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ICYMI, +Bastion Science Fiction Magazine has routinely been putting out some of the most gorgeous sci-fi cover art in the industry.

Seriously. Goddamn. And the fiction to match, of course - now with audio recordings!
It's December 1...most places! Which means a brand new issue of Bastion! This month's featured story is "Diaspora," by Daniel Rosen. You can read it for free at www.bastionmag.com/current as well as listen to the superb audio recording by T. Grace. Stream/download it directly from our site, or subscribe to our podcast. 

This month's issue brings you:

“Diaspora” by Alexander Jones -- listen to the audio recording
“Koi” by Jes Rausch
“On a Frail Branch Bending” by Kaitlin McCloughan
“The Junkman” by Nicholas Stillman
“There Was a Crash” by Izmaire Todd
“Adiophoria” by William B. Squirrell 
and 
"Mr. Cicada" by Garrick Fincham

Check out this really sweet winter cover that Milan Jaram made for us!

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CC: My followers, and writing friends.

Kick in, and/or spread the word if you can - biased as I may be, I'm really hoping to see this one succeed.
Get a professional short story critique for $7 and support an awesome SF/F literary magazine at the same time.

Chances are some of you have heard/submitted-to/been-published-by Plasma Frequency. If you haven't, it's a pretty great semi-pro SF/F venue with super fast response times, which has been running for two years or so.

They're running a Kickstarter to try and bump up to pro rates, which is win-win for everyone in the end. It doesn't seem to have caught much traction yet, though. Not really sure why. Guessing they just don't have the reach they need to get it out there.

At the very least, the $7 pro story critique is a crazy good deal. I've seen lit mags run Kickstarters before, and story critiques are usually up in the $100+ tiers. That's what I backed at.

I might be biased since I have a story coming out there at some point, but even if I didn't I'd be all over that story critique tier.

Anyhow, any word-spreading and/or backing would be greatly appreciated. At the end of the day, the more high paying SF/F markets there are out there, the better it is for us writers.

Side Note to the Mods: If this isn't the best category for this post, please move it to what you think is the most appropriate. Cheers.

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Get a professional short story critique for $7 and support an awesome SF/F literary magazine at the same time.

Chances are some of you have heard-of/submitted-to/been-published-by Plasma Frequency. If you haven't, it's a pretty great semi-pro SF/F venue with super fast response times, which has been running for two years or so.

They're running a Kickstarter to try and bump up to pro rates, which is win-win for everyone in the end. It doesn't seem to have caught much traction yet, though. Not really sure why. Guessing they just don't have the reach they need to get it out there.

At the very least, the $7 pro story critique is a crazy good deal. I've seen lit mags run Kickstarters before, and story critiques are usually up in the $100+ tiers. That's what I backed at.

I might be biased since I have a story coming out there at some point, but even if I didn't I'd be all over that story critique tier.

Anyhow, any word-spreading and/or backing would be greatly appreciated. At the end of the day, the more high paying SF/F markets there are out there, the better it is for us writers.

Side Note to the Mods: If this isn't the best category for this post, please move it to what you think is the most appropriate. Cheers.

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This endless battle gif, right here.

Just plain mesmerizing animation, from +Steve Vyas.

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Oh. Good. BuzzFeed found my demographic.

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Get your sci-fi kick this month with Bastion.

Gorgeous cover art, and stories to match, as always.
Our new October issue is now available! Get it at www.bastionmag.com/current, where you'll also be able to read Eric Del Carlo's "Zero's Hour," our featured story, for free--good Lord check out that stunning cover art by Milan Jaram (milanjaram.com) as well. 

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Ever wanted to be a slush reader for an up-and-coming literary magazine?

Now's your chance! Check out the link below for application details.
BE LIKE DETECTIVE GORDON. Find good stories. Be a slush reader for Bastion Science Fiction Magazine! See http://www.bastionmag.com/news/2014/2/8/slush-readers-needed-and-april-status for details. 
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+Bastion Science Fiction Magazine just leveled up again.

It's an awesome magazine, and if you haven't picked up an issue yet, now is the time to start.
ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: #1 BESTSELLER STATUS! 

After only five months of publication, our August issue became our first to breach the #1 bestseller over at Weightless Books, and we're extremely grateful to all of our supporters. As a way of saying "thank you" we're going to be giving away some free retro science fiction prints--check out our News page for the details!
http://www.bastionmag.com/news/2014/9/15/achievement-unlocked-1-bestseller-status #bestseller #sciencefiction #prizes

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So, uh, I guess Google didn't buy Twitch.tv after all.

Apparently it was Amazon.

Psych!

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Your new favorite science fiction literary magazine has a Google+ page, now.

You should follow them.

Why? Because otherwise the inevitable robot apocalypse will begin, and it will have been ALL YOUR FAULT.

Right? Right.

Seriously though. Great covers. Great reads.

What more could you want?

WHA-AAT?! THE ROBOT APOCALYPSE YOU SAY!?

...

I need more (less) coffee.
Very happy (and perhaps long overdue) to start up a Google+ page for Bastion Science Fiction Magazine. Check out the cover of our latest issue:

Of course we're open for submissions, and you can check out guidelines at www.bastionmag.com/submissions
July's issue was the #2 bestseller at Weightless Books, beaten only by Lightspeed's special issue Women Destroy Science Fiction. If you haven't picked up a copy to see for yourself why our issues are selling like hotcakes, then you're missing out. Sample stories from each issue are available on our site. Despite our success so far however, we're still a young and growing market. Word of mouth and reader support is critical, so share us, submit to us, donate to us, or grab a copy of this fantastic magazine. 
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