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Space Force: Building The Legacy

My friend Doug Irvin had a brainstorm not too long ago. When President Trump announced the formation of the United States Space Force as the newest branch of the U.S. Military, Doug thought it would be a great idea to write so speculative fiction about the first 100 years of the new service.

He had the general theme and he wanted it to be a collection of short stories. But what he didn’t have was a working knowledge of how to get the completed collection published. Which is where I entered the picture.

Tuscany Bay Books is swamped as far as its production schedule for 2020 what with the Planetary Anthology Series cranking out a new title every six weeks until February 2, 2021. So TBB couldn’t publish it.

But, with Doug doing the heavy lifting of putting out the submission call, sifting through the subs and selecting those he felt were best suited for the anthology, I could handle the publishing side of it for him.

Thus, under the Midlands Scribes Publishing banner, Space Force: Building The Legacy was given the green light. As you can see from the link, the book is up on Amazon for a May 25, 2020 release and you can pre-order your e-book copy right now. There’s even a cool book trailer for it too.

Doug has done an excellent job assembling 11 talented authors from around the globe. Yes, it isn’t just American authors who wanted in on the action. Three different countries and two continents are represented in this collection. We even had one sub from Italy.

EBOOK_COVER copyWhich left it to me to get the manuscript formatted for print and e-book, get the covers for both formats ready, get the book trailer together and all of the other little details that goes with putting a book up on Amazon these days.

I’m happy to say that I couldn’t be more happier with the final product. And I am sure that you will enjoy reading these stories too.

When we first decided to launch this project, I hadn’t intended to submit a story to it. I’ve never written anything close to Military Sci-Fi in my life. But one thing I have noticed over the past few years is I haven’t been afraid to try writing in a genre that I’ve never written in before. Okay, I sincerely doubt you’ll ever catch me writing romance or erotica (Hey, I’m a guy, so…) but who knows?

Still, one fine day, when I found myself with nothing to do for all of three minutes, I had an idea pop into my head that I thought would fit the parameters of what Doug was looking for and decided to give it a go. Even if he said no, at least I had tried my hand at MilSciFi.

As an aside, Doug had the clear option to airlock my story if he didn’t like it. This was also made clear to the editors of the Planetary Series. Just because my name is attached to the publishing house, doesn’t mean I get a free pass. If its a no, its a no and I’ll have no issue with that.

In this case, Doug liked the story and included it. The title is simple: CAG. Military folk will know who the main character is from the title. Doug’s reaction after he read it was: “You went full Heinlein!” I’ll take that compliment and run, especially on my first attempt in the master’s genre.

The other ten stories? I’ve read them all and they are incredibly well done. After you have read them, I think you’ll agree.

My only disappointment is that I had intended the print edition to be the old pocketbook paperback size of the pulp days of Heinlein. A 4″ by 6″ book that could easily slip into the back pocket of your blue jeans or the jacket pocket of one of our servicemen and women. Sadly, the smallest size Amazon allows is 5″ by 8″. So we’ll roll with that size and pray everyone has big pockets.

So, in the meantime, check out the trailer at the link above and pre-order your copy. Doug’s already hinting at a second Space Force anthology. Hmmm, I have a story idea that might work for that one too…

 

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Anthology Submission Calls

Just wanted to send out a shoutout to any sci-fi/fantasy writers out there looking to submit to an anthology. I have three possibilities for your consideration. Check them out:
Tuscany Bay Books’ Planetary Anthology Series is still looking for submissions to the final two books in the 11-book series.
PAY: 20% split of royalty, evenly between the authors.

SATURN

Saturn_Cover copyThe most beautiful of the wandering stars, surrounded by a mysterious and remarkable series of rings, crowning the planet in glory.

Jupiter may be the king of the planets, but Saturn is the progenitor, named for the powerful and terrible Titan that fathered the gods themselves. Saturn is the lord of Time, Age, and Endings. And when everything else disperses into a heat death and the cosmos is an empty void, it is Time that will rule over all.

Bullet point form:

  • Word count is 500-10,000
  • Poems will be accepted
  • Reprints will be accepted
  • Simultaneous submissions will be accepted
  • Stories can be about the actual planet Saturn, time, age, and endings. The Titan Saturn may also feature.
  • Submissions should be in standard manuscript format, though please italicize instead of underline when appropriate. If the story is not in standard manuscript format, it may be rejected without being read. Seriously. I’m not kidding here. For that matter, ditto if the stories are under 500 words or over 10,000.
  • The subject line should look like this: SATURN SUBMISSION/Story Title/Author Last Name
  • The deadline is September 30, 2020. 
  • The submission e-mail is the editor’s Bokerah Brumley at:   bokerahbrumley@gmail.com

NEPTUNE

NEPTUNE_COVER copyLord of the Sea. Ruler of Pisces. Exalted in Cancer.

Mythologically, Neptune is associated with the sea, navigation, springs, horses, and racing. Astrologically, Neptune associated with idealism, dreams, dissolution, artistry, fluidity, illusion, and glamor. Astronomically, it is the beautiful sea-blue eighth planet.

All these together tie into what we think of when we hear “Neptune.”

Stories working with the genre conventions of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Weird/Pulp, or anywhere between will be considered. [Jake adds: That’s pretty broad, but if you’re not sure, feel free to pitch an idea.]

• Word count is 1,000 – 10,000
• Poems will be accepted
• Reprints will be accepted
• Stories may be connected to Neptune astronomically, mythologically, or astrologically, as you prefer

Please submit to the editor, Jake Freivald, directly at

jdfreivald@gmail.com

Subject line should appear as follows: Neptune Submission/Story Title/Author SurnameTentative submissions close date: You can submit until it’s no longer July 6, 2020 or earlier anywhere in the world.

And if Military Sci-Fi is more your thing, the folks at Midlands Scribes Publishing presents:

SPACE FORCE

EBOOK_COVER copyAnthology: Space Force: Building a Legacy

Time Frame: Present to 2120

Length: 1500 – 5000 (no poetry this issue)

Pay: Split 30% net royalties

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Submit to: dougirvin53@gmail.com

Stories are in the spirit of Heinlein’s The Long Watch, however, the story does not have to be a tragedy.

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Planetary Anthology Series: Pluto

Tuscany Bay Books presents the first book in its Planetary Anthology Series: Pluto. Twenty-one tales of death and great wealth. Sci-fi/Fantasy adventures told by today’s up and coming authors.

Pluto, the Roman god of death and wealth, ruled the underworld far away from all of the other gods. So it was only fitting when, in 1930 and working on a theorized ninth planet proposed by Percival Lowell, Clyde Tombaugh used the telescope at Lowell Observatory to locate the ninth planet in our solar system, far, far away from its brothers and sister.

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Then came that day in July of 2015. Like the Romans when they found themselves within Pluto’s realm and discovered it was nothing like the desolate fires of damnation assigned to his Greek counterpart, Hades, those of us in modern time discovered that Pluto was nothing like we had imagined since 1930.

That iconic photo of Pluto, with the heart-shaped plain later named Tombaugh Regio, told us that there was so much more to the planet. First, it was not blue and not just solid ice as so many had expected it to be. Just like Pluto’s mythological domain, the planet displayed a variety of features and composition.

In this volume, what you will find in the pages that follow are twenty-one amazing stories of death and wealth set around a wandering cousin far out in the cold edges of our solar system. You will find Vikings, knights, warriors defending home and hearth, of triumph and tragedy, and, yes, even the god himself. You will read tales of great courage and great loss. Of sacrifice for a greater good and of justice delivered to the overly greedy. You will even find the aforementioned Walt Disney himself.

Pre-order the e-Book here: Pluto. The print edition will be out soon.

Meanwhile, check out the book trailer here: PAS: Pluto Book Trailer

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Been Kinda Busy

Aside from the weekly 1K serial series, you’ve probably noticed I haven’t been posting here. Well, the featured image above should be a major clue as to why.

A couple of years ago, Superversive Press announced that they were releasing a 12-book Planetary Anthology Series. They got five out – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Jupiter – but a series of events cropped up and a few weeks ago they made the tough call: It was time to shut the series down.

The good news is, they were open to allowing another publisher to step in and take it over.  Well, I happen to be a big supporter of this series and I have a chance to be in seven of the books.

TBB_WEBSITEI also happen to a co-owner of a publishing house – Tuscany Bay Books – and after consulting with my partner, we decided to step in and take over the series.

In a perfect world, we could start with Sol and work our way in order all the way out to Pluto. I’m sure this will not come as a big surprise to you: It ain’t a perfect world.

Thanks to Amazon, we won’t be able to re-release the first five books under our label and with new covers until February. Three of the books have either been ready for some time or has just become ready to go to print. So instead of making those editors and authors wait another three months on top of the year or more they’ve already waited we’re moving forward.

It’ll be out of order – but even Superversive was going to jump out of order if they had kept the series – and it’ll only be a total of 11 books (Dark Luna is out, but the stories intended for it will still run in Luna) but it will be done.

Pluto will be our first new release, followed by Luna and then Uranus. By then, we should be able to start releasing the original five. Once those are out, we will release Sol, Saturn and Neptune to complete the 11-book series. The order of the final three has not yet been determined.

It’s been a little chaotic over the past ten days, as you can imagine. And my schedule just changed dramatically. For one, I’ve withdrawn from two non-sci-fi anthologies I had planned to submit to in order to clear my schedule. I will still be releasing the third book of the Timeless series, Odin’s Runes, around Thanksgiving and I hope to get Book #4, Empire of the Golden Dragon, out by the end of the year.

But some other projects have been moved back on my calendar. Getting a series like this completed is a huge task, one of the reasons why Superversive made the decision they did.

That being said, I am excited about the chance to finish it. There are over 150 stories by dozens of authors – some you know, some you haven’t had a chance to read yet and a couple of new writers making their debut. Every volume is filled with incredible stories of sci-fi and fantasy that will make you laugh and cry and some that will do both simultaneously. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.

You got a look at Pluto’s cover above. Check out the front cover for our next book: Luna, edited by Declan Finn.

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