Artemis Rising 2 is go! The first stories are up and I’ll run a roundup of them here next week. Know what else is up?
Hugo season is on us and nominations are now open. Every Escape Artists show is eligible under Semiprozine and the details of what episodes you can vote for, as well as several very useful lists for the other categories can be found here.
An every day story of hypochondria, linguistic degrees and the true colour of a moped.
Oh also evil cars. And a space station. And brain worms.
Jen’s story throws a dozen ingredients into the pot in a way that seems chaotic right up until everything drops into place. It’s clever, very funny science fiction and the reading is absolutely the text’s equal. JS manages to be laconic and cool and panicky and frantic all at once. Very weird and very funny.
Big pay rate news this week! Here’s Alex:
‘For 2016, PseudoPod has new pay rates. For all new submissions, we will pay the pro rate of $.06 per word for original fiction. We will pay $100 flat rate for short fiction reprints (2,000 words or more), and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 2,000 words). This makes all the original fiction purchases pro-paying. See the submission guidelines for further details. To maintain a transparent relationship without the writing community, We have also placed our contract templates on the submission guidelines page.’
A sprawling cast with some welcome familiar faces really brings this story to life. Martha Wells excels at this sort of just-inside-polite intrigue and the story moves with the same measured poise and grace of the Opera cast. It’s a hard working story with a hard working cast, all perfectly in tune. Check it out.
Podcastle has reopened to submissions! Go read the guidelines and submit!
Issue 2 is live! Here’s what you get:
- Fiction: You, an Accidental Astronaut by Sonja Natasha
- Fiction: That Time with Bob and the Unicorn by T. Kingfisher
- Nonfiction: The Story Doctor Is (In) by James Patrick Kelly
- Fiction: The Android’s Prehistoric Menagerie by A. Merc Rustad
- Fiction: The Elixir of the Not-So-Disgusting Death Smell by Carlie St. George
- Nonfiction: Dictionary Writing Prompts by Karen Bovenmyer
- Fiction: A Bird, a Broad, and a Mess of Kyodatsu by Stephen Lickman
- Nonfiction: Video Game Review: Hatoful Boyfriend Is the Greatest Pigeon Dating Sim in the History of Human and/or Bird Existence by Sunil Patel
- Nonfiction: Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens: A New Hope by Rachael Acks
- Fiction: Fire in the Belly by Rachael Acks
- Nonfiction: Comics Review: New and Upcoming Graphic Novels: Skywalker Strikes, Injection, Lady Killer, Bitch Planet, Constantine the Hellblazer Vol. 1: Going Down, and Founding Father Funnies by Adam Gallardo
- Fiction: Forty-One Bad Breakups and One Redemptive Reunion by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
All of which is great and absolutely worth your time. Especially Sunil’s Hatoful Boyfriend piece. You can get MZ direct from us via payhip, through Smashwords and Amazon and click here to subscribe for just 10 bucks a year.
Staff Picks month continues at Cast of Wonders with a couple of absolute doozies.
Like every other member of the CoW team Jeff is a fiercely good host. His endcap here really educated me and he’s absolutely right; this is a story that has so many layers Donkey from Shrek would listen, enjoy it, get hungry for a parfait and then go order ten.
It’s a very funny story about a Princess making her place in the world. It’s a romance. It’s a subversion of fantasy tropes. It’s a story about disability and body image. It’s all these things and a dozen more. It’s also wonderfully read by Jeff and several of his kids. Enjoy.