New Sci Fi Novel, Shattered Sky by David Colby

Thinking Ink Press is happy to announce that the science fiction novel Shattered Sky by David Colby is now available. The second book in the Lunar Cycle trilogy, Shattered Sky is the sequel to Debris Dreams.

In Debris Dreams, lunar separatists attack the space elevator above the Earth, forcing offworlder Drusilla Zhao into wartime military service.

In Shattered Sky, Dru is honored as a hero and joins her girlfriend Sara on Earth. As Dru begins her new life, she struggles to adapt to a different culture while suffering from PTSD. When Sara’s home is threatened, and the military demand that Dru return to service, she must fight to defend the Alliance while battling enemies inside her own head.

Author David Colby combines hard science details with page-turning action and a diverse cast of characters for a unique science fiction experience that you won’t soon forget.

Haven’t read Debris Dreams yet? Buy it at your retailer of choice.

Shattered Sky, Lunar Cycle Book 2, Advance Review Copies Available

The year: 2068

The place: The war-torn, ecologically devastated Earth.

The objective: Survive.

Sixteen-year-old  Drusilla  Zhao  has  done  the  impossible  and  escaped  the  meat  grinder  of  space  warfare  alive.  But Earth is far more dangerous than  she imagined, and now  she  and  her  only  remaining  comrade,  Jillian,  are  about  to  be  rotated  right  back  into  the  firing  line  and  away  from  Dru’s  love,  Sarah.

Shattered Sky by David Colby continues the Lunar Cycle sci-fi trilogy that began with Debris Dreams. Publishers Weekly says Debris Dreams is “appealingly reminiscent of an updated Heinlein juvenile, it’s a story of wartime bravery, principles and self-sacrifice.”

Advance review copies of Shattered Sky are now available. If you’re interested in reviewing Debris DreamsShattered Sky, or both, please use the form below to let us know.

You Have a Story to Tell Tote Bag Sale

Tote Bag Fundraiser

Show your support for writers, and help bring a book into the world.

For a limited time, we’re running a special tote bag sale hosted at Custom Ink featuring a hand-lettered design by Keiko O’Leary.  From Nov 2 through Nov 17, you can order canvas tote bags featuring the message You have a story to tell.

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Who is Keiko O’Leary?

Keiko O’Leary is one of the founders of Thinking Ink Press, where she writes, edits, and designs our limited edition hand-folded books and flash fiction postcards. Keiko leads the Write to the End writing group and teaches writing workshops, including a free poetry series at the Sunnyvale Library. If you’re in the South Bay, you may run into her at literary events like Flash Fiction Forum, literary pub crawls, or demonstrating how to create hand-folded art books.

Where does the money go?

Proceeds from this sale will be used to publish and promote a short book of essays by Keiko. The book focuses on encouragement and insights for writers, and it will be published in 2019. Any additional proceeds will fund Keiko’s Thinking Ink Press publishing wish list.

To contact Keiko directly, email her at keiko@KeikoOLeary.com, or visit KeikoOLeary.com.

How can I get involved?

Order your tote bag now and show your support!

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Listen to “Wild Card” by Dover Whitecliff from Thirty Days Later

Want to hear a story about the Superspy with the Clockwork Eye? Twinstar Studios just released the audio story “Wild Card” by Dover Whitecliff, first published in our steampunk charity anthology Thirty Days Later: Steaming Forward, 30 Adventures in Time.

Congratulations to Dover Whitecliff! We’d also like to give a shout out to Emily Riley Piatt from the cast of Sage & Savant, who did a wonderful job reading this story.

Dover’s stories appear in all three of our charity steampunk anthologies: Twelve Hours Later, Thirty Days Later, and Some Time Later. A portion of the proceeds from these anthologies benefits public libraries.

 

If you’d like to get to know Dover a bit better,  click the image below to check out her interview at Sage & Savant, or visit her website at DoverWhitecliff.wordpress.com.

Down and Dirty with Dover Whitecliff, author and editor at Thinking Ink Press

 

 

About “The Bottle Imp” by Robert Louis Stevenson

Some time ago, during a Thinking Ink Press discussion about our small books, Anthony Francis floated the idea of publishing one or more classic short stories.

Bottle Imp art by Harvey Chin

Many of these stories entered the public domain because they were published before 1923 and their copyrights expired. Not everything that was published before 1923 is in the public domain. Some works have had their copyrights renewed, so it’s important to check, rather than making assumptions. Anthony looked into some classic sci-fi and fantasy stories he likes, but their copyrights were tied up.

In the meantime, Betsy Miller remembered a story that she had read and liked when she was growing up—“The Bottle Imp” by Robert Louis Stevenson. Set in Hawaii and San Francisco, this is a story with a cursed bottle that grants wishes but can send you to Hell. Not to mention, the story includes true love and leprosy—what more could you want?

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Artist unknown, via Wikimedia Commons

In case you sort of remember Stevenson and are not sure exactly why, he wrote The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Kidnapped, Treasure Island, and many, many more books and stories. “The Bottle Imp” was published in the book Island Nights’ Entertainments in 1893. We decided to look into publishing a small print edition.

The project took off when Betsy and Maria Judnick were chatting at Peet’s coffee shop in Cupertino. Maria is an English Professor at Santa Clara University, and when she heard about Betsy’s interest in publishing “The Bottle Imp,” she stepped forward with an offer to work with a group of college students to annotate the story and to provide historical context.

Maria Judnick <3 RLS

It turns out that Robert Louis Stevenson is one of the authors that her students study, so this was a perfect combination of publishing and academics. And that is why  you should hang out with your friends at coffee shops from time to time.

So, the annotated edition is in the works now and we’re looking at publishing it in 2018. We might even have a party to celebrate. Because you should also party with your friends from time to time. We’ll keep you posted.

Our New Charity Steampunk Anthology Some Time Later Is Now Available

We’re happy to announce that our latest charity steampunk anthology Some Time Later: Fantastic Voyages Through Alternate Worlds is available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online booksellers. The release date is June 1, 2017. Some Time Later will also be available for sale at the steampunk anthology Clockwork Alchemy on Memorial Day weekend.

If you enjoyed the popular audio story “Three Men and a Vampire” by Harry Turtledove performed by Sage and Savant and you want more, pick up a copy of Some Time Later and you’ll find a companion story “Three Men and a Werewolf.” You’ll also discover pairs of Jeremiah Willstone stories by Anthony Francis, Drake & McTrowell stories, Miranda Gray stories, and more.

If you’re coming to Clockwork Alchemy, stop by Author’s Alley and you can meet many of the authors who participated in this anthology. All the books in the Later series will be on hand, as well as other Thinking Ink titles, and we’ll also have con ribbons and other extras!

 

Some Time Later is the third volume in our set of charity steampunk anthologies that benefit local libraries such as the San Jose Public Library:

For Clockwork Alchemy this weekend, Thinking Ink Press is organizing a charity donation drive for the San Jose Public Library, and we have donors who will match that donation up to the first $1000.

Stay tuned for the outcome of this drive, but if you want to dive right in to the stories, you can read them now by coming by Clockwork Alchemy and picking up, or looking where fine books are sold!

Sage & Savant Meet Thinking Ink Press in a Steampunk Extravaganza

We’re excited to announce that this April, Thinking Ink Press is the featured sponsor of Episode 11 of the continuing Steampunk podcast and blog of Dr. Petronella Sage and her friend Professor Erasmus Savant. Join us as we venture back to the Victorian Science-fiction world of Sage & Savant as they travel through space and time!

During the month of April, listen to Audio Adventures: Stories from Thinking Ink Press Steampunk Anthologies, featuring three stories:

  • A  new story, “Three Men and a Vampire” by Harry Turtledove, from our forthcoming charity steampunk anthology Some Time Later, Fantastic Voyages Through Alternate Worlds, available at the steampunk convention Clockwork Alchemy 2017.
  • “The Fall of the Falcon” by  Anthony Francis, from our charity steampunk anthology Thirty Days Later.  “The Fall of the Falcon” is a prequel story to Anthony’s steampunk novel Jeremiah Willstone and the Clockwork Time Machine, new this year from Bell Bridge Books.
  • “The Honorable Eddy” by Kirsten Weiss from our charity steampunk anthology Thirty Days Later. Kirsten Weiss writes genre-blending cozy mystery, urban fantasy, and steampunk suspense, mixing her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem.

Starting in April, on the Savant & Sage website, you’ll also find interviews with Anthony Francis, Kirsten Weiss, Sharon E. Cathcart, not to mention steampunk anthology editors AJ Sikes, BJ Sikes, and Dover Whitecliff.

Please stop in for a visit at the Sage & Savant website and join us for fun and fabulous adventures. If you’re at Clockwork Alchemy 2017, look for Thinking Ink Press authors and editors!

Pictured: the Radio Broadcast Center at Universal Studios Florida (modified), from Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License and Harajuku Fashion Walk (modified), from Flickr / Gaudencio Garcinuño under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 License.

 

New Charity Steampunk Anthology, Some Time Later

We are excited to announce our next charity steampunk anthology, Some Time Later: Fantastic Voyages in Alternate Worlds, available soon through booksellers in print and ebook editions and at Clockwork Alchemy 2017.

Created by returning anthology editors AJ Sikes, BJ Sikes, and Dover Whitecliff, Some Time Later includes two new stories each from fifteen authors including Harry Turtledove, Kirsten Weiss, Anthony Francis, David L. Drake and Katherine L. Morse, Sharon E. Cathcart, T.E. MacArthur, and more.  Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to public libraries.

Join us on a journey through time and genre:

  • Take a tour of Jolly Olde London, where madness may (or may not) prevail and things can get hairy after dark!
  • Take an airship to the ancient city of Atlantis!
  • Battle demons! Match wits with mystics! Try to resist the seductive power of chocolate or the magic of tiny mushrooms!
  • Maybe even steal a treasure from a dragon!

So put the kettle on, pour a strong cuppa, and curl up on the couch for a rollicking good read with Some Time Later.

To order a copy of Some Time Later that you can pick up at Clockwork Alchemy, contact anthony@ThinkingInkPress.com.