“Steampunk Reloaded” giveaway

November 4, 2010 at 7:09 am (Stories in print, The Internet Is Full of Things)

Those of you who aren’t thoroughly sick of steampunk may remember that “A Serpent in the Gears” was picked up by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer’s Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded anthology, and the release date for that anthology is at hand!  Again, I’m honored and flattered to be part of this, and my inner geek — which has never been very inner to begin with — has been frothing at the mouth every time I see who else is in the anthology.  Catherynne Valente!  William Gibson!  Cherie Priest!  Sydney Padua! (And apparently there’s a Mecha-Ostrich…oh my.)

If I were feeling magnanimous, I’d arrange to give away a copy here on the blog. As it is, though, I’m letting someone else be magnanimous for me.  Beneath Ceaseless Skies is giving away a signed copy, in conjunction with Genevieve Valentine’s story “Bread and Circuses.” To make things even better, today’s issue also features Anne Cross’ “The Popinjay’s Daughter.” Anne is a member of BRAWL, and it’s great to see her work out there in the world.  Especially in BCS, which is a magazine I love.

I don’t yet have my contributor’s copy (though I can sense it on its way…’scuse me, gotta mop up the drool), but damn, this is a beautiful book.  You want a copy, right?  So go read the rules for the contest, then do whatever you have to so that you can have Steampunk Reloaded delivered straight to your door. I can’t promise that it will be hand-delivered by a goggle-eyed brass automaton who has just descended by jetpack from an airship that hovers ponderously above your house while from its many phonograph speakers thunder the strains of a jaunty melody of the sort that would make Charles Babbage develop a nasty twitch…but I can certainly imply it.

…Or you could, you know, buy a copy, if you want to do it the boring way.  But that way, when you win the free copy from BCS, you’ll have two!  And then you can put them in a box together and make them fight…hang on, I just remembered why I’m not supposed to post before coffee.

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Wednesday Magic District: Technobabble and you!

November 3, 2010 at 7:58 am (Magic District)

Today’s Magic District features Little Timmy, Little Grignr, and the Professor.

Well, actually, it leaves them behind early on, while I go on for a bit about technobabble and its fantasy counterpart, arcanababble. (Is there a better word for the fantasy equivalent of technobabble? I don’t think I’m the first to have come up with this, and I suspect there’s a more elegant term out there.)

Go on over and take a look at some ways to use technobabble to your advantage — and, as a bonus, there’s a short excerpt from a story that won’t be up in Beneath Ceaseless Skies till next year!

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