Stellar Review of Deep Magic and “Muzik Man” by Tangent Online!

Deep Magic magazine knows how to pick ’em! Don’t take my word for it, take critic C.D. Lewis’ word for it in Tangent Online, a top reviewing publication for the SF industry. Here’s what he said:

“Deep Magic’s Fall 2020 issue contains four new short stories. In keeping with its founder’s stated goal of providing clean fantasy, the stories don’t rely on strong language or erotic content for their effect. The editors’ vetting process is to be commended: whereas most collections do well to present some 30% of contents you could recommend with a straight face to a friend, every new piece in this issue of Deep Magic is worth your time. Good clean fun.”–Tangent Online, Nov. 8, 2020.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!  Look what he said about my novelette!

“Wulf Moon’s “Muzik Man” presents SF from over the shoulder of a robot who aspires to do more for the Maestro’s expanding galactic task force—to spread music, yes, but to advance his own ambitions. “Muzik Man” demonstrates the knife-edge problem distinguishing in fiction between a trope and an archetype: they’re not so much different in concept as in execution. In this case, Moon cleaves to a well-known outline of Christ planting the seeds of an enormous movement while being criticized, harassed by police, killed by authorities, then resurrected to teach another lesson. (Because this is SF about fighting oppressions, Muzik Man is restored from a trash heap by a teen he’d shown music, who herself was forbidden to enter the engineering guild because she’s a girl.) There can be a lot of emotional energy in this plot arc when properly harnessed: Obiwan returns more powerful than Vader can possibly imagine, once again to guide a believer—and the crowd goes wild. The reader who stays with the protagonist long enough to care about his problems and those of the people he’s trying to reach will find a powerful climax that channels energy from themes that shape the reader’s own life: friendship, ambition, hope, redemption. Even if the open could work faster to attract and keep a reader, Moon shows he can masterfully construct a triumphant feel-good finish. Recommended.”

It’s a wonderful review of my story, but what I’m especially thrilled about is how the review ends. “Recommended.” Do you know what that means? I’ll tell you! That there’s a code word, folks. That means “Muzik Man” will be registered on Tangent Online’s 2020 Reading List!  This is their respected list of professionally published stories that helps the industry make selections for science fiction and fantasy award considerations next year!

When we write, I believe our best comes from capturing our deepest emotional experiences on the page. “Muzik Man” is an important story for me. I have never had a story of mine likened to the power within Star Wars before. But I do know where the emotional power in this story came from. My life. I call this one my thinly disguised autobiography.

I do hope you read it. My heart is in this one.

Here’s how to get “Muzik Man.” The entire issue is only three bucks! Get ready to dance! https://amzn.to/313KGJf

And if you’d like to see the Tangent review, here you go! https://bit.ly/2IjghQs

“Muzik Man” now playing in DEEP MAGIC, Fall 2020!

DEEP MAGIC, Fall 2020

One year ago, my story “Weep No More for the Willow” appeared in DEEP MAGIC, Fall 2019. One year later, I return to the pages of Deep Magic! This time with a science fiction novelette, “Muzik Man.”

It’s the story of an android minstrel missionary, sent to save a tone-deaf world. And this time, he won’t screw up! Full of heart, this story will make you laugh, make you cry, and will take you on an adventure across the galaxy to a world where playing music can get you into a lot of trouble! Come dance with this minstrel operative as he does his best to convert the subjugated masses to the wonders of music! If you loved “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler,” I am certain you will love this story just as much. And the entire issue is only $2.99!

Go ahead, make my day. Trust me, Muzik Man will make yours.

Or don’t trust me. Trust this review by award-winning author Leah Ning:

“Wulf Moon has a story here! Now that I’ve finally gotten to read it, I’ll gush: what an absolute TRIP, in the best way possible. New worlds, new creatures, and a brand spankin’ new robot who was made to play music inside and out. Had some good laughs, had some good feels, and an ending I didn’t expect. Go make friends with Muzik. He’ll charm your socks off! This story has some good, good heart in it.”

Click here to jump to light speed and dance with Muzik!

Wulf Moon Wins BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY SHORT STORY OF 2019!

More news about “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler”! I am happy to announce that my hard science fiction story about a disabled girl and her life support rapper robodog won BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY SHORT STORY OF 2019! This was in the Critters Readers’ Choice Awards, where over 2,000 readers from around the world voted for their favorite things in publishing in 2019. With so many great stories published over the course of the year in both of these genres, it is a very difficult honor to win. This is a huge category! I have now won this award two years in a row.

I already did my thank-yous when I won Best Author of 2019 (see blog below), so I won’t belabor this one. But I will thank Alice Wang, that youngest winner in the history of Illustrators of the Future–just fifteen years old!–that did the amazing illustration of Dixie the Moongirl and her spunky Moon Dawdler. I also wish to posthumously thank Mike Resnick. He was one of the four Writers of the Future judges from my quarter that unanimously voted that “Super-Duper Moongirl” was a winner and should be in the Volume 35 anthology. I had so looked forward to meeting Mike and thanking him in person at the awards gala, but that was not to be. So I will thank Mike Resnick here for all the good things he did to use his power to help aspiring writers. It is a great part of his legacy.

Finally, I thank all of the readers that voted and commented on how my story touched their hearts. When Locus magazine reviewed it, they said this story had “a tearjerker of an ending.” Dozens of fans wrote and said, “You made me cry.” Normally, that’s not a good thing.

In writing, that is the greatest compliment.

The awards season continues on, and many writers are casting their ballots for other distinguished awards. If you’re one of them, I hope you will remember this story about a spirited disabled girl that refused to let her circumstances keep her from reaching for the Moon. The comments from the polls are included below. Thank you, my fans, for your belief in this story and sending me comments like these and more! Cheers!

Comments from the Critters Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 polling for: “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler“:


This story was very touching, and well-written. It spoke right to my heart. And made me cry. True literature!


I like that the story is about a disabled child and how she overcomes her disability in order to live on the moon.


An amazing story by Wulf Moon. A must read for all ages.


An amazing, heartwarming tale that will make you cry at the end. You must, MUST read the story to the last page. The emotional payoff is incredible, and you will be talking about this story for years to come. Enjoy!


This story is the best science fiction first-person I’ve read in decades.


This story warmed my heart. The best of SF in the modern era. Kudos!


Wulf Moon’s voice is a consistent and positive reminder that there is good in the world, and ‘Moongirl’ is a heartwarming story.


Moon’s story was and still is breath-taking. It has stayed in my mind for months since reading it. A tear-jerker, a heart-softener, and a courage-revealer, Super-Duper Moongirl is a must-read.


This story put me through the ringer on emotions, I laughed I cried. It also hit many socially important topics, all the high notes of a good story, and of course the dog was the best!


Wulf moons language is awesome and I like the way in which the author weaves the story


I loved this story. It takes an unexpected character and whops a huge emotional punch. The kind of story that sticks with you.


This story is special. My kids haven’t stopped talking about the story since we pulled it out last summer. And it makes me cry. Seriously!


Excellent, top notch story! Highly recommended.


This is a great story, well crafted with no wasted word count. Great characters which draw the reader in and compelling futuristic setting. Smart imaginative science fiction concepts. Most important, this story leaves me wanting more with its characters and narrative style. Can’t wait to read more from this a author.


fantastic story!


The super duper moongirl was just such a unique take and so much ‘story’ and emotion was expressed in so few words – a great delight reading it and would love more of this author’s work. It was fun, emotional without being silly – great writing skills.


Really loved this story. Great job!

Wulf Moon Wins Best Author of the Year!

Wulf Moon: Best Author of 2019 Award

I am dumbfounded. I’ll tell you why. The Critters Readers’ Choice Awards gives readers from around the world the chance to vote for their favorite things in publishing that occurred in the prior year. For three weeks, readers vote. Over two thousand readers voted in the polls for works published in 2019.

I just won BEST AUTHOR OF 2019! No one is more shocked than I. I watched my name slowly rise in the polls, and the nominees are wonderful authors, many with long-standing careers. I am humbled and honored to be listed among them. I didn’t push this, I pushed for my story, “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler.” By push, I mean I did what every author does that hopes to win. I told my friends that had read “Super-Duper Moongirl” that it was on the polls along with other great stories, and to vote their conscience.  Well, it won BEST SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY SHORT STORY OF 2019! More to come about that. But apparently, in addition to believing I had written a good story, they and others felt I had been a good author as well.

Continue reading “Wulf Moon Wins Best Author of the Year!”

Ask Me Anything!

ASK ME ANYTHING! They found me. I don’t know how, but they found me. RUN FOR IT, MARTY!

I’ve been asked to answer the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything at an author event at reddits’ huge online writing group. Alas, I don’t have 7.5 million years to contemplate the answer, but since Deep Thought already has, I will toss you the number 42 and simply answer questions on writing. The announcement is below, and I hope to see you at the event,  or answer your pre-posted questions! The question page will come up on Sunday, December 15 at www.reddit.com/r/writing

Cheers!

UPCOMING AMA ANNOUNCEMENT FOR REDDIT: Wulf Moon, Writers of the Future Winner and Podcast Director for Future Science Fiction Digest. Monday, December 16, 6-8pm PST

Wulf Moon is an Olympic Peninsula award-winning writer and podcast director for Future Science Fiction Digest. Moon wrote his first science fiction story when he was fifteen. It won the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards—the same contest that first discovered Stephen King, Peter S. Beagle, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates and a host of iconic names in the arts. The story became his first professional sale at Science World.

Moon’s stories have been published in Third Flatiron anthologies, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 2, Writers of the Future Vol. 35, Future Science Fiction Digest, and in Deep Magic. He has won over thirty awards in writing, winning a contest sponsored by Nora Roberts where he wrote the conclusion to her novella “Riley Slade’s Return,” and more recently winning the Critters Annual Readers’ Choice Award for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story of 2018, and in 2019, he was a winner in the international Writers of the Future Contest.

His award-winning story “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler” is on the current Nebula Recommended Reading List. LOCUS magazine recently published a glowing review on this story about a disabled girl seeking a new life on the moon with her protector–a rapper robodog that serves as her life-support unit. Author Tim Powers said about the tale: “This is the kind of story I hope gets reprinted again and again for years and years to come.” Moon invites you to experience this story for yourself by reading or by listening to his narration at Future-SF for free:

Podcast: http://future-sf.com/podcasts/super-duper-moongirl-podcast/

Print: http://future-sf.com/fiction/super-duper-moongirl-and-the-amazing-moon-dawdler/

You can enjoy more of Moon’s work at: amazon.com/author/wulfmoon. Follow him on Facebook and sign up for his blog and podcasts at driftweave.com. He looks forward to chatting with you about how to write and narrate captivating stories that will activate powerful emotions within the hearts of your readers. See you soon! Wulf Moon

AMA will be posted on Sunday, December 15, at noon to allow for questions to be posted ahead of the AMA time.

Wulf Moon’s upcoming debut in DEEP MAGIC!

Order your copy from Amazon by clicking HERE!

I am happy to announce I have a historical fantasy story appearing in the Fall issue of the beautiful and wondrous DEEP MAGIC magazine. “Weep No More for the Willow” is the tale of the captain of a Spanish galleon facing off with gods, demigods, and a mermaid! If you like high seas adventure with foreboding omens, supernatural creatures, life or death stakes, and a twist on mermaid tales, you’ve come to the right place!  Add a dash of romance, a sprinkle of revenge, and you have the perfect recipe for a dish best served…wet.  Hey, the story takes place on the water, what do you expect?

Come sail away as I debut my award-winning tales of the Spanish captain Capricho on the pages of DEEP MAGIC. I have been writing Capricho’s stories for twenty-five years, first in live online performances, and now on the pages of professional anthologies and magazines! My tales of Capricho’s young adventures have appeared and continue to appear in Third Flatiron Publishing’s anthologies. In fact, two thousand readers from around the world voted in Critters Readers’ Choice Awards and chose “War Dog”–a young Capricho story–as the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story of 2018! Well, I think Capricho fans will be even more excited with this tale–he’s older and wiser, and he’s got himself a boat!

You have my permission to come aboard. Preorder from Amazon by clicking here, or you can click on the cover image above. I trust you’ll enjoy this story when it releases from the dock on September 10th, 2019.  Do check out the other fine authors included in this issue. It’s a special sailing with all hands on deck!

⚔⚔LINE-UP REVEAL⚔⚔

Deep Magic’s Fall 2019 Issue line-up is:

“Pile of Bones”, by NYT bestselling author, Michael J. Sullivan

“Treaty’s Imposter”, by Marjorie King

“Forget-Me-Nots for the Potter’s Field”, by Wendy Nikel

“Weep No More for the Willow”, by Wulf Moon

“Experiments with Time”, by Jeremy Essex

*Plus* bonus stories from the board members:

Jeff Wheeler, Charlie N. Holmberg, Brendon Taylor, Dan Hilton, Steve Yeager & Kristin J. Dawson

Extended sample chapters for novels:

“The Lady in the Coppergate Tower”, by Nancy Campbell Allen

“The Redwood Palace”, by MK Hutchins

Cover art by: Martina Fackova

 

HERE BE DRAGONS!

When you look at the tattered edges of old nautical charts, often you’ll find a wicked sea serpent threading through the water. There is even a medieval globe with the inscription: HERE BE DRAGONS. It probably didn’t mean the explorers had run across dragons (although I’d like to think so); it meant they hadn’t explored that location and if you decided to travel there, you would do so at your own risk. You were navigating uncharted waters.

Much of writing is exactly that. No two writers’ journeys are the same because we all have unique circumstances and we are all singularly unique individuals. You can read and study what others did to find their course across the vast oceans of writing and publishing, but in the end, you have to chart your own path, catch the wind in your sails, put your hand to the tiller, and guide your ship to the destination that’s right for you. It’s your journey. You haven’t traversed these waters before. There will be perils. There will be dragons. But if you hold fast and fight to the last, there can also be rich rewards….

So opens my article on the dragons that writers face–especially this writer–while navigating the high seas of writing and publishing. The article appears on the Writers of the Future homepage. Click the link to read my story, a story designed to help you conquer your own dragons and to fortify you to NEVER GIVE UP!

Click Here for article and podcast and a Hollywood video interview!

Watch The Recording of the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Awards!

After twenty-five years of trying, I had finally won and had made it to the Writers and Illustrators of the Future gala award ceremony.  It’s an impressive event that many liken to the Academy Awards of science fiction and fantasy. If you ever attend one or if you watch the recording, you’ll understand why. This is a formal black-tie event in the best of Hollywood venues with bestselling authors and Hollywood stars on the guest list. And they are all there to support you as an up-and-coming writer of speculative fiction. This was the proudest moment of my writing career. It happened April 5th, 2019 at the Grand Ballroom of the Taglyan Complex in the center of Hollywood.

Want to see Wulf Moon take the stage, receive his award for Writers of the Future Volume 35, and give his acceptance speech? Then click on the link below and advance to one hour and nine minutes and take a gander! Come join me for my five minutes of fame! (Thank goodness I still have ten minutes to go!)

Watch the 35th Annual Achievement Awards for the release of “L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 35” with the top new writers and illustrators in the world and presented by some of the biggest names in science fiction and fantasy.

Awesome Reviews and Fan Mail on “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler”!

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.

And it’s worth jumping up and down about. Continue reading “Awesome Reviews and Fan Mail on “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler”!”

Wulf Moon’s First Appearance on a Pro Science Fiction Magazine’s Cover!

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.

And an added bonus! The editor hired me to narrate and produce the story as a podcast. Check out my Podcast header and click on the link and I’ll read you this story about a disabled girl on the Moon and her robodog life support unit that protects her!