Honorable Mention and Works in Progress

Happy to say that my story “Song for the Asking” has received an Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois.  You can purchase a copy of the book by clicking on the title above. Lots of great stories in these collections.

Works in Progress: I am at the halfway point on a novella, and I have two short stories in the works. I also have the notes and framework for two more novellas. I hope this becomes a very prolific year.

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Again, More Love for Stories for Chip

Love comes again for Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R Delany, this time from the good people at Blacknerdproblems.com .

A truly great collection of stories and essays in honour of an SF legend.

I’m truly honoured that my story got a recommendation:

“I recommend “Song for the Asking” by Carmelo Rafala, a story about a man who’s converted to his oppressor’s religion, only to spend his life trying to prove he’s a true believer. There’s the very real sense that, fail or succeed, he’ll never be fully embraced by the faith he tries to embody and serve.”

Now that sets the new year off on a pretty awesome tone.

Read the full review HERE.

 

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Old Year, New Year

It’s been a while since I posted. It’s been a great year in terms of reviews and meeting and getting to know some really great people, such as Bill Campbell, Geoff Ryman, Tade Thompson, Nick Wood, Zen Cho, Nisi Shawl, and many others. I also now co-edit Shattered Prism magazine with Amir Naaman. Great stories by Lavie Tidhar and others. Read it. Support it. Share it.

Also had the pleasure of being in two great anthologies: Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R Delany, and The World and the Stars, edited by Chris Butler and published by Deborah Jay.

I will face the new year with determination to complete more short fiction, and finish a novella (under the watchful gaze of the awesome Nisi).

See you again soon.

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More Love From The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R Delany continues to be the gift that keeps on giving.

Now The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction have weighed in with a brilliant review: “But every story here shines, not with the reflected light of Samuel Delany’s own genius but with the power and conviction and sheer narrative joy of each individual writer. There’s no better tribute than that to the enduring influence and imagination of a master artist.”

Buy the book. Subscribe to the magazine.

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Starred Review for Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany

Publishers Weekly gives a starred review to Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R Delany.

The reviewer states “33 outstanding contributions to this volume honour Samuel R. “Chip” Delany, one of science fiction’s great virtuoso talents, and his work from the past 50 years.”  Cool to be referred to as outstanding.

Well done to all the contributors.

Buy the book at AMAZON.

Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R Delany

Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R Delany

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Fantastic Review of The World and the Stars

Prominent genre review site SF Crowsnest has published a glorious review of the anthology The World and the Stars. The review praises the editor, Chris Butler (who did a smashing job, by the way), and calls out some highlights of the book.

The reviewer calls my story, “The Madness of Pursuit, the Desire of Lonely Hearts“, as a “fabulous adventure”. He goes on to say that “Creating a situation where…technology still allows for an old-fashioned maritime adventure is quite a skill and this story pulls it off nicely.”  Well, thank you, Mr Jones!   I have the Montpelier Writers Group to thank for helping me shape this into a better story.

A lot of great stories are in this book. Buy it now! Ask for at your local bookstore or get it at Amazon. There is something in it for everyone. You won’t be disappointed.

The World and the Stars

The World and the Stars

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