There’s just over 24 hours remaining in the UFO9 kickstarter and we still have a long way to go. If you’d like to preorder a copy of this anthology (and from the stories I already have it is shaping up to be an outstanding volume), please consider doing before it’s too late!
Check out the gorgeous cover for UFO8 by Tomasz Maronski!
The Kickstarter campaign to fund this volume is now live. There are loads of great rewards, including some very limited ones such as signed books and tuckerizations, so select yours soon! Submissions for UFO8 will open on April 1 and the number of stories I can buy from the open call will definitely depend on the success of the crowdfunding campaign.
We’re live on kickstarter! Please help me fund the production of this book and snag some awesome rewards in the process. Even if you’re not ready to pledge, head over to the campaign link to check out the full wraparound cover, listen to a teaser from the audio book version, and read a sample chapter!
There’s only 5 days left! If you enjoy Unidentified Funny Objects, please consider preordering the current volume on Kickstarter. It will help me keep the series going and get you a great book in time for the holidays!
This past Tuesday I had a thyroidectomy performed at Mt. Sinai hospital. They removed half my thyroid and a large goiter that grew from it into the chest under the sternum. This is an outpatient procedure and I was able to go home the same evening, but I’ve been pretty useless and staying off the internet for a few days as I recovered from the surgery The good news is that the procedure went well, and even better news is that the growth they removed was benign. I’m still going to take it easy for a few more days, but at least I feel capable of doing some work on the computer. Which is good timing as I have a number of cool links to share today:
1. Rick Liebling interviewed me at his Medium blog, The Adjacent Possible, about Future SF, translation, and international SF/F. There’s some great content there and I wholeheartedly recommend checking the blog out for more than just my interview. I especially enjoyed this Q&A with Nick Farmer, a linguist for The Expanse TV show.
2. On the Analog blog today there’s an interview with Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and me where we delve a little deeper into our story “The People v Craig Morrison” — this is the second and different post from the one I shared about a month ago, and I truly appreciate Analog giving us so much bandwidth to talk about our writing as well as other stuff we really like!
3. Quick Sips by Charles Payseur has a wonderful and in-depth review of “Copy Cat.” If you haven’t read this quirky story co-written by K. A. Teryna and me, it’s free to read online at Strange Horizons.
4. The kickstarter campaign for Unidentified Funny Objects 7 is ongoing, but we’re falling a bit behind, and even more so due to my lack of promotion and activity this week. Please consider supporting this project and/or sharing it with other interested readers!
Unidentified Funny Objects 7 will be published in October/November 2018 time frame and include 20 humorous short stories:
“The Dragon, the Drudge, and the Drone” by Esther Friesner
“Dethroning the Champeen” (a Lucifer Jones tale) by Mike Resnick
“The Vampire’s Apprentice” by Gini Koch
“Falling’s Free, Gravity Costs” by Seanan McGuire
“The Sit Down” by Laura Resnick
“Chad vs. the Rebel Alliance” by Shane Halbach
“Old School: An Oral History of Captain Dick Chase” by Val Nolan
“Quick Cash in the Old Kingdom” by Elin Korund
“The Fermi Loneliness Problem” by Beth Goder
“The Secret Destiny of Heroes” by Matthew Bailey
“Spear Carrier’s Union #109” by Jamie Kress
“The Day After Halloween” by Greg Sisco
“Key Fang and Klaw” by Fred Stesney
“The Assassination of 2063” by David Vaughan
“Bimple Bimple Bop Bop” by Richard Anderson
“The Ebony Egg” by David Vierling
“Take Meme to Your Leader” by Jennifer Lee Rossman
“Mission Log Nuptuals” by Langley Hyde
“Contractual Obligations” by C. Flynt
“Three Ways to Leave Hawaii” by Zach Shephard
It will also include nine original interior illustrations by Barry Munden.
I’ve launched the Kickstarter campaign for this book which will run through August 30. It features a number of unique rewards as well as the chance to order UFO7 and other UFO Publishing books. Although I normally launch the Kickstarter in March followed by the open submission window in April, I was unable to do so this year due to a variety of health-related issues and deadlines for both writing-related projects and my day job. So I’m doing this very late in the game, but hope everyone’s enthusiasm for the project will not have been lessened by this delay!
As you patiently wait for the UFO7 kickstarter campaign (which should be coming next month!) there are several anthology projects I’d like to encourage you to check out. I find myself involved in not one, not two, but three separate anthologies that are seeking funding at the moment, and I hope some of them will strike your fancy.
First up is the anthology edited by Mike Ventrella and published by Fantastic Books where Mike has asked a group of funny and imaginative authors to come up with a story which has the line “Release the Virgins!” in it at some point. Some of the authors involved include David Gerrold, Allen Steele, Jody Lynn Nye, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, and Keith R. A. DeCandido among others. If this project funds I will contribute a funny original story from the Coffee Corps universe!
Another project that also launched tonight is Timeshift: Tales of Time, edited by Eric S. Fomley. This is an anthology of flash fiction stories about time travel, time dilation, and other time-related weirdness. You’ll get stories by Bob Silverberg, Cat Rambo, Ken Liu, Mike Resnick, Kevin J. Anderson and two of my own tales (two assuming the project reaches a very achievable milestone of 25 backers)
Finally, there’s another anthology of even tinier stories, also edited by Eric Fomley. Drabbledark is a collection of drabbles — stories that are exactly 100 words long. I posted about this one a couple of weeks ago and am happy to report it has reached its initial funding goal. It’s now in stretch goals and has 11 days left to pick up some more steam.
In addition to all the crowdfunding news, I also learned today that my story “Ambassador to the Meek” (originally published in The Sum of Us anthology edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law) has been selected to appear in Best Indie Speculative Fiction, volume 1, forthcoming in November 2018.
Several folks have reached out to me this week to ask why this year’s UFO Kickstarter campaign has not been launched. In the past several years I ran the campaign in March and followed it with an open submission window in April. First of all, thank you for the concern! Please do not worry, UFO7 will be published on schedule and we’ll open to submissions on April 1 as promised. However, I’ve decided to run the campaign after the submissions close, probably starting around mid-May this year. There are several reasons for this:
- Late last year I ran a (much smaller) campaign to fund my second collection, The Golem of Deneb Seven and Other Stories. While I doubt many people would mind, I still feel somewhat uncomfortable asking friends and fans for more money before I deliver that book. Golem should be ready in about a month, but not in time for an early March campaign.
- Running a crowdfunding campaign is really hard work, and I hope that some additional signal boosting from 20+ authors will make reaching our goal a bit easier. To be clear, no one is expected to help promote the campaign. This will be purely voluntary.
- Due to various other projects and business obligations, this March is an especially tough month for me to run the campaign in.
This is a bit of a risk for me. I will accept stories and pay ten cents per word, just like last years, assuming the campaign will fund. If it does not, I will pay everyone out of my own pocket. I may look for ways to lower the upfront costs a bit (such as printing the anthology via Print on Demand instead of an offset run) but none of those measures will jeopardize the quality of the stories, the layout, and all the other things you might care about as a reader. At the end of the day, I feel reasonably confident that there are enough people out there who want to read the books and for the series to continue and that the campaign will fund.
In any case, you have a month or so to get those stories ready. My team and I can’t wait to get reading!
I just launched a campaign to fund my second collection, The Golem of Deneb Seven and Other Stories. If you’ve enjoyed my writing, I hope you will take a look. (And if you’re primarily familiar with my work as an editor, there are sample stories linked there that will give you a taste of what my own writing is like.)
This book will include approximately 30 short stories, including the following:
• Refugees with a salvaged mech suit find that family ties are stronger than armor.
• Two artificial intelligences in love turn the world into their playground.
• Modern-day Dante is guided through hell by the ghost of Bob Marley.
• Ancient gods and monsters stalk the halls of a 1920s night club.
• A young woman must save her planet by committing an act of terror.
• In the rekindled space race between the United States, Russia, and India, the winner might be the nation willing to sacrifice the most.
Please take a look for yourself:
The UFO6 kickstarter campaign is ending tonight. 250 readers have already backed it and we’re approximately $1100 from the finish line as I type these words. Please help us with a last-minute push by letting others know about the campaign and, of course, consider backing it by pre-ordering a copy of the book and possibly availing yourself of other backer rewards.