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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UFO6 audio book is now available!

September 25, 2019

Narrated by Marguerite Kenner and Alasdair Stuart of Escape Artists, UFO6 is finally available in audio! Check it out here:

https://www.audible.com/pd/Unidentified-Funny-Objects-6-Audiobook/B07Y2DD89L

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Eridani’s Crown Preorders are Up!

September 15, 2019

I’ll be mostly offline over the course of next week, traveling to Distant Places for Reasons which shall be revealed at the Appropriate Time. Rest assured these are good reasons and I’m doing very cool things. But. This also means I’ll be away and unable to promote my upcoming novel which, by the way, is now available for preorder in both print and ebook.

Unless you got an advance copy via Kickstarter or plan on attending Capclave where I will have a stack of books and hopefully host a launch party, then your mission should you choose to accept it is:

* Preorder your copy.

You don’t have to get it from B&N or Amazon (where preorders are live now) if you don’t want to. Your local bookstore can order a copy for you, since they’re available to them wholesale in the Ingram catalog. You can also request that your local library carry it, though if you’re going to do that please wait another 10 days or so until the hardback version is available for them. (Libraries much prefer hardcovers because they survive a lot longer in their system.)

Either way, preorders are a HUGE boon to the author as they can play a role in local stores bringing in extra copies for their shelves, B&N placing additional copies in their many physical stores, and Amazon sales rankings pushing the algorithms to promote the book to more readers. Your money spent on the preorder works a lot harder than merely earning the author a few bucks’ royalty.

* Tell others.

Getting the word out beyond one’s group of friends and loyal readers is really hard. A recommendation of a friend is far more likely to result in someone else buying the book than any form of advertising or marketing. If you enjoy my writing, please tell people who you think would like this book about its existence!

* Stay tuned!

I’m going to try my best to generate extra buzz about the release, which means giveaways and cool promotions. Don’t worry, you won’t miss your chance at any of those things if you order early!

Again, those crucial links are:

Amazon:

https://amzn.to/2LL1bnh

B&N

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/eridanis-crown-alex-shvartsman/1133495149?ean=9780999269015

 


Future Science Fiction Digest Issue 4 Cover and TOC

September 9, 2019

Here are the cover and the table of contents for the September 15 issue (issue 4) of Future SF. The theme for this issue is Alien Invasion.

 

 

Table of Contents:

“They Are Coming” by Paul R. Hardy
“The Building Atop the Hill” by Alexander Bachilo (translated by Alex Shvartsman)
“A Typical Tale of Bloodlust and Conquest” by Mike Resnick
“You Came to the Tower” by Shaenon K. Garrity
“Through the Fog, a Distant Land Appears” by Wanxiang Fegnian (translated by Nathan Faires)
“Yi” by Oskar Källner (translated by Gordon Jones)
“The Last Trial” by Stephen S. Power
“The Messiah of the Thirteenth Colony” by Davide Camparsi (translated by Michael Colbert)

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