12/25/2009

DRY ICE DREAMS and The Macro Mechanic's Manifesto by A.P. Fuchs

Dry Ice Dreams, the first book/issue of the bookazine series, Bumper Sticker Shine, by A.P. Fuchs is now available at the following on-line retailers:

Paperback:

Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1926712315/themaniworlof-20Amazon.ca - http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1926712315/theoffisiteof-20
Amazon.co.uk - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1926712315?ie=UTF8&tag=thofsiofauapf-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=1926712315
Other On-line Retailers - http://www.bestwebbuys.com/9781926712314

eBook:

Amazon Kindle - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002YCXFJA/themaniworlof-20
Drivethruhorror.com - http://horror.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=65812&affiliate_id=79491
Mobipocket - http://www.mobipocket.com/en/eBooks/eBookDetails.asp?BookID=245467

Synopsis:

Mined from independent publisher and writer A.P. Fuchs's archives comes a collection of horror fiction, essays on independent publishing, poetry, self-publishing questions, a new 21-page comic written just for this book, and more.

Not only will you be entertained, but if you've ever considered independent publishing but didn't know what to make of it or how to go about it, Dry Ice Dreams contains insights from the man who made a career out of it.

A must-have book for anyone who wanted to get a glimpse into the world of a do-it-yourselfer but wasn't sure where to look.

The last Coscom Entertainment release: Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers - http://www.coscomentertainment.com/robinhoodzombies.html

For our full list of books, please see: http://www.coscomentertainment.com

The Macro Mechanic's Manifesto, the second book/issue of the bookazine series, Bumper Sticker Shine, by A.P. Fuchs is now available at the following on-line retailers:

Paperback:

Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1926712331/themaniworlof-20
Amazon.ca - http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1926712331/theoffisiteof-20
Amazon.co.uk - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1926712331?ie=UTF8&tag=thofsiofauapf-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=1926712331
Other On-line Retailers - http://www.bestwebbuys.com/9781926712338

eBook:

Amazon Kindle - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002ZP8KMS/themaniworlof-20
Drivethruhorror.com - http://horror.drivethrustuff.com/product_info.php?products_id=65944&affiliate_id=79491
Mobipocket - http://www.mobipocket.com/en/eBooks/eBookDetails.asp?BookID=249784

Synopsis:

The Macro Mechanic's Manifesto takes you deep into the world of independent publishing with essays pulled from A.P. Fuchs's archives, along with horror fiction, a superhero tale, poetry, photos, a self-publishing Q&A and more.

This collection takes a look at the ups and downs of trying to make it in publishing on your own terms and the mentality needed to see it through.

Part motivation, part inspiration, and all entertainment, The Macro Mechanic's Manifesto will once more open your eyes to doing things yourself in the crazy world of book publishing.

12/23/2009

More Residential Aliens News

Our Christmas fiction includes a debut-to-this-zine author, Francis W. Alexander. His story, appropriately named, is “The Debut” and is a whimsical holiday fantasy. If you’ve ever wondered how Santa can be everywhere at once, wonder no further! A second seasonal piece is Nick Ozment’s sentimental fable, “The Little Star.” This story was originally posted at the old site, but it’s worth migrating to a new home for your enjoyment (again).

Another debut author here at ResAliens is Angie Lofthouse. She brings us “Highway Songs,” a spiritual fantasy with a future yet ancient Aztec setting (with threads of the Mayan calendar-ending mythology woven throughout). Pleasantly different than anything we’ve published here.

Rounding out the issue are two return authors. Michael W. Garza presents us with another science fiction mystery, “Red Horizon” (his previous entry was September’s “Return to Sender“). And Stoney M. Setzer gives us a Twilight Zone inspired supernatural thriller, “We Serve All Kinds Here.” Look for Stoney’s collection of short fiction from ResAliens Press to arrive in mid-February, 2010, btw. It will be our first release of a single author’s stories and we’re excited. Another debut! Fits the theme this month.

As always, thanks for reading. And Merry Christmas!
Your Fellow Alien, Lyn

PS The ToC cover art icon is “Christmas Under Saturn” by Max V. Nimos, whose featured artist interview is still at the old site (Dec 2007). Check it out.

www.ResAliens.com


Announcing a new collection of stories from ResAliens Press!

Arriving May, 2010…
While the Morning Stars Sing
An Anthology of Spiritually Infused Speculative Fiction

About the Project

  • 20 to 25 stories, between 1500 and 6000 words each
  • 80,000 to 100,000 words, an anthology of about 250 pages
  • Submission window open now through January 31, 2010
  • Reading period for all submissions will occur Feb, 2010
  • Acceptance/declination notices sent by March 1, 2010
  • Publication date May, 2010

What We Offer

  • $5.00 per story, payable in February, 2010
  • One contributor copy mailed the month of publication
  • Complimentary ad space for your book/project, if applicable
  • Opportunity to obtain additional copies of the anthology for the cost of production plus shipping

What We Want

  • Stories from 1500 to 6000 words (query if longer)
  • All varieties or subgenres of speculative fiction
  • One-time rights for original, unpublished stories
  • Reprints a possibility, please query first
  • Simultaneous submissions okay, please indicate if it is
  • Multiple submissions okay, up to 3 stories maximum
  • Stories that range from G to PGish and include a spiritual element that is naturally integrated into the plot and/or personality of the characters

In other words, we’re looking for good stories that treat matters of faith as normal and integral to the characters, setting, and/or storyline. We are not looking for specifically religious tales, although we’re open to them (but please see “what we don’t want” below).

Why? A segment of speculative fiction is antagonistic to faith. Or, otherwise good stories are gratuitously sexual or violent. We want to offer an alternative – sophisticated stories aimed at adults which are truthful to the human experience yet touch on things eternal.

For Example
IMPORTANT: Please read the following stories so you know the heart and variety of what we’re looking for.

For more information, click here to go to the submissions page.

12/22/2009

News for December 22nd, 2009

Rick Copple says: I decided to give my readers a Christmas gift--a story!
I just wrote a Christmas story in the Realities' world, set
before Sisko left Raul for his journeys, when he and Josh had adventures
of their own.
In this one, Sisko discovers what you get when you mix an ogre and
Christmas together. To find out yourself, you'll have to read on.
http://blog.rlcopple.com/?p=174
Enjoy, and have a great Christmas.


At TitleTrakk.com, check out this new review of

Burn by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy
Reviewed by Karri Compton
"
...better than Kiss by leaps and bounds..."

12/21/2009

Guild Member Spotlight: Malcolm Cowen

Malcolm Cowen
1 wife, 3 sons, 3 daughters in law (from 30-12-2009), 3 grand-daughters, 1 grandson, 1 stroppy cat. (the hairy dog and the psychotic cat both recently RIP )
When did you join the LGG? How did you make the connection?
Found it by internet search, can’t remember when, perhaps a year or so ago.

What's the first thing you remember that happened in the Guild?
I lost the link, then the website moved or something. Took me a fortnight to find it again.

Tell us some good things that have transpired from belonging.
The links to useful places, the realization that it's not just me struggling to find outlets.

What's your genre and subgenre? Why do you think that is?
SF - my habitat stories (Golden Age, pref character driven, like John Wyndham), or parallel world - Lady of Foxdale and sequel(s).

I'm not keen on fantasy, the magic too often makes convincing plot conflicts difficult to set up.

Do you like to read the same genre as you write? What other genres interest you? Favourite authors?
Yes, but I also enjoy historical WhoDunIt, Brother Cadfael, Sister Fidelma, M Didius Falco, and so on.

You could argue these have a lot in common with SF. It’s an alien society, just alien in a different way.

Tell us about your published work, and where we can go to find out more.
It started when I was working in Switzerland, and I sent an article in to a trade magazine. They published it, and about 20 others.
Then the internet came along, and the magazine folded because all their advertising income went online.

I wrote a few more stories;

“The Night that is Different” was published by Small Press of Florida,
and another story, “The Agent” got published in translation by a magazine
in Slany in the Czech Republic.

I’ve done a couple of nevels, “Lady of Foxdale” and sequel “Daughter of
the King”, available on
www.e-bshop.co.uk
(and on Readers Eden at
www.readerseden.com/manufacturers.php?manufacturerid=42)

Recently “Conjuction”, was accepted to be published by TeenAge magazine. It's one of a series set in Space Habitats - hollowed out asteroids, as
is the Radio Drama, Sleep of Death, a Habitat WhoDunIt (locked room, 2 bodies, why were the bodies stolen) I’m awaiting confirmation of good
news there.

What are you working on right now? How's progress?
Just submitted 2 radio dramas to BBC The Blitzm├Ądchen (about the German resistance to Hitler) and RTE (a post plague whodunit. There's
only a few hundred people left alive in the country, so who is the strange woman, and who killed her - and why). Right now I’ve got
some software to write to earn some brass to live on, so writing might have to wait a bit.

How has the LGG helped you in your work?
Encouragement, and information. I am not alone.

What are your dreams for the future of Christian speculative fiction, and for yourself within that?
Get Christian writing accepted as a genre worth reading, because of our high quality output, and act as salt in our society. But that
means we must produce the best stuff around, because it’s got to appeal outside the Christian ghetto to people who are currently immersed in a
godless worldview.

Your best writing tip?
Read it out aloud to yourself, ask if the dialogue sounds believable or just twee. Find a loving but ruthless friend to criticise it.

What else are you up to that our readers would find interesting?
Making a living working from home, so is Wife, who teaches over the internet in an online Christian School. Trying to improve my language
skills in German and Welsh.

Something you reckon not many people know about you?
Prosthopagnosia - I can't recognise human faces. Add to this all the various bits of me which got re-arranged, twisted round or generally
mucked up, and my loving family reckon this proves I'm really an alien.

I like writing poetry, (follow "Private Web Links" then 'lyrics' on www.cowensw.com). My English version of
C
âlon Lan has been recorded by male voice choirs, and I occasionally get notification of another performance.

Your website or social media profile?
Is in dire need of overhaul. I'm too busy doing other people's.
www.cowensw.com
(includes writing links) www cowensw.co.uk.

The builder's house is the last one to be fixed - as usual.