Two new anthology stories coming out in September

September 17, 2017

I have two very different short stories releasing in exciting anthologies this month.

First up is “Ambassador to the Meek” in The Sum of Us anthology from Laksa Press, edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law. This anthology celebrates caregivers and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity. The editors have done a great job promoting this book, with blog posts recently appearing on John Scalzi’s blog, Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog, and many other places. There are some excellent writers involved, and the book is available currently.

 

“Ambassador to the Meek” is a dystopian story set in the world where instantaneous transportation has become available (think Star Trek teleporter), but while scientists initially discovered no ill effects, it was later discovered that any living being that used such a teleporter was going to die from the damage to their cells after about twenty years from initial use. And since these were phased in over time, this creates a sort of gradual apocalypse with most of the Earth’s population doomed to die over the course of several years.

The story follows a woman whose job it is to find homes for the orphaned children born after the discovery and thus bound to survive. She’s reaching out to communities that have never used the teleporter for religious or other reasons — the Amish, the orthodox, and various groups mistrustful of modern technology. In this story, she must return to the compound of the cult her mother and her had escaped from when she was a child.

 

My other story is very different. It will appear in OCEANS: The Anthology, edited by Jessica West and published by Daniel Arthur Smith, releasing late this month. You can pre-order it on Amazon for only $0.99 prior to release! “The Hunt for the Vigilant” is a Lovecraftian humor story with a twist. Here’s the marketing blurb for it from the book:

Magic is real and its programmable. Eldritch gods exist but can be held at bay by consuming coffee and playing YouTube videos of warding chants. And now the whole world knows this.

An eccentric billionaire sees this as a business opportunity. He recruits the man responsible for revealing the existence of magic to the public for a mission to the bottom of the South Pacific that is more dangerous than either of them realize.

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New publication: “The Practical Guide to Punching Nazis” at Daily Science Fiction

July 31, 2017

This is how you know I’m a science fiction writer: when the news broke of a certain hatemonger getting punched in the face during a live interview, my first thought was, “a time traveler did it.” And as the internet busied itself with debate as to whether or not it was okay to punch this person, the story had coalesced in my mind.

Enjoy!

The Practical Guide to Punching Nazis at Daily Science Fiction

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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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