I’m incredibly honored to have my story be the lead story of an IGMS issue for the second time. (Which means it gets full color artwork!) Like last time, the art is by the amazing M. Wayne Miller. So cool! The story is called “The Gilga-Mess” and is the third installment in the Coffee Corps series (though it reads just fine as a standalone.)
My joy is mixed with an equal dose of sadness as IGMS will be closing its virtual doors after two more issues. It has been a wonderful presence on the SF scene and I’m indebted to its staff and especially its editors, Scott M. Roberts and Edmund Schubert before him, for publishing some of the best stories I’ve written.
My flash fiction SF story “Gifts of Prometheus” is live and free to read at Nature. Enjoy!
My short story “The Goddess of Birds and Wind” appears in the latest anthology from Pantheon Magazine, edited by Sarah Read. Check it out!
Although I haven’t been focusing on short fiction in recent months, 2019 is already off to a great start with two pro sales this week.
My translation of “The Slave” by Andrej Kokoulin will be published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. “The Slave” won the FantLab contest in Russia, where I was one of the judges. Some readers and participants took issue with the relatively minor amount of fantastical elements in this story (it’s a really good and disturbing mix of magical realism and psychological horror), but I insisted the story fell firmly within the bounds of genre, and the other judges agreed. I suppose nothing vindicates our decision like the English translation of it selling to the magazine whose title is literally F&SF.
My second sale is a science fiction flash story “Gifts of Prometheus” — a throwback to Golden Age sci-fi which also manages to critique golden age SF tropes in a roundabout way — which will appear in Nature Futures. This will be my 12th story published in this excellent magazine.
My short fiction sales are bound to slow down in coming months. I’m not writing a lot of short stories, and I don’t currently owe stories to any invitation anthologies — a position I find myself in for the first time in a few years. So if you’re editing a pro paying anthology, this may be a good time to reach out. 🙂 I continue to focus on editing Future SF and on my novels in the meantime.
I’m kicking off 2019 right with publication of what might be the most Shvartsman story ever. It has Lovecraftian humor, coffee, tech geekery, secret history, Dunkin’ Donuts fan fiction, and loads of snark. If you enjoy my humor stories, I highly recommend you don’t miss this one. It’s part of the Release the Virgins anthology, alongside fiction by David Gerrold, Allen Steele, Sharon Lee, Jody Lynn Nye, and many other excellent authors. (And no, it’s not as racy as the book title might suggest.)
Although this story introduces the Coffee Corps universe in which I’ve now written several stories, it is actually the second Coffee Corps story to be published and the third to be sold. So if you like it, be sure to also read:
“The Hunt for the Vigilant” in Oceans anthology, out now
“The Gilga-Mess” in Intergalactic Medicine Show, forthcoming this Spring.
This story went live a couple of weeks ago, but I just noticed that I posted it onto the wrong portion of the site, thereby ensuring many of you wouldn’t see it. D’oh! If you haven’t checked out the story yet, please do so!
My new fantasy short story, which I describe as “The Fault in Our Stars” meets “Inception,” is available as of today in the inaugural issue of Constellary Tales. You can read the story here and be sure to check out the rest of the issue as well.