Matthew Hughes: the Archonate

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Where I’ll be next year

From late January through the end of April, I’ll be housesitting in Tipperary, Ireland.  Doesn’t that sound lovely?  Of course, it will actually be during the tail end of a North Atlantic winter, but the Guinness will be good.

Starting in mid-May, I’ll be in Washington State until December, just a ferry ride across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Vancouver Island.  I’ll be able to observe the American election at close range and I can run for the border if civil war breaks out.

Since I’ll be close to BC, I’ll visit family and friends.  I’ll also attend the Creative Ink Festival, a writers conference, in Burnaby (where I went to high school) May 6th through 8th.  I’ve give a presentation, probably on story mechanics, and do some blue pencil cafe sessions.

And, god help me, I will attend the 50-year class reunion of Burnaby South High School’s class of 66.  The only reason I attended BSHS that year was because I was thrown out of Burnaby Central for unacceptable behavior, but I actually do remember some of the people I went to school with.

In August, I’ll be at WorldCon in Kansas City, if the aforementioned civil war hasn’t broken out yet.  If you’re going and you’ve got books you’d like signed, bring then along.

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Goodreads Giveaway of Template

I’m doing another giveaway through Goodreads:  a paperback of Template: A Novel of the Archonate.  It’s my most Vancean novel, a space-opera about an Oliver Twistish fellow who travels the galaxy trying to unravel the secret of his birth — while some rather nasty people have other plans for him.

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by Matthew Hughes

Giveaway ends September 22, 2015.

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James Nicoll’s review of Devil or Angel

The indefatigable James Nicoll has reviewed Devil or Angel and Other Stories in his usual comprehensive way, with a summation and a pertinent comment on each story.  And this general recommendation:  “You generally cannot go wrong picking up Hughes’s books and this is no exception.”

He confirms my hope that knowledgeable readers will recognize these sixteen non-Archonate (except one) pieces as stories that might have appeared in Galaxy or Astounding fifty years ago.

And he delights me by saying one of my stories might have been penned by William Tenn or Fredric Brown.

I acknowledge an old debt to James because I believe that, as a winnowing first reader for the Science Fiction Book Club, he would have been the one to recommend my first Archonate novel, Fools Errant, to Andy Wheeler, the club’s editor.  The novel and its sequel were reprinted as an SFBC omnibus, Gullible’s Travels and gave me to believe that I was well launched on an sf writer’s career.

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Goodreads Giveaway: Devil or Angel & Other Stories

I’m trying something new in the way of promotion: using Goodreads’s Giveaway feature to draw attention to my backlist collection of non-Archonate short stories, Devil or Angel and Other Stories. I’m giving away one free copy of the paperback edition.

The promotion will run until August 16. To enter, click on the widget:


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Devil or Angel and Other Stories by Matthew Hughes

Devil or Angel and Other Stories

by Matthew Hughes

Giveaway ends August 16, 2015.

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Devil or Angel and Other Stories launches

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I’ve launched Devil or Angel and Other Stories, a collection of my non-Archonate short sf and fantasy stories as an ebook on Amazon and Kobo and as a POD paperback on Amazon’s CreateSpace. They should start appearing on Amazon and CreateSpace in the next several hours. Kobo takes a little longer.

Both versions will soon appear in the Archonate Bookstore. The ebooks will sell for $3.99 US and the paperback for $12.99. If you want to hold off buying the paperback, I’m going to offer it as a giveaway on Goodreads.

Here’s the blurb:

From the award-winning author of Majestrum, Template, and The Other, this collection of short stories ranges from the thoughtful to the whimsical. Most of them appeared first in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and Asimov’s. Others were written for bespoke anthologies, including Songs of the Dying Earth, Old Mars, and Welcome to the Greenhouse; one is published here for the first time.

John Joseph Adams and Gardner Dozois were kind enough to give me some cover quotes.

“Matthew Hughes writes contemporary science fiction and fantasy with a classic sensibility–driven by adventure and thrills, and chock full of sense of wonder.” — John Joseph Adams, Series Editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy

“If you like vivid adventure science fiction and fantasy, of the sort written by Jack Vance, Poul Anderson, and Roger Zelazny, you’ll like Matthew Hughes too.” — Gardner Dozois

All three of the names Gardner mentions were authors I read avidly as a teenager and in my twenties. To be mentioned in the same breath as Vance, Anderson, and Zelazny – let me tell you, that’s something.

I have dedicated the book to Bradley W. Schenck, soon to be a Tor author (watch for his Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom), who manages my web page and does an excellent job of designing my books.

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