Short Story Candidates for the 2014 Hugo Award

January 18, 2014 at 10:10 am (Uncategorized)

J. C. Conway

The short story is a wonderful prose form. It is good for readers with limited time. It permits tight, creative stories. It is good for ideas and characters that do not necessarily require a novel to portray. For all of these reasons, I believe it is a particularly good form for the science-fiction genre, which is widely considered to be a genre of ideas.

So it seemed quite a shame in 2013, when there were only three, instead of the usual five, Hugo Award nominations in the category of short story—not that the nominees weren’t qualified. Those three stories were excellent. But I would have liked more.

The shame was even greater to the extent that the reason only three nominees were presented was because there were not enough nominations in the category to permit the selection of the usual five (sometimes six) nominees in the category.

Anyone that is…

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2013 Retrospective

January 10, 2014 at 2:02 am (Uncategorized)

Looking back on 2013:

Another productive year! Here’s a selection of projects I’ve completed (or have been involved with) over the course of this year:

1. I created a total of twelve new books this year– not my personal best, but 2013 still squeaked in at 3rd place (In 2011, I created fifteen, and in 2010, thirteen.) Among these titles are the books shown here, as well as a number of others. You can find out about all of these books (and more) on Thunderune Publishing’s main website: http://www.thunderune.com

2. This year, I published a brand new work by British author L.A. Sykes through Thunderune Publishing– the hard-hitting novella entitled “The Hard Cold Shoulder.” If you’re into crime/noir, this guy writes some hot stuff that is definitely worth checking out.

3. Another project that went live this year was “Voyage of the Tereshkova.” Originally a Kickstarter project, Voyage of the Tereshkova went on to become a hybrid book/game set in the universe of The Cygnus War.

4. One of the crazy goals I decided to set for myself in 2012 was reaching fifty published books (in my name alone, no pen-name or ghost-written works included!) before I turn thirty. This September, I hit that goal when I published Lithium Liederkreis, the long-awaited fourth book in the Pink Carbide series.

5. But, of course, I wasn’t about to be stopped there! The last three books in the Pink Carbide series (Oxide Overture, Fullerene Symphony and Silicon Sonata) were all penned during the course of this year and are currently being revised and edited in preparation for their appearance in print in 2014. Exciting!

6. I was also involved in a ton of audio work this year. First and foremost, I became “The Voice” for Mark Slade’s Dark Dreams and Blackout City Podcasts, (darkdreamspodcast.blogspot.com). I also did a fair amount of my own audio work on the side, recording some of my own stories and shorts and even creating a short-lived series called “The Midnight Writer Podcast” which is available to listen to on Youtube.

7. Among the books published this year through Thunderune Publishing were Liber Luminopticon and Liber Velum Voces, two works that opened a whole new section of the press: the metaphysical section!

8. I was also involved with a number of projects outside of Thunderune Publishing this year, doing a fair amount of ghost writing and working with various authors on various published (or soon to be published) works. Among the projects to which I have contributed in 2013 are several available through Horrified Press, as I edited the anthology entitled “Undead In Pictures” and provided short stories for Schlock Magazine, Nightmare Illustrated and a couple of anthologies (including the pictured Doctor Who 50th homage entitled “Twelve.”) I also helped produce, edit and design Shawn Wunjo’s 11th book, the omnibus edition of her complete works entitled “Some Mothafu**in’ Sweet A** Books and S**t.”

9. Last but not least, a number of new authors were welcomed into the ranks at Thunderune Publishing in 2013, named here in no particular order: John Ogden, Gary Clifton, Nick Keller and Christopher S. Hinkle Sr. These authors are new but very talented, so take a chance and give one (or more) of them a read.

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The Final Three

January 10, 2014 at 2:01 am (Uncategorized)

The last three books in the Pink Carbide series are coming in 2014!
Mark your calendars!
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Pink Carbide 5, 6, and 7

January 10, 2014 at 2:00 am (Uncategorized)

Just received the draft copies for the final three books in the Pink Carbide series. All that’s left now is some revising and some formatting! Stay tuned for launch dates!


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Now Available!

January 10, 2014 at 1:59 am (Uncategorized)

My story “The Flesh Vats” is now available as part of the first issue of Horrified Press’s “Nightmare Illustrated” and I’m pretty stoked!

Pick up your copy of this exciting new picto-fiction publication today! [link]






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New Inventory!

January 10, 2014 at 1:57 am (Uncategorized)

New inventory just came in!
Also, a sneak peek of things to come.

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Brave New Bullying: Goodreads Gangs, Amazon Attacks—What Are Writers to Do?

January 3, 2014 at 7:18 am (Uncategorized)

Great points. Definitely a must-read.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Today is a tad of a touchy subject, but in this New year, I want everyone to have a the greatest gift any of us can have…peace. Bullies, in my opinion, are among the lowest known existing lifeforms. I wouldn’t want to insult cockroaches and fleas by drawing a comparison.

Kristen’s History With Bullies

I grew up most of my life being bullied. I switched schools at least once a year and there was always a new gaggle of Mean Girls to make my daily life a veritable hell. I think this is why I grew to love books. I skipped school so much (to seek sanctuary at the public library), that I’m fairly certain I’m the reason for the current Texas truancy laws.

I couldn’t get out of bed. I became ill at the thought of even walking through the front doors of my school. I was poor and…

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