Thursday, January 7, 2021

Prepare for Ignition! "Dark Matter: Artificial" is about to Liftoff!

Happy New Year, Everyone!
And it is already happier than the last one.
I have great hope for the coming days, weeks, and months;
and I feel the weight of heavy black clouds lifting,
starting with the potential end of this tragic pandemic.

One of the exciting things on the horizon is the release
of the 2021 IWSG anthology on May 4th!

Congratulations to the ten talented IWSG members
whose stories are included in this anthology:

Artificial by Stephanie Espinoza Villamor
Space Folds and Broomsticks by CD Gallant-King
Rift by Kim Mannix
The Utten Mission by Steph Wolmarans
Sentient by Tara Tyler
One to Another by Deniz Bevan
Resident Alien by Charles Kowalski
Nano Pursuit by Olga Godim
Resurgence by Elizabeth Mueller
Vera’s Last Voyage by Mark Alpert

A thank you to our awesome publisher: 

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is fortunate to have L. Diane Wolfe
and Dancing Lemur Press to publish our sixth anthology.

This spunky dynamo and DLP published the first five anthologies

Here's a peek at what readers have to look forward to:

Dark Matter: Artificial
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Discover dark matter’s secrets…

What is an AI’s true role? Will bumbling siblings find their way home from deep space? Dark matter is judging us—are we worthy of existence? Would you step through a portal into another reality? Can the discoverer of dark matter uncover its secrets? 

Ten authors explore dark matter, unraveling its secrets and revealing its mysterious nature. Featuring the talents of Stephanie Espinoza Villamor, C.D. Gallant-King, Tara Tyler, Mark Alpert, Olga Godim, Steph Wolmarans, Charles Kowalski, Kim Mannix, Elizabeth Mueller, and Deniz Bevan. 

Wikimedia:  "Dark matter is invisible. The effect of gravitational lensing
causes multiple images of the same galaxy. 
A ring of dark matter has been suggested to explain this.
In this image of galaxy cluster (CL0024+17) the dark matter is seen in blue."

Preliminary publication data:
Release date: May 4, 2021
Print ISBN 9781939844828 $14.95
EBook ISBN 9781939844835 $4.99
Science Fiction: Collections & Anthologies (FIC028040) / Space Exploration (FIC028130) / Genetic Engineering (FIC028110) 
186 pages

A huge thanks to our hardworking judges:
A panel of agents, authors, and editors handpicked ten tales that will take readers on a journey across time and space. 

Dan Koboldt, author and #SFFpit founder
Lynda R. Young, author
Colleen Oefelein, agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Damien Larkin, author
Ion Newcombe, editor and publisher
Julie Gwinn, agent, The Seymour Agency
David Powers King, author

A huge thanks to our Ninja Captain:
Without the vision and hard work of IWSG founder Alex J. Cavanaugh,
none of this would be happening!  
He is one amazing and generous spirit!

What to read while you're waiting:
Let me recommend any and all of the first five IWSG anthologies.

                       2016                           2017                          2018                            2019


Coming on Wednesday,  January 13, 2021 . . .
Our next post will introduce the talented authors of Dark Matter: Artificial.

Till next time ~
Fundy Blue 

Upcoming IWSG Events . . .
Ready to try your hand at a Twitter pitch? Then join us January 20, 2021 for #IWSGPit - 
And polish, polish, polish those pitches. Good luck!

For some excellent tips check out Alex J. Cavanaugh's post:


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Book number six! Congratulations to all ten authors.

Fundy Blue said...

Pretty awesome I think! I can't wait to read "Dark Matter: Artificial."

Katharina Gerlach said...

Thank you so much, "Fundy Blue" for running the posts for the last anthology. Can't wait to read the new one. Thank you Alex for championing these events, and congratulations to the winners in the new anthology.

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations, fellow authors!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats to the ten winners!

Fundy Blue said...

Thanks, Cat! It was a fun year, and the best part was getting to know you and our fellow authors. Wishing you all the best in your life and writing in 2021!

Fundy Blue said...

Congratulations to all of you, Deniz! You must be excited! I know how I felt this time last year. Have fun!

Fundy Blue said...

It's a great group, and I can't wait to read it!

Sherry Ellis said...

Congratulations to all of the authors! Very cool cover!

Fundy Blue said...

I agree, Sherry. Thanks for dropping by.

Roland Clarke said...

Congratulations Dark Matter winners. Your year will be exciting - I know my year as a winner was, even in lockdown. Special congrats to fellow Voyager, Charles Kowalski - a double win is amazing.

Fundy Blue said...

I was really excited for Charles too! Happy New Year, Roland!

Charles Kowalski said...

Thanks, Roland and Louise! I loved your stories in "Voyagers" and was sad to miss you this time around, but I'll be looking forward to reading more from you!

Roland Clarke said...

I look forward to reading your short, Charles. Mine never progressed beyond the conceptual/imagining stage this time.

Fundy Blue said...

Thanks, Charles! I was so excited to see you were a repeat. I know your story is going to be so good. I've read some of your books, and I know what a good writer you are. Wishing you and your family all the best in the coming year!