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Blog Tour: Androids & Aliens by J. Scott Coatsworth

Androids & Aliens | J. Scott Coatsworth

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Release Date: December 8th, 2022

Word Count: 67,000

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Androids & Aliens is Scott’s third short story collection – eight sci fi and sci-fantasy shorts that run the gamut from cyborgs to (comedic) alien invasions:

Rise: Because of the rise in sea levels associated with climate change, Venice vanished beneath the lagoon half a century ago. But what if we could bring it back?

Ping: I was a real estate agent by day and a museum curator in the evenings at a sci-fi museum. What I saw one night changed everything.

What the Rain Brings: Miriam struggles to make a living in post-climate-change Vancouver. But her friend Catalina has it even worse in the Arizona desert. So Miri hatches a plan.

High Seven: Zan dreams of making full reals – immersive live virtual reality skins – but his low test score may doom him to a life of cheap graphic coding.

Full Real: Dek’s given up his life of spying for the city. But one more case awaits him. Will he regret it more if he takes it. or if he turns it down?

Shit City: The Bay Area’s being walloped by a hurricane, and seventeen-year-old Jason Vasquez has been relocated to a refugee city in the Nevada Desert. Will it be temporary shelter, or a change of life?

Firedrake: Kerry has always wondered about his deadly powers. But a mysterious bunch of violet roses start him on the path to discovery – even if he’s not sure he’s going to like what he finds.

The Last Human Heart: I’m one of the Remainers, the few cyborg humans still living on this busted planet. But if my still-human heart finally gives out, I may not live to find out the truth.

This is the first time all of these stories have all been collected in one place, and the first time the Pacific Climate Tryptich – What the Rain Brings, High Seven, and Full real – have been published in any form. Five of the stories were either initially published as standalones or in other collections or magazines.

Warnings: Full Real contains attempted kidnapping and references to off-page physical and sexual abuse.

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Excerpt

From The Last Human Heart

I slip out of the culvert as the sun falls behind the tawny hills on the horizon, a green flash lighting the sky. My heart beats at a steady pace

Climbing back up onto the highway, I check the co-ordinates. With luck and a steady pace, I should reach the Trading Station by morning.

The stag crosses my mind again, that strange stare, beast to beast. There’s so little out here for it to live on or in, no trees or shade or shelter from the blistering sun. Just grass. Lots and lots of grass. Where did you go?

Taking one measured step after another, I start on my way, timing them to the beating of my heart.

A heady sense of possibility fills my chest. It’s strange, something I haven’t felt in years. I’ve traveled the length of the continent, from New York to California. I’ve been to Alaska and as far south as the isthmus, where rising seas finally finished the work of the Panama Canal, severing North and South America. In a few short centuries, humankind accomplished what Nature had labored for eons to do.

An hour later, I get my first look at the towers of Sacramento. I haven’t been here in decades, but it looks much the same as before. Its hulking skyscrapers and superscrapers look like bloody teeth in the infrared. Many are broken. Some still standing, others long since crashed back to the ground whence they came. They glow with stored heat, slowly bleeding it off into the atmosphere as the air cools.

Whence they came? I snort. I’m in rare form tonight—practically Shakespearian. Erik would have teased me endlessly for that.

I frown. He’s been on my mind a lot lately. Mortality having her fun with me?

I flash back to nights in Shanghai, fighting with my metal brothers and sisters in the street-to-street combat of the last wars. Flashes of light and explosions as nano bombs fell into civilian neighborhoods, eating everything in their path—stone and brick, flesh and bone.

I shudder. I should delete those memories—they only bring me pain. And yet… sometimes we need to remember the pain, so we don’t repeat it. But we can’t let it define us.

Who said that? Erik? My father?

No. It was Cassie. My erstwhile traveling companion for a couple years after the upload. When all that remained in this empty, broken world were the bots and empty, broken cyborgs like Cassie and me.

She’d finally shut herself down two decades ago. I’m tired of living, David.

Pain leaches away some of my good will. Maybe she had it right. Maybe it’s time for me, too, to give in to the inevitable. But I’m not quite ready yet, so I just keep moving.

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About The Author

Scott lives with his husband Mark in a yellow bungalow in Sacramento. He was indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine. He devoured her library, but as he grew up, he wondered where all the people like him were.

He decided that if there weren’t queer characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends.

A Rainbow Award winning author, he runs Queer Sci Fi, QueeRomance Ink, and Other Worlds Ink with Mark, sites that celebrate fiction reflecting queer reality, and is the committee chair for the Indie Authors Committee at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

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Website: https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/J.-Scott-Coatsworth/e/B011AFO4OQ

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Blog Tour: Third Front by E.M. Hamill

Third Front  | E.M. Hamill

The Dalí Tamareia Missions #3

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Release Date: October 18th, 2022

Publishing Company: StarBard Books

Cover Artist: JCaleb Designs

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Dalí Tamareia has the terrorist Skadi in their sights – but bringing her in may cost them everything.

Dalí’s role as an undercover operative is compromised, putting a target on their back and threatening the close-knit team aboard Thunder Child. A new lead on Miriam Skadi’s activities forces them back to Luna, where they must confront everything they tried to run from…including their changed relationship with Rion Sumner, who insists on backing up Dalí for this investigation.

But Dalí is not the only one searching for Skadi. An alien presence hunts the terrorist as well, taking over Sumner’s body to ensure Dalí’s cooperation. With their team on the other side of the solar system Dalí must depend on this questionable ally to complete the mission, which takes a deadly turn when an old nemesis resurfaces.

If there is any chance for a future with Sumner and their chosen family, Dalí must exorcise the demons haunting them, or they will burn in the heart of a star.

About the Series: A diplomat turned galactic operative risks everything to bring in the terrorist who shattered their life.

Warnings: graphic violence, grief, sexually explicit scenes.

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Excerpt

The flint-blue curve of Earth filled the transparent alloy of the windshield. Even gravely wounded, humanity’s ancestral home was breathtaking. Phantoms of arid golden continents haunted breaks in the heavy cloud-cover; oceans glinted like winks of mercury in Sol’s light. The atmosphere was beginning to clear, but it would take the surface longer to purge the toxic aftermath of war and pollution from soil and sea.

How in the seven hells did we manage to fuck up a whole planet?

“Prepare for drop,” Sumner murmured into his headset. I braced myself.

“In five. Four. Three. Two …

The magnet released us. Sumner fired top thrusters to quickly maneuver the ship away from the hull and we floated free. “We’re clear.”

“See you soon,” Ozzie said. Thunder Child left us in her wake, heading off to complete the surveillance mission. Sumner throttled the little craft into motion and carved an arc in space, putting the planet behind us.

And there it was.

The moon’s disc swelled before us, painted in silver and ash. In the nightfall of Earth’s passing shadow, the lunar plains of Mare Nubium sparkled with lights, and at the southern horn of the penumbra’s crescent, where light and darkness embraced, lay the place I once called home.

“Have you ever been to Luna?” My uneven voice betrayed the winding tension inside me.

“No.” Sumner glanced at me, but I kept my gaze on the moon, unable to meet his eyes. “I’ve only been to the major space stations before Mars. Where did you live?”

“Kepler. You can just make out a hexagon of complexes north of the crater.”

“I see it.”

“The apex dome, Galileo, is where the Capitol is. The University is under Kepler, at the middle left. That’s where … where we … “

Memories lay bitter and sweet on my tongue, the ache in my throat a hot coal. Oh, coming back was such a bad idea.

“The—” I coughed to clear the suffocating thickness from my voice. “The old city is in the industrial complex at the bottom of Bullialdus Crater, that cluster of rectangular structures near the shuttle port.”

A sparkle of transparent alloy and steel caught my eye as we got closer. My palms grew damp.

Luna Terminal gleamed against the void of space. Intact, as if the explosion that shattered the Earthward docking arm and killed so many innocent people had never happened. As if my heart was still whole and strong, not the bruised piece of meat thudding too fast in my chest.

The restored line of windows where Gresh and ‘Sida once stood to bid me goodbye were blank and flawless. Empty.

The spring-coil of anxiety suddenly exploded into shards and hollowed out my insides. I forgot to breathe, my white-knuckled fingers clenching the edge of the jump seat.

Fuck Kiran Singh. No matter what Mother England wanted to tell me, I should never have agreed to come back.

My breath ran shallow in the heavy gravity of blind panic. I fumbled with the stiff buckle of the five-point harness.

“Dalí? You okay?” Sumner’s quiet voice cut through the noise in my head.

“I can’t … ” The clasp wouldn’t give, my sweat-slick fingers numb and buzzing. “God damn it! I need to get out of the cockpit.”

“Hey, hey.” He extended his right hand and gently laid it over mine where I scrabbled at the release. “We’re in Three. Where are you going to go?”

I gave up trying and gripped his hand, pressing it against my chest.

“I’m here,” he said, his voice low and soothing. “Breathe. A deep breath. Come on, you can do it.”

I drew in a shuddering gasp, filled my lungs with air, and just as unevenly let it out.

“Again.”

The second one was less painful. “I’m sorry,” I managed to wheeze. “I didn’t think it would hit me this hard.”

“You thought you were prepared. You weren’t. Not yet.”

His hand was warm, and I hugged it like an anchor against the free-fall of chaos. I didn’t let go until my breathing was closer to normal and I knew I wouldn’t fall apart. His touch calmed me, and at the same time it created a ripple of longing I wasn’t ready to deal with. That was finally what made me let go.

“Thank you,” I mumbled, releasing his hand with a sheepish press of gratitude, and scrubbed my wet eyes with my palms. It was the first episode in months since I’d started the meds. I was fiercely glad Thunder Child was out of our implanted coms’ range and my teammates had not been remote witnesses to this meltdown. “I feel ridiculous.”

“Never feel that way.” The gentle admonition made me glance up and meet his eyes. Aquamarine sparks snapped in the depths of his irises as he held my gaze. “What you witnessed can’t be processed all at once. It comes out in pieces because it’s too much.”

“That felt like a huge chunk.” But the empty space had begun to collapse on itself. The void softly filled with a new substrate and covered the scree of old trauma as we stared at each other. Once again, Rion Sumner showed me the side I wanted to know better, and I desperately wanted to know it when I wasn’t a fucking mess he had to prop up.

“Port Armstrong to approaching vessel.” Three’s com blared as Luna Station’s control center registered our presence. The emotionless mechanical voice in our headsets startled both of us. “Verify identity and destination.”

Sumner toggled his mic with what I swore was irritation. “Port Armstrong, Midak 3 requesting approach.”

“Midak 3, transmitting approach vectors,” the artificial controller’s voice replied.

The instrument panel came alive with lights and coordinates. Auto-piloting sequences blinked suggestively on the data screen. Of course, Sumner chose to pilot Three manually, our moment of connection sublimated into preparation to enter lunar airspace.

I silently cursed the cock-blocking AI running the tower and sat back to watch him guide our little craft into the deep well of Bullialdus Crater, a bright path of syncopated flashes leading us into the underground terminal. The small, rocking thump of landing sent a shiver through me.

Luna. The people who had made it my home no longer existed, yet here I was.

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About The Author

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Elisabeth “E.M.” Hamill is a nurse by day, unabashed geek, chocoholic, sci fi and fantasy novelist by nights, weekends, and wherever she can steal quality time with her laptop.

She lives with her family in the wilds of eastern suburban Kansas, where they fend off flying monkey attacks and prep for the zombie apocalypse.

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Website: https://emhamill.wordpress.com

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/EMHamill

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Liminal Fiction (LimFic.com): https://www.limfic.com/mbm-book-author/e-m-hamill/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B00JY0FV8S

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Blog Tour: Clarity by Various Authors

Clarity | Various Authors

Queer Sci- Fi Flash Fiction #9

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Release Date: October 5th, 2022

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Clarity (noun)

Four definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell:

1) Coherent and intelligible

2) Transparent or pure

3) Attaining certainty about something

4) Easy to see or hear

Clarity features 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

About the Series

Every year, Queer Sci Fi runs a one-word theme contest for 300 word flash fiction stories, and then we choose 120 of the best for our annual anthology.

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Excerpt

It’s hard to tell a story in just 300 words, so it’s only fair that I limit this foreword to exactly 300 words, too. This year, 312 writers took the challenge, with stories across the queer spectrum. The contest rules are simple. Submit a complete, well-written Ink-themed 300 word sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror story with LGBTQ+ characters.

For our ninth year and eighth anthology, we chose the theme “Clarity.” The interpretations run from an “Aha!” moment to the bubbling laughter of water to a private, life-changing realization. There are little jokes, big surprises, and future prognostications that will make your head spin.

I’m proud that this collection includes many colors of the LGBTQ+ (or QUILTBAG, if you prefer) universe—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and asexual characters populate these pages—our most diverse contest yet. There’s a bit of romance, too—and a number of stories solidly on the “mainstream” side. Flash fiction is short, fun, and easy to read. You may not fall in love with every story—in fact, you probably won’t. But if you don’t like one, just move on to the next, and you’re sure to find some bite-sized morsels of flash fiction goodness. There are so many good stories in here—choose your own favorites.

We chose three winning stories, fiver judges’ choice picks, and one director’s pick, all marked in the text. Thanks to our judges—Angel Martinez, B.A. Brock, Ava Kelly, Lexi Ander, and J.M. Dabney—for selflessly giving their time, love, and energy to this project. And to Ryane Chatman too, for editing.

At Queer Sci Fi, we’re building a community of writers and readers who want a little rainbow in their speculative fiction. Join us and submit a story of your own next time!

The Authors

  • A Acosta – Stuck in the Space Elevator
  • A. B. Encarnacion – Arene, 27F Invisible
  • A.H. Lykke – Fresh
  • A.J. Clarke – Shinigami
  • Abbie Bernstein – Kids Know
  • Alden Loveshade – Clouds
  • Alex Blanc – Death by Siren
  • Alex Liddell – Telegram From the Netherland
  • Alex Silver – Smile
  • Alison J. McKenzie – Happy to Help
  • Allan Dyen-Shapiro – Oysters and Other Slimy Creatures
  • Alma Nilsson – Meet Me at the South Gate
  • Amanda Meuwissen – Willows
  • Andrea Stanet – Bathtub Gin
  • Anne Smith – A Glimpse
  • Anton Kukal – Detonation
  • Antonia Aquilante – Through the Glass
  • Avery Vanderlyle – Taking the Plunge
  • Barbara Krasnoff – Age Cannot Wither Her
  • Beáta Fülöp – The Unicorn Handler
  • Belinda McBride – The Choice
  • Blaine D. Arden – No Crime Unseen
  • C.T. Phipps – The Chase Was Enough
  • Camryn Burke – Burden of the Blurred
  • Caro Soles – The Truth Sayer
  • Catherine Yeates – Outpouring
  • Chloe Schaefer – Matthias
  • Crysta Coburn – The Ghost Maid
  • D.M. Rasch – Crystal Clear
  • Daria Richter – Make Me Real
  • Darrell Z. Grizzle – The Vampire and the Werewolf Priest
  • David Viner – The Best Solution
  • Derwin Mak – Software Update
  • Devon Widmer – Post-Apocalyptic Goo
  • Drew Baker – The Only Question I Could Ask
  • E. W. Murks – Earth Day
  • Elizabeth Hawxhurst – Inflection Point
  • Emmy Eui – Sunset
  • Gina Storm Grant – Clearing the Heir
  • Ginger Streusel – Lovers’ Letters
  • Gordon Bonnet – Refraction
  • Isa Reneman – The Furthest Horizon
  • Isabel McKeough – The Art of Not Blowing Up
  • Isobel Granby – Sea-Glass
  • Izzy Tyack – Magically Induced Clarity
  • J Sigel – Hindsight
  • J.S. Gariety – Bloom
  • Jaime Munn – Impulse
  • James Dunham – Brain of Theseus
  • Jamie Lackey – The Cursed Princess
  • Jamie Sands – Remote Working Gothic
  • Jana Denardo – Unexpected
  • Jane Suen – Bowls of Steaming Noodles
  • Jason Sárközi-Forfinski – ACAB
  • Jaymie Wagner – Harmony
  • Jendayi Brooks-Flemister – Heartsbeats
  • Jennifer Haskin – Cold Conviction
  • Jess Nevins – Stagecoach Mary Versus the Ghost of Cascade
  • Joe DeRouen – The World Around Her
  • Jordan Ulibarri – Franklin
  • Josie Kirkwood – The Blue Capsule Experience
  • Julie Bozza – Verity
  • K.L. Noone – The Unicorn’s Knight
  • K.S. Murphy – Looped
  • Kaje Harper – Beneath the Surface
  • Kayleigh Skye – Blue
  • Kim Fielding – Shared Language
  • Kiya Nicoll – The Satyr and the Wishing Pond
  • Kora Knight – Sunrise
  • Kris Jacen – Visus
  • Krystle Matar – My Poppy Fields Are Burning
  • Lloyd A. Meeker – Ruti’s Prayer
  • Lori Alden Holuta – Magic Mirror
  • M. X. Kelly – Muddy the Waters
  • Marie Victoria Robertson – As Foretold
  • Mary Kuna – Late Bloomer
  • Megan Baffoe – Ribbon Thread
  • Megan Diedericks – The Closet is Made of Mahogany
  • Megan Hippler – The Gift
  • Mere Rain – With Clear Eyes
  • Minerva Cerridwen – Secundum Artem
  • Monique Cuillerier – Through This Window
  • Nathan Alling Long – The Shadow of Doubt
  • Nathaniel Taff – The Gauntlet
  • Nicole Dennis – Orange Dust
  • Oskar Leonard – Murcorpio
  • Patricia Loofbourrow – There’s Something Weird About Joe
  • Phoebe Ching – The Killer Cupid
  • R.L. Merrill – The Sitter
  • Rainie Zenith – Crystal Clear
  • Raven Oak – Wrinkled
  • Rdp – Alice!
  • RE Andeen – Male Female Nonbinary Other
  • RE Carr – A Woman’s Reward
  • Rie Sheridan Rose – The Night Witch
  • Rin Sparrow – Never Alone
  • RL Mosswood – A Trick of the Nerves
  • RoAnna Sylver – The Face in the Mirror
  • Rob Bliss – PSI Ecstasy
  • Rory Ni Coileain – One Night in Troy
  • Sacchi Green – The Star Beast
  • Sage HN – Impact
  • Scott Jenson – Cycles
  • Sheryl Hayes – A Smoking Hot Proposal
  • Shirley Meier – Upon Reflection
  • SI CLARKE – If the Shoe Fits
  • Siri Paulson – Blood and Water
  • Stacy Noe – Demons Need Love Too
  • Stephen B. Pearl – Sad Reality
  • Stephen Dedman – Through a Glass Clearly
  • Steve Fuson – Translucent
  • Steve Rasnic Tem – The Man in the Mirror
  • T.J. Reed – New Memories
  • Terry Poole – A Grey Man
  • Tori Thompson – A Visage of Home
  • V. Astor Solomon – Blood Will Show Us Who We Are
  • W. Dale Jordan – Ascension
  • Warren Rochelle – Ghosts
  • William R. Eakin – Overcoming Entropy
  • Yoyoli – If Deliberate Avoidance Fulfills No Dream

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About QSF

Queer Sci Fi is the brainchild of J. Scott Coatsworth, a blog and website that’s all about LGBT characters in science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and horror fiction. We’re dedicated to promoting the inclusion of LGBT characters in these genres.

We started the site in January of 2014, with the intent to create a community for writers and readers of LGBT-themed speculative fiction. We post regular discussion topics, news, book announcements and reviews. We have an AWESOME Facebook discussion group, and a great admin team – Angel Martinez, Ben Brock, Ryane Chatman, and J. Scott Coatsworth.

Once a year, we put out a call for flash fiction submissions based on a single word theme, and get anywhere between two hundred and four hundred entries. Clarity is our eight annual anthology.

Social Media

QSF Website: https://www.queerscifi.com

QSF Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/210192115794407

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QSF Twitter: https://twitter.com/queerscifi/

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