Publishers Pick Special Offer

Publishers Pick for this week is once again featuring a Fantastic Books book. This week, Daniel M. Kimmel’s comic novel, Time On My Hands: My Misadventures in Time Travel.

1515400522The book earned rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Analog, Asimov’s, and True Review, when we published it two years ago. Now the ebook is available, for one week only, at the low low price of $2.99 (a 63% off the standard ebook price, and an 80% discount off the trade paperback price).

Time On My Hands investigates the myriad time travel troubles over which most science fiction readers have pondered, but it presents a fresh take on the time travel novel by adhering to the Aristotelian Unity of Time: it all takes place within a single day.

In the book, Professor Price tells the story of how he came to be in possession of a time travel device (which he may or may not have invented), and how he found his future hiding in his past. But the discovery of time travel will necessitate far more than just building a really cool machine: it’ll take the efforts of many people to figure out how to talk about time travel, the requirements necessary to be an ethical time traveler, and just whose office it is when my yesterday becomes your tomorrow without the courtesy of a knock on the door.

Also available this week at Publishers Pick are Mike Resnick’s Birthright and Red Tide by Larry Niven with Brad Torgersen and Matthew J. Harrington.

Interview

I was recently interviewed by Benjamin Fang for the Queens Ledger about the upcoming Maspeth Book Festival. The interview is now available at http://queensledger.com/view/full_story/27638777/article-Maspeth-Book-Festival-to-host-youth-writing-workshop?instance=home_news_2nd_left. In general, it’s a good one, though I wound up being miscredited with “a” short story sale. But overall, I don’t think I came off sounding too pompous, so I’ll call it a win.

Trying to sound better

Just gave a brief phone interview in connection with the upcoming Maspeth Book Festival. Talked about writing and the creative process, and as I was talking, I was thinking that I either sounded incredibly mature or incredibly pompous, and wasn’t sure I liked either one of those descriptions. But since the interview was for a local paper, hopefully he’ll use very few of my words, and I won’t sound so bad.

Numbers Day!

Yesterday I calculated and completed my annual tax filings (and got them in the mail today). And though, like everyone else, I’m disappointed by the result, there’s something appealing about doing my taxes. It’s a feeling I get three days a year: royalty calculation day in January, tax day in April, and royalty calculation day in July. In general, I’m a words person: writing, editing, designing, publishing… but those three days a year, I’m a numbers person. And though I don’t have any desire to become a full-time accountant, I do enjoy those days of playing with numbers: lining them up, combining them, seeing how the results come out as they should. And—at least for royalties—it’s always gratifying to be able to pay all the authors, artists, and editors on time and still see that the company is solvent and growing (however slowly). Now, back to the letters.

Convention Weekend

heliosphere_logo_wptheme5I’ve been a little busy this week, so I’m a bit late mentioning that this weekend is another convention weekend. I’ll be at Heliosphere April 5th to 7th. As usual, I’ll be spending most of my time in the dealers’ room (open Friday from 4 to 8pm, Saturday from 11am to 6pm, and Sunday from 11am to 3pm). I’ve also got three panels (well, two panels and one other thing):

Friday, 3:30-4:45pm in Ballroom 5: “What would immortals care about?” with April Grey, Lorraine Schein, and Hildy Silverman.

Saturday, 9:00-10:00pm in Ballroom 6: Books N Brews (akin to a typical convention’s kaffeeklatsch)

Sunday, 10:00-11:15am in Ballroom 4: “Useless Superpowers” with Charlie Boatner, Christopher Burke, Andre Lieven, and Gordon Linzner.

Hope to see a bunch of you up in Tarrytown!

Another sale!

It’s an embarrassment of… well, not exactly “riches,” but…

I just signed and returned a contract for another short-short story. This time, to the British science journal Nature, for their one-piece-of-fiction per issue “Futures” section. The story is called “It’s all my fault, or, the beanstalk sucks,” and I’m thrilled to have stories in inventory at two separate magazines at the same time!

Now I have to find some time to write some more….

I’m a writer again!

There comes a time, some indeterminate length of time, after my last contracted story appears in print, when I start to feel like a fraud if I say “I’m a writer.” It’s a cross between guilt over not having written more, and envy of those who do write and sell regularly (though I know I’m working hard as an editor and publisher; can’t do everything at the same time).

I don’t imagine many of my writer friends can relate to this, because they all seem to be writing far more frequently, with far greater productivity, than I. (A lot of what would be my writing time is spent editing and publishing the works of others. Nevertheless…)

However, I don’t have that feeling today! I signed and returned a contract to Analog for my newest appearance in that magazine. If my count is correct, it will be my 12th story and 15th paid appearance in that venerable bastion of science fiction. It’s another of my short-shorts—titled “Bulkheads Make the Best Neighbors”—so nothing deep or involved (so I’m not going to tell you about it, because that would take longer than just reading the whole thing when it appears).

Don’t yet know which issue it will be in, but until it does, I’m once again an active, professional writer… and it feels good!

#analogsf #shortfiction #amwriting

Definitely Across the Universe

765c49a49cb8d51cc3809a0551be8e12_originalThe Kickstarter campaign has been a success, and just ended, fully funding the publication of Fantastic Books’ anthology Across the Universe! In fact, of the $6,000 we needed to make the book happen, we raised $8,010 from 258 backers, meaning the book will be four stories longer than originally planned. Editors Michael Ventrella and Randee Dawn are now reading submissions to get the absolute best stories of alternative Beatles into the book, and if you’re a writer, check out the guidelines at http://www.fantasticbooks.biz/fantasticbooks/other/atukick.html .

And now, you probably won’t be hearing much from me on this book until later this year, when it comes closer to publication date. But thanks for all your support!

Stretching to a bigger Across the Universe

765c49a49cb8d51cc3809a0551be8e12_originalThere are 46 hours left in our Kickstarter campaign for the alternative Beatles anthology Across the Universe (to be edited by Michael A. Ventrella and Randee Dawn). As I’ve already announced, we hit our goal, so the book will be funded, will exist, and the editors have already announced guidelines and are reading submissions.

But in those scant 46 hours, there are still opportunities for you to get involved, to reserve some of the “only available to Kickstarter supporters” rewards, the make the book even bigger and better. As of right now, we are a mere $37 away from our first stretch goal, which will add even more stories to the book!

So, once again, thank you all so much for your early and enthusiastic support. Michael, Randee, and I are thrilled with the response we’ve had to this anthology, and we know you’ll love the book when it comes out later this year.

#beatles #acrosstheuniverse #kickstarter #anthology #fantasticbooks

Congestion frustration

I’ve just sent the following message to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, State Senator Simcha Felder, and State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz. Does anyone else share my concern?

I’m opposed to congestion pricing in Manhattan, but you seem to have sewn up enough support that my opinion doesn’t matter. However, as a resident of Brooklyn who sometimes has to drive to New Jersey or upstate New York, I want to know how your congestion pricing will affect me and those like me, who aren’t trying to drive into Manhattan, but must drive through Manhattan to get to the Lincoln or Holland Tunnel or the George Washington Bridge. Will there be a non-tolled option for us, or are we restricted to our home borough? For instance, will I be able to drive over the Brooklyn Bridge and onto the West Side Highway or the FDR Drive without paying a congestion toll? Or are those who are geographically required to travel through lower Manhattan on our way out of town going to be forced to pay for all the cars actually stopping in Manhattan?

#andrewcuomo #billdeblasio #simchafelder #stevencymbrowitz #congestionpricing