Congratulations to David Gullen! He has sold his story All Your Futures Belong To Us to Arc, the new science fiction magazine from New Scientist. More details on the issue to follow, but in the meantime you can peek behind the scenes here.
Tom Pollock‘s debut novel, The City’s Son launches this week. It is the first book of The Skyscraper Throne: a story about family, friends and monsters, and how you can’t always tell which is which. The novel is published by Jo Fletcher Books.
“Expelled from school, betrayed by her best friend and virtually ignored by her dad, who’s never recovered from the death of her mum, Beth Bradley retreats to the sanctuary of the streets, looking for a new home. What she finds is Filius Viae, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London, who opens her eyes to the place she’s never truly seen.
But the hidden London is on the brink of destruction. Reach, the King of the Cranes, is a malign god of demolition, and he wants Filius dead. In the absence of the Lady of the Streets, Filius’ goddess mother, Beth rouses Filius to raise an alleyway army, to reclaim London’s skyscraper throne for the mother he’s never known. Beth has almost forgotten her old life – until her best friend and her father come searching for her, and she must choose between the streets and the life she left behind.”
Here’s Tom talking about his ideas behind the book:
Congratulations to Gary Couzens! His story A Smile in the Sky will appear in Wordland #3: What They Saw in the Sky from The Exaggerated Press.
Gary says “It’s quite a bit more surreal than I usually get – it was partly inspired by a Magritte exhibition I went to at the Hayward Gallery in the (early?) 90s.”
The first issue of Wordland is available free here.
Some readers may be familiar with Tony C Smith’s website, StarShipSofa, a podcast site bringing you “the latest & greatest in science fiction short stories“. Mr. Smith has now launched a new audio magazine concentrating on crime and mystery stores.
Crime City Central is hosted by the T Party’s own Jack Calverly.
“Step into the world of Inspector Jack Calverley who spends his time reviewing cases, new and old, solved and unsolved, intriguing and sometimes shocking. Every week he introduces you to the stories he uncovers from a wide range of authors and narrators from the files at CrimeCityCentral.”
Drop into the site to listen to stories by Lawrence Block and Marilyn Todd, or subscribe to get your regular crime fix.
In addition, he sold Be Clear and Prosper to new anthology series Scout & Engineer.
“Scout & Engineer is a print and electronic anthology featuring skillfully executed short fiction that seamlessly integrates philosophy, particularly individualism.”
The Pressure of Ecstasy sold to Mirror Shards 2. This annual anthology about augmented reality is published by Black Moon books, and will be available to buy in late summer.
Before the Blood will appear in Kaleidotrope. The magazine “tends heavily towards the speculative — towards science fiction, fantasy and horror — but we like an eclectic mix and are therefore always eager to read interesting work that falls outside those categories. Man does not live on space ships, elves and ghostly axe murderers alone, after all.”
Kudos to Terry for an impressive number of sales to such a wide range of markets!
Fox McGeever was a runner-up in the Dún a Rí Public Art Commission 2012 run by Cavan Arts.
“The ‘Dún a Rí Short Story Competition’ is a search for a short story inspired by the magic of Dún a Rí Forest Park, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan. It aims to create a lasting legacy for the Forest which also acknowledges the existence of the unique sculptural works that have been commissioned for the Forest.”
Congratulations to Fox on making the shortlist!
Congratulations to Fox McGeever and Terry Edge, who have both sold to the Stupefying Stories anthology series recently. Look out for Fox’s story Ghost Train, and Terry’s Dopples, coming soon.