Reprint publication: Nuclear Family in 10 Years of SF!

March 16, 2018

A few years back, Kasma SF magazine published one of my darkest and best flash fiction stories. At 500 words, “Nuclear Family” packs quite the punch. And although Kasma SF is a relatively small venue, they’ve been consistently publishing quality stories for a decade now. To celebrate ten years of printing fiction, they put together an anthology of their best twenty-five stories, and were kind enough to include mine alongside many great authors and friends.

Better yet, you can get the ebook for free at this link! (Though do consider donating a few bucks or purchasing a copy on Amazon if you liked it!)

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Father’s Day Fiction

June 16, 2013

Josh

Happy father’s day to all the dads out there!

It occurs to me that I write a fair amount of fiction centered around a father-child relationship. Undoubtedly, being a father myself has much to do with that (that’s my son Josh in the photo above). I selected a few of my favorite father’s day stories which are posted online:

Nuclear Family at Kasma SF – Very short. Caution: this is not a festive story.

Things We Leave Behind – Daily SF – This story is dedicated to my own father and largely inspired by my experiences of emigrating from the former Soviet Union.

The Tinker Bell Problem – Buzzy – A humorous take on the subjects of faith and family.  Family ties aren’t exclusive to humans!

Enjoy, and please share links to your favorite father’s day stories in the comments!

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Shameless Self-Promotion Post – Amazon Edition

December 17, 2012

This week I’ve been tinkering with Amazon (and other sites) in order to make the UFO ebooks available for purchase. And as of this afternoon, we have liftoff:

UFO ebook on Amazon

UFO paperback on Amazon

And while I was learning how to make books available via Amazon, I also finally took a few minutes to set up my author profile:

http://www.amazon.com/Alex-Shvartsman/e/B00APRCWU4/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_1

Want to get your hands on a FREE paperback copy of UFO? Visit Deborah Walker’s blog and tell her a joke in the comments thread. One lucky reader will receive their own copy of the book!

And finally, Kazka Press just released At Year’s End — an anthology of holday-themed flash fiction edited by L. Lambert Lawson. It includes a reprint of my story “Nuclear Family” which originally appeared in Kasma SF (not to be confused with Kazka. Both are fine semi-pro publications and I’m honored to be published by them).

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Having recently learned how important reviews are to selling books on Amazon, I took a few minutes to review “At Year’s End.”  You can read my review on the anthology’s Amazon page.  This is also sort of a roundabout way of mentioning how important reviews are to selling books on Amazon. So, if you read and enjoyed Unidentified Funny Objects, would you please take a moment to rate it and write a sentence or two?

 

 

 

 

But it also prompted me to


Publication: The Last Incantation at Kazka Press

September 2, 2012

 

Another flash fiction piece out September 1 from Kazka Press. This flash has what I think is the coolest magic system I came up with. What’s also cool is that folks at Kazka created an original illustration piece for the story which looks pretty awesome!

Read it here.

Remember “Nuclear Family” which I bemoaned for not getting enough attention when it was originally published? Not only has it gotten a lot more reads and some wonderful comments, but Kazka Press picked up it as a reprint for their upcoming holiday-themed anthology of SF/F. Yay for traction!

 


Publication: “Nuclear Family” in Kasma SF

June 1, 2012

“Nuclear Family,” a dark post-apocalyptic  SF flash story, is now live at Kasma SF.

I originally wrote it in early December. When a friend told me that a certain pro-paying market was holding a Christmas contest, I had no intention of participating. Holiday-themed stories really aren’t my thing. But then an idea wormed its way into my head. Being a contrarian, if I was going to write a Christmas story then it was going to be the darkest, saddest Christmas story you’ve ever read! None of that happy, cuddly stuff for the holidays. And so, “Nuclear Family” was born.

Unfortunately the hosts of the contest dropped the ball. Instead of the advertised three winning stories they only ever published one, and they never responded to most of the entrants. By late January I ended up withdrawing my submission. But it all worked out in the end, and this story found a wonderful home at Kasma SF — a semi-pro market that has been quietly publishing some amazing fiction over the last few years, and where I’ve been submitting stories for some time now.

At 500 words exactly, “Nuclear Family” is one of my shortest published stories — but it packs a lot of punch into the word count, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.