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Honorable Mention – Writers of the Future

Although I did not win, I have received an “Honorable Mention” from the Writers of the Future Award (1st quarter, 2011) for my story, “A Woman of Light and Steel”. They tell me my certificate is in the mail.

It would have been great to be a finalist or semi-finalist, but I am happy right now with this “Honorable Mention”. It means a lot to me and I’m proud to have it.

Now I guess I’ll have to do some more writing!

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New Work Available–World SF Site and Scifaikuest

Just a quick note to say that two new pieces of mine are available.

Author and editor Lavie Tidhar has just published my story, A Change of Season on the World SF site. You can read it here.

Additionally, Samsdot‘s poetry magazine have published my haiku in the February 2011 issue of their excellent Scifaikuest magazine. They have two versions of the magazine, one online and the other a print magazine. You can find my poem in the print magazine only (both versions of the magazine differ in content.)

You can order the magazine from their site.

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All Things Upcoming

Having had a great few months, book-wise, I turn my attention to the latest Immersion Press title, The Immersion Book of Steampunk. I am really happy that my friend Gareth Owens contributed a tale. His new story really adds some mean coolness to this anthology. And with Paul di Filippo rounding off the book, you can’t go wrong. Unless you don’t like steampunk…

Charlie Harbour once again demonstrates why he has been nominated for a BFSA Award for artwork, as his cover for the steampunk book is by far his best yet! I can’t wait to show it to you.

As a recent convert to the genre of steampunk, I must say there are some really cool stories out there. Give it a try, if you haven’t already.

Being a Lavie Tidhar fan makes this next announcement all the more fantastic. Immersion Press will be releasing a hardcover, limited-edition of his novella Jesus and the Eightfold Path, which I hear is coming along smoothly. I’ve seen the cover art and it kicks ass!

While I have had to bow out of EasterCon, I will hopefully see some of you at FantasyCon in Brighton.

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Another Good Review

Well, 2011 starts off with a good review of The Immersion Book of SF from the good people at the very cool Abyss & Apex Magazine.

That makes four good professional reviews (six reviews in total, if  you feel generous and want to count two good reviews from personal blogs).

Here’s hoping 2011 shapes up to be a mighty fine year.

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Kind Words From Gwyneth Jones

Kind words from the esteemed Gwyneth Jones, who states the following:

“Respect for the traditions of genre, uniformly solid writing and a refreshingly international feel, what more could you ask? Cunningly placed for Christmas shoppers, The Immersion Book of SF bodes well for Carmelo Rafala’s Brighton based Immersion Press.”

Along with good reviews from Gardner Dozois and Rich Horton in LOCUS, this is a great way to end the year.

Links round up:

Visit Gwyneth Jones and read her excellent blog.

 

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LOCUS Reviews Immersion Book Of SF – Thumbs Up!

Gardner Dozois and Rich Horton have given positive reviews to the book I edited, “The Immersion Book Of SF” in LOCUS magazine.  I am very pleased with such a great result–and in such as great magazine as LOCUS!  Gardner’s only real negative was the slimness of the book and the somewhat high American price. Point taken (and that can be resolved in the near future).

I’d say that effectively caps off a very busy year with a sterling result. Thanks to all the authors who contributed.

Happy Christmas and a great New Year!

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Overwhelmed and Overcome

I usually don’t work on more than one story at a time, but this time I’m getting ‘down wit it’. My writer’s group critiqued my submission, and a lot of useful information came out of that meeting. Now I’m trying to get on with the rewrites and tighten up the story. However, I’ve also got another story on the go, also clamouring for my attention. The test will be whether I can get on with two stories at almost the same time.

But wait, there’s more. An e-book publisher I know wants me to write a novel for them. Now, this e-book publisher sells e-books by the truckload, so I am more than happy to get such an offer. Now I really do need to focus, finish these two short stories and write that novel.

Sleep? What’s that?

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