Searching for Space Jesus: “For All These Worlds, a Messiah” Printed in Latest Issue of Outposts of Beyond

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Priests in space!!!

My story For All These Worlds, a Messiah is now available in the latest issue of Outposts of Beyond, a biannual science fiction magazine published by Alban Lake Publishing. I say magazine, but with this issue, it has switched to being a 190-page long book – a very substantial, very impressive publication that’s well worth your time.

Any description of this story is liable to sound like the opening line of a joke: “A Catholic priest and a Benedictine monk go looking for Jesus in space…” It could’ve been worse – they could’ve been walking into a bar.

As for the Jesus part, that’s the fault of the 40th century CE monk. He reasons that the Lord would want each planet with sapient life to have its own incarnated redeemer, its very own version of Jesus Christ. If they can happen upon a world where that savior is still alive, still teaching, still performing miracles, they could prove the existence of God. So begins a journey across the galaxy.

Here’s a short quote, from a scene where they check in with a missionary on an alien world to see how he’s doing and to find out whether he’s heard of any local prophets. It should give you a sense of the story:

Tran addressed the missionary. “And have you made many converts from among their number?”

“Not a single one,” replied Daly bluntly. “But I have plenty of gin and they haven’t killed me in my sleep, so I’m counting my time here as a win.”

This story is a standalone sci-fi tale, although it is set in the same fictional universe as The Unobservable Universe.

For more details about this story and the other contents of this issue of Outposts of Beyond, be sure to click here.

And, of course, to buy this issue of Outposts of Beyond, click here.

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Three More Stories Due Out: Speculative Fiction, Historical Fiction, & a Comic Strip

It’s been an interesting few weeks on the writing front, which leaves me with a list of good news to spread far and wide.

First up is a short story sale to the wonderful people at B-Cubed Press. Their founder Bob Brown is putting together the third anthology in his Alternative Truths series, Endgame, and he decided that one of my stories was good enough to include. Once You Start is a tale of geoengineering gone wrong mixed together with a dose of alcoholism, all against a backdrop of a world sliding into ecological disaster. Trying to science our way out of global climate change without actually cutting carbon emissions turns out not to be as simple as first supposed. But then, the easy answer is rarely the right answer.

This piece of speculative fiction is set in the same universe as my first story for B-Cubed, A Spider Queen in Every Home, which appeared in the previous collection in this series, More Alternative Truths. Don’t forget to pick up that anthology as well as this upcoming one! I’ve read through an early proof copy of Endgame and it’s shaping up to be a very special book indeed, featuring the work of some particularly famous writers. With preparations approaching the final stages, you can expect this thought-provoking anthology to be available from the usual outlets in the reasonably near future.

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A little shorter, but no less dear to me, is my very first historical short story, Nowhere to Go. It’s the seventeenth century and a family is caught in a fierce storm on the New Hampshire coast. Will they find sanctuary from the deadly conditions? Expect to find out the answer around May this year.

This piece of flash fiction will appear in the collection Five Minutes at Hotel Stormcove from Atthis Arts. It’s going to be a very interesting book, that’s for sure, containing stories set throughout several centuries, with each installment being an incident covering the span of five minutes in the mysterious Hotel Stormcove. I’m not often moved to write a story by a book’s proposed theme, but this one sent me straight to the keyboard!

My most recent acceptance was from the British small press comic, FutureQuake. It can be tough getting a script into their now-annual issues, but somehow I made it through. You Can’t Go Back is currently pending assignment to an artist and – if all goes well – will see print in the 2020 edition of this wonderful comic. No spoilers from me about this story’s premise – I don’t want to ruin the ending!

Be sure to buy back issues from the FutureQuake website or comiXology while the current issue is in production. There aren’t many comics of this caliber left and they need your support. The bumper 2020 issue should be out around the first quarter of next year. I’ll post updates as its release draws nearer, of course.

There are one or two other things in the works, most notably a couple of things accepted by the ever-terrific Nomadic Delirium Press, but three announcements is enough for one blog post, and release dates have yet to be figured out for the other pieces I’ve sold. It can be tough getting rejections from publishers, but the acceptances do make it all worthwhile. I just hope you have as much fun reading my stories as I have writing them.

One last note: Alban Lake Publishing’s magazine Outposts of Beyond has changed its publishing schedule. Originally, an issue containing my science fiction/Catholic-priests-in-space shaggy dog tale For All These Worlds, A Messiah was due out in January. With these changes, its next issue will now see print later this year. Again, I’ll pass on details as soon as I have them.

Peace, and good reading, everyone.

 

Mike

 

“Last Man Driving” Published in First Issue of Exciting New Science Fiction Magazine

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Attention, science fiction fans – there’s a new magazine out that you need to read! The first issue of Mundanities Magazine is now available from Nomadic Delirium Press. And, because I’m never shy about tooting my own trumpet, it contains a story by me!

The story is Last Man Driving – a science fiction tale about one man’s struggle to keep driving the old-fashioned way in a future where self-driving cars are the norm and only a stick-in-the-mud idiot would consider turning off his autonomous vehicle’s computer. Technology, though, isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be…

Here’s the blurb for the magazine, including the reason for its title:

Mundane science fiction does not imply boring science fiction. Quite the contrary, mundane science fiction simply means fiction based on plausible science. How can sf be interesting without aliens and interstellar travel, you might ask…well, Mundanities answers that question with five fantastic stories that are based on very realistic science.You get the start of the second American revolution, a man refusing to give up his rights to technology, genetically engineered animals, genetically engineered athletes, and a prison system gone very wrong. Far from boring, these stories will have you thinking “what if?” And isn’t that really the point of science fiction?

You can purchase this excellent electronic magazine for only $2.99 (a bargain for 56 pages containing 5 brand-new stories) from:

  • Amazon by clicking here
  • Nomadic Delirium Press directly by clicking here
  • Smashwords by clicking here
  • Drive-Thru Fiction by clicking here

Editor J Alan Erwine has put together an amazing publication featuring work not only by me but also Eamonn Murphy, W C Roberts, Lisa Timpf, and Benjamin Norris. Fans of science fiction will no doubt recognize a couple of names from that list! It is an honor to be in such company.

To read more about my particular story, including some behind-the-scenes trivia, click here. Or, if you want to peruse a list of all my professionally published work so far, you can refer to my Short Story Jump Page.

Thank you for reading.

Peace,

Mike

 

Beset by Ghosts and Fascists in the Depths of Space: Two New Sci-Fi Tales Released by Alban Lake Publishing in Recent Anthologies

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The last few months have seen two of my short stories see publication through Alban Lake Publishing, in first-rate collections edited by the wonderful Karen Otto.

In October of last year, the anthology Sounds of the Night was released, featuring the third of my Titanville Tales, Ghosts of Titan. Then, this month, The Unobservable Universe was included in the anthology Anatomy of Hate.

Ghosts of Titan is, as you might expect, a ghost story, where dread stalks the space station, Titanville. Kaylene Morrison is haunted by her long-dead father, and the station is haunted by the sins of its past. In Titanville, death is never far away.

The Unobservable Universe is an afro-futurist sci-fi tale, pitting its everyday protagonists against fascists in a struggle to the death. As the fight spreads far beyond the limits of the universe we can see, a threat deadlier than anything the human race has seen before is revealed. There will be blood. But in the face of infinity, blood and hate mean nothing.

Click the links above to read more about these recent releases and don’t forget to buy the books! Alban Lake’s collections are now available here, at the Infinite Realms online bookstore.

I hope you enjoy these two, very different stories.

 

Peace, and good reading,

Mike

 

“The Wall Is Beautiful” Reprinted in New “Divided Sates” Collection

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If you’ve never read a story in Nomadic Delirium Press’s Divided States series, now is a great time to start. For the first time, multiple tales in this intriguing, ongoing e-book saga have been gathered together in a printed collection, which makes dipping into this future world of a fractured United States easier – and cheaper – than ever before. Included in Volume 1, I’m proud to say, is my very own contribution to this shared universe, The Wall Is Beautiful.

In the aftermath of the breakup of the United States of America, life in the Republic of Texas is a whole lot different from how it is today. For a start, in this new country, the Border Patrol’s job is to guard the gargantuan wall that extends along its southern border with Mexico. And for one member of the Border Patrol, life is about to get very complicated indeed. Because walls don’t only keep things out – they keep things trapped inside, too…

You can purchase this collection direct from the publisher by clicking here.

For more details about The Wall Is Beautiful, including behind-the-scenes insights and information about its original life as an e-book, click here.

As always, thanks for reading!

Peace,

Mike

“The Unobservable Universe” Will Soon Be Visible in New Alban Lake Press Anthology

More good news! The wonderful Karen Otto at Alban Lake Press has kindly accepted my afro-futurist science fiction short story The Unobservable Universe for their forthcoming anthology, Anatomy of Hate. The collection is due out in January 2019.

The anthology explores the effects of hate on both the hated and the hater. A fascinating theme, I’m sure you’ll agree.

My story is set on a planet settled by colonists from Africa. They thought they had found a place safe from racism and exploitation, but they were wrong. Once again, the ugly stain of fascism has infected humanity, this time creeping across the galaxy to the colonists’ doorstep. In the face of wild hate, a museum curator and her portrait artist friend attempt to save indigenous artwork from the fascists, only to discover the true purpose of the alien artifact. Is it a weapon they can use to fight back against the Seventh Imperium, or will it instead reveal an even greater threat – one that endangers not only all of the far-flung human race, but the universe itself? Only one thing is certain: win or lose, the fight will leave them changed forever.

I hope you all enjoy the story. I know I can’t wait to devour all the stories in such an intriguing-sounding anthology.

Thank you for reading.

Peace,

Mike

“The Games Go On” Released as a New E-Book

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I am very happy to announce my latest science fiction tale, The Games Go On, is now available for you to buy!

The Games Go On is a science fiction future-sports tale, published as part of the first Delirious Doubles e-book by Nomadic Delirium Press. It also touches on issues to do with the environment, mass media, and abortion.

Jayneth Preston is born into a claustrophobic world, where she is expected to fight to the death for the amusement of the masses. But where did she come from, and does she have a family waiting for her on the outside? Is the arena all she will ever know? Not if Jayneth has anything to do with it–!

The e-book also features a story by Tyree Campbell, a well-known writer in his own right. That’s probably enough reason by itself to buy the e-book.

Here is the blurb for the e-book:

Delirious Doubles presents two stories from different authors. This edition gives you The Impossible Child by Tyree Campbell…a woman from another world has come to Earth to study the fallen society of the planet. Early in her mission she is raped by a gang of marauders and becomes pregnant with a daughter. Now that it’s almost time to return to her own world, she must decide what to do with her young daughter…take her with her or leave her behind on the hostile planet…or does she even have a choice.
You also get The Games Go On by Mike Morgan…a woman is born as an adult into a world where her family has sold her into indentured servitude as a gladiator, a gladiator that is meant to fight for the masses, but when there are no battles, she begins to wonder what’s really going on, and once she learns the truth, she’ll be forced to decide what to do with the information.

You can purchase this book on Amazon here. Please also consider purchasing the book direct from the publisher here. That way, more of your money goes to supporting an independent publisher.

Thanks. Catch you all soon. And I hope you like the story.

Mike

Mind Candy Wins Silver Medal at FAPA Book Awards!

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It was wonderful to hear that a book I contributed to won an award recently from the Florida Authors & Publishers Association (FAPA). The anthology Mind Candy received the silver medal in the Young Adult: Science Fiction/Fantasy category. For more details, you can read all about FAPA and the award on their page here.

This anthology includes my science fiction story Buddy System. Read more about Buddy System here.

Congratulations to the editor and to all the other writers featured in this book. And if you haven’t bought a copy of this award-winning book yet, maybe now’s a good time…?

Thanks for reading.

As always, peace.

Mike

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Gladiatrices & Giant Border Walls: Two Tales of a Future America To Be Released Through Nomadic Delirium Press

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More terrific news, and a nice birthday present – Nomadic Delirium Press, a very fine outfit from Colorado led by the terrific J Alan Erwine, have accepted another of my short stories and are also going to reprint an earlier e-book release in paperback format. The funny thing is, both stories are set in Texas.

First off, my science fiction tale The Games Go On is set to get its premiere release as part of an e-book in their Delirious Doubles series. Each of these Delirious Doubles books will feature two stories, giving readers double the bang for their buck. For the book containing my story, the other half will be a story written by the very talented Tyree Campbell, who also expertly edits various titles for Alban Lake Press, such as Outposts of Beyond. The release date isn’t set yet, so I’ll be sure to pass on more details as I hear them.

As far as my story, The Games Go On, is concerned – think life-or-death gladiatorial combats in the future. Sports have taken a turn for the bloodthirsty in the United States, and the public want to see as much gore as possible. Jayneth is born into a life of professional arena fighting in Houston, told to kill without mercy or remorse, but she rejects the chance for fame assigned to her. All she wants is a way out, but that proves harder to find than she thought…

As she struggles to unearth the secrets of her claustrophobic world, Jayneth discovers that getting your priorities right is the most important thing in the world. In fact, it’s the real life-and-death choice, for the entire human race.

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Let’s switch gears to my second announcement now. The Wall Is Beautiful was printed as an e-book in their Divided States of America series a couple of years ago. There was always the thought that once sufficient episodes had been released, a paperback collection would be made available. That moment has now come, and Nomadic Delirium are collecting together the first few stories, including mine. The estimated print date is, I think, October of this year.

Also set in Texas, The Wall Is Beautiful takes place after the collapse of the USA into separate nation states. An independent Texas has built a huge wall along its southern border. Now the Texans have what they’ve long wanted – a barrier to keep out the rest of the world. Of course, they have to face the consequences such a wall brings. They should have been careful what they wished for…

For more information about the original e-book release of The Wall Is Beautiful, click here.

Stay tuned for more news on both of these releases. Both of these series from Nomadic Delirium are great concepts, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing them made available to readers.

Thanks for reading.

Mike

 

“Ghosts of Titan” to Be Released in Upcoming “Sounds of the Night” Anthology

 

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Good news for fans of my Titanville Tales – the 3rd story in this series about people living aboard the grimy, run-down space station orbiting Titan will be printed in Alban Lake Publishing’s upcoming ghost-story anthology Sounds of the Night, due to be released in October this year. Expect chills and eerie moments aplenty aboard Titanville, as well as the return of some familiar faces, in Ghosts of Titan.

When you’re on a cramped space station, it’s not easy hiding from ghosts, whether they’re supernatural apparitions or the haunting echoes of past decisions. And when those ghosts come a-calling, there’s nowhere to run.

It goes without saying, I am very happy indeed that this series is getting the opportunity to grow and deepen.

Watch for more details as we get closer to the publication date.

Thanks for reading,

Mike