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Ben Zwycky

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  1. There's a new kindle countdown deal on the book (and a first one on the second poetry collection), only 99 cents this week. https://benzwycky.com/2016/05/13/kindle-countdown-deals-on-nobility-among-us-and-heroes-and-wonders/
  2. The second edition of this book is now available: https://benzwycky.com/2016/04/10/nobility-among-us-second-edition-is-now-live/
  3. For those interested, Sci Phi Journal has been nominated for best semi prozine on two different recommendation lists (and another site I'm involved with, superversivesf.com, has been nominated for best fanzine), here and here. Various people from both groups have been nominated in a number of other categories (best novel, best fancast, best new writer, best short form editor). Somebody wanted to nominate Beyond the Mist for best novel this year, but it was published 4 days too late, so is only eligible for next year.
  4. All three of my books are now available for 99 cents at amazon for a week, links here: http://benzwycky.com/2016/02/12/kindle-countdown-deal-on-all-three-of-my-books/
  5. I have an article in the journal now: http://www.sciphijournal.com/red-dwarfs-inquisitor-and-judgement-day-by-ben-zwycky/
  6. both versions of the novel are now available on amazon, and the ebook version comes free with a purchase of the paperback
  7. The paperback should be ready today or tomorrow, and a lot of people have been saying very nice things about the book over at John C. Wright's blog. In other news, I'm going to be involved in a roundtable discussion tonight at 11pm GMT with Milo Yiannopolis, John C. Wright and some other writers. The subject is the influence of Social Justice Warriors on writing today, this year's Sad Puppies campaign and other related (or random) topics. There's a chance my book might be briefly discussed as well. It'll be streamed on youtube, so people can listen in live or later if they want. http://superversivesf.com/2016/01/08/superversive-sf-livestream-sjws-in-sf-with-milo/
  8. The ebook is out now at amazon, am working on the paperback's cover atm (which can get frustrating when it seems to arbitrarily resize the artwork so it no longer fits in the frame)
  9. The magazine is switching to a different business strategy now, and the first story under the new format should be released today: In other news, the story I had serialized in the magazine is going to be released as a standalone book this week, I'll post here when it goes live. Its cover art looks like this (the board won't let me upload the image, even when I reduce it to 224kb: https://benzwycky.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/beyond-the-mist-3rd-amendment_no-border.jpg (I hope some of you have heard of the guy doing the foreword, I'm really excited about that part)
  10. I actually visited the castle in this video yesterday, it was a long-term wish of mine that my awesome wife made come true for my 40th. The book is also on sale until the end of the month.
  11. Thanks, it's really good exercise for improving your hand-eye coordination and reflexes
  12. Issue 8 is now on sale, and will be the last issue in the current format (the magazine is switching to a different subscriber-based business strategy, with more of the content freely available on the web)
  13. It's something I used to do quite a lot in university, I was head of the juggling society for a while.
  14. The editor of the journal suggested we take pictures of ourselves holding the latest issue of the journal. I did this instead (apologies for the poor image and sound quality):
  15. Next issue is out, and I'm now officially a contributing editor to the journal: http://benzwycky.com/2015/08/27/sci-phi-journal-issue-7-is-now-on-sale/
  16. Issue 6 is now out, featuring the next two chapters plus the naming contest I outlined above: kindle ebook: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B010GW6YI8/?tag=superversivesf-20 Print: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1514729245/?tag=superversivesf-20 https://www.createspace.com/5581465/?tag=superversivesf-20 The ebook versions of the first 4 issues of the journal are still only $1.99 for the next few days, so now is the last chance to grab those cheaply if you want to catch up.
  17. And here it is... A contest is now open to name the main character of Beyond the Mist, with signed copies of both of my other books as prizes, together with a free printed copy of issue 7 of the journal. Details here: http://superversivesf.com/2015/06/01/name-the-main-character-in-beyond-the-mist/
  18. Due to the editor of the Journal celebrating his 40th birthday today, he's made the ebook versions of Issues 1 to 4 available for half price: http://superversivesf.com/2015/05/30/sci-phi-journal-on-sale-now/ So if you haven’t grabbed any of these issues yet, now would be the ideal time to do so. There'll be another Beyond the Mist-related announcement soon...
  19. Issue 5 (with chapters 8 and 9 of Beyond the Mist) has gone on sale. From amazon For kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Sci-Phi-Journal-Issue-2015-ebook/dp/B00WRADVL6/?tag=superversivesf-20 in paperback http://www.amazon.com/Sci-Phi-Journal-May-2015/dp/0994175892/?tag=superversivesf-20 and also in paperback directly from createspace: https://www.createspace.com/5459338/?tag=superversivesf-20
  20. Any rapidly diminishing spare time I have is going into writing, but through the journal I've joined a group of sci-fi writers who will be holding an online roundtable discussion via google hangout tomorrow. It'll be streamed live from 10.30 am EST tomorrow: http://superversivesf.com/2015/04/02/superversivesf-roundtable-coming-up/ So if anyone wants to listen in, they'll be welcome to.
  21. Not sci-fi, but now that I'm trying to build a writing career, just last weekend I uploaded my first poetry collection to amazon, it's now live on Kindle and is available for 99 cents for the rest of this week (the price will go up to 1.99 on Saturday evening GMT). It contains 52 poems previously posted on my blog, but polished up and reorganized, with one section telling the story of how I met my wife and of our subsequent marriage and family life. Since it's a relatively short book (a little under 9,000 words), kindle hasn't enabled the look inside feature (the free sample only includes the table of contents, first poem and a little bit of the second), but here are a couple of poems from it to give you an idea: Drained, and Yet… Another interrupted night, Another day half-zombified. Concentration all but gone; Tempted to just drift along. No will to attempt what needs doing, Yet worth it for that heavenly viewing Of little faces filled with glee, As they bounce upon my knee. Eyes full of wonder, taking in An ordinary mundane thing. Seen afresh its beauty glows As they turn to one who knows And ask for confirmation (And a simple explanation) of this magical delight that sets their world alight. So please another sleepless week, with head that aches and joints that creak, If it means more of these joys, From our little girl and boys. A Simple Gate I stand before a simple gate, Hoping it is not too late To be summoned in to see The answer to my mystery. What power lies beyond those beams? What images will haunt my dreams? What truth too great for mortal men Is housed within that stone-walled den? I hope it will renew my mind, Touch my heart with gestures kind, Soothe my soul where it still aches, Calm my hand when it still shakes, Satisfy my deepest need, Help me see, inform my creed; Find my place in life and death, Put the right words on my last breath. The bolt unlocks, the panel swings, My soul begins to spread its wings. Filled with joy, my eyes behold A baby wrapped in swaddling clothes. Amazon Kindle Link A paperback version is in the works, which will cost $5.99, though in theory I might be able to arrange small discounts on that.
  22. It's been a long process of learning and developing the craft (and I still have a long way to go, with new opportunities and challenges coming along all the time), but it started here with Derek's awesome sandbox that just begged you to create stories within it. I still can't quite believe I'm a published author now. It's a weird mixture of feelings.
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