There are only a few days left to get in on the incredible Kickstarter action with full frontal geeky goodness in the form of GEEK LOVE, a 200-page, hard-bound, full-color collection of geeky, erotic stories and illustrations, photographs and comics. This one will include the brand-spanking(!)-new Camille Alexa story “Goodness, Her Tail.”
So many of the Hip Kitties and the Cool Cats are involved in this project, I can’t even list them all. Meeeeeow!
At long last! A new Matty and the Mandroid story has been written, set among the Twelve Domed Cities of Mars. The first two — “The Clone Wrangler’s Bride” and “Droidtown Blues” — are still available online for free-range reading.
This new anthology, SHANGHAI STEAM (a Wuxia/Steampunk mash-up) promises to be Awfully Good Fun. A full table of contents has been revealed:
- The Fivefold Proverbs of Zhen Xiaquan - Tim Ford
- Qin Yun’s Mechanical Dragon and the Cricket Spies - Amanda Clark
- Moon-Flame Woman - Laurel Anne Hill
- Love and Rockets at the Siege of Peking - K. H. Vaughan
- The Master and the Guest - Crystal Koo
- Ming Jie and the Coffee Maker of Doom - Brent Nichols
- A Hero Faces the Celestial Empire; A Death by Fire is Avenged by Water - Julia A. Rosenthal
- Riding the Wind - William H. Keith
- Mistress of the Pearl Dragon - Shen Braun
- Song of My Heart - Jennifer Rahn
- Last Flight of the Lóng Qíshì - Emily Mah
- Protection from Assassins - Frances Pauli
- Seeds of the Lotus - Camille Alexa
- The Ability of Lightness - Tim Reynolds
- Fire in the Sky - Ray Dean
- The Legend of Wong Heng Li - Frank Larnerd
- Flying Devils - Derwin Mak
- Legend of the Secret Masterpiece - Nick Tramdack
- Jing Ke Before the Principle of Order - Minsoo Kang
“Heroes can save the world, but villains can CHANGE it. . . .”
Now available in print, the new Super anthology WHEN THE VILLAIN COMES HOME. This one opens with my story “Pinktastic and the End of the World“!
After a year or so of novelizing, I spent the first half of 2012 revelling — yes! revelling! — in short story writing. Following, as it has, the long delicious slog of writing novels, shortfic feels self-indulgent, almost decadent.
Of course the side effect of spending some time on short form writing means I have a fair number of stories forthcoming in print hither and yon. Wuxia clones, virtual reality, rural apocalypse survivors, ghost dogs, beautiful alien babes from spaaaace . . . I’ve been splashing around in the genre fiction pools with no small amount of glee.
I’ve always been something of a non-traditionalist when it comes to genre classification and venue, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing my story “A Good Thing and a Right Thing” appear in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine about the same time my story “Light as Air and Death” will be coming out in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
Of course it’s still me, so expect Ancient Norse gods, despondent gunslingers, Gold Rush madness and human sacrifice and archaeological ruins.
Now, back to novels.
My very short piece “To Strangers Seated on a Plane” arrived recently wrapped in plain brown paper like an oldfashioned naughty book. This was my contributor copy of ROBO-BOOK, a project of Bank-Heavy Press.
. . .To the gentleman in 7c:
I can only say thank you.
It’s a pleasure to sit behind a man
so attentive to hygiene. You smelled
good and clean and fresh and
that can’t be said of all our seat neighbors. . . .
Check out Bank-Heavy on their site, or participate in their Superduper Merchandise Fundraiser by going here. Also, they’re accepting poetry for their newest project, Kisses with Fishes, until July 31st.
The following was written to coincide with the release of the inaugural issue of Cutaway Magazine. It recently appeared on the magazine’s site:
[. . . and poetry]
I usually use the filter of speculative or weird fiction to talk about the things that matter most: love; death; loss; outsiderism; personal insignificance in the greater universe; that desperate moment when you realise that the fashion ensemble you cobbled together with a mixture of your mom’s castoffs, vintage store jewelry, punkrock teeshirts from high-school you can still squeeze into, ill-advised supertacky dayglo spandex that looked good on the mannequin at the mall does not, in fact, play well at the in-laws’. Whatever. These are the important things in life. Using the lens of fantastical fiction lets me as a writer examine this stuff closely enough to feel it, to write about it, to tap into that intangible something that helps me communicate meaning to a random stranger halfway across the world.
And then there’s poetry.
I confess to often omitting the words “and poetry” when I tell people about PUSH OF THE SKY, my collection of short fiction . . . and poetry. Earlier this year I was astounded and delighted to have pieces nominated for two speculative poetry awards — the Rhysling (with “Young Miss Frankenstein Regrets”) and the Dwarf Stars Award (with “Solo Missions I Do All I Can,” a space limerick [?!?]). So I’ve certainly written my share of spec poems alongside my weird fiction. . . But the two pieces Cutaway Magazine picked up for their inaugural issue are not among them.
Usually when I write what I think of as “straight” — normal people probably call it “literary,” though I have my problems with the term — the words just feel too goddamn raw. They chafe, slice my skin and leave splinters someplace under my ribs. The few non-fantastical pieces I’ve sold — none of them any more autobiographical than any of my fiction — wrench me in uncomfortable directions.
Some artists apparently like this, crave this in fact. I do not. And yet “Dog” is as raw a piece (and by the far the most autobiographical piece) as any I have ever written, regardless of length or form. It felt right, it is true, it was written with my dog sitting at my feet, and it still makes me cry to read it. I don’t read it often; having written it is enough. Too much, almost.
“Naked I” doesn’t make me cry, but it still feels very close to my core. That poem is like a bookmark flagging that part of my soul repeatedly wonderstruck by the vastness and complexity of the universe from its smallest particle to its grandest celestial formation. Both the minute personal world of “Dog” and the inconceivably limitless one of “Naked I” carve close to my bones.
So that’s poetry. When it hits you at the proper angle, a poem is to a novel as a scalpel blade is to a butter-knife.
My story “Down Where the Best Lilies Grow” will appear in a new Year’s Best anthology featuring Canadian writers.
From the site:
Canadian speculative fiction has been increasingly recognized internationally for the calibre of its authors and their insight into the nature of social and religious identities, the implications of new technologies, and the relationship between humankind and its environments.
At their best, these stories disrupt habits, overcome barriers of cultural perception to make the familiar strange through the use of speculative elements such as magic and technology. They provide glimpses of alternate realities and possible futures and pasts that provoke an ethical, social, political, environmental and biological inquiry into what it means to be human.
Selkies and mermaids . . . sirens and sea monsters . . . myth and magic . . . Ocean Stories explores both the beauty and the dangers found beneath the sea.
Featuring Tales by:
Camille Alexa * Mike Allen and Charles M. Saplak * Paul L. Bates * Laura Blackwell * Rebecca L. Brown * Thomas Canfield * Stoney Compton * Vonnie Winslow Crist * Jennifer Crow * Eric Del Carlo * Mary Peace Finley * Jennifer Greylyn * Katie Hartlove * Nick Kimbro * Adam Meyer * Gregory L. Norris * Christine Rains * Carla Richards * Holly Schwartz-Coignat * Tricia Scott * J. Michael Shell * David Andrew Sklar * James Targett * Joshua Wolf
New Hampshire Pulp has announced contributors for their forthcoming anthology, Live Free or Never Die: Speculative Fiction from the Granite State to the Stars. This one will include my story “Miles to Go.” You know how writing is a blast, but some stories are more fun to write than others? Yeah. This was one of the fun ones.
Full table of Contents In no particular order:
• Geoffrey James “The Singularity”
• Chris Dahlen “
We Are Ted Tuscadero For President”
• Brendan DuBois “Doing It Right”
• Clay Wirestone “First in the Galaxy”
• Sandra McDonald “End of the Road”
• Elaine Isaak “Merge”
• Jeffrey R. DeRego “Mighty”
• Camille Alexa “Miles To Go”
• Joyce Wagner “Of Two Minds”
• James Patrick Kelly “Pogrom”
• Susan Nye “Northern Lights”
• Brian A. Dixon “The Rejuvenated Lojeski”
• Liz Penney “Blame it on the Aliens”
• Harold L. Drake “Ice Cream”
• Suzanne Sykora “Next Year in New Hampshire”
• Michael J. DeLuca “Starlings”
• Gregory L. Norris “The Moths”
• David O’Keefe “The Universal Solution”
• S.J.Cahill “Touchdown”
• Eric Pinder “The Time Machine Next Door”
• Tincan Caldwell “The Wormhole of Wilson, NH”
• Nathan Wyckoff “Island on the River”
• Rebecca Leeb “What I Did On My Summer Vacation”