“Last Man Driving” Sold to New Sci-Fi Magazine

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I am thrilled to announce that my science fiction short story Last Man Driving has been accepted for the premiere issue of Mundanities: A Digest of Mundane Science Fiction. This is a new magazine from Nomadic Delirium Press, scheduled to debut in February 2019.

Here is the description of the new magazine, direct from the publisher’s website:

Welcome to a new science fiction zine being published by Nomadic Delirium Press. This zine will be published twice a year, as both a print and e-zine, on February 1st and August 1st, with the first issue appearing February 1st, 2019.

So, what is mundane SF? It doesn’t mean boring, as some might think. Why would we want to publish magazine of boring fiction?

Mundane SF is defined as fiction focusing on stories set on or near the Earth, with a believable use of technology and science as it exists at the time the story is written. No aliens, time travel, interstellar travel, wormholes, warp drive, FTL, or anything like that.

Sound boring? Not really. Think of all of the science fiction that can and has been written about the Earth and the planets.

For more details about this forthcoming magazine, please click here.

My own story focuses on the effects of widespread adoption of autonomous driving technology on society, and the impacts that technology has on the lives of everyday people. Where will self-driving cars take us…?

Also, for those who enjoy stories set in Iowa, this one is for you – it takes place in Bluegrass.

 

You can find news of my other upcoming stories here.

Thanks for reading.

Peace,

Mike

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“Fishing Expedition” To Be Reprinted in Outposts of Beyond

News just in – Alban Lake Press has accepted my story Fishing Expedition for the April 2019 issue of the science fiction magazine Outposts of Beyond.

This story, featuring Professor Lazarus, was previously published in Flame Tree Publishing’s Gothic Fantasy: Science Fiction Short Stories anthology a couple of years ago.

This means my upcoming release schedule is now:

Lazarus most recently appeared in comic-strip form in FutureQuake 2018. In Fishing Expedition she must save a world cut off from the Sun…

What a great way to end the week!

Thanks for reading.

Peace,

Mike

New Professor Lazarus Strip Published in FutureQuake Comic!

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Cover art for FutureQuake 2018 by: Gibson Quarter and Steven Denton

Professor Lazarus is back, and she’s in the 2018 edition of FutureQuake comic! This bumper issue, released on May 1st, 2018, is a whopping 88 pages in length and contains 20 first-rate stories.

The Ship is the second Professor Lazarus comic strip printed by the UK-based small-press comic, FutureQuake. This time, her adventures are drawn by the very talented Brett Buckle. Here is Brett’s promo art for the strip:

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I love the alien captain’s muttonchops! The strip is crammed full of terrific visuals – Brett really did a tremendous job.

So, what’s this story all about? In The Ship, Professor Lazarus is found floating in space by passing aliens… how did she get there? And will the aliens find a way to understand Lazarus’s frantic messages in time to discover the danger that threatens them all?

Here is the publisher’s blurb for the issue:

FutureQuake is back to brighten the boring, Inspire the indolent and render the jaded jubilant! Within the latest incredible issue witness a titanic 20 possible futures including the return of the one and only Neroy Sphinx. All within a cover by Gibson Quarter and Steven Denton.

You can purchase the 2018 issue at FutureQuake’s website here. Please pick up a copy! And for more details about this wonderful comic, including a full listing of contributors, click here. It really is a first-class anthology comic, full of marvelous stories and art.

 

For those of you interested in the earlier adventures of Professor Lazarus, read on. You can click here for details about the first FutureQuake strip featuring this character. (Brett does a great job of having her look the same as in her first strip.) Professor Lazarus has also appeared in a short story. Click here for details of her adventures in prose. With any luck, there will be more tales starring Lazarus released in the near future!

 

Thanks for reading.

Mike

New Age of Asmodeus Story Released in April’s Outposts of Beyond Magazine

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It’s out!

April’s issue of Outposts of Beyond, brought to you by those fine people at Alban Lake Publishing, features my second Age of Asmodeus story, Kuro no Ken (the Black Sword).

You can buy it here.

The story is set in Japan, several years after a “magical detonation” in Wolverhampton, UK, has flooded every part of the world with vast quantities of mystical energy. Monsters now roam at will and a terrified humanity huddles behind inadequate defenses.

In Japan, the national government has fallen and a new Warring States period has begun, with regional rulers vying for control. In the midst of this chaos, Igarashi Satsuki attempts to leverage her fame as a monster-killer into political power, so she can rebuild her family’s lost influence and begin rebuilding Japan.

Satsuki wields the infamous black sword, the Kuro no Ken, that kills whatever it cuts. The sword is Satsuki’s most prized possession, her path to restoring her family and country, but when her life-long friend and servant, Hinata, makes a terrible mistake while cleaning the sword, she will be forced to reveal her darkest secret and make the most painful decision of her life.

What is more important? The life of her only friend, or the fate of her nation?

But wait, this issue doesn’t only include a short story by me, it also includes an interview! Yes, that’s right, I was interviewed by Alban Lake! You can find the interview on their Tumblr and here, in print, in Outposts of Beyond.

You can read all about this magazine here.

Hope you enjoy the story and the interview!

Thanks for reading.

Mike

 

 

 

 

Priests in Space! “For All These Worlds, A Messiah” To Be Published in Outposts of Beyond

More good news to announce. Yesterday, Alban Lake Press purchased my story, For All These Worlds, A Messiah. The story – best summed up as “priests in space!” – is scheduled for publication in their January 2019 issue of Outposts of Beyond.

In this story, a Catholic priest and a monk journey far and wide throughout the galaxy on a very special quest. Expect lots of aliens and action as they encounter life-threatening obstacles in their pursuit of ultimate knowledge.

I’ll post more details as the publication date draws nearer.

In the meantime, be sure to pick up next month’s issue, featuring my “Age of Asmodeus” story Kuro no Ken.

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, peace and happiness,

Mike

“Buddy System” Released in New Science Fiction Anthology

It’s time for me to catch up on a few writing announcements, so here’s the first of a few blogs.

First up: the Mind Candy collection I mentioned before is now out (it came out last month actually, but I was snowed under with so many things I never got round to bragging about it mentioning it in a humble and understated manner).

This anthology from Myriad Paradigm features my story Buddy System, which explores quantum entanglement colliding with human and emotional entanglement. I guess that’s fancy-pants talk for “I remembered to make it more about people than about science.”

In short, it’s all about a woman from India and a woman from Australia working together in space, and there are robots! Complications ensue. (As always.) Hopefully, you’ll find it a fun read.

For more details about this story and the book, click here.

To buy the anthology on Amazon, click here.

Note for those of you who love fun English-language slang: With some of the characters being Australian, I did take the opportunity to use some great phrases and words I’ve heard my Ozzie pals saying over the years. Watch out for “figjam” in particular. Great word. Makes me smile every time I hear it.

Thanks for reading my blog, as always, and remember to support small presses!

Until next time.

Peace,

Mike

Microfiction Story Published Online

A fun little announcement for today – I had a “microfiction” published online at Half Step Beyond.

Microfiction is a form where you try to tell a story in as few words as possible.

My entry was this group’s first featured microfiction. It is a homage to sci-fi author Frederic Brown and his story “Knock.” (I added a humorous spin.)

Hope you like it!

Thanks for reading.

Mike

My First Interview Now Available Online!

Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@CultTVMike, by the way) already know the good news, but I’m going to repeat it here, too:

I was interviewed by the fine folk at Alban Lake Press!

Yes, I was interviewed about my writing!

The full interview is in the February Alban Lake Spotlight on their Tumblr feed. (I think it’s also being printed in the next issue of Outposts of Beyond, along with my short story, Kuro no Ken.)

But, to read it online now, please click here.

Hope you enjoy the interview, and please remember to check out Alban Lake’s online store for many great publications.

Thanks for reading!

Mike

“The Library of Ice” Now Released in Latest Outposts of Beyond Magazine

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My latest science fiction short story, The Library of Ice, is now available in the January 2018 issue of Outposts of Beyond! This fine-looking magazine, edited by Tyree Campbell and sporting an elegant cover by Mitchell Davidson Bentley, can be purchased by clicking here.

Please check out the magazine for my tale of an ice monster invading a library on the asteroid Ceres. Our heroes flee the creature, only to discover they’ve fled into a passage with no way out! With only their wits to rely on, can they survive this ordeal? Settle down for a tale of monsters, icy death, and hundreds of… books. Well, it is a library.

Bear in mind, the hero of this story was trying to settle down for a good read when all hell broke loose. I hope you enjoy more peace and quiet that he was able to find…

(For full details of this story, including behind-the-scenes details, click here.)

Thanks for reading! (Never has that phrase been more applicable on this site.)

 

Mike

 

 

Buddy System Sold to Forthcoming Mind Candy Anthology

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More exciting news to share – my science fiction short story Buddy System was purchased recently by the excellent small press Myriad Paradigm for their forthcoming anthology, Mind Candy.

Buddy System is a tale of entanglement, both the entanglements that occur at the quantum level and the entanglements of the human heart.

The publisher has scheduled the anthology for release in the next few weeks. I’ll post more news as I know it, as well as links to sites where you can purchase the book.

Thank you for reading!

Peace,

Mike.