To paraphrase an IO9 commentor, the dual Nebula/Hugo choice for Frederik Pohl’s SF novel, Gateway, was simply dreadful…in the sense of instilling deep dread in the reader, as any horror writer would wish to do. Pohl won three Hugos, in successive years. That says it all, doesn’t it? Oh, and another Hugo and three Nebulas, a W. Cambell, and a National Book Award. And others.
The Flash Fiction Online editorial staff members are generally writers, too. Occasionally FFO lets them beat their own drums, and so they will–without a hint of embarrassment. As this information rolls in for the 2012 publishing season from the editors and slush pile readers, I’ll update this post. Here is the present information, including publications and conferences:
- “Tempest Kings” is a Pushcart Prize-nominated short story in the Third Flatiron Publishing’s Spring 2012 anthology, entitled Over the Brink: Tales of Environmental Disaster, found at Smashwords and Amazon. Trouble follows anthropologists at a dig in Honduras in the near future and the Mayans living there in the distant past. Third Flatiron has other anthologies published and underway.
- Staffer Lydia Ondrusek co-conspired with John Jasper Owens in the writing of “The Best Laid Plans,” Omnium Gatherum Media‘s FORTUNE: LOST AND FOUND, an anthology about capital, cash, gold and lucre. This anthology may be found at Amazon.
- Nancy has been busy this year.
- Novel: Paths Less Traveled, published by Musa Publishing. Sometimes finding justice means finding yourself. This can be found at Amazon, Amazon UK, BN, and Musa.
- Novel: Shots at Redemption, published by Musa Publishing. Even mythical beings need a chance to correct their mistakes and reclaim lost love. This can be found at Amazon, Amazon UK, BN, and Musa.
- Short story in the anthology: Jack Gorman Got Cut By a Girl, published by Musa Publishing. This can be found at Amazon, Amazon UK, BN, and Musa.
- Novel: Apollo Rising. Shot by a golden arrow, Apollo has only truly loved Daphne….This can be found at Amazon and Amazon UK.
- Workshops/Conferences: World Fantasy (Oct/Nov 2012), Dave Farland’s Novel Rewriting Workshop (August 2012), and Superstar’s Writing Seminar (April 2012).
Stefanie Freele published two flash stories here (1 2) at Flash Fiction Online. We’re glad to note that she’s recently published a short story collection, Surrounded by Water, with Press 53. Stories in this collection received much note: first and second places in Glimmer Train fiction contests, a 2010 Million Writers Notable Story Award, an Editor’s Pick in the Mid-American Review Fineline Competition, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. (See more details at the publisher’s site.)
You may view the Amazon.com’s page for Stefanie’s collection here.
CS Lewis would disagree, but–as reported by the Guardian–the Nobel Prize committee declined LOTR for its “second-rate prose.” (Cough.)
And don’t miss a slightly shorter work, the Jan. 2012 Flash Fiction Online edition following its reboot efforts.
January’s line-up includes three stories:
* Mike Resnick’s “The Fallen Angel”
* Stefanie Freele’s “The Flood of ’09”
* Robin Gillespie’s “As Their Eyes Touched God”
* A Classic Flash by Anton Chekhov, “An Enigmatic Nature”
Mike’s piece is a reprint, but (a) it’s an out-of-print almost-20-year-old story, (b) it’s a really good story, and (c) Mike is the winningest SF author ever, so I’ll break my usual “no reprints” rule for this one. Interestingly, this isn’t a science fiction story.
Stefanie’s story falls exactly one year after her first story with us, “James Brown is Alive and Doing Laundry in South Lake Tahoe“. We nominated that one for a Pushcart Prize.
Robin’s bio refers to graphic novel work, but not short story publications, so this might just be her first one. When she emails me her bio, I’ll know more.
Bruce Holland Rogers will be with us as well, of course — even though he’s traveling to Egypt. Of course we wish him safe travels.
Happy New Year!