second Saga

June 29, 2017

There’s a new podcast of my Daily Science Fiction story “Letting Go” out as of yesterday. Check it out here:

http://insani-x.com/2017/06/28/s2-13-letting-go/

Check it out, and take a look at the other 600 Second Saga offerings — this is a new (to me) venue and I very much enjoyed working with them.

 


UFO6 Table of Contents

June 15, 2017

UFO6 will include 20 humorous SF/F short stories and will be published in October 2017. The following is the finalized table of contents for this book:

Foreword by Alex Shvartsman
“A Game of Goblins” by Jim C. Hines
“The Breakdown of Parasite/Host Relationship” by Paul R. Hardy
“From This She Makes a Living?” by Esther Friesner
“Twenty-Nine Responses to Inquiries About My Craigslist Post: Alien Spaceship for Sale $200, You Haul” by Tina Connolly
“Tyler the Snot Elemental Scours the Newspaper, Searching for Change” by Zach Shephard
“Agent of Chaos” by Jack Campbell
“Display of Affection” by P. J. Sambeaux
“The Great Manhattan Eat-Off” by Mike Resnick
“An Evil Opportunity Employer” by Lawrence Watt-Evans
“Common Scents” by Jody Lynn Nye
“A Mountain Man and a Cat Walk into a Bar” by Alan Dean Foster
“Lost and Found” by Laura Resnick
“A Crawlspace Full of Prizes” by Bill Ferris
“Return to Sender” by Melissa Mead
“The Friendly Necromancer” by Rod M. Santos
“An Open Letter to the Sentient AI Who Has Announced Its Intention to Take Over the Earth” by Ken Liu
“Approved Expense” by David Vierling
“Alexander Outland: Space Jockey” by Gini Koch
“Dear Joyce” by Langley Hyde
“Impress Me, Then We’ll Talk About the Money” by Tatiana Ivanova (translated from Russian by Alex Shvartsman)

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Balticon 2017 and New Story

May 26, 2017

I’m driving to Baltimore this morning and will be attending Balticon Friday through Sunday. Here’s where you can find me:

Saturday, 10am – 5th Floor, Guilford – The State of SFF Publishing panel

Saturday, 12pm – 5th Floor, Mt. Washington – Editing the Short Story panel

Saturday, 2pm – 6th Floor, St. George – Author reading (with John French and Elektra Hammond)

Saturday, 6pm – 8th Floor, Room 8006 – Contracts for Writers panel

Sunday, 9am – 8th Floor, Room 8029 – Kafeeklatsch (30 minutes)

Sunday, 10am – 6th Floor, St. George – Jews… In… Space… panel

Sunday, 12:30pm – 5th Floor, Autograph tables – Autograph session (with Starla Huchton) (30 minutes)

Sunday, 1pm – 8th Floor, Room 8029 – The Business of Short Fiction workshop

 

Meantime, read my latest SF flash fiction piece which came out from Daily Science Fiction this week:

Parametrization of Complex Weather Patterns for Two Variables

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Cover and TOC reveal – The Cackle of Cthulhu

May 22, 2017

The Cackle of Cthulhu, an anthology of Lovecraftian humor, is forthcoming from Baen Books in January, 2018.

It will include the following stories:

“The Shunned Trailer” by Esther Friesner

“The Captain in Yellow” by David Vaughan

“My Little Old One” by Jody Lynn Nye

“Tales of a Fourth Grade Shoggoth” by Kevin Wetmore

“Friday Night at Brazee’s” by Mike Resnick

“To Whatever” by Shaenon K. Garrity

“The Doom that Came to Providence” by Brian Trent

“Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma” by Alex Shvartsman

“The Call of the Pancake Factory” by Ken Liu

“The Innsmouth of the South” by Rachael K. Jones

“WWRD” by Yvonne Navarro

“In the Employee Manual of Madness” by G. Scott Huggins

“Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar” by Neil Gaiman

“HP and Me” by Gini Koch

“The Greatest Leader” by Aidan Doyle

“But Someone’s God to Do It!” by Konstantine Paradias

“Call of the Uncopyrighted Intellectual Property” by Amanda Helms

“Cthulhu, P. I.” by Laura Resnick

“A Stiff Bargain” by Matt Mikalatos

“The Shadow Over My Dorm Room” by Laura Pearlman

“The Tingling Madness” by Lucy Snyder

“The Girl Who Loved Cthulhu” by Nick Mamatas

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