Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Faux newspaper of Spire City

Looking through the ads I'd created for the Spire City stories, I came across this image that I'd forgotten about. I probably created it between writing Season 1 and Season 2, long before the series was picked up by Musa.

It's the same newspaper masthead that I've posted before, but there's an entire article, written as if those who are infected are merely delusional. Not that the infections aren't real, but that the effects described in the episodes are imagined.

The font (done on an old computer I no longer use, so I don't recall the name) mimics the way older printing used an s that looks to us more like an f (sometimes), and some other differences from modern printing. That's from a considerably earlier time period than the late Victorian-ish era of the stories, but still fun to play with.

Not the easiest to read, though...

If you puzzle through the odd letters, it's a fun tongue-in-cheek look at how those in power might undermine the claims of those infected by Orgood's serum.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Short story sale to SFFWorld's Dying Earth anthology

My story "To Climb by the Light of the Sputtering Sun" will be appearing in SFFWorld's Dying Earth anthology. Dying Earth may make you think of Jack Vance's far future stories. The anthology isn't meant as a pastiche of or tribute to his work, but that is that basic milieu for these stories, that sense of a far future world, a sun that is old, a place filled with the memories and weight of thousands of generations of people.

The full Table of Contents hasn't been announced yet, but I know that Matthew Hughes (rightly seen as an heir of sorts to Jack Vance--his penultimate-age-of-the-earth stories are fun, droll stories that I often recommend) and Sue Burke (whose novel Semiosis is generating a lot of buzz on award shortlists and recommended reading lists) will be included.

I'm very curious to see the approaches other writers took to this theme. I'll write more about my story when we get closer to publication time (which should be in just a few months, if all goes as planned).