“Muzik Man” by Wulf Moon. It’s the tale of an android minstrel missionary, sent to save a tone deaf world. And this time, he won’t screw up!
A science fiction novelette published October 13, 2020.
This PDF of the story kindly permitted by the Deep Magic editor for award season reading.
Current Preliminary Awards’ Announcements
Critters 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards: 2500 people from around the world voted during three weeks of polling. On January 16, 2021, “Muzik Man” won Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Story of 2020! Wulf Moon won Best Author of 2020.
Nebula Awards: Listed on the 2020 Nebula Reading List for Novelettes and receiving preliminary nominations from SFWA members.
Hugo Awards: No official preliminary nomination/reading lists.
Accolades and reviews:
Tangent Online Starred Review on their 2020 Recommended Reading List: “Moon shows he can masterfully construct a triumphant feel-good finish. Recommended.”
Goodreads: “Wulf Moon’s “Muzik Man”-I think that story itself might end up being nominated for an award for this year.”-Jeff Wheeler, WSJ bestseller, publisher of Deep Magic.
Posted by a SFWA member: “Muzik Man” by Wulf Moon is without a doubt one of the best stories of the year. Moon weaves pure magic with this heartfelt tale about an android minstrel who wants to help a tone-deaf world. I loved the heck out of the story. It’s quirky, it’s fun, but more importantly, it’s uplifting. After the year we’ve had, it’s exactly what we need.”–Steve Pantazis, award-winning writer
Fan Mail from a Biology Professor: “I found Muzik Man to be as enjoyable as your WOTF winning story….I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Muzik Man will win! I really like how compelling your characters are right away. You breathe such life and voice into them from the first sentence.”–Amy R. Wethington, Professor of Biology at Chowan University and President of Southeastern Writers Association
Critters’ Poll Comments:
Voters’ comments posted for “Muzik Man” in the Critters 2020 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Story Category:
“This story is a delightful reminder of what passion and love for music can do to save your soul. Mr. Wulf is a talented writer with a great musical ear (as we say in Greece). Well done!”
“Beautiful story! This one made me cry—even the second read through. Moon delivers a powerful story that will stick with you long after you finish reading. Well done!”
“This is an awesome story by Wulf Moon. It’s not only a fun story, but it has a unique message. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry…it’s the best short story I’ve read all year!”
“An amazing story about spreading hope to those who don’t realize they need it. With 2020 being the year that it was, this story is a perfect way to cheer you up and make you smile. I highly recommend it!”
“Muzik Man was exceptionally well-written and entertaining. Wulf Moon shows incredible talent.”
“Muzik Man was the most awesome story I’ve ever read! …. Loved this story!”
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