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Alembical – Limited Time Offer!

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At the Nebula Awards this year I was having a chat with Jay Lake. We had both been nominated for the prize in the novella category, and he said the best novella he’d ever written was “America, Such As She Is,” published back in November, 2008. I had to agree (and not just because I was his editor for it). The work appeared in Alembical, the second book ever published by Paper Golem and the start of our series of collections of brilliant novellas.

After I returned from San Jose, a quick check of the stock room revealed a surplus of the hardbound edition of Alembical, 50 of them. Recalling my conversation with Jay, I decided it was time for a sale.

The list price on the book is $25.

For a limited time, you can use the PayPal button below to order a copy of the book for $15, which includes the cost of shipping (US residents only).

Again, this is for the hardbound edition of Alembical, which contains the following four novellas:

  • “America, Such As She Is” by Jay Lake
  • “13 Miles to Paradise” by Bruce Taylor
  • “Harvest” by James Van Pelt
  • “Now You See Us” by Ray Vukcevich

As noted above, I have only 50 copies available at this price. When they’re all spoken for, the PayPal button will redirect you to Amazon.com, where you can still buy the book, just not at this sale price.

And now for some pimping, shared universe style

No Comments » Written on April 14th, 2013 by
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As you know (and I’m talking to you, Bob), last year my story “Coca Xocolātl” appeared in the shared universe anthology ReDeus: Divine Tales. I had a lot of fun writing that story, so when the editors decided to do a second volume of future tales set after The Return, I promptly got in line.

That new book is entitled ReDeus: Beyond Borders, and it comes out next month. In the meantime, the fine folks at Crazy8 Press have invited the book’s contributors to yammer a bit, and yours truly is up first.

So now you can follow this link over to their site and read what I have to tell you about the continuing saga of Matlal Alejandro Garcia y Fuentes, professor emeritus and representative of the Aztec God Huehuecoyotl. But I warn you, as soon as you do, you’re going to want to buy the book!

Now Available for Nook: BUFFALITO DESTINY!

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Buffalito Destiny

So, if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll recall that just yesterday I announced that my 2009 novel from Hadley Rille Books, Buffalito Destiny, could be acquired for a mere $3.00 by Kindle-users over on Amazon.

While there was much rejoicing, there was also a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Or something like that. I like to think it was from all the rest of the e-reading public who fill their ebook fix via the much more popular format known as ePub.

As you know, Bob, Barnes & Noble’s ereader, the Nook, uses that format, and while there are still a few bugs in the system (e.g., they don’t have the cover art showing yet), Buffalito Destiny is now available in ePub format via BN.com, specifically right here at this link. And yes, it’s still only three bucks!

And again, because the ebook is being published via Paper Golem, it’s covered by our FREE EBOOK policy which says if you’ve already bought a physical copy of book then you’re entitled to the ebook version (either mobi or ePub format) for free. If this applies to you, follow this link to find out how to get yours.

Now Available for Kindle: BUFFALITO DESTINY!

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Buffalito Destiny

In 2009 Hadley Rille Books published my first novel, Buffalito Destiny, making it available in both Trade Paperback and Hardcover editions.

Beginning today, my own small press, Paper Golem, has made it available for the Kindle, and it only costs three dollars!

Seriously, a mere three bucks. No more excuses. Plus today’s my half-birthday, so… yeah, that means you should get a copy, right?

You can click this link and you’ll be whisked instantly to Amazon where you can buy a copy (and I encourage you to use that link as I’ll get a bit extra, courtesy of Amazon’s Affiliation program).

But also, because the ebook is being published via Paper Golem, it’s covered by our FREE EBOOK policy. Specifically, if you’ve already bought the book in “dead tree” format, Paper Golem will send you the ebook version (either mobi or ePub format) at no cost. Check out this link for the details.

And a special shout out to Elektra Hammond for her efforts improving the readability of the ebook!

4th Night of Hannukah – 2012

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I am a huge fan of Subterranean Press. They put out books by some of the most amazing writers in the field, and do so in stunning editions.

In the last few years, I’ve cut way back on the number of paper books I buy. Almost all of my reading is of the epub variety, either on my phone or on a seven-inch tablet. But, there are a couple dozen authors that I still buy regularly in paper, writers who are friends, writers who are mentors, writers who inspire, writers I want to collect on my shelves. And several times a year, I’ll see just such an author’s name pop up from Subterranean Press in an email, and I’ll go ahead and pre-order a book. Often as not, it will be a signed, numbered edition. Yeah, that costs a bit more, but since I’m buying fewer paper books, it all washes out. Plus, it’s about the only thing I buy for myself.

The Boolean Gate

Anyway, the point of this post is that I’d ordered and paid for just such a book months and months ago, and then long since forgot the book even existed or was coming out.

It arrived with yesterday’s mail.

I gave the book to my wife, so she could give it to me as a Hannukah gift last night. I’ve talked about this before, what a pain-in-the-ass I am to get gifts for, because there’s nothing really that I want or need, and how I tend to end up disappointed when someone is really just trying to be nice and give me something. Yeah, I suck). The point is, it makes giving me gifts pretty tough. But here was this great book I wasn’t expecting (honestly, I don’t recall ordering it) and it’s just what I wanted. The perfect gift. My wife graciously accepted the opportunity to give me the book. A win all around!

The book is Walter Jon Williams’s The Boolean Gate. My copy is #46 of the special, signed edition, limited to 500 copies. Whenever I order a numbered book from Subterranean I always ask for #46 and Bill goes out of his way to accomodate me (Thanks, Bill!). If you want to know why #46, well, ask me in person sometime.

And too, as regular readers of my blog know, not only am I a huge fan of Walter’s work, but I’ve had the great pleasure of going up the mountain in Taos to learn from the man at his master class, Taos Toolbox (and it’s also my great pleasure to plug that experience whenever I can). The book’s concept is brilliant, pairing of the characters of Samuel Clemens and Nicola Tesla, two dynamic and brilliant contemporaries. Combined with Walter’s legendary ability with plot, I have no doubt this is going to be an awesomely fun read.

Happy Hannukah indeed!

BUFFALITO BUFFET – According to Publishers Weekly

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Coming out in time for Thanksgiving (surely a great time to buy books!), Buffalito Buffet is the third book in the Amazing Conroy series.

Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about it:

Starting with 2001’s “Buffalo Dogs,” this collection reprints all seven of Schoen’s short stories featuring the Amazing Conroy, a hypnotist turned entrepreneur, and his pet buffalito, Reggie (last seen in 2011’s Buffalito Contingency), along with the all-new “Barry’s Tale.” The emphasis is on sly humor and social chicanery as Conroy uses hypnotism, subterfuge, and old-fashioned people skills to interact with a universe teeming with oddball aliens and their oft-confusing customs. He breaks an alien monopoly on buffalitos, dog-sized creatures that eat anything and fart pure oxygen; learns the secret of the galaxy’s greatest recluse; gets caught up in a murder; gambles for extremely high stakes; and pursues a legendary culinary delicacy. Schoen is clearly in his element and there’s a pleasant preposterousness to the whole thing, like a series of good-natured tall tales that end too soon.

“Pleasant preposterousness.” Yeah, I’ll take that.

Advance look at Buffalito Buffet

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The next book in the Amazing Conroy series, is actually a look back. Buffalito Buffet is a collection that gathers all the previously published stories (including those from venues long out of print and/or not available in the US) as well as a brand new novella set before the events of the story arc of the novels.

It will be coming out from Hadley Rille Books in the Fall.

I thought you might like to see what it’s going to look like:

Buffalito Buffet

ReDeus: Coca Xocalātl

2 comments Written on July 19th, 2012 by
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I’ve received word that the new shared universe anthology, ReDeus: Divine Tales has gone to press. We’ll have the book available on Friday, August 3rd, at Shore Leave (as well as a majority of the contributors on hand to autograph your copy).

As such, I thought I’d tell you a bit more about my story in the book. It’s entitled “Coca Xocalātl” and is the tale of an eighty-five year old professor emeritus from the linguistics department of a university in San Diego, California. Except now San Diego has been reclaimed as a state of Mexico (along with portions of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas). Why? Because the Aztec gods said so! But I digress.

Professor Garcia y Fuentes is more or less content to live out the rest of his days puttering around in the basement of the university’s library. He has his correspondence with former students and colleagues, he has articles to review for professional journals, and he has dead languages to tinker with. But if he’s allowed to do that, then there’s no story. So…

Instead, our good professor unwittingly draws the attention of one of the gods, Huehuecoyotl, aka Old Man Coyote. And while this isn’t quite the familiar trickster god of American folklore, he is still very much a trickster and he has plans for our professor. Oh my yes.

As for the title? It’s what you get when you mix Coca Cola with traditional (as in the year 1400, you know, old school) “hot chocolate,” or rather, it’s what you get if a god mixes it for you.

I leave you now with the stunning illustration that Carmen Carnero created to go with my story. Just outstanding!