Shattermoon ARCs have been floating around for a while now, and there are a few nice reviews up on Amazon. The ebook is available to buy from today, and the paperback will be out on June 14th.
For all its faults and opinionated arseholes, Twitter is easy: chuckle and retweet … bang out a thought in 280 characters or less … find an awesome gif.
Blogging takes more effort and thought, which is why I don’t do it very often. However, with Shattermoon coming out in exactly a month I really should get my shit together.
My last post here was in 2016, after I signed a two-book deal with Jo Fletcher Books for Shattermoon and a sequel. Clearly a lot of stuff has happened since then, all of which was documented on Twitter (and by extension Facebook – quietly vomits into a bag). I won’t go through it all, but here are some highlights of the past 18 months or so.
August 2017: My short story Saturday Night Genocide which had previously appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #62 was selected for its 2016’s Best Stories anthology.
October 2017: Cover reveal of Shattermoon.
November 2017: I was interviewed by Australian writer Madeleine d’Este for her excellent Write Through The Roof podcast.
December 2017: I wrote a blog post for JFB on how I’d found the editing process.
December 2017: I was chuffed to bits when Shattermoon was included in SFX magazine’s 2018 Unmissable Books Preview!
January 2018: I was featured again in SFX magazine – this time in the Getting Started section of its Books issue.
February 2018: I wrote another post for the JFB blog, this time on my Top Ten Favourite Spaceships.
So there it is. A slow build that I suspect is about to get quite frantic for a while.
I’m delighted to be able to announce that Jo Fletcher Books will be publishing the first two novels in my space opera series about a young conwoman called Aurelia ‘Orry’ Kent.
Thanks go to my fantastic agent, Ian Drury of Sheil Land
It looks to be an exciting year.
My story Saturday Night Genocide is in issue #62 of the Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.
Far Orbit: Apogee was published last week, containing my story Dainty Jane. I’m looking forward to reading my contributor’s copy when it arrives.
It’s available on Amazon and other major outlets, in print and e-book editions.
I’ve just completed the final edits on my story ‘Saturday Night Genocide,’ an experience rendered painless by Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine editor Amy Gordon.
The contract is signed and the story will appear in ASIM #62.
So I finally got my latest draft to the beta readers yesterday after seemingly endless tweaking. As long as they don’t hate it, it will just require a final read through in a few weeks and then off to my agent.
It’s always odd reaching this stage after months of working on something every day (I started this one in October 2014).
My floatiness was short-lived however, as the dread realisation that I now have to tackle the synopsis dragged me back to grim reality.
I always think a cover says so much about the quality of the contents, and I have nightmares about having my work featured in a publication with substandard cover art. Fortunately I genuinely like the cover of the Far Orbit: Apogee anthology.
And, for the first time, here it is:
Here are a few words about the anthology.
“Apogee is the second volume in the Far Orbit anthology series edited by Bascomb James. This well-received series features modern science fiction adventures crafted by a new generation of Grand Tradition SF writers.
If you’re looking for science fiction stories like they used to write, this is the book for you. Apogee takes all of the fun-to-read adventure, ingenuity, and heroism of mid-century pulp fiction and shapes it for a new generation of readers. Follow the adventures of heroic scientists, lunar detectives, space dragons, robots, interstellar pirates, gunslingers, and other memorable characters as they wrestle with adversity beyond the borders of our small blue marble.”
If you wish to pre-order, you can do so at the following sites. The release date is October 13th 2015, and the book is available in trade paperback and ebook formats, from World Weaver Press.
(US ebook) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013TFTKK8
The Far Orbit: Apogee anthology is progressing nicely, with a release date of October 13, 2015.
The cover reveal is scheduled for Thursday August 13th, 2015, when I will be posting and tweeting cover art and the back cover copy.
Here is a list of the contributors and their story titles:
TO DEFEND AND KEEP FROM HARM – Anna Salonen
THIS STORY WILL WIN A HUGO – James Van Pelt
CONTAMINATION – Jay Werkheiser
A MOST EXCEPTIONAL SCHOLARSHIP – Nestor M. Delfino
MASKS – Jennifer Campbell-Hicks
MURDER AT TRANQUILITY BASE – Dave Creek
THE AFFAIRS OF DRAGONS – Julie Frost
CULTURE SHOCK – Keven R. Pittsinger
LOST IN TRANSMUTATION – Wendy Sparrow
N31GHB0RS – Eric Del Carlo
DAINTY JANE – Dominic Dulley
LIVE BY THE TEN, DIE BY THE GUN – Milo James Fowler
BY THE SHORES OF A MARTIAN SEA – Sam S. Kepfield
This excites me on three levels:
1) This is a print anthology so I’ll get to hold a physical book in my hand, something you obviously can’t do with e-publications. I’m old school.
2) Dainty Jane is perhaps my favourite short story. I’ve spent the last eight months expanding it into a novel, which I’m currently in the throes of editing and revising. It should be with my agent in the summer.
3) I get to take part in promotional events, which I’ve never done before.