Live Panel and IGMS Free Fiction!

April 4, 2020

Live Panel Today!

Since we’re all locked in and living in a poorly-written disaster novel, science fiction conventions are going virtual! This weekend I was supposed to be hanging out with all the cool people at Heliosphere in Tarrytown, NY, but — alas. So, Heliosphere has gone virtual and are doing some of their programming via Zoom.

The entire program is available here:
http://www.heliosphereny.org/beyond-the-corona-2/

Whereas my panel will be at 3pm. It’s called “I Wrote a Thing! Now what… ?” and I’ll be joined by authors and editors Mike Ventrella, Ian Randall Strock, and Amy Grech. You need no special equipment, just click on this link at or around 3pm Eastern time:
https://zoom.us/j/265441882

Free Fiction!

Over the years, Intergalactic Medicine Show published some of my best short stories. Only problem was, their content was usually hidden behind the paywall. Although IGMS is no longer publishing new issues, they recently made the move to make their entire 14-year run of stories free for everyone to read! Which is awesome, because there was is a LOT of great stuff in there.

Here’s the link to the entire run, followed by my individual story links, in chronological order. This includes my most successful story by far, “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma.” If you haven’t read any of my fiction yet – start there!

Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i33&article=_004

High-Tech Fairies and the Pandora Perplexity
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i37&article=_003

The Golem of Deneb Seven
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i40&article=_001

The Fiddle Game (includes audio)
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i41&article=_006

Customer Service Support Ticket at All-American Wizardry Supply and Custom Floor Mat Emporium (includes audio)
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i62&article=_006

The Gilga-Mess (a Coffee Corps story)
http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=issue&vol=i67&article=_001

UFO8 Update

We’re in the final week of the UFO8 kickstarter campaign and, as I write these words, still need to raise over $2000 in order to get funded. When I launched the campaign I had no idea the world would change so drastically. My business has been shuttered by the state of New York as non-essential, which puts even more pressure on me to fund a project like this out of pocket. So, if you are able to support this book (and snag some really cool rewards in the process), please do!

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UFO8 Kickstarter is Now Live, plus cover reveal!

March 10, 2020

 

Check out the gorgeous cover for UFO8 by Tomasz Maronski!

The Kickstarter campaign to fund this volume is now live. There are loads of great rewards, including some very limited ones such as signed books and tuckerizations, so select yours soon! Submissions for UFO8 will open on April 1 and the number of stories I can buy from the open call will definitely depend on the success of the crowdfunding campaign.
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Sweet & Reading Series at Ample Hills – March 24

March 5, 2020

Tuesday, March 24 I will be reading in downtown Brooklyn alongside Sam J. Miller and Nibedita Sen. This will be the inaugural event of a brand-new reading series, hosted by Randee Dawn. Please see the event Facebook page for details!
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Gods Playing Poker – in Galaxy’s Edge 43

March 2, 2020

I have a new story out, and it’s bittersweet.

It was the last story of mine acquired by Mike Resnick before he passed. Mike has been a friend and a mentor. I’ve edited and published his work, and he bought and published a number of my stories in his magazine. I had the honor of appearing in the very first issue, and a number of times since. This is now issue #43 of a bi-monthly magazine going into its eighth year — a huge rarity in the SF/F zine field. And it’s still there. It’s still going strong.

Publisher Shahid Mahmud and the new editor-in-chief Lezli Robyn will keep things going. Lezli is not so new — she’s been there, behind the scenes, from the beginning, tirelessly working on loads of magazine-related stuff and other Arc Manor projects. And Shahid is as professional and committed as any publisher I’ve ever worked with. But this magazine has always been Mike’s baby. His spirit permeates it. His name will remain on the cover as the creator, which is very cool. Every issue going forward will be a small tribute to Mike, from those of us writing for it, editing it, or reading it.

This issue also has dozens of appreciations written about Mike by people whose lives he’s touched. I wrote one of those as well. Check them out.

And when the mood strikes you, check out my story. It’s about trickster gods from different cultures getting together to play Texas Hold ‘Em. It will be available online for free for the next two months, until the next issue replaces it, and thereafter available wherever the magazine is sold.

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The entire UFO series on sale!

February 25, 2020

All UFO volumes are discounted from $5.99 to $2.99 between now and Sunday, March 8. The sale price is available on Amazon, Kobo, B&N, Google, and iTunes. We’re celebrating the triumphant return of the series. Many of the volumes have never been discounted before!

On Saturday, February 29, Unidentified Funny Objects 7 will be a featured deal on Bargain Booksy. On Sunday, March 1, the same book will be the featured deal on BookBub.

Then, on or around March 3, we will launch the Kickstarter campaign to fund UFO8. We will also reveal the awesome cover for the new volume at the same time.

And, finally, submissions for UFO8 will open on April 1.

That’s the plan. It’ll be a busy Spring!

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Reviews for Eridani’s Crown

February 15, 2020

There have been some wonderful reviews for Eridani’s Crown and I’ve been sharing them on social media, but I realize that I haven’t actually posted/linked them from the blog. Here they are:

Strange Horizons

The Indie Athenaeum

Publishers Weekly

These are some of my favorites, though there are a number of other solid reviews from The Independent, Quella, and many others. The novel remains available in print, audio, and electronic formats!

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Introducing: The Hex is In

February 11, 2020

UFO Publishing will soon be releasing a Mike Resnick collection of Harry the Book stories titled The Hex is In: The Fast Life and Fantastic Times of Harry the Book.

This book will collect, for the first time, all fifteen Harry the Book stories Mike has written. These stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies and magazines spanning a decade. Several of them were only published in the United Kingdom, and one has never been published anywhere at all.

Two of these stories premiered in the Unidentified Funny Objects series while one more was reprinted in Funny Fantasy. Others have been published by such editors as Gardner Dozois, Martin Greenberg, and Eric Flint.

Harry the Book yarns are humorous fantasy set in the alternate version of New York where magic is real and fantastical creatures are commonplace. In fact, this is a shared setting with Mike’s Stalking the Unicorn series.

Harry the Book is a bookie who takes bets on everything from horse races to dancing contests to political campaigns. And — always — the hex is in. Unscrupulous magicians meddle with the odds forcing Harry and his motley crew (which includes a four-hundred-pound flunky, a six-foot-ten zombie, and a lovelorn wizard) to scramble, dealing with the consequences.

These stories are written in a unique voice–meant to emulate and pay tribute to Damon Runyon (author of Guys and Dolls and other stories). Runyon was the bard of the New York underbelly of the early 20th century, celebrating the hustlers, gamblers, and gangsters of the era.

Filled with larger-than-life characters and ridiculous scenarios, this book is sure to delight Resnick fans and Runyon fans alike.

Carol Resnick, Mike’s wife who is a Runyon fan and for whom Mike wrote these stories, will pen the introduction.

I’m very excited about the opportunity to publish this book and will keep you updated on its progress!

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