LATE-BREAKING NEWS

This just in: we've just learned that The Recognition Run is now a semifinalist for the BookLife Prize! We need to redo our ad campaign!

TWO: The 2nd Annual Horror Special, goes out of print at the end of this month. Buy it now for the reduced price of $2.99, or read it free if you're a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.

• All current issues of Stupefying Stories are now available free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. See the right column for links. For non-US customers, these should automatically redirect to your local manifestation of Amazon. If they don't, let me know.

• Yes, we are in fact reading new submissions. Our revised submission guidelines aren't ready for public consumption yet, so you'll just have to send your story to submissions@rampantloonmedia.com and take your chances. One story at a time, please! No multiple submissions and no simultaneous submissions!

SHOWCASE IS MOVING BACK IN WITH ITS PARENTS!

As you may have guessed from the new banner, we're consolidating the Stupefying Stories blog and SHOWCASE webzine into one new site. In the meantime, before it's gone for good, you really should check out all the great stories on the old SHOWCASE site.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Book Release: STRAEON

From the creator of the acclaimed Campbellian Anthology series comes STRAEON: a new quarterly exploration of stories that are longer, more complex, more mature, and more challenging than the norm. If you’re looking for space unicorns, sexy vampires, or short comedies that end in bad puns, you won’t find that here.

But if conventional genre stories don’t quite fit you—if you aren’t comfortable with the genre you’ve been wearing, or have grown too comfortable with the way it hangs upon your frame—if you sometimes wonder why you never see stories that speak to who you are, and are looking for fiction that is new, different, and not entirely safe…

Maybe you should try on STRAEON.

More than a year in the making, STRAEON #1: Malady Fare, features:

• “Lady Sakura’s Letters” by Juliette Wade
• “Avenzoar’s Dilemma” by Pat MacEwen
• “Rains of Craifa, Figure 1—Girl with Shavlas” by Lara Campbell McGehee
• “The Art Teacher” by Gillian Daniels
• “Kelly’s Star” by Ian Creasey
• “The Splintered Stars” by Jenny Rae Rappaport
• “Cupful of Sunshine” by Anna Yeatts
• “Sunira’s Daughters” by Robert Dawson
• “Signal” by Renee Carter Hall
• “A Kernel of Truth” by Heather J. Frederick

Now available for the Amazon Kindle and Kindle Reader apps at these links:

United States | United Kingdom | Australia | Canada | Mexico | Germany | France | Spain | Italy | Netherlands | Japan | Brazil | India

More links coming soon!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

EOCL Sale: Stupefying Stories 1.2

2011-11One of my pet peeves is the traditional publishing industry “All Rights for the Remaining Balance of Eternity” contract, so when we launched the e-book version of Stupefying Stories, I included a “three years and out” self-destruct clause in the contract. To my surprise we’re still here three years later, and that self-destruct clause is now armed and ready to blow.

Therefore, this is your LAST CHANCE to buy Stupefying Stories 1.2 (a.k.a., the November 2011 issue) at the special end-of-contract-life price of $0.99! Because as of midnight Central Time on November 30, 2014, this one goes out of print, never to be re-released again!

And now, the catalog copy...

STUPEFYING STORIES 1.2
Released November 2011

No sooner was 1.1 released than STUPEFYING STORIES began growing very rapidly. This book contains more and longer stories than 1.1 and marks the first appearance in our pages of Aaron Bradford Starr, Clare Deming, Sarah Frost, and fan favorite Rebecca Roland, as well as another story from Anatoly Belilovsky and one of the most disturbing horror stories we’ve ever published, “The Oily,” by E. A. Black.
Which has led to considerable confusion ever since. Is STUPEFYING STORIES a science fiction magazine that sometimes publishes horror or a horror magazine that sometimes publishes science fiction? Somehow people fixated on “The Oily” and didn’t notice that this book also contains two of the funniest stories we’ve ever published, “First Impressions” and “Watch This!”
Contents:
  • FIRST IMPRESSIONS, by Aaron Bradford Starr
  • THE BAMBOO GARDEN, by Clare L. Deming
  • HOME SECURITY, by Gary McKenzie
  • BORROWED FEATHERS, by Sarah Frost
  • IF THIS BE MAGIC, by Anatoly Belilovsky
  • THE OILY, by E. A. Black
  • IN FALL, AFTER THE HARVEST, by S. Travis Brown
  • THE KING OF ASH AND BONES, by Rebecca Roland
  • WATCH THIS!, by Henry Vogel

Available for the Amazon Kindle at these links: United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia.

Also available for the Barnes & Noble Nook and in the Apple iTunes Store.

Inventory Clearance Sale: It Came From The Slushpile

20100800Yes, it’s our original print edition, done as a prototype to see just how closely we could emulate the look and feel of a vintage digest-sized pulp in what was initially planned to be a quarterly magazine. We spent a small fortune on this one, and aside from my never being really happy with the way the cover turned out, it worked...but it also convinced me our money was far better spent on paying writers and artists more rather than on keeping paper mills and print shops in business.

Nonetheless, we still have a few boxes of copies of this one taking up space in the warehouse, so from now through December 31, 2014, we’re selling it out for the blowout price of $1.99, plus the usual Amazon shipping charges. Then, as of midnight Central time on 12/31/2014, it’s going out-of-print, never to be reissued again!

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982897405/

P.S. Be sure to get your copy from K&B Booksellers, as K&B is the only dealer selling fresh-from-the-box new copies at this price. (Some optimists out there think this one is a valuable collector’s item worth $45 or more!)
Contents:
  • TECH SUPPORT, by John Oglesby
  • LIFELINE, by Kersley Fitzgerald
  • IT CAME FROM THE SLUSHPILE, by Bruce Bethke
  • CATACHRONISM, by Jakeb Lliesl Ladrey
  • ICEHAWK'S ILL OMEN, by Martin Davidson
  • ARMSTRONG, by James Rye
  • WE DON'T PLUMMET OUT OF THE SKY ANYMORE, by M. David Blake
  • ASSAULT AND BUTTERY, by Anton,Gully
  • TEACHING WOMEN TO FLY, by Guy Stewart
  • FIRST RULE, by Allan Davis Jr.
  • THEN THE END COMETH, by David Yener Goodman
  • HEART OF DORKNESS, by Henry Vogel

Saturday, November 1, 2014

STORYBLITZ!

STUPEFYING STORIES SHOWCASE returns to production with STORYBLITZ: A Storm of Stories!

Featuring:
  • Fulfilling, by Joy Bernardo
  • The Thing About Analyn, by David Steffen
  • Disclaimer, by Bret McCormick
  • This Cat Must Die! by Jason Lairamore
  • A Failure to Communicate, by Phil Temples
  • The Pro Turned Weird, by Stephen Lickman
  • Back from the Dead, by John Lance
  • Till Death Us Do Part, by E.N. Loizis
And that's just what we published today!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It's our first-ever 36-HOUR SALE!


That's right. For the next 36 hours, STUPEFYING STORIES 1.1 (a.k.a. the October 2011 issue) is on sale for the irresistibly low price of $0.99! Slightly notorious around here for being the last time we ever attempted to publish poetry, issue 1.1 is better known for being the first time Anatoly Belilovsky appeared in our pages, as well as the first publication of the outstanding hard SF story, “Return to Earth” by Ryan M. Jones, which has since been picked up for several other podcasts and anthologies. STUPEFYING STORIES 1.1  features:
  • ODE, by Amy Helfritz
  • THE WINDOW, by David Yener Goodman
  • THE DEPORTED, by Vox Day
  • PICKY, by Anatoly Belilovsky
  • THE CURSED WAIL, by Caileigh Marshall
  • S&M VAMPIRE GRRLZ: THE MOVIE, by Chris Bailey Pearce
  • QUILL, by Allan Davis Jr.
  • REVIVAL, by Daniel Eness
  • DAVE’S FRIGHT, by Kersley Fitzgerald
  • OTHER SISTER, by Rich Matrunick
  • RETURN TO EARTH, by Ryan M. Jones
If you missed this one when it first came out -- if you've been meaning to pick it up but just never got around to it -- this is your last chance, because at the stroke of midnight on October 31 it goes out of print, never to be released again!

Available for the Amazon Kindle at these links: United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia.

Also available for the Barnes & Noble Nook and in the Apple iTunes Store.






Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cross-links are live

Every day, we get a little closer to what we're trying to achieve. Today, it gives me great pleasure to announce that we've got the cross-links working.

Which means that if you open the Amazon.com page for the Kindle edition of Scout's Honor, you'll find a link to the paperback edition, and vice versa. Better yet, the reader reviews and ratings are now shared across both editions. Likewise, if you open the Amazon.com page for the Kindle edition of Five Stars, you'll find a link to the paperback edition.

Best of all is this little bonus, which you'll find over on the right side of the Amazon.com pages for the paperback editions of both books:

If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for FREE. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
An actual book to read when you feel like reading ink on paper, plus a Kindle version to read on your phone or tablet when you're on the move, all for the price of the dead-tree copy alone? How cool is that?  

Friday, August 22, 2014

BOOK RELEASE: FIVE STARS


Title: FIVE STARS: Five Outstanding Tales from the early days of STUPEFYING STORIES
Contributors: Aaron Bradford Starr, Rebecca Roland, Guy Stewart, David W. Landrum, Ryan M. Jones
Editor: Bruce Bethke
ISBN: 978-1-938834-35-6 (print edition)
ISBN: 978-1-938834-34-9 (ebook edition)  

FIVE STARS is the new STUPEFYING STORIES sampler package.* These five carefully selected tales from our earliest issues are all outstanding examples of the kinds of stories we're looking for, because these are the kinds of stories we love to publish. Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, sometimes brimming over with adventure and excitement and other times simply dripping with terror, these are the sorts of stories that made us fall in love with fiction in the first place, back when we were reading just for the fun of it, and long before we ever dreamed of becoming professional writers or editors.

Whether you're a new friend who's wondering whether to start following STUPEFYING STORIES, an aspiring contributor who's wondering what sort of stories we'd like to see, or an old friend who just happened to miss these tales the first time around, check out FIVE STARS.

Featuring:
  • "First Impressions" by Aaron Bradford Starr
  • "Sennacherib" by David W. Landrum
  • "Teaching Women to Fly" by Guy Stewart
  • "The King of Ash and Bones" by Rebecca Roland
  • "Return to Earth" by Ryan M. Jones  
Now available in our first-ever simultaneous Kindle and print editions!

For Kindle and Kindle Reader Apps: United States | Canada | United Kingdom | Australia | India | Japan | France | Germany | Italy | Spain | Mexico | Brazil

Print editions on Amazon: United States | United Kingdom | CreateSpace

Links for other e-readers and readers apps to be announced as they come online.

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* Personally, I think of FIVE STARS as our Greatest Hits EP, but whenever I say that, I end up having to explain what EPs were, which always segues into a discussion of my theory that short stories are the Top 40 hit singles of the literary world, and pretty soon we've gone so far off-topic that we've completely lost the trail of breadcrumbs and that dicey-looking gingerbread cottage is beginning to look like an attractive place to bed down for the night. It's a sampler, okay?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

IT'S ALIVE!!!!!

After more "learning experiences" than I like to think about, our first print-on-demand book, Scout's Honor, is finally debugged, finished, approved, and ready to go. Today you can get it at this link (https://www.createspace.com/4958544) but over the next few days it will be percolating out to Amazon worldwide, and then out to distributors, bookstores, and...well, basically, everywhere.

Wow. The mind reels. Good thing Henry's already finished the sequel, Scout's Oath, and we're working on releasing that in September.


And yes, this means from that this point forward (and retroactive back to STUPEFYING STORIES 1.12), everything we release will come out in Kindle, epub, and print formats. In time we'll even make it to releasing books simultaneously in all formats.

I now consider myself a fully qualified expert on the subject of converting author's manuscripts to p.o.d. books, and am available for consulting at modest rates.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Book Release: The Book of Judith: Sixteen Tales of Life, Wonder, and Magic by Judith Field


Featuring:

  • "The Prototype"
  • "The Night the Cat Crept In"
  • "Psychopomps"
  • "The Great Grampando"
  • "Leaky Magic"
  • "The River Bride"
  • "Lindow Five"
  • "The Tap-Washer Talisman"
  • "Stitch in Time"
  • "Novichok-452"
  • "The Finnegoid"
  • "Diva"
  • "The Way to a Man's Heart"
  • "Transit of Mars"
  • "Full Fathom Five"
  • "And then there were three"
Now available for Amazon Kindle and Kindle Reader Apps at these links:

United States | United Kingdom | Scotland | Australia | Canada | Mexico | Brazil | India | Japan | France | Germany | Italy | Spain 

More links coming soon!
__________________________

Introducing Judith Field...

One of the secret pleasures of editing a short-story magazine is that you get to meet some very talented writers, long before they become well-known names. Sometimes you watch them develop slowly, as they learn the craft and develop their skills, while other times they just sort of erupt, and produce a string of great stories right from the start.

Judith Field is that second kind of writer. I knew I was seeing something special the first time I read "The Prototype," but then, when she followed up with "The Night the Cat Crept In," "Leaky Magic," "Diva," and "Full Fathom Five," I realized she was only getting started.

It's the nature of the short-story form that writers eventually outgrow it. Sooner or later, some major publisher is going to sign her to a nice big contract for a big fat novel, or some television producer is going to discover her Cleopatra Court stories and make her rich and famous, and then we'll be left saying, "Ah yes, Judith Field. I knew her when..."

But right now, today, it's my pleasure and privilege to present these sixteen stories—fourteen never-before published, and two reprints of stories you may have missed the first time around—that show the range of Judith's story-telling talents. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, sometimes romantic, sometimes disturbing—sometimes all four in the same story!—but always a good, solid, entertaining story, well-told.

Enjoy!
—Bruce Bethke, Editor
STUPEFYING STORIES

Book Release: Stupefying Stories 1.13 (August 2014)


Featuring:
  • "Personal Space," by Alison Pentecost
  • "The Great Work of Meister VanHocht," by Auston Habershaw
  • "Rainbow Spores," by Jamie Lackey
  • "End Times," by S. R. Algernon
  • "Her Symphony and Song," by Sarah Frost
  • "Happy Valley," by Garth Upshaw
  • "Memory Makes Liars of Us All," by Eric Dontigney
  • "Meat 2.0," by William Ledbetter
Now available for Amazon Kindle and Kindle Reader Apps at these links:

United States | United Kingdom | Scotland | Australia | Canada | Mexico | Brazil | India | Japan | France | Germany | Italy | Spain

More links coming soon!


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And we're back!

Again.

If you've been following us on Facebook, you know that for the crew here at STUPEFYING STORIES, this past year has been one filled with challenges and changes. If you haven't been following us, never mind: what matters now is that with this issue, we begin our fifth year of publication, with new tools, new technologies, some new people in certain key positions, but with the same dedication to bringing you the best stories we can find, delivered directly to your e-book reader, phone, tablet, mobile device—or rolling out very shortly, to your mailbox, in the form of printed, bound, assemblages of paper!

(We've been told they're called "books." How quaint.)

To those of you who have stuck with us through the "interesting" times, we say: thanks for your patience, understanding, and support. And to both longtime fans and those who are just discovering us for the first time, we say: welcome aboard and buckle up! We have insanely ambitious plans for Year Five, and it's going to be an exciting ride.

Per ardua ad astra!



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Book Release: Scout's Honor, by Henry Vogel


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Rampant Loon Press is pleased to announce the release of our first original novel: Scout's Honor: A Planetary Romance, by Henry Vogel.

Currently available for Amazon Kindle (and already a best-seller with twenty reader reviews!) Scout's Honor will be available in the Nook Press and Apple iTunes store shortly, and (now this is the part we're really excited about) in print format on Friday, August 1.

Watch this space for more details. And now, without further ado, the marketing copy...

                                     

When Terran Scout David Rice climbs from the wreckage of his starship’s escape pod, he finds himself transported from the space age to the steam age in the blink of an eye. Drawn to the sounds of fighting, David immediately throws himself into a desperate battle against overwhelming odds to save the life of a beautiful young princess.

Now, marooned without hope of rescue, David is swept into a world of steam-powered airships, treacherous pirates, brutal savages, bloodthirsty monsters, royal machinations, and plots within plots, where matters of strength and honor are most often settled with the clash of swords. As he struggles to learn the strange ways of this new world and who he can trust, one thing becomes clear to him: he must put aside his growing feelings for Her Highness and do everything in his power to return her to her family, even though this means giving her up to the prince she’s pledged to marry.

Told in a relentlessly fast-paced and breathless style, SCOUT’S HONOR is an exciting modern homage to the classic tales of planetary romance made famous by writers such as Edgar Rice Burroughs and Leigh Brackett, as well as the cliffhanger-driven energy of the early science fiction movie serials. If you like your heroes unabashedly heroic, your heroines feisty and true, and your plots filled with dangers, twists, turns, and double-crosses upon triple-crosses, you’ll enjoy SCOUT’S HONOR.

Now available for Kindle and Kindle Reader Apps at these links:

United States | United Kingdom | Australia | Canada | Mexico | Brazil | India | Japan | Italy | Spain | Germany | France

More links coming soon! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

SHOWCASE #18 IS LIVE

Issue #18 of our free companion webzine, SHOWCASE, is now live at this link:


Featuring:
"DEATH BITES" by Bill Bibo, Jr.
"SPORT OF KINGS" by Judith Field
And another Progress Report by yours truly.

SHOWCASE #18! It's got ninja leprechauns!

Monday, March 3, 2014

STUPEFYING STORIES 1.12 (March 2014) is released!

STUPEFYING STORIES 1.12 (a.k.a., the March 2014 issue) is now live on Amazon and selling in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, and Japan.  For sales links, samples, and more information, see the SHOWCASE site.

More sales links coming soon!






Featuring:

     CHRISTOPHER LEE KNERAM      Anachronic Order
     JULIE DAY      Dried Skins Unshed
     PETE MCARDLE      A Nun’s Tale
     CAROL HOLLAND MARCH      They Followed Me
     JOHN J. BRADY      Interregnum
     JUDITH FIELD      Full Fathom Five
     TORAH COTTRILL      Bone Mother
     BRANDON NOLTA      Aleph
     RANDAL DOERING      Alien Treaties

Reading Period Closed

*** PLEASE NOTE ***

STUPEFYING STORIES is currently CLOSED to unsolicited submissions while we concentrate on releasing new books. We will resume reading new submissions for STUPEFYING STORIES, SHOWCASE, and the STUPEFYING STORIES PRESENTS line on June 1, 2014.

Note also that this closure affects STUPEFYING STORIES only. STRAEON remains open to new submissions.

Friday, February 21, 2014

SHOWCASE #15 RELEASED

The changes announced in SHOWCASE #14 are already paying off, as SHOWCASE #15 rolls out right on schedule this week. If you're looking for the latest news, latest download links, and best of all, FREE STORIES, check out our companion webzine, STUPEFYING STORIES SHOWCASE, now ready for your reading pleasure at this link:


 This week featuring:
  • “Best in Show,” by Robert Lowell Russell
  • “On the Pond,” by Jake Doyle 
  • “The Wiser of Oz,” by Jez Patterson
  • “Four Corners of the Earth,” by Sandi Reed-Chan

Enjoy!
~brb

Monday, February 17, 2014

Stupefying Stories is temporarily closing to new submissions

Effective March 1, 2014, STUPEFYING STORIES will be closed to unsolicited submissions until June 1, 2014.

The short explanation is that the volume of new submissions we're receiving is interfering with our ability to release new books on schedule. For a more complete explanation, see the editorial in SHOWCASE #14.

If this works as expected, we will again be closed to unsolicited submissions from October 1, 2014, to December 31, 2014, and thereafter be on a three-months-on/three-months-off reading schedule.

Please note that this change does not affect STRAEON, which has a separate submissions queue and reading schedule. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

SHOWCASE #14 ESCAPES!

For the latest news, latest download links, and best of all, FREE STORIES, check out our companion webzine, STUPEFYING STORIES SHOWCASE, ready to read now at this link:


This week featuring:
  • “Advances,” by Liz Colter
  • “The Collections Agent,” by A. G. Carpenter 
  • “How Love Works,” by Jamie Lackey
  • “Stanley P. Strauss, Destroyer of the Universe,” by Samuel Marzioli
  • Editorial: And we're back...again, by Bruce Bethke

ATTENTION, WRITERS. Beginning March 1, 2014, Stupefying Stories will be closed to unsolicited submissions until June 1, 2014. For the explanation of why we're doing this, please read the editorial in SHOWCASE #14. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Announcing the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

First, a few words from the publisher:


M. David Blake’s magnum opus, the 2014 Campbellian Anthology, is now available for download! This book attempts to collect in one volume representative works by most of the writers eligible for this year’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. We don’t have them all—there were a few we couldn’t get—but all the same, this book contains more than 860,000 words of fiction by 111 authors, and best of all, it’s not merely free, it's DRM-FREE.

But it’s only available for a limited time, so download your copy soon, by clicking on one of these links and selecting “Save file.”

UPDATE 02/02/14 7:30PM CST: Due to the staggering amount of web traffic this book is generating--more than 3,500 hits in just the past 90 minutes--we are adding more download sites. The kind folks at Writertopia.com, StarShipSofa.com, and Tor.com are now hosting mirror sites, and we will be announcing more mirror sites as they come online. Thank you for your interest and your patience.

Primary download site:

Mobi file, for Amazon Kindle and Kindle Readers apps:
http://rampantloonmedia.com/downloads/2014CampbellianAnthology_Kindle.mobi

Epub file, for iPad, Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, and most other e-reader devices and apps:
http://rampantloonmedia.com/downloads/2014CampbellianAnthology_iPad-nook-Kobo-Sony.epub

Cover art, just because it's so awesome:
http://rampantloonmedia.com/downloads/2014CampbellianAnthology_Cover.jpg

Secondary download site:
Mobi | Epub | Cover

Writertopic John W. Campbell Award data page and mirror download site:
Writertopia.com

StarShipSofa mirror site: (the .mobi and .epub files are zipped and must be unzipped before use)
Mobi | Epub | Cover

Tor.com mirror site:
Mobi | Epub


Don't have a Kindle or other e-reader? Then use the free Kindle Reading App, available for most computers, tablets, or smart phones, the Kindle Cloud Reader, that lets you read .mobi files in your web browser, the Nook Reading Apps, which are comparable but for .epub files, or any one of about a gazillion other epub reading apps that are available for download, and mostly for free. Let us know if you find one you really like and would recommend!

UPDATE: We've learned that some web browsers attempt to open the .mobi or .epub files directly, most often producing a window full of gibberish. If you click on one of the download links and it does not offer you the option to save the file, try right-clicking on the link and selecting the "Save Link As" option. (Wording may vary, depending on your choice of browser.)

ANOTHER UPDATE: We've discovered that while our web hosting service provides us with unlimited bandwidth, there's a hard limit on the number of download connections that can be open simultaneously. We've since upgraded our service and quadrupled the number of simultaneous connections permitted. If you tried to download this book earlier and got HTTP Error 503 - Service unavailable, try again now.   



And now, a few words from the curator:

Here We Go Again
(or: wait, are we still here?)

A little over a year ago, a small group of us had a crazy idea. “What if,” we said, “there was a way everyone eligible for the Campbell could publicize their work at the same time, so that readers might have some idea of who we are?”

Now, I don’t recall every name who was part of the original discussion (I could check, but that would be work, and I’m plumb tuckered out after assembling this tome), although at some point I volunteered to oversee an anthology if the others would all agree to participate. That first volume had a very respectable showing, with 43 writers represented by a combined total of roughly 350,000 words.

What a difference a year makes! The volume you now hold in your hands is considerably larger, and includes a multitude of works from 111 contributors, spanning more than 860,000 words. (Should anyone be curious, that exceeds the combined total in George R. R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords and A Dance with Dragons, which are—so far, at least!—the two longest volumes from A Song of Ice and Fire.)

It is big. It is very big. And judging from this year’s response, next year’s volume will likely be larger.

Now, any standard anthology introduction might interrupt itself at this point with some self-assured bluster about how much you, the reader, will enjoy every smidgen of the contents.

You won’t. There will be some stories in this volume that you dislike, perhaps even strongly, and that’s okay. Every writer whose work is represented herein still accomplished something remarkable in attaining a specific level of publication, and by doing so earned a place within these pages. I encourage you to investigate each and every one, but I make no promise about how you’ll feel about the stories that landed them here, or the works they elected to share.

Here’s a secret: You don’t have to read this entire anthology for it to serve a purpose and be valuable to you. You’re allowed to skip around.

So you’ve already spotted the next Adams, Butler, or Cherryh? Try the next Xue, Yolen, or Zelazny… or anything in between.

A story lost you along the way, or did something you’ve already seen too many times? Try a different story, or a different excerpt, or even a different writer.

There are a lot of words in this volume. I can’t tell you where to focus your attention; by agreeing to play host, I also agreed to remain impartial. That doesn’t mean I don’t have favorites (I do), but it means I ask you to decide upon your own.

Here’s another secret: If you do read every word in this anthology, and investigate all the links for those currently known to be eligible, you’ll probably discover a new favorite. At least one. And if you do—if you, as a reader, connect with even a single new writer—then I will feel very, very good about this year’s installment of the Annual Campbellian Anthology.

Now, go make a friend. Your writers are waiting.


M. David Blake


What You Should Do Now: If you plan to nominate anyone—regardless of whether or not that individual chose to participate in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology—as a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, please visit www.loncon3.org/memberships and purchase at least a “Supporting” membership. Doing so will allow you to nominate for both the Campbell and Hugo Awards (if you register before 31 January 2014), receive the 2014 Hugo Voter Packet, and vote on the final ballot.

Please Note (from the website): “Members of Loncon 3 who have an Attending, Young Adult Attending or Supporting membership by 31 January 2014 are eligible to nominate for the Hugo Awards and the Retro-Hugos. Equivalent members of LoneStarCon 3 (the 2013 Worldcon) and Sasquan (the 2015 Worldcon) at that date are also eligible to nominate.”

Unless you are a member of one of those conventions by 31 January 2014, you will not be allowed to nominate… but you will still be allowed to enjoy the 2014 Campbellian Anthology.

Friday, January 3, 2014

SHOWCASE #13 ESCAPES!

For the latest news, latest download links, and best of all, FREE STORIES, check out our companion webzine, STUPEFYING STORIES SHOWCASE, ready to read now at this link:




This week featuring:
  • “Cold Beyond White,” by Beth Cato
  • “Above the Ice,” by Matthew Timmins 
  • “Searching for Home,” by Lance J. Mushung
  • “The End,” by Scott M. Davis
  • 2014: The Changes Ahead, by Bruce Bethke