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The benignly-neglected online home of writer Desmond Warzel

2015 in the books.

Stuff I read in 2015, presented without comment or apology.


Killing Hitler again.

I’ve had my work performed on several SF/fantasy podcasts over the past few years;Wikihistory once on Escape Pod, three times on Cast of Wonders, and three times on The Drabblecast.  I’ve always enjoyed it.  Now Rish Outfield and Big Anklevich, the proprietors of The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, attempt the impossible: an audio adaptation of my first published story, “Wikihistory,” which appeared in Abyss & Apex in 2007.  The story takes the form of postings on an Internet message board; how will this translate to audio?  There’s only one way to find out, of course; have a listen.  (For the record, I thought they did a fantastic job.)

Some fiction podcasters just read the story and sign off.  The Dunesteef crew doesn’t do fiction drive-bys.  Stay tuned for nearly an hour of discussion from Big and Rish on various topics related and unrelated to the story.  They always go above and beyond.  And if you’re new to their work and liked this show, going back and listening to the previous 176 episodes would be a fine use of your copious spare time…

Release day.

Coven: Masterful Tales of Fantasy is finally out today from Purple Sun Press.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, it’s only out in 25861628ebook form, with a paperback to come at an unspecified near-future date.  But if you were going to get the electronic edition anyway, you could do worse than to snag it and give us a boost.  They’re going fast!

Better yet, if you’re reading this today, September 29th, the publisher is hosting an event on Facebook all day.  Talk to the authors, win stuff, etc.  Barring unforeseen circumstances, I’ll be there at 7:30.  Go here, if you like, and click that you’re attending.  They’d like to get those numbers up.

The best medicine.

FunnySciFi_coverNow out for the Kindle: Funny Science Fiction, drawing together seventeen modern classics of humorous science fiction.  You wouldn’t want to be accused of not having a sense of humor, would you?

Come join the Coven.

Coming up in about a month is the release of a new anthology: Coven: Masterful Tales of Fantasy, edited by Andi O’Connor and published by Purple Sun Press in both paperback and electronic formats.25861628

The publisher invites one and all to a virtual release party on September 29th, right here on the Facebook. Some of the contributors will be hanging around, and there’ll be free books to a lucky few (reason enough to drop by, in my opinion). Hence the early notice; you can’t say you weren’t warned.

If you don’t snag a free copy, I recommend picking it up at your earliest convenience anyway. I haven’t read it, but there are some pretty big names involved, and I know the editor has put a great deal of effort into making it the best anthology it can be.

Here’s the lineup:

  • “Across Silence and Darkness” by Olivia Berrier
  • “Impropriety” by Dale Carothers
  • “Wolf’s Bane” by Steve Coate
  • “That Was Falling” by A. E. Decker
  • “Atop the Scarlet Sky” by Eric Del Carlo
  • “Crystal Silence” by Darrel Duckworth
  • “Death Strikes Twice” by Brian Koscienski and Chris Pisano
  • “Servant of the Sea” by D. Thomas Minton
  • “The Well” by Gregory L. Norris”
  • “Snake Wounds the Heel” by Konstantine Paradias
  • “A Very Special Ride” by J. T. Seate
  • “Tomorrow in Crystal” by Jonathan Shipley
  • “The Temple of the Shrieking Goddess” by Benjamin Sperduto
  • “Condemned” by David Steffen
  • “All We May Know of God” by David Tallerman
  • “Irresistible Forces” by Desmond Warzel

Updates possibly to come as the date approaches.

Hilarity ensues.

While I’m feeling ambitious, why not announce an upcoming project?

Funny Science Fiction, edited by Alex Shvartsman, is due out September 1 from UFO Publishing. This is going to be an FunnySciFi_coverinexpensive ebook of humorous science fiction stories whose primary function will be to serve as an advertisement and “appetite-whetter” for UFO Publishing’s signature series of Unidentified Funny Objects anthologies. This will be yet another airing for “Wikihistory,” my first-ever story from back in 2007, and it finds itself in fine company. There are some really big names in this one.  The table of contents was just announced:

  • “Observation Post” by Mike Resnick
  • “Flying on My Hatred of My Neighbor’s Dog” by Shaenon Garrity
  • Wikihistory” by Desmond Warzel
  • “Distant Gates of Eden Gleam” by Brian Trent
  • “Half a Conversation, Overheard While Inside an Enormous Sentient Slug” by Oliver Buckram
  • “Hark! Listen to the Animals” by Ken Liu and Lisa Tang Liu
  • “Whaliens” by Lavie Tidhar
  • “See Dangerous Earth-Possibles!” by Tina Connolly
  • “Kallakak’s Cousins” by Cat Rambo
  • “Kulturkampf” by Anatoly Belilovsky
  • “Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs” by Leonard Richardson
  • “Miss Darcy’s First Intergalactic Ballet Class” by Dantzel Cherry
  • “Pidgin” by Lawrence M. Schoen
  • “Nothing, Ventured” by James Beamon
  • “Last Thursday at Supervillain Supply Depot” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “Chicka-Chicka-Bow-Wow” by Mike Rimar
  • “Troublesolver” by Tim Pratt

Look forward to a reminder announcement when it comes out.

Attention all planets of the Solar Federation: We have assumed control.

This is the first substantive post of the new Jobless Insomniacs Motorcycle Club, which supersedes the original Livejournal version. Since I rarely blog–generally only when I have a recent or upcoming fiction publication to announce–it made more sense to incorporate that activity into a site like this, which allows me to have everything pertinent (bibliography, contact info, etc.) in one easily-accessible place. I can promise you that this site won’t be updated on anything approaching a daily basis (heaven knows there are plenty of writers who do blog every day, and they’re easy to find). In fact, barring unforeseen circumstances, even monthly updates are unlikely (though anything’s possible, and a string of good news in rapid succession isn’t unprecedented). And what is here will probably be more informative than entertaining; I can’t bring myself to expend my limited creativity on posts which I have no idea if anyone will ever read.

(Those of you who are, in fact, reading this, thank you very much; I appreciate your support. Sorry there isn’t more here.)

Stand by…