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What's new fictionwise

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By the way, I've had a couple of stories go live at Fictionwise.com this week, which means they're available now for purchase, downloading, and reading in a variety of formats on a variety of devices. Just click here:

http://www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/WilliamShunneBooks.htm

Since both stories are new to Fictionwise, they're discounted 15% off the already reasonable price of well under a dollar! And I have it on good authority that a dozen or so other stories will go live in the near to foreseeable future.

(Obviously I'm working hard on this novel.)

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Kindly inclined reviews

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One of these days I will be through obsessively posting about "Inclination," but not yet, not yet. I took a little time out from noveling today (200 pages due to the workshop tonight, and I just might make it!) to visit the Borders at Park & 57th. Lo and behold! The March Locus.

Both Locus's short-fiction reviewers wrote up the April/May Asimov's, and to make a long story short, both reviewers placed "Inclination" on their recommended reading lists for the month. Paul Melko, whose fine novella "The Walls of the Universe" anchors the other end of the issue, pulled off the same feat.

To quote from the reviews themselves:

Among all the plot options available to SF writers, there's something to be said for the one that launches the protagonist, with few bothersome preliminaries, into a dizzying succession of new territories, disorientation and wonderment combining in a dance of conceptual vertigo.... There are many fine examples of this narrative tactic in the literature, and Paul Melko's novella in the April/May double issue of Asimov's, "The Walls of the Universe," is an honorable addition to their ranks.... If SF is unable often to break new ground, it can always re-interpret and enrich its staples, and "The Walls of the Universe" add ingenious maturity to its long-established subgenre.
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All this for one low price!

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At the Asimov's web site, you can now find not only an excerpt from my novella "Inclination" but also an excerpt from Paul Melko's fine and fast-paced novella "The Walls of the Universe," not to mention the entirety of our own [info]asphalteden's excellent essay on electronic music, "A Possible Planet." (There is also an accompanying podcast, featuring many of the musicians Brian mentions in his article, which is well worth listening to.)

And don't forget, you can also hear an excerpt from "Inclination" in the latest episode of my podcast.

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Netherheim death march

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So, as a requirement of the workshop I'm attending in May, I must turn in 200 pages of a novel on March 15th. That's Wednesday. I have 45 pages still to go. I did 35 total last weekend, but that was a four-day weekend where I took Monday and Tuesday off from work. I did 13 yesterday. I have to maintain close to that pace every day through Wednesday to make it. Will I make that same total today? Certainly not if I don't stop fucking around on LiveJournal!

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If I could have just one cover blurb for Inclination the novel (no, don't get excited, this doesn't mean it's sold), it would be:

"Get your ticket to that wheel in space while there's time!"  —Donald Fagen
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Creative accounting

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If I were to triple-space my novel manuscript so far, I would probably have 200 pages.

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ShunnCast #10

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Epidode #10 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which I talk about and then read an excerpt from my novella "Inclination," which is on newsstands TODAY in the April/May 2006 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.

http://www.shunn.net/podcast?id=10

See also [info]shunncast.

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Another reader of Science Fiction Weekly has plenty to say about C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, without ever having seen it.

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Syndicate me, baby

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News! The RSS feed for my podcast, "William Shunn's ShunnCast" is now available as a syndicated feed you can add to your friends list:

[info]shunncast

Episode #10 goes live Monday evening or Tuesday morning, so subscribe now, here if you're an LJ user or there if you're not. I'll be reading an excerpt from my new Asimov's novella "Inclination" in that episode, but there's exciting stuff ahead too, especially if you've been waiting impatiently for my memoir. (Say no more, say no more!) And you can catch up on all the past episodes here.

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Virginia's not for laughers

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A reader of Science Fiction Weekly is not amused by the very idea of C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America and other "disinformation" of its ilk.

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