Published Fiction

This has been one of my best years publishing-wise!

My story "Top of the Mountains" where a radical priest and his cleric fuel a rebellion on a planet occupied by humans and aliens was published this October by Tales of the Talisman (Volume 4, issue 2).

My story "Devil's Pet," a C.S. Lewis/Dante/Dilbert-esque satire, was published this summer by the Australian magazine Andromeda Spaceways (issue #35).

My story "Scattered" where Elijah, the prophet, and Jezebel, his nemesis, meet up in modern-day Portland, was published by the Mormon literary journal Irreantum (volume 9, number 1) this summer. A review of "Scattered" can be found at Motley Vision.

Coming out later this fall:

My story "Verbal Knowledge" which mixes corporate politics with a fantasy/science-fiction anti-hero who can mold people through speech is schedule to be published this fall by Tales of the Unanticipated (issue #29).

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2 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your latest published stories!

    I don't think I'll be able to find any of the magazines you're published in.

    I'm taking a copy of your "Merciless" home to read. I've done a little reading about the Arthurian Era. Besides "Camelot"...

    You've probably read Orson Scott Card's "Women of Genesis" series - I read "Sarah" a while back and was very impressed. (I also read some of the "Ender" series, and like his writing.) My only complaint about "Sarah" is that the woman on the cover (most likely not his choice) is definitely not the Sarah we meet in the book. I haven't read the others yet.

    Another good book in that genre is "The Preservationist" (David Maine):

    Preservationist

    "... anti-hero who can mold people through speech ..." Now that rings a bell.

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  2. I haven't read Orson Scott Card recently although his science-fiction/fantasy novel Wryms is one of my all-time favorites; I did read Saints in college. It was recently reissued in hardcover; in the forward, Card talks about the first paperback version (which I've seen); he thinks the cover destroyed the book's potential market. I'm not sure I agree with that, but the paperback cover is fairly offputting. It shows a romantic-looking woman with flowing hair. Not only was Card not pleased with the cover, he felt it prevented female viewers from putting themselves in the heroine's shoes (since they would already have had an image imprinted on their minds).

    I'm not sure a cover can have that much affect, but I have to admit the illustration for my story in Tales of the Talisman is rather disappointing. The illustration itself isn't that bad, but the depiction of the main character is so utterly at variance with the image I have in my head, well, perhaps, NO illustration could have lived up it! (And it just occurred to me, the illustration kind of gives away the ending--now, that's just wrong! But I suppose the temptation to depict the climax of the story was too strong.)

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