No UFO volume in 2019

February 9, 2019

I will not be editing and publishing Unidentified Funny Objects 8 this year.

There are a number of factors that led to this decision. First and foremost among them are the health setbacks I’d experienced in the latter half of 2018. Things are pretty much back on track now, health-wise, but two surgeries and months of recovery time put a significant dent in my writing and editing schedule, creating a deficit I’m yet to recover from. Rather than to push even harder and overload myself with responsibilities, I’ve looked to reduce the number of projects on my plate, and between crowdfunding, reading submissions, editing, and marketing, UFO is the most time-consuming editing project I engage in every year.

The second contributing factor is my work on Future SF — a quarterly magazine is about as involved and complex an undertaking as one might expect, and I felt it was only fair to give it a proper amount of attention and care, especially over the course of the early issues, while I establish the ‘zine and build staff. By this time next year I hope to have content inventory levels that will allow me to focus on UFO submissions exclusively for six weeks; right now I’m still buying stories for issues 2 and 3 with pretty much nothing “banked” in my coffers yet.

Finally, there are other projects across writing, translation, and editing fields. There are some exciting things happening on the latter two fronts and I hope to be able to share something about that relatively soon, but my primary focus is on writing; I hope to complete my third novel by summer, while my agent is shopping around the first two.

UFO series is far from canceled. I expect to release UFO6 and UFO7 in audio book format this year. UFO6 is almost done and I’m waiting on my voice narrator partners to finish editing their narration so we can announce and release it. I will also feature some humorous science fiction in Future SF to tide UFO fans over. I’ll be reaching out to series regulars to solicit material for this.

Looking ahead, I hope to resume the series in 2020. I would also consider teaming up with another publisher for future volumes, which would allow me to focus on the creative work of putting the anthology together and not so much on marketing and other business aspects of the project.

Until then, and as always, happy reading.

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Future SF issue 1 cover and TOC

December 7, 2018

I’ve been working on the first all-original issue of Future Science Fiction Digest over the past several months and I’m very proud to unveil the cover and TOC. This volume contains over 65,000 words of fiction and articles; there are several translations and stories written outside of the Anglosphere, as well as work by North American authors. It will be available in ebook and print format, which will be published on December 15. Our lead story will be available on the web that day, and the rest of the stories and articles released over the course of the following two months. Our lead story will also be available in podcast form.

“The Rule of Three” by Lawrence M. Schoen
“Sisimumu” by Walter Dinjos
“The Emperor of Death” by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko
Profile: The Dyachenkos by Julia Meitov Hersey
“One Bad Unit” by Steve Kopka
A Vaccine for the Virus of Empire? by Phoebe Barton
“The Substance of Ideas” by Clelia Farris
“In All Possible Futures” by Dantzel Cherry
A Conversation with Javier Grillo Marxuach and Jose Molina by Joshua Sky
“Perfection” by Mike Resnick
“Wordfall” by Liang Ling
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I’ll be sending out advance copies to reviewers this weekend; please reach out if you’re a reviewer and wish to be added to this list.


UFO7 Release Day!

September 26, 2018

Unidentified Funny Objects 7 is out in the world! Here’s where you can get your copies:

Direct from UFO Publishing – Print – $15.99
Direct from UFO Publishing – E-book – $5.99
Amazon
B&N
Kobo
Apple
Google

The ebook is officially released. Technically, the paperback will be out early next month and we won’t ship out paperback orders until then (for the simple reason that we’re still waiting on our copies ourselves) but if you want to get a copy sooner, you can already order it from Amazon (and they’ll send it to you fast, if you have Prime.) Otherwise, it’ll be available next week elsewhere, or just get your ebook copy now!

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Final Week of the UFO7 Kickstarter

August 25, 2018

 

There’s only 5 days left! If you enjoy Unidentified Funny Objects, please consider preordering the current volume on Kickstarter. It will help me keep the series going and get you a great book in time for the holidays!

Click here to visit the Kickstarter page.

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UFO7 Cover and TOC Reveal

July 24, 2018

Unidentified Funny Objects 7 cover by Tomasz Marosnki

 

Unidentified Funny Objects 7 will be published in October/November 2018 time frame and include 20 humorous short stories:

“The Dragon, the Drudge, and the Drone” by Esther Friesner
“Dethroning the Champeen” (a Lucifer Jones tale) by Mike Resnick
“The Vampire’s Apprentice” by Gini Koch
“Falling’s Free, Gravity Costs” by Seanan McGuire
“The Sit Down” by Laura Resnick
“Chad vs. the Rebel Alliance” by Shane Halbach
“Old School: An Oral History of Captain Dick Chase” by Val Nolan
“Quick Cash in the Old Kingdom” by Elin Korund
“The Fermi Loneliness Problem” by Beth Goder
“The Secret Destiny of Heroes” by Matthew Bailey
“Spear Carrier’s Union #109” by Jamie Kress
“The Day After Halloween” by Greg Sisco
“Key Fang and Klaw” by Fred Stesney
“The Assassination of 2063” by David Vaughan
“Bimple Bimple Bop Bop” by Richard Anderson
“The Ebony Egg” by David Vierling
“Take Meme to Your Leader” by Jennifer Lee Rossman
“Mission Log Nuptuals” by Langley Hyde
“Contractual Obligations” by C. Flynt
“Three Ways to Leave Hawaii” by Zach Shephard

It will also include nine original interior illustrations by Barry Munden.

Barry's illustration for Jennifer Lee Rossman's "Take Meme to Your Leader"

Barry’s illustration for Jennifer Lee Rossman’s “Take Meme to Your Leader”

I’ve launched the Kickstarter campaign for this book which will run through August 30. It features a number of unique rewards as well as the chance to order UFO7 and other UFO Publishing books. Although I normally launch the Kickstarter in March followed by the open submission window in April, I was unable to do so this year due to a variety of health-related issues and deadlines for both writing-related projects and my day job. So I’m doing this very late in the game, but hope everyone’s enthusiasm for the project will not have been lessened by this delay!

Click here to view the Kickstarter campaign.

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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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