Geminid Press SF Giant Emerges

Well, on second look perhaps not so much a literal giant in length — the total story count, after all, is just twenty-one — but, Geminid Press’s just-announced NIGHT LIGHTS:  AN ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT FICTION (FIRST CONTACT, CONSPIRACY, AND SPACE OPERA) is, as the extended title suggests, a combining of what were initially planned as three separate books.  Such was the impression.  The pay offered was good, and paid in advance, for tales of 1000 to 7500 words and when I bit with a 7000-word original GeminidPressNightLightstongue-in-cheek space adventure, “The Needle-Heat Gun,” for their “space opera anthology, Title Pending” (the other two themes of Conspiracy and First Contact being covered by separate anthology calls) an acceptance came back, followed by a contract, in breathtakingly rapid time (cf. November 7, 6 2014).

Then, however, things slowed down.  Publication was being looked for in lateish 2015, but one knows how that goes.  Move up to Sunday though, yesterday evening, and, ever so quietly, the word was slipped in by Co-Publishers Paul and Phil Garver:  “Your short stories are finally out!  The anthology of short fiction has been published as a Kindle eBook, and the paperback will arrive next month.”  The message went on to discuss things like authors’ copies — thus far, Geminid Press is proving to be a nice outfit to work with! — and a note that, while the regular Kindle price for NIGHT LIGHTS is $4.99, “please note that it will be on sale for FREE on February 26-28.”  Presumably that will be for everybody (there wasn’t some special code, for instance, that authors might use just to get theirs for free) which can be a good way to get word out fast on what could be a classic science fiction anthology.  I would suggest for readers who take advantage of it and like what they get, that in return they thank Geminid Press by considering posting a review.

Below is a list of NIGHT LIGHTS stories and authors arranged by sections (I’m in the third), while if, appetite whetted, you’d like to order it, Amazon’s page can be found here.

Conspiracy Hour – Freak us out with the most awesome conspiracy and cover-up tales you dare to divulge.  Raise our suspicions and make us question reality!
•    Brian Leopold – Only a Matter of Time
•    Suanne Schafer – Suite for the Lady in Red
•    Dennis Mombauer – The Garbage Mandala
•    Nick Nafpliotis – Destructive Theories
•    Dean H. Wild – The Harvest Consortium
•    Jamie D. Wahls – Maestro

Take Me to Your Leader – An alien visitor to Earth speaks his first words, which are, essentially, “Take me to your leader.”
•    Russell Nichols – Tie Goes to the Runner
•    David Boop – Ragnarök-n-Roll – A Story of Pre-cod-nition
•    Daniel P. Douglas – Well, Haruki, Looks Like It’s Just You and Me, Kid
•    Chris Doty – The Windfall
•    Kurt Bachard – The Singular Martian Invasion
•    Robert Bagnall – Shooting the Messenger

Space Opera – Rock us with cool short stories that have laser beams, spaceships, heroes — both male and female — and far out faraway places.  No singing required.
•    Frances Pauli – User Error
•    Julian Drury – Noctis Mons
•    James Dorr – The Needle-Heat Gun
•    Rebecca A. Demarest – Pit Stop
•    Richard W. Black – Space Partners
•    J.B. Rockwell – Three Penny Raven
•    Michael McGlade – Fortune Awaits You on Mars
•    Milo James Fowler – Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the Devious Powers of Persuasion
•    Tracy Canfield – Lift Up Your Cores, O Ye Ships


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