You've seen it happen: actors think they can direct; directors think they can act; editors think they can write; writers think they can edit an anthology.
Well, I've decided to test the anthology waters with just a toe or two.
For a while now, I've noticed something about most of the top-tier publications that I've either broken into or am still attempting to break into: they publish some sad stuff. Well-written, but dour and nihilistic. Where's the fun in that?
I enjoy cerebral sci-fi, mind-benders that cause me to look differently at reality. But space opera has always been my favorite. No, not soap operas in space, and nothing musical. Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction featuring adventures in space. Think Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Swashbuckling action amongst the stars with space ships, robots, jet packs, freakin' lasers and the like.
Seeing how well Future City Blues has done as a free collection, driving readers toward our other future noir titles, I thought it might be cool to do something similar with space opera. So I contacted five writers I've met through Write1Sub1, let them know what I had in mind, and asked if I could reprint their stories. Much to my delight, all five are on board. Including a story from yours truly, my first attempt at assembling an anthology will be about 100 pages long, free wherever eBooks are sold, and available mid-August.
This space opera collection will include light-hearted action and adventure alongside stories with heart. These tales won't leave you in the pits of despair. Instead, they'll lift your spirits, taking you to places unknown. You'll travel the stars to far-flung planets, meeting aliens and humans alike -- even a mech-man and a clone. There will be lions and jet packs, to boot. No pigs in this space, but otherwise, all bets are off.
Members of The Crew will get a sneak peek at the cover art in my July Transmission...