New publication: Choice of the Conquered in Galaxy’s Edge

July 6, 2020

The latest issue of Galaxy’s Edge includes my dystopic novelette, “Choice of the Conquered.” You can read it for free on the GE website until the next issue launches, so don’t wait too long!

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Inside the Writing Process virtual panel on July 1

June 29, 2020

I’ll be joining Russ, Hildy, and Errick to talk about the writing process on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

You can register here in order to (virtually) attend this panel.
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The Hex Is In by Mike Resnick Cover Reveal and eARC

June 22, 2020

Here’s your first look at the cover of Mike Resnick’s The Hex Is In: The Fast Life and Fantastic Times of Harry the Book.

From boxing matches to dragon races to elections, there’s no wager Harry won’t cover—so long as the odds are right.

Harry the Book operates out of a Manhattan bar booth, with his personal wizard and his zombie bodyguard close at hand. He’ll dope out the odds on any sort of contest, even if that gets him into a heap of trouble.

Be it conniving gamblers, lovelorn wizards, or flea-bitten werewolves, when it comes to the misadventures of Harry and his crew one thing is certain: the hex is always in.

This book contains fifteen tales of Harry the Book—the complete set of Resnick’s beloved Damon Runyon-inspired urban fantasy yarns, including one brand-new story and several never before published in the United States.

Edited by Alex Shvartsman
Introduction by Lezli Robyn
Copy edited by Tarryn Thomas
Cover art by Túlio Brito
Cover design by Jay O’Connell

The book will be published in August. However, we’re taking the page out of Baen’s playbook by offering advance reader copies, available only from our website. eARCs are available right now in MOBI and EPUB formats. Print copies will be shipped in August or late July, at least two weeks prior to book store release. Anyone who orders a print ARC will receive electronic ARCs immediately as well. eARCs are available worldwide while print ARCs are available in United States only. International readers will be able to order print copies from their favorite bookstore soon!

Buy eARC here.

Preorder paperback ARC here.


UFO8 table of contents

June 20, 2020

I’m pleased to officially announce the Unidentified Funny Objects 8 table of contents:

Foreword by Alex Shvartsman

“The 10:40 Appointment at the NYC Department of Superhero Registration” by Chris Hepler

“Soul Trade” by Galen Westlake

“A.I., M.D.” by Kurt Pankau

“The Fellowship of the Mangled Scepter” by James Wesley Rogers

“When the “Martians” Return” by David Gerrold

“Welcome Home” by Simon R. Green

“The Unwelcome Mat” by J. J. Litke

“Get Me to the Firg-<click><cough>-xulb On Time” by Laura Resnick

“Black Note, in His Transition to a Supreme State of Wokeness” by James Beamon

“The Other Ted” by Wendy Mass and Rob Dircks

“C.A.T. Squad” by Gini Koch

“Ambrose Starkisser” by Jordan Chase-Young

“Gommy” Amy Lynwander

“Journey to Perfection” by Larry Hodges

“Fifteen Minutes” by Mike Morgan

“Zaznar the Great’s Fifty-Sixth Proposal to the Council for Urban Investment” by Jared Oliver Adams

“Terribly and Terrifyingly Normal” by Illimani Ferreira

“Couch Quest” by Eric D. Leavitt

“Pet Care for the Modern Mad Scientist” by Michael M. Jones

“The Punctuation Factory” by Beth Goder

“One Born Every Minute” by C. Flynt

“Shy and Retiring” by Esther Friesner

“Suburban Deer” by Jamie Lackey

“Body Double” by Jody Lynn Nye
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We’re in the copy edits stage and the book should be released by early October.


RusTrans Grant

June 19, 2020

I’m pleased as punch to announce that I’m one of the winners of the RusTrans translation grant from the University of Exeter. Here are the details, in their own words:

EARLY IN 2020, RUSTRANS RAN A COMPETITION FOR TRANSLATORS OF CONTEMPORARY LITERARY FICTION FROM RUSSIAN TO ENGLISH. WE OFFERED SUPPORT (UP TO THE VALUE OF £1,000 PER PROJECT) TO A TOTAL OF 12 PROJECTS IN ORDER TO HELP THE TRANSLATOR PRODUCE UP TO 10,000 WORDS OF A NEW TRANSLATION. IN RETURN, WE ASKED SUCCESSFUL TRANSLATORS TO UPDATE US OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS OR SO (UNTIL JUNE 2022) ON THEIR PUBLICATION JOURNEY – THEIR SUCCESSES AND REJECTIONS, READER RESPONSES, EDITORIAL DECISIONS AND SO ON. WELL, WE HAVE OUR WINNERS!

The complete list of winners is posted here, and the description of the winning projects is available here. There are some serious heavy hitters, including Viktor Pelevin and Dmitry Bykov.

As to my project, it will be with the long-time translation collaborator K. A. Teryna. I’ll be translating her novella The Factrory (see book cover, above) which can be best described as an M. C. Escher painting in words and will be seriously difficult to translate. But, that’s how I like ’em! Challenging translations are fun translations.

We’re both thrilled to have our science fiction project included alongside all these other works.

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Future SF Issue 7

June 14, 2020

Issue 7 is live with stories from Canada, Pakistan, and Sweden. You can read it for free at future-sf.com but the stories will drop gradually over the next few weeks. Or you can snag your own copy at any of the following e-tailers. And, of course, you can subscribe at our Patreon page.

Direct from us

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Google

iTunes

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Amazing Con 2020

June 10, 2020

This weekend I’ll be part of the inaugural Amazing Con. Please visit their page and register to listen in on panels, workshops, and readings throughout the weekend. Here’s what I’ll be doing (the times posted are Eastern US time):

Friday, 6pm, Shelley Room
PANEL: HUMOR IN SCIENCE FICTION Why did the space chicken cross the orbit?  You’ll have to attend this panel to find out why that might – or might not – be funny. With Marie Bilodeau, Ira Nayman, Alex Shvartsman, Sean Grigsby & Brad Preslar

Saturday, 3pm, Shelley Room
PANEL: SF IN TRANSLATION
 Translated works are becoming much more common, contributing greatly to the globalization of the genre.  Why now? and what’s involved in bringing these works to print? With Julie Novakova, Alex Shvartsman, Rachel Cordasco, Petrea Mitchell

Sunday, 11am, Gernsback Room
READING: ALEX SHVARTSMAN & ROSEMARY CLAIRE SMITH
Alex will read from ERIDANI’S CROWN, a political epic fantasy novel.
Rosemary will read Dinomancer. What could possibly go wrong when hiring a cut-rate tour guide to go see Cretaceous dinosaurs?
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Space Force season 1 review

May 30, 2020

Space Force on Netflix is well worth watching. Spoiler-free review below.

This sci-fi comedy manages to avoid many of the low-hanging fruit inherent in the setup and should be fun for viewers of all political stripes. Which isn’t to say it’s devoid of potshots at the current administration, but it savages the Democratic leadership pretty good as well.

Instead of a goofy and shallow political satire I expected, the show manages to serve up engaging story lines and surprisingly deep and likable characters.

Although I’ve never been a huge Steve Carell fan, he delivers a solid enough performance, but is far outshined by John Malkovich who steals every scene he’s in. Lisa Kudrow is… also in the show. The supporting cast is very solid, especially Jimmy Yang (of Silicon Valley fame), Tawny Newsome (Superstore) and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Rec).

My one quibble is that the Chinese are consistently presented as stock Cold War villains without much redeeming humor and warmth, which the show managed to present so well in the one Russian spy character. They somewhat balance this by having a major Chinese American character on the show (played by Yang), but not quite enough.

There are moments of dry humor that made me laugh out loud mixed with some slapstick and loads of potshots at government bureaucracy and inefficiency. But it’s the character arc that kept me binging the show.

Season 1 is ten 30-minute episodes on Netflix. Warning: ends on a huge cliffhanger.

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Flights of Foundry 2020

May 16, 2020

Reminder: Flights of Foundry is this weekend! There’s lots of great programming throughout, but here are the sessions I will be participating on (in Eastern time):

Saturday

10am Editing as and with a Self-Published Author – panel

11am Secrets of the Short Form – panel

5pm Creatives Crowdfund – panel

Sunday

1pm Considerations for Translation – panel

5pm Traitor for a Living: The Craft of Literary Translation – presentation

7pm Reading

Each session is one hour long. For more details and to join visit here.


Translation News

April 27, 2020

1) My translation of “The Green Hills of Dimitry Totzkiy” by Eldar Safin is now live (and free to read) at Samovar!

2) I’ll be one of the Guests of Honor at the upcoming Flights of Foundry virtual convention, alongside Liz Gorinsky, Ken Liu, Rachel Cordasco, and many other awesome guests. This convention will take place on May 16-17 and is free to attend (though an optional donation is appreciated by the organizers.)

Virtual conventions are a new thing and we’re all figuring things out so far. Earlier this month I participated on a virtual panel for Heliosphere and that went really well, which makes me very optimistic about this event.

I will also be a guest at AmazingCon, another virtual convention organized by the Amazing Stories team. This one will take place on June 12-14 and I should have more details later on.
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