I'm in virtual print again! I know it's silly to feel so happy about it when Dancing With Bears is on the bookstore shelves in hardcover. But I am nonetheless. "The Dala Horse" just went up at Tor.com with a beautiful illo by Julie Dillon.
It's a sign of how little attention I pay to the business side of things that earlier I reported it would be available in e-book format without realizing that it would also be posted on the Tor.com site. If anybody who pre-ordered a copy is irate at me for this, let me know. It wasn't an effort to squeeze a few extra shekels out of people, but my habitual disorganization that was responsible. This is why I have an agent to handle my books.
You can read "The Dala Horse" here.
And speaking of Philadelphia writers . . .
The esteemed Tom Purdom has just created another mini-collection ebook titled Three From Asimov's, because it comprises three novelettes that were originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction. Here's how he describes it:
"The Path of the Transgressor" received great reviews from both the Locus Magazine short fiction reviewers. It's an action story that centers on the relationship between an animal behavior researcher and his made-to-order wife. "Research Project" is a first contact story about herbivorous aliens who land on Mars; it presents the story of one of the aliens, as told by a human researcher, as read by a nine year old girl who is reading it on an advanced ereader. "Civilians" is the last of the three "military brat" stories I discuss in the second part of my library memoir WHEN I WAS WRITING (also available on the Nook and the Kindle). The civilian members of several military families are caught in a violent situation and forced to decide if they're going to act like soldiers or civilians.
Tom is a terrific writer and the mini-c is only three bucks. So those of you who are tech savvy may well want to buy it. On sale, Tom tells me, for the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Noble Nook.
And speaking of great deals in short fiction . . .
I'll probably be blogging this tomorrow, but what the heck. I'm going to be at Readercon over the weekend, and giving away copies of a small and very collectable signed-and-numbered limited edition chapbook, The Nature of Mirrors. If you're going to be at the con, just task for one and I'll give it to you. It's that simple.