Archive for DayBreak Magazine
Four story excerpts of the Shine anthology have already been put up at DayBreak Magazine:
January 1, 2010:
- The Earth of Yunhe by Eric Gregory;
- The Greenman Watches the Black Bar Go Up, Up, Up by Jacques Barcia;
January 15, 2010:
January 29, 2010:
- Sustainable Development by Paula R. Stiles;
- The Church of Accelerated Redemption by Gareth L. Powell & Aliette de Bodard;
NOTE: correct links for the still-to-be-published excerpts will be added after they’ve actually been published.
NOTE 2: More Shine excerpts coming in February, March & April.
Hot off the press: Alan Beatts — Borderlands Books owner and this World Fantasy’s man in charge of the program — just confirmed that there is a slot available at the World Fantasy Convention for the DayBreak Magazine reading!
Friday night, October 31, in the Crystal Room, at 9 PM: DayBreak Magazine Reading!
Apart from your editor (who won’t be reading…;-), the following DayBreak authors will be there:
- Jeff Soesbe (“The Very Difficult Diwali of Sub-Inspector Gurushankar Rajaram”);
- David D. Levine (“horrorhouse”, which will be published at the very same evening);
- Amanda Clark (“The Branding of Shu Mei Fen”: planned for Friday November 27);
- Brenda Cooper (“Riding in Mexico”: planned for Friday February 5);
- Jennifer Lineae (“Arsonist”: planned for Friday April 16);
In the meantime, I will check if the fickle gods of Schiphol tax free have something interesting on offer to bring along…
With the Shine anthology—next year’s must-have collection of near-future, optimistic SF—now slated for an April 2010 release, and with exuberant SF as thin on the ground as bankers without bonuses, DayBreak Magazine will alleviate the waiting and fill the gap. Simultaneously quenching your thirst for upbeat stories while also whetting your appetite for the main uplifitng dish, DayBreak Magazine ( http://daybreakmagazine.wordpress.com/ ; http://daybreakmagazine2.wordpress.com/ : you get 2 for the price of one, which is free) will feature a positive, forward-looking story every second Friday until the print Shine anthology is released, or possibly even a bit beyond that date.
The launch is on Friday October 16, on the eve of Diwali, with “The Very Difficult Diwali of Sub-Inspector Gurushankar Rajaram” by Jeff Soesbe. The second story will be released on Friday October 30, one the eve of Halloween: “Horrorhouse” by David D. Levine. More to be announced. A new story every two weeks: stories set all over the world, all depicting a future in which you would actually love to live. All for free, and all for your delectation.
Please note that these online stories are different from the ones in the print Shine anthology: It’s just that I liked them so much I’ve decided—after negotiations with the authors—to put them online as a free showcase for upbeat science fiction.
Friday October 16: “The Very Difficult Diwali of Sub-Inspector Gurushankar Rajaram”:
It is Diwali in Bangalore, but not everyone is partying as Sub-Inspector Gurushankar Rajaram and his colleagues are working overtime to keep certain things from escalating:
- There will be helicopters, wobbling!
- There will be children, rebelling!
- There will be elephants, marauding!
- There will be monkeys, harassing!
- There will be the third eye of Shiva, watching from the sky!
- There will be song!
- There will be dance!
- There will be party!
- There will be the ghost of Dev Kapoor Khan, the Indian Elvis!
Will Sub-Inspector Gurushankar Rajaram overcome the increasing madness around him, or will he become mad, himself? Confused? You won’t be, after reading “The Very Difficult Diwali of Sub-Inspector Gurushankar Rajaram”, an exuberant tale of a near-future India that puts most Bollywood pictures to shame!
Friday October 30: “Horrorhouse”:
Contrary to popular belief, things will get better in the future, as a change of lifestyle has developed. Not everything is completely rosy, though, as word spreads, like an electronic flash, about a horrorhouse that holds the next generation completely in thrall. Adults not allowed, and the young people who have visited the horrorhouse refuse to talk about it. Ethan Cole—the famed forerunner of the Twitter Revolution—is sent in to investigate…
UPDATE: I’ve added a poll!
UPDATE 2: DayBreak Magazine is getting some love, from SF Scope, Futurismic, Tor.com, 42 Blips and SF Signal, amongst others. And some more love from Big Dumb Object and Charles A. Tan. Keep it coming!