I got word that the After Death anthology (guess the theme) has been released into the world. Available through B&N and Amazon.
This one features "The Reckless Alternative." I co-wrote this story with Sanford Allen and it tells what's been happening with the great Joe Strummer in the afterlife. A lot of big name horror writers in this one, so if that's your thing, check it out!
It's official -- my novelette "Intrepid Travelers" will be in the November (double issue) of Electric Velocipede. Here's what they posted at the magazine blog. Dig that TOC:
We're making a double issue, so issues #21 and #22 are combining together. This was done so that we can get ourselves properly into Night Shade Books' budget cycle and then have things moving smoothly into the future.
What's gonna be in this mighty double issue you ask? Here's the table of contents:
Lauren Henley - “Frazier”
Geoffrey A. Landis - “The Long Trajectory”
Ki Russell - “Drowning in Pearls”
Ki Russell - “In the Dark”
Ki Russell - “Infatuectomy”
Brenda Stokes - “A Mermaid's Catch”
E. Lily Yu - “Patience”
Tracy Berg - “Witherking”
Josh Rountree - “Intreped Travelers”
Peter M. Ball - “Memories of Chalice”
Darin Bradley - “∞°”
Karl Bunker - “Worm Days”
Monica Byrne - “The Comedy at Kualoa”
L. L. Hannett - “Unlocking the God”
Dave Justus - “The Next Day”
Damon Kaswell - “The Stonecutter”
Keffy R. M. Kehrli - “Shoes Worn Once”
William Knight - “An Abiding Memory of Scarecrows”
Shira Lipkin - “The Portal to Heaven”
Samuel Mae - “Pistols at Dawn Amongst the Evergreens”
Shannon Page and Jay Lake - “In the Beginnings”
Michaela Roessner - “Pie in the Sky”
William Shunn - “Care and Feeding of Your Piano”
Brian Trent - “Checkmate”
Genevieve Valentine - “Carte Blanche”
Damien G. Walter - “My Love Sick Zombie Boy Band”
Jennifer Waterford - “Beata Beatrix”
Jonathan Wood - “Gaining Traction”
Penelope O'Shea - “Sampling the Aspic”
John Ottinger - “Content TKTK”
Jim C. Hines - “Blindfold Taste Test”
I can hear what you're thinking: wow. Yeah, I know. Very impressive. The content from issue #21 has been edited already and I'm deep into issue #22. This stuff is gonna blow your head off.
So, I didn’t write The Native Star, and that sucks because, you know, it’s all sorts of kick ass.
A few months ago, Ms. Hobson packed up a pristine advanced reading copy (in a steamer trunk emblazoned with emblems from exotic locales!) and set it loose on the world. It arrived at my door only slightly worse for the wear a few weeks ago, and I dropped everything at once to read it. Because it’s M. K. Hobson. That’s reason enough, right? You’ve read her short stories? Like Hotel Astarte which is hands down one of my favorite short stories ever? Right, then you understand where I’m coming from.
Anyway, cracked the thing, read a few pages. Read a few more. Reconstruction era America. With magic. Love it. Plus there’s a witch and a kind of stuck up warlock and his name is Dreadnaught Stanton. Do I need to keep going? Read that again…Dreadnaught Stanton. Can I steal that name for my next story? Okay, so some stuff happens that’s really cool and then…ZOMBIES. You’ve seen zombies? How about GIANT MUTANT RACCOONS? I thought not.
From then on the thrills, the plot twists and the perils come in a fury, all the way to the end. And all along the way, the book simply oozes REALLY COOL SHIT (TM) like competing schools of magic, including one that runs on belief (and is thus subject to propaganda, government or otherwise) and a secret society with plans that extend far beyond the scope of this first book (in a planned series!!!)
I loved all the characters, even the ones I hated, and the supporting cast is as vivid and interesting as Emily (the aforementioned witch and star of our story) and Dreadnaught.
On top of everything, there’s a (doomed???) romance. I mean, if you’re into that sort of thing.
The end came way too soon and I had to pack the manuscript back up and send it off to the next location. (You should have seen the FedEx guy when he showed up and saw the size of that steamer trunk…) Fortunately, The Native Star goes on sale today at fine bookstores across American, so I can run out and buy a copy to keep me company until the sequel arrives.
I suggest you buy one too. C’mon…Dreadnaught Stanton. Like you can resist meeting the character behind that name.
Here's my panel schedule for this year's Armadillocon:
Fr1700SB Anti-Heroic Fantasy: Flawed to Very Flawed Heroes
Fri 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Sabine
C. Berg*, J. Rountree, W. Ledbetter, A. Marmell, C. Osborne
How flawed can a hero be and still be a hero?
Fri 8:30 PM-9:00 PM San Antonio
Sat 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Dealers' Room
Berg, G. Faust, S. Allen, J. Rountree, R. Clement-Moore
Sa1600SM Lost: The Ending
Sat 4:00 PM-5:00 PM San Marcos
B. Hale, M. Bey*, J. Rountree, G. Oliver, B. Foster, M. Sturges
Now that Lost is over, how was it? Our panelists discuss.
Su1100SB The Heroic Quest: Making It Interesting
Sun 11:00 AM-Noon Sabine
A. Marmell*, J. Rountree, C. Berg, M. Sturges, P. Benjamin, T. Wagner
The hero will strive against someone or something, overcome trials and, most likely, be victorious in his quest. But it’s the details that make you want to read the story. How do you make it interesting?
Su1400SA Stump the Panel
Sun 2:00 PM-3:00 PM San Antonio
G. Faust, N. Southard*, D. Johnson, J. Rountree, A. Marmell
See some of you there!
Writer-type things I'm doing now:
1. Passing 100 pages on the new novel manuscript.
2. Waiting on word back regarding a couple of submitted stories.
3. Trying to sort out a collaboration in progress.
4. Holding stray story ideas at bay with a stick.
5. Reading another fat book about some twentieth century war or another.
6. Awaiting the publication of Polyphony 7.
7. Waiting to announce the Really Cool sale I made recently.
8. Waiting for good or bad news about a novel submission.
9. Waiting for good or bad news about another novel submission.
10. Writing (more or less) a couple of other stories.
11. Pounding my head against a wall.
So, it's quiet around here. But I'm not slacking or anything.
So, my second short story sale of the year is an anthology reprint. A good one. I don't think any TOC has been announced, so I'm not spilling the beans yet, but I'll definitely report here when it all goes public. I imagine it will be soon.
Apart from that, I have two pretty good longish stories submitted to mags right now -- fingers crossed -- I'm in the middle of a couple of more, and I'm still plugging away at HOMEFRONT.
And my story "Avoiding the Cold War" is appearing in Polyphony 7, which, in case you didn't hear, is set for publication in July.
2009 didn't see a lot of fiction from me, but 2010 is looking like it has the potential to rock.