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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.



Most Recently Released First

Series Number 001*

TRACY CANFIELD, “Heist”: Bill Martin’s favorite online game turns out to be a haven for con artists – con artists who aren’t human.

“A neat variation on an SF classic. The character makes the game work.”—Lois Tilton, “Analog, June 2010,” Locus Online Reviews, 7 April 2010.

“This was an imaginative tale of intrigue with many twists and turns that I enjoyed.”—Sam Tomaino, “Analog Science Fiction and Fact – June 2010 – Vol. CXXX Nos.6,” SFRevu, 23 April 2010.

“Since it is as likely that our washing machines will take over the world as it is that our software will teach itself to exploit us, the inventive quality of ‘Heist’ is what makes this tale merry reading. Jigging through the computers’ artificial world of Realms of Daelemil and fantasizing alongside the main character about the nature of a society governed by ‘sensible’ source code is entertaining.”— KJ Hannah Greenberg, “Analog, June 2010,” Tangent Online, 29 April 2010.

Tracy Canfield is a computational linguist from Indianapolis. CNN called her a Klingon scholar for her voice work on the Jenolan Caves’ Klingon audio tour. Her science fiction and fantasy stories have appeared in magazines around the world, including Analog, Strange Horizons, Fantasy Magazine, Crowded, and AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review. You can follow her on Twitter, @TracyCanfield, or check out her website at www.tracycanfield.com.

“Heist” originally ran in the June 2010 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

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Series Number 002*

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.

Indrapramit Das is a writer and artist from Kolkata, India. His fiction has appeared in publications including Clarkesworld, Asimov’s and Apex Magazine, as well as the anthologies The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection (St. Martin’s Press), Aliens: Recent Encounters (Prime Books) and Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond (Rosarium Publishing). He is a grateful graduate of the 2012 Clarion West Writers Workshop and a recipient of the Octavia E. Butler Scholarship Award to attend the former. He completed his MFA at the University of British Columbia and is currently in Vancouver working as a freelance writer, artist, editor, critic, TV extra, game tester, tutor, would-be novelist, and aspirant to adulthood.

This story originally appeared in Apex Magazine in July 2011.

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Series Number 003*

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?

Until 2003, David M. Harris had never lived more than fifty miles
from New York City. Since then he has moved to Tennessee, married, acquired a daughter and a classic MG, and gotten serious about poetry. All these projects seem to be working out pretty well. His work has appeared in Pirene’s Fountain (and in the anthology First Water: Best of Pirene’s Fountain), Gargoyle, and other places. His first collection of poetry, The Review Mirror, was published by Unsolicited Press in September, 2013. He is the author, with Harry Harrison, of Bill, the Galactic Hero: the Final Incoherent Adventure.

“Changing the World” was published by Writer’s Block in 1998, and was an Honorable Mention in Best of the Rest: The Best Unknown Science Fiction and Fantasy of 1998.

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Series Number 004*

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.

Shira Lipkin has managed to convince Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Stone Telling, Clockwork Phoenix 4, and other otherwise-sensible magazines and anthologies to publish her work; two of her stories have been recognized as Million Writers Award Notable Stories, and she has won the Rhysling Award for best short poem. She lives in Boston and, in her spare time, fights crime with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Her cat is bigger than her dog.

“The Angel of Fremont Street” originally appeared in ChiZine in January 2009. “Fortune” originally appeared in Ravens in the Library, a benefit anthology for musician SJ Tucker, in February 2009.

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Series Number 005*

MARI NESS, “Twittering the Stars”: Unlucky asteroid miners tweet from the stars.

“What could have been little more than a gimmicky format (the clue is in the name) is used to break a tale of unlucky asteroid miners into pithy, revealing chunks that comprise a grippingly personal narrative” —Sumit Paul-Choudhury, “Sci-fi: The near future looks brighter than ever,” New Scientist, 7 April 2010.

“A very clever piece of writing and one I’d recommend.” —Liz de Jager, “Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic Science-Fiction,” SFRevu, 15 April 2010.

“One of the most original stories I’ve read in years” —Paul Goat Allen, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades: Optimistic Science Fiction (Finally!),” Barnes & Noble Book Club, 30 March 2010.

“The story immediately engulfs you in the drama and wins you over to the protagonist’s side. What’s deceptive about the piece is that it’s quite lengthy but because Ness uses Tweets, it doesn’t feel overbearing.” —Charles Tan, “Book/Magazine Review: Shine edited by Jetse de Vries,” Bibliophile Stalker, 22 March 2010.

“most original” —”REVIEW: Shine edited by Jetse De Vries,” Speculative Book Review, 4 May 2010.

“Twittering the Stars” originally appeared in Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic Science Fiction, published by Solaris Books in 2010. In addition to the Shine anthology, Mari Ness’ short fiction has also appeared in Clarkesworld, Daily Science Fiction, Tor.com, and Apex Magazine; her poetry has appeared in Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit, and Dreams and Nightmares.

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Series Number 006*

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, author of “The Paper Menagerie” (winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards) and “Good Hunting” (winner of the WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction)

Nebula Award-nominated author Kenneth Schneyer thinks more about the legislative process than most people. A lawyer, law professor, and onetime appeals-court clerk, he comments extensively on lawmaking and legal interpretation in several published articles. His stories appear in Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, Clockwork Phoenix 3 & 4, Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Podcastle, and hypothetical lawsuits created for students. A graduate of the Clarion class of 2009, he lives in the last state to ratify the U. S. Constitution, with three people who are smarter than he is and a litigious cat.

This story originally appeared in First Contact: Digital Science Fiction Anthology 1, edited by Jessi Hoffman (Digital Science Fiction, 2011).

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Series Number 007*

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.

J. J. Steinfeld is a Canadian fiction writer, poet, and playwright who lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published fourteen books, including the short story collections Disturbing Identities (Ekstasis Editions), Should the Word Hell Be Capitalized? (Gaspereau Press), Would You Hide Me? (Gaspereau Press), and A Glass Shard and Memory (Recliner Books), the novels Our Hero in the Cradle of Confederation (Pottersfield Press) and Word Burials (Crossing Chaos Enigmatic Ink), and the poetry collections An Affection for Precipices (Serengeti Press) and Misshapenness (Ekstasis Editions). His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over forty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States.

“The Suicide Inspector,” in a slightly different version, was first published in The Apostate’s Tattoo (Ragweed Press, 1983) by J. J. Steinfeld, and was reprinted in The Atlantic Anthology (Vol. 1/Prose, Edited by Fred Cogswell, Ragweed Press, 1984), in Forever Underground Magazine (Issue #1, 2005), and in Aoife’s Kiss (Vol. X, No. 2, September 2011).

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Series Number 008*

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.

Tade Thompson’s roots are in Western Nigeria and South London. His short stories have been published in small press, webzines and anthologies. Most recently, his story “Notes from Gethsemane” appeared in The Afro SF Anthology, and “Shadow” appeared in The Apex Book of World SF 2, and “120 Days of Sunlight” appeared in Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. He lives and works in South England. His influence field includes books, music, theatre, comics, art, movies, and memoirs. He haunts coffee shops, jazz bars, bookshops, and libraries. He is an occasional visual artist.

This story originally appeared in Expanded Horizons (July 2013).

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Series Number 009*

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.

Phil Voyd’s stories have appeared in various anthologies, magazines and podcasts, including Fear’s Accomplice, Not One Of Us and The Sonic Society. He has received a couple of Honorable Mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror series and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. One of his stories was adapted into a radio play at the CBC and another was recently made into a short film.

This story was first published in On Spec in 2000 and reprinted in 2002 in the high-school textbook Foundations of English 12.

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*Note: Series Numbers only reflect order of release, and are mainly used because some online bookstores require them. You can read these stories in any order you like.

 

Forthcoming

 

ANATOLY BELILOVSKY, “Chrestomathy”: Pushkin lives.

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

Anatoly Belilovsky was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling through it on their way to Czechoslovakia in 1968. After being traded to the US for a shipload of grain and a defector to be named later (see wikipedia, Jackson-Vanik amendment), he learned English from Star Trek reruns and went on to become a pediatrician in an area of New York where English is only the fourth most commonly used language. He has neither cats nor dogs, but was admitted into SFWA in spite of this deficiency, having published stories in NATURE, Ideomancer, Immersion Book of Steampunk, Daily SF, Kasma, UFO, Stupefying Stories, Cast of Wonders, and other markets. He blogs about writing at loldoc.net, pediatrics at belilovsky.com, and his medical practice web site is babydr.us.

This story originally appeared in Ideomancer, June 1, 2011.

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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.

Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría, from Buenos Aires, holds a doctorate and is a university professor and director of the Center for Science Fiction and Philosophy in the Research Department of the Human Vocation Foundation. She has published articles and stories in Cuásar, Próxima, NM, and Axxón, among other periodicals, and is one of the most interesting voices that has emerged in Argentine science fiction during this century.

Lawrence Schimel writes in both Spanish and English and has published over 100 books as author or anthologist, including Fairy Tales for Writers (A Midsummer Night’s Press), The Drag Queen of Elfland (Circlet), Tarot Fantastic (DAW Books), and Southern Blood: Vampire Stories from the American South (Cumberland House). He has won the Rhysling Award, the Lambda Literary Award, the Spectrum Award, and others. He lives in Madrid, Spain, where he works as a Spanish to English translator.

This story originally appeared in the anthology Terra Nova: An Anthology of Contemporary Spanish Science Fiction (Sportula, 2013). It was also a finalist in the Spanish 2013 Ignotus awards in the short story category.

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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.

Nick Wood is a South African clinical psychologist, with over a dozen previously published short stories in Interzone, Infinity Plus, PostScripts, Redstone Science Fiction and the Newcon Press anthology, Subterfuge, amongst others. He has also had a YA speculative fiction book published in South Africa entitled The stone chameleon. Wood has completed an MA in Creative Writing (SF & Fantasy) through Middlesex University, London and is currently training clinical psychologists in Hertfordshire, England. He can be found: @nick45wood or nickwood.frogwrite.co.nz.

“Of Hearts and Monkeys” first appeared in PostScripts 22/23 (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.

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6 June 2014

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

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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”
  • Lewis Shiner, “Primes”
  • 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

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

Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories

Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories: released on 24 June 2013.

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In this enchanting and sometimes gruesome collection of short stories, New Zealand author RJ Astruc tells several intertwined tales, about the libertine engineer Val, the thief Bink Ottoman, the all-powerful a-class AI RESYS, the famous international terrorist Bouboucar Bottle and the not as well-known international terrorist Katya Sushi, and a whole cast of airship dwellers, Interpol agents, geneticists, mutants, holograms, and others living on the cutting edge of morality.

 

What people are saying about Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories:

There are zero teddy bears having zero picnics in this book, and in fact I am now a little frightened that Astruc will see this comment and write a story about a teddy bear picnic of betrayal, greed, and casual experimentation on live subjects.

…These stories won’t be to everyone’s taste; nothing is. But they’re very well-handled and doing something that will probably appeal to people who wanted to like Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl, whether they found that work successful or not.

—Marissa Lingen, “Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories, by R. J. Astruc,” Novel Gazing Redux, 11 June 2013.

 

Table of Contents:

Propagation
Signs Over the Pacific
Turning Pol
Faceless in Halukan
The Bad Thing
Ma-Ma
Greenwich Mean Time Plus
Nemutaph
Katya in Quarantine
The Future of Lole San Paulo
How You Make the Straight
Mother & Daughter

 

Other work by RJ Astruc available online:

24 June 2013

RJ Astruc

RJ Astruc lives in New Zealand and has written two novels: Harmonica + Gig and A Festival of Skeletons. RJ’s short stories have appeared in many magazines including Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, ASIM, Aurealis and Midnight Echo.

 

Books for Upper Rubber Boot:

Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories: released on 24 June 2013.

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Other work by RJ Astruc available online:

24 June 2013

Sergey Gerasimov


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Sergey Gerasimov lives in Kharkov, Ukraine. It is a country in a remote region of the world (somewhere in the geographical center of Europe), where no one speaks English, but finds it convenient to speak Ukrainian and Russian instead. He graduated from Kharkov University as a theoretical physicist and worked for ten years teaching physics. Later, he became interested in psychology, and has published some theoretical psychology articles in Russian academic journals and magazines and a book about the psychology of ideas, published electronically in Russia. He started writing fiction in 1991, and about a hundred of stories, three hardcover novels, and two paperback novels had appeared in various places before he decided to write in English. Since 2006, his stories have appeared, among other places, in Clarkesworld Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, Adbusters, Strange Horizons, and Oceans of the Mind. The Mask Game is his first novel written in the English language.

 

Books for Upper Rubber Boot:

The Mask Game: released 7 December 2013.

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Other work by Sergey Gerasimov available online:

17 August 2012

140 And Counting

Plucky underdog online journal Seven by Twenty is an online magazine using Twitter as its publishing platform, for readers at home and on mobile devices, which started publishing weekdaily in July 2009. Seven by Twenty specializes in literary and speculative writing that fits in a tweet – they mostly publish haiku and related forms (like scifaiku and senryu), and cinquains and American sentences, and very, very, very short stories.

140 And Counting is a collection of the best twitter literature from the first two years of the journal’s history, on relationships, nature, work, animals, seasons, science fiction and fantasy, and mortality: 141 clever little allotments of literature by 119 authors in 1 exquisite ebook!

 

Reviews:

What should appeal to the average reader is that most of the poems will not read like the haiku so many dislike because it seems to say nothing quickly. These poems, for the most part, are well crafted and thoughtful. The best of these caused me to stop and replay them in my mind.

The stories here also work like good poems, jabbing at the senses, the heart, and the mind like a dagger making quick work of our preconceived notions about fiction. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself chuckling one minute and gasping the next.

—Michael Neal Morris, “Bookmarks–140 And Counting,” Monk Notes, 6 June 2012.

As a collection of work from a modern medium, then, i find that this is an excellent work, with much to be appreciated…

—Elsie Wilson, “Another poetry review,” 2 April 2012.

It is a selection of sayings, necessarily short, from Twitter, and very appealing and absorbing. I have been an ardent fan of Twitter for over a year, and a more recent convert to Haiku. Why write a hundred words when ten can express the same thought and capture the same evocative image?

—Elizabeth Spradbery, on French Phrases, 4 March 2012.

 

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140 And Counting Contributors

Seven by Twenty is an online magazine using Twitter as its publishing platform. Here is a collection of the best twitter literature from the first two years of the journal’s history, on relationships, nature and the night, work, animals, seasons, science fiction and fantasy, and mortality, by 119 authors from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Contributors for 140 And Counting:

Carolyn Agee (@AgeeC) is an actress and author living in the Pacific Northwest. Her recent and forthcoming credits include Four & Twenty, Cuento Magazine and The Healing Muse. Find her at www.facebook.com/CarolynAgee.

Francis W. Alexander‘s (@FWAlexander) work can be seen in House of Horror, Night to Dawn, Deadication and Scifaikuest, and he is the author of While Treating My Lady at Zom’s Rib Shack, the Waiter Inquired How I Escaped the Pot.

Elise Atchison lives in the mountains of Montana. She is currently working on a novel. For more information, please visit eliseatchison.com.

Wendy Babiak (@wendybabiak) lives to wonder. First book of poems: Conspiracy of Leaves. Find her at wbabiak.wordpress.com.

Widely published in poetry and fiction, Richard Baldasty has zine work archived online at Antipodean SF and Twitter verse at escarp.

Bendi Barrett (@Bendied) is a poet living near Chicago. Visit him at bendibarrett.com. “Come in and loosen your tie…” originally appeared in escarp.

Elizabeth Barrette is a writer, editor, reviewer, blogger, crowdfunder, gardener, priestess, and activist. Find her at ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com.

Between her attempts to master the elusive art of poetry, L.K. Below writes adult romance and speculative fiction. Under her full name, Lindsay Below (@LBelowtheauthor), she also pens young adult novels. Visit her at lbelow.net.

Kevin Bishop (@kvnbishop) lives in Kirkland, Washington and writes stories from 140 characters to 80,000 words.

Nathalie Boisard-Beudin (@spacedlaw) is a French lawyer having way too much fun with words, pictures and food. Her published works are listed and linked in the side bar at either wordofthedayfreshfresh.blogspot.com or spacedlaw.blogspot.com.

Robert Borski lives in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. His first collection of poetry, Blood Wallah & Other Poems, is available from Dark Regions Press.

In 2010, Helen Buckingham had four collections published: three solely of her own work (water on the moon and mirrormoon, both Original Plus Press, UK and chapbook christmas city by Othername Press, UK) and her first in collaboration with Angela Leuck (turning fifty, published by Angela in Canada). 2011 saw her second in conjunction with Angela (little purple universes) and her first collection containing both eastern and western genres (Armadillo Basket, Waterloo Press, UK). “siesta” first appeared in Roadrunner VIII:3, August 2008.

Sue Burke lives and writes in Madrid, Spain. More at sue.burke.name.

Timothy Collinson (@timpaa) first encountered haiku in grade school whilst living in Virginia Beach. He likes the way it makes him stop and appreciate nature while the world whizzes past. He also writes haiku under the pseudonym tc. He occasionally contributes to Presence and has had a couple of small exhibitions of his work in Portsmouth on the South Coast of England.

Dawn Corrigan has published poems and prose in a number of print and online journals. She lives in Pensacola, Florida.

Helen E. Davis (@dragonwriter62) is still married and still writing when she isn’t dodging tornadoes. She lives in Ohio with her family and her cats. Find her at www.sff.net/people/dragonwriter.

Vancouverite Michael Donoghue (@mpdonoghue) loves infomercials, people watching and procrastination.

Andrew O. Dugas (@haiku_andy) has been published in LITNIMAGE, Fiction 365, Instant City, Flatmancrooked, and The SOMA Literary Review. More at sleepwalkinginparadise.com and daily haiku at haikuandy.wordpress.com.

Peg Duthie (@zirconium) sharpens, condenses, herds, and massages words as a copyeditor and indexer. Find her at nashpanache.com. “You can tell which side of the moon…” first appeared in microcosms. Her chapbook Measured Extravagance is forthcoming from Upper Rubber Boot.

Norwegian fiction writer Berit Ellingsen (@BeritEllingsen) has had work appear in various online literary journals and print anthologies. Berit’s first novel is The Empty City; see more at emptycitynovel.com.

Neil Ellman lives and writes in New Jersey and has published numerous poems in print and online journals throughout the world, as well as in five chapbooks.

Deborah Finkelstein‘s “locked out…” was originally in 3 Lights Gallery. Find her at DeborahFinkelstein.com.

Kaolin Fire (@kaolinfire) is a conglomeration of ideas, side projects, and experiments. Outside of his primary occupation, he also develops computer games erif.org/code/games/ ; edits gudmagazine.com ; and very occasionally teaches computer science.

Lebanese American Brenda J. Gannam has won a number of awards for her haiku and senryu published in a wide variety of journals and anthologies, in print and online. She has served as coordinator for the Haiku Society of America and the Spring Street Haiku Group in New York.

R. Gatwood is concise. “Were the candles for wax play…” first appeared in Nanoism. “Smooth, perfect snow…” first appeared in Cuento Magazine.

D. Gilson (@dgilson) is an MFA candidate at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, though he’s a Midwest boy, always and forever.

Dennis Y. Ginoza lives on the Kitsap Peninsula of Washington State. He blogs at akopos.net.

Caroline Halliwell (@Caroline_Writer) is a poet, photographer, writer, and blogger. She is a lover of antiquarian books and an information and new media enthusiast. Currently she is editing her mystery novel.

Shawn Hansen (@Shawn_Writes) prefers the dark and frolics with things that go BUMP in the night. Her work lives at scribbledstories.com.

After a lifetime in and around New York City, David M. Harris moved to Middle Tennessee for love. He also started writing poetry. Both projects seem to be working out.

A. Jarrell Hayes (@ajh_books) writes poetry and fiction. He is the author of several novels and poetry collections. Find him at ajhayes.com.

Autumn Hayes (@autumnatic_daze) is a freelance writer, creative writing teacher, and poet who always roots for the middledog.

Evi Hoste (@evihoste) often lives on trains that cross the country. The mystifying results of this are a slightly addled brain and caffeine addiction. Find her at rainofthenight.livejournal.com.

C.E. Hyun (@ce_hyun) is a law student. Her short stories have appeared in The Red Penny Papers, Nanoism, and the British Fantasy Society’s BFS Journal. Her website is www.cehyun.com.

T. D. Ingram (@haikujots) has had poems in Ambrosia, Atlas Poetica, Handful of Stones, Notes From the Gean, River of Stones, Sketchbook, South by Southeast and Tinywords. “midnight swim…” was in SxSE Vol. 14 #1, and “branches scratch…” was in SxSE Vol. 17 #2. Find him at tdi.posterous.com.

Born to a young couple living in a basement in an urban slum, Judy B. Jacobs now lives and writes the occasional poem in the rural splendor of Middle Tennessee. She lives with her spouse, child, and numerous members of other species, both domestic and uninvited. “shiny and rolling …” was originally published at the now-vanished haikuninjas.com.

Jax lives in Plymouth, UK, and has had quite a few short stories, poems and articles accepted for publication.

J. A. Johnson (@j_a_johnson) lives in Minneapolis with his wife and twin sons. Find him at jxjohnson.tumblr.com.

Alexander B. Joy (@Lexcelsior) is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at UMass Amherst.

Jim Kacian is the founder of The Haiku Foundation, and owner of Red Moon Press. “the river…” first appeared in his Six Directions (La Alameda Press, 1997) and “the cold night…” first appeared in Modern Haiku.

Heather Kamins (@shakieranthem) writes poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in Autumn Sky Poetry, 580 Split, Alehouse, and the Rat’s Ass Review, and her chapbook Blueshifting is available from Upper Rubber Boot.

Beth Katte (@bethblackbird) can be found at http://www.bethkatte.com.

S. Kay is some type of @blueberrio. Her stories have appeared in the anthology On A Narrow Windowsill and numerous Twitter zines.

Julie Bloss Kelsey (@MamaJoules) enjoys writing short form poetry. Find her at starsinmysugarbowl.blogspot.com.

Simon Kewin (@SimonKewin) writes fiction, poetry and software. He blogs about writing at spellmaking.blogspot.com. He likes his coffee black and strong.

Past President of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, Deborah P. Kolodji is editor of Amaze. “lemon blossoms…” was originally in tinywords.

David Kopaska-Merkel (@DavidKM) describes rocks for the State of Alabama. He won the Rhysling award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association for best long poem (2006) for a collaboration with Kendall Evans, and edits Dreams & Nightmares (dreamsandnightmaresmagazine.com). He became President of the Science Fiction Poetry Association on July 1, 2011.

Richard Kriheli edits @splitquarterly, designs @liquidboylabs & works a day job @rga. He’s husband to @malathip and papa to Zion.

Robert Laughlin lives in Chico, CA. Two of his short stories are MWA Notables, and his novel, Vow of Silence, is available from Trytium.

Playwright and director Jeremy Lewit (@jeremylewit) blogs daily poetry at jeremylewit.blogspot.com. He has also been published by escarp.

Freelance writer Chen-ou Liu (@ericcoliu)’s haiku and tanka have been honored with 24 awards. Find him at chenouliu.blogspot.com. “the cooing…” was first published in Concise Delight, #2, Winter 2009.

Ken Liu (@kyliu99) has been published in F&SF, Clarkesworld, and Asimov’s, among other places. An earlier version of his story appeared in Thaumatrope. Find him at kenliu.name.

Lisa Tang Liu (@pigmentia) lives with her husband (Ken Liu, who also has a piece in this anthology), daughter, and cat. An earlier version of “Concrete Steps” appeared on OneFortyFiction.com. Her website is LisaTangLiu.com.

Tess Almendarez Lojacono‘s first novel, Milagros, is available from Laughing Cactus Press: http://www.laughingcactuspress.com/milagros.html. Read excerpts from her new book at thebookofzane.com.

Aurelio Rico Lopez III (@ThirdyLopez) hails from the Philippines. He’s an avid fan of all things weird.

Maya Malhar (@small_veracity) is a dreamer and masquerades as a poet and writer.

C. Martinez is a cheerful tea addict who hails from a Colorado suburb. Find the weird in the mundane says she. Find her at http://ceemartinez.blogspot.com.

An Mayou (@perlygates) is a writer of things, a lover of wisdom, even if it’s not true. Her cloud-self loves drifting through words.

Editor of Psychic Meatloaf, George McKim has had poetry in multiple periodicals including REM Magazine, Symmetry Pebbles, The Dirty Napkin, Blaze Vox, pigeon bike and Carcinogenic Poetry. His artwork has been exhibited in group gallery and museum shows and has been accepted for publication in Drunken Boat, Muzzle Magazine, Monarch Review, Otoliths, Portland Review Online, Viral Cat and Breadcrumb Scabs Poetry Journal.

Rob McKnight lives with his family in Northern Virginia. His Twitter fiction sometimes appears at @ramfic and has been republished in Seven By Twenty, Folded Word and Thaumatrope.

Fiction writer and poet Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz (@gwjomi) currently writes from the desert but is headed toward snow before the year’s end.

Dave Moore (@daveontheradio) is a radio personality for Philly’s B101. He’s a regular in Philadelphia Poets Journal.

Jason Everett Morris (@jasonevermorr) writes speculative oddities in a bonbon encrusted house dress. In answer to Hemingway — For sale: infant’s casket. Never used.

Christina Murphy‘s writing appears in a number of journals including ABJECTIVE, MiPOesias, PANK, and POOL: A Journal of Poetry. Her work has received Special Mention for a Pushcart Prize.

An internationally published poet and short story writer from Cyprus, Nora Nadjarian (@NoraNadj) has had work recently in the anthologies Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive Press) and Being Human (Bloodaxe Books). Her new book of short stories, Girl, Wolf, Bones, is available from Folded Word (USA) at foldedword.bigcartel.com/product/girl-wolf-bones and her microfiction book Twenty Days in Torino is available from twenty20 Publishing. Find her at bettyboopinspired.blogspot.com.

Elena Naskova was born and raised in Macedonia, and lives in Seattle. She writes mostly haiku and plays. “one more step to the top…” was originally in tinywords.

Peter Newton (@ThePeterNewton) is a poet and stained glass artist living in rural Massachusetts. A member of the editorial team at Tinywords.com, his work has appeared in a variety of print and online journals. Peter’s collection of haiku, What We Find, is a letterpress book published in November 2011.

Freeman Ng has been posting one new haiku every day to www.HaikuDiem.com since July 2010.

Christina Nguyen (@TinaNguyen) is a MN writer & poet whose recent work appeared in American Tanka, Frogpond, Gusts, Moonbathing, red lights, tinywords and other journals. “the banana sticker…” was originally published in Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu & Kyoka (Issue 5: Winter 2011).

Vietnamese-American poet and post-baccalaureate nursing student Kathy Nguyen (@alotus_poetry) has had work in various publications including Pay Attention: A River of Stones, Catzilla!, Spiraling Thrice, All Things Girl E-zine, Four and Twenty, Seven by Twenty, Cats with Thumbs, and Physiognomy in Letters. Find her at alotus-poetry.livejournal.com.

Three years ago, Shelley Ontis (@skayontis) couldn’t have imagined she’d ever say “Hey, I just tweeted!” without giggling and blushing.

Jessica Otto (@skyllairae) lives in Arkansas with her husband and many cats. Her poetry has been featured in The Camel Saloon, a handful of stones, 50 to 1 and 7×20. She edits trapeze magazine (@trapezemag), a twitter based magazine of surreal and speculative fiction and poetry. Her e-chapbook Wormwood was published by Ten Pages Press in April 2011 and her poem of the same title was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2011.

Casey Parry (@caseyparry) lives alliteratively with family, felines, fish, and fowl in a Fenland university town. Her work has appeared in Discovering a Comet and More Micro-Fiction (Leaf Books, 2008) as well as in Thaumatrope, Tweet the Meat, and others. Find her at caseyparry.wordpress.com.

Vaidehi Patil (@cerulean_green) works and lives in Pune, India. She is a graphic designer who loves to write, and collect old maps and interesting trivia. Find her at vaidehipatil.wordpress.com.

An MFA student at UNC Greensboro, Julia Patt (@chidorme) has recently had work in The Medulla Review and Bards & Sages Quarterly. She loves Twitter.

Rebecca J. Payne (@rebeccajpayne) is a science fiction and fantasy author from Cambridge, England. Her work has appeared in Interzone and Ethereal Tales.

Jimmy the Peach (@JimmythePeach), Peach to his friends, lives in New Maine and is a published poet, author and songwriter. His haiku can be seen every day at HaikuToday.net.

A North Georgia accountant and business student by day, Cheryl Phipps writes music reviews, poetry and songs and watches sports in every other waking moment. Sometimes she dabbles with paint or colored pencils.

Stella Pierides (@stellapierides) was born in Greece and now divides her time between London and Munich. Her poetry, short stories and non-fiction have been included in anthologies, in print and online magazines, and in books. Find her at stellapierides.com.

Jonathan Pinnock (@jonpinnock) is. For the moment, at any rate.

Carol Raisfeld (@carol_red) has had poetry, art and photography appear worldwide in print, online journals, and anthologies. Find her at Haikubuds.com.

Meredith Ralston is just another soulless ginger, wreaking havoc and scattering pink oleander blossoms in her wake as she drives.

Doug Robertson (@Brevity24) is a real lawyer—at least he managed to convince the people at the bar.

Ana Cristina Rodrigues (@anacrisrod) is a Brazilian historian/writer/translator. “The alchemist burned…” originally appeared in Thaumatrope.

Matt S (@mswriting) is from a small town in Atlantic Canada. He is currently living overseas.

Founder and director the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College, Miriam Sagan is the author of over twenty books, including Map of the Lost (UNM Press). Find her at miriamswell.wordpress.com.

Steven Saus (@uriel1998) injects people with radioactive stuff, writes, teaches, and publishes. Find him at stevesaus.com.

Ray Scanlon (@oldmanscanlon) lives in Massachusetts. He has grandchildren and other good luck. He’s at read.oldmanscanlon.com.

Australian poet Nicola Scholes is currently researching a PhD on representations of the maternal in Allen Ginsberg’s poetry at the University of Queensland. Her first book of poems is Dear Rose (Small Change Press, 2009).

Alexa Selph is a native of Atlanta, GA, where she works as a freelance book editor. For the past ten years she has taught classes in poetry in the adult education program at Emory University. “full moon…” originally appeared in tinywords.

John Sheirer (@JohnSheirer) is a teacher and the author of several books. He can be found at johnsheirer.com.

David G. Shrock (@dracotorre) lives in the Pacific Northwest where he works as a software developer and writes science-fantasy fiction.

Marge Simon writes poetry and edits Star*Line and stuff. That’s about all there is to say.

Grzegorz Sionkowski lives in Torun, Poland. He writes haiku in English and translates haiku from Japanese to Polish.

Lucas Stensland (@HaikuCowboy1) is co-author of the poetry collection my favorite thing (2011, bottle rockets): bottlerocketspress.com/booksbroadsides/myfavoritething.html. He lives in Brooklyn with his cat, Townes Van Zandt.

John Stevenson is Managing Editor of The Heron’s Nest. “May sun…” originally appeared at in The Heron’s Nest in 2004.

Richard Stevenson‘s most recent books are a juvenile novel, The Haunting of Amos Manor (Palimpsest Press/ Magpie Books imprint, 2011) and a collection of haiku and senryu for teens Casting Out Nines (Ekstasis Editions, 2011).

John Stone is a musician who writes things down. Sometimes they are published, sometimes not. Either way, he’s cool with it. “midday moon” originally appeared in tinywords.

If Ennio Morricone had a miracle baby with the ghost of Basil Poledouris, that baby would be the soundtrack to Kevin Wolf Stone.

Japan Times award-winning writer Alan Summers founded With Words, a UK-based provider of literature, education and literacy projects, often based around the Japanese genres, which will be publishing his pamphlet The Sneeze of a One-eyed Dog in 2012. “a small death…” has appeared in Mosaic Anthology (Bath Spa University 2009); Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka Vol. 3 (MET Press 2010); and The Strand Book Of International Poets 2010 (Strand Publishing 2010) and “sometimes…” in Blithe Spirit (vol. 20 no. 3 2010, British Haiku Society).

Simon Sylvester‘s collection 140 Characters is an ebook available through @cargopublishing. He writes new stories daily as @simonasylvester.

James Tanner lives in Texas. “Hurt Metropolis” previously appeared in monkeybicycle.net.

Liverpool-based Andrew Taylor (@dradny) is online at andrewtaylorpoetry.com. His book The Sound of Light Aircraft is available from Knives forks and Spoons Press.

Brian Trent is a freelance writer and screenwriter with work in numerous magazines. Find him at briantrent.com.

A retired editor for Encyclopaedia Britannica, Charles Trumbull has written haiku and been active in haiku organizations and publications since 1991. “real estate sales pitch…” originally appeared in tinywords.

Chuck Von Nordheim lives in Dayton, OH, but spends his summers in Lawrence, KS, taking workshops at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction. His poetry has also appeared in Scifaikuest and Sorcerous Signals.

Alex von Vaupel (@alexvonvaupel) lives in Utrecht, Netherlands, with his many dictionaries and a balcony veg garden. His tanka have appeared in Atlas Poetica, Concise Delight and Prune Juice. “at night the hospice…” appeared in Atlas Poetica 9 (Summer 2011), and “too drunk to tell’ appeared in Take Five, Best Contemporary Tanka, Vol 3. Two of his tanka won a Tanka Splendor Award in 2009. Find him at alexvonvaupel.com.

Deborah Walker (@deboree) lives in London with her partner, Chris, and her two young children. Find her in the British Museum trawling the past for future inspiration.

Bill Waters posts haiku, senryu, and tanka on Twitter as @Bill312. His haiku “I put down my book” has appeared there and in 7×20. Bill and his wife, Nancy, live in Pennington, N.J., with their two amazing cats.

Canadian Darusha Wehm (@darusha) lives and sails on her sailboat. She’s currently in the South Pacific, where she writes short stories and novels.

Ben White writes @midnightstories and edits @nanoism, both ongoing collections of ultra-brief fiction on Twitter.

Celia White is a poet and librarian in Buffalo, New York. She has published several chapbooks and a book, Letter.

Neal Whitman has published more than 300 poems. In 2011 he won White Buffalo’s Chief’s Choice Award and was a finalist in the Common Ground Review Contest. “awake? if so joy” first appeared in Eat Your Words. “stop to tie my shoe” originally appeared in Ambrosia. His chapbook Blyth’s Spirit is available from Haiku Pix (www.haikupix.com).

A poet from Yorkshire, England, Liam Wilkinson (@ldwilkinson) is the editor of the popular micropoetry journal Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu & Kyoka.

Alison Williams (@tadpole99) lives on the south coast of England and is a fan of all that is concise, pithy and succinct.

Kath Abela Wilson leads Poets on Site in Pasadena, CA. “museum exhibit…” was published in the 2007 Southern California Haiku Study Group anthology.

One of the winners of the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s (SFPA) 2011 Dwarf Stars Award, Stephen M. Wilson edits @microcosms and San Joaquin Delta College’s literary journal Artifact.

Sabra Wineteer grew up in Moss Bluff, Louisiana. She has since lived in England, New Zealand, Germany, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and currently lives in rural Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in TWINS Magazine, storySouth, and The Rumpus. She is the 2012 recipient of the Joyce Horton Johnson Fiction Award.

Steven Wolfe (@soporific) lives at stevenrwolfe.net, or houston.tx in meatspace. His nanowork has appeared in 7×20, Opium, Exquisite Corpse, and elsewhere.

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140 And Counting is edited by Joanne Merriam (@joannemerriam), who is also the editor of Seven by Twenty. Her poetry and fiction has appeared in dozens of magazines and journals, including Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Per Contra and Strange Horizons. She lives in Nashville with her husband, three angry rabbits and one happy one. Find her at www.joannemerriam.com.

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