These type of updates are always fun to write. A few days ago, I received the good news that Apex Magazine has purchased my short story “Cold Blue Sky” which will appear in an upcoming issue, both online and I believe in the new print issues available to Patreon supporters.
No spoilers on the story, except to say it’s set in a near-future setting along the lines of an alternate Earth and involves artificial intelligence. That said, it’s still set in the same universe as the other Astral Diadem stories–which was designed as a setting large enough to handle multiple genres and eras.
Apex Magazine is a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field. New issues are released the first Tuesday of every month.
It’s a great magazine I read on a regular basis and many of the stories are available to read online or download and listen to in podcast form.
Ride the Star Wind, an anthology of Lovecraft-themed space opera, is now available from Broken Eye Books in paperback and hardback format. I received my hardback copy recently and it’s gorgeous, from the lush cover to the rich array of professional illustrations inside. It was particularly exciting to see the illustration for my story.
Ride the Star Wind by Broken Eye Books
My story in the anthology is called “The Eater of Stars” and it’s about 6,000 words of space opera set in the same Astral Diadem setting as my other stories. The attempt here was to create a contrast between an imaginable humanoid high-tech/magitek civilization and the further unknown: a species of alien beings significantly more advanced than the humanoid civilization. Along those lines, it uses a device from The Shadow Out of Time, among others.
The viewpoint character Chydi is a diplomatic attache for a mid-level interplanetary state called Brakandy. She’s posted at the Circlet, which is the hub of an interstellar federation called the Association, ruled somewhat loosely by a benevolent AI known as Governing Intelligence.
Her backstory, while not obviously relevant to the main storyline, allowed for some fun point of view shifts during the course of the story related to gender articles.
The accompanying illustration by Mike Dubisch (to the right) is gorgeous and captures what I hope is a frenetic and exciting opening to the tale. We see Chydi in her pajamas running and pushing up a travelator (a moving sidewalk) within the interior of the Circlet, desperate to reach Governing Intelligence to warn it about an impending disaster.
The Circlet is a well-ordered society however, and pushing is not allowed. The robot in the background is a Gi Pawn, an encapsulation of the Circlet’s overriding AI which enforces local laws.
The collection is also available as an ebook on Amazon.comhere. It’s a fantastic anthology overall with great stories and high production values.
I’m pleased to announce that my novelette, “The Squirming, Scarlet Madness” has now been published by The Society of Misfit Stories and is available on Amazon for purchase or through Kindle Unlimited.
Seventeen-year-old Glorianor Charlock doesn’t deny that she killed her father. But as her story unfolds before the court, the question becomes whether she is simply insane or was some terrifying, unknown force at work?
What is The Society of Misfit Stories? These are stories often trapped in the forsaken shadowlands of the publishing industry: too long for traditional magazines and journals, but too short for print. The Society of Misfit Stories provides a loving home for longer short fiction. Each entry in the series is a stand-alone tale from talented new and established voices in a wide range of genres. Join us each week as we reveal a new story in the collection.
An upcoming scheduled of stories for the Society is available here.
Needless to say, I’m excited to have this story up and out in the world and am looking forward to sending more out there to join it. The main character in this story is projected as a supporting character in at least one future novel. More information about this story is available in a previous post.