Eridani’s Crown Preorders are Up!

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:

Amazon:

https://amzn.to/2LL1bnh

B&N

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eridanis-crown-alex-shvartsman/1133495149?ean=9780999269015

 

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Albacon 2019 Schedule

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.
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Future Science Fiction Digest Issue 4 Cover and TOC

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)

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Various Updates

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!

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Keystone Comic Con 2019

August 23, 2019

I will be signing at the Keystone Comic Con this Saturday, August 24. You can find me at the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society / Philcon table (table 610 in the dealers room) at 10-11am and again at 12pm-1pm.

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Free short story: The Lekar’s Fortune

July 3, 2019

I just posted “The Lekar’s Fortune” a flash story set in the world of Eridani’s Crown. You can read it here for free.

The Kickstarter campaign for the novel has about a week left. If you haven’t pledged to secure your copy of the novel yet, hopefully this will help convince you to do so. 🙂

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Translations!

July 2, 2019

If you enjoy reading Russian SF in translations, and particularly Russian SF translated by Yours Truly, boy have I got a bunch of treats for you!

This week the latest issue of F&SF releases and it contains my translation of “The Slave” by Andrej Kokoulin. It should just be hitting the shelves. The story is dark and cuts deep psychologically as you would expect from a good Russian tale.

My latest translation of one of K. A. Teryna’s stories is also currently live at Samovar. They published the translation of “Morpheus” alongside the original Russian text. There’s also a translator interview with me live now, and an interview with K. A. Teryna will be forthcoming as well.

Tatiana Ivanova’s “The Scheduled War” is in the current issue of Amazing Stories. And finally, my translation of Oleg Divov’s “Americans on the Moon” is in the current issue of Future SF, which you can buy now or read the story for free on the website in a few weeks.

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