What’s Stone Skin Press? Well it’s a newly launched fiction imprint from well-regarded gaming publisher Pelgrane Press (Esoterrorists, Trail of Cthulhu, Dying Earth), with renowned writer Robin Laws ably1 serving as Creative Director.
Why am I telling you this? For the self-centred and perhaps even egotistical reason that I’ve got a story in one of Stone Skin’s upcoming anthologies, along with such noted authors as Ed Greenwood, Adam Marek, Alex Bledsoe, Jesse Bullington, Richard Dansky, Monte Cook, Matt Forbeck, Julia Bond Ellingboe, and Kyla Ward.
The story I pitched, and which Robin and Pelgrane accepted, was a sort of pulpy, retro, alternate history space opera set in the future the people of the 1950s thought they were heading toward:
It is 1987. With outposts from the frozen moons of Saturn to the burning plains of Mercury, the sun never sets on the British Empire. Peter “Pete” Stone is a member of the Royal Space Force who, together with their allies in the United States Aerospace Force, keep the space-lanes safe from the ever-present Soviet threat. As a member of the RSF’s Special Investigation Bureau, Pete Stone uses his courage, his clear-thinking, and his arrogant conviction in his general superiority to dispatch the enemies of the Empire with a blend of style, brutality and wit.
And if that isn’t enough to tempt you, here are some teasers from a couple of the other (much better known than me!) writers who’ve contributed stories:
More news about which anthology I’m in and when it will be out, when I have it.
1When I throw in that “ably”, I really mean it. Working with Robin as my editor was both an education and a pleasure, so much so that I intend to write a later blog post (“The Benefits of a Zeroth Draft”) describing a little bit about the process.