Am quite tickled to announce that I’ve sold “The Hills” to the Enter the Aftermath anthology from TANSTAAFL.
Enter the Aftermath is the second in a planned 3-book series of anthologies. The first, Enter the Apocalypse, came out earlier this year. Following Enter the Aftermath will be Enter the Rebirth.
“The Hills” was my 24-hour story from Writers of the Future. For those unfamiliar—when I was in Hollywood for the Writers of the Future workshop, we were tasked with writing a full story in just 24 hours. I blogged about it here and here and here.
Anyway, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for this story. Many years ago, I had submitted it to Edmund at Intergalactic Medicine Show, who told me it read like the first chapter of a novel. I considered his remarks carefully and discovered he was quite wrong. It’s actually the second chapter of a novel—Apocalypse Pictures Presents, which I may blogged a bit about, too. So there, Edmund. Nyah, nyah, nyah.
But like I said, I always loved the original short story, and it seemed like a good fit for this anthology. And the editor apparently agrees.
Been a while since I’ve sold some short fiction. So yay. And who knows? Maybe this bodes well for the novel.
Spring is here, so what the heck: I’m having a sale on the Petra books, now through May 7th. The ebooks are going for just $.99. That’s right; a measly buck gets you an ebook edition of either Petra or Petra Released.
So if for some weird reason, you don’t have your copies yet, well, now’s your chance! See the links below for your vendor of choice.
Sale ends May 7th, so don’t delay!
Where To Buy Petra
Where To Buy Petra Released
The 2017 Rotundo World Tour begins April 28th-30th, at ConStellation 8 in Lincoln, Nebraska!
Here’s my schedule:
Friday, April 28th
6:00 pm — 6:50 pm A Long Way down the Road to the Chemist (Vega)
A recent article by astrophysicist Michael Strauss in AEON discussed the difficulties in conveying the vastness of space: “The real challenge is to tie the story to human emotions, and human sizes and timescales, while still capturing the enormous scales of the Universe itself.” Is science fiction capable of conveying these scales in any relatable way? What works have actually managed the trick? Or is it even worth attempting?
Saturday, April 29th
8:00 pm — 8:50 pm The Oscar from Another World (Vega)
Arrival. Mad Max: Fury Road. Gravity. Inception. Avatar. District 9. All of them were recent nominees for Best Picture. None of them won, but are all these nominations evidence that the Academy’s long-running snub of science fiction will end soon? If so, when? A discussion of what it might take for a genuine science fiction film to finally win the big prize.
Sunday, April 30th
12:15 pm — 12:45 pm Matthew S. Rotundo Reading (Vega)
You know my motto: Come for a treat, stay for a tale! So there will at least be treats. And maybe even a prize!
Schedule, as always, is subject to last minute changes.
I wasn’t able to attend ConStellation last year, and I’m really sorry to have missed it. So I’m excited to be going back.
Stop by and see me!