The May 2014 Update

May 30, 2014

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I’m not updating the blog nearly often enough. Sorry about that. Life has been crazy, demands of work, family, and various writing-related endeavors pulling me in every direction. The good news hasn’t stopped though, and here are the highlights of what has occurred since the last update:

* “Icarus Falls,” a 2200-word SF story  has been accepted at Daily Science Fiction and will run sometime in 2014

* “The Perfect Book,” a 1000-word humor flash piece has been accepted at Fantasy Scroll (it was the story wherein I tuckerized a backer of their Kickstarter project) and will run in issue 3.

* Spark V is out, and it includes my translation of “The Ferryman” by Siarhei Bulyha. This is dark-fantasy/horror from a uniquely Eastern European perspective, and very different from what I myself might write. If you want to broaden your reading horizons, check this story out!

* “Burying Treasure,” a 3000-word humorous fantasy story has been accepted by Esther Friesner for the next installment of her iconic “Chicks in Chainmail” anthology series of humorous fantasy featuring female protagonists. In armor.  The book will be published by Baen in 2015.

* “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma” was the finalist in the 2013 IGMS Reader Poll! I’m very excited by this, of course.

* And speaking of IGMS, they also accepted “The Golem of Deneb Seven,” a 5200-word story about the Orthodox Jewish settlers caught in the middle of a war on another planet. I like to refer to it as my Isaac Babel in Space story. “Golem” is going to be the lead story in the July 2014 issue (yay color art/cover!)

* “The Rumination on What Isn’t” will be podcast at Drabblecast in late 2014.

* “The Keepsake Box” will be reprinted in the Pandora-themed issue of Timeless Tales.

* “One in a Million,” a humorous 2000-word SF story, has been accepted by On Spec.  No publication date yet — I heard they can take a little while, but it’s nice to make a sale to a new (to me) venue.

So, yeah. It’s been a good month. The tide of story sales is bound to subside a lot in the very near future, as I am running out of short stories (have been working on the novel instead of writing more). But I’m enjoying it immensely while it lasts!

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New Publication: Coffee in End Times

February 19, 2014

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Coffee in End Times appears in this week’s issue of Nature. It’s a collaboration between Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and myself.  It also happens to be the first time I’ve ever co-written a story with someone else (but hopefully not the last!)

Collaborating with another author seems to produce unique writing that isn’t quite similar to either individual’s style. It’s even easier to do on such a short piece, where we can literally deconstruct the story line by line and figure out the exact phrasing that would work for both of us. We thought the outcome might be a good fit for Nature’s Futures. We sent the story there first, and were very pleased that it found a home there.

You can read the story online for free, or pick up this week’s issue.

There are also two upcoming publications I would like to mention (I was so busy with the UFO3 Kickstarter that I haven’t posted about them yet.)

Dominoes Falling is a 5700-word story set in the world of the Dark Expanse video game. In this one I employ my usual mix of space opera, politics, and intrigue to tell the tale of planets and people in the first year after the Collapse,  coping with the new realities of life without their Zyxlar overlords. But where have the Zyxlar actually disappeared to? One security operative goes to great lengths to find out.

It will appear in the forthcoming Dark Expanse anthology and they may or may not post it online as well — if they do, I will link to it. Otherwise, you’ll just have to buy the book 🙂 It will be coming out very soon.

The other story isn’t actually by me. It’s a dark fantasy/horror tale by Belorussian author Siarhey Bulyha, which I translated from Russian. “The Ferryman” will appear in an upcoming volume of “Spark: A Creative Anthology.”

 

 

 


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.