In case you missed my announcement on Twitter yesterday, issue 37 of InterGalactic Medicine Show is now available. It contains my newest story, “Big Al Shepard Plays Baseball on the Moon.” For those who’ve been following my writing lately, this was the second story I wrote after finishing my novel draft back in September. It’s a baseball / Apollo moon mission alternate history. The amazing art for the story was done by Scott Altmann.
The issue looks really good. Here is the full table of contents for those who might be curious.
- “Elsa’s Spheres” by Marina J. Lostetter
- “Underwater Restorations, Part 1” by Jeffrey A. Ballard
- “High-Tech Fairies and the Pandora Perplexity” by Alex Shvartsman
- “Big Al Shepard Plays Baseball on the Moon” by Jamie Todd Rubin
- “Seven Tips to Enjoy Your Time in the Unreal Forest” by Van Aaron Hughes
- “Into the Desolation” by Catherine Wells
There’s also the usual great features, including an interview with my Launch Pad pal, Brenda Clough.
Go check out the magazine, and if you like what you read, consider subscribing.
InterGalactic Medicine Show has just put out a new anthology entitled IGMS: Big Book of SF Novelettes containing reprints of stories that have appeared in the magazine. The anthology includes my very first published story, “When I Kissed the Learned Astronomer,” among other great stories. Here is the official book description:
Welcome to the surprisingly potent world of the novelette. Too long to be a short story, too short to be a novel: the award-winning magazine Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show (IGMS) has been an online haven for this powerful form of storytelling since 2005. Now the magazine’s editors have selected their all-time favorite science fiction novelettes and gathered them together in one Big Book of reading pleasure: IGMS: Big Book of SF Novelettes.
Anything that is remotely possible: Futures near and far, artificial intelligence and alien encounters, alternate time-lines and alternate theories about creating universes, planet-eating black holes and lunar race-tracks. It’s all here, under the big tent of Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show…
Featuring stories by award-winning authors including Orson Scott Card, Wayne Wightman, Aliette de Bodard, Eric James Stone, Mary Robinette Kowal, Stephen Kotowych, Jackie Gamber, Greg Siewert, Jamie Todd Rubin, Brad Torgersen, and Marina J. Lostetter.
It is very cool to see my story reprinted, but even better is the company with whom the story appears. The book’s cover is based on a fantastic piece of cover art by Howard Lyon for Mary Robinette Kowal’s story.
The e-book version of the book is available on Amazon today. A print edition of the book will be available through Amazon and other outlets beginning in January. If you are looking for some terrific science fiction novelettes, consider checking out this book.
My latest story, “Lost and Found,” which was emailed to subscribers last week, is now available for anyone to read over at Daily Science Fiction. If you are interested in reading the story, head on over there and check it out. Also check out the very nice artwork by Seth Allen Bareiss that accompanies the story. And while you are there, you might check out some of the other wonderful stories that Daily Science Fiction publishes on a regular basis.
Email subscribers of Daily Science Fiction received my story, “Lost and Found” as the email story of the day today. The story will be available on the Daily Science Fiction website one week from today for everyone else. (Don’t worry, I’ll remind you.) I’m very excited to have a story in Daily Science Fiction. They publish some excellent stories, and I am in exceedingly good company there. I also wanted to shine a spotlight on Ken Liu and Damien Walters Grintalis, both of whom provided invaluable feedback on the story. Both are veterans of Daily Science Fiction and their feedback made my story much better.
To celebrate my publication day, I wore my Writer’s cap today:
You’ll also note that I’m wearing my Yankees sweatshirt. That is because I am going to today’s Cardinals/Nationals division series playoff game (with seats in the PNC Diamond Club) courtesy of my friend and coworker, John Osuna, who couldn’t make it to the game today. It’s my first playoff game and I can’t think of a cooler way to “celebrate” my publication day.
I’m pleased to announce that my novelette, “In the Cloud” is now available on Amazon, put out by 40K Books. This is the second story of mine that 40K has put out. The first story, “If By Reason of Strength…” recently received a positive review in Analog.
Here’s the cover for the new story, done by artist Roberto Grassilli:
The story is currently available on Amazon’s Kindle store for $0.99. I hope you enjoy this story should you decide to check it out.
I am delighted to announce that a new story of mine, “If By Reason of Strength…” has been published by 40kbooks. The folks over at 40kbooks publish e-book version of novelettes and novellas and they do a wonderful job creating the e-book and making it presentable. They’ve published folks like Paul Di Filippo, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Mike Resnick, and Jeff VanderMeer. And now, Jamie Todd Rubin.
Here is the cover that they’ve done for the story:
If you would like to read the story, it is available on Amazon for $0.99. In addition, you can get a signed version of the e-book (that’s right, a signed e-book) by using Kindlegraph. I was surprised to find I already had one autograph request when I checked this morning.
I now have an Amazon author’s page from which this story is available.
And finally, I also have a Q&A with Jamie Todd Rubin discussion board on Goodreads. There are some basic discussions already started there, but if you are interested, feel free to jump in and participate.
I hope you enjoy the new story should you decide to check it out.
I can still remember that January day when I was a junior in college and decided that I was going to try to be a science fiction writer. I sat down and wrote a story in about 2 hours and it was uniformly awful, but I studied the guidelines for the various magazines and sent it off. I think it was two months later that I received my first rejection slip. It took another 14 years and some 100 additional rejection slips before I sold my first story to Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show. Then another two years or so and a lot more rejections before selling a story to Apex Magazine. And then, back in September, I sold “Take One For the Road” to Analog.
Analog has been around for more than 80 years. Before 1960, it was called Astounding Science Fiction. It has been the gold standard for science fiction since the Golden Age and while I day dreamed about having a story of mine appear in Analog (and what daydreams they were!), I kind of thought it would never happen. Like winning the lottery. But it did, and here I am holding the June issue containing my story:
Last night was an exciting night for being a science fiction writer. I received the galleys of my story, “Take One for the Road” and found out that the story would appear in the June 2011 issue of Analog, which goes on sale in April.
I also got the check for the story in the mail.
The galleys were particularly exciting for me. For those of my friends who don’t know what galleys are, they are the page proofs of what the story will look like when it is in print. The purpose of the galleys are to give the author an opportunity to read through the stories, find any last-minute typos, or make any last-minute changes before the issue goes to press. I’ve seen hundreds of stories (probably thousands) appear in Analog and it was thrilling to see one of my own stories as it will appear in the magazine.
I have to read through the galleys and make any changes in the next couple of weeks. I don’t plan on waiting until the last minute and will likely finish up this task before I go on vacation next week.
As a reminder, for those of you who don’t subscribe to Analog, you’ll be able to find the June 2011 issue in bookstore magazine stands beginning in April. It will also be available in a variety of electronic formats, including Kindle. And if you end up enjoying my story, you might read some of the others in the issue–and if you like those, too, consider subscribing.
Hey! All Apex Books available on Kindle are only $2 this month! That means if you haven’t already picked up a copy of Descended From Darkness, the dark-sf anthology containing my story, “Hindsight, In Neon” you can now get it for only $2. Don’t own a Kindle? The Kindle version is still available for the Kindle Reader for the iPhone. The book is also available electronically on Fictionwise. And for those who have not yet jumped on the ebook bandwagon, you can still order the print edition.
And since the bargain is so good, why not get 2 books: take a look at Michael A. Burstein’s wonderful collection, I Remember the Future.
Originally published at Jamie’s Blog. Please leave any comments there.
The Apex dark science fiction anthology Descended From Darkness containing my short story, "Hindsight, In Neon," is now available as an ebook on fictionwise. It is also still available as a trade paperback.
And don’t forget to vote for Apex Magazine Story of the Year.
That’s right. Issue #5 of Intergalactic Medicine Show contains my first published story, “When I Kissed the Learned Astronomer“.
The issue is a mere $2.50 and for that you also get stories by the great fantasy writer Peter S. Beagle, and Orson Scott Card, all edited by Edmund Schubert.
The illustration for my story was done by Jin Han and I think it’s a really cool illiustration. You can see more of Jin’s artwork on his website.
It is a great issue. Check it out, and please let me know what you think about my story.
It looks like my story, “When I Kissed the Learned Astronomer” is going to appear in issue #5 of Intergalactic Medicine Show. Issue #4 is slated for release on February 19, and I’m told that issue #5 will be released sometime in May. Keep it here for further updates.
Related, in a rather amusing way, is the fact that I now have to update my submissions tracking database because I never accounted for a way to track sales and publications–only submissions and rejections. Go figure! I’ll figure out a way to integrate this will my book collection database.