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Guest Post: Joshua Palmatier

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Joshua Palmatier was born in Coudersport, PA, but since his father was in the military he moved around. Alot. He’s lived in the states of Pennsylvania (three times), Florida (twice), Washington, California (briefly), Virginia, Texas (twice), and now resides in upstate New York. He has spent the majority of his life so far going to school, earning a Bachelors of Science and a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University, followed by a PhD in mathematics from Binghamton University. He is currently teaching mathematics (what else) at the State University of New York–Oneonta, taught for two years at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, and taught for three years at Bloomsburg University while taking a break between his masters degree and the PhD.

Joshua started writing science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories in the eighth grade, when the teacher assigned a one page Twilight Zone-ish short story. He wrote a story about Atlantis. It was from the perspective of one of the inhabitants as he escaped in a spaceship, watching his world being destroyed by water from one of the viewports of the ship. He got an A. Joshua has never stopped writing since, mainly focusing on novels.


By Joshua Palmatier

DJ invited me to guest here at the blog today so that I could talk about the small press Zombies Need Brains and our current Kickstarter (check out tinyurl.com/ZNBPortals) attempting to fund three brand new SF&F anthologies.  I thought it might be nice to explain where the themes for these three anthologies came from.

First, the lead anthology, which is really my own little baby.  I grew up reading fantasy novels in the 80s, which means I read a ton of novels with characters from our world transported to another world.  Books like Andre Norton’s WITCH WORLD or Stephen Donaldson’s CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT. There were many, many others, but I noticed that I hadn’t seen or read many “portal novels” in either fantasy or sci-fi recently.  I loved those stories, so thought, “Why not do an anthology with portals as the theme?” Hence, PORTALS was born (although the original name I had for the anthology was WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE; I think PORTALS is much more concise and explains the theme rather well though).  Even though this was my concept, I decided I’d let Patricia Bray and S.C. Butler edit it. I expect I’ll read a fair amount of the submissions to the open call though, perhaps stick my nose in occasionally with a thought. *grin*

The second anthology in the Kickstarter is TEMPORALLY DEACTIVATED.  This theme came about when I received a spam email from a bank I didn’t have an account at that warned:  “Your account will be temporally deactivated unless you respond to this email now and confirm your account! [suspicious link here]”  Zombies Need Brains had just released the anthology TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER (to great success) and I immediately thought “SEQUEL”! I added it to my list of potential themes and then promptly forgot about it … until David B. Coe got the same email a few years later (these things never die) and pinged me about it.  He’d had the same thought: “SEQUEL!” And so the theme was revived and of course David B. Coe is now editing it with me.

The last anthology for this Kickstarter came out of the blue.  I’d honestly been considering doing just two anthologies this time, but Steven H Silver emailed me with this cool concept for an alternate history anthology, ALTERNATE PEACE.  Most alternate history novels and stories begin with a change in the outcome of some kind of violent event, such as a different result for a battle or a war. His idea was to find alternate history stories where the divergence from our own timeline came from a peaceful change, such as a discovery (or lack of) in science or a societal culture change.  That change could lead to violence, but the change in the timeline itself was peaceful. I liked the concept and thought it fit well with the other two themes, so I decided to add it to this year’s roster.

So that’s how the three themes for this year’s Kickstarter were selected.  If you’ve got a moment, swing on by the Kickstarter at tinyurl.com/ZNBPortals and make a pledge!  Help bring these themes to life! It’s only $15 for the ebooks and $48 for the paperbacks. And once the Kickstarter is funded, there will be an open call for submissions, so anyone can submit a story for consideration.

And if you haven’t heard of the small press Zombies Need Brains before, we are a relatively new press with 10 anthologies under our belts.  We’ve been recognized by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SWFA) as a professional market and we have had three of our past stories in anthologies up for the WSFA Small Press Award.  Two of those stories are up this year and we hope that one of them wins! Fingers crossed!

You can find out more at www.zombiesneedbrains.com and tinyurl.com/ZNBPortals.  I hope to see you on the backer list!

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*** Portals, Temporal Deactivation, and Alternate Peace! are published by Zombies Need Brains and are available to back on Kickstarter TODAY!!! ***

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About the Books:

PORTALS:

In the blink of an eye, the familiar disappears as you step into the unknown. What new creatures will you meet? What strange planets will you explore? Will you find happiness, or doom? Open the pages of PORTALS, the newest anthology from the small press Zombies Need Brains, and you just might find out.

From wardrobes to monoliths, wormholes to fairy rings, there is a rich tradition of stories in both science fiction and fantasy that explore what happens when–by accident or design–characters are transported from one world to another. Join fourteen of today’s leading science fiction and fantasy authors as they offer fresh takes on this classic theme. Whether a routine trip or unexpected journey, each tale will explore new worlds of adventure, mystery, humor, and horror, with stories for every taste and fancy.

Edited by S.C. Butler and Patricia Bray, PORTALS will contain approximately fourteen stories with an average length of up to 6,000 words each. It will include short stories by:

  • Jacey Bedford
  • F. Brett Cox
  • James Enge
  • Esther Friesner
  • Nancy Holzner
  • Gini Koch
  • Violette Malan
  • Jaime Lee Moyer
  • Ian Tregillis

All other slots aside from the named authors will be filled by the open call for submissions following the successful completion of the Kickstarter.

TEMPORALLY DEACTIVATED:

In our spam boxes today, we both received notices that our bank accounts required resolution, and the content of the spam contained the following sentence: “We have noticed that you need to resolve important security issues on your account to prevent temporal deactivation.” Of course, our immediate thought was of a new anthology called TEMPORALLY DEACTIVATED!

For this follow-up to 2015’s TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER, we are looking for stories that take a person, object, event, or phenomenon and somehow, during the course of the plot, “temporally deactivate” it, whatever that may mean in the context of the story. “Temporal deactivation” should refer to something more than a simple death, malfunction, or termination, and instead should touch in some way on issues of time — its flow, distortion, dislocation, etc.

Edited by David B. Coe & Joshua Palmatier, it will contain approximately 14 stories with an average length of up to 6000 words each. It will include short stories by:

  • C.S. Friedman
  • Faith Hunter
  • D.B. Jackson
  • Gini Koch
  • Stephen Leigh
  • Misty Massey
  • Jenna Rhodes
  • Edmund R. Schubert

All other slots aside from the named authors will be filled by the open call for submissions following the successful completion of the Kickstarter.

ALTERNATE PEACE:

All too often, alternate histories are based on a battle or assassination. We’re looking for stories where change grew out of more peaceful activities…science, business, and culture. Imagine a world in which the branch point from our own was caused by scientific endeavor, social change, natural forces, or other points of divergence which don’t rely on military activity or violence.

Edited by Steven H Silver & Joshua Palmatier, it will contain approximately 14 stories with an average length of up to 6000 words each. It will include short stories by:

  • D.B. Jackson
  • Stephen Leigh
  • Ian R. MacLeod
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Kari Sperring
  • Harry Turtledove
  • Rick Wilber

 

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Author Interview: Jonathan Fesmire

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Today I am interviewing Jonathan Fesmire, author of the new steampunk western zombie novel, Bodacious Creed: a Steampunk Zombie Western, first book in the The Adventures of Bodacious Creed series.

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DJ: Hi Jonathan! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Jonathan: Sure! I’m a professional writer and steampunk enthusiast. So, it should come as no surprise that I now write steampunk novels, specifically Wild West steampunk. And, for good measure, I throw in my own brand of zombies. In addition to writing fiction, I’m a full-time copywriter, so I’m lucky enough to get to write for a living. I’m a single dad, and my awesome son lives with me full time.

DJ: What is Bodacious Creed: a Steampunk Zombie Western and The Adventures of Bodacious Creed series about?

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Jonathan: The first novel is about a U.S. Marshal, James Creed, already somewhat of a legend when the story begins, who goes to Santa Cruz, California, to track down and arrest a serial murderer. Instead, that killer, Corwin Blake, shoots him dead. Creed wakes up in a laboratory where a woman in her early twenties has brought him back to life using steam-era technology. Creed resumes his mission to stop Blake. Of course, there’s much more to it, but that’s a good summation!

The rest of the series will cover his further adventures. Honestly, I don’t know where it will go. My stories shape themselves as I write them. Or, more specifically, my characters guide my stories, so it’s tough to come up with a long story arc, though I do have the broad strokes of the next two books in my head.

Like the first book, I plan for each to be a complete story, but with an obvious opening for the next book. The second novel, Bodacious Creed and the Frisco Syndicate, picks up the important threads left open by the first novel. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Joshua Palmatier

Today I am interviewing Joshua Palmatier, co-editor of the three new anthologies, Guilds & Glaves, The Razor’s Edge, and Second Round: A Return to the Ur-Bar, which are currently on Kickstarter!.

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DJ: Hey Joshua! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For this interview, on the first part I’d like to focus on the anthologies themselves, then for the second, I’d like to talk about the Kickstarter in particular.

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Joshua Palmatier:  Certainly!  And thank you for hosting this interview.  We at Zombies Need Brains appreciate it.  I’m a fantasy author published by DAW Books, with nine novels out at the moment.  The most recently released was REAPING THE AURORA, the third and final novel in the “Ley” series.  I also began editing anthologies for DAW with fellow author Patricia Bray.  We did two anthologies for them—AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR and THE MODERN FAE’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY.  Working on those two anthologies got me hooked on SF&F anthologies, so I ended up creating a small press called Zombies Need Brains, which focuses on producing SF&F themed anthologies initially backed by Kickstarters.  ZNB has released seven anthologies so far, and we’re currently seeking to fund three new anthologies, titled THE RAZOR’S EDGE, GUILDS & GLAIVES, and SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE UR-BAR.

DJ: What are each of these anthologies about?

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Joshua:  The themes are always my favorite part.  THE RAZOR’S EDGE is a military SF&F anthology focusing on that fine line between an insurgent and a freedom fighter.  When does the freedom fighter become an insurgent, or vice versa?  We’d like authors to explore that razor’s edge, both in science fiction settings and in fantasy settings.  GUILDS & GLAIVES is a sword & sorcery anthology, where we’d like the stories to somehow deal with a guild along with the typical style of sword & sorcery—so thieves, assassins, dark magic, treachery, etc.  And as you can guess from the title, SECOND ROUND: A RETURN TO THE UR-BAR is a sequel to the first anthology that Patricia Bray and I edited, AFTER HOURS.  The premise is the Gilgamesh found his immortality by becoming the bartender of a time-traveling bar called the Ur-bar—which at any point in time is the uber bar at that moment.  We explored the bar in the first anthology, but there are still plenty of time periods left and we hope that the authors find a unique setting and a unique story for the sequel. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Brenda Cooper

Today I am interviewing Brenda Cooper, author of the new sci-fi collection, Stories of Fremont’s Children, which is currently being funded on Kickstarter to co-incide with the 10th Anniversary Release of her award-winning novel, The Silver Ship and the Sea.

All of the stories are set in the same world as The Silver-Ship and the Sea.

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DJ: Hey Brenda! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For this interview, on the first part I’d like to focus on the novels, then for the second, I’d like to talk about the Kickstarter in particular.

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Brenda Cooper:  I’m fascinated with technology and how it works, a rabid environmentalist, lately a bit of an activist, and I love reading and writing.  I live in Washington State on an acre and a half of beautiful land. We have two grown-up children and four dogs, three of which are smarter than we are (they’re border collies).

DJ: What is The Silver Ship and the Sea about?

Brenda:  The story is about six genetically enhanced children who are abandoned on a planet that hates genetic engineering.  So in that way, it’s a story of the other.  The series also explores what it is to be human, various definitions of family, and the cost of war. There are three books, with a fourth to come.  The first is out, and hopefully the other three will release in 2018.

DJ: What were some of the inspirations for The Silver Ship and the Sea?

Brenda: It was written during the run-up to the Iraq war, and so it became a bit of an anti-war novel.  Unlike some of books which address war directly (and in fact this series does do so in the last book), The Silver Ship and the Sea illustrates the cost of conflict.  It’s also a chance to explore the costs of choosing to embrace or reject technology. Lastly, I really just wanted to create an interesting world.  Fremont has fabulous creatures, wandering scientists, dangerous volcanoes, and more. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Michael R. Underwood

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Today I am interviewing Michael R. Underwood, author of the science fiction and fantasy, genre-hopping novellas series. Genrenauts: The Complete Season One Collection just hit the digital shelves, with the paperback hot on its heels.

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DJ: Hey Michael! Thanks for coming back to do a follow up interview about the Genrenauts: The Complete Season One Collection!

I had you on the first time to about the Kickstarter for Genrenauts: The Complete Season One Collection. Now that it is completed, how did it turn out? Would you consider using it again for future projects?

Michael R. Underwood: Kickstarter took up even more of my attention and energy than I’d expected, but it was totally worth it. Kickstarter was a great partner for getting the word out about the campaign and the series in general. KS’s own discovery systems brought in around 27% of the pledge funding, which was notably higher than I was expecting. The backers have been very supportive (and not just with their pledges), and I’ve been very pleased by reader responses to the season as it unfolds. I sent the ebook omnibus rewards to backers in advance of the official release date, and am just finalizing the paperback print run now.

DJ: In case any of my readers missed the first interview, please tell us again: What is the Genrenauts series about? And what is a “genrenaut”?

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Michael: Genrenauts is an adventure science fiction series told in novellas, for fans of Leverage, Quantum Leap, Redshirts, and/or recent webseries Dramaworld.

In Genrenauts, our Earth is one of many. Every other world is the home of a story genre, from Western or Fantasy to Romance, Action, Crime, etc. Stories play out in these worlds – familiar tale types, archetypal characters, and so on.

When stories on these worlds go off-track, you send in the Genrenauts. This team of narrative specialists travels across dimensions to find, analyze, and fix broken stories. If they don’t, the ripples manifest as violence and upheaval in our own world (when Science Fiction World goes off-track, scientific innovation stagnates and exploration halts; when Fantasy World goes off-track, xenophobia rises and cultural rifts widen, etc.).

Stand-up comedian Leah Tang is recruited to join the Genrenauts as stories are breaking at a record pace. Will she adapt to the bizarre and dangerous life of a Genrenaut, or will she end up as just another broken story? Continue reading

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Author Interview and Giveaway: Darrell Drake

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Darrell Drake was kind enough to provide three (3) free ebook copies of A Star-Reckoner’s Lot to go along with his interview! The link and details for the giveaway are located at the bottom of the post, following the interview:)

Today I am interviewing Darrell Drake, author of the new, historical fantasy novel, A Star-Reckoner’s Lot!!!

[Insert 80’s montage with guitars and fireworks and Canadian flags]

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DJ: Hey Darrell! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Darrell Drake: There’s one thing you should know about me above all else: that I’m fond of birds. How fond? I once let a Canadian goose eat out of my hand, and Canadian geese are nothing if not vicious. Really. Also, I regularly serenade my cat with power ballads.

DJ: What is A Star-Reckoner’s Lot about?

Darrell: The thriving, culturally rich late-antique empire of Sassanian Iran; a strong yet tragically real heroine whose illness and bereavement hangs over her like a cloud of soot and grime; a system of luck-based magic fueled by astronomy (and unpredictable at best in the case of the heroine); a companion who is, perhaps above all else, a liability, with an unconventional take on reality; and all of this inspired by classics such as the Shahnameh and Arabian Nights.

DJ: What were some of your influences for A Star-Reckoner’s Lot?

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Darrell: For the execution of stories within the greater story I drew obvious inspiration from Scheherazade’s delivery of her tales in Arabian Nights—though not nearly as recursive. The tales themselves were influenced in part by the Shahnameh, Iran’s national epic, and the folklore and mythology of the region.

The setting allowed me a wealth of content to draw from, which further seeded the adventures of Ashtadukht and her cohorts. The history and multifarious lands of Sassanian Iran would be the core around which their path wound. The empire spanned four centuries; its domain stretched from Mesopotamia to Central Asia. Needless to say, I had quite a bit to work with on that front.

DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?

Darrell: Ashtadukht, the heroine of A Star-Reckoner’s Lot, is perhaps the most appealing because of her flaws. She’s constantly struggling with her illness, the weight of her husband’s death (and her headstrong pursuit of the div responsible [a sort of monster]), the enormity of her title as star-reckoner, the contempt with which her peers view her (due to her unpredictable star-reckoning, and leniency toward the divs she’s meant to root out). All the while, she maintains her bearing. She is proud, intelligent, and capable—neither above her faults nor weakened by them. In her adventures, readers will come to find just how heedlessly she follows her course for justice—or what she would call justice.

Waray is one of Ashtadukht’s companions, one who has already endeared readers, and is above all else a liability. A glance at her semi-keeled scales and otherwise viper-like appearance imparts a clear impression of her terrible lineage. She is no normal div, though. A normal div would be a more straightforward problem; Waray is half-div. Her troubled state becomes immediately manifest in unusual idiosyncrasies and an unconventional take on reality, symptoms of her grim personality disorders. What’s more, she harbors a lie so great it entices her own kind to turn on her. Hunted by both sides, running from her past, Waray is in a bad … way when Ashtadukht finds her. Continue reading

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Author Interview: Michael R. Underwood

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Today I am interviewing Michael R. Underwood, author of the science fiction and fantasy, including the genre-hopping novellas series, Genrenauts, which currently has a Kickstarter running for a complete season one collection.

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DJ: Hey Michael! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview! You are an extremely active member of the SF/F community. For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Michael R. Underwood: Hi! I’m Michael R. Underwood, but I go by Mike everywhere but my byline. I’ve written eight books across several series, from the Ree Reyes Geekomancy books where fandom is a magic system to Shield and Crocus, a weird fantasy supers novel and The Younger Gods, a supernatural thriller.

DJ: What is the Genrenauts series about? And what is a “genrenaut”?

MRU: Genrenauts is an adventure science fiction series told in novellas, for fans of Leverage, Quantum Leap, Redshirts, and/or the works of Jasper Fforde.

In Genrenauts, our Earth is one of many. Every other world is the home of a story genre, from Western or Fantasy to Romance, Action, Crime, etc. Stories play out in these worlds – familiar tale types, archetypal characters, and so on.

When stories on these worlds go off-track, you send in the Genrenauts. This team of narrative specialists travels across dimensions to find, analyze, and fix broken stories. If they don’t, the ripples manifest as violence and upheaval in our own world (when Science Fiction World goes off-track, scientific innovation stagnates and exploration halts; when Fantasy World goes off-track, xenophobia rises and cultural rifts widen, etc.).

Stand-up comedian Leah Tang is recruited to join the Genrenauts as stories are breaking at a record pace. Will she adapt to the bizarre and dangerous life of a Genrenaut, or will she end up as just another broken story? Continue reading

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