You might have heard I wrote a story that took second place in the international talent search for speculative fiction writers known as Writers of the Future. Okay, you’re here, so I think it’s safe to assume you have. You might have also heard the story has been reprinted in the professional science fiction magazine Future Science Fiction Digest, Issue #3. You might have also heard I was hired by the same editor to produce it as a podcast (see my header “Podcasts” to listen to it for free). So what’s the news? Why am I jumping up and down on your bed at 3 a.m.? FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, you say, I’M TRYING TO SLEEP!!!
Well, what you might not have heard is that wonderful, positive reviews on this story have been coming in almost every day since it was published at the start of April, 2019. Several reviewers have also singled it out for praise, saying this story touched them and made them cry…and then told everyone they need to read it!
Well, here’s a few highlights for your review. If you missed it, I hope you’ll read the story. I hope you’ll also consider it when year end award time comes around. It means a great deal to me, and it has touched the lives of many readers from around the world. How do I know? They’ve told me. And I’ll share just a few with you because I am happy this sweet story I wrote about a disabled girl on the Moon and her robot life support dog is not only being read, it’s getting lots of love. That’s something you may not know.
Today, it’s official. My first appearance on the cover of a professional science fiction magazine. I’m singing, “On the Cover of the Rolling Stone!”
This issue of Future Science Fiction Digest has two themes: a lunar theme in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing; and an artificial intelligence theme. When I got wind of this, I knew I had the perfect fit–I had a story with both! I queried the editor, he agreed to look at it, and the rest is history! “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler” was published today in Issue 3 of this international SF magazine. It’s a watershed moment for any writer to be listed on the cover, and this story has granted me two watershed moments! It’s not only my first cover, it’s a reprint of my award-winning story from Writers of the Future, Volume 35.
Stay tuned for the podcast! I was hired to narrate it and it’s in final production. Check out my Podcast header in a few days and I’ll read you this story about a disabled girl on the Moon and her robodog life support unit that protects her!
AUTHOR SERVICES, INC. AND GALAXY PRESS PRESENT
THE 35th ANNUAL WRITERS OF THE FUTURE AND
30th ANNUAL ILLUSTRATORS OF THE FUTURE
L. RON HUBBARD ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS GALA
CELEBRATING THE WINNERS OF THE
SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY CONTESTS
BLACK TIE ATTIRE
Friday, April 5, 2019
1201 Vine Street (at Lexington Avenue),
Hollywood, CA 90038
Red Carpet Arrivals at 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Banquet Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Awards Show Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Hollywood, CA (March 20, 2018) – Author Services, Inc. and Galaxy Press will present The 35th Annual Writers of the Future and the 30th Annual Illustrators of the Future L. Ron Hubbard Gala Achievement Awards celebrating the winners of the Contests, honoring 12 writers and 12 illustrators from around the world for their excellence in the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
The Black Tie Event, with celebrity award presenters, will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Taglyan Complex, 1201 Vine Street (at Lexington Avenue, the entrance for Valet Parking), Hollywood, CA 90038. Red Carpet Arrivals begin at 4:30 p.m. Emceed by Gunhild Jacobs, Executive Director of Author Services, Inc., the Invitation Only Event will be catered by Divine Catering. The Awards Banquet will start at 6:00 p.m. Members of the General Public can watch the Awards Show streaming live from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. PST at www.writersofthefuture.com. A Book Signing and Reception with follow the Awards Show in the lobby of the Taglyan Complex. Continue reading “Writers of the Future Awards Gala Press Release!”
Have I got a story to tell! But for now, let me just say that I won Second Place in the international speculative fiction talent search, Writers of the Future! My story, “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler” will be published in their Volume 35 anthology, release date of April 9, 2019. In addition to the prize money and professional publication money, I’ll be sent on an all expense paid trip to Hollywood! I’ll partake in a week long workshop taught by David Farland, Orson Scott Card, and Tim Powers! These are giants in the field of science fiction and fantasy, and I’m so pleased I’m going to learn from the masters. And then there’s the banquet and awards gala which has been described as the equivalent of the Academy Awards ceremony in the field of science fiction and fantasy! This year the event will be livestreamed from Hollywood’s opulent Taglyan Complex on Friday, April 5th! Go to writersofthefuture.com on the day of the event and connect up to the program! More to come!
That’s right! Over two thousand readers from around the world voted this year in the annual Critters Readers’ Poll. My alternate history fantasy story “War Dog” published in the anthology TERRA! TARA! TERROR! by Third Flatiron Publishing won “Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Published in 2018.” It’s a wonderful honor, and it’s great knowing so many people enjoyed this story about the now extinct Alaunt war dogs used by the conquistadors to conquer the New World. If you missed it, check out thirdflatiron.com and enjoy it in PDF or in podcast for free. Let me read you the story!
Woof! Now that the contract is signed, I am happy to officially announce a sale to a great publisher, Third Flatiron, that pays SFWA’s pro rate! “War Dog” will appear in both e-book and trade paperback in TERRA! TARA! TERROR! in October of this year! This is my third sale to Third Flatiron since I started submitting to them exactly one year ago. I hope you get a chance to read my historical fantasy about the famous armored war dogs of the conquistadors!
Below was the call. I wrote this one to specification–specifically, that call for alternate histories. I love the Spanish Main, and have written many fantasy stories set in that world. This is my first that didn’t just win an award–this one is to be published! Alternate history, famous conquistadors, magical blood, and DOGS! What’s not to like?
“Terra! Tara! Terror!” – SF, Fantasy, Horror. Whether the setting is a cabin in the woods (Terra), Fae (Tara), or spaceship Nostromo (Terror), take us there and spin your adventure. For a bit of mood whiplash, we’d like a mixture of dark and bright stories. Examples: Obsession with odd artifacts (like Roadside Picnic’s golden sphere?), alternate histories, paranormal romance (no erotica, please, we’re PG-13).
Get yours in October from Amazon and let me know what you think! I’ll keep barking about this one. WOOF!
If you’re writing to be published, chances are you’ve suffered from some form of this mental condition. We’ve all gone through it, we’ve all caught it–some just show more virulent symptoms than others. We send out a story. It comes back with a rejection. It can be the dreaded form rejection, or it can be the encouraging personal rejection–also dreaded, because these can be even more confusing.
Then we drive ourselves nuts trying to guess why the story got rejected. This was to be the pinnacle of our writing career! The editor must have macular degeneration and have been three sheets to the wind! What other explanation is there? Oh. Maybe, just maybe, they left us an explanation, hidden secretly in their brief words. Ken Liu talked about this at Norwescon this year. He called the condition Rejectomancy. Let me get my notes. Hm. A place for everything and everything misplaced. Ah. Here it is under a tube filled with nautical maps of the San Juan Islands. Obviously! Okay, here we go! Continue reading “Reject Rejectomancy!”
This is the 40 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MY FIRST SF PRO SALE AND PUBLICATION!
When I was fifteen I was a winner in Scholastic Inc.’s National Writing Competition, and the editor from Science World saw the story, paid me pro rate even by today’s SFWA standards, and published “The Last Ray of Light” May 18, 1978. Science World doesn’t publish science fiction, they publish articles about science, 500,000 copies an issue, to help science teachers get kids excited about, well, science! So this was a special deal for my story. It did happen to be about a hyperloop/vactrain, many decades before Elon Musk theorized building one through Tesla. There was nothing for me to read on such a thing at the time, but the country was in an energy crisis, and I just made up an energy starved future world, how they would travel, what would happen if the system failed, and the price my protagonist would have to pay to save those people trapped inside.
Forty years later and I’m happy to say the story that kid wrote still works–editor Joe Monson will be reprinting it in the anthology TRACE THE STARS around February 2019 along with stories by New York Times bestselling authors David Farland and Kevin J. Anderson!I am thrilled this tale is coming back to life in an anthology where proceeds will help students reach for the stars! If you get a chance to read it, just forgive my naivete’ about how computers in the future would communicate–our school’s computer lab had a strong impression on me, and those of you in the know will understand why my computer says STOP at the end of every sentence. STOP.
Okay, now, you can stop. STOP. No, seriously, I mean it, computer! STOP.
This was sad for me last night–I saw a post from Kevin J. Anderson on a group I’m in, and realized I had missed the news that David Bischoff died March of this year. David was a member of the Wordos writers group in Eugene, Oregon, and so was I. Mild mannered, quiet and kind, you would never have known how much he had accomplished in the industry unless you really pressed him–he was just another writer showing up to help critique for the weekly sessions. Dave and I became friends, and he really liked my writing, especially my Borg love story published in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds II. You see, among his many accomplishments, Dave had worked the Hollywood scene, had written the Star Trek Next Generation episode “Tin Man” and coauthored “First Contact,” and also wrote the bestselling Trek novel Grounded. Imagine my surprise when one day he asked me to work up a list of pitches that we’d take to Paramount to pitch to the execs at Voyager. He liked my ideas, prepped me on how fast you had to change them as the producers added their twists, and we planned our dates to go. Alas, just as we were about to buy tickets, Dave got nervous, apologized, but said he had reconsidered–having done the Hollywood scene (you make a lot of compromises in your work to exist there), he had changed his mind about going back into it. He had decided he was happy where he was at in his career, and I respected that.
It would have been cool to have shared in that world with him, however, and I can’t help my selfish wish that we would have gone. For me, it has always been a great dream of what might have been, and it’s my fondest memory of Dave, because he had made a choice, and he knew where he wanted his writing and life to be. I’ll miss you, Dave. You were always kind and insightful, and you believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. You had a profound impact on my writing, even though my move created distance that caused us to drift apart. You will be missed by all that were graced with your kind presence.