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“The Children of the Mountains” is free until Feb. 20th

The short story “The Children of the Mountains” is free until Feb. 20th.

Here’s the pitch: When a galaxy-weary journalist arrives in a faux-Bavarian lodge, high in the mountains of yet another faux-Earth, he has only one objective: to get the lowdown on a lone-wolf scientist and return to civilization as soon as possible. The children of the mountains, however, have other plans for him. “What music they make!”

And, as usual, here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2Exo3PN read more

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“The Galvanized Life Jacket” Free between Feb. 11th and Feb 15th

Special Kindle Select edition of “The Galvanized Life Jacket, Special Edition” will be free between Feb. 11th and Feb. 15th. This epub also contains a novel sample.

Sam loves his wife, he loves his boat, and he especially loves new boating gear.

However, when his darling wife presents him with a new, high-tech life jacket, Sam begins to have his doubts, on a number of fronts. Despite his wife’s assurances to the contrary, this innovation doesn’t seem quite practical. A personal flotation device made out of galvanized steel? What next? read more

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A COMPANION PIECE TO THE “FOUR SHORT STORIES WORTH READING” POST

The “Four Stories Worth Reading” post highlighted four short stories featuring Comrade Joseph Stalin. Although roughly, very roughly, based on the historic figure, a political leader who sent perhaps as many as fifty million people to their deaths, the Comrade Stalin of these stories is a somewhat different person. Duh! By definition, fiction is untrue. Which means that it’s about as factually reliable as much of our news media.

By the way, the fifty-million figure cited above is an approximation. Estimates run as high as a hundred million. Also, the fifty-million figure does not include the additional tens of millions of people who died in China as an indirect result of Soviet actions following the establishment of the PRC, nor does it include, as far as I’m aware, the twenty million—ten military and ten civilian—deaths due to World War II. read more

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The Print Version of The Many Hells of Daisy Wong is Now Out

The print version of The Many Hells of Daisy Wong is now out.  Even if I do say so myself, it turned out very nicely, a lovely addition to any bookcase.

Soapbox Rising Press has collected the Daisy Wong stories into a single volume, The Many Hells of Daisy Wong. This collection has been a longtime coming, but Soapbox Rising Press and I have finally buckled down and gotten it out, in both electronic and print formats. The press’s publisher went above and beyond with both interior and cover design. read more

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Damsel in Distress” Free between Feb. 6th and Feb 10th

The Kindle Select edition of “Damsel in Distress, Special Edition” will be free between Feb. 6th and Feb. 10th. This epub also contains a novel sample.

“Damsel in Distress” offers a nautical tale of life and death in the frigid waters of the North Pacific.

The prudent skipper avoids reefs, rocks, and shipping containers . . . or tries to.

Off the coast of Japan, the freighter Pacific Trading Victor loses a clutch of cargo containers. All but one sinks. The currents propel this sole survivor toward the coast of the Pacific Northwest. Invisible, it enters the same north-south shipping lanes that Damsel, a forty-foot sailboat, plies. And there it lurks. read more

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FOUR SHORT STORIES WORTH READING

FOUR SHORT STORIES WORTH READING

This post highlights four short stories. They feature Comrade Joseph Stalin. Although roughly, very roughly, based on the historic figure, who was responsible for the deaths of between ten and fifty million people, the Comrade Stalin of these stories is a somewhat different person.

In part, this is because in three of these stories, Comrade Stalin appears as a ghost, and in the fourth, he is a clone. Death and/or cloning will, I assume, change a person. Primarily, however, this is because these stories are works of speculative fiction. By definition, fiction is untrue. Duh! read more

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The View that Disappeared, Sample and “No Enhancements Required” are Free for a Limited Time

Free Fiction

Between Jan. 27th and Jan 31st, the giveaways are a novel sample, The View that Disappeared, Sample, and a science fiction short story, “No Enhancements Required.”

Ever wonder what you’d do if your buddies at the active-senior-living facility started going face-down in their oatmeal? How would you react if you found out that an angel of death, a hidden serial killer was thinning your local herd?

You’d do more than avoid the oatmeal at breakfast, that’s what! read more

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“The Busy Buzzers” Published

Announcing the Publication of “The Busy Buzzers”

“The Busy Buzzers” is a short story about interplay between choices, desire, and effort. After a lifetime of artistic struggle, an old man challenges his musical mediocrity.

There’s an old saying that life is what happens while we’re planning to do something else. This is a way of saying that life, ultimately, cannot be planned. It’s also a way of saying that the urgent has a way of overwhelming long-term desire. Today often overpowers tomorrow. Our casual, throw-away decisions have effects that echo, loudly or softly, for the rest of our lives. Dismal, isn’t it? Well, sobering at the very least. read more

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FREE FICTION FOR JAN. 27TH THROUGH JAN. 30TH

Free Fiction

Between Jan. 27th and Jan 31st, the giveaways are a novel sample, The View that Disappeared, Sample, and a science fiction short story, “No Enhancements Required.”

Ever wonder what you’d do if your buddies at the active-senior-living facility started going face-down in their oatmeal? How would you react if you found out that an angel of death, a hidden serial killer was thinning your local herd?

You’d do more than avoid the oatmeal at breakfast, that’s what! read more

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ANNOUNCING THE MANY HELLS OF DAISY WONG

Announcing the publication of

The Many Hells of Daisy Wong

Soapbox Rising Press has collected the Daisy Wong stories into a single volume, The Many Hells of Daisy Wong. This collection has been a longtime coming, but Soapbox Rising Press and I have finally buckled down and gotten it out, in both electronic and print formats. (The print version will be along by the end of February.) The press’s publisher went above and beyond with both interior and cover design.

Like so much of science fiction, these stories began with a question. In this can the question was, what would it be like to be a cop on a thriving but dangerous space colony? read more