My essay, “A Brief History of Russian Science Fiction” has gone live as part of the Clarkesworld magazine May issue. You can read it here.
It is, of course, only possible to scratch the surface of the subject in so brief a piece. I’ve tried to go for a birds-eye view and focus on the big picture stuff as it attempts to cover 100+ years of history.
Meantime, I continue to do my small part to share some of the great Russian language short fiction with Anglophone readers. There are several pieces slated for publication in top tier magazines over the next 9 months, and several more currently out on submission.
I’m in talks with several editors and anthologists who would like to consider translations for their upcoming projects, and always happy to talk to others. If you’d like help connecting with Russian authors, a reprint recommendation, or need an original piece translated for your project, do not hesitate to reach out.
The latest issue was just emailed to subscribers. The table of contents is as follows:
“The Second Celeste” by Alberto Chimal (Mexico), translated by Patrick Weill. “The Two Festivals that Cannot Coexist” by Liu Cixin (China), translated by Nathan Faries “The Office Drone” by Nic Lipitz (USA) “Perfect Date” by Jelena Dunato (Croatia) “The Final Test” by Ti Sha (China), translated by Judith Huang.
The issue will be live at http://www.future-sf.com on March 15 and the stories will unlock, one per week, until the entire issue is free to read by mid-April. Or you can subscribe for as little as $1/month via Patreon or directly.
Small press publishers like UFO Publishing rely heavily on conventions to sell physical books. That’s where we meet new readers and reconnect with fans; that’s where readings and panels and launch events help us sell literature that’s printed on dead trees. Since we haven’t done a live convention in a year now (and I don’t expect to attend any for at least another six months or even longer), I’m looking into other, creative ways to support the company and to re-home those lovely printed books from our warehouse (aka garage) and onto your shelves.
This is one such experiment. For a limited time, I’m going to offer Unidentified Funny Objects 2 at a significant discount, utilizing the pay-what-you-want model! (With the minimum price set basically at breakeven, since shipping is also free.)
Last year I was the translator guest of honor at the Flights of Foundry virtual convention, and I delivered this thirty-minute talk on the subject. I’ve given versions of this talk in the past, at the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and elsewhere, but now it’s available online for anyone who might be interested in such. (It’s completely unedited/unebridged, so pardon the virtual dust.) #SFWAPRO
UFO8 has escaped into the world! This book is filled with a chockful of funny stories you really need in 2020, so grab yours from your favorite retailer (or directly from UFO Publishing, which helps us out even more.)
You can also read this Tangent Online review if you aren’t already convinced there’s a UFO8-shaped hole in your heart that needs filling.
It’s been a busy stretch, with two new short stories and a guest podcast appearance in the past 10 days or so! Let’s take it in chronological order.
Late last month the episode of Writing Excuses aired where I talked translation with Mary Robinette, Dan, and Lari. I’m really pleased with how this podcast turned out, loads of fun anecdotes and good banter. This was actually recorded several months ago and I’m glad it’s out in the world now. Listen to the episode here.
My short story “Chronicle of the Mender” was published at Daily Science Fiction. I’m very pleased with the reception this story got so far, including this very nice review. The story is dark fantasy and I although it is not set in the universe of Eridani’s Crown, I think it’ll appeal to the book’s fans.
Today is the book birthday of Weird World War III, an anthology of alternate cold wars edited by Sean Patrick Hazlett. My story, “A Thing Worth a Damn,” is a grim look at the Socialist Republic of California which has seceded from the collapsing United States in the 1990s. With the USA once again on the rise as a global power it is seeking to reacquire its lost territories, and the Soviet Union sends in specialists to assist them in thwarting such attempts. This is mostly background and the protagonist of the story is a Soviet soldier, fighting a proxy war he’s been disillusioned with, far away from home.
Later this month I will be a guest at Capclave, where I will participate on a panel and host a launch party for Unidentified Funny Objects 8. This is a virtual event so you don’t need to travel to the outskirts of Washington, DC this year to attend.
Author and Klingon language expert Lawrence M. Schoen hosts an Eating Authors feature on his blog, where writers talk about their most memorable meals. I wrote an essay for him and it will appear on the blog sometime in the next month. He also enjoyed it enough to include in the upcoming book, 100 Writers’ Most Memorable Meals, which is currently on Kickstarter. So check it out, and read the essay when it comes out. I guarantee you, my choice of restaurant to write about will surprise you.
Sorry for the belated announcement. This issue has been live as of September 15 but I fell ill around that time and neglected the blog. Better late than never! The latest issue is live, with stories becoming available on the website weekly, or you can purchase the entire issue via Patreon and all major ebook outlets.
Fans of urban fantasy humor definitely ought to check out this book. “It’s as cool as winning fifty large while drinking your favorite beer and it grows on you with its charm, delightful absurdity, and imaginative sense of humor where almost nothing is off-limits,” declares Chries Fried in his review, which also dropped today.
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