In Issue #5 of Astounding Frontiers we bring you more pulpy goodness with stories from Julie Frost, Arlan Andrews and Patrick S. Baker as well as continuing serials from Ben Wheeler, Corey McCleery and David Hallquist. We also have another article from Pulp expert Jeffro Johnson and a fun poem by myself that should be familiar to long-term followers of this blog.
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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: