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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Future SF Issue 3 cover and TOC

June 12, 2019

 

Issue 3 of Future Science Fiction Digest launches June 15. You can buy it now or read for free online.

Contents:

“Cratered” by Karen Osborne
“Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler” by Wulf Moon (reprint)
Going Boldly – An Interview with D.C. Fontana by Joshua Sky
“Astrobody for Sale or Rent” by Laura Resnick
“Americans on the Moon” by Oleg Divov, translated by Alex Shvartsman
“The Satellites of Damocles” by Edward M. Lerner
“Love, Death, and Printed Robots” by Amanda Helms
“Warden’s Dilemma” by Emily Randall
“Love in the Time of Con Crud” by Elena Pavlova, translated by Elena Pavlova and Kalin M. Nenov
“Foot Ball” by Will McIntosh
“Waking in the Cold and the Dark” by Lü Momo, translated by Nathan Faries
“Apologia” by Vajra Chandrasekera

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Eridani’s Crown kickstarter campaign is live!

June 11, 2019

 

We’re live on kickstarter! Please help me fund the production of this book and snag some awesome rewards in the process. Even if you’re not ready to pledge, head over to the campaign link to check out the full wraparound cover, listen to a teaser from the audio book version, and read a sample chapter!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/776571295/eridanis-crown

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Cover reveal for Eridani’s Crown

June 5, 2019

Coming October 2019 from UFO Publishing

 

There will be a Kickstarter campaign launching in a few days. At that time the full wraparound cover drawn and designed by Tomasz Maronski will be revealed (the painting on the back is as awesome as the front cover!) You’ll also get to hear an audio book teaser, narrated by Nicola Seaton-Clark and read a sample chapter from the book!

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Balticon 2019 Schedule

May 23, 2019

I’ll be a guest at Balticon 53 this Memorial Day weekend. You can see the detailed schedule here.

Fri, 6pm – Room 6017 – Future SF pitch session

Sat, 11am – St. George – Reading (with Elektra Hammond and David Walton)

Sat, 3pm – Room 7029 – AMA: Editors and Publishers

Sat, 4pm – Room 6017 – Improving Your Pitch workshop

Sun, 3pm – Mt. Washington – Effective Marketing for a Self-Published Author (M)

Sun, 6pm – Watertable BC – Tales from the Slush Pile

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Told You So

May 23, 2019

 

On April 28 I wrote a blog post predicting how Game of Thrones would end. And I mostly got it right. (Spoilers below!)

I figured the Iron Throne would be destroyed, figuratively if not literally (check and check.) I also figured the nature of how the Seven Kingdoms are governed would have to fundamentally change, with some combination of the survivors (good guys and bad) ruling as a council. While I did not get that exactly right, nor did I predict Bran’s ascension to the Wheelchair Throne, I feel as though I came pretty close. The Westeros elite arrived at something like their version of the Magna Carta and the monarchy is no longer hereditary. I feel like the finale definitely implied the Small Council having more power than it did during the previous reigns. So, I’m pretty pleased with how close I came. After all, I did spend three years writing a novel in a grimdark medieval fantasy world recently (more on that very soon, I promise!) and that comes with some finely honed plot instincts. 🙂

There have been a lot of dissatisfaction with this past season and I do agree that many of the elements felt rushed and many of the plotlines were left unresolved, but it was still a great show to watch and then to discuss around the water cooler as well as on the blog and social media. I’m thankful to everyone who was involved in creating the show that I’ve enjoyed for the past eight years or so. Kudos!

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