Anne C. Miles, an award-winning author, was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, fifty years ago. She successfully avoided writing fiction for years by blogging and extensive journaling. However, one day, she logged into a writing site and scribbled. She kept going, and now cannot stop. Her book, Sorrowfish, was named Best Fantasy of 2019 by Indies Today. Anne lives near Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, Rodney. When Anne isn't working or writing, she plays violin badly and spoils her four grandchildren. She is hard at work on the next book of her series, The Call of the Lorica. https://www.annecmiles.com/sorrowfish/
Sebastien is a serial entrepreneur. When I asked Sebastien about a fun fact about him. He told me that he is taking VR classes, which I think that is very cool. Therefore, Sebastien has achieved alot in his career choices. Sebastien feels that writing is important because it gives him the satisfaction that he accomplished another stepping stone in his life. ALL ABOUT SEBASTIEN: Sebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realized how much he actually hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor, and product strategist. His only defence against the charge of unbridled dilettantism is that he genuinely likes doing these things and that, in one way or another, each of these fields plays a role in his writing. He sternly resists the accusation of being a Renaissance Man in the hopes that more people will label him that way. Sebastien's acclaimed swashbuckling fantasy series, The Greatcoats, was shortlisted for both the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy. The Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut, the Prix Imaginales for Best Foreign Work, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His YA fantasy series, Spellslinger, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and is published in more than a dozen languages. Sebastien lives in Vancouver, Canada with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats. ALL ABOUT THE NOVEL: WAY OF THE ARGOSI - THE ALCHEMIST meets THE THREE MUSKETEERS- with card tricks. A brilliant origin story of adventure, wit and philosophy to enrapture devotees as well as newcomers to the SPELLSLINGER series. Perfect for fans of The Dark Tower, Firefly, Terry Pratchett, Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher. Published by Hot Key Books, this YA Fantasy is available in in all formats on Amazon in the U.K. Way Of The Argosi ISBN: 978-1471405525 Amazon U.K: Way of the Argosi (Spellslinger): Amazon.co.uk: de Castell, Sebastien: Books A merciless band of mages murdered her parents, massacred her tribe and branded her with mystical sigils that left her a reviled outcast. They should have killed her instead. Stealing, swindling, and gambling with her own life just to survive, Ferius will risk anything to avenge herself on the zealous young mage who haunts her every waking hour. But then she meets the incomparable Durral Brown, a wandering philosopher gifted in the arts of violence who instead overcomes his opponents with shrewdness and compassion. Does this charismatic and infuriating man hold the key to defeating her enemies, or will he lead her down a path that will destroy her very soul? Through this outstanding tale of swashbuckling action, magical intrigue and dazzling wit, follow Ferius along the Way of the Argosi and enter a world of magic and mystery unlike any other. Sebastien also written SHAWDOWBLACK, CHARMCASTER, SOULBINDER, QUEENSLAYER & CROWNBREAKER. You can reach Sebastien at www.decastell.com or Sebastien is available for interviews, media appearances, speaking engagements, and/or book review requests - please contact email@example.com
Sebastien de Castell's acclaimed swashbuckling fantasy series, The Greatcoats. was shortlisted for both the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy. the Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut, the Prix Imaginales for Best Foreign Work, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His YA fantasy series, Spellslinger, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and is published in more than a dozen languages. Sebastien lives in Vancouver, Canada with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats. You can reach him at www.decastell.com And for more about our host Lisa Kessler visit http://Lisa-Kessler.com Book Lights - shining a light on good books!
The Infernal Itch by Bruce Boston. Narrated by Joel Simler. Hosted by Erik Grove. #fantasy #writing #hell I turned up the hot water and let it flow across my body. I took the shampoo that Dr. Pederson had given me, poured a dose between my palms, and rubbed it into my scalp. As the medication penetrated the itching lessened and disappeared. I'd been through this routine before and knew relief would be temporary. Within hours it would again feel as if my scalp were infested by a colony of angry mites. My life had seemed perfect until a couple days ago. That was when limousine pulled up across the street, the dreams began, and the itching started. Bruce Boston is the author of more than fifty books, including the novels The Guardener's Tale and Stained Glass Rain. His poems have appeared in Asimov's SF, Analog, Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, Daily Science Fiction, NewMyths, Pedestal, Strange Horizons, Nebula Awards Showcase and Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. His poetry has received the Bram Stoker Award, the Asimov's Readers Award, and the Rhysling and Grand Master Awards of the SFPA. His fiction has received a Pushcart Prize and twice been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award (novel, short story). Find him at http://bruceboston.com/ Joel Simler is an audiobook narrator born and raised in the Pacific Northwest - which is truly the best place to be a narrator as he can happily hunker down in his padded closet… err...uhh, his recording booth for those excessively rainy days. His love of reading can be traced back to his grandpa, who first introduced him to his first fantasy series. He also blames his grandpa for his getting in trouble in grade school during class for reading, instead of listening to the teacher. Find him on social media @SimlerSound and at www.simlersound.com. Please help support The Overcast. Become a Patron Today! Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify so you never miss an episode. While you're there, don't forget to leave a review!
David and Perry look back at the books they read during 2020 and pick their favourites in a variety of categories. David's reading during 2020 (03:59) Perry's reading during 2020 (08:58) David's Best SF read for the first time (04:19) Perry's Best SF read for the first time (06:31) David's Best SF read again (02:15) Perry's Best SF read again (03:25) David's Best Fantasy (03:04) Perry's Best Fantasy (04:09) David's Best Alternate History (02:27) Perry's Best Crime (05:46) David's Best Crime (04:39) Perry's Best Literary (06:25) David's Best Literary (09:08) Perry's Best Single Author Collections (05:20) David's Best Historical Fiction (02:26) Perry's Best Novellas (08:10) David's Best Children's Literature (02:57) Perry's Best Nonfiction (04:05) David's Best Nonfiction (02:55) Windup (01:34) Click here for more info and links Photo by Ricardo Esquivel from Pexels
The Freedom of Above by T.J. Berg. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by T.J. Berg. #Scifi #3Dprinting #loss #grief #death #porn #space Alex booted up his 3D printer. He'd booted it up almost every night for the past two weeks, thinking the same thing, but not quite daring. He knew it was common enough. Hell, people used to go to stores before they had the privacy of a 3Dp to download things like this to. And it wasn't as if he was going to use it for sex. Just the weight of it, some hair, something to have on the other side of the bed. T.J. Berg is a molecular and cellular biologist working and writing in Sweden. She is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. Her shot fiction had appeared in Talebones (for which it received an honorable mention in the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror), Tales of the Unanticipated, Electric Velocipede, Daily Science Fiction, Caledonia Dreamin', Sensorama, Thirty Years of Rain, and Tales to Terrify and is upcoming in New Myths and Diabolical Plots. When not writing or doing science, she can be found traveling the world, cooking, or hiking. Find her on the web at www.infinity-press.com or on Twitter @TJBergWrites. Please help support The Overcast. Become a Patron Today! Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher so you never miss an episode. And please don't forget to leave a review to help others find us!
In this episode we once again play a game of our own devising called “Wheel of Tropes.” We use random TV Tropes, results from Rory’s Story Cubes, story titles from “The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourteenth Annual Collection“, edited by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow, and entries from Diana Wynne Jones‘s The Tough Guide […]
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Hello everyone, welcome to episode 140 of the LitRPG podcast. For the full show notes visit us at: https://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-podcast-140 I want to give a quick shout out to Michael Nicholas for his donation to the podcast via Paypal. Thanks Michael. I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews. I have 9 new LitRPG reviews just for you. New Releases and Reviews: Dungeon Desolation (Divine Dungeon book 4) (06:14) The story is filled with punny humor, adventure, cultivation, and some pretty awesome battles. Score: 7.8 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2IAKh6x Dark Elf Chronicles Book Two: Survivors (10:06) There are lots of new characters in both the IRL and game storyline, lots of adventures, and even a bit of sadness. Score: 7.5 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2Pt8K3y Beginnings (Peaks of Power Book 1) (13:17) Overall, while there were some marked improvements made to the story from early drafts, it still has pacing and storytelling problems. Score: 6 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2NyRREt Monster Core (28:37) Overall, the story has good action and dungeon creation. Score: 7.2 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2Rm9cOt Warlock: Reign of Blood: A LitRPG Novel (33:14) Overall, it is a pretty decent action adventure story with some good storytelling. Score: 7.4 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2CE3bs3 ZOMBIE SLAYER!!: A LitRPG Apocalypse (36:44) It’s basically more of an XP grind than a proper tense zombie apocalypse story. Score: 5 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2yvZFNO Necromancer System: A Dark Fantasy LitRPG (Book 1) (39:00) Dark and brutal story, but it was the rape scenes that made me dislike it. Score: 4 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2CFf1T1 BASE Status: Online: An Unlikely Hero's LitRPG Journey (44:42) As a cyber thriller, this isn’t bad. As LitRPG, it’s not good since the RPG game stuff doesn’t matter to the story. Score: 4 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2xHs1DB Murderworld: A LITRPG Novel (50:50) There is a cyberpunk competitive fighting game in the story but there are absolutely no RPG mechanics anywhere. Score: 4 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2qnuTSO LitRPG News This week Blaise Corvin shared some cover art for his super secret collaborative project he’s been working on with William D. Arand. No details on what the project is about, but Blaise did write that it will be launched early December. https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitRPGsociety/permalink/1873858019379117/?__tn__=-UC-R Kevin McLaughlin, author of the LitRPG series Valhalla Online and over 40 other novels, was interviewed about his book on writing called on “You Must Write”. It’s an interesting interview with some good advice about being a professional writer. https://www.facebook.com/notes/blackbird-publishing/interview-kevin-mclaughlin-on-you-must-write/2113316672032856/?__tn__=H-R The Land - Predators (Chaos Seeds Book 7) has been nominated in the category for Best Fantasy novel of 2018 on Good Reads. The novel is going up against some pretty big names and if you want to vote we have a link directly there. https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-fantasy-books-2018 Out Now! Super Sales on Super Heroes 3 https://amzn.to/2DdiOry Neverfall: Mark of the Hero (Book 1): (A Gamelit Lit RPG Series) https://amzn.to/2NBUgxs Sorcerer's Quest: A LitRPG Adventure https://amzn.to/2D3Xiph Visaria Online: Odyssey: A litRPG Fantasy Adventure Book 3 https://amzn.to/2qb2YoX Seeker of Secrets: The Search for Heroes (A LitRPG Gamelit Series) https://amzn.to/2QaMvfQ Death Awoken: A GameLit Series (Death God System - Book #1) https://amzn.to/2DfbStX Breaking Bard: Serenade: A LitRPG Adventure (Chronicles of Rithmarck Book 1) https://amzn.to/2Q95zLy New LitRPG Audiobooks Competitive Advantage - Nora Hazard Series, Book 2 https://www.audible.com/pd/Competitive-Advantage-Audiobook/1977377416 The Renegades Bard from Barliona, Book 1 https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Renegades-Audiobook/1541444213 The Dead Rogue An NPC’s Path, Book 1 https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Dead-Rogue-Audiobook/1541448715 Vortena: Everybody Loves Large Chests, Volume 3 https://www.audible.com/pd/Vortena-Everybody-Loves-Large-Chests-Volume-3-Audiobook/B07JZHCMSJ That’s it everyone! You can follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/litrpgpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LitRPGPodcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3-eBvpm-g7IkjfVktObGAA Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/geekbytespodcast Our Webpage: www.litrpgpodcast.com Other LitRPG facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitRPGGroup/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitRPG.books https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitRPGsociety/ If you enjoy the podcast and want to support us you can also find all the other ways to support the podcast at www.litrpgpodcast.com/support Thanks for hanging out with me today. Until we can hangout again, remember to go read some LitRPG! (Music 4) Music Credits "Blip Stream" "Mighty Like Us" "Big Shift" "Vivacity" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
I know it's a little early for a Christmas announcement with Halloween just around the corner, but when Clive Barker is involved it doesn't matter what holiday it is. At this year's Brighton's original Ghost Stories for Christmas- 'Now We are Six', Barker's short story The Departed will be apart of the horrific tales to be theatrically performed that will also include stories by classic horror authors Joan Aiken and Ramsey Cambpell. The event will start on Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd December 2018 and will take place at the Lantern Theatre. Tickets are only £10 which also includes a piece mince pie or a glass of mulled wine or juice. And the best part about the event is that all proceeds will be donated to the Brighton Alzheimer's Society. You can't beat an evening of horror tales, mince pie, and wine. That's the perfect evening I say. So for our listeners who live in the area make sure to go check it out. ["The Departed" (also known as "Hermione and the Moon") first appeared in the New York Times on the 30th of October, 1992, and one day later in the UK in The Guardian Weekend Magazine. It has since appeared in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Sixth Annual Collected in 1993 and Best New Horror, Volume 4. This is where I have it.~Ryan Danhauser] For more information and to buy your tickets please visit Ghost Stories for Christmas official website ghoststoriesforchristmas.com. Thanks to Clive Barker: Revelations Facebook for sharing.
We mentioned this briefly on Episode 190 of the Clive Barker Podcast, but there's another charity anthology, also featuring Clive Barker's halloween story, "The Departed". We had previously mentioned it will be available in the charity anthology Ghost Stories for Christmas. It is also coming soon to another anthology as well. This anthology, Dark Places Evil Faces Volume II will be available on Halloween from Dark Terror Publications. It will feature Clive's story, "The Departed" started off the book, and also great horror authors; Ramsey Campbell, Joe R. Lansdale, Mark Lumby, Graham Masterson, Jack Ketchum, Joe X Young and C.H. Baum. It also features a tribute to the late Jack Ketchum by Wrath James Wright. The book is compiled by Mark Lumby, edited by Lisa Tee Tone. Cover art by Tomisalv Tikulin and illustrations by Joe X. Young. You can pre-order it on Amazon Kindle, or wait for the paperback. Proceeds for the sale go to Rethink Mental Illness. “The Departed” (also known as “Hermione and the Moon”) first appeared in the New York Times on the 30th of October, 1992, and one day later in the UK in The Guardian Weekend Magazine. It has since appeared in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Sixth Annual Collected in 1993 and Best New Horror, Volume 4. This is where I have it. These books are out of print, and collectors should jump at the change to get this edition if you missed out on this broody Halloween story of Clive's before. Thanks to Joe X. Young for contacting us with this news.
Episode Notes Our capacity for cruelty is beyond measure. When we witness an extraordinarily cruel act we can’t prevent or stop, is it any wonder we wish for supernatural intervention? Based on a true event, “Mama’s Boy” was a DAW Books’ Year’s Best Horror Stories XXI selection and a Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 6 “honorable mention.”Contact info for C.S. FuquaWebsiteBandcampAmazon (Affiliate)-"Circle" by C.S. Fuqua---- Personal Notes ----Sign up for my mailing list to get weekly updates and never miss a story again!---- About Tall Tale TV ----My name is Chris Herron, and I narrate audiobooks.In 2015, poor control of my diabetes left me legally blind for the better part of a year. The doctors predicted an 80% chance I would never see again, but I changed the way I was living and through sheer willpower beat the odds.During this time I couldn't read or write. Two things that I had been turning to for comfort since I was a small child. With the sheer amount of stress I was under, this was devastating. My wife took me by the arm, lead me into the local library, and read out titles of audiobooks to me. I chose the audiobook versions of books I had loved such as the Disc World series, Name of the Wind, Harry Potter and more. They brought my favorite stories to life in ways I never thought possible, and helped me through the darkest time of my life.Once my vision recovered, I maintained a love for audiobooks. I decided I would turn my focus from being a writer to becoming a narrator. I devised Tall Tale TV as a way to help out all the amazing authors in the writing communities I had come to love before my ordeal.I created Tall Tale TV to help aspiring authors by providing them with a promotional audiobook video. A way to showcase their skills with the written word. They say the strongest form of advertisement is word of mouth, so I provide a video to a platform of readers to help get people talking. Help them spread the word.Click the share button and let the world know about this author.---- Story Submission ----Got a short story you'd like to submit? Submission guidelines can be found at TallTaleTV.com---- legal ----All images used in this video are either original or Royalty and Attribution free. Most stock images used are provided by http://www.pixabay.com . Image attribution will be declared only when required by the copyright owner. All stories on Tall Tale TV have been submitted in accordance with the terms of service provided on http://www.talltaletv.com or obtained with permission by the author. Common Affiliates are: Amazon, Smashwords
Hello everyone, welcome to episode 127 of the LitRPG podcast. I’m Ramon Mejia. I’m here to bring you the latest LitRPG news, reviews, and author interviews. I have 8 new LitRPG reviews just for you, including a few missed short stories that I found delving Amazon’s search results. But before we begin I want to give a shout out to CharPe, who is are latest Patreon supporter. Thank you CharPe for helping us keep the podcast going and ad free. If you’re listening and watching and you want to help support the podcast, you can find out all the ways to help at www.litrpgpodcast.com/support or you can support us on Patreon like CharPe. https://www.patreon.com/geekbytespodcast New Releases and Reviews: Awaken Online: Apathy (Side Quest) (18:13) Good origin story for Eliza and could be a stand alone novel in the AO universe. Score: 7.7 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2K0oK6o The Curse of Hurlig Ridge: World Tree Online: 1st Dive (22:31) Good balanced game mechanics, lots of training, good story Score: 7.4 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2Nc9DJG Welcome to Abarrane: Part 1 (31:01) Interesting ideas, but not developed enough to entertain Score: 6 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2M198RW The Glass Bard (36:04) A good short KU read Score: 7.2 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2NXhhHH AngelTaker: A LitRPG Series (Gamer of Thrones Serials Book 1) (38:35) Not actually LitRPG Score: 4 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2AtPZqq Asperia Online: A LITRPG Saga (The Asperia Series Book 1) (43:02) Who wouldn’t want to be dragon? Score: 7.5 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2O116ch Providence Online: A LitRPG Saga (47:23) Scattered, confusing story. Got bored quickly. Score: 5 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2AvxphA Competitive Advantage (Nora Hazard Book 2) (52:19) Such good action! Score: 7.7 out of 10 https://amzn.to/2vnkad0 LitRPG News Travis Bagwell, author of the Awaken Online series, and his narrator David Stifel talked with Audiobook Reviewer about LitRPG and the Awaken Online series. https://audiobookreviewer.com/featured/video-interview-talking-litrpg-and-gamelit-with-travis-bagwell-and-david-stifel/ Vote for the Michael Chatfield's new narrator https://www.patreon.com/posts/20372815 http://michaelchatfield.com/2018/07/28/ten-realms-narrator-contest/ 3rd annual LitRPG Gala. It’ll be at the Sidebar in Atlanta GA on Saturday Sept. 1st, from 12-2pm. Aleron Kong announced that he was nominated for a Dragon Award for Best Fantasy. Go vote. http://application.dragoncon.org/dc_fan_awards_signup.php Michael-Scott Early Amazon suspension updated to a ban Places to support the author or get updates Storyteller Michael-Scott Earle's cool club for cool people: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1562248853809471/ Michael-Scott Earle website http://www.michaelscottearle.com/ Out Now! Deeper Down: A Monster MC LitRPG (Kobold's Quest Book 2) https://amzn.to/2mZgZoc -I don’t plan to read it since I gave book one a 4 out of 10 but if you liked it, book 2 in the series is out. Sleeping Player (Project Chrysalis Book 3) https://amzn.to/2MuZ7vW New LitRPG Audiobooks Initializing - Somnia Online, Book 1 https://amzn.to/2AAd9vr Our review of the ebook: Score 7.4 out of 10 http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/5/17/initializing-somnia-online-book-1 God Mode: AlterGame Series, Book 3 https://amzn.to/2n3AA6q Glitch Hunter https://amzn.to/2n7xrml Our review of the ebook: Score 7.8 out of 10 http://litrpgpodcast.com/litrpg-database/2018/5/31/glitch-hunter That’s it everyone! You can follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/litrpgpodcast/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LitRPGPodcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3-eBvpm-g7IkjfVktObGAA Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/geekbytespodcast Our Webpage: www.litrpgpodcast.com Other LitRPG facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitRPGGroup/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitRPG.books https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitRPGsociety/ If you enjoy the podcast and want to support us you can also find all the other ways to support the podcast at www.litrpgpodcast.com/support Thanks for hanging out with me today. Until we can hangout again, remember to go read some LitRPG! (Music 4) Music Credits "Blip Stream" "Mighty Like Us" "Big Shift" "Vivacity" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Seahawks win ugly against division rival... but win. Seahawks Defense continues to look strong but were caught on two big plays that gave the 49ers' some life and the lead. Rookies played well against a poor team but the biggest problems were not the OL but dropped balls. Seahawks Twitter/Social Media losing faith? What happened to the crowd? 1) Are Russell's late-game heroics really "heroic?" 2) Can the Seahawks salvage their running game? Their offense? 3) Homer Corner - Who is your favorite unsung Seahawks? 4) What do you know about the Titans? Fantasy Update: Is your fantasy season done at Week 2? Best Fantasy comeback? Predictions: Seattle or Titans? More Turnovers; Offense or Defense? Who leads in rushing; Carson, Rawls, Henry or Murray? Leading Rec TE; Graham or Willson? More rushing yards: Wilson or Mariota? Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/seahawkspodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seahawksfantable Home: https://www.hawkscast.com
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CLONES IN THE CLOSET (HORROR) Emily and Terry Davis buy a fixer-upper in a quiet neighborhood for a price that's too good to pass up. Everyone seems to be adjusting except for Tina, their daughter. She’s been acting... different. The neighbors have their theories but there is more going on in the house than they know. The Theater In Your Mind Productions The Silver Charles Ogle Award for Best Fantasy or Horror Audio Theater of the Year! OFFICIAL SELECTION OF THE 2015 HEAR NOW AUDIO FICTION AND ARTS FESTIVAL
THE TRUE ALCHEMISTby Sonya Taaffefor Mat JoinerWhatever they left in the garden, Seth, I don’t think it wants to stay there.The man and the woman who came about the gas meter yesterday, or maybe it was the water bill? I had a deadline, I barely noticed them except for the noises they made, the crunch of shoes on stiff grass, scrapes and clangs as if they were wrestling the dustbins back against the garage door, a sudden snap of bracken that startled me until I remembered the rose-canes you’d pulled down in great, dry-cracking armfuls, their petals the soft and blotted brown of foxed paper, dead as the end of Sleeping Beauty——I forgot to call the city to take them away, brambling like baling wire beside the shed...A full transcript appears under the cut:----more----[Music plays]Hello! Welcome to GlitterShip episode two for April 9th, 2015. I’m your host, Keffy, and I’m super excited to be sharing these stories with you.My intro is going to be much shorter than it ought to be this week. Um, it turns out I was sick all of last week and that it was pneumonia. Of all things. I know. Seriously, what are the chances.Although, speaking of chances, I want to thank everyone who took the chance and pledged money toward the GlitterShip Kickstarter campaign. We successfully funded on April 8th and our final tally was $5,015!This means that not only is GlitterShip funded through the first year, but I’ll also be able to bring on other readers for many of the stories going forward, and there will be four episodes a month instead of two, and one story a month will never have been published anywhere ever before!I’m still working on the logistics regarding the submissions period for original fiction, but as soon as I know, I will make an announcement and update the submissions guidelines.This week, I have three very short stories for you by three awesome authors.I’m starting with “The True Alchemist” by Sonya Taaffe.Sonya Taaffe's short fiction and poetry can be found in the collections Ghost Signs (Aqueduct Press), A Mayse-Bikhl (Papaveria Press), Postcards from the Province of Hyphens (Prime Books), and Singing Innocence and Experience (Prime Books), and in anthologies including Aliens: Recent Encounters, Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction, The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry, People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction & Fantasy, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, The Alchemy of Stars: Rhysling Award Winners Showcase, and The Best of Not One of Us. She is currently senior poetry editor at Strange Horizons; she holds master’s degrees in Classics from Brandeis and Yale and once named a Kuiper belt object. She lives in Somerville with her husband and two cats. She maintains a livejournal at Myth Happens.THE TRUE ALCHEMISTby Sonya Taaffefor Mat JoinerWhatever they left in the garden, Seth, I don’t think it wants to stay there.The man and the woman who came about the gas meter yesterday, or maybe it was the water bill? I had a deadline, I barely noticed them except for the noises they made, the crunch of shoes on stiff grass, scrapes and clangs as if they were wrestling the dustbins back against the garage door, a sudden snap of bracken that startled me until I remembered the rose-canes you’d pulled down in great, dry-cracking armfuls, their petals the soft and blotted brown of foxed paper, dead as the end of Sleeping Beauty—I forgot to call the city to take them away, brambling like baling wire beside the shed. Two of the city’s representatives banging around in our back garden and I didn't think to ask them, crouched over my computer with a legion of tea mugs cluttering up among the books and less than sixteen hours before Nora was going to run out of excuses to make to the publisher on my sorry, late-arsed behalf, I didn't even mark the color of their eyes or the length of their hair. They were white as winter sunshine, dressed in coveralls as if for dirtier work than reading a meter. You won’t have any more trouble, sir, the woman said on her way out, or maybe it was the man; I was nearly throwing them out at that point, giving that rattled manic grin that is supposed to pass for comradely homeownership, presumably to soften the slam of door in face—I knew I should have pretended to be sick, or in the shower, or just not at home. I’m a bad liar when I don’t have time to think. I’m too good at it when I do. Seth, the garden’s fucked. Call me tonight or come home. Or both.Seth, I know the conference isn't over till Sunday, but could you just tell them it’s an emergency—the cat’s on fire, the kitchen blew up, your husband is having a baby? I got the article sent off on time and I haven’t slept since. Or I can’t tell if I’m sleeping, rolling over and over through dreams of the same cold, entangling sheets, vacant and huge around one person in this bed that’s a jigsaw puzzle for two, the same little sounds rustling up the back stairs, fanning underneath the windowframe with the icy slip of the air. It sounds like footsteps moving unhurriedly on frost-brittle grass, the squeal and judder of metal dragged over asphalt chips; it sounds like a trampling of dead branches, each as sharp and sick as a bone-break, the knuckle-pop crackling of twigs wrung like a neck. So fast. I think murder instead of horticulture, intruders instead of rats or the cats that hunt them. The swimming cathedral light before dawn looks like the underside of water to a long-drowned man. I made a point of shaving, combing my hair, putting on a different sweater. I haven’t been out all day. I've taken all my pills, including the ones I try to ration; Nora knows I'm feeling skittish—it’s not like she can pretend not to when I turn in a page and a half of self-recrimination with the other twenty-five about Philoktetes and the poisons and cures of language. I'll call Dr. Linsey if it gets much weirder. I won’t call anyone. I’m crap at self-care. I’ll just sit here drinking our ever-diminishing hoard of tea and typing run-on sentences, knowing it’s not like New York is three days away by transatlantic steamer anymore and it doesn't matter. Our neighbors are right there on the other side of the kitchen window—washing dishes, in fact, side by side with soapy plates and dishrag in some urban equivalent of a tranquil, pastoral scene—and it doesn't matter. I might as well be on the far side of the moon. If the moon were haunted by the smell of oil and leaf-mold, slick as a slug’s track or petrol-spill. Seth, this is bad. I hate that fucking mobile, I wouldn't check my e-mail on it to win a bet, but I've started carrying it like a locket, as if it really contained something of you. I’d check the gas meter if I could go outside. Or the water. I went outside. I want to stress that very carefully. I unlocked the back door and I went down and I stood in the garden, freezing, hugging myself over the sweater I hadn't thought to supplement with a jacket or even a scarf, breathing out sharp quick clouds that hurt as much to draw breath for as it did to stand there with the no-colored sun in my eyes, the sky pressing down on my hair and my shoulders and the backs of my hands, seeing me. The neighbors with their curtainless windows, locked in newlywed oblivion: two mirrors gazing into each other endlessly. Passing cars, passers-by, graffiti hanging over the wall. The air.Our garden, Seth. It doesn't move after all. It might be a machine, if machines were pinned and carved from rose-thorns and rain-torn petals and withered cuttings, blown dandelions and willowherb wreathed in seed-silk like a questioning cigarette; it might have grown there, if rails of brick-spiked iron and clagged tin could throw out runners, coil delicately to follow the sun. There was a ragged round of copper crept in green from the edges, turning like a suncatcher as the verdigris crawled. There was a spiderweb beaded from one prong of fused glass to a tarnished silver spike of lamb’s ear, glittering cleanly in the morning chill. It saw me. That was when I went upstairs, and I left a message at your hotel, and I did not take any more of my pills than I was supposed to, and I went to bed. It was cold and bright and the sounds came up through the walls, from nothing moving around where the neighbors, or me, or anything at all could see. After a while it started to sound familiar. After that I really couldn't sleep. I dreamed anyway. There was a door. How is this supposed to end, Seth? You’d drop everything if I checked myself in, but I don’t want to be that hungry ghost when I don’t need to, Eurydike-reeling myself in and out of the dark to see if you’ll brave it one more time for me; I don’t want you to find me with an empty bottle or emptier wrists, curled in the rime-blackened ruins of our garden like a child on a cold hill’s side. You've got epidemics to talk about and I've got my contagion here at home, allowed passage like every good haunting—any more trouble, but then maybe I don’t. It smells very strongly like burning now, acrid as antifreeze, sweet as spiced woods, and I think of an engine turning over, cogs and pistons and sap and steam. I think of pavement cracking like a caddis-husk, ice-starred earth rumbling like a drum. If it doesn't want to stay here, Seth, I won’t stop it: I’ll hold the gate for it just as I let it in, or I’ll sit here and drink the last of the black ginger tea, typing sentences that don’t stop as usual; we’ll get more when you’re home. The cat’s not on fire. The garden’s fucked, but aren't we all? Maybe it will tell me when it goes, knowing we feel the same way about an audience. I’m truthful when I need to be, too.ENDOur next story is “Ulder” by Vajra Chandrasekera.Vajra lives in Colombo, Sri Lanka. His stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Black Static, and Shimmer, among others. You can find more work by him at vajra.me.ULDERby Vajra Chandrasekera“Ulder,” said the man in the hat, leaning in, lips barely moving. His eyes darted, as if anyone else on the train would hear him through their prophylactic earplugs. We were the only two with ears open."What?" I said, too loud. The man in the hat leaned away, mouth tight, beard bristling. He didn't look at me again.At the station, guardsmen took the man in the hat away. I watched them go out of the corner of my eye; they'd knocked his hat off when they took him down, and his hair was tousled from the scuffle. I couldn't see the hat anywhere, but there were so many people on the platform. I imagined it, briefly, crushed and stepped on somewhere in the press.I mentioned the word to Kirill in bed that night, and he stiffened, asked me where I'd heard it."He didn't tell you what it meant?" Kirill asked when I'd told him the story."What does it mean? Do you know?"Kirill hesitated so long that I prodded him to see if he'd fallen asleep. "You know I hate it when you keep secrets," I said."Don't be melodramatic," Kirill said.And then he told me what the word meant.It was several days before I thought to ask him how he had known the word. I spent those days in a haze, raw and newborn. The wind seemed colder. I started letting my beard grow. The long bones in my shins felt weak, as if from fever. And the word, it reverberated in me, growing echoes like fungi in the dark.Ulder, I said to myself at my desk, working and writing. But only inside, so that the other people in my office wouldn't hear me. I needn't have worried; they all wore prophylactics anyway.Ulder, I said to myself when I saw uniforms on the street, guardsmen arresting someone.("Disappearing," Kirill had once said, early in our acquaintance. "Not arresting, disappearing them." And I only thought, this man is free and beautiful. But if I had known the word then I would not have thought ulder, because Kirill was never that.)Ulder, I whispered when they broadcast the prayer-anthems, tinny from loudspeakers, in the evening as I walked to the railway station. I used to mumble along to the prayers out of habit, never seeing what was in front of me.Ulder, ulder, ulder.I said it out loud the next time Kirill and I slept together. It had been almost a week, because we couldn't afford to be seen together too often. Kirill flinched as soon as I said it. He rolled out of bed, lighting one of his contraband cigarettes."Now who's being melodramatic?" I said.The cigarettes were very Kirill. That was both the extent and the nature of his rebellion; slick, sly, sweet-smelling, carcinogenic."I was afraid you'd react to it this way," Kirill said. "Some are immune to memetically transmitted disease. But you--""MTDs don't exist," I said. "I've told you, it's just state propaganda against disapproved ideologies. Ulder--""Don't say it to me," Kirill said, laughing his bitter tar laugh and coughing. "What do you know about it? I was the one who told--"I don't want to talk about the fight. That's not the way I want to remember him. But we shouted a lot, and I think someone must have heard.A few more days went by, and I wanted to make it up to him. So I went to see him at the teahouse where we usually met after work. But even as I got there, I knew from the commotion that something was wrong. I didn't recognize Kirill's walk at first, pressed between the guardsmen as they marched him out of the building and into the waiting van. I only realized it was him when he laughed, bitter like tar.Not knowing what else to do, I took the train home. It was crowded, as always, and I hung from the strap like a drowning man. And when the young woman, the only other person in the carriage without earplugs in, caught my eye, I didn't have a choice.I knew what would happen, that it wouldn't go unremarked, that you'd be waiting for me on the platform with your batons.But in her eyes I saw a moment of openness, that fragile and fractured thing I had always seen in the mirror and never recognized until I heard the word, and though I knew she wouldn't understand and I couldn't explain, I leaned in and said “Ulder”, the word naked and bright like fever in my mouth.ENDOur next story is "The Sewell Home for the Temporally Displaced" by Sarah Pinsker.Sarah Pinsker is the author of the novelette, "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind," Sturgeon Award winner 2014 and Nebula finalist 2013. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Daily Science Fiction, The Journal of Unlikely Cartography, Fireside, Stupefying Stories, and PULP Literature, and in anthologies including Long Hidden, Fierce Family, and The Future Embodied.She is also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various independent labels (the third with her rock band, the Stalking Horses) and a fourth forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland and can be found online at sarahpinsker.com and twitter.com/sarahpinsker.THE SEWELL HOME FOR THE TEMPORALLY DISPLACEDby Sarah PinskerJudy says, "It's snowing."I look out the window. The sky is the same dirty grey as the snow left from last week's storm. I stand up to look closer, to find a backdrop against which I might see what she sees. The radiator is warm against my knees."You don't mean now." It's not really a question, but she shakes her head. She looks through me, through another window, at other weather. She smiles. Whenever she is, it must be beautiful."Describe it for me," I say."Big, fluffy snow. The kind that doesn't melt when it lands on your gloves. Big enough to see the shapes of individual flakes.""Do you know when you are?"She strains to catch a different view. "1890s, maybe? The building across the street hasn't been built yet. I wish I could see down to the street, Marguerite."Judy isn't supposed to leave her bed, but I help her into her yellow slippers, help her to her feet. I try to make myself strong enough for her to lean on. We shuffle to the window. She looks down."There's a Brougham* waiting at the front door. The horse is black, and he must have been driven hard, because the snow that's collecting elsewhere is just melting when it hits him. There's steam coming off him."I don't say anything. I can't see it, but I can picture it."Somebody came out of the building. He's helping a woman out of the carriage," she says. "Her clothes don't match the era or the season. She's wearing jeans and a T-shirt.""A Distillers T-shirt," I say."Yes! Can you see her too?""No," I say. "That was me, the first time I came here. I didn't stay long, that first time."I hear the creak of the door. It's Zia, my least favorite of the nurses. She treats us like children. "Judy, what are we doing up? We could get hurt if we have an episode."She turns to me. "And you, Marguerite. We should know better to encourage her.""Your pronouns are very confusing," I tell her.She ignores me. "Well, let's get down to lunch, since we're both up and about."Zia puts Judy in a wheelchair. I follow them down to the dining room, slow and steady. She pushes Judy up to the first available space, at a table with only one vacancy. I'm forced to sit across the room. I don't like being so far away from her. I would make a fuss, but I try to tell myself we can stand to be apart for one meal. I keep an eye on her anyway.Judy isn't fully back yet. She doesn't touch her food. Mr. Kahn and Michael Lim and Grace de Villiers are all talking across her. Mr. Kahn is floating his spoon, demonstrating the finer points of the physics of his first time machine, as he always does."Meatloaf again," mutters Emily Arnold, to my left. "I can't wait until vat protein is invented.""It tastes good enough, Emily. The food here is really pretty decent for an industrial kitchen in this time period." We've all had worse.We eat our meatloaf. Somebody at the far end of the room has a major episode and we're all asked to leave before we get our jello. I can't quite see who it is, but she's brandishing her butter knife like a cutlass, her legs braced against a pitching deck. The best kind of episode, where you're fully then again. We all look forward to those. It's funny that the staff act like it might be contagious. I wait in Judy's room for her to return. Zia wheels her in and lifts her into the bed. She's light as a bird, my Judy. Zia frowns when she sees me. I think she'd shoo me out more often if either of us had family that could lodge a complaint. Michael and Grace are allowed to eat together but not to visit each other's rooms. Grace's children think she shouldn't have a relationship now that she lives in so many times at once. Too confusing, they say, though Grace doesn't know whether they mean for them or for her."How was your dinner?" I ask Judy."I can't remember," she says. "But I saw you come in for the first time. You said 'How is this place real?' and young Mr. Kahn said 'Because someday all of us will build it.'""And then I asked 'When can I get started?' and he said 'You already did.'"I can see it now. The dining room was formal, then. Everyone stared when I came in, but most of the smiles were knowing ones. They understood the hazards of timesling. They had been there, or they were there, or they were going to be.Judy takes my hand. I lean over to kiss her."It's snowing," I say. "I can't wait to meet you."END*Brougham was changed to "carriage" for the audio version.“The True Alchemist” was first published in Not One of Us #51 in April 2014. “Ulder” was first published in Daily Science Fiction in July 2014. “The Sewell Home for the Temporally Displaced” was first published in the Women Destroy Science Fiction edition of Lightspeed Magazine in June 2014. This recording is a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license which means you can share it with anyone you’d like, but please don’t change or sell it. Our theme is “Aurora Borealis” by Bird Creek, available through the Google Audio Library.Thanks for listening, and I’ll talk to you again on April 9th with a selection of three flash fiction stories.[Music plays out]This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Coming up… Two shorts about love and loss by Kathryn Cramer Short fiction 1: “Disextinction, Inc.” by Kathryn Cramer 01:00 “For his biology project, Jason decided to resurrect the passenger pigeon.” Kathryn Cramer lives in Westport, NY. She is an editor of the Hieroglyph project, inspired by Neal Stephenson and sponsored by the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University. Her story, “Am I Free to Go?” was published by Tor.com in December 2012. She is a writer, critic, and anthologist who co-edited the Year’s Best Fantasy and Year’s Best SF series with
David Hartwell has worked as a Science Fiction and Fantasy editor for Signet, Berkley Putnam, Pocket (where he founded the Timescape imprint and created the Pocket Books StarTrek publishing line), and Tor (where he headed Tor's Canadian publishing initiative, and introduced many Australian writers to the US market). Since 1995, his title at Tor/Forge Books has been "Senior Editor." He chairs the board of directors of the World Fantasy Convention and is an administrator of the Philip K. Dick Award. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative medieval literature and lives in Pleasantville, New York with his wife Kathryn Cramer and their two children. Each year, with Cramer, he edits two anthologies, Year's Best SF and Year's Best Fantasy. Both anthologies have consistently placed in the top 10 of the Locus annual reader poll. In 1988, Hartwell won the World Fantasy Award in the category Best Anthology for The Dark Descent. He has been nominated for Hugo Award on numerous occasions, and won in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Hartwell has also edited four best novel Nebula Award winners.
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