Various Updates and a chance to win a copy of Mission: Tomorrow!

Wow it has been a while since I updated the blog. Sorry about that! I’ve been incredibly busy traveling and working, but I’m catching up now. So, what happened in recent weeks? Let’s see:

  • I did not win the Canopus award. It went to Ken Liu’s “The Waves” as I predicted it would. He 100% deserves it. “The Waves” is my second-favorite Ken Liu story (after “The Paper Menagerie”) and I was kind of surprised not to see it on the major award ballots last year. Before the Canopus was even announced I asked Ken to include this story in Humanity 2.0, an anthology I’m editing for Arc Manor which will be published next year, and he agreed. I can’t wait to share it with readers who may not be familiar with it yet!
  • I loved the 100 Year Starship Symposium. It was an opportunity to meet with some incredibly smart people from NASA, SETI, and private space companies and listen to presentations on a wide array of subjects which I will be sure to use in future stories. The hotel which hosted the symposium also hosted the New York Jets that weekend, as they prepared to play the Raiders. The huge hotel lobby with clusters of rocket scientists and clusters of huge athletes was an amusing dissonance to observe, to say the least.

    And the scientists know how to have fun too — the Halloween party was a hoot!

    With Dr. Mae Jamison at the 100 Year Starship Symposium Halloween party.

    With Dr. Mae Jamison at the 100 Year Starship Symposium Halloween party.


  • A few short days after returning from Santa Clara, CA I drove to Saratoga Springs, NY to attend the World Fantasy Convention. It was great fun catching up with so many friends. Here’s a photo of an impromptu lunch which grew from 3 people to this in a matter of hours after we first planned it (this happens all the time at cons!)

    WFC 2015 Saratoga Springs

    WFC 2015 Saratoga Springs

  • My next trip will be to Philcon in a little over a week. I will post my schedule prior to the event.
  • Nature selected my story they published last month, “Staff Meeting As Seen By the Spam Filter” to be featured on their podcast. You can listen to it here.
  • Mission: Tomorrow, which includes my Canopus Award finalist story “The Race for Arcadia” was officially released earlier this month. You can read the first four stories (including mine!) in the sampler here. This anthology is excellent and has been highly praised at Locus.
    Read the first four stories from Mission: Tomorrow here. (Click the Next link at top right of each page to navigate).
  • You can also win an e-book copy of Mission: Tomorrow right here on my blog! Simply comment on this post between now and Wednesday, November 18. On November 19 (which also happens to be my birthday) I will randomly select one person to receive an e-book. If 10+ people comment, I will give away two copies instead.




12 Responses to Various Updates and a chance to win a copy of Mission: Tomorrow!

  1. I enjoyed Nature’s dramatization of your story. It was a nice little surprise in my morning commute.

    Also, I certainly wouldn’t mind having a copy of Mission: Tomorrow.

  2. Christina McDonald says:

    It sounds like you’ve been keeping yourself really busy. Can’t wait to see what else you have going on.

  3. doc(the winner)xen says:

    Funny objects are my favs i have done the last two on kickstarter and don’t regret it (ok i’m a cheap and maybe a lil but not much..ohhh money i love you ) hopefully i can win this book and save money which i love …too much

  4. docxen says:

    I’m a big fan of the UFO books which i even did the kickstarter for the last two (i’m a money hugger so that’s unusual) anyway would be great to win a book so i could keep my money and hug it tight

  5. Glenn says:

    Thanks for offering a contest. best of luck.

  6. Douglas Campbell says:

    Looks like a nice collection. I read Tombaugh station and want more…. 🙂

    • Alex Shvartsman says:

      Hello Douglas,

      You’re one of the winners of the MISSION: TOMORROW e-book contest. Could you please send me your e-mail address through the contact form so that I can deliver the book to you!


  7. alicemeinor says:

    Sounds like you’ve been busy. Hope you have fun at Philcon!

  8. marcheto says:

    Looking forward to reading your story. And happy birthday in advance.

  9. scorpius05 says:

    Hi, Alex. I’m @Eizid, I hope to win the e-book copy. Good luck with your novel! Greetings from Nazca-Peru.

  10. William Kingsley says:

    Hi Alex
    The 100 Year Starship Symposium sounds interesting. Congratulations, for your Canopus nomination.
    And Happy birthday!

  11. Alex Shvartsman says:

    Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. I used a random number generator to determine the winners of the e-books, and the winners are (drumroll);

    Douglas Campbell

    Thanks for playing, and I’m going to do more giveaways soon!

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