The Hex Is In by Mike Resnick Cover Reveal and eARC

June 22, 2020

Here’s your first look at the cover of Mike Resnick’s The Hex Is In: The Fast Life and Fantastic Times of Harry the Book.

From boxing matches to dragon races to elections, there’s no wager Harry won’t cover—so long as the odds are right.

Harry the Book operates out of a Manhattan bar booth, with his personal wizard and his zombie bodyguard close at hand. He’ll dope out the odds on any sort of contest, even if that gets him into a heap of trouble.

Be it conniving gamblers, lovelorn wizards, or flea-bitten werewolves, when it comes to the misadventures of Harry and his crew one thing is certain: the hex is always in.

This book contains fifteen tales of Harry the Book—the complete set of Resnick’s beloved Damon Runyon-inspired urban fantasy yarns, including one brand-new story and several never before published in the United States.

Edited by Alex Shvartsman
Introduction by Lezli Robyn
Copy edited by Tarryn Thomas
Cover art by Túlio Brito
Cover design by Jay O’Connell

The book will be published in August. However, we’re taking the page out of Baen’s playbook by offering advance reader copies, available only from our website. eARCs are available right now in MOBI and EPUB formats. Print copies will be shipped in August or late July, at least two weeks prior to book store release. Anyone who orders a print ARC will receive electronic ARCs immediately as well. eARCs are available worldwide while print ARCs are available in United States only. International readers will be able to order print copies from their favorite bookstore soon!

Buy eARC here.

Preorder paperback ARC here.


UFO8 table of contents

June 20, 2020

I’m pleased to officially announce the Unidentified Funny Objects 8 table of contents:

Foreword by Alex Shvartsman

“The 10:40 Appointment at the NYC Department of Superhero Registration” by Chris Hepler

“Soul Trade” by Galen Westlake

“A.I., M.D.” by Kurt Pankau

“The Fellowship of the Mangled Scepter” by James Wesley Rogers

“When the “Martians” Return” by David Gerrold

“Welcome Home” by Simon R. Green

“The Unwelcome Mat” by J. J. Litke

“Get Me to the Firg-<click><cough>-xulb On Time” by Laura Resnick

“Black Note, in His Transition to a Supreme State of Wokeness” by James Beamon

“The Other Ted” by Wendy Mass and Rob Dircks

“C.A.T. Squad” by Gini Koch

“Ambrose Starkisser” by Jordan Chase-Young

“Gommy” Amy Lynwander

“Journey to Perfection” by Larry Hodges

“Fifteen Minutes” by Mike Morgan

“Zaznar the Great’s Fifty-Sixth Proposal to the Council for Urban Investment” by Jared Oliver Adams

“Terribly and Terrifyingly Normal” by Illimani Ferreira

“Couch Quest” by Eric D. Leavitt

“Pet Care for the Modern Mad Scientist” by Michael M. Jones

“The Punctuation Factory” by Beth Goder

“One Born Every Minute” by C. Flynt

“Shy and Retiring” by Esther Friesner

“Suburban Deer” by Jamie Lackey

“Body Double” by Jody Lynn Nye
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We’re in the copy edits stage and the book should be released by early October.


Future SF Issue 7

June 14, 2020

Issue 7 is live with stories from Canada, Pakistan, and Sweden. You can read it for free at future-sf.com but the stories will drop gradually over the next few weeks. Or you can snag your own copy at any of the following e-tailers. And, of course, you can subscribe at our Patreon page.

Direct from us

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Google

iTunes

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UFO8 Kickstarter is Now Live, plus cover reveal!

March 10, 2020

 

Check out the gorgeous cover for UFO8 by Tomasz Maronski!

The Kickstarter campaign to fund this volume is now live. There are loads of great rewards, including some very limited ones such as signed books and tuckerizations, so select yours soon! Submissions for UFO8 will open on April 1 and the number of stories I can buy from the open call will definitely depend on the success of the crowdfunding campaign.
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The entire UFO series on sale!

February 25, 2020

All UFO volumes are discounted from $5.99 to $2.99 between now and Sunday, March 8. The sale price is available on Amazon, Kobo, B&N, Google, and iTunes. We’re celebrating the triumphant return of the series. Many of the volumes have never been discounted before!

On Saturday, February 29, Unidentified Funny Objects 7 will be a featured deal on Bargain Booksy. On Sunday, March 1, the same book will be the featured deal on BookBub.

Then, on or around March 3, we will launch the Kickstarter campaign to fund UFO8. We will also reveal the awesome cover for the new volume at the same time.

And, finally, submissions for UFO8 will open on April 1.

That’s the plan. It’ll be a busy Spring!

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Introducing: The Hex is In

February 11, 2020

UFO Publishing will soon be releasing a Mike Resnick collection of Harry the Book stories titled The Hex is In: The Fast Life and Fantastic Times of Harry the Book.

This book will collect, for the first time, all fifteen Harry the Book stories Mike has written. These stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies and magazines spanning a decade. Several of them were only published in the United Kingdom, and one has never been published anywhere at all.

Two of these stories premiered in the Unidentified Funny Objects series while one more was reprinted in Funny Fantasy. Others have been published by such editors as Gardner Dozois, Martin Greenberg, and Eric Flint.

Harry the Book yarns are humorous fantasy set in the alternate version of New York where magic is real and fantastical creatures are commonplace. In fact, this is a shared setting with Mike’s Stalking the Unicorn series.

Harry the Book is a bookie who takes bets on everything from horse races to dancing contests to political campaigns. And — always — the hex is in. Unscrupulous magicians meddle with the odds forcing Harry and his motley crew (which includes a four-hundred-pound flunky, a six-foot-ten zombie, and a lovelorn wizard) to scramble, dealing with the consequences.

These stories are written in a unique voice–meant to emulate and pay tribute to Damon Runyon (author of Guys and Dolls and other stories). Runyon was the bard of the New York underbelly of the early 20th century, celebrating the hustlers, gamblers, and gangsters of the era.

Filled with larger-than-life characters and ridiculous scenarios, this book is sure to delight Resnick fans and Runyon fans alike.

Carol Resnick, Mike’s wife who is a Runyon fan and for whom Mike wrote these stories, will pen the introduction.

I’m very excited about the opportunity to publish this book and will keep you updated on its progress!

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Submissions call: UFO8

January 13, 2020

It’s official. After a hiatus in 2019, Unidentified Funny Objects returns in 2020!

Submissions will open on April 1. Get your funny stories ready. Spread the word!

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Future SF issue 5

December 15, 2019

Issue 5 is now live at future-sf.com

There are some major changes to the magazine. Here’s a copy of the editorial:

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As Future SF enters its second year, we do so without a safety net.

Our first year’s run was sponsored by the Future Affairs Administration.  Together we were able to publish a considerable amount of excellent international fiction, and we thank FAA for their help and support as the magazine launched and found its footing. While FAA is still considering their options regarding any future partnerships with us, at this moment they’re not affiliated with the magazine.

So, what does it mean for Future SF going forward? We aren’t going away, but we have to considerably scale back until we secure alternate funding, or follow the path of many other e-zines in our field and slowly build up a subscription and patron base.

I’m currently talking to the FAA, as well as to a couple of other companies, to see if we can work out another sponsorship or partnership. But even if that proves successful, it is a temporary solution. Only a substantial base of subscribers can ensure stable funding in the long term.

Our team is going to have to work on a much tighter budget for the time being. You will no doubt notice that this is a considerably slimmer issue. Previous issues featured over 50,000 words of fiction each, whereas issue five includes three stories totaling 11,300 words. Going forward, the issues will contain roughly this amount of material and will grow slowly as our budget permits.

The stories in this issue hail from Sweden, Germany, and Brazil. We’re committed to our international focus and will continue to feature voices from outside the Anglosphere as frequently as possible. We already have some very exciting stories lined up for 2020.

Meanwhile, please consider subscribing via Patreon at www.patreon.com/ufopublishing for as little as a dollar per month.  For all the sponsorships and advertisers, the success of this endeavor is ultimately up to the partnership between our staff and our readers.

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Limited-time discount on Eridani’s Crown ebook!

November 27, 2019

As of today, Eridani’s Crown ebook is discounted from $6.99 to $2.99. Grab yours before the price goes back up!

The audio book is completed as well. It has been submitted to Audible and, barring any unforeseen problems, should go live in December sometime. I’ll post here when that happens.

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Future SF in the News

October 2, 2019

In the last 24 hours, Future SF got a couple of nice mentions over at Locus and Tor.com.

Karen Burnham reviewed issue 3 in the current (#705) Locus magazine. “The impression I’ve formed of Future Science Fiction Digest over three issues so far,” she writes, “is of a magazine that is happy to combine sentiment with core science fictional tropes and plots.” I agree with this so much, I feel like adding this to our submissions guidelines!

She went on to select two of the translated stories as Recommended: “Americans on the Moon” by Oleg Divov and “Walking in the Cold and the Dark” by Lu Momo.

Meantime, Alex Brown selected “Through the Fog, a Distant Land Appears” by Wanxiang Fegnian among the must-read speculative fiction for September. This story will be unlocked to read for free on the web on October 16, or you can buy the entire issue ebook from all the major e-tailers and read now for $3.99

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