Matthew Hughes: the Archonate

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One Last Push

The Bundoran StoryBundle, including my standalone space opera novel, Template, is in its last few days:  12 science fiction novels by Canadian authors for US$15 (or four for five bucks) in ebook formats.

A portion of the money received goes to charity.  There’s info on the landing page about the good causes receiving funds — Girls Write Now and Mighty Writers — that encourage women’s writing and support literacy programs.

And 70 per cent of the proceeds go to the twelve authors whose works are included in the bundle.  Authors can always use those royalties.

Good SF and a couple of good causes.  But it all ends in four days.

https://storybundle.com/scifi

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Bundoran StoryBundle reminder

Just a reminder that the Bundoran Press StoryBundle — a dozen Canadian specfic ebooks for US$ 15 — is still on and continues to the end of the month. Some good stuff.

The bundle contains my Archonate novel, Template, which argues that all societies are, fundamentally, based on one of the seven deadly sins.  (Although I had a hard time thinking of one based on laziness).

 

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Interview about TEMPLATE in Bundoran StoryBundle

To help promote the Bundoran Press StoryBundle — a dozen Canadian SF ebooks for $US15 — I’ve done an interview about how I came to write my most deliberately Vancean space opera.  And why so many of my protagonists — like TEMPLATE‘s Conn Labro — are social and psychological outliers.

There’s also some advice for aspiring authors.

The StoryBundle deal has 17 days left to run.  Some good stuff there by established Canadian authors and the up-and-comers who may well be tomorrow’s new stars.

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Great deal on ebooks

Bundoran Press is offering a StoryBundle bargain:  four classic SF ebooks for US$5.

And if you up your payment to $15, you get eight more books by established stars and up-and-comers.

The basic four includes my standalone Archonate novel, Template, my only serious attempt to write a Jack Vance space opera.

Buy the whole package and you get novels by greats like Tanya Huff, Robert J. Sawyer, Edward Willett (some of whose books I’ve edited), and a never-before-available short story collection by James Alan Gardner.

Great books at great prices.  Here’s where to go.

This is a time-limited offer, with three weeks to go.  Get ’em while they’re going, because by the end of the month, they’ll be gone.

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What the Wind Brings

Looks as if I’ll be starting the new year on a promising note.  I’m going to make a deal with Pulp Literature Press, an up and coming Canadian small publisher, for my big historical novel, What the Wind Brings.

This is a big deal for me, in that the novel is pretty much a life’s work.

It’s based on incidents I first heard about in 1971 or 1972, as a footnote in a university textbook.  The core gist:  shipwrecked African slaves melded with the indigenous peoples of coastal Ecuador in the mid 1500s, and together they fought the Spanish colonial power to a standstill, to remain independent, basically, for centuries.

After more than forty years of thinking about the story, I was lucky enough to receive a C$25,000 Canada Council grant to write the book.  I did five drafts, which is three more than I usually do.  It’s a hell of a story,  my magnum opus, the one I want to be remembered for.

We’re probably looking at a summer 2019 release.  I’ll keep updating on the process and trying to stimulate pre-orders.  As I say, it’s a meaningful event for me — not financially, but in terms of my being able to think I’ve done something worthwhile.

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