The Futures 2 anthology from Tor books is now available to pre-order as an ebook.
100 writers – including Neal Asher, Elizabeth Bear, Gregory Benford, Tobias Buckell, Brenda Cooper, Kathryn Cramer, David Langford, Tanith Lee, Ken Liu, Nick Mamatas, H.E. Roulo, Norman Spinrad, Ian Stewart, Rachel Swirsky, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Ian Watson – offer their take on what the future will look like in this anthology of sci-fi short stories from the award-winning Futures column in the science journal Nature.
The new Rich & Roulo short story volume 2 just released on Amazon.
Like Volume 1: DESIRE, Volume 2: RUINS contains a pair of short stories.
Emerian Rich wrote a mummy horror story.
My story, Great Asp, is a dark fantasy story about a woman warrior struggling to survive in the ancient world. The incarnation of Death haunts her journey, tempting her with the opportunity to become an immortal hero and ignore the terrible task she has set for herself. Great Asp first appeared as a podcast story on HorrorAddicts.net.
The new Rich and Roulo: RUINS is now available as an ebook from Amazon for $0.99.
I’m thrilled to announce that publisher Permuted Press has signed a multi-book deal for my new Plague Masters series. Their tagline is “Enjoy the Apocalypse,” and I think they are an ideal fit for my YA science-fiction zombie series.
Here’s more about Permuted Press:
Permuted Press was established in 2004 with a modest goal: to produce a single, high-quality zombie anthology titled The Undead. From this simple goal grew a publishing company that has published over 80 titles targeting the apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, and survival horror fiction markets. Permuted Press has relied heavily on the power of the internet and advances in publishing technology to establish itself as one of the best known publishers in the apocalyptic niche. Permuted has utilized print on demand (POD) technology, eBooks, and grassroots internet marketing to catch and cater to its ever growing fan base.
Permuted’s greatest successes include Plague of the Dead by Z.A. Recht (originally published online), John Dies at the End by David Wong (now from St. Martin’s, movie coming in 2013), Day by Day Aramgeddon by J.L. Bourne (originally self-published), Ex-Heroes and 14 by Peter Clines, and The Infection by Craig DiLouie.
In mid-2008, Permuted was approached by Borders/Waldenbooks with special stocking terms. This allowed Permuted to continue producing its releases with POD technology, while bringing its special brand of apocalyptic mayhem to fans nationwide.
In mid-2009 Permuted entered a co-publishing venture with Simon & Schuster to release co-branded editions of some of Permuted’s most popular titles as well as new, original titles contributed by Permuted. Initially set to include 7 titles, the venture has since grown to include 12 titles with releases scheduled into 2012.
As of late 2009, most Permuted new releases debut in both trade paperback and eBook formats; with over 50% of the total catalog available in eBook edition for Kindle, nook, iBooks, and other formats. With the swift growth in the eBook market, many Permuted eBooks outsell their trade paperback editions by 2 to 1 or more.
In late 2010, Permuted inked a deal with Audible.com to produce audiobook editions of 11 of its most popular titles in a special event during summer 2011. Audible.com continues to produce audibook editions of most Permuted releases, with Peter Clines 14 reaching the #1 bestseller spot in the Audible.com sci-fi/fantasy category in mid-2012 and again in October, 2013. The Permuted Press relationship with Audible.com now extends audiobook editions to most of the titles we publish.
The book deal took many years of writing and the support of some amazing friends. Please congratulate me, and rest assured I’ll let you know as the books become available.
Read my short story Besieged online for free at InfectiveINk.com. Their theme for the month is Fairytales.
When I think of fairytales, my mind harks back to Spencer’s fairy queen, tales of souls lost in the woods, the battle between paganism and Christianity, the feminine and masculine. In this story, the language and style is more elaborate than I’d usually indulge in, but not taken too far, I hope. I don’t believe I use thee or thou, though there may be a ’tis or two.
Blurb: In Besieged, Isabelle is lost in the woods. Unable to find her way back, resisting the fairy queen’s lure to join the world of the fae, she survives in a twilight dimension of mushrooms and magic. She remains trapped between worlds until a wandering knight enters the fairy glen. He threatens the delicate equilibrium she’d achieved, and if they cannot trust each other they mayboth be delivered into the queen’s hands. But fairies are the most devious of creatures, and the past Isabelle fled is the key to her ultimate choice to move on, or join them.
If I can shake the cough that’s struck me down over the last few weeks, I plan to attend Rustycon from January 17-19. Hope to see you there!
|Sat Jan 18 10:00:am||Sat Jan 18 11:00:am||Art of Editing|
|Spokane||What drives an editor to drink…or simply pass by…your submission.|
|Chad Brink Heather Roulo Katie Cord Rebecca Birch Tim Nightengale|
|Sat Jan 18 1:00:pm||Sat Jan 18 2:00:pm||The Undead Have Attacked, Now What?|
|Snoqualmie 2||Lets talk about the things that go “Braaaaiiiinsss” in the night and many ways to combat them along with your fears. Drawing from readings, movies, games, and general knowledge on how to defeat the undead.|
|Alaina Ewing Heather Roulo Katie Cord Richard Gilmore Steve Perry Todd Tepper|
|Sat Jan 18 4:00:pm||Sat Jan 18 5:00:pm||Joss Whedon & His Universes|
|Everett||Come discuss the Universes of Joss Whedon and listen to our panelists give their views on him (and his universes).|
|Heather Roulo Katie Cord Michael Montoure Shoshana Glick|
|Sun Jan 19 11:00:am||Sun Jan 19 12:00:pm||Activism through science fiction|
|Salon F||Ways in which science fiction has helped to tear down societal and cultural barriers|
|Heather Roulo Justice McCartney Mike Birch Richard Gilmore Sarah Steever|
Have you ever worn a Fitbit, Nike+ Fuelband, or pedometer? Ever jogged along to Zombies, Run!, the immersive running game that motivates exercise with an imaginary band of zombies? How about participating in an ARG (Alternate Reality Game)?
Experts and procrastinators agree that motivation is hard to come by. Many times people need to take action, but the consequences aren’t close enough or obvious enough. We have tunnel vision about what’s needed, but it’s possible to move rewards and consequences “into our tunnel.” The book Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal suggests that games are more thrilling, rewarding, and adept at tricking the human psyche into taking action and deriving satisfaction than the real world around us.
Social changes start small and grow. My flash piece “Immeasurable”, now available in Nature, explores the possibility of motivating ourselves to be better and the costs that come when people assign point values to life. It’s free online.
Think about it– we’re already being manipulated by advertisers and campaigners, so why not manipulate ourselves with points, rewards, and feedback?
If I were a real marketer, I’d motivate you with promises or offers to encourage the action I want. Leave a comment below.
My fantastic summer kept me from blogging, but hopefully everyone else was equally awesome and busy and didn’t notice. You didn’t did you?
The fourth annual Wicked Woman Writers contest is currently underway. As a past winner and long-time evaluator (like Simon Cowell but nicer) I’m always thrilled to listen to the stories created by clever female horror writers based off the current challenge. This year, each story is only ten minutes long. There are thirteen tales of terror. Check it out at horroraddicts.net. You may recognize my voice after each of the even numbered stories, as well as in the promo as one of three ghastly Norns. Norns of gods and men, comparable to the Fates in Greek mythology.
The Masters of the Macabre contest is also sponsored by HorrorAddicts.net for the guy writers.
I recently sold a short piece of near-future speculative fiction to Nature, the weekly journal of science. Naturally, I’ll let you know when that is scheduled, as well as the confirmed date for Blood Type. Unfortunately, the story I sold to Insatiable may never appear, since they have become unresponsive. I’ll keep trying a bit longer, but may have to start submitting the piece elsewhere.
I’m gearing up for great things this year, including some collaborations.
I love hearing from you. Contact me with your thoughts and ideas. Thanks!