New Release: ONCE UPON A STAR ⭐️

Once Star FINAL

I am so excited to announce that our next ONCE UPON anthology, ONCE UPON A STAR, is now LIVE! Best of all, it’s specially priced for release week for just $0.99!! That’s right, all 14 stories for just a dollar…starring my long-awaited SF tale ““!

From the bestselling authors of the award-winning Once Upon Anthologies, the next fabulous volume is here! Revisit your favorite faerie tales, masterfully retold in science fiction settings with delightful, and sometimes chilling, twists. These fourteen tales will entertain and inspire you, and you’ll never see your favorite faerie tales quite the same way again. Grab your copy of Once Upon A Star, and don’t forget the other anthologies –Once Upon A Curse, Once Upon A Kiss, and Once Upon A Quest–for more magical retellings!

Get Once Upon a Star now, at these fine retailers!

Amazon US

Amazon UK






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[New Podcast] Ana’s Asteroid by Megan Hutchins, narrated by Alethea Kontis

For you Audiophiles: This week’s episode of Cast of Wonders (Young Adult Fiction Podcast) is now live!

Episode 301: “Ana’s Asteroid”

by Megan Hutchins, narrated by Alethea Kontis


Want to hear more stories narrated by Alethea? Check out this list!

Support Alethea Kontis on Patreon–even a $1 pledge gets you access to exclusive content!

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Genre Chick Interview: Rick Novy

Today my Month of Writers victim is Rick Novy, editor of the infamous 20/20 VISIONS anthology (featuring my fun & vicious little short story “Pocket Full of Posey”).

Rick is also a fellow member of the Codex Writers Group and a sci-fi geek. We girls like our sci-fi geeks, even if they do live on the sun (a.k.a. Arizona).

Rick is also the only person I know who doesn’t like pie. Oh…wait…maybe it’s not *that* kind of pie…


Mac or PC?

Coffee or Tea?
RN: Coffee in the morning, iced tea later in the day.

Travel the World or Travel Outer Space?
RN: Travel the world because I already travel outer space in my writing.

Fantasy or Science Fiction?
RN: Science fiction

Music or Silence (while you write)?
RN: Usually silence because I tend to focus on how a piece of music is arranged when it’s playing, so I can’t focus on writing.

What weird food do you like?
RN: Kumquats

What is one of your most irrational fears?
RN: Pi

Will you be watching the Royal Wedding? Why or why not?
RN: No. I’d rather watch paint dry.

How many novels/short stories/screenplays/poems/etc have you published?
RN: Something like 40 short stories. Novel forthcoming (indie).

How much do you write every day?
RN: I’m very inconsistent. Some days 3000 words, other days nothing.

How much do you WISH you could write every day?
RN: NaNoWriMo pace is very productive and not too terribly unrealistic, if one isn’t pulled in several other directions at the same time.

What are you working on now?
RN: Final copy edits of my first novel, Neanderthal Swan Song.

If you could write like one author, who would it be?
RN: Isaac Asimov is my literary mentor because his writing disappears behind the story and that’s what I strive to do.  On the other hand, if I had Harlan Ellison’s mastery of the English language, I’d definitely use it.

If you could be one superhero, or have one superpower, who/what would it be?
RN: Control over time would be nice.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
RN: Thomas flair on pommel horse. It’s the move Kurt Thomas does between 1:54 and 1:56 in this video.  I also used to do a parallel bars mount like the one he does at 2:18.

What’s the coolest thing you’re about to do?
RN: A few days ago, I received some killifish eggs in the mail from a guy in Malta.  Nothobranchius guentheri.  This fish lives in water that dries up par tof the year, so they hatch and die of old age in the same year.  Because the eggs can survive a dry season in a kind of suspended animation, you can ship the eggs around the world.  These are scheduled to hatch in late June.  It will be the first time I have tried to hatch killifish eggs and I will be blogging the experience with photos.

Name three things on your List of Things to Do Before You Die.
RN: See penguins in the wild.
Repopulate the native habitat of a species of fish extinct except in captivity, using specimens that I have kept and bred in refugium.
Get all the novels out of my head so people can read them.


Rick Novy lives in the Sonoran Desert city of Scottsdale, Arizona.
His education is technical, holding degrees in physics, mathematics,
and engineering.  Through his career, he has flown satellites, helped
develop surgical implants, and worked with various integrated circuits
and sensors.  He has also taught in the mathematics department at the
local community college. He started writing seriously in the summer of 2004. In 2005, he attended
Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp.  Since that workshop, his fiction has appeared
dozen of times in both online and print venues.  Learn more:

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Nebula Weekend Mass Booksigning

Not counting last weekend’s mass WRW signing at Turn the Page in Maryland (because I wasn’t officially on the list), next weekend will be my very first booksigning in the DC area. Hooray!

It’s a giant mass booksigning that the SFWA hosts every year during the Nebula Awards Weekend, wherever that happens to be. This year it’s:

Friday, May 20, 2011
5:30 – 7:00pm

Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, District of Columbia
USA 20009
Tel: 202-483-3000

I’ve never done the Nebulas before, so I have no idea how it works. Like all signings, I’m guessing it’s best if you have your own books and bring them with you. I’ll have a hard enough time hoofing my suitcase through the Metro and down the streets of DC, which means I won’t have any books to sell you. But I will probably bring bookmarks and a few buttons, so you won’t leave *too* empty-handed.

Other authors/editors at the signing will be:

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Christopher Barzak
  • J. Kathleen Cheney
  • Aliette de Bodard
  • Tom Doyle
  • Scott Edelman
  • Timons Esaias
  • Cynthia Felice
  • Andrew Fox
  • Kerry Frey
  • Laura Anne Gilman
  • Anne Groell
  • Joe Haldeman
  • Peter Heck
  • Vylar Kaftan
  • JohnKessel
  • Alethea Kontis
  • Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Geoffrey A.Landis
  • Allen Lewis
  • Tom Lewis
  • Lee Martindale
  • James Morrow
  • Catherine Petrini
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • Lawrence Schoen
  • Lansing Sexton
  • Bud Sparhawk
  • Allen Steele
  • Eric James Stone
  • Michael Sullivan
  • Robin Sullivan
  • Michael Swanwick
  • Brandie Tarvin
  • Mary Turzillo
  • Michael Whelan
  • Alexander Whitaker
  • Connie Willis

If you’re in the DC area that day, please drop by and say hello!

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2020 Visions ToC

Rick Novy has posted the Table of Contents for his 2020 Visions anthology:

1. Mary Robinette Kowal – Birthright
2. Sheila Finch – The Persistence of Butterflies
3. Randy Henderson – A Shelter for Living Things
4. Jason S. Ridler – Showing Light
5. Ernest Hogan – Radiation is Groovy, Kill the Pigs
6. David Lee Summers – The Revelation of Thought
7. Jeff Spock – Teh Afterl1fe (This is not a typo – Rick)
8. Emily Devenport – If the Sun’s at Five O’Clock, It Must be Yellow Daisies
9. Cat Rambo – Therapy Buddha
10. Jack Mangan – Dead Rookies
11. David Boop – Organ Cloning While You Wait
12. Spencer Ellsworth – The Black Plague of Our Generation
13. Gareth L. Powell – The Bigger The Star, The Faster It Burns
14. Alethea Kontis – Pocket Full of Posey
15. Alex Wilson – Nervewrecking
16. David Gerrold – Time Capsule 2120: Actual Comments from Lunar Tourists

I *just* missed making the lucky 13 slot!  I couldn’t be more honored to be in this amazing company of writers. Aren’t familiar with their names? That’s okay — over on Rick’s blog he is spotlighting one author a day for two weeks. (Week one is already posted.) He talks about the author, who they are, and a little bit about their story (without being spoileriffic). It’s a great way to gear up for the publication!

More updates (cover, release date, etc) as events warrant.

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