On the Risingshadow website, Seregil of Rhiminee has written a very complimentary review of our anthology of New Speculative Fiction, [Re]Awakenings. As far as we know, Seregil is our first Finnish reader. But don’t worry, the review is available to read in English here! My favourite line from his review is at the end: “If you enjoy reading well written and fascinating stories, this anthology won’t disappoint you.” Thanks Seregil 😉
This is turning out to be an exciting time here at Elsewhen Press. We’re only one month into 2012 and we’ve already signed up two new authors, an American professor and an award-winning Scottish author.
The former, David Colón, has written an interesting work of literary speculative fiction, his first novel The Lost Men, an allegory set in a near-future where most of the world’s population have gone and the few remaining survivors are guided by perceived Fate. It is a novel that raises interesting questions about the human condition and personal responsibility. The Lost Men will be published this Spring.
The latter, Douglas Thompson, has written an intriguing novel, Entanglement, which he calls philosophical science fiction. The story starts in 2180 when travel to neighbouring star systems has been mastered by the use of quantum teleportation, ‘entanglement’ of sub-atomic matter. In the course of the novel, 24 worlds are explored; what humanity discovers is both surprising and disturbing, enlightening and shocking. Entanglement will be published this Summer.
Meanwhile our first title [Re]Awakenings continues to sell as an eBook and will soon be released as a paperback. Our second title, Queens of Antares: Bloodline returned will be published early in February.
Four of our authors: Neil Faarid, Robin Moran, Alexander Skye and Peter Wolfe -contributors to [Re]Awakenings, an anthology of new speculative fiction – are recent graduates from the English and Writing degree course at Leeds Trinity University College. When the university heard about their debuts in the book they asked for more details and featured their graduates’ achievement on the university website, along with a comment from Professor Paul Hardwick, one of the inspirational teachers on the course. The news has also been featured on the Leeds students’ website Leeds Live it Love it, and in the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Our first trailer for [Re]Awakenings is now on our YouTube channel. It is not too serious and will hopefully entertain anyone who watches it. You can visit our YouTube channel at:
Amazon have launched new Kindle Stores in Italy and Spain. [Re]Awakenings, an anthology of new Speculative Fiction is available in both of the new stores, as well as all the existing Kindle Stores.
I expected this to be an exciting week. We officially launched the imprint Elsewhen Press, with our first title [Re]Awakenings bringing some new authors to the attention of fans of Speculative Fiction. Monday morning [Re]Awakenings went straight into the UK Kindle bestsellers charts for Fantasy Short Stories and Science Fiction Short Stories. By lunchtime we were in the top 10 in both charts and by tea time we were at no 3 in Fantasy Short Stories. Not bad for a first day! We crossed our fingers and hoped that the rest of the week would be as good. Tuesday was much quieter but we were still feeling quite happy when, in the evening, we heard the sad news that Anne McCaffrey had died. That rather wiped the smile from our faces. For most of us in the editorial team Anne had been a significant formative influence on our tastes in reading. She was a fixture in our bookshelves and our hearts; someone that we never imagined being without. The best we could do was sit down with a mug of Klah and tell Harper’s tales. It helped.
So we are ending this week much less cheerful than we started it. We are, however, immensely proud to have produced a great book; to have started an imprint catering for people who, like us, love science fiction and fantasy; and to have launched the writing career of some new, young (and not so young) authors whom we whole-heartedly believe will go on to become firm favourites with many readers.
[Re]Awakenings an anthology of new Speculative Fiction was launched today. As part of the Elsewhen Press digital-first policy, it has been published in a digital edition today and will be published in a print edition in March next year. It is available on all four of Amazon’s Kindle stores (US, UK, Germany, France) and all 32 of Apple’s iBookstores (UK, US, Canada, Australia, most of Europe). It should be on Kobo too but hasn’t appeared on their store yet (but it’s not even breakfast time in Ontario yet).
[Re]Awakenings is an anthology of new short stories from seven different authors. It includes science fiction, fantasy and paranormal stories; some are serious, some are not. The authors are: Alison Buck, Neil Faarid, Gingerlily, Robin Moran, PR Pope, Alexander Skye and Peter Wolfe. PR Pope was also compiling editor.
A taster of [Re]Awakenings an anthology of new Speculative Fiction is available as a pdf download (here) for those of you who can’t wait until next monday when the eBook edition is published. The taster includes the foreword and the first page of each story. Each of the online bookstores that will be selling the eBook edition of [Re]Awakenings (see a list here) will provide a sample which will consist of an extract from the start of the book, perhaps providing a taste of one or two of the stories but not letting you experience the variety of styles and stories from our galaxy of talented authors. So, at the request of some of our more impatient potential readers (just kidding), we have produced this taster. It enables you to have a taste of all of the stories in the book, but without spoiling any of them for you before you buy the eBook next week 😉
If you’re not planning on buying the eBook but want to wait for the print edition next year, then this taster is even more apposite.