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Comet Man up at Flash Fiction Online!

Today I’ve got a reprint out at FFO!  ‘Comet Man’ is a funny little tale about a father’s disconnect with his adult son.  And the main character rides a comet…bareback…to Jupiter.

Excerpt time!

I don’t care what genetic sub-group you’re from, by comet is a lousy way to travel.  And  no, I don’t mean this touristy shite where they put glass huts on iceballs so rich-kids can ‘rough it’ and still get all the interplanetary TV they want.  I mean real, true-to-physics, grab hold with your gene-modified hooks and hope the torque doesn’t rip your spider-silk-enhanced tendons apart travel. With oxygen bladders full and organic pressure-layer holding fast, I caught my ride to the Jovian mines.  

And forgetting.  

It wasn’t about the ‘big bucks’ the mining recruiter had touted, or the chance to ‘see the system.’  For me, Jupiter was a way to start over–to pretend that distance was the reason Tiffer and I didn’t talk any more.  I wanted to be someplace where there were no family members–if they weren’t there, they couldn’t leave.

Once the rock and ice pummeling began, I hunkered down on the comet and prepared to hibernate for the next however-many months it was to the mines. Sleep came easier than I expected.  Guess it’s not hard to pass out when there’s nothing to do for, you know, ever.

But no bliss is meant to last.  

“Hey, dude, why the long face?”

At first I thought it was a dream–my nosy unconsciousness interfering with my beauty sleep.  Unfortunately, no.

“Yo-yo, what’s happening comet dude?”

You can read the rest (for free!) here: http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/comet-man/

FFO staffer Stefan Milićević was also kind enough to do an interview with me.  You can check that out here: http://flashfictiononline.com/main/article/an-interview-with-marina-lostetter/

Happy reading!

~Marina

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Penumbra’s ‘Family Traditions’ Issue is Out.

This issue contains my story, “Comet Man” — a flash piece about solar surfers, comet taxies, and a family divided. The issue can be found here: Penumbra Vol. 3 Issue 3.

~Marina

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Double Sales!

I’ve sold two short stories recently. One to Penumbra for their ‘Family Traditions’ issue (coming this December), and one to another venue which is TBA due to pending paperwork and edits (but I’ve also appeared there previously). I’m very excited about both of these sales and will give out more details soon!

Hope everyone is having an awesome day.

~Marina

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Penumbra Lost Issue Out Today

The April issue of Penumbra is out.  It contains my humor-flash piece entitled: Ol’ Soapy’s Revenge.  Here’s a sample:

End-of-timers flocked to the streets, sure the anomaly would pass over the Earth and send us all to Hell.  Some said it was an alien creation meant to take us out before we could take them out.  Others said it was an alien, pure and simple.

The inception of the Church of Star Trek: Doomsday Machine was an especially low point, in my opinion.

Check it out!

Penumbra Lost Cover

http://penumbra.musapublishing.com/

~Marina

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Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology and Penumbra

Now that I’ve got a completed contract in hand, I feel free to announce that my story, “Ol’ Soapy’s Revenge” will be appearing in the Lost themed issue of Penumbra coming out in April.  It’s a humor piece that I’m quite tickled to have accepted.  Funny is hard, in my opinion, and when I write humor I’m never quite sure if it works or not.

In other publication news, Stupefying Stories Presents the 2013 Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology  is out for a limited time.  It features 43 authors who are eligible to win the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (Campbell Award for short, which is voted on at the same time as the Hugos).  My story, “Rats Will Run,” which first appeared in Mirror Shards Vol. 2 is reprinted within.

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Writertopia keeps a list (updated by the individual authors) of those eligable for the Campbell.  My profile is here, if you’d like to see it.

The Campbellian Pre-Reading Anthology is free and available in a variety of electronic formats, so even if you aren’t eligible to vote for the Campbell Award I suggest downloading it.  Tons of great stories for free, how can you beat that?

Happy reading!

~Marina

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