Hey, how about some contributor news

Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted contributor news, since I’ve been pretty busy with our new projects, like the Floodgate Poetry Series, the Soles Series of Stories, our forthcoming 2015 anthology, How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens, and another anthology still being formed, co-edited by H. L. Nelson and me, Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good. I’m pretty psyched about all of these projects.

 

…on to the news!

Lyn Lifshin, whose Marilyn Monroe: Poems we put back into circulation in December, has a new book of poems, Malala, out from Poetic Matrix Press.

 

News for Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days contributors:

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  • Tina Connolly‘s Copperhead (sequel to the Nebula-nominated Ironskin) came out in November, and her story “On the Eyeball Floor”, which first appeared in Strange Horizons, came out in translation in the Argentinian magazine La Idea Fija. Her “Flash Bang Remember,” co-written with Caroline M. Yoachim, was featured in StarShipSofa 320.
  • Seth Fried‘s story “Hello Again” is in the Spring 2014 issue of Tin House (and you’ll have to buy a copy to read it).
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  • Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum‘s poetry collection Ghost Gear, a 2013 Miller Williams Poetry Prize finalist, was released by University of Arkansas Press.
  • Tessa Mellas has a new book of short fiction, Lungs Full of Noise, out with University of Iowa Press.
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  • Chet Weise is the co-editor, with Third Man co-founder Ben Swank, of Language Lessons: Volume 1, the debut book by Third Man Books (a new division of Nashville’s Third Man Records), which was celebrated at AWP. Contributors include Jake Adam York, C.D. Wright, Brian Barker, and me.

 

And for 140 And Counting contributors:

  • David C. Kopaska-Merkel‘s poem, “Spark,” was in Polu Texni, and his story “A Better Place” is in the December issue of The Fifth Di….

30 March 2014

Soles Series of Stories

Upper Rubber Boot’s Soles Series comprises standalone ebook titles spanning the speculative fiction gamut, including science fiction, literary stories using SFnal tropes, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic, steampunk, slipstream, alternate history, utopian and dystopian, fantasy, and horror.



 

Soles Series of Stories:

 

ANATOLY BELILOVSKY, “Chrestomathy”: Pushkin lives.

“interesting work”—Gardner Dozois, introduction to The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection

Chrestomathy
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-47-7 (epub) is forthcoming for iPad, Nook, etc.
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-46-0 (mobi) is forthcoming for Kindle on Amazon.


 

INDRAPRAMIT DAS, “The Widow and the Xir”: Hunter, worker, widow and mother, Sanih struggles to overcome the sorrow left in the wake of her husband Namir’s death. Beyond the dunes, Namir’s reincarnation, a young xir, a desert ghost, finds itself drawn to a single human and her son, haunted by memories of a past life with them. When Sanih’s grief begins to call the ghost to her tribe’s travelling camp, Sanih must find a way to put his death behind her or endanger them all.

“A neat fantasy world and a strong story of love… Recommended.”—Lois Tilton, “Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early July,” Locus Online, 7 July 2011.

TheWidowandtheXir
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-49-1 (epub) is forthcoming for iPad, Nook, etc.
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-48-4 (mobi) is forthcoming for Kindle on Amazon.


 

DAVID M. HARRIS, “Changing the World”: We’ve received a message: Hold on. We’re coming. The aliens are coming! Now what do we do? Dr. George Metesky faces this problem when he gets the message from space. And how can he know whether or not he has the right answer?

This story was an Honorable Mention in Best of the Rest: The Best Unknown Science Fiction and Fantasy of 1998.

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  • ISBN 978-1-937794-53-8 (epub) is forthcoming for iPad, Nook, etc.
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-52-1 (mobi) is forthcoming for Kindle on Amazon.


 

SHIRA LIPKIN, “The Selves We Leave Behind”: On the night side of Las Vegas, you can lose yourself… to a blessing or a curse. And when you lose everything, you get to decide what to pick back up and take with you.

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  • ISBN 978-1-937794-65-1 (epub) is forthcoming for iPad, Nook, etc.
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-64-4 (mobi) is forthcoming for Kindle on Amazon.


 

TERESA P. MIRA DE ECHEVERRÍA, “Memory”, translated by Lawrence Schimel: “Memory” tells the story of a boy on Mars in the near future. Its beginnings echo Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, although the story quickly moves on to ideas much more risky and radical involving personal relationships and sex roles, using the gigantic process of the terraforming of Mars as a backdrop.

“Memory” was a finalist in the Spanish 2013 Ignotus awards in the short story category.

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  • ISBN 978-1-937794-62-0 (epub) is forthcoming for iPad, Nook, etc.
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-62-0 (mobi) is forthcoming for Kindle on Amazon.


 

KENNETH SCHNEYER, “The Tortoise Parliament”: At the Parliament of the Confederation of Inhabited Worlds, speed-of-light instructions from home arrive too late, and personal loyalties and jealousies dominate decades of negotiations and lawmaking. Will Tithonos sacrifice the needs of his planet for the sake of his mistress?

“A space opera that makes the slowness of light and the spaciousness of time central figures in a thought-provoking exploration of love and politics.” —Ken Liu

TheTortoiseParliament
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-60-6 (epub) is forthcoming for iPad, Nook, etc.
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-60-6 (mobi) is forthcoming for Kindle on Amazon.


 

J. J. STEINFELD, “The Suicide Inspector”: In a harsh future society where meaning and purpose are turned upside down, a citizen who has struggled through fifty jobs becomes a Suicide Inspector, and finds meaning by writing reports on what the government calls self-terminants.

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  • ISBN 978-1-937794-57-6 (epub) is forthcoming for iPad, Nook, etc.
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-56-9 (mobi) is forthcoming for Kindle on Amazon.


 

TADE THOMPSON, “Bicycle Girl”: In a future Nigeria where cyborg surveillance animals, decommissioned space stations and RFID implants are commonplace, theoretical physics professor Aloy Ogene is in solitary confinement and stands accused of the murder of one thousand, one hundred and seventy-five people. Under interrogation he tells the story of a visit from a strange child, a girl with limited command of English who needs his help with a mysterious antique machine, whose request leads to life-or-death consequences.

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  • ISBN 978-1-937794-55-2 (epub) is forthcoming for iPad, Nook, etc.
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-54-5 (mobi) is forthcoming for Kindle on Amazon.


 

PHIL VOYD, “Johnny B”: Johnny B is mediocre at everything. Average. Ordinary. Straight Bs in everything. Except for one thing. Shinny, a pickup game of ice hockey played outdoors and the heart of Canadian hockey. Flying across the rinks every winter, no one can touch him. No one can even come close. Until one night, he plays against someone who is better than him. Unnaturally better. Now Johnny has to play like he’s never played before because the price for losing is a lot more than wounded pride.

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  • ISBN 978-1-937794-51-4 (epub) is forthcoming for iPad, Nook, etc.
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-50-7 (mobi) is forthcoming for Kindle on Amazon.


 

NICK WOOD, “Of Hearts and Monkeys”: Noluthando Ngobo Bhele is an older woman negotiating the dangerous post-apocalyptic wilderness, some distance from the burnt out husk of Cape Town. Tentatively, Noluthando allies with a family as they journey in search of food and water towards the Atlantic Coast. On the way she is confronted by animals, humans and the amadlozi (ancestral spirits of the dead)—the ghosts of her own past.

“a clear and unique voice”—Lois Tilton, “Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-November,” Locus Online, 20 November 2010.

All author’s royalties donated to The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, the oldest organization in South Africa supporting adult rape survivors on the road to recovery and justice.

OfHeartsAndMonkeys
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-59-0 (epub) is forthcoming for iPad, Nook, etc.
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-58-3 (mobi) is forthcoming for Kindle on Amazon.

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  • ISBN ***** (mobi) is forthcoming for Kindle on Amazon.

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30 March 2014

Open call for submissions for our Soles Series

Announcing an open call for reprint speculative short story submissions for our new short story ebook series, to begin publication in 2014 by Upper Rubber Boot Books. Each story will be published as its own stand-alone title.

Send speculative fiction, including: science fiction, literary stories using SFnal tropes, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic, steampunk, slipstream, alternate history, utopian and dystopian, fantasy, and horror. We’ve listed these genres in descending order of our interest in them: we’re tremendously interested in science fiction, and not as interested in horror (but still willing to read it; genres we’re not willing to read are not listed above at all).

There’s no theme for this series. Publisher and editor Joanne Merriam wants well-written stories with interesting characters doing interesting things, and she has a special interest in feminist writing, LGBTQ writing, writing which reflects alternative lifestyles and diverse characters, writing from traditions outside the English-language publishing world, and writing from the American South and Canadian Maritimes.

  • Word/page count: Between 5,000 and 20,000 words, per story.
  • Payment: Royalties of 15% for ebook sales. (URB generally pays a higher royalty rate for ebook sales, but we’re constrained here by Amazon, where we anticipate making most of our sales — they keep 70% of the cover price for ebooks that sell for under $2.99. Price points may range from $0.99 up, depending on length.)
  • Publication history: Must be previously published, unless it’s a translation, in which case the original must have been published in its original language (and we’d prefer, but do not require, that the translated story be previously published as well). Non-exclusive reprint rights must be available. Unpublished works may be submitted by invitation only. In the case of this series, we also ask that the work not be available for free anywhere online (it’s okay if it used to be, as long as it isn’t now and won’t be in the future).
  • Multiple submissions: Up to 3 stories may be submitted at a time.
  • Simultaneous submissions: Since we will be asking for non-exclusive rights, this is fine as long as the other market is also non-exclusive; please note that this means we will expect you not to withdraw a submission because it has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Deadline: None. This is an ongoing series.

 

To submit: Send to joanne at upperrubberboot dot com:

  • your complete manuscript as a .RTF (if submitting more than one story, please submit separate .RTFs for each story)
  • a bio of 100 words or fewer
  • a description of the story of 100 words or fewer, suitable for display on Amazon/B&N/iStore/etc. (no spoiling the ending!) should your work be accepted
  • a listing of previous publication credit(s) for the work
  • if your story was ever reviewed, quotes of the reviews will be helpful

Put “SOLES” in the subject line to defeat my spam filter.

If the work is a translation, please also provide a statement from the rights holder that you are authorized to translate it.

28 March 2014

How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens

  • ISBN 978-1-937794-33-0 (epub) for iPad, Nook, etc. forthcoming.
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-31-6 (mobi) for Kindle from Amazon forthcoming.
  • ISBN 978-1-937794-32-3 (pdf) forthcoming.

How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens explores the immigrant experience in a science fiction setting, with exciting fiction and poetry from some of the genre’s best writers.

 

Table of Contents:

  • Dean Francis Alfar, “Ohkti”
  • Celia Lisset Alvarez, “Malibu Barbie Moves to Mars”
  • R.J. Astruc, “A Believer’s Guide to Azagarth”
  • Lisa Bao, “like father, like daughter”
  • Pinckney Benedict, “Zog-19: A Scientific Romance”
  • Lisa Bolekaja, “The Saltwater African”
  • Mary Buchinger, “Transplanted”
  • Zen Cho, “The Four Generations of Chang E”
  • Abbey Mei Otis, “Blood, Blood”
  • Tina Connolly, “Turning the Apples”
  • Indrapramit Das, “muo-ka’s Child”
  • Tom Doyle, “The Floating Otherworld”
  • Peg Duthie, “With Light-Years Come Heaviness”
  • Thomas Greene, “Zero Bar”
  • Benjamin S. Grossberg, “The Space Traveler’s Husband,” “The Space Traveler and the Promised Planet” and “The Space Traveler and Boston”
  • Minal Hajratwala, “The Unicorn at the Racetrack”
  • Julie Bloss Kelsey, “tongue lashing” and “the itch of new skin”
  • Rose Lemberg, “The Three Immigrations”
  • Ken Liu, “Ghost Days”
  • Alex Dally MacFarlane, “Found”
  • Anil Menon, “Into The Night”
  • Joanne Merriam, “Little Ambushes”
  • Mary Anne Mohanraj, “Jump Space”
  • Daniel José Older, “Phantom Overload”
  • Sarah Pinsker, “The Low Hum of Her”
  • Elyss G. Punsalan, “Ashland”
  • Benjamin Rosenbaum, “The Guy Who Worked For Money”
  • Erica L. Satifka, “Sea Changes”
  • Nisi Shawl, “In Colors Everywhere”
  • Marge Simon, “South”
  • Sonya Taaffe, “Di Vayse Pave”
  • Bogi Takács, “The Tiny English-Hungarian Phrasebook For Visiting Extraterrestrials”
  • Bryan Thao Worra, “Dead End In December” and “The Deep Ones”
  • Deborah Walker, “Speed of Love”
  • Nick Wood, “Azania”

9 February 2014

“I’m wary of writing advice, I have to say, because I find it tends to make me think I’m doing lots of stuff badly and that’s a creativity killer.”

Intermittent Visitors: Simon Kewin interviewed by Joanne Merriam.

21 December 2013

The Mask Game

The Mask Game: released 7 December 2013.

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In this irresistible novel, Ukrainian author Sergey Gerasimov tells the tale of a man with fourteen twists of fate embedded in his arm.

The child of a man who had cheated death, if only temporarily, and a woman who had despaired of having children until she buried a pear seed in her garden, and watched over by a mysterious old woman whose ears never stop twitching, Herodion must journey the world to find fourteen secrets from the Broken Glass Age and discover the true purpose of the aliens’ three great gifts to mankind before he can be reunited with his love.

Part fantasy, part science fiction, and part magical realism, this is a tremendously entertaining and exciting tale from a very talented author.

 

Sergey Gerasimov on writing The Mask Game:

The novel The Mask Game was written in about 500 brief sessions of automatic writing, and then the fragments were put together and edited. I have big enough experience with automatic writing as well as drawing (or almost automatic because some editing is always necessary), for example, my story that appeared in Clarkesworld and some other stories written in Russian were written using the automatic writing method. As far as I know, The Mask Game is the only complete fantasy novel ever written through automatic writing, which is not just a nonsensical text, but a book with a substantial plot, that includes many twists, themes, subplots, and questions remaining unanswered until near the end, where all the plot lines dovetail one into another, which makes this book unique.

 

Other work by Sergey Gerasimov available online:

 

Reviews:

As any familiar with the podcast will tell you, when I compare this book to Welcome to Night Vale, that is no small compliment. There’s a weird sort of internal logic that pervades the story, but what Welcome to Night Vale does for Lovecraft, the Mask Game does with fairy tales.

— Christopher, “Review of The Mask Game by Sergey Gerasimov,” Probably Fiction, 31 December 2013.

7 December 2013

I’m fairly certain thirtysomething men living in Brooklyn are issued Bukowski and Carver books by the State Department. And I fall in line.

Intermittent Visitors: Lucas Stensland interviewed by Joanne Merriam.

4 December 2013

Marilyn Monroe: Poems

Marilyn Monroe: Poems: released on 30 November 2013.

Lyn Lifshin has written an astonishing portrait of the real Marilyn Monroe, inside the icon. These poems imagine Norma Jean Baker’s inner thoughts about Hollywood, love, her work, her memories, her hopes, and the sorrows that eventually led to her overdose from sleeping pills in 1962. Lifshin gives us Marilyn the toy, Marilyn the mother, and Marilyn the survivor, in a remarkable tour de force.

This book was originally published in 1994 by Quiet Lion Press.

 

Poems from the book available online:

 

Lifshin on Marilyn Monroe: Poems:

If I have nothing, or very little on the subject, it’s like a starter’s gun go get me going. You could say I get carried away, obsessive and excessive! I love the feeling of being lost in something I never planned to write or think about. I love “assignments,” suggestions that take me on a road I’ve never been on. A forthcoming collection of Barbie poems and my book MARILYN MONROE came from wanting to write something for the Mondo books Rick Peabody was editing. I had just begun to spend time in DC, felt isolated, alone and I wanted to write some Marilyn Monroe poems for the collection. I thought of Marilyn feeling the same way, wandered through museums imagining her at the same exhibits, in the same galleries, penthouses, subways.

—Lyn Lifshin, “An Interview With Lyn Lifshin
by Nathan Leslie
,” Word Riot, 2011

 

Critical Praise for Lyn Lifshin:

Here she is! Might as well stop fighting it. Lifshin is not going to go away. For men, she’s sexy. For women she’s an archetype of gutsy independence. As a poet, she’s nobody but herself. Frightening prolific and utterly intense. One of a kind.

San Francisco Review of Books

Few poets can permeate the heart of things as Lyn Lifshin does.

—Alice Pero, review of All the Poets Who Have Touched Me

In the decades I’ve read Lifshin poems she is invariably interesting. Like dancing, the poems in this book are on the move in a variation of emotions usually with lovers, ex-lovers, or would be lovers. The speaker moves through the narrative with clarity and is utterly convincing in Lifshin’s unique idiom. There’s a breathing humanity in these poems, which future generations can read to feel the grit and grace of feminine life in our era.

—William Page, review of Ballroom

30 November 2013

I also write aided by many cups of tea.

Intermittent Visitors: Kasey Jueds interviewed by Joanne Merriam.

29 October 2013

Open call for reprint submissions of immigrant SF

Announcing an open call for reprint submissions for our upcoming anthology of fiction and poetry, How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens, to be published in 2015 by Upper Rubber Boot Books.

Editor Joanne Merriam is interested in narratives that explore the immigrant experience in a science fiction setting: what it means to acculturate, enculturate, assimilate or otherwise deal with living in a new place with strange inhabitants, customs, languages and/or landscapes.

She is also interested in narratives which widen our perspectives of science fiction itself, so please note that speculative fiction, slipstream, magical realism, infernokrusher, literary fiction employing SF tropes, etc., are all welcome. Writers need not themselves be immigrants to submit.

  • Word/page count: Up to 6,000 words/story or up to 100 lines/poem.
  • Payment: Pro-rated share of 30% royalty for ebook sales and 10% royalty of print book sales; pro-rata share to be based upon page count in the print edition.
  • Publication history: Must be previously published, unless it’s a translation, in which case the original must have been published in its original language. Non-exclusive reprint rights must be available (but it’s fine if the work is still available to readers online). Unpublished works may be submitted by invitation only.
  • Multiple submissions: Up to 3 stories or 5 poems.
  • Simultaneous submissions: Since we will be asking for non-exclusive rights, this is fine as long as the other market is also non-exclusive; please note that this means we will expect you not to withdraw a submission because it has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Deadline: 31 January 2014.
  • To submit: Send to joanne at upperrubberboot dot com:
    (a) your complete manuscript as a .RTF,
    (b) a bio of 100 words or fewer, and
    (c) a listing of previous publication credit(s) for the work.
    Put “IMMIGRANT SF” in the subject line.
    If the work is a translation, please also provide a statement from the rights holder that you are authorized to translate it.

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