Category Archives: Steampunk

FantasyCon, Steampunk, and Kung Fu

Sorry for any delays in posting. After a death in the family, I am refocusing and getting back on track.

Getting ready for Fantasycon. The steampunk book is ready, with one more change in the line-up–added in Aliette de Bodard and “Kung Fu Jesus Man” Lavie Tidhar for what is a really cool anthology. See the awesome cover by Charles Harbour at the Immersion press website.

I shall have a table in the dealer’s room, so come by and say hi and buy a book or two, or three, or four…. (All books will be reduced in price.)

I will have on hand for purchase Lavie Tidhar’s excellent Jesus and the Eightfold Path for sale. It is a beautiful limited-edition hardcover novella. Check out the great cover art from Melissa Gay at the website.

You can also pick up Fun With Rainbows by Gareth Owens, The Immersion Book of SF, edited by me, and The Immersion Book of Steampunk, edited by Gareth D Jones and myself.

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Steampunk Work

I can finally say I am coming to the end of reworking the TOC for the Immersion Book of Steampunk. If I don’t get bogged down with serious energy-fail, this thing could see the light of day very soon.

New TOC:

Gareth Owens

James Targett

Jacques Barcia

Gord Sellar

G.D. Falksen

Anatoly Belilovsky

Toby Frost

Elizabeth Counihan

James Johnson

Tanith Lee

Chris Butler

Paul Di Filippo

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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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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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