Future SF #0 is live today

May 15, 2018

The inaugural issue of Future is now live and free to read on the web. Or pick up a copy for your e-reader for only $0.99.

http://future-sf.com/issues/issue-0-april-1-2018/

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Announcing Future Science Fiction Digest

May 12, 2018

This bit of news has been six months in the making, but I can finally announce that I will be editing a science fiction magazine, to be published in collaboration by UFO Publishing and the Future Affairs Administration. The magazine will focus on various science fiction sub-genres (hard SF, space opera, cli-fi) but will not include fantasy or horror. There will be a strong focus on international fiction. I’ll be looking to fill about half of each issue with translations and stories written by authors from non-anglophone countries.

Although the magazine will feature original (to anglophone readers, anyway) fiction, I’ve put together a sample “issue zero,” to be released in time for the Nebulas and the Asia Pacific SF Con organized by the FAA. This issue features all-reprint stories with different takes/visions of the future, which also happen to be representative of the sort of material I hope to acquire and publish in the future.

The magazine will be free to read online, or you can buy electronic and print issues (similar to how Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, BCS, and other great ‘zines operate.)

We’ll open our digital doors this Tuesday, May 15th. Visit us at www.future-sf.com.

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UFO7 Submissions Update – 3 days to go!

April 27, 2018

* We have received approximately 600 submissions this month.

* The first 20 stories currently in the queue are being held for further consideration. There are 38 stories total in the queue at the moment.

* If your story is in that first 20, you likely won’t hear from us until sometime in May, depending on how quickly we conquer the slush pile after submissions close.

* Submissions will close late night on April 30 (no earlier than midnight PST and probably on early morning May 1.) Late subs will not be considered after that.

* We’ve responded to most submissions in under 48 hours, and many under 24. Send more stories!


Two weeks in, a UFO7 submissions update

April 13, 2018

UFO7 submissions opened two weeks ago and my team and I have been reading non-stop.

We have reviewed and rejected approximately 325 stories to date. There are fifteen stories held in the second-look pile. Those stories are in all sorts of stages; some have made it into our final consideration stack while others have been read by one or two of the associate editors and are awaiting further evaluation.

There’s another small handful that haven’t been read yet. At this point we’re responding to most submissions in under 24 hours; the unread stories all came in today.

There’s plenty of room in the book yet, so please do send in your fiction. Don’t wait til the last possible moment; at this time highter-tier rejections include an invitation to submit a second story. We will not be doing that toward the very end of the submissions window because there’s always a big surge at the end (I expect 100+ submissions in the last 24 hours) and we know we’ll be busy. So submitting early might earn you a second shot.

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Flash Drive Giveaway Winners

April 10, 2018

Last week I hosted a Rafflecopter giveaway for five copies of a custom 8 GB flash drive loaded with my ebooks. Here is the list of winners randomly generated via Rafflecopter:

Doc X.
Christina L.
Nelson L.
Jenny H.
Haley S.

I emailed the winners directly and will ship out the flash drives once I get their snail mail info.  Thanks to all those who participated and I’ll run more giveaways in the future.

Meantime, those who didn’t win can grab a copy of my latest collection on Amazon and elsewhere.

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The Golem of Deneb Seven and Other Story Launch Day and Giveaway!

April 2, 2018

The official release date for The Golem of Deneb Seven and Other Stories is tomorrow, but it’s been uploaded onto all the major platforms and you can get it whenever you want!

Here are some of the places you can obtain a copy of this book:

[Buy direct: Paperback | E-book]
[Amazon] [Google] [iTunes] [B&N] [Kobo]
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But wait, there’s more. I’m running a Rafflecopter giveaway where FIVE lucky winners will receive a custom 8 GB flash drive preloaded with my three books: Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma, H. G. Wells, Secret Agent, and The Golem of Deneb Seven, in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF formats. I will sign the drives, too.
This offer is open to readers in the United States. Because the cost of international shipping is pretty high, any international winners will receive all the ebooks by e-mail instead.

To enter the giveaway, click this link.

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UFO7 Submissions Open

April 1, 2018

Submissions are now open for UFO7. A brief reminder of the common problems in the slush pile:

* We’re looking for humorous stories. If you send us a Hugo-worthy horror/drama/whatever story that isn’t humor you’re wasting your time and ours, because even if we love it a lot, we can’t use/buy it.

* One submission per author, unless you’ve been explicitly and directly invited to send another.

* The word count range we’re looking for is 500 to 5000 words. Not 250. Not 5500. If you’re off by more than a handful of words, we won’t appreciate that.

* Don’t go for the low-hanging fruit. In any given year there will be a dozen deal-with-the-devil stories, another dozen fairy tale retellings, and a brainless amount of zombie stories. Not that we will never buy those themes — we’ve published a little bit of each — but you’ll improve your odds a lot by sending us something original and surprising.

* We’re not the right market for stories written mostly to showcase how much you hate Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton, or anyone in-between. You’re welcome to take pot shots at either, but if those pot shots are the main point of your story, we aren’t interested.

* We’re especially interested in translations as well as submissions from authors for whom English isn’t their native language. We love seeing stories from previously unpublished authors. We welcome submissions from writers of all genders and backgrounds. Ultimately though, no matter who you are, all we really care about is how good and funny the story you sent us is.

With all that in mind, send your stories here:

https://alexshvartsman.com/ufo-unidentified-funny-objects/

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