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Penthouse 5 Founding Member’s Final Dream, Publication of Science Fantasy Realized Years After Death -- Posted by Bonnie Lynne on April 28, 2016

Penthouse 5 Founding Member’s Final Dream Realized Years After Death

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ATTENTION: BOOK, MUSIC, & FEATURE REPORTERS

Rob Graham, founding member of the popular 1960s band Penthouse 5, had his last dream of writing and publishing a novel realized nearly seven years after his death in 2009. Wolfshadow, co-written with author C. S. Fuqua, was published in eBook in January 2016 by Ursa Major Books, with the paperback version scheduled for June 2016 publication.

Graham was a founding member of Penthouse 5, a popular Texas-based 1960s garage rock band. When the band broke up in the mid-1960s, he moved on to acting and modeling, but alcoholism took its toll and, by the late 1980s, Graham was living on the street. Following a near-death experience, Graham entered rehabilitation, got clean, and tackled the dream of becoming a published writer. Fuqua reminisces about Graham’s roller-coaster life and their efforts to realize Graham’s final dream in the blog post “Piss on It: Developing Wolfshadow” at http://csfuqua.blogspot.com/2016/01/piss-on-it-developing-wolfshadow.html.

Shortly before Graham lost his voice to throat cancer, he discussed his prognosis from his hospice care facility with Fuqua: “I’ve had a good life, Chris—good friends and a great family. I have cancer. I won’t be going back home.” As Graham’s cancer progressed, he and Fuqua worked via email and through the assistance of David Graham, Rob’s brother, to complete Wolfshadow. This collaboration continued until two days before Graham died. Fuqua continued to work on the novel and finished the final draft three years to the month after Graham’s death.

The science fantasy novel Wolfshadow features Jim Pleasant Wolfshadow, a Cheyenne Native American and former Navy SEAL, who’s resigned from Nattech Inc., America’s controlling corporation, following a terrorist bombing that killed his wife, a bombing for which he wrongly blames himself. He has no intention of jumping into an unknown future when so much is once again on the line—until Max, his best friend and Nattech's lead science officer, vanishes. Unwilling to lose another loved one, Wolfshadow returns to Nattech service to locate and rescue his friend. Accompanied by a shape-shifting entity who claims to have been with him since birth, Wolfshadow must battle Max’s abductor and source of increasing global mayhem, an other-dimensional, megalomaniacal being, determined to conquer Earth and subjugate its inhabitants to his rule.

Author and reviewer Suanne Schafer gives Wolfshadow five stars and describes it as, “A thought-provoking and interesting read.” (http://suanneschaferauthor.com/book-review-wolfshadow-robert-edward-graham-c-s-fuqua/)

Science fiction magazine Albedo One says, “If you are looking for a Fantasy novel that masterfully bridges the gap with Science Fiction and aren't afraid of the grimdark, then this book is definitely for you.” (http://www.albedo1.com/2015/11/04/wolfshadow-by-robert-edward-graham-christopher-s-fuqua/)

Wolfshadow is one of the few books released today that has its own music soundtrack, composed and recorded by C. S. Fuqua, available as a free download with book purchase, separate purchase from iTunes, Amazon, Loudr, and Bandcamp, and streamable on Spotify and other services. To sample all songs, please visit the Wolfshadow Bandcamp page. The publisher, Ursa Major Books, has tentative plans for a contest in conjunction with the paperback publication. The prize will be a flute handmade by C. S. Fuqua.

C. S. Fuqua has been a professional author, composer, and musician for decades. His work has been published in the Christian Science Monitor, Main Street Rag, Chiron Review, Years Best Horror Stories, and many other small and large press publications. His published works cover many genres including horror, science fiction, non-fiction and southern gothic. He currently resides in Las Cruces, NM, but has lived in Pensacola, FL; Honolulu, HI; and Huntsville, AL.

For additional information please visit the sites above and the following sites:

• C. S. Fuqua Press Kit, including Wolfshadow cover and pictures of author,http://csfuqua.weebly.com/uploads/2/1/1/9/21191968/csfuqua_press.pdf

• Ursa Major Books, publisher for Wolfshadow, http://www.ursa-major-books.com/

• The C. S. Fuqua Amazon.com author’s page, http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B000APVT78

• C. S. Fuqua biography, http://csfuqua.weebly.com/bio.html

C. S. Fuqua is available for interviews in person and by email, internet, and telephone. To set up an interview, please contact me at (575) 639-2049 or by email at BLynne@cooperativeink.com.


Award-winning New Zealand Sci-Fi to premiere at Sci-Fi London Film Festival -- Posted by christian@littlehero.co.nz on April 21, 2016

Award-winning New Zealand comedy ‘This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy’ to premiere at Sci-Fi London Film Festival

London sci-fi fans will soon have the chance to see award-winning comedy This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy at its European premiere. The impressively titled independent Kiwi feature film recently returned from its North American festival premiere. The film had a fantastic reception at the 41st Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival (the longest-running science-fiction film festival in the USA), where it was awarded Best Comedy. From humble beginnings, including a very original method for funding the film, Boulder (for short!) will now premiere in the UK, screening in Official Selection at Sci-Fi-London Film Festival in May.

This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy is an epic action comedy in the vein of Galaxy Quest meets Monty Python. Packed with classic references from all your favourite sci-fi shows, Boulder tells the story of three ordinary guys sucked into the world of a B-grade 1960s space flick. Trapped in a low-budget universe, they soon discover latex monsters and evil space villains are the least of their problems. Somehow, they have to fight their way home, before they get lost in space…forever.

Debut filmmaker Christian Nicolson and co-writer Andrew Beszant grew up fixated with sci-fi, soaking up the action and atmosphere of outer space in classics like Blake’s 7, Lost in Space, Dr Who and Star Trek. This film is steeped in the look and feel of these old sci-fi shows and has itself the hallmarks of a great cult movie.

Outside of writing, producing, directing and starring in This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy, Nicolson makes his living as a painter and sculptor. In a novel approach to financing, when the time came to raise the budget for the film, Nicolson turned to his storeroom of art to fund his movie – selling art to make sci-fi! During production, when the money ran out, the cast and crew would take a break from shooting so Christian could spend time painting, hold an exhibition and then use the proceeds to go back into production. Certainly an original method, the majority of the budget for this indie film was raised through Christian’s art sales.

Christian built sets and made the props, while his wife Kirianne made the costumes creating a truly unique aesthetic that adds to the comedy of the film. Christian’s drive and vision, and a cracking good story, attracted a whole team, nay, a hoard of sci-fi-enthusiasts to bring this truly special indie film to life.

Ignoring the rules of low-budget filmmaking, this indie gem boasts exotic locations, a huge cast, studio sets and more spacey props and costumes than you could shake a ray gun at. All this and more helps make This Giant Papier Mache Boulder Actually Really Awesome.

“A wonderful film, very funny - every SF fan should see it!” – Sci-Fi London Film Festival

"The biggest surprise of this year's BostonSciFi - The audience loved it! It could easily become a breakout." – Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival

“It’s easily one of my favourite kiwi films ever. I actually already want to watch it again” – Karl Burnett - Shortland Street

“Let’s face it, who hasn’t tried to use the force” – Christian Nicolson - Writer/Director/Producer of Boulder

The 2016 Sci-Fi London Film Festival runs from 27 April – May 6, 2016. This Giant Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy will screen at the Stratford Picturehouse 9pm Monday 2nd May and 3pm Friday 6th May. Tickets are £7.

Resource Link: http://sci-fi-london.com/festival/2016/programme/feature/giant-papier-mach%C3%A9-boulder-actually-really-heavy


Stephen Hillard and Joel Eisenberg Series On TV -- Posted by Michael Conant on January 01, 2016

Incorgnito Publishing Press wants to thank you. As a colleague or personal friend of co-author Joel Eisenberg or Stephen Hillard, we are grateful to announce to you that "The Chronicles of Ara," Joel and Steve's 8-book fantasy saga, has been signed to a television deal by Ovation TV, America's premiere arts network.

See here:

http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/chronicles-of-ara-tv-show-joel-eisenberg-steve-hillard-ovation-1201625025/

We are proud that "The Chronicles of Ara" has shattered many glass ceilings in the publishing business, most especially that the series is the first time in publishing history that an independent, print-on-demand book has made such a straight-to-network deal.

To commemorate this news, Incorgnito Publishing Press has printed a limited-edition (1000 copies only) collector's item hardcover of "The Chronicles of Ara Volume One: Creation." Once these are gone, they will not be reprinted again.

First-edition copies of "The Chronicles of Ara" have sold online for as high as $2000. Our new, official collector's copies are now being sold for $40 for a limited time, and are signed by authors Stephen Hillard and Joel Eisenberg. If you are interested in purchasing this exclusive hardcover collector's item, please do so below.

Resource Link: http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/chronicles-of-ara-tv-show-joel-eisenberg-steve-hillard-ovation-1201625025/


New Portals book set for Halloween release -- Posted by P.L. Blair on October 25, 2013

Sister Hoods, book 4 in the Portals urban fantasy/suspense/romance series by Sheridan author P.L. Blair, will be released as an ebook on Oct. 31, according to Blair's publisher, Studio See Publishing LLC.

“I asked my black cat, Paladin,” jokes company CEO, Pamela See, “and he thought a Halloween release for the book was a great idea.” Turning serious, See elaborated, “Sister Hoods has a lot of fantasy elements – unicorns, a wyvern, wizards – in addition to the elf who is one of her main characters. Pat submitted the manuscript to me last month, and the timing just seemed right for a release on Halloween.”

A former reporter for The Sheridan Press, now writing for Sheridan Media, Blair wrote the first novel in her Portals series, Shadow Path, in 2006 while still working for The Press.

“I've always wanted to write books,” she says. “I went into journalism as a way to support myself while perfecting skills as a writer. Then I kind of got hooked on covering news, writing features, covering government meetings – Finally in 2006, at the age of 59, I thought if I was ever going to follow my original dream and become an author, I needed to write a book!”

Deciding the kind of book to write was easy, Blair says. “I love fantasy – and detective stories. Plus, I got hooked on all those CSI shows on TV. So I knew I wanted to write books with an elf character, and a CSI/forensics element. Then I short-circuited myself by giving Tevis, my elf detective, an ability to see how someone dies just by laying hands on the corpse.”

Blair says another element she didn't anticipate when she started writing the series was the growing romance between her two main characters – the elf, Tevis, and his human partner, Kat Morales.

“As soon as people started reading Shadow Path,” she says, “they started asking me, so when are Kat and Tevis going to hook up as a couple?”

In Sister Hoods, she adds, the two police detectives are dealing with that issue even as they seek the answers to why a band of nymphs and satyrs would rob a bank – and why a group of wizards is so interested in a patch of woodlands on Texas' Lamar Peninsula.

A native of Tyler, Texas, and former resident of Corpus Christi and Rockport, Texas – two communities that play prominent roles in her Portals books – Blair moved to Sheridan in 1986. She joined the staff of The Sheridan Press 10 years later and worked there full-time until early 2007, then continued as a part-time writer for the newspaper until summer 2008. She began writing for Sheridan Media this past summer.

Sheridan-based Studio See Publishing incorporated in 2007. After releasing Blair's first three Portals books – Shadow Path, Stormcaller and Deathtalker – in print before publishing them to Kindle and Nook in digital format, See made the decision early this year to publish future releases as ebooks, with print-on-demand as an option.

“The print market appears to be dwindling,” See says. “More and more brick-and-mortar book stores are closing, and ebook readership is growing.” She also is exploring audio book and “flipping” book markets.

Blair is currently writing book 5 in her Portals series – working title: Unholy Cause – and editing an earlier, epic fantasy in which Studio See has expressed interest.

“I'm nearly always writing something,” she says. “I love to write – I love the process of watching something come together under my hands. About the only thing I like as well as writing is reading, and when I'm not writing a book, I'm usually reading one.”

Resource Link: http://www.authorplblair.com


New movie push on kickstarted -- Posted by Michael Reaves on May 05, 2013

Emmy Award winning writer Michael Reaves is creating a new film, BLOOD KISS, and new genre, Vamp Noir. He’s discovered a fresh acting talent to co-star, superstar writer Neil Gaiman. Also starring Amber Benson from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Blood Kiss revolves around detective Joe Belicek, who must solve the murder of a vampire before a deranged killer murders them all. Inspired by Film Noir, this supernatural thriller is set in 1940s Hollywood with famous haunts like the Brown Derby.

"Michael sent me the script. I told him, "it's a errific script." and he said, "I want you to act in it." I replied "There’s nobody else I would act for.”

–Neil Gaiman

BLOOD KISS will bypass the Studios, going straight to the fans for funding to greenlightthe film. Fans who contribute to BLOOD KISS’ Kickstarter campaign are eligible to receive exclusive rewards in exchange for individual pledges anging from $5 to $10,000.

Because of Michael’s personal struggle with Parkinson’s Disease, Blood Kiss is proud to be associated with the American Parkinson’s Disease Association to promote wareness

of the disease.

Follow us on Facebook & Twitter to see all the surprises we have for Blood Kiss’ ever-growing fan base!

https://www.facebook.com/BloodKissMovie


https://twitter.com/BloodKissMovie


www.bloodkissmovie.com


(On May 15th)


Contact: Info@bloodkissmovie.com.

Resource Link: www.bloodkissmovie.com


The Night Visitor Filming wraps -- Posted by Mark Gantt on April 30, 2013

Los Angeles, CA (April 29, 2013) – Actress and producer Jennifer Blanc-Biehn has wrapped filming ahead of schedule on her directorial debut of the digital feature, The Night Visitor.

With nine actors, a seven person crew, and a shoe-string budget made up almost 50% in trade dollars, Blanc-Biehn along with Streamy Award winning producer Mark Gantt (THE BANNEN WAY), and Lony Ruhmann who Executive Produced alongside Blanc-Biehn, wrapped filming The Night Visitor in just five days, one full day ahead of schedule.

“The sheer idea of shooting a feature in six days, with less than two weeks to prep and not one role cast or one crew person hired, is cause for pause.” says Gantt, “But there is something about just saying yes and knowing that everything you've done up to this point was for a reason. We knew that between Jennifer, Brianne and myself, we could pull together an amazing cast and crew. Jennifer's passion is contagious and we all worked well together.”

The Night Visitor is a unique mix of sci-fi and horror, lensed with the found footage style that has become popular in the genres. “I don't think there’s another story out there like this one, I'm super excited about bringing something, maybe a little bit different but in a style that people seem to like,” says Blanc-Biehn.

The Night Visitor stars, actress and executive producer Brianne Davis (PROM NIGHT, AMONG FRIENDS, JARHEAD), “I knew how good of a producer Mark is and knew the drive that Jennifer had, so I felt confident that we'd be able to create something very unique and creative, regardless of the budget and schedule restraints. I'm very proud of The Night Visitor and what we were able to accomplish.”

The film is currently in the editing room and has just launched a Kickstarter Campaign to raise post-production costs for The Night Visitor. “It’s coming out fantastic,” says Blanc-Bien, “I've got a great core group of talented crew and actors that I've been working with, I knew that we'd be able to pull this together quickly and turn out a great project. I think it’s going to be even better than I thought it was gonna be, especially when you think about the time frame we had with this movie. I realized I was able to tell a story, I'm sitting here in the editing room saying to Mark, we have a story here!”

Resource Link: http://www.thenightvisitormovie.com/


A New Unrban Fantasy Novel from our Roving Reporter Patrick LeClerc -- Posted by Mike on August 09, 2012

An urban fantasy, pacy, funny and compelling to the last page…

Healer Sean Danet is immortal—a fact he has cloaked for centuries, behind army lines and now a paramedic’s uniform. Having forgotten most of his distant past, he has finally found peace—and love.

But there are some things you cannot escape, however much distance you put behind you.

When Sean heals the wrong man, he uncovers a lethal enemy who holds all the cards. And this time he can’t run. It’s time to stand and fight, for himself, for his friends, for the woman he loves. It’s time, finally, for Sean to face his past—and choose a future.

A story of love, of battle—and of facing your true self when there’s nowhere left to hide.

Resource Link: http://www.amazon.com/Out-of-Nowhere-ebook/dp/B008TB9YT0/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1


Mike Sirota books -- Posted by Press Release on June 01, 2012

Author Mike Sirota published many sword & sorcery, science fiction, horror, and sword & planet novels through the 1990s with publishers such as Bantam Books, Ace/Berkley, and Zebra Books. Most of his exciting tales have long been out of print. But Mike is now bringing his stories back to life in revised, rewritten editions, both e-book and paper, under a new imprint, Atoris Press. His most recent release is The Sons of Ornon, originally published as The Twentieth Son of Ornon by Zebra Books. Ride with Prince Dulok of Shadzea as he battles the horrors of an ancient land in his quest to exact vengeance for a terrible wrong perpetrated by his father—the king. For details about all of Mike’s books visit his website, Swords and Specters, or check out his blog, Swords, Specters, & Stuff.


New Interviews With Space Command Creator Marc Zicree -- Posted by Press Release on June 01, 2012

Sci-Fi Legends Armin Shimmerman (Star Trek, Buffy) and Marc Zicree (Star Trek, Babylon 5) release three in depth, never before seen, interviews talking about their Star Trek memories as well as the role of Sci-FI for their new sci-fi epic, Space Command!

Guillemro del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) "It's BIG."

Rockne S. O'Bannon (FarScape, Defiance)"The definition of new cool."

Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus) "My old pal Marc Zicree is boldly kickstarting a new journey."

Neil Gaimen (Sandman, Beowolf, Coraline) "I love the Look of this Space Command."

www.SpaceCommandMovie.com

Interview with cast member Armin Shimerman

http://youtu.be/D2H5fk7zE0M

Marc Zicree - What Is Science Fiction?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4hGT19oE4s

SPACE COMMAND will be a series of new and original feature films by STAR TREK writer Marc Zicree, GALACTICA FX whiz Doug Drexler, director Neil Johnson and other Sci-Fi luminaries.

Resource Link: www.SpaceCommandMovie.com


So You Wrote It... Now What? Turn Books Into Business -- Posted by Serenity J. Banks on February 17, 2012

Horror novelist / media pro demonstrates business model for self-published authors.

BROOKINGS, SD - Horror author Serenity J. Banks is writing a book about selling books, and she's proving it while she writes it.

On February 1, 2012, Banks launched So You Wrote It... Now What? Everything I Know About How You Can Sell Your Books at www.RedheadedStepchildBooks.com. She's writing the book one blog post at a time, sharing in-depth, firsthand how-to material for self-published authors who want to turn their books into a business.

What's more: she's using her own day-to-day experience in promoting the book she's writing as a real-time demonstration of the principles she's sharing.

This isn't just another how-to book about self-publishing, marketing, and sales strategies for authors. Banks is writing a book about how authenticity, vision, and living on purpose, combined with practical know-how about self-publishing, marketing, and sales strategies, can result in a fulfilling, self-supporting business model for authors who want to make it a way of life.

"My core message isn't about making money from book sales," Banks says. "My message to authors is about believing in yourself, being true to yourself, and living on faith to activate the vision inside you. If you're doing the right things at the right times for the right reasons, the book sales will follow. I'm just providing the tools I've used to take my destiny as an author into my own hands; it's up to each individual author to decide how far he or she is willing to take it."

In coming months, Banks will take authors step by step through the processes of building a promotional platform, developing a social media presence, launching a public relations campaign, designing a Web marketing strategy, producing and publishing a book in print and e-book formats, and selling a self-published book. Meanwhile, she will demonstrate her strategies and principles in real-time as she builds buzz for the upcoming release of So You Wrote It... Now What? Everything I Know About How You Can Sell Your Books.

With real-world know-how from "both sides of the desk," Banks draws on a decade of experience as an editor, designer, and marketer in the newspaper, magazine, and digital media fields. She is the author of The Left Hand, a literary/religious horror novel set primarily in Western South Dakota, and she is also a co-founder of Dark Continents Publishing, Inc. (www.DarkContinents.com) Operating as Redheaded Stepchild Author Liaisons, Banks provides media and marketing services for self-published authors, and now her goal is to show self-published authors how to conduct their own media and marketing campaigns.

To learn more and follow along from start to finish, visit www.RedheadedStepchildBooks.com.

Resource Link: www.RedheadedStepchildBooks.com/blog.html


New Rating System in place. -- Posted by Steven Bell on January 09, 2012

Hello everyone,

We implemented a simple rating system for stories. It does not cover flash fiction at this time. You may rate a story on a scale of 1-5 (1 lowest, 5 highest).

In order to rate a story you must be a registered user of the Quantum Muse website and logged in. Each user should be able to rate a story once.

Comments may be entered as many times as you would like, and may still be posted anonymously.

Thanks,

steve.


Heroes & Heretics: A Pulp Empire Anthology -- Posted by Jeromy Henry on December 24, 2011

Pulp Empire debuts its biggest anthology ever with 19 stories that run the gamut from heroic sword & sorcery to outer space adventure. Heroes & Heretics brings some of the most talented new stars of pulp together in one massive collection of great pulp fiction!

Resource Link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/115296


The Crimson Battle Axe -- Posted by T. Goyete on December 07, 2011

The Crimson Battle Axe

By Dr. Curtis Oddo

DEBUT SWORD-AND-SORCERY NOVEL DELVES BACK INTO THE REALM OF MYTH, MAGIC AND CLASSICAL FANTASY

--Features original cover art by the transcendent fantasy artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell

Resource Link: www.crimsonbattleaxe.wordpress.com


Joe Haldeman Book Signing -- Posted by Tim Goyette on December 06, 2011

Joe Haldeman’s new novel EARTHBOUND will appear this week from Ace Books.

EARTHBOUND is the final volume in the trilogy that started with MARSBOUND, followed by STARBOUND.

He'll be signing at Pandemonium Books, 4 Pleasant St., Cambridge, MA, (Central Square), this Thursday, December 8, from 7 PM to 9 PM. 617-547-3721


Spec the Halls Writing Contest -- Posted by Jeromy Henry on December 02, 2011

If anyone has a holiday themed story, check out this contest. You can read all the other entries so far, too.

Resource Link: http://www.specthehalls.com/


Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust Announces Winter 2012 Online Classes -- Posted by Jeanne Cavelos on November 17, 2011

ODYSSEY WRITING WORKSHOPS CHARITABLE TRUST

ANNOUNCES WINTER 2012 ONLINE CLASSES

For seventeen years, Odyssey has pursued its mission to help developing writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror improve their work by holding its annual six-week, in-person workshop in Manchester, New Hampshire. But two years ago, Odyssey expanded its mission, taking the teaching techniques that are so effective at the workshop and adapting them to create online classes. Director Jeanne Cavelos explains, "We have worked very hard to ensure that our online classes are of the same quality and caliber as our in-person workshop and that they deserve to carry the name of Odyssey." Courses provide a supportive yet challenging, energizing atmosphere, with class size limited to fourteen students. While courses are designed for adult writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, interested writers of other genres are welcome to apply.

Last winter, Odyssey had a huge response to the three online courses offered. Writers from all over the world applied; only fourteen were admitted to each course. "Using the latest technology," Cavelos says, "we were able to interact with each other in live class meetings, in which students could participate in discussions and ask the instructor questions. In between class sessions, we exchanged homework and critiques. Students were committed and enthusiastic and worked hard, making major improvements in their writing."

This year, Odyssey is offering three different online courses covering some of the most critical issues for developing writers:

Showing versus Telling in Fantastic Fiction

Course Meets: January 4 - February 1, 2012

Instructor: Jeanne Cavelos

Application Deadline: December 8, 2011

Perhaps the first rule most writers hear is "Show, don't tell." Yet in the experience of Odyssey director, editor, and author Jeanne Cavelos, few writers actually understand the difference between showing and telling. Even fewer understand that showing and telling are not two opposing possibilities, but two ends of a spectrum offering a range of subtle gradations. To write with power, a writer must know where on that spectrum he should be at every moment, and he must be able to control the levels of showing and telling. The skillful manipulation of showing and telling can make settings vivid, bring characters to life, put the reader in the middle of the action, and convey powerful emotions. If your readers are confused, if they don't feel your characters are living, breathing people, if they are not compelled to turn the pages, you need to improve your use of showing and telling. Students will study examples of the successful and unsuccessful use of showing and telling. Jeanne will also cover the special necessity of showing in fantastic fiction, and the challenges of doing so.

Secrets of Literary Agents

Course Meets: January 9 - 23, 2012

Instructor: Lindsay Ribar

Application Deadline: December 13, 2011

The best chance a developing writer has of getting an agent is to query someone who has become an agent only in the last few years. Such an agent is still developing her list of writers and is actively looking for new writers to represent. Because of this, the best teacher for a course on getting a literary agent is just such an up-and-coming agent.

In Secrets of Literary Agents, junior agent and author Lindsay Ribar reveals everything authors need to know about getting and working with an agent. The right literary agent can help shape and build an author's career. The wrong one can sink it. In this course, Lindsay will explain why you need an agent in today's market and what an agent can do for you. She will show you how to identify qualified agents appropriate for your work, and how to figure out which of those are the best candidates to approach. You'll learn what agents are looking for in a query, a synopsis, and a novel opening, and how many submissions yours must compete against to get an agent's attention. Lindsay will take you inside the minds of agents to reveal how they evaluate projects.

Lindsay will also prepare you for working with an agent. She'll explain the contracts between agents and authors: clauses to avoid, clauses to insist on. You'll learn how many authors an agent represents and what an average day is like. She'll let you know what is reasonable for an author to expect of an agent, and what is unreasonable, and how to build a positive, long-term relationship with an agent. Lindsay will also discuss changes and trends in the publishing industry, particularly those involving fantasy, science fiction, and young adult literature. Which sub-genres, publishers, and editors provide the best opportunities for new writers? What is the role of e-publishing from an agent's perspective? And how are these changes affecting literary agents?

Narrative Structures in Fantastic Fiction

Course Meets: January 25 - February 22, 2012

Instructor: Bruce Holland Rogers

Application Deadline: December 29, 2011

Award-winning author Bruce Holland Rogers finds structure one of the most useful guides when writing a story. Often he will start a story with no more than a subject and a structure, and it will take him to fascinating places and leave him with a satisfying, unified story. Structure can provide a story with unity, and it can give an author direction. If you ever get lost in the middle of writing a story, or you can't find the right climax, this course is for you. Bruce will teach you how to identify and use powerful strategies, modes, and structures. While most writers have a strong sense of what genre or sub-genre they're writing in, they have little sense of what type of structure they are using, if any. This leads to muddled, dissatisfying plots. Bruce will lay out a fascinating array of various structures, beginning with flash fiction structures, moving on to short story structures, and finally covering structures for long narratives. Bruce will discuss the requirements and goals of these various structures, and how they can be developed with originality and emotion.

More information about our online classes can be found here: http://www.sff.net/odyssey/online.html or by emailing jcavelos@sff.net.

If you've visited the Odyssey site recently, you may need to click REFRESH on your browser to see the new content.

PLEASE NOTE: Those application deadlines are coming up soon! If you would like to apply for more than one course, you must apply separately for each one.

Odyssey's Online Classes pack valuable content into each session, allow for significant interaction with the instructor, and provide assignments that challenge students. The classes provide the tools students need to improve their writing, along with feedback on their work that reveals whether they are successfully using those tools. Cavelos says, "If you're ready to hear about the weaknesses in your writing and ready to work to overcome them, you'd be welcome to apply to our online classes."

In addition, the Odyssey Web site, www.odysseyworkshop.org, offers many resources for writers, including free podcasts, writing and publishing tips, a weekly writing blog, a critique service, and information about the six-week in-person workshop.

The journey to take your writing to the next level starts now!

Resource Link: www.odysseyworkshop.org


Odyssey Writing Workshops Announces Online Courses -- Posted by Jeanne Cavelos on November 14, 2011

For seventeen years, Odyssey has pursued its mission to help developing writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror improve their work by holding its annual six-week, in-person workshop in Manchester, New Hampshire. But two years ago, Odyssey expanded its mission, taking the teaching techniques that are so effective at the workshop and adapting them to create online classes. Director Jeanne Cavelos explains, "We have worked very hard to ensure that our online classes are of the same quality and caliber as our in-person workshop and that they deserve to carry the name of Odyssey." Courses provide a supportive yet challenging, energizing atmosphere, with class size limited to fourteen students. While courses are designed for adult writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, interested writers of other genres are welcome to apply.

Last winter, Odyssey had a huge response to the three online courses offered. Writers from all over the world applied; only fourteen were admitted to each course. "Using the latest technology," Cavelos says, "we were able to interact with each other in live class meetings, in which students could participate in discussions and ask the instructor questions. In between class sessions, we exchanged homework and critiques. Students were committed and enthusiastic and worked hard, making major improvements in their writing."

This year, Odyssey is offering three different online courses covering some of the most critical issues for developing writers:

Showing versus Telling in Fantastic Fiction

Course Meets: January 4 - February 1, 2012

Instructor: Jeanne Cavelos

Application Deadline: December 8, 2011

Perhaps the first rule most writers hear is "Show, don't tell." Yet in the experience of Odyssey director, editor, and author Jeanne Cavelos, few writers actually understand the difference between showing and telling. Even fewer understand that showing and telling are not two opposing possibilities, but two ends of a spectrum offering a range of subtle gradations. To write with power, a writer must know where on that spectrum he should be at every moment, and he must be able to control the levels of showing and telling. The skillful manipulation of showing and telling can make settings vivid, bring characters to life, put the reader in the middle of the action, and convey powerful emotions. If your readers are confused, if they don't feel your characters are living, breathing people, if they are not compelled to turn the pages, you need to improve your use of showing and telling. Students will study examples of the successful and unsuccessful use of showing and telling. Jeanne will also cover the special necessity of showing in fantastic fiction, and the challenges of doing so.

Secrets of Literary Agents

Course Meets: January 9 - 23, 2012

Instructor: Lindsay Ribar

Application Deadline: December 13, 2011

The best chance a developing writer has of getting an agent is to query someone who has become an agent only in the last few years. Such an agent is still developing her list of writers and is actively looking for new writers to represent. Because of this, the best teacher for a course on getting a literary agent is just such an up-and-coming agent.

In Secrets of Literary Agents, junior agent and author Lindsay Ribar reveals everything authors need to know about getting and working with an agent. The right literary agent can help shape and build an author's career. The wrong one can sink it. In this course, Lindsay will explain why you need an agent in today's market and what an agent can do for you. She will show you how to identify qualified agents appropriate for your work, and how to figure out which of those are the best candidates to approach. You'll learn what agents are looking for in a query, a synopsis, and a novel opening, and how many submissions yours must compete against to get an agent's attention. Lindsay will take you inside the minds of agents to reveal how they evaluate projects.

Lindsay will also prepare you for working with an agent. She'll explain the contracts between agents and authors: clauses to avoid, clauses to insist on. You'll learn how many authors an agent represents and what an average day is like. She'll let you know what is reasonable for an author to expect of an agent, and what is unreasonable, and how to build a positive, long-term relationship with an agent. Lindsay will also discuss changes and trends in the publishing industry, particularly those involving fantasy, science fiction, and young adult literature. Which sub-genres, publishers, and editors provide the best opportunities for new writers? What is the role of e-publishing from an agent's perspective? And how are these changes affecting literary agents?

Narrative Structures in Fantastic Fiction

Course Meets: January 25 - February 22, 2012

Instructor: Bruce Holland Rogers

Application Deadline: December 29, 2011

Award-winning author Bruce Holland Rogers finds structure one of the most useful guides when writing a story. Often he will start a story with no more than a subject and a structure, and it will take him to fascinating places and leave him with a satisfying, unified story. Structure can provide a story with unity, and it can give an author direction. If you ever get lost in the middle of writing a story, or you can't find the right climax, this course is for you. Bruce will teach you how to identify and use powerful strategies, modes, and structures. While most writers have a strong sense of what genre or sub-genre they're writing in, they have little sense of what type of structure they are using, if any. This leads to muddled, dissatisfying plots. Bruce will lay out a fascinating array of various structures, beginning with flash fiction structures, moving on to short story structures, and finally covering structures for long narratives. Bruce will discuss the requirements and goals of these various structures, and how they can be developed with originality and emotion.

More information about our online classes can be found here: http://www.sff.net/odyssey/online.html or by emailing jcavelos@sff.net.

If you've visited the Odyssey site recently, you may need to click REFRESH on your browser to see the new content.

PLEASE NOTE: Those application deadlines are coming up soon! If you would like to apply for more than one course, you must apply separately for each one.

Odyssey's Online Classes pack valuable content into each session, allow for significant interaction with the instructor, and provide assignments that challenge students. The classes provide the tools students need to improve their writing, along with feedback on their work that reveals whether they are successfully using those tools. Cavelos says, "If you're ready to hear about the weaknesses in your writing and ready to work to overcome them, you'd be welcome to apply to our online classes."

In addition, the Odyssey Web site, www.odysseyworkshop.org, offers many resources for writers, including free podcasts, writing and publishing tips, a weekly writing blog, a critique service, and information about the six-week in-person workshop.

The journey to take your writing to the next level starts now!

Resource Link: www.odysseyworkshop.org


Advertise Your Book on Quantum Muse! -- Posted by Jeromy Henry on November 02, 2011

You may have noticed the banners above stories and flash fiction listing an amazing array of titles.

If you'd like your own book to appear there so our readers can see it, first you need to register as a writer if you don't have an account already. Then read the FAQ to find out how to list your title.

It's easy, painless, and cheap to sign up. Try out Quantum Muse Books now!

Resource Link: http://www.quantummuse.com/ebookstore.php


The Mercury Men on Syfy.com -- Posted by Mark Tierno on July 07, 2011

The Mercury Men, a retro cliffhanger serial styled after The Twilight Zone and other early television along with action adventures like Indiana Jones and Star Wars, will begin it's premiere online on syfy.com on July 25,2011 with a new episode added each day for two weeks.

Written and directed by Chris Preksta the story revolves around everyman Edward Borman (Mark Tierno) who finds himself in an interglactic battle along with the daring Jack Yeager (Curt Wootton), a captain in the mysterious League, fighting the deadly men of Mercury who can emit powerful energy blasts from their hands.

Watch the trailer at www.mercuryseries.com or www.syfy.com/mercurymen

Resource Link: http://www.syfy.com/mercurymen


Kalkion Contest -- Posted by michele Dutcher on June 18, 2011

Just a reminder that Kalkion has a contest going on. There are very few guidelines: your story neds to be 1500 - 3000 words and sci-fi or fantasy. That's it! Easy Breezy! 1st prize is 140 USD or 100 Euros. Here's the link:

http://kalkion.com/news/kalkions-short-story-contest/1182/2011


$$$Writing Contest -- Posted by Michele Dutcher on May 27, 2011

The name of that contest is the Non Official Rhymes and Kalkion contest - I spelled the word Official wrong in the original message. Thanks!


$$$ writing contest -- Posted by Michele Dutcher on May 26, 2011

$140 1st prize!

NON OFFICILL RHYMES along with KALKION is sponsoring a SCI-FI writing contest. There is a monetary prize and the full set of rule are posted in www.kalkion.com but the basic rules are:

Terms & Conditions

1. The entry must not contain explicit sexual, erotic content, or graphic violence.

2. The entry must not:

(a) Breach any security, or encourage the same.

(b) Disclose sensitive information/data about an individual or organization.

(c) Offend, accuse an individual or organization.

(d) Display bias/discrimination towards -- Gender, Race, Nationality, Religion, Cast, Creed, Community, etc.

You will not be allowed to send the submitted entries anywhere else for submission.

The entries submitted to this contest will become the property of Kalkion. The copyright to the entries will return to respective author only after the completion of the contest and under the condition that Kalkion will retain non-exclusive, unlimited rights over the entries.

Kalkion reserves all the rights to re-produce the submitted work in any form, format and medium (known and unknown today). Kalkion will try to inform the concerned author about the re-produced work, but it it is not mandatory.

So, what are you waiting for, get your magic pen and send us your stories!

How to enter contest?

You can send your entries to submission@kalkion.com. Entries for the contest must have Contest in the Subject line. Every entry must come with the following information:

Name Of the Author

Pen Name (if real name is to be hidden)

Telephone Number

Postal Address

Street

City

State

Zip Code

Country

E-mail ID

PayPal ID


Greetings Earthlings Podcast Magazine -- Posted by Harris Tobias on April 28, 2011

Greetings Earthlings is a new podcast only fiction magazine. Good stories, well told, that’s what we are all about. Submit your stories by going to our submissions page and we’ll do the rest.

Resource Link: http://tobiash.podbean.com/


My sci-fi novel on Smashwords -- Posted by Michele Dutcher on April 28, 2011

I hope this is the place to post this - but my new Sci-Fi novel Outrunning the Storm is on Smashwords and available for download for $1.99! How cool is that! This is my first try at an entire ebook - although I've been published online, obviously - here at Quantum Muse. Thanks for your encouragement! Click here to see my website.

Resource Link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/56218


Forum -- Posted by Tim on April 08, 2011

The Quantum Muse forum is open again. If you are a logged in reader or writer you can cubmit new threads or comment on existing ones without entering the security code. Enjoy.


The Top Prize is Now $100-- Writing Contest Rules Have Changed! -- Posted by Jeromy Henry on April 01, 2011

In case anyone missed the Museletter, we upgraded the prizes for the humor writing contest. The top story now will win $100. We raised the other prize amounts as well. We extended the contest times, so you can enter your story until the end of May.

Resource Link: http://www.quantummuse.com/Contest.php


Humor Writing Contest -- Posted by Jeromy Henry on March 01, 2011

I case you missed the giant link on the main page, we are holding a humor writing contest with cash prizes! Submit stories in March and April. We'll pick the winners in May and publish them in June. Follow the link below to the official rules. Thanks for submitting.

Resource Link: http://www.quantummuse.com/Contest.php


Hobbit Casting News -- Posted by Tim Goyette on January 11, 2011

The Hobbit, to be directed by Peter Jackson, is scheduled to be a two part movie. Recently it was announced that Ian McKellen will reprise his role as Gandalf. Additionally Andy Serkis will be back as Gollum. He did such a great job in The Lord of the Rings, I am glad they got him back.


January "Best Of" Edition is here! -- Posted by Jeromy Henry on January 01, 2011

This month, we're publishing some of the best stories that have appeared in Quantum Muse over the past two years. We're making some changes at Quantum Muse, so expect some interesting new content to roll out with the February edition. If you want to know a bit more, read this month's Editorial. Thanks for reading!

Resource Link: http://www.quantummuse.com/editorial.php?RecID=35


Christmas Flash! -- Posted by Jeromy Henry on December 21, 2010

In case you missed the giant announcement on the main page, we're posting Christmas-themed flash fiction stories starting on December 22nd. Happy Holidays!


Our Flash Fiction Submission Guidelines Have Changed -- Posted by Jeromy Henry on December 15, 2010

Authors no longer have to critique stories in order to submit flash fiction (stories of 1000 words or less) to Quantum Muse. Just sign up and post your stories! Thanks.


Pinatas from Space! -- Posted by Jeromy Henry on December 08, 2010

If you enjoy card games with a sci-fi and fantasy twist, check out Pinatas from Space! (ISBN 978-1440425356) and Stormcastle (ISBN 978-1441411488) by Jeromy Henry. Find them on Amazon, or check out my webpage to learn more.

Resource Link: http://www.bonkers.host22.com


Quantum News Relaunched -- Posted by Jeromy Henry on December 07, 2010

Post your fantasy and sci-fi related news. Quantum News is once again up and running!

Resource Link: http://www.quantummuse.com/submitnews.php



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