In my last blog post, I mentioned a short story I couldn’t talk about yet appearing in an anthology I couldn’t talk about yet. Well, now I can, and about the other anthology I couldn’t talk about yet, and about the Kickstarter project I couldn’t talk about yet. Well, now you’ll have a hard time shutting me up.
Introducing Silence in the Library
Silence in the Library Publishing is a small press. It’s been around for a couple of years, and like many small presses in the modern era, has chiefly published the work of company partners and their favorite writers. Fiction released under the Silence in the Library logo in the past has included Janine K. Spendlove’s War of the Seasons fantasy series and Bryan Young’s time-travelers-Nazis-and-dinosaurs romp Operation: Montauk.
At the Origins Game Fair, which took place last weekend, Silence in the Library debuted a new book and announced a Kickstarter initiative that will fund another. Both projects had been pretty much under cover up to that point, and I’m pleased to be able to talk about them now. Because I’m in both of them.
Kickstarter: Time Traveled Tales
I mentioned Time Traveled Tales (in a different incarnation) last year. The Origins Game Fair now publishes an annual souvenir fiction anthollogy, released at the convention and featuring fiction by that year’s writer guests. The anthology is printed in a very limited collector’s edition and sold chiefly at the convention. Time Traveled Tales — the limited edition — was the anthology of the 2012 convention.
Now it’s time for a general release of the anthology, and it’s here that Silence in the Library Publishing has stepped up to the plate. During the Origins Game Fair Silence in the Library announced a Kickstarter initative to fund a public edition of Time Traveled Tales, transforming it from a hard-to-find collectors’ edition to a slick publicly-available edition.
Here’s the cover:
And here’s the table of contents:
Star Wars fans will notice some familiar names there: Timothy Zahn, Michael A. Stackpole, and I all have stories in the collection.
My story, “Replay Value,” involves a romantic candlelight dinner, violins, a ring, and — what else was it? Oh, yeah. Satan.
Please give the book’s Kickstarter page a look. You can find it at www.kickstarter.com/projects/103879051/time-traveled-tales-a-speculative-fiction-antholog.
Debuting: A Hero By Any Other Name
I mentioned above and in my last blog post that the official Origins Game Fair souvenir anthology for this year was called Heroes!. I have a story in it, “Green Room,” superhero fiction — following the theme of this year’s convention — set in the universe of Strike Force, a superhero RPG setting that was the basis of a Hero Games RPG supplement released in 1988. In “Green Room,” two elderly supers, life-long enemies, sit around in recliners bitching at one another… but there’s a lot more to the story than that.
Well, at the same time Heroes! was released, Silence in the Library, with the blessing of GAMA (the organizers behind the Origins Game Fair), released their own superhero fiction anthology, A Hero By Any Other Name. The anthology — I’ll refer to it henceforth as AHBAON (if you want a mnemonic, think “Ah, bacon!” minus the letter “c”) features fewer stories than Heroes!, but most of them are longer; mine, for instance, is a novellette nearly three times the length of my contribution to Heroes!.
Here’s the cover:
Longtime readers of my gaming work may recognize the style in which this cover is rendered. In fact, the cover is by my friend Denis Loubet, the cover illustrator of Strike Force, The Savage Empire, Man to Man, and many, many other game releases.
And here’s the table of contents for AHBAOH:
My story in AHBAON, “Retreads,” involves three former supers doing rescue work on one of Earth’s many colony worlds, confronting an environmental disaster, a mysterious enemy, and the demons of their own pasts. (Inner demons. Not literal demons. This is an important distinction to make in a superhero environment.) Like “Green Room,” it’s set in the Strike Force universe.
Once the dust from the Origins Game Fair settles a bit, AHBAON will be available for sale from the Silence in the Library web site in trade paperback edition. In the near future, it will be available in e-book edition as well.
So I encourage you to give the Time Traveled Tales Kickstarter initative a look and decide whether it’s something you’d like to participate in. I hope you do.
Incidentally, Silence in the Library author Janine K. Spendlove will be visiting here — the next time this blog is updated, it will be with a guest post by Janine on a subject every aspiring writer should consider. So please check back here in a few days.
All for now. Thanks for stopping by.
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