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Meaning of Luff shortlisted for the Endeavour

The Meaning of Luff and Other Stories, my self-published collection (seven short stories and two novellas) has been shortlisted for the Endeavour Award.  As always, the winner will be announced at Orycon in November.

The collection chronicles the operations and misadventures of Luff Imbry, corpulent art forger and master thief of Old Earth in the aeon before The Dying Earth.  The stories were originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and Postscripts.  The novellas were published in limited editions by PS Publishing.

The Endeavour is awarded annually for “a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book written by a Pacific Northwest (US and Canada) author or authors and published in the previous year.”

Four other works are on the shortlist:  “King of Swords” by Dave Duncan (47North);  “Nexus” by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot); “Protector” by C.J. Cherryh (DAW Books); and “Requiem” by Ken Scholes (Tor Books).

The Meaning of Luff can be purchased as an ebook ($3.99) or a POD paperback ($12.99) from the Archonate Bookstore.

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New Kaslo episode at Lightspeed

“A Hole in the World,” the latest installment of the serialized novel, The Kaslo Chronicles, is now available for a free read at Lightspeed Magazine’s site.

Magic now rules the universe and hardboiled confidential operative Erm Kaslo, henchman to the proto-wizard Diomedo Obron, returns from a mission to the underworld to find that a flood of strange creatures have carried off the survivors of civilization’s collapse who had taken shelter at Obron’s castle.

You can read the preceding chapters in Lightspeed‘s archives.


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Third Luff Imbry novella

I’ve just gone through the copy edit for “Of Whimsies and Noubles,” the third Luff Imbry novella in a limited edition series from PS Publishing, the highly regarded UK small press run by Pete and Nicky Crowther.  With any luck, there will be copies available in time for a launch at WorldCon (LonCon) in mid-August.

A reminder:  tomorrow and will put all three of the To Hell and Back ebooks on sale for $0.99 each as a Kindle daily deal.

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Latest Kaslo episode in current Lightspeed

“A Hole in the World,” the latest chapter in the serialized novel, The Kaslo Chronicles, is now available in Lightspeed magazine.  If you can’t wait to read it, you can purchase the whole magazine now as an ebook, which gets you fiction by Gene Wolfe, Jo Walton, Howard Waldrop, Theodora Goss, and other classy writers.

Or you can wait until July 15, when the episode will be posted online for a free read.

If you’re just coming to the serialized novel, all of the previous episodes are archived for free reading on the Lightspeed site.

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To Hell and Back a Kindle daily deal

Angry Robot has let me know that on Wednesday, July 9, Amazon will put all three of the To Hell and Back ebooks — The Damned Busters, Costume Not Included, and Hell to Pay — on sale for 99 cents each as a Kindle Daily Deal in the US and Canada.  Mark your calendars.

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