New Stories Published & Other October News

October 6, 2020

It’s been a busy stretch, with two new short stories and a guest podcast appearance in the past 10 days or so! Let’s take it in chronological order.

  • Late last month the episode of Writing Excuses aired where I talked translation with Mary Robinette, Dan, and Lari. I’m really pleased with how this podcast turned out, loads of fun anecdotes and good banter. This was actually recorded several months ago and I’m glad it’s out in the world now. Listen to the episode here.
  • My short story “Chronicle of the Mender” was published at Daily Science Fiction. I’m very pleased with the reception this story got so far, including this very nice review. The story is dark fantasy and I although it is not set in the universe of Eridani’s Crown, I think it’ll appeal to the book’s fans.
  • Today is the book birthday of Weird World War III, an anthology of alternate cold wars edited by Sean Patrick Hazlett. My story, “A Thing Worth a Damn,” is a grim look at the Socialist Republic of California which has seceded from the collapsing United States in the 1990s. With the USA once again on the rise as a global power it is seeking to reacquire its lost territories, and the Soviet Union sends in specialists to assist them in thwarting such attempts. This is mostly background and the protagonist of the story is a Soviet soldier, fighting a proxy war he’s been disillusioned with, far away from home.
  • Later this month I will be a guest at Capclave, where I will participate on a panel and host a launch party for Unidentified Funny Objects 8. This is a virtual event so you don’t need to travel to the outskirts of Washington, DC this year to attend.
  • Author and Klingon language expert Lawrence M. Schoen hosts an Eating Authors feature on his blog, where writers talk about their most memorable meals. I wrote an essay for him and it will appear on the blog sometime in the next month. He also enjoyed it enough to include in the upcoming book, 100 Writers’ Most Memorable Meals, which is currently on Kickstarter. So check it out, and read the essay when it comes out. I guarantee you, my choice of restaurant to write about will surprise you.

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Future SF volume 8 has been published

September 24, 2020

Sorry for the belated announcement. This issue has been live as of September 15 but I fell ill around that time and neglected the blog. Better late than never! The latest issue is live, with stories becoming available on the website weekly, or you can purchase the entire issue via Patreon and all major ebook outlets.

 


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The Hex Is In Release Date

August 18, 2020

The Hex Is In by Mike Resnick is out today!

Fans of urban fantasy humor definitely ought to check out this book. “It’s as cool as winning fifty large while drinking your favorite beer and it grows on you with its charm, delightful absurdity, and imaginative sense of humor where almost nothing is off-limits,” declares Chries Fried in his review, which also dropped today.

You can purchase Hex in ebook or paperback from your favorite stores, or get it directly from UFO Publishing.

Amazon

https://amzn.to/3aC5BXh

B&N

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-hex-is-in-mike-resnick/1137400861

Apple

https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1525166452

Kobo

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-hex-is-in-the-fast-life-and-fantastic-times-of-harry-the-book

Google

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Mike_Resnick_The_Hex_Is_In_The_Fast_Life_and_Fanta?id=_hnzDwAAQBAJ

Direct – eBook

https://www.kingsgames.com/online-store/The-Hex-Is-In-by-Mike-Resnick-eARC-p211473693

Direct – Paperback

https://www.kingsgames.com/online-store/The-Hex-Is-In-by-Mike-Resnick-ARC-Paperback-p211493221
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New Publication: The Dog and the Dragon in Hybrid Fiction Magazine

July 30, 2020

My flash fiction story about a dragon who adopts a puppy went live in Hybrid Fiction Magazine today. You can pick up the issue here.


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New publication: Choice of the Conquered in Galaxy’s Edge

July 6, 2020

The latest issue of Galaxy’s Edge includes my dystopic novelette, “Choice of the Conquered.” You can read it for free on the GE website until the next issue launches, so don’t wait too long!

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Inside the Writing Process virtual panel on July 1

June 29, 2020

I’ll be joining Russ, Hildy, and Errick to talk about the writing process on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

You can register here in order to (virtually) attend this panel.
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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.


RusTrans Grant

June 19, 2020

I’m pleased as punch to announce that I’m one of the winners of the RusTrans translation grant from the University of Exeter. Here are the details, in their own words:

EARLY IN 2020, RUSTRANS RAN A COMPETITION FOR TRANSLATORS OF CONTEMPORARY LITERARY FICTION FROM RUSSIAN TO ENGLISH. WE OFFERED SUPPORT (UP TO THE VALUE OF £1,000 PER PROJECT) TO A TOTAL OF 12 PROJECTS IN ORDER TO HELP THE TRANSLATOR PRODUCE UP TO 10,000 WORDS OF A NEW TRANSLATION. IN RETURN, WE ASKED SUCCESSFUL TRANSLATORS TO UPDATE US OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS OR SO (UNTIL JUNE 2022) ON THEIR PUBLICATION JOURNEY – THEIR SUCCESSES AND REJECTIONS, READER RESPONSES, EDITORIAL DECISIONS AND SO ON. WELL, WE HAVE OUR WINNERS!

The complete list of winners is posted here, and the description of the winning projects is available here. There are some serious heavy hitters, including Viktor Pelevin and Dmitry Bykov.

As to my project, it will be with the long-time translation collaborator K. A. Teryna. I’ll be translating her novella The Factrory (see book cover, above) which can be best described as an M. C. Escher painting in words and will be seriously difficult to translate. But, that’s how I like ’em! Challenging translations are fun translations.

We’re both thrilled to have our science fiction project included alongside all these other works.

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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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