Next year, the parts of Oscar Francesco, Tucker Cummings, Madeleine Vaughan, K. I. Borrowman, Marlena Frank, Cathy Bryant, D.H. Aire, Jenny Robson, Ellen Denton, Karen McCreedy, Greg Leunig, Mariev Finnegan, Wol-vriey Jesuto (coolest name ever), Zach Lisabeth, and some weirdo blogger in gothic armor will be played by what I can only describe as a sexy, Steampunk gypsy unstoppering an elixir of reality altering escapism.
The image is fitting given the premise of the anthology. RealLies is a collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy stories focusing on characters that either doubt reality and search for some greater truth or seek some way of altering reality to manifest their dreams. My story, “The Wolf of Descarta”, features hackers and gamers that rely almost solely on simulation to live out their lives in a future where a genetic caste system has so repressed the individual that escapism has become necessary for survival.
Given what I put my characters through, unstoppering a golden vial would have made their lives a hell of a lot easier.
I’m honored to have a place with these other authors, as some of them have many previous publications in these genres. Unless you count some ghostwriting I did right out of college (sworn to secrecy), this is the first time I’ve been published with a proper cover. And if you’ve read Rejection: Greatest Hits, you probably noticed how close this particular story has come in novel form and how many times it’s been rejected.
Given what these publishers put me through, unstoppering a golden vial would have made my life a hell of a lot easier too.
This is the part where Em comes in, tells me to stop acting like Cloud, and mentions that the gypsy is wearing the same armband she used to wear when we were dating.
I really, really like this cover.
Anyway, feel free to ogle us at Amazon.com. Just don’t ogle that armband. There will be consequences if you ogle the armband.