May 22, 2017
Woke up this morning to find an acceptance in my inbox. That’s always an exciting development, but this one is special, because it is my 100th original short story to be accepted for publication! (That’s not counting translations, podcasts, reprints, etc.)
It’s rather fitting that my 100th sale is to the venue that I’ve been submitting to my entire writing career and which also published my first professional sale — Daily Science Fiction. They’ll be publishing “The Practical Guide to Punching Nazis” in the coming months.
Another DSF story, “Letting Go,” will be appearing as a reprint on the 600 Second Saga podcast in the coming weeks; I’ll share a link when it goes live.
May 6, 2017
I’ve been extremely busy with UFO6 submissions, but various stories have been traveling on the slow road to publication. My Canopus-nominated story “The Race for Arcadia” was podcasted at StarShipSofa. I also received a couple of contributor copies. The recently-published Tales from the Miskatonic University Library (PS Publishing) edited by Darrell Schweitzer and Josh Ashmead includes my Lovecraftian humor short “Recall Notice.” The second anthology received, The Sum of Us from Laksa Press includes my “Ambassador to the Meek,” a post-apocalyptic SF tale, and will be published in September.
I’m also very happy to announce that my translation of “Untilted” by K. A. Teryna has been accepted by Apex Magazine. Several of my translator friends called this particular story “untranslateable” because of how much of it relies on linguistic cues to work. even the Russian title (Бес Названия) is a pun. Challenge accepted! This was the most fun I had translating a story, too, because it was so challenging, it felt like solving puzzles. I can’t wait to share it with the English-speaking readers.
April 12, 2017
I’m thrilled to find myself on the list of Canopus-nominated works for the second time! Canopus is an award for excellence in interstellar writing and it’s given out by 100 Year Starship think tank. I’m in really good company, too. Last year I lost to Ken Liu, who is nominated as a translator in a different category. But this year I will most likely be losing to Alastair Reynolds or perhaps a number of other really awesome nominees. This is one of those “I’m definitely honored to be nominated” situations. 🙂
The nominated story is “Whom He May Devour” and it was published in Nautilus. You can read it for free by clicking on the link.
You can read the 2016-2017 Canopus nominees announcement press release here.
Another cool thing is that UFO1 is included in the SFWA Sci-Fi Storybundle along with all the other great books listed above.
This is my first experience with Storybundle but it’s a very cool model where you can pay what you want to get these books and you get to decide what portion goes to the authors and what to Storybundle itself, and whether a cut gets donated to SFWA. Check it out!
April 7, 2017
First, I’d like to thank everyone who pledged to the UFO6 Kickstarter campaign or helped spread the word. We funded last night in a nail biter, with only 90 minutes or so to go. Focusing on the submissions now to try and keep our response time down below a week.
I will, however, be taking a one-day break to attend Lunacon tomorrow. If you happen to be at this convention here’s where you can find me:
10am – FUNNY STORIES panel – Grand Ballroom C
(with Anatoly Belilovsky, Elektra Hammond, Alisa Kwitney, and Darrell Schweitzer)
12pm – MYTHOLOGY IN THE MODERN WORLD panel – Grand Ballroom F
(with April Grey, Ef Deal, and Jordana Max Brodsky)
3pm – GAME MAKERS REPRESENT! panel – Grand Ballroom G
(with roughly half the game designers in New York I think? Seriously, there are 10 of us on this panel.)
7:30pm – Reading
(with just me. Who did you expect, Orson Wells?)
Should be a ton of fun!
April 6, 2017
The UFO6 kickstarter campaign is ending tonight. 250 readers have already backed it and we’re approximately $1100 from the finish line as I type these words. Please help us with a last-minute push by letting others know about the campaign and, of course, consider backing it by pre-ordering a copy of the book and possibly availing yourself of other backer rewards.
March 29, 2017
I’ll be in Albany this weekend hanging out with lots of awesome people at the 2017 Albacon. Here’s where you can find me:
Friday, 7pm – Troy – The Golden Age of SF TV panel
Saturday, 1pm – Colonie – How NOT to get published panel
Saturday, 2pm – Lobby – Autograph session
Saturday, 3:30pm – Bar – Reading
Saturday, 8pm – Colonie – Chuck Gannon roast
Sunday, 10am – Colonie – Tales of the Less-than-Consolidated Tech Republic panel
Sunday, 11am – Troy – Twisted History panel
Meanwhile the UFO 6 kickstarter has a week left to go. Have you checked it out yet?
March 15, 2017
This appears to be a District of Wonders week for me!
Yesterday’s episode of Far Fetched Fables includes an excellent narration of “Dante’s Unfinished Business” by Anthony Babington, which starts at about the 10:30 mark. This story originally appeared at Galaxy’s Edge last year and I think it’s one of the funnier pieces I’ve written to date.
And today’s episode of StarShipSofa includes an interview with me, where I talk about UFO6, Kickstarter, and editing small-press anthologies. The interview begins around the 38:00 mark.
Meanwhile, the UFO6 Kickstarter campaign is approaching the 50% mark. Don’t forget to back it!