Michael Anderle

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Accepting submissions for new, previously unpublished short stories for the August, 2018 release of the sixth volume in the acclaimed “Beyond the Stars” space opera anthology series.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: At Galaxy’s Edge

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Announcing a brand new collection of space opera stories by a dozen authors… including NY Times and USA Today bestsellers… BEYOND THE STARS: At Galaxy’s Edge! It was released less than a week ago, and already 1,300 copies have been bought, and nearly 100,000 pages read via Kindle Unlimited. You can pick it up from now until next weekend for only 99¢.

The new volume features tremendous stories by Michael Anderle, David Bruns, Michael Ezell, Chris Fox, Caroline A. Gill, E.E. Giorgi, G. S. Jennsen, Piers Platt, Adam Quinn, Anthea Sharp, Christopher J. Valin, and Nick Webb, with a Foreword by Jennifer Foehner Wells. The spectacular cover illustration was created by two-time Hugo Award winner Julie Dillon. Twenty reviews have been posted averaging 4.9 out of 5 stars!

If you want to learn about new volumes in the series, or find out about submitting your own work for the next release (projected for April, 2017), sign up here.

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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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