July 2017 Publications

July 21, 2017

Publications — just like acceptances — seem to happen for me in clumps. After a few weeks of inactivity I’ve got three releases this week, and one coming up next week.

First up is an original story over at Nature. “Catalogue of Items in the Chess Exhibition at the Humanities Museum, Pre-Enlightenment Wing” is a very dark tale. It’s one of several chess-inspired stories (sort of!) I’ve written for Nature and you can follow a link at the bottom of the story to a brief blog post about that.

Second is today’s podcast at Tales to Terrify, which produced one of my very few horror short stories — “A Thousand Cuts.” I’m proud to complete my District of Wonders trifecta as I’ve now had stories appear in all three of their genre podcasts — Starshipsofa, Far-Fetched Fables, and now Tales to Terrify.

Third up is the Science Fiction for the Throne: One-Sitting Readsan anthology from Fantastic Books edited by Tom Easton and Judith K. Dial.  It includes a reprint of another Nature story of mine with a long title: “Staff Meeting, As Seen by the Spam Filter.” I’m a big proponent of flash fiction and am very pleased that Fantastic Books is publishing what might be the first of many in this series. I hope the book does well enough to be followed by Fantasy for the Throne, etc.

The fourth publication is coming up in a week. Daily Science Fiction will run my new story, “The Practical Guide to Punching Nazis” on July 31.

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New podcast: “Letting Go” at 600 Second Saga

June 29, 2017

There’s a new podcast of my Daily Science Fiction story “Letting Go” out as of yesterday. Check it out here:

http://insani-x.com/2017/06/28/s2-13-letting-go/

Check it out, and take a look at the other 600 Second Saga offerings — this is a new (to me) venue and I very much enjoyed working with them.

 


Balticon 2017 and New Story

May 26, 2017

I’m driving to Baltimore this morning and will be attending Balticon Friday through Sunday. Here’s where you can find me:

Saturday, 10am – 5th Floor, Guilford – The State of SFF Publishing panel

Saturday, 12pm – 5th Floor, Mt. Washington – Editing the Short Story panel

Saturday, 2pm – 6th Floor, St. George – Author reading (with John French and Elektra Hammond)

Saturday, 6pm – 8th Floor, Room 8006 – Contracts for Writers panel

Sunday, 9am – 8th Floor, Room 8029 – Kafeeklatsch (30 minutes)

Sunday, 10am – 6th Floor, St. George – Jews… In… Space… panel

Sunday, 12:30pm – 5th Floor, Autograph tables – Autograph session (with Starla Huchton) (30 minutes)

Sunday, 1pm – 8th Floor, Room 8029 – The Business of Short Fiction workshop

 

Meantime, read my latest SF flash fiction piece which came out from Daily Science Fiction this week:

Parametrization of Complex Weather Patterns for Two Variables

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100th Story Sale!

May 22, 2017

Woke up this morning to find an acceptance in my inbox. That’s always an exciting development, but this one is special, because it is my 100th original short story to be accepted for publication! (That’s not counting translations, podcasts, reprints, etc.)

It’s rather fitting that my 100th sale is to the venue that I’ve been submitting to my entire writing career and which also published my first professional sale — Daily Science Fiction. They’ll be publishing “The Practical Guide to Punching Nazis” in the coming months.

Another DSF story, “Letting Go,” will be appearing as a reprint on the 600 Second Saga podcast in the coming weeks; I’ll share a link when it goes live.

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Some Recent and Upcoming Releases

May 6, 2017

I’ve been extremely busy with UFO6 submissions, but various stories have been traveling on the slow road to publication. My Canopus-nominated story “The Race for Arcadia” was podcasted at StarShipSofa. I also received a couple of contributor copies. The recently-published Tales from the Miskatonic University Library (PS Publishing) edited by Darrell Schweitzer and Josh Ashmead includes my Lovecraftian humor short “Recall Notice.” The second anthology received, The Sum of Us from Laksa Press includes my “Ambassador to the Meek,” a post-apocalyptic SF tale, and will be published in September.

 

I’m also very happy to announce that my translation of “Untilted” by K. A. Teryna has been accepted by Apex Magazine. Several of my translator friends called this particular story “untranslateable” because of how much of it relies on linguistic cues to work. even the Russian title (Бес Названия) is a pun. Challenge accepted! This was the most fun I had translating a story, too, because it was so challenging, it felt like solving puzzles. I can’t wait to share it with the English-speaking readers.

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Canopus Award Nomination and Storybundle

April 12, 2017

I’m thrilled to find myself on the list of Canopus-nominated works for the second time! Canopus is an award for excellence in interstellar writing and it’s given out by 100 Year Starship think tank. I’m in really good company, too. Last year I lost to Ken Liu, who is nominated as a translator in a different category. But this year I will most likely be losing to Alastair Reynolds or perhaps a number of other really awesome nominees. This is one of those “I’m definitely honored to be nominated” situations. 🙂

The nominated story is “Whom He May Devour” and it was published in Nautilus. You can read it for free by clicking on the link.

You can read the 2016-2017 Canopus nominees announcement press release here.

Another cool thing is that UFO1 is included in the SFWA Sci-Fi Storybundle along with all the other great books listed above.

This is my first experience with Storybundle but it’s a very cool model where you can pay what you want to get these books and you get to decide what portion goes to the authors and what to Storybundle itself, and whether a cut gets donated to SFWA. Check it out!

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Podcasts Galore

March 15, 2017

This appears to be a District of Wonders week for me!

Yesterday’s episode of Far Fetched Fables includes an excellent narration of “Dante’s Unfinished Business” by Anthony Babington, which starts at about the 10:30 mark. This story originally appeared at Galaxy’s Edge last year and I think it’s one of the funnier pieces I’ve written to date.

And today’s episode of StarShipSofa includes an interview with me, where I talk about UFO6, Kickstarter, and editing small-press anthologies. The interview begins around the 38:00 mark.

Meanwhile, the UFO6 Kickstarter campaign is approaching the 50% mark. Don’t forget to back it!

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