I love Starship Sofa. A great podcasting group. Now I have the honour of being amongst the luminaries. My story “Song for the Asking”, first published in Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R Delany, is now up as a podcast. Sit back and listen.
I have finished a novella and I am submitting it about. I also have a flash piece out there, hoping to find a home.
I am currently working on a short fantasy piece. But it really feels like pulling teeth. Don’t know why. I also have the bones of a new novella, just waiting for flesh.
A busy start to the new year.
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.
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.
Anne Serling delivers a smashing new cover for the second printing of Submitted For Your Approval, which features a story of mine. I think this cover is great, as it captures the feel and tone of the books published by Rod Serling Books.
Submitted For Your Approval. New cover.
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
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You can now own The World and the Stars today. This great book contains stories by some great writers, including Liz Williams, Tanith Lee, Colin P. Davies and more, and with a Foreward by Mike Ashley. I am happy to have a story in this anthology. Ask for it at your local bookstore or go to Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.
The World and the Stars
My story, “Slipping Sideways”, has been chosen by Anne Serling, daughter of Rod Serling, for inclusion in a Twilight Zone-like anthology coming out this fall from Rod Serling Books. She calls my story “a standout”.