Matthew Hughes: the Archonate

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Ask me anything

A reminder:  tomorrow, Friday, March 1, I’ll be doing an ask-me-anything on the Facebook page, Rock the Cauldron.  I’ll probably start in the morning, Pacific time, and keep going until I sense I’ve exhausted the interest of whoever dials in.

Here’s where the action will be:

I’ll also be giving away an ebook:  my first Archonate novel, Fools Errant, in mobi and epub formats.  I’ll post a link where anyone who wants a free read can download the file.

And I’ll kick things off with a little dissertation on why my main characters tend to be oddballs.

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Ask me anything

Here’s a heads up.  On Friday, March 1, I’ll be the featured author at Rock the Cauldron, a Facebook site run by my SF Canada colleague, Shereen Vedam.  I’ll post a few thoughts about my work and answer any questions that others post.

I’m also seeing if I can arrange to give away an ebook as a free download from my webstore.

More to come, later in the week.

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Free reads

Still snowed in, with nothing much to do except read a forthcoming novel and think about a blurb.

So I thought I’d remind people that every month, I put up a free read of a backlist story.  Since last summer, I’ve been using Curious Fictions, in an experiment to see whether the site gets me more reads than my former practice of putting them up for a month on my website.

And so far it has worked out that way.

I’ve got two streams going on CF, my SF and fantasy stories, under my full name, Matthew Hughes.  And my crime stories, as written by Matt Hughes.

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Plug for F&SF

I’m in between writing projects right now, and snowed in at a housesit in Shawnigan Lake, BC, so I’m going to take a few moments to plug The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and encourage you to subscribe.

First of all, you’d be getting a massive amount of first-rate speculative fiction from a venerable institution of science fiction and fantasy, the magazine that Stephen King called the “gold standard” for American short fiction.  Not to mention stuff by Canadians like me and plenty of other folks from around the world whose writings grace F&SF‘s pages.   And book reviews, SF cartoons, interesting items, and funny stuff called “Plumage from Pegasus.”

Second, if you’re a fan of my writing, F&SF is where you’d have come across a lot of it in recent times.  I have it on good authority that I’ve sold more stories to the mag in recent years than any other author, and have filled more pages, too.

Third, and more immediate, the next issue (March/April) is scheduled to feature “The Plot Against Fantucco’s Armor,” a novelette carrying forward the career of Baldemar, my ambitious wizard’s henchman.  Then in the May/June issue, there is a reprise of Raffalon, the Dying Earth thief, in a story called “Sternutative Sortilege,” previously only available in my self-published collection, 9 Tales of Raffalon.

And then the last of the Baldemar stories, “Air of the Overworld,” will run in either the September/October or November/December issues.  So that’s about 40,000 words of my fantasy writing that you won’t find anywhere else, at least not until I self publish the Baldemar stories in a year or two.

But wait, there’s more.  Last year, I sold an 11,000 Dying-Earthesque novelette to the late Gardner Dozois for his projected 2019 anthology, The Book of Legends.  It now appears that that anthology will not go forward, which means the rights to the piece, “The Last Legend,” will revert to me.  And I will, of course, offer it to F&SF. So that might make 50,000 words of Hughes fantasy only available through my favorite magazine.

So go and take a look at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.  A subscription gets you six double issues a year, comprising hundreds of thousands of words of first-rate speculative fiction, plus tons of interesting stuff, for about the price of two trade paperbacks.

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Last chance for StoryBundle

The Bundoran StoryBundle bargain ends today.  Twelve SF ebooks (11 novels, one short story collection) by Canadian specfic authors, for US$15.  Includes my Archonate space opera, Template, the book I most often recommend to people who want to read me for the first time.

The books are all DRM free, so you can lend them to friends.  And the deal offers support for two charities, one that encourage girls and women to write and another that promotes literacy in disadvantaged communities.

Great books, great price, good causes.  But it’s going, going, and soon to be gone.


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