October 13, 2019
This coming Tuesday, October 15, I will be participating in the Galactic Philadelphia reading alongside Anna Kashina. We’re both Soviet-born fantasy authors with recently-launched or upcoming books, so fans of swordplay and sorcery should have a grand time at this event!
The event will begin at 7pm and each of us will read for approximately 20 minutes, followed by a Q&A and a book signing. Bring your own copies or buy some of ours! Should be a load of fun, and a nice way to get your hands on Eridani’s Crown prior to the launch at Capclave next weekend.
Details are posted here.
October 2, 2019
In the last 24 hours, Future SF got a couple of nice mentions over at Locus and Tor.com.
Karen Burnham reviewed issue 3 in the current (#705) Locus magazine. “The impression I’ve formed of Future Science Fiction Digest over three issues so far,” she writes, “is of a magazine that is happy to combine sentiment with core science fictional tropes and plots.” I agree with this so much, I feel like adding this to our submissions guidelines!
She went on to select two of the translated stories as Recommended: “Americans on the Moon” by Oleg Divov and “Walking in the Cold and the Dark” by Lu Momo.
Meantime, Alex Brown selected “Through the Fog, a Distant Land Appears” by Wanxiang Fegnian among the must-read speculative fiction for September. This story will be unlocked to read for free on the web on October 16, or you can buy the entire issue ebook from all the major e-tailers and read now for $3.99
September 25, 2019
Narrated by Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart of Escape Artists, UFO6 is finally available in audio! Check it out here:
September 15, 2019
I’ll be mostly offline over the course of next week, traveling to Distant Places for Reasons which shall be revealed at the Appropriate Time. Rest assured these are good reasons and I’m doing very cool things. But. This also means I’ll be away and unable to promote my upcoming novel which, by the way, is now available for preorder in both print and ebook.
Unless you got an advance copy via Kickstarter or plan on attending Capclave where I will have a stack of books and hopefully host a launch party, then your mission should you choose to accept it is:
* Preorder your copy.
You don’t have to get it from B&N or Amazon (where preorders are live now) if you don’t want to. Your local bookstore can order a copy for you, since they’re available to them wholesale in the Ingram catalog. You can also request that your local library carry it, though if you’re going to do that please wait another 10 days or so until the hardback version is available for them. (Libraries much prefer hardcovers because they survive a lot longer in their system.)
Either way, preorders are a HUGE boon to the author as they can play a role in local stores bringing in extra copies for their shelves, B&N placing additional copies in their many physical stores, and Amazon sales rankings pushing the algorithms to promote the book to more readers. Your money spent on the preorder works a lot harder than merely earning the author a few bucks’ royalty.
* Tell others.
Getting the word out beyond one’s group of friends and loyal readers is really hard. A recommendation of a friend is far more likely to result in someone else buying the book than any form of advertising or marketing. If you enjoy my writing, please tell people who you think would like this book about its existence!
* Stay tuned!
I’m going to try my best to generate extra buzz about the release, which means giveaways and cool promotions. Don’t worry, you won’t miss your chance at any of those things if you order early!
Again, those crucial links are:
September 12, 2019
I’m over at Albacon this weekend. Here’s where to find me.
10am Friday – Wombat – So You Want to Be an Author panel
5pm Friday – Wombat – How to Steal from History panel
10am Saturday – Hartwell room – What TV shows are you missing? panel
1pm Saturday – Bar – Reading
3pm Saturday – Wombat – Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard: Humor in SF panel
I will probably head back Saturday evening and skip Sunday this time, as I have no programming then.
September 9, 2019
Here are the cover and the table of contents for the September 15 issue (issue 4) of Future SF. The theme for this issue is Alien Invasion.
Table of Contents:
“They Are Coming” by Paul R. Hardy
“The Building Atop the Hill” by Alexander Bachilo (translated by Alex Shvartsman)
“A Typical Tale of Bloodlust and Conquest” by Mike Resnick
“You Came to the Tower” by Shaenon K. Garrity
“Through the Fog, a Distant Land Appears” by Wanxiang Fegnian (translated by Nathan Faires)
“Yi” by Oskar Källner (translated by Gordon Jones)
“The Last Trial” by Stephen S. Power
“The Messiah of the Thirteenth Colony” by Davide Camparsi (translated by Michael Colbert)
September 5, 2019
It’s been a busy, busy few weeks. Here are some relevant updates on my writing and publishing endeavors.
* Eridani’s Crown is coming out October 22 and is now available for preorder on Amazon as an ebook. Print books will be available for preorder via B&N very soon and eventually on all other platforms as well. The novel just got a really flattering review from Publishers Weekly and I hope more media coverage is to follow!
* The new issue of Future SF is due out September 15. The theme of this issue is “Alien Invasion.” I will reveal the TOC and cover here on the blog in the next few days. Watch this space!
* Unidentified Funny Objects 6 will soon be released as an audio book! I’ve partnered with Escape Artists to create this book narrated by EA’s own Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart. It’s in the final stages of the approval process at Audible and should be available shortly.
* I will begin prep work on Unidentified Funny Objects 8 soon; this means there will be a new volume of the series in 2020, after a year’s hiatus!
* Funny Science Fiction is available for only $1.99 this week! Go to www.publisherspick.com to snag a discounted copy!