Monthly Archives: February 2010

New Anthology

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I’m happy to announce that I have an anthology of my stories out and available for the Amazon Kindle.

God, Time, Perception & Sexy Androids” features 27 of my short stories, written over the last 30 years or so – all completely revised and updated for this book.

Trying to come up with a title for this thing, we batted several ideas around, considered using the name of one of the short stories, but then finally I kind of summed up a thread I found among the majority of the tales. 

There’s a lot of what-if stories dealing with religion and/or the occult, several time travel fantasies, and a good dose of sexy androids.  And the one major thing I seem to explore among just about every story is the mystery of perception – what’s the difference between what we perceive, and actual reality?  Is there a difference?  Does our perception of something actually affect reality?  Can we change reality?  Are there other realities?

Or, basically, “What is reality?” 

That’s been my favorite question to explore since I was a teenager.  That and all the facets of reality – free will, destiny, synchronicity, and ultimately existence itself.

And, also, what is perception?  Do we alone perceive things?  If we program a machine to observe and recognize, is it truly perceiving?

This pretty much marks the end of my short story writing career.  I know you should never say never, but unless this anthology actually takes off, I’m going to concentrate on both longer, and conversely much shorter, works of fiction: novels and flash.

Fountain Pens

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I’ve rediscovered my fountain pens.  Smoother than even gel pens, they feel better in the hands because they’re heavy and of substance.  Plus they’re just darn retro-cool.

Big Win for Independent e-Book Publishers

Macmillan strong-armed Amazon into raising prices on big press versions of e-books.  I disagree with Amazon’s optimism that other major publishers won’t follow Macmillan — I think they will.

Amazon’s Kindle Team says, “We don’t believe that all of the major publishers will take the same route as Macmillan. And we know for sure that many independent presses and self-published authors will see this as an opportunity to provide attractively priced e-books as an alternative.”

That is exactly what I’ve been thinking.  Let the major publishers raise e-book prices. It’s already established that lower priced e-books sell far, far better, and there’s more to be made from the volume sales.  Big publishing’s big prices will drive price-conscious e-book readers to try reading lesser known small press titles.

Being that I’m starting to venture myself into small press e-book publishing, this is all good news to me.