PUSH OF THE SKY has been released as an e-book! You can get it in various formats at:
“From ancient China to a future Mars, from the British Empire to the Old West, 19 authors show you worlds with alcohol-fueled dragons, philosophical automatons, and Qi-powered machines. SHANGHAI STEAM is a unique mashup of steampunk and the Chinese literary genre known as Wuxia.”
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
If you’re in gorgeous Portland, Oregon this weekend, come find me at the 2012 Gearcon, a celebration of all things steampunk. On Friday at 3p.m., Tina Connolly and I co-host the “Submitting Your Writing” panel. At 1p.m. on Saturday (listed as “Radio Theatre Hour”), join us for our dramatic costumed readings, one of which will star Ms. Connolly in my short play Industriously Yours.
This will be the Portland debut of Industriously Yours, which won the 2011 STEAMfest play contest and was performed at Avondale Estates near Atlanta, Georgia.
I’ll also be co-hosting the First Pages panel with M.K.Hobson on Saturday at 10a.m. and later participating in the Big Authors Panel at 5p.m. (the panel is big — some of the authors are quite little!) . As for the rest of the weekend, feel free to come chat if you see me drinking sadly alone at the hotel bar or typing madly in the lobby. . .and I’d love to have you come for my Sunday reading and Q&A at 1pm. Come ask me anything!
The Gaslight Explorers, Adventurers, & Romantics Convention
Crowne Plaza Portland this August 17-19.
Schedule is online, download the PDF here.
“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.