New publication: “The Practical Guide to Punching Nazis” at Daily Science Fiction

July 31, 2017

This is how you know I’m a science fiction writer: when the news broke of a certain hatemonger getting punched in the face during a live interview, my first thought was, “a time traveler did it.” And as the internet busied itself with debate as to whether or not it was okay to punch this person, the story had coalesced in my mind.

Enjoy!

The Practical Guide to Punching Nazis at Daily Science Fiction

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July 2017 Publications

July 21, 2017

Publications — just like acceptances — seem to happen for me in clumps. After a few weeks of inactivity I’ve got three releases this week, and one coming up next week.

First up is an original story over at Nature. “Catalogue of Items in the Chess Exhibition at the Humanities Museum, Pre-Enlightenment Wing” is a very dark tale. It’s one of several chess-inspired stories (sort of!) I’ve written for Nature and you can follow a link at the bottom of the story to a brief blog post about that.

Second is today’s podcast at Tales to Terrify, which produced one of my very few horror short stories — “A Thousand Cuts.” I’m proud to complete my District of Wonders trifecta as I’ve now had stories appear in all three of their genre podcasts — Starshipsofa, Far-Fetched Fables, and now Tales to Terrify.

Third up is the Science Fiction for the Throne: One-Sitting Readsan anthology from Fantastic Books edited by Tom Easton and Judith K. Dial.  It includes a reprint of another Nature story of mine with a long title: “Staff Meeting, As Seen by the Spam Filter.” I’m a big proponent of flash fiction and am very pleased that Fantastic Books is publishing what might be the first of many in this series. I hope the book does well enough to be followed by Fantasy for the Throne, etc.

The fourth publication is coming up in a week. Daily Science Fiction will run my new story, “The Practical Guide to Punching Nazis” on July 31.

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Balticon 2017 and New Story

May 26, 2017

I’m driving to Baltimore this morning and will be attending Balticon Friday through Sunday. Here’s where you can find me:

Saturday, 10am – 5th Floor, Guilford – The State of SFF Publishing panel

Saturday, 12pm – 5th Floor, Mt. Washington – Editing the Short Story panel

Saturday, 2pm – 6th Floor, St. George – Author reading (with John French and Elektra Hammond)

Saturday, 6pm – 8th Floor, Room 8006 – Contracts for Writers panel

Sunday, 9am – 8th Floor, Room 8029 – Kafeeklatsch (30 minutes)

Sunday, 10am – 6th Floor, St. George – Jews… In… Space… panel

Sunday, 12:30pm – 5th Floor, Autograph tables – Autograph session (with Starla Huchton) (30 minutes)

Sunday, 1pm – 8th Floor, Room 8029 – The Business of Short Fiction workshop

 

Meantime, read my latest SF flash fiction piece which came out from Daily Science Fiction this week:

Parametrization of Complex Weather Patterns for Two Variables

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100th Story Sale!

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.

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New publication: “The Poet-Kings and the Word Plague” at Daily Science Fiction

October 3, 2016

This story is written in a very difference voice/style from my usual. Definitely an experimental piece. Flash fiction is perfect for trying something new. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

http://dailysciencefiction.com/hither-and-yon/magic-realism/alex-shvartsman/the-poet-kings-and-the-word-plague

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This is also a good time to remind everyone that there’s a little more than a day remaining in the Goodreads giveaway for a signed copy of UFO5. Enter here.

 


New publication: “Forty-Seven Dictums of Warfare” at Daily Science Fiction

July 5, 2016

You can read “Forty-Seven Dictums of Warfare” here.

And another flash story, “A Perfect Medium for Unrequited Love” sold to Nature over the weekend. I expect it will run in a few months’ time.

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Funny Podcasts

April 15, 2015

My humorous flash story “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Monsters” has been podcasted, rather brilliantly, at Far-Fetched Fables. You can listen to it there, or read the original at DSF.

And speaking of funny stories, there’s no more appropriate listening on April 15 than “Carla at the Off-Planet Tax Return Helpline” by Caroline M. Yoachim. It was originally published in UFO3, and is now live at Toasted Cake. Listen to it here.