New Publication: “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Monsters” in Daily Science Fiction

December 22, 2014

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My humor flash story “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Monsters” is live on the Daily Science Fiction website. Check it out! And if you prefer to hear it in audio, it will appear on the Far-Fetched Fables podcast sometime next year.

If you enjoy this story and the way it makes fun of movie tropes, you will probably also like “Worldbuilding” and the way that story satirizes science fiction tropes.

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New publication: Letting Go in Daily Science Fiction

November 6, 2014

Various things have been keeping me extra-busy this week, but here’s a quick post so I can link to another one of my stories that was published this week — a flash piece “Letting Go” in Daily Science Fiction.

There are also a couple of nice new reviews for UFO3, including a Publisher’s Weekly review. I linked them on the UFO Publishing Facebook page.

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Reprint: Putting It All Together at Freeze Frame Fiction

July 2, 2014

My flash story “Putting it All Together” which originally appeared at Nine Magazine and was subsequently podcast at Toasted Cake, is now available on the web for free as text for the first time, as part of the inaugural issue of Freeze Frame Fiction.  Read the story, and check out this new publication!

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New Publication: A One-Sided Argument in Nature’s Futures

June 25, 2014

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This week’s issue of the journal of Nature includes my SF flash story “A One-Sided Argument,” featuring crash-landed aliens, tragedy, and PTSD.

You can read the story online, free of charge: click here.

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New Publication: “Notes on the Game in Progress, Played Almost to a Draw”

June 14, 2014

My latest flash story is out at Daily Science Fiction this week, and it is free to read online.

This one is dedicated to the memory of Roger Zelazny. Those of you familiar with his “Game of Blood and Dust” will undoubtedly note some similarities, though the tone and the resolution of the story is sufficiently different from his story.

And if you haven’t read “The Keepsake Box,” which also premiered at DSF, early this year, it is now live in the “Pandora’s Box” volume of Timeless Tales.

Both are very short stories, perfect to read when you have a spare 5 minutes. Enjoy!

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New Publication: Bedtime Story on Christmas Eve, 1,000,000 AD in Spark IV

January 17, 2014

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My humorous flash “Bedtime Story on Christmas Eve, 1,000,000 AD” appears in the current volume of Spark: A Creative Anthology.

In addition to my humble story and the great cover art, this volume is packed to the gills with amazing speculative fiction, including stories from my friends and fellow Codexians  like Brad Torgersen, Alex Kane, Annie Bellet, Erica Satifka, Alexis Hunter, Anna Yeatts, and Michael Hodges. And, to put the icing on the cake, the foreword is by Kevin J. Anderson.

A large percentage of my stories are published in online zines and can be read for free. In this case, you’ll have to actually buy the book. But you can get a nice discount — 35% off, until January 31, if you use a coupon code SHVARTSMAN-FRIENDS.

So there. Don’t say I never gave you anything.

Seriously though, editor Brian Lewis has produced a really nice-looking book, and you would do well to support Spark by picking up a copy if you can spare a few bucks.

In other news, I’m thrilled to have made my third sale to Mike Resnick’s Galaxy’s Edge magazine. After a tough-but-necessary rewrite, Mike accepted “Fate and Other Variables” — a story of a hacker and a kabbalist teaming up to alter what’s written in the metaphysical Book of Fate. What can possibly go wrong?

I’m very excited to share this story with the world, but there is no release date yet. Should be sometime this year, but likely after another story of mine (“Doubt”) sees the light of day at GE.

 


Publication: One Thousand and First in 16 Single Sentence Stories

June 26, 2013

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A collection of single sentence stories edited by M. Bennardo and designed/illustrated by K. Sekelsky is now available, and includes my story “One Thousand and First.” You can buy the cool little booklet for only five bucks. Better yet, you can have the PDF version for free! Buy or download it here.