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Best of Beyond the Stars

I’m excited to announce that we have pulled together eleven classic stories from the BEYOND THE STARS series and added four new ones to create this tremendous new anthology–BEST OF BEYOND THE STARS! It’s now available at the debut price of only $2.99 for a limited time.

The most recent volume features authors David Adams, Michael Anderle, S.M. Blooding, David Bruns, Ann Christy, Michael Ezell, G. S. Jennsen, Joseph Robert Lewis, Samuel Peralta, Susan Kaye Quinn, Jeff Seymour, Christopher J. Valin, Nick Webb, Jennifer Foehner Wells, and me! As the Series Editor, I made the selections, and the editing was done by the excellent Ellen Campbell. We have a glorious cover illustration created by multiple Hugo Award winner Julie Dillon.

Here are the earlier volumes in the series, in case you haven’t picked them up:
BEYOND THE STARS: New Worlds, New Suns
BEYOND THE STARS: At Galaxy’s Edge
BEYOND THE STARS: A Planet Too Far
DARK BEYOND THE STARS… the original!

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And if you think you have a story that might interest us, please do submit it! Here are the details:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for
*** Beyond the Stars: Unimagined Realms ***

Accepting submissions for new, previously unpublished short stories for the August, 2018 release of the sixth volume in the acclaimed “Beyond the Stars” space opera anthology series. We define the term space opera broadly. Any story that doesn’t take place exclusively on Earth qualifies.

Title: BEYOND THE STARS: Unimagined Realms

Length: 4,000 – 8,000 words

Pay per original story: Flat fee $200, payable upon publication.

Submissions due: May 31, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: June 15, 2018
Projected publication date: August 24, 2018

Patrice Fitzgerald, Producer and Series Editor, will choose the stories in her sole discretion. Please send submissions to Patrice Fitzgerald at this dedicated address: BeyondTheStarsSeries@gmail.com

Once selected, authors agree also to supply short descriptions of their story, representative photographs of their faces, and answers to a brief Q&A segment.

Authors accepted will be expected to help by promoting the series to the best of their abilities on social media and via personal newsletters.

For reference, see our most recent release, Best of BEYOND THE STARS:

Amazon

Nook
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1128317664

Kobo
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/best-of-beyond-the-stars

Apple iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1367692417

Google Play
https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=RdtTDwAAQBAJ

Preface your story with the title, your name, your email address, and the word length. All of this makes your story easier to read and edit, and then quickly format for publication. Points for you if you comply with this and make the story evaluators happy.

Please prepare your submitted stories in Word (.doc or .docx are both fine), Times New Roman, Font size 12. Single spacing, with only one space after a period. When you have a scene change, indicate it via a line with three asterisks, centered, with a space in between.

Please also, when submitting, supply any pertinent facts, such as: You’re a New York Times Bestselling author (which would be awesome, but don’t be discouraged if you’re not), you have a big social media presence, a large list of newsletter subscribers, or you have a ticket to go with Elon Musk to Mars.

BEYOND THE STARS: New Worlds, New Suns

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The fabulous fourth release in our space opera anthology series is now available… BEYOND THE STARS: New Worlds, New Suns. At the debut price of only $2.99, it has already sold nearly 2,000 copies!

The new volume features ten amazing stories by David Adams, David Bruns, Lindsay Buroker, Ann Christy, Michael Ezell, E.E. Giorgi, Jill Hand, Theresa Kay, Anne Kelleher, and Josi Russell, with a Foreword by Samuel Peralta. The stories were selected by me, the Series Editor, and the editing was done by our fabulous and patient Ellen Campbell. That spectacular new cover illustration was again created by two-time Hugo Award winner Julie Dillon.

And if you’ve missed the earlier ones, you’ll want to check them all out.

BEYOND THE STARS: At Galaxy’s Edge
BEYOND THE STARS: A Planet Too Far
DARK BEYOND THE STARS… the original!

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The A.I. Chronicles have arrived!

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Even today, machines that mimic human thinking surround us. As the intellectual feats of computing machines grow more and more astounding, will there be a day when their apparent intelligence approaches, or even surpasses, that of human beings? And what if these machines then become conscious, self-aware?

Get this latest title in the acclaimed Future Chronicles series of speculative fiction anthologies.

AI Chronicles

Thirteen authors confront the question of the Singularity: at and beyond that point of time when A.I. becomes more than simply a human construct. From first awareness to omniscience, these original short stories explore that territory where human intelligence comes face-to-face with what is either its greatest hope, or its greatest threat.

How can you join the party?

Join us TODAY, March 13th, in celebrating the launch on Facebook from 5 to Midnight EST.
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The A.I. Chronicles are here!

Yet another entry in The Future Chronicles series is available for preorder now and will be delivered on March 13th. I have a brand new short story in this one… A Piece of Cake. Sort of a satirical look at a future.

I have read several other stories in this anthology and so far each one is fantastic. Order The A.I. Chronicles now!

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Two new sci-fi shorts – “I Dream of PIA” and “Hanging with Humans”

Now you can grab my short stories from The Robot Chronicles and The Alien Chronicles a la carte!

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Pick up I Dream of PIA and read about Jeff’s challenges with the AI who lives in his wall. She’s remarkably fond of him, but she doesn’t quite get humans… and when she tries to set him up on a date, the results don’t satisfy either one of them.

Hanging with Humans is a wacky tale about aliens who decide to visit Earth as part of an intergalactic game show. But when cultures collide, there can be misunderstandings… especially when a high school prom and all three alien genders are involved. In the end, though, it turns out that Earthlings are very much to the taste of Zeldarians.

Hanging with Humans is available for preorder now and will be delivered on February 20th.

Look for my next short story, Piece of Cake, in The A.I. Chronicles, to be released in March. It’s been a thrill to be part of this amazing best-selling series of anthologies known as The Future Chronicles, which is the brainchild of Samuel Peralta, series editor, and David Gatewood, editor. I’ve had lots of fun writing short, funny sci-fi stories.

Thanks for reading and reviewing! I always love to hear what you think.

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The Alien Chronicles is coming!

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I’m in another awesome anthology, The Alien Chronicles. The ebook is available for preordering right now, and will be live and available digitally and in print by January 9th! Don’t miss these excellent stories by blockbuster sci-fi authors including Hugh Howey, B. V. Larson, Jennifer Foehner Wells, Daniel Arenson, Blair Babylon, Annie Bellet, and Samuel Peralta. Some of these are traditionally published authors, and some indies.

From scary first contact tales to funny-looking alien stories, this has it all. This anthology is the third in the series of “Future Chronicles,” and to date, each one has reached best-seller status.

Also be on the lookout for “The A.I. Chronicles,” for which I’m writing another story, to be released in early 2015.

I’m having a blast concocting these fun shorts and putting them out into the world so quickly. You’ll see what I mean when you read them!

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New Thriller – AIRBORNE!

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Seventy thousand years ago, the human race was nearly wiped out.

We survived, but just barely.

AIRBORNE is the story of a plague that has been unleashed to finish the job. To determine how many will live…and how many will die.

Dr. Melissa Van Meer is flying back east to give a presentation that could get her out of the lab and in front of the people with money, money for grants to fund her research into life-saving inoculations for children in developing countries. She’s heard about the flu that’s racing around the world, but isn’t really alarmed—after her years growing up in India, where she acquired some scars of her own, she’s seen far worse.

Until she gets on a plane where one by one the passengers are dying.

The pilot is unconscious. The other doctors are gone. The airport is closed.

Melissa’s no hero. But she’s all they’ve got.

AIRBORNE is a Kindle Worlds novella, currently on sale for only $1.99. The book is set in the world created by A.G. Riddle in his Atlantis: The Origin Mystery trilogy, which has sold more than 700,000 copies to date and is to be published in sixteen other countries. Movie rights to A.G. Riddle’s “Atlantis Gene” have been acquired by CBS Films.

The Robot Chronicles are released!

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The Robot Chronicles

Tremendous and varied short stories about robots and AI are included in this great collection. There’s a Foreword by David Simpson of the Post-Human series, and shorts by fabulous authors Hugh Howey, Matthew Mather, Samuel Peralta, David Adams, Ann Christy, Nina Croft, WJ Davies, Jason Gurley, Deirdre Gould, A.K. Meek, Edward W. Robertson, Endi Webb… and me! The editor was the wonderful David Gatewood.

It’s holding down the #3 spot on three best-seller lists on Amazon right now. Available as an ebook and in print.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

P.S. My short story, I Dream of PIA, has sex in it. You are forewarned!

WOOL tie-in “Karma of the Silo” is available!

All five books in the Karma series have been put together into one 80,000+ word novel and are for sale as an ebook.  Click to buy Karma of the Silo now, or read on to hear about the story.  Currently available from Amazon, it will soon also be available on Nook, Apple, Kobo, and in print.

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Hey Patrice ~ I LOVE this story idea! You have my complete blessing.

Hugh Howey, author of WOOL

Karma lives in the Silo, deep underground. She lives with a man whom she barely knows and with a name she doesn’t remember choosing. When visions come to her about another husband, another way of life, and another world, Karma struggles to discover what came before.

Outside, there is only the swirl of toxic clouds and an endless darkness broken by the rare glimpse of a faded sun or a dim star.

Slowly, Karma learns where the real power is, and how to survive in this hellish concrete cylinder. Birth, death, love, murder, uprisings and Cleanings come and go over the years, but still she carries on.

Beaten but unbowed, Karma vows to preserve her memories of life above for those who will never breathe the open air.

Praise for Patrice Fitzgerald and the Karma series

The author does a fantastic job of retaining the atmosphere and claustrophobia of life underground and the characters are carefully constructed, exploring not only the effects of Silo life on the family dynamic, but the often complex relationships between the different Silo classes through the eyes of Karma and her family as she realises who she really is and has to decide whether to remain subdued and forget her past life, or choose a different path than the one chosen for her and challenge the status quo.

Eamon Ambrose, from his website “Eamo the Geek”

Make no mistake, this is a must-read part of the WOOL saga and I consider it as vital as Howey’s three entries.  The actual tie-ins to Howey’s books are both unique in fan-literature and satisfying.   Great story, great writing, and great author.

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Fitzgerald has created another masterpiece here with Cleaning Up. It’s as good, if not better than, The Sky Used to be Blue. She has such an immediate style of writing which grips you from the start and takes you on a wild journey through the desperate lives of those living in the Silo.

W.J. Davies, author of The Runner and The Diver

A definite PLUS to the Wooliverse, and a must read if you want to be well-versed in all things WOOL!

Michael Bunker, author of Pennsylvania, The Silo Archipelago, and WICK

I think I’m in love with Karma. I was curious about her life when Hugh Howey mentioned her in SHIFT. I highly recommend, not just this book, but this whole series! Read them all. You won’t regret it… I can’t wait for the next/ last book!

Hanna Elizabeth, author of Visions of Wool

Fitzgerald’s characters come alive and threaten to leap off the page, they are so engaging.

Jerilyn Dufresne, author of Who Killed My Boss? Any Meat in that Soup? and the Sam Darling Mysteries

The Sky Used to be Blue manages the difficult feat of placing itself within the existing narrative, just like a missing piece of the great puzzle, and not just a parallel story or spinoff. It is well-written, gripping and filled with suspense. All the ingredients necessary are here: good writing, action and unexpected twists, characters you care about, and a deeper meaning.

Max Zaoui

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Cover Reveal for Karma of the Silo: the Collection!

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The entire collection of Karma stories is coming in December!

Watch this space for an announcement about the ebook that will include all five Silo stories featuring this character, who was introduced by Hugh Howey in SHIFT.  The big ebook (around 80,000 words) will be out in December, and the print version in early 2014.

I am so psyched about this exciting new cover by artist Mike Tabor.  He has created such wonderful covers for me throughout this entire series, and his art really sets them apart.

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Works in Progress

“I Dream of PIA” (for The Robot Chronicles anthology, available July 25, 2014)

3149/ 3000 words. 100% done!

"Sand Song” (a novella set in Hugh Howey’s SANDbox)

8,627 / 10000 words. 87% done!

"The Terminal” (a dark futuristic short)

2383 / 2000 words. 100% done!

“ROCKS 1” (the first episode in a dystopian series)

5675 / 10000 words. 57% done!

“Salt & Pepper Mystery #1” (Book one of a cozy mystery series)

22379 / 40000 words. 56% done!

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My Books

Karma of the Silo: the Collection (Karma Omnibus)
Karma lives in the Silo, deep underground. She lives with a man whom she barely knows and with a name she doesn’t remember choosing. When visions come to her about another husband, another way of life, and another world, Karma struggles to discover what came before.

Cleaning Up: a Silo story (Karma)
Five years have passed since the airlock slammed shut on the 4,000 souls condemned to live in the Silo. Karma can remember now that there was a time before--before she was locked into this cylindrical tomb under the earth. But all she can see of the outside are dead hills and the dark clouds swirling through what remains of a toxic world.

The Sky Used to be Blue: a Silo story (Karma)
Karma lives in a Silo deep beneath the earth. She isn't sure of much else… only that the wallscreen shows an outside view that is barren and swirling with toxic clouds. Most of the other residents seem content. Except for the ones who jump to their deaths from the hundred-level spiral staircase. And the ones who are pushed.

Last Walk: a Silo story
The kids are fighting in the Silo—gangs engage in battles between the Up Top and the Down Deep, with the Mids caught in between. There are too many young people without work. They ink themselves with primitive face tats and guard their territory against incursions from below or above.

Deep Justice: a Silo story (Karma)
Karma has endured twenty-five years underneath the earth. Her path in life—a path she never bargained for—has included marriage to a man she never chose, whose powerful position forces her to hide her memories of the time before.


Rising Up: a Silo story (Karma)
After a hellish three months locked in the private inner sanctum of IT, Karma and her family emerge, bloodied and forever changed. Rick is a man who is no longer in control. Mars has become the power in the Silo.



Silo Saga: SILO SECRETS: Daniel
Daniel is sixteen now, and he can count up to one hundred. He can go all by himself up and down the two levels of the Silo between his home and his job. Daniel knows he's not as smart as some people. But his mother told him he was smart enough to help her, so it must be true. He always believes his mother. His mother is a doctor.

Running
THE NEXT PRESIDENT IS GOING TO BE A WOMAN... Catherine Young, Vice President and newly-anointed Democratic nominee, is surging in the polls. The race is on against GOP candidate Jerusha Hutchins, folksy charmer and blonde beauty, who is the darling of the far-right Liberty Party.

Till Death Do Us Part: a short story
Join Harold and Rosemary as they bring together their family and friends for a night of celebration before a long-planned trip... and see just how this journey ends. Mix a little Dorothy Parker and a little Shirley Jackson, add a twist of David Sedaris and a pinch of O.Henry, and out comes a satirical romp. "Till Death Do Us Part" is a 3,000 word short story. This is a sophisticated take on the way people fool themselves. More New Yorker magazine than Asimov.

The Terminal
To be published next week!





Looking for Lance
A pinch of Dorothy Parker and a twist of O.Henry go into the mix to make this Fitzgerald short a bracing sip of satire. There is a free sample of RUNNING, her best-selling Kindle political thriller, at the end of this story.

Jungle Moon
Another quirky short story from Patrice Fitzgerald about love and the ways people connect. When Felicia gets a special birthday request from her husband Herman, she can't believe what he's asking her to do. Will she say yes? This 3,000 word short story explores the nature of a happy marriage, compromise, and passion. A four-chapter sample of Fitzgerald's best-selling political thriller, RUNNING, is also included.

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