Maximum Velocity

maximum-velocity-front-coverThe Best of Full-Throttle Space Tales

The Full-Throttle Space Tales series collected action-packed, high octane science fiction stories across the full potential of the genre. Here, the original editors have teamed up to pick the very best of Full-Throttle Space Tales, eighteen stories collected here for the first time.

Stories by David Boop, C.J. Henderson, W.A. Hoffman, Julia Phillips, David Lee Summers, Carol Hightshoe, Irene Radford, Bob Brown, Scott Pearson, Alan L. Lickiss, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Dayton Ward, Anna Paradox, Ivan Ewert, Erik Scott de Bie, Shannon Page, Mark Ferrari, Gene Mederos, Jean Johnson, Mike Resnick, and Brad R. Torgersen

Buckle up, because we’re accelerating to Maximum Velocity!

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Back in 2009, I edited an anthology of military science fiction stories, Space Grunts, the third installment of Full-Throttle Space Tales, a series of pulpy SF short fiction with each volume centering around a particular theme. There ultimately were six collections, all published by David Rozansky and Flying Pen Press:

spacegrunts-coverSpace Pirates – edited by David Lee Summers
Space Sirens – edited by Carol Hightshoe
Space Grunts – edited by moi
Space Horrors – edited by David Lee Summers
Space Tramps – edited by Jennifer Brozek
Space Battles – edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

A few years ago, Flying Pen got away from publishing fiction, and all of the original anthologies are out of print. The rights to the individual stories have reverted back to their original authors, and few have even republished their tales in other anthologies or markets.

Then, in early 2014, David Lee Summers broached the idea of finding a way to reprint the original FTST anthologies, perhaps with an eye toward one day reviving the series. After the idea lay dormant for a bit, until the summer of 2015 when fate so fit to bring me to a convention with David and Jennifer Brozek. We revisited the notion and decided it still had merit, but finding a home for six collections of short stories felt to us like a daunting if not impossible task. So, the idea of creating a “Best of” anthology was hatched, while retaining the hope of this perhaps kick-starting a FTST revival.

David, with the help of original FTST contributor David Boop, took our idea to best-selling and award-winning author/editor Kevin J. Anderson, who happens to have his own independent publishing company, WordFire Press. Kevin was enthusiastic about hosting our little anthology, so with that in our pocket, we five editors got to work figuring out what would go in it.

The idea was simple: Each editor selected three to five stories from one of the anthologies for consideration by the other editors. To keep things as impartial as possible, we decided to reread the anthology that came before ours in the sequence (with David pulling double duty since he’d edited two). For example, I went through the stories collected in the second anthology, Space Sirens, and made my recommendations. At long last, the result of all our deliberations is this shiny new tome, Maximum Velocity.

Many thanks to Kevin J. Anderson and the team at WordFire Press for giving us our new home. Thanks also to the other editors and most especially to the other authors, without whom this entire endeavor wouldn’t even have been possible.

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And hey! I also write….

To the extent that I’m “known” at all as a writer, I’m known primarily for my Star Trek work, because let’s face it: That’s a big hunk of my resume. There certainly are worse ways to be remembered, I suppose. Serial killer. American Idol fan. Whatever.

On the other hand, I like to remind folks once in a while that I do write other things. Some of that stuff doesn’t get noticed a lot, because it’s written for smaller press publications, which often get overlooked or even dismissed in this crazy publishing world and its emphasis on “best sellers,” “blockbusters” and…well, Snooki.

“BAH!” I say.

With e-Books booming and readers taking ever more peeks at what’s available for their e-Gadget of choice, perhaps I need to do a better job of bringing attention not so much to my own material, but rather the folks who create and manage these small press houses for which it can be oh-so much fun to write.

For example, Selina Rosen oversees a wonderful little operation called Yard Dog Press. She, her partner Lynn Stranahan, and pretty much everyone who writes for her are funny, irreverent, and have this nasty habit of telling some damned fine stories. Some of those get published, either as novels or novellas, or collections of short stories. One of my favorite things to come out of there is a novella titled The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse. YDP also published a lot of work by the late Ken Rand, including a whole bunch of stories set in one of my very favorite of his creations, the Lucky Nickel Saloon. My connection to the Yard comes because of Selina’s own creations, Bubbas of the Apocalypse, for which I’ve written stories featured in a couple of her anthologies. And not for nothing? Selina is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met.

Then, there’s Flying Pen Press, based out of Denver. I came to know them thanks to a little editing job I did for them called Space Grunts, one of a series of anthologies with an aim toward recreating that old-school pulp SF feel of yesteryear. It was an opportunity for me to stretch a little bit, and get a taste of the editing side of things. I contributed a story to the next anthology in the series, Space Horrors, which gave me a chance to try something different yet again.

Speaking of something different, there’s also Cliffhanger Books. I actually stumbled across them by accident, at a time when they were accepting submissions for a superhero-themed anthology they were putting together called Gods of Justice. It was only after I’d finished prepping a story for submission that I realized one of the editors on the book was Kevin Hosey, who I know thanks to the various Star Trek: Strange New Worlds writing contests. If you like superheroes–and don’t need all of them to wear capes and tights–you might consider giving Gods of Justice a gander.

Another awesome effort underway within the independent publishing realm is Sky Warrior Books, headed up by Maggie Bonham. Maggie is one of the savviest people I’ve encountered when it comes to promotion and leveraging the advantages of small press and e-Publishing platforms. She and her editors also are very selective, which of course begs the question of how I got anything published there. I was thrilled to have my story “Stop-Loss” appear in their anthology Zombiefied, edited by Carol Hightshoe.

Several of my friends and professional colleagues have started or aligned themselves with various independent publishing ventures, and are producing a boatload of interesting and exciting material. Check out Tales of the Scattered Earth, a creation of Aaron Rosenberg and David Niall Wilson over at Crossroad Press, with stories by them as well as Keith R.A. DeCandido. Keith also has his own series there, Super City Police Department. Aaron, along with a few other folks I know, also is involved with another author-driven publishing enterprise, Crazy 8 Press.

Elsewhere, word slinger and zombie lover Elizabeth Donald is the mastermind behind The Literary Underworld, which caters to all of your undead, supernatural, and otherwise paranormal needs. And just to pimp a local effort, Eric Reynolds over at Hadley Rille Books has really put together something special, publishing books, as Eric says, “with an emphasis on space, archaeology, climate and other science-related topics, with a goal to bring a new sense of adventure of the Universe to the reader.” He’s managed to create a very impressive catalogue of titles. Go. Look.

And those are just a few off the top of my head.

In fact, what this blog post needs is more links. More links to indie press folks, please. If you’re reading this and you’ve published through a small press (yours or someone else’s), then share your work through such venues, and point readers to where they can find your work. If I can get enough responses, I’ll start a directory page and try to keep it updated.

Horrors, Bubbas, and Paths…oh my.

Been an interesting day.

First, as part of the Twitter Party today celebrating the release of Space Horrors, several excerpts from the book were posted throughout the day. Included among those was a bit from my own story, “Into the Abyss.” You can read that right here. Enjoy (I hope).

Next, I was alerted to a new review of another anthology which features one of my stories, A Bubba In Time Saves None! The author of the piece has a good time with the review, immersing himself in the whole Bubbatude and everything. It’s worth reading just for that.

Also included in the day’s activities was the restart of the Star Trek Re-Watch over at Tor.com with me and David Mack (infinitydog) ripping “Spock’s Brain” a new one.

Finally, FedEx graced me with a delivery today, that being the first-pass pages for Paths of Disharmony. 460 of ’em. Just a little light reading before bedtime.

So, yeah. A bit of a day, but a good one, all around. 🙂

Space Horrors TwitterParty!


All day today (okay, 9am-9pm Eastern), Flying Pen Press publisher David Rozansky (@DavidRozansky) is hosting a “TwitterParty” to celebrate the release of Space Horrors.

For the Twitterati among us, follow the #FTST “hashtag” to keep tabs on the ongoing discussion(s). Several of the anthologies contributors as well as editor David Lee Summers (@davidleesummers)
will be chiming in throughout the day, and David is planning longer interviews with some of the authors (including me) along the way.

So, get to tweeting, yo!

Guest-blogging about Space Horrors!


In honor of the publication of Space Horrors, the fourth entry in
Flying Pen PressFull-Throttle Space Tales series, editor David Lee Summers requested some “guest blog” posts from the anthology’s contributors.

Today is my day to guest star on David’s blog, and if you wander over there, you can read my blatherings about my story, “Into the Abyss.” Check it:

DavidLeeSummers.com: Space Horrors – Dayton Ward

While you’re there, check out the blog entries offered up by some of the other authors, and keep a look out for additional posts in the days to come.

Thanks again to David for the invitation not only to submit a story to the anthology, but also to clog his blog for a bit.

Happy Publication Day, Space Horrors!


Today is the day that Space Horrors, the fourth entry in
Flying Pen PressFull-Throttle Space Tales series, is released to the masses! Edited by David Lee Summers, this latest anthology is chock-full of all sorts of scary, spacey goodness from veteran authors and new voices alike!

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What horrors lurk among the stars?

If you dare venture into space, you will find planets where the rain will dissolve the flesh from your skeleton in a matter of minutes. There are undead stellar corpses that warp the very fabric of reality. There are bursts of radiation that will cook you alive within the walls of your spaceship.

And those are just the terrors we expect to face when we leave Earth.

In this volume you’ll find seventeen tales guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine. You’ll meet cold and dispassionate aliens — some so large they’ll swallow your starship whole, others so small they’ll turn your blood to dust. The prospect of encountering undead creatures such as vampires and zombies on Earth is frightening enough. Imagine meeting them while trapped during an interstellar flight. You’ll join men and women as they dare to explore haunted spaceships. In the end, you may discover that the most frightening creatures we’ll encounter among the stars are humans themselves.

We invite you to peer into the darkest reaches of space with Ernest and Emily Hogan, Sarah A. Hoyt, Dayton Ward, Danielle Ackley-McPhail and a dozen more new and veteran writers.

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Space Horrors features the following all-new stories:

Part I: Man’s Own Inhumanity
Poetic Justice — Alastair Mayer
Listening — Anna Paradox
The Walking Man — Glynn Barrass

Part II: Alien Menaces
Natural Selection — Simon Bleaken
Oh Why Can’t I? — CJ Henderson
Last Man Standing — Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Part III: Seductive Vampires
Anemia — David Lee Summers
Chosen One — Dana Bell
Sleepers — Selina Rosen
Divining Everest — Patrick Thomas

Part IV: The Spirit Realm
Into the Abyss — Dayton Ward
Salvage — David B. Riley
The Golem — Judith Herman

Part V: Shambling Zombies
In the Absence of Light — Sarah A. Hoyt
A Touch of Frost — Gene Mederos
Wake of the White Death — Lee Clark Zumpe
Plan 9 in Outer Space — Ernest and Emily Hogan

And whaddaya know? Just in time for the start of Christmas-shopping season. Nootch.

Space Horrors

spacehorrors-coverFull-Throttle Space Tales #4

What horrors lurk among the stars?

If you dare venture into space, you will find planets where the rain will dissolve the flesh from your skeleton in a matter of minutes. There are undead stellar corpses that warp the very fabric of reality. There are bursts of radiation that will cook you alive within the walls of your spaceship.

And those are just the terrors we expect to face when we leave Earth.

In this volume you’ll find seventeen tales guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine. You’ll meet cold and dispassionate aliens — some so large they’ll swallow your starship whole, others so small they’ll turn your blood to dust. The prospect of encountering undead creatures such as vampires and zombies on Earth is frightening enough. Imagine meeting them while trapped during an interstellar flight. You’ll join men and women as they dare to explore haunted spaceships. In the end, you may discover that the most frightening creatures we’ll encounter among the stars are humans themselves.

We invite you to peer into the darkest reaches of space with Ernest and Emily Hogan, Sarah A. Hoyt, Dayton Ward, Danielle Ackley-McPhail and a dozen more new and veteran writers.

Order it direct from Flying Pen Press!
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Space Horrors available for pre-order!


I was informed this morning by editor David Lee Summers that Space Horrors, the fourth entry in Flying Pen Press’ Full Throttle Space Tales anthology series, is now available for preorder from the publisher’s website. FPP is running a special right now, with a sweet pre-order discount price of $9.95.

Yeah, you read that right.

The book’s normal cover price will be $16.95, so if you’re interested in grabbing this puppy, do some of that pre-order action right now, whydontcha?

According to the site, the book’s official publication date is October 1st. Hawt Diggity Dawg!

Space Horrors back cover copy!


Earlier this evening, editor David Lee Summers sent out the back cover copy and author list for Space Horrors, the fourth entry in
Flying Pen PressFull-Throttle Space Tales series.

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What horrors lurk among the stars?

If you dare venture into space, you will find planets where the rain will dissolve the flesh from your skeleton in a matter of minutes. There are undead stellar corpses that warp the very fabric of reality. There are bursts of radiation that will cook you alive within the walls of your spaceship.

And those are just the terrors we expect to face when we leave Earth.

In this volume you’ll find seventeen tales guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine. You’ll meet cold and dispassionate aliens — some so large they’ll swallow your starship whole, others so small they’ll turn your blood to dust. The prospect of encountering undead creatures such as vampires and zombies on Earth is frightening enough. Imagine meeting them while trapped during an interstellar flight. You’ll join men and women as they dare to explore haunted spaceships. In the end, you may discover that the most frightening creatures we’ll encounter among the stars are humans themselves.

We invite you to peer into the darkest reaches of space with Ernest and Emily Hogan, Sarah A. Hoyt, Dayton Ward, Danielle Ackley-McPhail and a dozen more new and veteran writers.

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Comprising the new volume are these stories as provided by the following goodly writer folk:

Part I: Man’s Own Inhumanity
Poetic Justice — Alastair Mayer
Listening — Anna Paradox
The Walking Man — Glynn Barrass

Part II: Alien Menaces
Natural Selection — Simon Bleaken
Oh Why Can’t I? — CJ Henderson
Last Man Standing — Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Part III: Seductive Vampires
Anemia — David Lee Summers
Chosen One — Dana Bell
Sleepers — Selina Rosen
Divining Everest — Patrick Thomas

Part IV: The Spirit Realm
Into the Abyss — Dayton Ward
Salvage — David B. Riley
The Golem — Judith Herman

Part V: Shambling Zombies
In the Absence of Light — Sarah A. Hoyt
A Touch of Frost — Gene Mederos
Wake of the White Death — Lee Clark Zumpe
Plan 9 in Outer Space — Ernest and Emily Hogan

Publication has been set for October 1st, though some review copies may start turning up as early as Labor Day weekend. I’m looking forward to checking out the new book!

Space Horrors cover!


Flying Pen Press publisher David Rozansky made public today the cover to the upcoming fourth anthology in his Full-Throttle Space Tales series, Space Horrors.

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Edited by David Lee Summers, this new collection will feature just what you’re thinking: science fiction stories with a definite horror bent. My story is called “Into the Abyss” and is something of an SF ghost story…more or less.

This is my second contribution to a Flying Pen title, as two or three of you likely will remember that I served as editor for the third FTST anthology, Space Grunts. I was delighted to be asked by David to contribute a story, and I can only hope it measures up to what I’m sure will be a fine collection of tales.

Space Horrors is currently slated for an October release. I’m told the back cover copy is being finalized even as I write this entry. More info as I get it!