Saturday, December 03, 2011

Time Travel and Sword and Planet Action

I’ve been needing to post this information for a while but work has been crazy this whole semester. Seems mostly I’ve been putting up holding pattern blog posts. I have a test to grade today but Monday is the last day of class and then we’ll have final exams. I’ll be incommunicado for a few days then before I get finally to Christmas break. If I’m gonna get this post up it needs to be today.

First up, the collected Simon Rip adventure, A Rip Through Time has been published from Beat To A Pulp. It’s available from Smashwords for .99 cents and that’s quite a lot of reading, over 38,000 words. You can get it there for Kindle, Epub, PDF, or various other formats. Many of you already know that this is a serialized story based on David Cranmer’s ideas and character, and that I did one of the sections. Below is a quote about the work that I took directly from the Smashwords site, and it’ll give you the writers and the titles of the various sections:
“A Rip through Time follows the time-cop's travels in a series of five short stories written by several of today's top pulp writers. Chris F. Holm opens the collection with the fast-paced "The Dame, the Doctor and the Device." Charles A. Gramlich's "Battles, Broadswords, and Bad Girls" and Garnett Elliott's "Chaos in the Stream" breathe new life into the time travel story. Bringing the saga to a gripping conclusion in "Darkling in the Eternal Space" is Chad Eagleton, who then takes it a step further with a mesmerizing coda, "The Final Painting of Hawley Exton." And for all the time-traveling enthusiasts, Ron Scheer provides an insightful essay, "Are We Then Yet," which explores the mechanics of time travel in popular fiction.”

I’ve got my copy and look forward over Christmas break to reading the whole thing together. I was so pleased to be a part of this. I much enjoyed writing my segment, and was lucky to be chosen to be among this crew of fine writers.

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Next up, I want to mention a new, and “illustrated” collection of Sword & Planet stories called Strange Worlds. This anthology is edited by Jeff Doten, who also did all the wonderful drawings for the work. I believe this may be the first illustrated collection of S & P stories ever. And I’m very happy to say I have a story in the collection called “God’s Dream.” I had an incredible amount of fun writing it.

You can find out more about the anthology here. There is a review of the book up at Black Gate. I will be posting more about it as I read the rest of the stories in the collection. Here's the front and back covers below:

33 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Two anthologies - that's awesome, Charles! Are they also in the iBookstore? looking on iPad now...

Charles Gramlich said...

Alex, I don't know. I'm pretty sure STrange Worlds isn't. Not sure about Rip through time

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Time Travel, in books and films, has always intrigued me and A RIP THROUGH TIME seems just the kind of story I should read. Does Smashwords sell outside America? I'm going to check it out.

Deka Black said...

2 anthologies dedicated to themes i love. Gods are indeed kind to us.

Keith said...

Thanks for the tip on A Rip Through Time. I hadn't heard of that one, but I'm going to check it out.

And those of you who haven't read Strange Worlds, give it a try.

Good luck with finals, Charles. My fall at the end of finals week, so my first isn't until a week from Monday.

Lana Gramlich said...

Awesome, baby! You so rock. :)

Greg said...

congrats on the pubs! they sound like good reads.

Milo James Fowler said...

Congrats on the publication!
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Chris said...

I have the BTAP one and have read your story previously, Charles. Looking forward to reading them all together at once, though. For those asking, the Kindle version looks great on the iPad.

As for the other collection, I'm definitely going to loosen my moratorium on buying more books in order to get it. It's the kind of thing that really deserves the support.

I really need to write my own sword and planet story, dammit.

jodi said...

Charles, hang in there, Christmas break is just around the corner!

Randy Johnson said...

Good stuff, Charles. I love A Rip Through Time. The sword and planet will likely have to wait for the first of the new year though.

Tom Doolan said...

I want both! I need to start saving my pennies for all of this goodness.

Cloudia said...

Aloha from Waikiki, Charles
Best wishes in the final days of the semester

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Charles Gramlich said...

Prashant, I think it does. No real borders on ebooks.

Deka, stuff I love too. I much enjoyed writing for both.

Keith, Our finals officially start on Wednesday but I had one test this last week.

Lana, thank you sweetness.

Greg, thanks, Man. I appreciate that.

Milo, thanks.

Chris, S & P is just the greatest form of sheer adventure. At least I think so.

Jodi, I'm looking forward to that break.

Randy, I understand. I'm trying to cut back a bit on buying myself right now considering how many I've gotten recently.

Tom, I haven't read both of them myself and am looking forward to it.

Cloudia, indeed. And it's not long.

laughingwolf said...

grats on the pubs, charles :)

if i ever figure out what's what with e-readers, will get both...

pattinase (abbott) said...

Terrific, Charles. You have a finger in every pot.

JR's Thumbprints said...

I wish I could be this productive; not that I've quit writing, I just haven't submitted anything in awhile. Guess I'm still finding my way.

As for your last post: Wanna trade students?

Charles Gramlich said...

Laughingwolf, they're getting cheaper all the time, man. Ereaders that is.

Patti, so it seems.

JR., I'm glad I have the complaints I have about students instead of your complaints about students. no trade!

Garnett Elliott said...

Thanks for the heads-up about the S&P antho., Charles. One of my favorite genres. Reading 'Callisto' right now.

Elaine Ash said...

Charles, congratulations on A Rip Through Time. Looking forward to it.
Elaine Ash

David J. West said...

Excellent Charles, and I've finished 'Wings Over Talera' =awesome, I'll be posting the review tomorrow.

Charles Gramlich said...

Garnett, I've got a couple of unread books around here that are S & P but mostly I've read the ones that have been published. I sure would like more.

Elaine, thanks. I bet it's gonna be a fun ride.

David J., thanks, man. glad you enjoyed.

Travis Cody said...

So much to read...so little time!

I'm revisiting Nathaniel Hawthorne this month.

The Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations on the anthologies!

BernardL said...

That's very good news, Charles. I will check them out for sure.

Charles Gramlich said...

Travis Cody, you ain't kiddin'

Golden Eagle, thanks!

Bernardl, yeah, I'm pretty happy with both.

Richard Prosch said...

Wow, I'm behind the curve. I think I knew about the Simon Rip serial, but it's gotten lost (in time?). Anyway, congrats! and I look forward to these.

Erik Donald France said...

Fantastic! Kudos, congrats and hats off, man ~~!

Charles Gramlich said...

Richard, lol. Good pun.

Erik, thanks, dude.

cs harris said...
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cs harris said...

They sound fascinating, Charles. Congratulations! And good luck with finals and all the end-of-the-semester madness.

Admin said...

Thanks for posting
Mohsin

Charles Gramlich said...

Candy, both were a lot of fun. Three more days of final exams and then grading. Then a break!

Admin, no you! ;)