UFO9 Live on Kickstarter and Other Awesome Books

June 21, 2022

The Unidentified Funny Objects series is back! Check out our latest volume, with hilarious stories by Simon R. Green, Jane Espenson, Esther Friesner, Lavie Tidhar, Jim Hines, and more. Don’t get left behind planetside–climb aboard the UFO with us!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ufopublishing/unidentified-funny-objects-9?ref=97q2r6

And if you like your anthologies exciting, original, and found on Kickstarter you should also check out James Aquilone’s Shakespeare Unleashed, which launched roughly at the same time as my campaign:

Finally, today is the release date for Speaking Bones, Ken Liu’s fourth and final installment in the Dandelion Dynasty epic fantasy/silkpunk series. I’ve been a huge fan of these books from the start and it’s amazing to watch a nearly-decade-long journey reach a satisfying conclusion.


Libertycon 2022 Schedule

June 16, 2022

I’ll be at Libertycon in Chattanooga, TN this weekend and will be doing lots of panels, a reading, and a signing. Here’s where you can find me:

https://www.libertycon.org/pros/alex-shvartsman

Up next is the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC. I’ll be there on June 26, signing copies of The Middling Affliction!


Future SF 15 Cover and Contents

June 14, 2022

Contents:

“Rescue Rangers” by H. L. Oldie (Ukraine), translated by Julia Meitov Hersey
“Deja Loop” by Kostas Charitos (Greece), translated by Dimitra Nicolaidou and Victor Pseftakis
“The Exclusion Zone” by Volodymyr Arenev (Ukraine), translated by Max Hrabrov
“The Immaculate Ivory Tower” by Li Huayi (China), translated by Nathan Faries

Cover art: Kateryna Kosheleva (Ukraine)

Available now at this link:

https://www.kingsgames.com/online-store/Future-Science-Fiction-Digest-Issue-15-p472075169

Will be live at Amazon, B&N and all the usual places June 15, and live on the web at http://www.future-sf.com on June 15 as well.


UFO9 Cover Reveal!

June 12, 2022

Despite the delayed start, UFO9 is coming this holiday season. Check out yet another awesome cover by Tomasz Marosnki and click here to be notified of when the Kickstarter campaign launches (later in June):

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ufopublishing/unidentified-funny-objects-9

We will open to unsolicited submissions once the campaign funds.


The Big Idea

June 2, 2022

“The big idea behind The Middling Affliction is actually three middling ideas stacked on top of each other, in a noir-sleuth trench coat.” Thus opens my guest blog post for John Scalzi’s Whatever blog. Huge thanks to John for hosting me, and if you’d like to check out the post, you can read it here:

There are several other cool recent links I must share (so please bear with me!)

I was on Alan R. Warren’s syndicated NBC radio show House of Mystery, and you can listen here:

https://www.alanrwarren.com/hom-podcast-episodes/episode/73210dd0/alex-shvartsman-the-middling-affliction-the-conradverse-chronicles-book-1

Finally, DC Gomez hosted me on her Amazon show The Book Corner:

https://www.amazon.com/shop/dcgomez-author


Liftoff!

June 1, 2022

The book is live! You can buy it in bookstores, online, and in all three formats (print, ebook, and audio.) And if you need an extra reason to do so, here are a few more reviews to sway you!

https://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/book-review/middling-affliction-conradverse-chronicles

https://primmlife.com/2022/05/26/review-the-middling-affliction-by-alex-shvartsman/

https://www.anthonycardno.com/blog/2022/5/6/book-review-the-middling-affliction


Balticon 2022 Schedule and Book Launch!

May 26, 2022

Here’s my Balticon schedule and where you can find me if you happen to be in Baltimore, MD this coming weekend!

https://schedule.balticon.org/#part/14503

Most importantly, there will be a launch party celebrating the upcoming release of The Middling Affliction on Saturday! Come join us for food, drink, and giveaways, meet the publishing team at Arc Manor/Caezik, be among the first to buy a copy and if you do, you’ll be entered into an extra-special giveaway! What sort of rare and precious artifact might you win? Stop by the Caezik Press booth any time starting Friday afternoon to find out!


New Flash Story and Early May News

May 2, 2022

Loads of news and links to share, with more coming as I ramp up publicity for THE MIDDLING AFFLICTION. Here goes:

  • There will be a launch party for the book at Balticon (in Baltimore, MD.) It will take place on Saturday, May 28 and feature raffles, food and drink, and the chance to buy copies of the book, of course! More details on this in the coming weeks.
  • I’m the guest on The Fascinating Podcast this week, talking about the book with some very smart and kind hosts.
  • If you won’t be in Baltimore, please preorder the book soon, in your favorite format! You can get it from all the usual sources, as well as request that your local store or library order it for you. Some helpful preorder links below:
    – Amazon
    – Barnes & Noble
    – Bookshop.org

Affliction News and Sweet, Sweet Discounts

March 28, 2022

As we release date approaches, there will be many, many #Conradverse posts. Brace yourselves.

First, we have an updated cover. The awesome art by Tulio Brito is still the same, of course, but but the book now has the series title and a very kind blurb from the bestselling author of the Nightside series, the Deathstalker series, and the Drood books Simon R. Green (who, along with Mike Resnick, is largely responsible for how the young-me processed and the not-so-young me eventually wrote humorous urban fantasy.) Here’s what the cover will look like when the book hits store shelves:

Second, OrangeSky has revealed the narrator for the audio book in the preorder listings, so I guess I’m allowed to talk about it. The book will be narrated by the film, TV, and theater actor Patrick Boylan and I can’t wait to hear his interpretation of Conrad and the gang!

Third, both the audiobook and the ebook are available for preorder. Better yet, you can snag them at a discount! The audiobook is $14.99 which, if you buy audiobooks, you already know is a bargain. But Amazon has it up for preorder at the rock-bottom price of $11.02 (I guess the $0.02 is for the option to share your thoughts as a review afterward.)

What’s more, the ebook is on sale as well. You can preorder it for $4.99 instead of the regular price of $6.99 upon release.

Preordering helps a lot, as it drives the book up Amazon’s charts and convinces them to stock more copies upon release. So, if you haven’t already, please grab a copy here in your favorite format:

https://amzn.to/3lwpKDV

If Amazon isn’t your preferred marketplace, rest assured the book will be available in all the usual places, too, either as a preorder or upon release!


Heliosphere 2022 and Vital Virtual Reading

March 25, 2022

I’ll be at Heliosphere in New Jersey this Saturday and Sunday. Here’s my schedule: https://heliosphereny.org/?speaker=alex-shvartsman

Saturday, March 26
11:30am-12:45pm – Books-n-Brews: Alex Shvartsman and Mike McPhail
1:30pm-2pm – Autographs – Session 2
2pm – 3:05pm – Readings with Keith DeCandido, Alex Shvartsman, and Chris Burke

Sunday, March 27
10am-11:15am – Judging a book by its cover panel
2:20pm-3:30pm – Before you sign on that dotted line… panel

If you’re not attending Heliosphere, you can also hear my (prerecorded, since I can’t be in two place once) reading for the Vital anthology event. It’s free to watch online, details are here: