Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Pillars of Salem

SASS member Harold Carper has published a short story on Wattpad. Feedback would be appreciated:

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Burstein named president of SASS

Distinguished science fiction author Michael A. Burstein has taken office as the first permanent president of the Society for the Advancement of Speculative Storytelling, Inc. (SASS), as of Jan. 1, 2014.

SASS was incorporated as a non-profit group in the State of Texas on July 30, 2012. It is dedicated to encouraging and mentoring aspiring and new writers of speculative fiction. In so doing, its activities shall include, but not be limited to, keeping its members informed of issues within the field, providing avenues of constructive critique and collegial discussion for its members, and encouraging interest and appreciation for all aspects of speculative fiction in multiple media.

SASS expressly disavows any socio-political goals while asserting the right of its members to discuss and explore any and subjects in speculative fiction writing. Members are expected to be respectful of each other at all times.

Burstein leads a nine-member Board of Directors, including Vice-President Brad Torgersen, Secretary Lou Antonelli, Treasurer Shedrick Pittman-Hassett, and members at large Bruce Bethke, Dario Ciriello, Park Cooper, Liz Burton and Rie Sheridan Rose.

The group's web page is:

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Information on the members of the SASS Board of Directors follows:

President - Michael A. Burstein, Brookline, Massachusetts
Michael A. Burstein is a multiple Hugo and Nebula nominee, a former Secretary of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), and a former Vice-President of the New England Science Fiction Association(NESFA) . His  first published story, "TeleAbsence," appeared in the July 1995 issue of Analog, and was nominated for the Hugo Award.  Burstein won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the 1997 World Science Fiction Convention.

Vice President - Brad Torgersen, Sunset, Utah
Brad R. Torgersen was a winner in the 2009 Writers of the Future contest, and has been published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact and InterGalactic Medicine Show. His 2010 novelette "Outbound" won the Analog reader's poll, and his 2011 novelette "Ray of Light" was nominated for both the Nebula Award and the Hugo Award. He was nominee for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2012.

Secretary - Lou Antonelli, Mount Pleasant, Texas
Louis S. Antonelli's first short story, "A Rocket for the Republic", was the last story bought by Gardner Dozois before he retired after 19 years as editor of Asimov's Science Fiction. He has published 81short stories since 2003 in magazines in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and India. His time storm story, "Great White Ship", published by Daily Science Fiction in 2012, was a finalist for the Sidewise Award in alternate history.

Treasurer - Shedrick Pittman-Hassett, Denton, Texas
Shedrick Pittman-Hassett is a professional librarian and has had several pieces published in professional journals. An aspiring speculative fiction writer, he has received honorable mentions in a number of writing competitions, including Writers of the Future. He is also an avid gamer and has had two pieces published in the award-winning Knights of the Dinner Table magazine.

Board members-at-large:

Bruce Bethke - Oakdale, Minnesota:  Publisher of Stupefying Stories

Liz Burton - Austin, Texas:  Executive Editor of Zumaya Publications

Dario Ciriello – San Francisco, California:  Editor and Publisher, Panverse Publishing

Park Cooper - Austin, Texas:  Writer of prose and graphic novels, co-owner of Wicker Man Studios

Rie Sheridan Rose -- Austin, Texas:  Small press author and lyricist

Saturday, December 7, 2013

It's book bomb time for "Raygun Chronicles"!

It's book bomb time for the brilliant new Space Opera anthology "Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age". It's release day was Tuesday, Dec. 3, so this is the first weekend you can log onto Amazon and buy your copy here:

If you haven't read about it already, here is the cover blurb:

"A school teacher who moonlights as an assassin, a corporate agent kidnapped and faced with a man she never wanted to see again, galactic knights and pilots defending the spaceways, a black bear who wants to be a priest, and a time traveler who discovers he was born a prince - these and more tales await you inside "Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age", a collection of new tales in the Golden Age style.

"With larger than life heroes, rayguns, space ships, robots, pirates, romance and more, here come 25 new tales of great fiction from top names like Seanan McGuire, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, A.C. Crispin, Allen M. Steele, Mike Resnick, David Farland and more. Strap in, set your weapons, and get ready for a fun ride!"

My contribution is a reprint of a story that was originally published in Raygun Revival in 2009. Writing on the Amazing Stories blog, reviewer Keith West said:

"Lou Antonelli is a northerner who lives in Texas these days and mines the history and folklore of his adopted state for his fiction, fiction that’s unique and unlike anything being written by anyone else. In “The Silver Dollar Saucer” he takes a couple of two bit desperadoes on a flying saucer ride."

Other reviewers report:

"RAYGUN CHRONICLES breathes supercharged life into the space opera genre with exciting and inventive new tales by a superb line-up of writers. This is why science fiction will live forever!"--Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of "Patient Zero".

"RAYGUN CHRONICLES is an impressive anthology with an impressive list of contributors, a real showcase of the color and scope of what science fiction can be."--Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of the "Saga of Seven Suns".

"Wonder, adventure, romance, humor-space opera delivers all of these, and this anthology brings together some of the finest talent in the business. Strange new worlds await. So lower your shields, engage your thrusters, and prepare to jump to warp speed!" -- Dave Wolverton, New York Times bestselling author of "Star Wars: The Courtship of Prince Leia".

"These stories bring the reader back to the days when we dreamt of blasters and flying cars. Golden age space opera fun with a strong Western feel." -- Alex Shvartsman, Editor "Unidentified Funny Objects".

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Latest member publication

SASS member Michael Ashleigh Finn's short story "Sign of the Times" has been published in the anthology "Dirty Magick: Los Angeles" released on Kindle Nov. 15 by Lucky Mojo Press.

"Many practice the art, but the bands of rogues who stalk the city with profit and power as their only motive use the magic as it was never intended. “Dirty Magick: Los Angeles” is the new urban fantasy anthology from Lucky Mojo Press.

"Focusing on the intersection of two genres (fantasy and detective/crime), this collection highlights the place where magic survives and flourishes in the concrete heartbeat of Hollywood. Here are the ne'er-do-wells who use magic to commit crime and the hard boiled wizards who would stop them."

Michael's story  focuses on Nikolas Wormwood, a private consultant having to deal with grifter that appears to have been possessed by an Indian Mara demon in 1940's Hollywood.

You can order the anthology here:

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Latest member publication

The British mag Fevered Dreams has just come out with its Issue No. 3, which features Lou Antonelli's story "The Stinky Men". This is the story he wrote on a Smith Corona Classic 12 portable typewriter in the Dealers Room at ArmadilloCon in Austin in 2011.

This story is a blatant homage to Howard Waldrop's "The Ugly Chickens" and in fact an alternate universe version of Howard appears as "Professor Waldrup" from the anthropology department of the University of Texas.

You can download a free PDF of this issue, all 99 pages, here.

This is Antonelli'ssixth story published this year, his 81st since 20

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Member News

SASS Secretary Lou Antonelli was a finalist for this year's Sidewise Award for alternate history. The award presentation was done at noon Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio at Lone Star Con 3, the 71st annual world science fiction convention. Sidewise winner Rick Wilber is shown with his award, flanked by Antonelli and fellow finalist Cat Valente.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Member news

Issued this spring in its Kindle edition, the Song Stories anthology is now available as a paperback.

It features a short story by Lou Antonelli, "Hearts Made of Stone", set in the Freedom Rider Era of the Civil Rights movement in East Texas.

These Song Stories are stories from across the globe, from across the genre spectrum, unified by the inspiration of song. A lyricist has the immense challenge of capturing an entire story in a handful of verses Some melodies convey a story without a single word. What stories might have arisen if the lyricists and composers chose to share their stories in a different medium? Sit back, relax, and spend some time with an old friend, or find a new one.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Member news

SASS Vice President Brad Torgerson has his first collection coming out soon. Here is the table of contents:

“Outbound” (Analog, Nov 2010)
“Gemini 17″ (Jim Baen Memorial Contest anthology, Baen Books, 2015)
“Influences: Allan Cole & Chris Bunch”
“The Bullfrog Radio Astronomy Project” (Analog, Oct 2011)
“Exiles of Eden” (Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Issue #22)
“Writer Dad: Mike Resnick”
“Footprints” (Licton Springs Review, 2002)
“The Exchange Officers” (Analog, Feb/Mar 2013)
“Essay: On the Growth of Fantasy and the Waning of Science Fiction” (Writers of the Future web site)
“The Chaplain’s Assistant” (Analog, Sept 2011)
“The Chaplain’s Legacy” (Analog, Jul/Aug 2013)
“The Hero’s Tongue: Larry Niven”
“Exanastasis” (L. Ron Hubbard presents Writers and Illustrators of the Future, XXVI)
“Ray of Light” (Analog, Dec 2011)

The book contains also contains introductions by Stanley Schmidt, Mike Resnick and Allan Cole.

About the collection, Brad says: "Included in the book are a lot of personal comments on each of the stories, as well as thoughts and musings about writing, my friends and mentors in the business, and so forth. This book should be rolling of the press in time for SLC ComiCon 2013, in September."

The artwork is by Hugo winner Bob Eggleton\.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Statement on the expulsion of a member by another writers' organization

In response to requests for comments regarding the decision of another writers' group to formally expel a lifetime member, SASS Secretary and spokesman Lou Antonelli makes the following statement:

"Although the subject in question was exercising his free speech rights under the First Amendment to the US Constitution, that has nothing to do with the standards of conduct and behavior within a private organization

"Like any private club, the organization in question is allowed to police its membership according to its regulations and bylaws. This is an internal discipline issue and not a matter of concern to the Society for the Advancement of Speculative Storytelling.

"The by-laws of the Society for the Advancement of Speculative Storytelling clearly state that members should not discuss religion or politics within its auspices, and its members are expected to treat each other with respect. Those are our bylaws, and each group operates according to its own bylaws and policies.

"It might be useful to note - especially for non US citizens - that because of the First Amendment to the US Constitution, and its free speech guarantees, there is no professional licensing or certification of any communication media in this country. There is no such thing as a licensed journalist, there is no certifying group for authors or writers. SASS, as well as similar groups, are private and voluntary by nature, regardless of reputation and/or behavior. This is not the same in all countries.

"Like many authors, I belong to more than one writer's organization. Which group you join or belong to is a personal decision, and how any group takes care of its own is a private matter."

(The Society for the Advancement of Speculative Storytelling, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and mentoring aspiring and new writers of speculative fiction. SASS was incorporated as a non-profit group in the State of Texas on July 30, 2012. Members of SASS have been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, Sidewise, Prometheus, British Science Fiction Association, and Rhysling Awards, and won the Writers of the Future and the Philip K. Dick Award.)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Interview with Park Cooper

From the web site Nerd Titan, and interview by Steve Saunders:

"We caught up with writer Park Cooper, recently, about his latest offering coming up from Angry Viking Press, the rollicking, rockerboy-murdering, zombietech cyberpunk thrill-ride SWIPE.

"Do you like Heavy Metal? The comics magazine, I mean– but the music helps, too. Are you like me , wishing that there was more cyberpunk, Blade-Runnery fiction out there… while you watch a bunch of drunken medieval twits assassinate and have sex with one another? (Not that I mind, mind… I love that stuff.)

"Anyhow, I shot Park a few questions. Here’s what went down."
To read the interview, click here: