Sometime last night another anthology dropped. This one is a little different and very special as a result. It’s already hit #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle Worlds > Science Fiction & Fantasy and we got there in less than 24 hours which may be a new record for a Peralta gig.
Featuring stories by Nick Webb, Will Swardstrom, J.E. Mac, David Adams, Ralph Kern, Patrice Fitzgerald, Kev Heritage, Jon Frater, Matthew Alan Thyer, Peter Cawdron, K.J. Fieler, Joseph Robert Lewis, Christopher J. Valin, and Felix R. Savage. Edited by Therin Knite.These are the untold stories from the Legacy Fleet universe – a universe of conflict , of alien invasion, and of human resistance and courage in the face of overwhelming odds.Spanning a time between the First Swarm War – and humanity’s first devastating encounter with the alien race – and the events of the Legacy Fleet trilogy, these fourteen stories chart the human drama behind an epic 75-year vista of Earth’s expansion in space, and the dawn of the Second Swarm War.Stories like these:
A man mentally linked to the alien Swarm weighs the cost of reaching out to them through the link, to stave off humanity’s destruction…
A group of friends in the Air National Defense discover firsthand the terror in mankind’s first encounter with the deadly Swarm…
A destroyer discovers a dormant Swarm carrier, that suddenly awakens…
A training academy cadet finds her legendary strategy in ship-to-ship battle simulation inexorably changing her own life…
A flight engineer begins to uncover the truth behind a decades old conspiracy theory, that now threatens the survival of the human race…
…And nine more stories, from the creator and authors of The Future Chronicles, the #1 bestselling speculative fiction anthology series on Amazon today.
If you loved the movie, if you loved Legacy Fleet, you’ll love the television series. Because here it is, the entire season, this amazing collection of episodes, of short stories–Alt.Chronicles: Legacy Fleet.
The early reviews are excellent too. Take for example:
People are enjoying the stories, that’s great news. Right now the anthology is selling for $3.99 US which is about a dime cheaper than the cup of awful coffee I just paid for. I poured it out and will replace it as soon as I can get to the good coffee shop. Take a good, long look at that cup you’re holding in your hand. Can you afford to support the arts? Probably.
Yeah, this is an announcement with a cover reveal. Coming in August from The Future Chronicles and the universe of Nick Endi Webb‘s bestselling trilogy Constitution, Warrior, and Victory.
CHRONICLE WORLDS: LEGACY FLEET
Chronicle Worlds: Legacy Fleet is Samuel Peralta, Nick Endi Webb, Therin Knite, Dave Monk Fraser Adams, Peter Cawdron, Patrice Fitzgerald, Kat Fieler, Jon Frater, Kev Heritage, Ralph Kern, Joseph Lewis, James McCormick (J.E. Mac), Felix R Savage, Will Swardstrom, Matthew Alan Thyer, Christopher Valin
Due out tomorrow (25th March 2016) and early reports are that this is some of the best fiction to be featured in an FC anthology. What I’ve read of it thus far leads me to agree with this summary judgement.
Five lucky people get an Advanced Reviewer Copy as soon as they leave a comment on this post.
You heard it here first, Doomsday is coming. The latest installment of Samuel Peralta’s Future Chronicles is on the way. You’ll be able to pick up your copy on March 25th.
We’ve seen the teaser and if this is the cover art for the next Future Chronicles release — Doomsday Chronicles — it’s considerably wetter than my contribution GOAT. I like it all the same.
Right now the schedule reads that the collection is due out on the 26th of this month. I don’t believe that Sam is jumping through the pre-order hoops for this one, although, if release is delayed until March this may be my misunderstanding. This collection has some big names including, I believe, 2016 Nebula nominee Ken Liu. I’m looking forward to getting my ARC.
I was counting up the short story words I’ve written over the last few years when I realized that I could easily put out my own anthology. With a little rework and a good editor, it might just qualify as a “volume.” There are enough words these days I’d likely kill a few trees in the doing. A realization of this sort is just what I needed too.
Another important bullet point of awareness. Quite a bit of what I’ve written occupies a unique space in the genre — molecular manipulation, gene engineering, life bent in the service of humanity — previously I had not considered this niche as part of my domain. Apparently I write about this intersection of intelligence and design all the time; it most often accounts for the fantastic in my stories.
So, on the eve of my next book release, a moment of self-realisation. Inching toward consciousness and mindful creation.
That’s right, you can now pre-order Samuel Peralta‘s next anthology that is due out November 30th. My short story SER PAN COMIDO is featured in this collection of space opera and military science fiction tales, and I’m surrounded by all the good stuff written by all the good people. Better yet, if you’re a Prime member you read for free and if not, your pre-order price is less than two bucks. That’s right, get it while it’s hot!
A quick couple of words on writing for Peralta’s anthology and then I’ll let you get on with the ordering frenzy. An internet friend and fellow author Chris Boore nominated THE BIG RED BUCKLE last spring. Based on the number of reads Peralta gets tossed his way I didn’t think anything would ever become of it. Samuel makes a point of saying that he reads everything nominated, but who could possibly keep up with that volume?
June rolled around, and summer started to unfold, I was not holding my breath. In fact, I had returned my focus to finishing Tess’ kayak and wasn’t spending a whole lot of time at my computer writing, when, out of the blue, I got a message from Samuel.
“Sure, I’d love to,” I replied.
“Good, you’ve got about four weeks.”
With that brief interaction I jumped, not from the pan into the fire, but into a pressure cooker. Tess had already signed up for a sea kayaking class in July, making non-refundable reservations along the way. Now I had two very hard deadlines and not enough time for either.This is where I learned something about myself.
I write well when pressured.
Summary, I enjoyed writing this story. As I got into the meaty details of it, the challenging bits felt more like play than work. I enjoyed working with Jeff Seymore polishing the finished project, and I can recall wishing we’d spent even more time working on things like the summary. I ended this project wanting and ready to write more.
Samuel’s series of Future Chronicles anthologies have tremendous reach. If you’re an author, this means access to a much larger audience. Having a story in one feels like a foot in the door. I want to say that this tastes a whole lot like a success. At this point, I’d need a crystal ball to know what it might turn out to be.
So before I end this post I’ll encourage you once more. “Go, my nerds, go buy this anthology before the price gets jacked up. Go, fly, buy, be nerdy!”
Now back to the grindstone.
Some news, yes? A few of you may know already, but I figure since the manuscript is out there I’d go ahead and make a public service announcement. That’s right, this will go down on your permanent record. Oh yeah? Well don’t get so distressed. Did I happen to mention that I’m impressed?
Boys and girls, your’s truly snuck into the next-next edition of the Future Chronicles curated by Samuel Peralta. I signed a contract to write a story for Galaxy Chronicles less than a month ago and last weekend I turned in about 10k words. The book premier is expected early fall, sometime around September, and you can count on me to tell you when pre-orders are available.
SER PAN COMIDO will be appearing along side works from Jay Allan, Jasper T. Scott, Raymond Weil, GS Jennsen, Nick Endi Webb, Erik Wecks, Nic Wilson, Chris Reher, Jen Foehner Wells, Dave Monk Fraser Adams, Felix R Savage, Pippa Lancaster. Jeff Seymour is editing and Samuel Peralta will manage all the production efforts. Early verdict is positive: “A gritty tale with a beautifully layered atmosphere, that kept me at the edge of my seat!”
In celebration of another publishing gig I’ve dropped the Kindle price of THE BIG RED BUCKLE. For a limited time you can get this story for 99 pennies.
Nineteen prescient and personal essays, an introduction by award-winning author Aliette de Bodard, cover art by the amazing Mark Ferrari; these are some of the amazing things you’ll find in the release of this anthology of powerful essays about representation in science fiction and fantasy. Added to all this, like a cherry atop the very finest six dollar root beer float, one of those essays is mine.
That’s right, if you squint you can make out my name amongst the list of super folks included in this excellent work. A huge thanks goes out to Jim C. Hines for including me, and for pushing me as an editor.
Just like last year, Invisible 2 is available as an e-book for $2.99, and all proceeds will go to Con or Bust. Anticipate the printed version some time soon I’m told. You can pick up your copy at any of these fine outlets.
If you’re an Apple person stay tuned, it takes a little while to get it into iTunes/iBooks via Smashwords.
Reviewers? You should contact Jim with your intent to read and drop kind words.
I really enjoyed working on this project and reading what other people had to say about their part in this community made me pause and think plenty. Considering all the hullabaloo happening around this year’s Hugo it is conceivable that we need a tad more self reflection and comet sized bundle empathy shared amongst us all.
Yeah, a short story I sold just dropped today. New Year’s Eve for all that it’s worth. Talk about good news, this is the best. Oriental Excess put out a call for authors back in September. I took up the challenge, pitched a story, and got a spot in the anthology. All that remained then was to write something so awesome that fans of cyberpunk and Japanophiles alike would dig it so much they’d want to butter their morning toast with it.
Yeah, the hard part. I slaved over this thing for the next two months. Writing and re-writing because I just couldn’t be happy with it. Tokyo Yakuza: Mob Dance has had about ten endings, all of them where underwhelming. None of them qualified to butter toast. Especially cyberpunk toast. Then in November, with some isolation and dedication, I had a breakthrough. This story is now whipped butter nicely warmed and ready for any variety of toasted bread. Even $9 toast, although we’re only charging 0.99 pennies for it.
The anthology, in hard back, is supposed to come out this spring, so wait if you must. But if you enjoy frenetic story telling doused with plenty of funky tech with a sprinkling of the fantastic from the Korean Peninsula you’re going to love-love Jihoo. It’s unique and new, and for the first time since I left these parts of Asia I feel like I got to use some of what I learned there. And just a brief reminder, it is the holiday season, your reviews are the only thing on my wish list.
Right now I’m plotting ways to get in on future editions of the anthology. Despite the challenge of writing in someone else’s world and needing to interweave plot threads across multiple authors and story lines I had a lot of fun with Mob Dance. I hope you enjoy it.