Astounding Frontiers Issue 3 is out now on Amazon. Experience post-apocalyptic battles against carnivorous chickenmen, razor storms, vicious chitinous cave creatures, being trapped at the bottom of an impossibly deep ocean, a motorcycle chase across the plains and valleys of Mars, and more!
It’s my wedding anniversary today, here is this year’s poem/song. This one was a bit of a rush job to produce after coming back from DragonCon, so is a little less polished than I would like.
There’s no Force upon the Earth
There’s no force upon the earth That will make me doubt your worth; There’s no place on earth that I would rather be Than beside you every day, united on our way To claim the prize that shines eternally.
‘Cause your love is true, and it’s seen me through So many times of darkness and despair; You give me strength to stand with your loving hand And all the signs that you so deeply care.
More than silver, more than gold, I hope that I grow old Surrounded by the fruits of our great love; When bound to you I’m free, you are the one for me, The girl in the whole world I’m most proud of.
After a highly enjoyable discussion of the Classic The Once and Future King by T.H. White at DragonCon over the weekend, I was able to makes some new friends and give the premier showing of the promotional video for the Upcoming Superversive Press anthology Tales of the Once and Future King. It was very well received, and I can now share it with you all via the magic of youtube:
A download of the song can be purchased for 99 cents here.
There is also a more orchestral version of the song, in which Sean McCleery again showcases his considerable musical talent:
This version can also be downloaded for the same price here.
In time both versions will also become available from a wide range of music sites. As this is my first foray into the world of professional music, it is an exciting and also daunting prospect.
The Lyrics of the song are below:
A Tale of the Once and Future King
I’ll tell you a tale so your hearts won’t quail Of the Once and Future King. Surrounded by heroes, how mighty the cheer rose At the hope his presence would bring. With the sword from the stone For his sins he atoned; Though he did go away, He’ll be back here one day To reclaim his rightful throne.
A shadowy hand stretched over the land And the people were distressed. Foul fiends of the night, Filled with unholy might, Gave the poor and helpless no rest. By the power of the cross, And at great human cost, They were sent down to hell, And the land was made well, So at last they could mourn the lost.
Though we’re pressed on each side And so many have died, Now is not the time to despair. We’re still strong enough To repel and rebuff The troops of the Queen of the Air. We will not concede, For in our hour of need, It has long been foretold That our great king of old Will be back, and the people freed.
You may mock, you may sneer, You may laugh out of fear, At the hope I claim to bring: Mere stories for children, Or gullible pilgrims, Of a good and righteous king? Yet he stands in your midst And will not be dismissed; His heroes beside him, His people uniting, In his army we enlist!
Astounding Frontiers Issue 2 is now out on amazon, featuring stories by Dragon Award Winner Brian Niemeier, Karl Gallacher, Scott Washam and Russel May. The serials by John C. Wright, Ben Wheeler, Nick Cole and Jason Anspach continue, and the cover features the beginning of a new serial by SuperversiveSF contributor Corey McCleery, whose awesome dad has been helping me with music videos. (there are more to come of those) Click on the image below to grab yourself a copy for the low, low price of $2.99!For those of you who’d like a more epic version of the above video, using some music by the ever-excellent Kevin Macleod, your wish is granted:
With the imminent release on Thursday 15th June by Superversive Press of Jon del Arroz’ second novel For Steam and Country, I have dared to produce a promotional video to capture its epicness, with some capable help from Sean McCleery and Shawn King.
Do You See the Crystal Spire?
Do you see the Crystal Spire That adorns Rislandia? You’ll want to join the Crystal Knights To guard her land, her sea, her air.
When the beating of your heart Echoes the thundering of the guns, Then you’ll be sure to play your part When the battle comes.
The invading Wyranth soldiers’ eyes Emit an eerie glow; The ground is shaken by a force Whose source you’d like to know; So now climb up this rope, Renew your old hope as we go!
Do you hear the turbines roar As we soar into the sky? This great airship offers more Than just a simple earthbound life.
When the fire within your heart Mirrors the glorious setting sun, Then you’ll be sure to play your part When adventure comes.
The book is currently available for preorder at the bitly shortlink given in the video, but Jon would prefer people to buy on the release date itself so as to maximise the Amazon ranking on day 1, meaning the book becomes more visible within Amazon’s maze of recommendation algorithms.
It’s a book that I enjoyed editing, and one that builds into a fun action-packed romp filled with intriguing scenarios, high-stakes internal and external conflicts, cool technologies and powers, colourful alien races and a rich and varied galaxy.
There’s a corrupt and crumbling galactic republic, with ancient grievances flaring up into new bloodshed; a grave new threat to the old order, an uneasy alliance based on a lie, a seemingly impossible quest for vengeance, and an equally unlikely search for redemption.