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