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Call For Contributors: Science-Fiction Anthology
As If Productions is currently seeking short story writers for a science-fiction/near-future anthology entitled "UbiquiCity".  All stories take place within a “Smart City” of the first world 100 years in the future, where ubiquitous computing has become commonplace.  The project will be releasing both an anthology and a sourcebook for RPGs, based on the anthology material.  Roleplaying or GMing experience is preferred, but not essential.

Details:
* This is a guided collaborative project.  Authors will be working in a curated setting, using characters and plots of their own devising.  Guided by this document and the project curator, authors will be encouraged to intertwine their contributions in interesting and logical ways.
* There will be three online meetings, to be held in the first week of Feb, Mar and Apr, respectively.  Additional meetings may be called, either for the whole group or just for particular writers whose content interacts, depending on circumstances.  Notes will be made available for anyone missing a meeting.
* Final deadline for stories will be Apr 15.
* I'll be looking for around 5,000 words, on average.
* Expected Publication: Winter 2017.
* Terms: Seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which I retain nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.  In addition your characters will be statted for the sourcebook, which is (to that extent) a derivative work.
* Compensation: A paperback copy of the anthology and either $0.06/word on acceptance OR a perpetual share of revenue (based on price received) pro-rated by pagecount.
* Interested? Send a query and backgrounder to everyone@asifproductions.com and use "UbiquiCity" in the subject line. Writing samples may be linked or attached; science fiction preferred.
* Query deadline is 28 Jan 2017
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
Looking forward to reading your work!

About the Anthologist: Tod Foley is the founder of As If Productions, specialists in interactive development and game design.  He's the creator of the "DayTrippers" RPG line (a surreal science-fiction reality-hopping RPG), and designer/writer of "Other Borders" (a narrativist game based on Robin Laws' "DramaSystem"), "Watch the World Die" (a collaborative apocalypse-generation game), "CyberSpace" (an old-school cyberpunk RPG), as well as several roleplaying games and adventure modules for Iron Crown Enterprises.  His website is http://asifproductions.com
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Mary Somerville: The Woman For Whom The Word “Scientist” Was Made #WomenInSTEM
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/01/16/mary-somerville-the-woman-for-whom-the-word-scientist-was-made-womeninstem/

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When we think of history’s great scientists, names such as Isaac Newton, Galileo Galilei, or Nicolaus Copernicus likely come to mind. The funny thing is that the term “scientist” wasn’t coined until 1834 — well after these men had died — and it was a woman named Mary Somerville who brought it into being in the first place.

Mary Somerville was an almost entirely self-taught polymath whose areas of study included math, astronomy, and geology – just to name a few. That Somerville had such a constellation of interests, and possessed two X chromosomes, would signal a need to create a new term for someone like her — and scientific historian William Whewell would do precisely that upon reading her treatise, On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences, in 1834.

After reading the 53-year-old Somerville’s work, he wanted to pen a glowing review of it. He encountered a problem, however: The term du jour for such an author would have been “man of science,” and that just didn’t fit Somerville.

In a pinch, the well-known wordsmith coined the term “scientist” for Somerville. Whewell did not intend for this to be a gender-neutral term for “man of science;” rather, he made it in order to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of Somerville’s expertise. She was not just a mathematician, astronomer, or physicist; she possessed the intellectual acumen to weave these concepts together seamlessly.

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/01/16/mary-somerville-the-woman-for-whom-the-word-scientist-was-made-womeninstem/
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Just sold a short story to Compelling Science Fiction for their March issue. That's my fourth pro sale, and my first this year.

For context, I've had 144 rejections in five years, including six for this story.
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Transcript: President Obama on What Books Mean to Him appeared in today’s New York Times. There’s a lot there to talk about, but I was particularly struck by his talking on more than on…
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Via +Karen Conlin. I love this kind of stuff when it comes up in SFF. 
 
A geographically widespread practice known as avoidance speech imposes strict rules on how one speaks — or doesn’t — to the parents of a spouse.
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Stories of space exploration are not generally something I write, but if they're something you write, you might be interested in this. 
 
Oh I am definitely entering this one! Thanks @James Yee
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In my forthcoming novel, Mister Bucket for Assembly, a key element of the plot is that the protagonist likes to cook - which is an occupation strictly reserved for women in his culture. 
Women have long fought to overcome gender roles and expectations, but it’s a dialogue that is relevant to a lot of men too. Unfortunately, in 2017, a large proportion of the male population is still concerned with maintaining a masculine semblance, but it comes at a cost. Instead of just getting on with their lives and doing what they want irrespective of gender, it turns out a lot of men refrain from certain activities out of fear of being seen...
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+Richard Abbott for other women, who are not supposed to be professionals...
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How does stem cell therapy actually work? Peter Diamandis explains, based on his own experience.
We are at the cusp of a stem cell revolution. Understanding and harnessing these unique cells may unlock breakthroughs in longevity and therapeutic solutions to all kinds of chronic diseases and regenerative opportunities. Last month, I took a trip down to the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City with Dr. Bob Hariri (co-Founder of Human …
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Clothing is some of our most gendered cultural equipment. This is an interesting insight. 
 
This is a very interesting read.
"Motivated by Octieber and determined to combat the world of gendered clothing, Lucy Rycroft-Smith tries menswear for a month and documents her findings"
Motivated by Octieber and determined to combat the world of gendered clothing, Lucy Rycroft-Smith tries menswear for a month and documents her findings
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"Cute" women's clothing often makes me very self-conscious, and I totally hate girl shoes. I'd be down with the suit thing, but they're so expensive. Luckily I can get away with khakis at work. 
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Realmgolds is back up, in the new edition from Digital Fiction Publishing. The publisher and I have to do a bit of a dance with Amazon to get the 20-odd reviews back, but that will happen. Meanwhile, 99c sale!

Airships, politics, rescue of the oppressed, all that good stuff. 
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One for the fantasy crowd. 
How the occult has been depicted in art, from mandrakes to palmistry.
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+Michael R I teach a Myth-Folklore class and I can always find something in AO to share with my students that I know they will like.
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Important Announcement

I'm very happy to report that I've just signed a contract with +Michael Wills at Digital Fiction Publishing for Realmgolds, the first of the Gryphon Clerks series. We have agreement in principle that DFP will be taking over publication of the other books in the series too, including the as-yet-unpublished Mister Bucket for Assembly and any future volumes (though we'll contract on a book-by-book basis).

Why am I doing this?
I've worked with Michael since 2015, when he bought one of my short stories for his Digital Fantasy Fiction anthology series. I've also done freelance editing for him. I've participated in and followed the Digital Fiction Facebook group during that time, and seen how well the books he has in his stable are doing, and how he handled it when he made a significant mistake at one point. All of my observations add up to: I believe he's a trustworthy person, and a better marketer than I am. I also like his revenue model; I can't discuss specific details of our contract, but suffice to say that this isn't "traditional publication" as far as terms go. So when he approached me to ask if I wanted to put the Gryphon Clerks series under his banner, it didn't take me long to say yes.

What will change?
I'm about to go through and update the text of Realmgolds into US spellings. With the US being the most significant ebook market, and some readers being unaware of British spelling conventions, there's been some noise with one of his other books about "typos" that weren't, and we want to avoid that. Otherwise, I'm not making changes to the text.

I've pulled Realmgolds from wide distribution, since DFP does very well at getting Kindle Unlimited page reads, and they're worth more, at this point, than any sales we might make in other marketplaces. Neither of us love exclusivity as such, but as a pragmatic decision in the current market it makes sense.

DFP has acquired ebook, print, and audio rights. Realmgolds has a print edition, which I'll be removing from CreateSpace, and which will be replaced with a new one under the DFP imprint (so if you're one of the very few people who bought a print copy with the C-Side Media imprint, hang onto it; it might be valuable someday). I retain all other rights, including translation (I've already licensed an Italian translation) and adaptations into other media, so if you've always wanted to adapt Realmgolds into a graphic novel in Portguese, talk to me.

Otherwise, for readers, nothing much should change. For me, I hope, the major change will be that more people will buy and read Realmgolds, and then go on to enjoy my other books.
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Congratulations! Hopefully, some day I will be able to say "I knew Mike when . . . ".
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Novelist, short story writer, copy editor, book reviewer, nonfiction author
Introduction
I write a steampunk-fantasy series about heroic civil servants called The Gryphon Clerks; an urban fantasy series, Auckland Allies; and a lot of short stories, plus the occasional nonfiction book. I do a lot of book reviewing, too. I'm harsh but (I hope) constructive. Currently not accepting review requests.
 
I'll probably only circle you back if you engage me in conversation, and if you either mostly write about writing or something else I find interesting, or you're an unusually interesting and insightful person. Exception: I don't circle erotica writers, just because of what might show up in my stream. Nothing personal.
Bragging rights
While working for a certain notorious NZ publisher in my freelance editing days, I got out with all the money owed to me (if you knew NZ publishing up to the late 90s you'd know who I mean, and be impressed).
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Auckland
Education
  • Massey University
    Health Science, 2008 - 2010
  • University of Auckland
    English, 1986 - 1989
  • Waitakere College
    1981 - 1985
  • Swanson Primary School
    1973 - 1980
  • Auckland University of Technology
    Celebrant Studies, 2005 - 2006
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