In about a month or so I’ll be returning for a third time with a weird SF/alternate history tale of sorts to M-BRANE SF. Edited by Christopher Fletcher, M-Brane Science Fiction is not just a monthly, speculative magazine dedicated to the pulps in PDF format. It’s also only $1.00 per electronic issue ($12.00 per year), and you can download it to your Amazon Kindles and other digital readers. Christopher Fletcher provides a daily blog site, complete with hardcore news, reviews, and insight on subjects of science fiction and science fact. Hard SF, Sociological SF, Cyberpunk, Alternate History, authors new and old can all be found at M-BRANE SF. A LULU version is also offered, I believe.
A little reminder that The Martian Wave, edited by J. Alan Erwine and put out by Sam’s Dot Publishing, will be coming out spring 2010. There’s the old banner below, back when, for about ten years, The Martian Wave was a quarterly webzine of interplanetary stories, space opera, astronaut tales, and fiction about intergalactic exploration. That was always the central theme. I appeared in the old Martian Wave about five, maybe six times, and it’ll be real nice to see it now in its much fuller form, and as a semi-annual print magazine. Intended line-up below!
The Martian Wave – Summer 2010
After ten years – Now an upcoming print magazine
To be published semi-annually by Sam’s Dot Publishing:
Adaptor by Steve de Beer
Bypassed by Shelly Bryant
Prize Crew by Dan Thompson
The Barren Wastes by Justin Bohardt
The Reefs of Jove by Keith P. Graham
another pit for sale by s.c. virtes
Luminescence by Patty Jansen
A Hollander’s Secret Weapon: 1609 by Marge Simon
Into the Silence Flies a Moth by Bret Tallman
Hindsight by Marge Simon
The Pillars of Europa by Rick Novy
The Great Martian Depression by Lawrence R. Dagstine
My 7th and 8th acceptances to the long-running print mag, NOVA Science Fiction, will be coming your way next year between Issues #25 and #26. However, now that NOVA is going into its eleventh year and looking to thicken its pages and increase their circulation(s), I might have two stories in one issue again. Previous issues would be No. #24. Yes, I’m in it. Stay tuned in 2010 for a Dr. Who convention with NOVA SF in the dealer’s area (and a lot of famous Brits), and a time traveling story of mine within their pages.
It’s my 11th story appearance within the folds of Sam’s Dot Publishing’s magazine, Aoife’s Kiss. This would be the December 2009 issue, a pretty funky cover. This issue also features Ken Goldman. No. 31. Interesting fact about the magazine: the title comes from Irish. After all these years, I didn’t even know that. However, if you love science fiction and adventure stories, you definitely can’t go wrong with a copy.
Featuring Work by: Theodora Fair, D.W. Manning, Kate MacLeod, Ken Goldman, Marshall Payne, Kristin Noone, Kimberly Colley, Lawrence R. Dagstine, Jason Heller, Chris Ward, Curt Jeffreys, Geoffrey A. Landis, Julie Mark Cohen, Lenora Farrington-Sarrouf, Vanessa Waters, Justin Bohardt, Jonathan C. Holeman, Hillary Bartholomew, Shelly Bryant, William Beyer, Jamie Lee Moyer, Stephen Jarrell Williams, Michael Ceraolo, Jenna Kelly, Maggie Desmond O’Brien, Jene Erick Beardsley, Roberta Shepard, Carolyn Crow, and Edward Cox.
More Issues of Aoife’s Kiss featuring Lawrence Dagstine (click below):
I’m pleased to announce that the 24th issue of NOVA SF is now available. Ten years publishing! This would mark my fifth appearance with the Hard SF and Christian SF publication. I’ll have another story with them sometime in late spring 2010. According to the recent Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market, the circulation has gone up a little. Let’s see if we can increase that again this year. You can also subscribe via Paypal. Published semi-annually, NOVA SF is edited by Wesley Kawato. It also appears he’ll have a dealer’s table at a very famous Doctor Who Convention in Los Angeles, CA in February. GALLIFREY 2010/Gallifrey One:http://www.gallifreyone.com/
It’s the Biggest Dr. Who Convention in the United States and NOVA SF will be there!
Slowly catching up, slowly getting there. My second of three Mars-related stories will appear in M-BRANE SF around the Fall. Issue #9. This is my 2nd appearance with them. They’ve recently released print versions of issues #1 through #5, and No. #6 may already be out. They are also available via PDF subscription (very affordable!), which I highly recommend checking out. The publication features many forms of scifi, non-fiction, and analyses of the genre itself. It has a retro-60’s feel. Sort of like the pulps. They’ve featured many familiar names in the SF short fiction arena.
M-BRANE SF is not only a PDF and print publication but a regular science fiction news source, too. One of the ideas they’re juggling around right now is a ‘Shared World’ theme, which might be of interest to genre lovers.
Do you like science fiction related to the planet Jupiter and its four moons? Good. Nova Scifi will be publishing me for a Fifth and Sixth time in their print venue between this year and next. They’ve been around for a number of years and are very popular in smaller press/religious Scifi circles. NOVA SF is edited by Wesley Kawato. They DO NOT accept email subs, but they will look at snail mail. If you want to break into this market, it is recommended you have some kind of background in science or follow the guidelines to a tee. If you get the cover and headline story, you get more. They love religious SF, Hard SF, and themes related to Time Travel. Religious there, too.
On another note, I’m going to miss print. Now that everything is becoming digital… Oh yeah, did I forget to mention the Next Generation Genre Magazine? Stay tuned… There’s a LOT in the pipeline. From editing opportunities to a second collection to the magazine of the future!
There are some good science fiction webzines out there. Then there are some fine ones. ATOMJACK is by far one of the better ones, and it’s proven rightly so with their material and lineups over the past four years. This would be my 3rd appearance with them. Published by Susurrus Press, Atomjack is edited by Adicus Ray Garton.
And for you Prolific “yet-to-bes” out there, take a look at this picture below. Some of you may recognize it from a particular handbook that comes out once per year…
Look Mom, I'm Famous!
It’s a little blurry, but do you recognize the name in the picture? Yay! To think I gave up career opportunities in art, pharmacy, neuroscience, and the science of publishing for this. It’s gotta be worth at least a Big Mac. Still, check out Atomjack. They’ve got the goods.
New Monsters! It’s about time… Hmm, am I making any sense? I don’t know, I might not make any sense ever again. Fanboy-ism aside, and as a science fiction writer to boot, I’m here today to declare my love yet again for one of the longest running shows in TV history. That’s right — Doctor Who! Torchwood would probably come in second or third for me. And, as we all know, David Tennant regenerates after this year and becomes The Eleventh Doctor. This role will go to the then 27-year old Matt Smith.
Now I will admit, at first I wasn’t too keen on the idea of Smith taking over the role; I had fingers crossed for Paterson Joseph, Adrian Lester, or even Colin Salmon. But I guess it’s only right that we give the boy a chance. After all, Stephen Moffat is a remarkable writer and it’s as if he were born to lead such a fantastic show. Also, Matt Smith promises to bring a lot to the role as the Doctor — retracing the 70’s show model, Matt and Stephen? — and you know these newbies, one night they’re nobody, the next they’re a guaranteed success and eating the pie from the Actor’s Guild. Matt Smith you have my attention. I will give you a chance, I promise. But what adversaries will you face? What monsters will you go up against? What surprises does Moffat have in store for us in 2010?
I know the one monster I don’t want to see anymore is The Daleks — NO MORE! They’ve been done to death. Russell T. Davies abused them enough, I think. I love the Cybermen, don’t get me wrong… but please exit right. And it’s safe to bet that the Sontarans were just a “one-time” gig. I want monsters that harken back to the Baker years. Or they should be, at the very least, considered.
I have read rumors (and they are only that), that the “Weeping Angels” will be making their return. I’ve seen The Sea Devils being tossed about the Net. The Troclafane were mentioned on one “source” forum, but I hope they weren’t serious. And like the Sea Devils, my money is on the Ice Warriors all the way! I wouldn’t be surprised if they are a major villain in Series Five.
There are so many monsters that haven’t returned, that should. I mean, what about the Nimon? These were Minotaur-like monsters who could shoot you down with their horns. In the insect department, you have the Wirrn, who are most memorable from Baker’s second story, The Ark in Space. A Horror of Fang Rock-like story involving the Rutans would be kind of interesting. Or how about using CGI to remake The Gravis and a new sort of Tractator? Perhaps The Zarbi? No, even better, how about the Rani?
As I get ready for PLANET OF THE DEAD, I wonder what surprises are in store for Matt Smith. And us…
What monsters do YOU want to see return to Doctor Who? Would you like to cast a vote?
Come, take a Doctor Who poll with me…
For another Matt Smith/Doctor Who related poll, go here:
You can now find a heavily researched, post-apocalyptic tale about plagues, the death of the human race, and an alien species trying to save what’s left of mankind in… The current issue of THE FIFTH DI. March 2009, to be exact. The narrative is first-person, and comes from the perspective of an extraterrestrial doctor/coroner. The Andromeda Strain was very much an inspiration here, but I wanted to change it up a bit and make my story otherworldly. If you like 28 Days Later, you might also like this tale. The Fifth Di is edited by J. Alan Erwine, and published by Sam’s Dot Publishing. They’ve been around for years, and I’ve appeared there on up to almost 20 other occasions.
THE FIFTH DI… Edition No. 11, Issue #1
March 2009; Edited by J. Alan Erwine
Cover Art: "After the Fall" by Mitchell Davidson Bentley
Hope aboard and read “The Plague Planet”. Click below:
The second issue of M-BRANE SF has just hit the Internet with a March edition to die for. It’s a fast-growing venue with a positive future ahead of it. Some decent writers have already submitted to it, like Rick Novy and Cat Rambo. I have a story in Issue #2, and not only is the magazine well-formatted and very affordable for this economy, but I believe it is available in a few formats. I recommend trying it out. The PDF is only $12.00 for a whole year! For twelve issues, how can you beat that price? Christopher Fletcher gives his personal summations, too, on who’s who and what’s what involving the genre. Not just Hard Science Fiction. Love the retro 60’s feel!
CIRCULATION FOR 1st ISSUE – OVER 2000 HITS, EXPECTED TO RISE!
Featuring Work by: David McGillveray, Michael Griffiths, Lawrence Dagstine, Tim Mulcahy, Abby ‘Merc’ Rustard, Lawrence Barker, Jannett Grady, James Hartley, and Jeffrey Sims. Edited by Christopher Fletcher.
A print version should be available on or around March 15th, 2009.
There are some good science fiction webzines out there. Then there are some fine ones. ATOMJACK is by far one of the better ones, and it’s proven rightly so with their material and lineups over the past four years. This would be my 3rd acceptance with them. Published by Susurrus Press, Atomjack is edited by Adicus Ray Garton.
The latest issue of NOVA Scifi, No. 22, is finally available. NOVA is easily one of the better Hard SF-meets-religious-SF based magazines available in the American small press today. This would be my 4th appearance with them. The cover art is dedicated to Jon Cooper’s, “Pharoah”.
Now available in print is my fifth appearance to one of England’s longest-running — and also most widely read next to Interzone — small press magazines of Hard Science Fiction/Space Exploration. JUPITER SF. Edited quarterly by Ian Redman, Jupiter has become home to many prolific names and British stars in the speculative fiction field today. A magazine worth checking out, and with stories that are sure to please. Over five years running, each issue is aptly named after a satellite either orbiting Jupiter or within close trajectory.