Publication: The Sgovari Stratagem in Intersteallar Fiction

August 1, 2013


Interstellar Fiction is a semi-pro online magazine edited by Adam Crouse which launched in August of 2012. The inaugural issue included my story “A Better Tomorrow,” and I’m happy to return to the virtual pages of IF with another tale for its one year anniversary issue.

“The Sgovari Stratagem” is a sequel to “The Dragon Ships of Tycho.” Both are stories about a team of human diplomats whose job it is to secure alliances with various alien species to help humans prevail in a galaxy-wide war. The complication? Pretty much the entire universe already hates our guts.

You can pick up a copy of “The Dragon Ships of Tycho” for your favorite e-reader or buy the Galactic Creatures anthology it originally appeared in.

The Sgovari Stratagem” is available to be read for free on the Interstellar Fiction web site.


A Weekend in Jersey

June 6, 2013

I’ll be spending a lot of time in New Jersey this weekend.

On Saturday at 8pm I will be a guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County which will take place at the Barnes & Noble store in Hackensack.

On Sunday, I will be at Books NJ all afternoon, to help promote UFO Publishing. You can find me at the SFABC table there.

In completely unrelated news:

* True Love, a SF flash, was published by Daily Science Fiction today. It was e-mailed to the subscribers. A week from now it will go live on the web site, and I will post a link.

* Interstellar Fiction accepted “The Sgovari Stratagem,” a stand-alone sequel to “The Dragon Ships of Tycho,” for publication in their August issue.

New Sales: Interstellar Fiction and Bards & Sages

June 28, 2012


I’m not writing all that much at the moment, because editing an anthology is even more crazy and more time consuming than I expected — and I don’t think I was fooling myself about the amount of work it was going to take in the first place. My previously written stories are making the rounds at various markets though, and this has been a very good week, with two semi-pro sales to report.

On Sunday I heard back from Bards & Sages Quarterly — they will be publishing my tiny slipstream humor SF story “Manna From Heaven” in the October issue. B&S appears to appreciate my flash stories that make fun of or subvert Biblical plots. Last year they published “Superior Firepower,” a story about the final battle between good and evil as predicted in Revelations taking place in our day and age. “Manna From Heaven” is inspired by Exodus. Perhaps I should write a flash humor story based on every other book of the Bible and see if I can get them published. Adam and Eve chomping on Snow White’s poisoned apple? Robo-Christ? The sky’s the limit.

My other sale is a much longer story titled “A Better Tomorrow,” which was picked up by Interstellar Fiction, a new e-zine, for their inaugural issue. IF is new to the business, but they’ve been super friendly and responsive, a great experience so far, and I can’t wait to see what else they come up with for the issue 1 lineup.

“A Better Tomorrow” was one of the first stories I wrote in 2010. However, I wasn’t satisfied with how it came out, so I shelved it and kept coming back to the story every six to nine months as my skill as a writer improved. It wasn’t until late last year that I felt comfortable enough with the story to begin shopping it around. It had a few very close calls before it found a worthy home.

“A Better Tomorrow” is a pulp thriller set on an Earth-to-Mars spaceship that is damaged en route, dooming the crew. How will they react in a hopeless situation? The story feels a lot like a Twilight Zone or Outer Limits episode, down to a opening with an action sequence cut from the middle of the plot. Very curious to see what readers make of this story.