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Death in the King's House (from Runestaff #30), 1985

It looks like I’ve reached the “Everything Must Go!” stage of my life; because the sad financial reality is that, one way or another, everything really must go.

So I’ve braved my scary storage room and come out again with twenty-six paintings and drawings from the 1980’s which you’ll now find for sale right here at my blog.

There are illustrations from the SCA/Barbarian Freehold Runestaff, the Leslie Fish/Rudyard Kipling Cold Iron songbook, and from a few other places.

Have a look!

Illustration for Rudyard Kipling's 'The Quest'
 
 
It’s a day at the races for ‘Patently Absurd’

Filed under Patently Absurd, Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual, Works in Progress

Patently Absurd

AVAILABLE IN PRINT:
AMAZON | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound
EBOOKS AVAILABLE:
AMAZON | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Radio Planet
Amazon & Kobo links are localized

So it’s release day for Patently Absurd, and that means heavy drinking a release day race. Right?

Because even though A Day at the Races isn’t anybody’s favorite Marx Brothers film, it’s still a dang site easier to deal with on my blog than Duck Soup or Horse Feathers.

I mean, the last time I had Duck Soup over I had marching soldiers singing “Hail, Hail Freedonia” in here for days. Actual days.

So we’ll stick with the races this time.

Booklist was first past the post this time with their review:

It’s all lighthearted fun and wild invention, but Schenck takes a serious turn in the final story, which brings touching depth to his main characters. A great follow-up to Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom (2017).

But they were soon overtaken by SFRevu:

Patently Absurd may not be serious science fiction, but it’s great stuff, and it’s stuffed with the tropes that made the pulp era pulsate like a mutant alien squid, albeit with a nod towards modern sensibilities. Maybe, in its own way, it is serious science fiction, camouflaged as whimsy. No matter what you decide to call it, it’s fun.

And then, like a death ray out of nowhere, came Paul Semel’s interview with me:

I wanted to do something with ordinary people whose jobs made them interact with the mad scientists in the Experimental Research District. So I thought about accountants. I don’t think about accountants that often. I mean, you don’t, do you?

The field’s still wide open: it’s anybody’s race at this point. Look! There’s Utopia State of Mind, racing ’round the bend! And you can’t forget the Toronto Star, where they loved Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom; that review will be here on Saturday. (Hey, this is a marathon, not a sprint, okay?)

And of course the real main event on release day is that you can buy the book now in all of the usual places. And once you read it, don’t be shy: please, please, please review it at Amazon, and at Goodreads, and wherever else books are reviewed.

 
 
Year-end honors for ‘Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom’

Filed under Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom, Works in Progress

Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom

AVAILABLE IN PRINT:
AMAZON | Barnes & Noble | Powell's | IndieBound
EBOOKS AVAILABLE:
AMAZON | Barnes & Noble | Kobo
Amazon & Kobo links are localized

It’s that time of year when people and web sites look back on the year behind us and draw some conclusions.

According to borg.com, ‘Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom’ is the Best Sci-fi Read of 2017.

I can’t say I think they’re right, but it’s awfully nice of them to see it that way.

Here’s how they justify themselves:

Imaginative, new, and fun, Schenck took us into a timeless world full of nostalgia and classic science fiction. Great tech, and a sprawling story. Interesting characters and great world-building, this novel will be a great surprise for sci-fi readers.

 
 
All new: An Emergency Relief Fund for the Secret Laboratory

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Keep the Robots of Retropolis Running On Time!

Ah, just when things were going so well.

As we land in the worst shipping week of the year, the ten-year old computer that powers things here in the Secret Laboratory has finally sputtered and died. It was a faithful companion: I’m going to miss it. Especially because at the moment I’m typing on the creaky old laptop that I use downstairs.

That laptop really can’t handle most of the work I do. So I’m forced to build a new outboard brain.

I’ve been hoping to do that for a long time; but as important as my computer is to me, it can’t compete with things like groceries.

So this would be an excellent time to help me out, if that’s your inclination. You can always do that by purchasing merchandise from Retropolis or The Celtic Art Works; but in an extremity like this I’ll also mention that you can contribute directly through Paypal.

I’ve already ordered the things I need; I have to complete the fulfillment of my Kickstarter rewards and finish the promotion for Patently Absurd, and those tasks won’t wait. But anything you can do to help sponsor the Secret Laboratory’s new computer would be very, very welcome.

 
 
‘Patently Absurd’ is now available for pre-orders

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Patently Absurd

AVAILABLE IN PRINT:
AMAZON | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound
EBOOKS AVAILABLE:
AMAZON | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Radio Planet
Amazon & Kobo links are localized

As always when it’s quiet around here, I’ve been busy. This time I’m working toward the book launch of Patently Absurd. And you can tell!

In fact you can tell all over the place: at Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and at many of the places where books hang out. The print and eBook versions of Patently Absurd are available for pre-order in lots and lots of places, as you can see at right.

Review copies have gone out to those publications that have really long lead times, like Booklist and The Library Journal; I have two large piles of advance copies that are fated to go elsewhere (some to my Kickstarter backers, some to other reviewers, and some to booksellers). I have some smaller stacks of promotional materials and labels. Don’t even look at my dining room table. Please.

The rest of the world can see the book on March 13 of next year. But, like I mentioned, pre-orders are now a possibility.

For the print edition, I started out with a reduced price of $12.75 (that’s two dollars off the final price) but Barnes & Noble immediately marked it down again; so at the moment you can pre-order the book there for just $9.24. Don’t look at me: they’re wild and crazy over there.

The Ebook pre-order price isn’t discounted anywhere, to my knowledge, but I may run a special for my own pre-orders at Radio Planet Books. We’ll see.

Also, the book now has a presence at Goodreads for your adding and to-reading pleasure.

Radio Planet Books will be selling the eBook editions (you can pre-order there now!) and I’m working on a way to sell the printed edition there, too.

So these are exciting days for me and the UPS driver. I hope that yours are going well, too.

 
 
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