Well, in addition to putting together a story bundle of Immerse Or Die Survivors, Jefferson Smith put together a collection of stories from IOD survivor authors, and I was invited to submit.
I put together a little story called, “The First Man In The World”, a Hard SF piece in which I tried to capture the feel of early Larry Niven. It was outside of my usual style, but I thought it worked. Evidently so did the panel of judges that Jefferson put together, because it was accepted.
Now, after some editorial work, I got the completed anthology to read over and make one last bug hunt.
I sat down last night to give the formatting a quick look and ended up reading the first nine (of fifteen) stories straight through.
The stories aren’t just good, they are can’t-put-it-down, edge-of-your-seat amazing. Most indie anthologies that I have read have a few good stories and a bunch of “meh” stories.
In All These Shiny Worlds, Jefferson Smith is holding the “meh.” I haven’t finished it (I had to get some sleep eventually) but every one that I read last night was a real gem. I feel humbled to be included among these stories–and you know me, my ego is naked eye observable from orbit.
It’s not available quite yet (as I said, we’re doing one last check for typos) but will be soon. There is an official launch page where you can sign up for a reminder when it comes out, but I’ll also be announcing it here.
Seriously, don’t miss this one. It’s going to be free, and it’s going to be awesome.