Matthew Hughes: the Archonate

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New collection coming

I’m putting together a collection of my non-Archonate (with one exception) science-fiction and fantasy stories.  Most of them have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction or Asimov’s Science Fiction over the past eleven or twelve years, but some have only been published in bespoke anthologies.

Two such are:

“Grolion of Almery,” my shot at a Cugel the Clever tale that ran in the Jack Vance tribute antho, Songs of the Dying Earth; and

“The Ugly Duckling,” an attempt to create a “lost chapter” of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, that was published in Old Mars, the retro anthology that, like Songs, was co-edited by Gardner Dozois and George R.R. Martin.

There are 16 tales in all, adding up to some 94,000 words, including the only sf story I’ve ever written that I didn’t sell.  “Ant Lion” is a 500-word flash-fiction piece that I sent out a couple of times but got no sale.  It would probably be easier to place if I expanded the concept into a full-length story, but I like it just the way it is.

The exception to the non-Archonate rule is the collected tales of Liw Osfeo, my faux-Sufi sage whose abstruse adventures were recorded in a book-within-a-book that was part of my first Archonate novel, Fools Errant.

I’ve asked the mucho-talented Bradley W. Schenck to do me a cover.  Bradley, whose first sf novel (Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom) will be published by Tor, is like me a devotee of good old science fiction.  He’s also kind to the elderly, which is why he manages my web page and formats my books for me.

The collection will be titled Devil or Angel: Old Style Science Fiction and Fantasy.  It should be available on Amazon and my webstore as an ebook and POD paperback at a friendly introductory price in the next few weeks.

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Final Kaslo episode a free read

“The Blood of a Dragon,” the final episode of The Kaslo Chronicles, the science-fantasy novel I’ve been serializing in Lightspeed Magazine, is now available for a free read.

Coincidentally, I’m polishing up the full text of all eleven episodes to turn them into a novel that will be published by PS Publishing in limited editions, probably next year (I don’t have a pub date yet).

All of the previous episodes of the serial are archived on the Lightspeed site.  As well, they’ve been turned into podcasts by Skyboat Media, read by J. Paul Boehmer.

There’s also an author spotlight interview with me that accompanies the episode.  I’ve enjoyed those interviews because the questions have been well thought out and relevant to the story and the writing process.

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Sold another novel

I’ve sold The Kaslo Chronicles, the science-fantasy novel serialized in Lightspeed, to PS Publishing.  It should be out in limited editions next year.

If you can’t wait that long, all the episodes of the novel (except for the last) can be found in Lightspeed‘s archives.  The final episode will be available for a free read on May 26.

The PS editions will probably contain some new material.  This was the first time I’ve ever serialized a novel and, like Dickens, I was writing and sending in the episodes as they were written.  That means I couldn’t go back and add something to Chapter 2 to fit with something I didn’t think of until Chapter 7.  Also, at 74,000 words, it’s a bit short.

I’m going to read it for the first time in the next couple of weeks to see where it can take some additions and general tweaking.


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Whimsies/Noubles Ebay Auction Still Ongoing

The Ebay auction for the rare publisher’s copy of Of Whimsies and Noubles still has three days to run. There have been twelve bids and the highest now is £41. Proceeds go to relief for the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

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Whimsies and Noubles to aid Nepal

In an effort to aid the Nepalese after the devastating earthquake, something called Authors for Nepal has asked folks like me to donate books to be auctioned on Ebay. I’ve offered a signed copy of Of Whimsies and Noubles, the limited edition (100 copies) Luff Imbry novella from PS Publishing, which came out last year.

This is a highly collectible title, being not only a signed hardcover, but what’s called a publisher’s copy: one of only a handful of extras produced beyond the 100-copy limit. Technically, that makes it very rare indeed.

I’ve only just now been told that the book is up for auction, which closes on Friday. When I checked the Ebay listing, I saw that there were no bids and the asking price was 10 pounds.

If anyone’s interested, here’s where to go.

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