Airship Arthur, for Tales of the Once and Future King

Today’s blog post brings us Bokerah Brumley, short story author extraordinaire, on how she developed her short story for Tales of the Once and Future King, now out from Superversive Press (No, for the record, I will never refer to it as TOTOAFK — it looks too much like Dorothy’s little dog is not at the computer right now.)

Last year, I caught wind of a call for submissions that tickled my fancy. The idea called for all sorts of creative takes on Arthurian legends. When I sat down to brainstorm, I wasn’t quite sure what I would write, but I’m a contrarian that read a thread that struck me as a dare. I also like to do work oddness into the story somewhere.

Heck, I just finished a silly piece that included speed dating in space. Serious isn’t my thing. Weighty matters should be handled by much more knowledgeable folks. It’s easy to leave the historical pieces to others (like Anthony, Dawn, Declan, Jagi, Jason, and the other Superversive brilliants).

Beyond that, I’m a historian in the same way I’m a scientist–only if one includes all night Google-binge-cramming. I do it all the time since I mostly decide to live life balanced on the sword’s edge between epic procrastination and hard deadlines. Knowing that, I decided to leave the serious, historical fiction to others.

And if I was tossing serious to the wind, where did that leave me? What was the oddest thing that I could pull together into a story? In three days.

I told you. Apparently, I like the post-procrastination deadline madness.

Sword and the Stone was something I’d watched a handful of times as a kid. It made me sad to see Arthur at odds with his caretaker and then Merlyn, too, and I disliked that lavender witch. She scared the crap out of me as a little girl. I preferred Puff the Magic Dragon type stories, not that ugly, whiny, purple one the witch turned into.

I folded laundry while I brainstormed. Afterward, I browsed cover graphics on one of my favorite pre-made sites. And I found my young Arthur Pendragon.

In Airship Arthur, young Arthur Pendragon manufactures racing airships and leads a merry band of shipmates. I turned Bedivere into a breech-wearing girl that falls in love with the sneaky, pale Percival. The two of them make fools of themselves in mischievous and Arthur-irritating ways. Bors plays the part of a mechanic. Gawain is engaged to Nyneve, sister to the good woman Merlyn. Shenanigans ensue as the Ether Joy floats over the White Cliffs of Dover, lands at a castle, and then takes a jaunt down to Stonehenge to end happily ever after.

I’m sure I’m not the first to do such things to the tales and legends, but it made Airship Arthur a happy-go-lucky steampunk re-telling.

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What are you waiting for? You need some steampunk-happy in your life. DO IT.

SIGNAL BOOST: A PIUS MAN DEAL, LESS THAN A DOLLAR

So, book one of my epic thriller series, A Pius Man: A Holy Thriller, will be only $0.99 from now, this minute, until 11AM Eastern on Wenesday, October 4.For those of you who don’t recall what A Pius Man is about, the flap copy reads as follows.

Ahem.

Murder in the Vatican!

As the head of Vatican security, Giovanni Figlia must protect a new, African Pope who courts controversy every other day. The Pope’s latest project is to make Pius XII, “Hitler’s Pope,” a saint. Things haven’t gotten better since the Pope employed American mercenary Sean Ryan.

Then a body fell onto the Vatican doorstep.

Mercenaries, spies, beautiful women, international intrigue and ancient secrets – The Pius Trilogy has it all!

 

I won’t be pretentious and say that this is my masterpiece. If I had known what I was doing when I first wrote it, it probably would have capped a 12-novel series, and included everyone from Merle Kraft (from Love at First Bite) and almost everyone in the cast would have appeared in other novels as bit players. But it does have a love story, a spy story, an action adventure novel, a murder mystery, a techno-thriller, geopolitical war gaming, and the cast of the Lord of the Rings… Okay, that last part is a bit of an exaggeration

Though one of my goals was go make it look like every other “Catholic Conspiracy” novel out there, and then turn the cliches upside down and inside out. I have a really pale, silver-haired priest with combat skills (no, he’s not an albino, honest). There’s the standard “ultra-right-wing Pope”

I remember once doing an entire blog post where I was debating whether or not A Pius Man was pulpy. Jon del Arroz replied with “Dude, you had a bomb on page 5. Of course it’s pulp.”

Heh. Okay then.

Though as I look at the page for Pius, I see that people who viewed it also viewed: Forbidden Thoughts, and Carnage and Culture. Heh. That’s some … interesting company to be in.

Anyway, the book is up from now until October 4th for only $0.99.  If you were waiting for a price drop, this is your chance.

APM will be on sale for $0.99 from 8:00 AM PST Wednesday, September 27th through 8:00 AM PST Wednesday, October 4.

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Science Fiction Authors Make America Great Again in New Trump Themed Anthology by Superversive Press

Superversive Press is excited to announce MAGA 2020 & Beyond, a collection of speculative fiction stories and non-fiction essays, set for release on November 8, 2017.

MAGA 2020 & Beyond is the best alternative to all of the over-the-top anti-Trump press and social media out there. More than a dozen writers came together to envision a brighter future for America inspired by the election of Donald J. Trump.

With a foreword by Milo Yiannopoulos, author of Dangerous, a short story by best-selling author Brad Torgersen, and thought-provoking essays by John C. Wright and Ivan Throne, this anthology is poised for success.

Lead editor Jason Rennie says, “It’s a great time to be alive, with President Trump making America great again, we are pleased to announce that we are making anthologies great again with the release of MAGA 2020 & Beyond. A collection of stories of hope for the future with the adults in charge again.”

The anticipated release date for MAGA 2020 & Beyond is significant: it marks one year from the day Donald J. Trump was elected President.

Generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals.

This was the moment we elected Donald J. Trump as President of the United States of America.

 MAGA 2020 & Beyond tells the tales of a prosperous future where evil is defeated, the border wall is built, society has righted itself, space exploration is common and world peace has been attained. These aren’t just fantastical stories of a far-fetched future, they are stories of a future that can be obtained.

Jason Rennie, continues, “This is going to be yuge, mate!”

Superversive Press jumped into the spotlight in January 2017 with its anthology, Forbidden Thoughts, a fictional commentary on the state of society, and has not let up since.  With published books by two Dragon Award nominees, and more works prepared for release in the coming year, Superversive Press is poised to lead the way to a newer, more hopeful future for science fiction and fantasy.

Pre-order MAGA 2020 & Beyond today!

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Lead Editor: Jason Rennie

Cover by: Dawn Witzke

Forward by: Milo Yiannopoulos

Essays by: John C. Wright and Andrew Torba

Authors include:

Best-Seller Brad Torgersen

Dragon Award Nominees
Jon Del Arroz
Declan Finn
Marina Fontaine
Daniel Humphreys
L. Jagi Lamplighter

Paul Alan Piatt
Arlan Andrews Sr.
Tamara Wilhite
Sandor Novak
Monalisa Foster
Elaine Arias
Chris Donahue
Justin Robinson
Richard B. Atkinson III
Christine Chase
Dawn Witzke
Scott Bell
Alfred Genneson
Molly Pitcher

Arresting Merlin in Tales of the Once and Future King

Tales of the Once and Future King by [Marchetta, Anthony, Marchetta, Mariel, Nealen, Peter, Schmidt, Matthew P., Newquist, Morgon, Finn, Declann, Shipley, Jonathan, Nachampassack-Maloney, Mandy, Daue, Katharina, Brumley, Bokerah]

When I started working on my short story for Tales of the Once and Future King, I decided to use one particular factoid I first heard in an episode of Babylon 5 called A Late Delivery from Avalon: Some Arthur myths say that Merlin aged backwards. He knew the future by remembering the future.

If that were the case, it makes sense that Merlin would have to age backwards at a rate of speed so slow that no one would visibly notice.

So how long would it take for Merlin to hit childhood?

Better yet, if Merlin survived into the post-Arthurian world, how would he spend his time?

To answer the first question, I ignored the math. It was just easier to make Merlin 10 years old in 2016.. As for how he would spend his time? That’s even easier: he’d be fighting whatever supernatural creatures just happen to pop up. It would be easiest to hide out in big population centers. I happen to live in New York City, so the setting was easy enough.

So, why not have Merlin try to kill a fae Mayor of New York with a wrought iron flamingo?

Yes, really.

While it was tempting to begin with attempted assault with a deadly flamingo, I wanted to jump forward to the police station where Merlin is being processed. Because while assault with a deadly flamingo is entertaining, I want to see how a simple uniformed officer tries to fill out that police report. Hilarity ensues.

Yes, it really is as funny as you think it would be.

Arresting Merlin is just one of the collection in Tales of the Once and Future King. You can purchase it for preorder today.

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DragonCon 2017: Monster Hunter Files

Focused on the upcoming anthology of stories set in the world of Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International! Panelists: Jim Butcher, Larry Correia, Faith Hunter, Jonathan Maberry, Jody Lynn Nye.

This is one panel I actually got to see, unlike many of the videos I’ll be posting. However, as I noted before, the video is not mine. How can you tell? It’s got film quality.

One of the authors was a last minute addition, since Kelly Lockhart had not written for this anthology, so Larry acted as moderator, and they slipped in … Quincy? I think that’s his name.
Anyway, if you’re waiting for the next Monster Hunter Book after the Anthology, may I suggest…
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Fans For The Dragon

I was there this year at the the second annual Dragon Award. It was not a very large crowd – partly, I believe, because both Jim Butcher and John Ringo were scheduled on panels at that same hour. I’m sure all their fans were at those panels instead, and maybe not even aware of the awards. Poor planning, but hopefully that will be corrected in the future.

However, it was a happy crowd of both fans and a handful of the nominees that were able to attend. We had wonderful presenters, including the late Jerry Pournelle. The winners were announced, with applause each time. There was no booing, nor no-awarding, and not a single wooden asterix in site. And while none of the people I knew personally won an award this year, there was no real sense of loss. For all those who won are excellent at their craft, entertain their large audience, and by the vote of the fans, were made winners.

The Dragon Award really is a fan award, straightforward and fun. Over 8,000 people voted this year, almost twice as much as last year! My hope is someday that number will double, then triple! And keep on growing, drawing in more fans, and sharing the fun of good, fan-loved, science fiction and fantasy! Til someday that auditorium is packed, and the teardrop of fire is seen as a great achievement, and gift from your fans.

I had a great time, and can’t wait to see what the next year brings. I have the list of the winners for the 2017 Dragon Award. But first, as is my custom as the official dancing girl of SVSF, I have another VICTORY DANCE!

Best Science Fiction Novel

Babylon’s Ashes, by James S.A. Corey

Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)

Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge, by Larry Correia and John Ringo

Best Young Adult / Middle-Grade Novel

The Hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

Iron Dragoons, by Richard Fox

Best Alternate History Novel

Fallout: The Hot War, by Harry Turtledove

Best Apocalyptic Novel

Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow

Best Horror Novel

The Changeling, by Victor LaValle

Best Comic Book

The Dresden Files: Dog Men, by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, Diego Galindo

Best Graphic Novel

Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files: Wild Card, by Jim Butcher, Carlos Gomez

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

Stranger Things, by Netflix

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

Wonder Woman directed, by Patty Jenkins

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, by Nintendo

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game

Pokemon GO, by Niantic

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game

Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk, by Avalon Hill

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game

Magic the Gathering: Eldritch Moon, by Wizards of the Coast

Great winners, all. Can’t wait for next year!