Tomorrow at 10am Eastern Time (note the change from the usual time of 3pm Eastern Time!) there will be a SuperversiveSF Livestream to celebrate today’s launch of Tales of the Once and Future King, masterfully edited by Anthony and Mariel Marchetta and featuring a reprint of “The Beast”, originally serialized on this blog and featured in Selected Verse: Heroes and Wonders. Anthony, myself, L.Jagi Lamplighter and other contributors to the anthology will be there to discuss the book and all that went into it. It’s sure to be an interesting and fun time, so head on over to superversivesf.com tomorrow to listen in.
Astounding Frontiers Issue 3 is out now on Amazon. Experience post-apocalyptic battles against carnivorous chickenmen, razor storms, vicious chitinous cave creatures, being trapped at the bottom of an impossibly deep ocean, a motorcycle chase across the plains and valleys of Mars, and more!
The magnificent anthology of Arhturian Tales masterfully edited by Anthony Marchetta (to which I contributed an story from a time so far in the mythic past that it’s not even in prose), is now available for pre-order at Amazon
While we initially hoped to do a livestream from DragonCon this year, since there were so many of us there, in the end it didn’t work out so we’ll be having a post-convention discussion today at 3pm EST to talk about all that went on there, and who knows what else, given the way these livestreams tend to go 🙂
It’s my wedding anniversary today, here is this year’s poem/song. This one was a bit of a rush job to produce after coming back from DragonCon, so is a little less polished than I would like.
There’s no Force upon the Earth
There’s no force upon the earth
That will make me doubt your worth;
There’s no place on earth that I would rather be
Than beside you every day, united on our way
To claim the prize that shines eternally.
‘Cause your love is true, and it’s seen me through
So many times of darkness and despair;
You give me strength to stand with your loving hand
And all the signs that you so deeply care.
More than silver, more than gold,
I hope that I grow old
Surrounded by the fruits of our great love;
When bound to you I’m free, you are the one for me,
The girl in the whole world I’m most proud of.
Both versions of the song ‘A Tale of the Once and Future King’ are now available for purchase at my cdbaby.com artist page for only 99 cents each. They can both be found by clicking the image below:
In time they should also become available from other online music stores. I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I did creating them, and they help to prepare the audience for Anthony Marchetta’s upcoming masterpiece.
After a highly enjoyable discussion of the Classic The Once and Future King by T.H. White at DragonCon yesterday, I was able to makes some new friends and give the premier showing of the promotional video for the Upcoming Superversive Press anthology Tales of the Once and Future King. It was very well received, and I can now share it with you all via the magic of youtube:
There is also a more orchestral version of the song, in which Sean McCleery again showcases his considerable musical talent:
Both versions of the song are now available for purchase from cdbaby.com, and in time will also become available from a wide range of music sites. As this is my first foray into the world of professional music, it is an exciting and also daunting prospect. Click on the image below to visit my artist page, where both versions can be downloaded.
The Lyrics of the song are below:
A Tale of the Once and Future King
I’ll tell you a tale so your hearts won’t quail
Of the Once and Future King.
Surrounded by heroes, how mighty the cheer rose
At the hope his presence would bring.
With the sword from the stone
For his sins he atoned;
Though he did go away,
He’ll be back here one day
To reclaim his rightful throne.
A shadowy hand stretched over the land
And the people were distressed.
Foul fiends of the night,
Filled with unholy might,
Gave the poor and helpless no rest.
By the power of the cross,
And at great human cost,
They were sent down to hell,
And the land was made well,
So at last they could mourn the lost.
Though we’re pressed on each side
And so many have died,
Now is not the time to despair.
We’re still strong enough
To repel and rebuff
The troops of the Queen of the Air.
We will not concede,
For in our hour of need,
It has long been foretold
That our great king of old
Will be back, and the people freed.
You may mock, you may sneer,
You may laugh out of fear,
At the hope I claim to bring:
Mere stories for children,
Or gullible pilgrims,
Of a good and righteous king?
Yet he stands in your midst
And will not be dismissed;
His heroes beside him,
His people uniting,
In his army we enlist!
Beyond the Mist has been updated with a new cover to highlight its connection to the Dragon Awards, and a Kindle Countdown deal has begun for the duration of the con (plus a day or two) on all of my books that weren’t already priced at 99 cents. Here’s to a fun and productive time, and the gaining of new readers!