Captain’s Log (Boundary Shock Quarterly 001)

So I’ve been a little secretive about this project I have been working on for the last nine months. Lots of work to get here. Lots more to go. But today is finally here and I’d like to make a little noise on the topic.

The first issue of Boundary Shock Quarterly is now available at Amazon, Kobo, and other places (itunes refuses to let me find a link to it. WTF?). This is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that I am launching, with a small syndicate of authors, artists, creatives, and other weirdos. To make a splash, the first three issues are dropping June 10, June 26 (Amazon, Kobo), and July 10 (Coming Soon), and then we’re going quarterly, so 004 will come out on October 10, 2018 and Issue 005 on January 10, 2019.

  • 001 – Captain’s Log
  • 002 – Tuesday After Next
  • 003 – Grand Theft Starship
  • 004 – Robots, Androids, Cyborgs, Oh My

Who are we? Writers and artists from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some fantasy writers, some mystery, some romance, but all of us with a deep background and interest in speculative fiction. I have challenged each of them with a theme, and asked them to write me a story, or draw me one, or even compose me one on that theme. And we’re going to keep doing this for as long as I can interest people in buying it and we’re having a good time.

So where does it begin? Here’s the theme I sent to my current, unindicted co-conspirators for the first issue: Captain’s Log

For many of us, those opening words “Captain’s Log…” were our introduction to our science fiction dreams. Voyages to explore strange, new worlds, seek out new life, and boldly go. What will we find out there, when we go? What dangers will we confront? Who will survive?

I got back an amazing range of crazy fun stuff. Michele Callahan is going to serialize her story, ESS Defender, across the first five issues, because she can, and she’s got a great story to tell. Robert Jeschonek sent me a story that’s completely nuts, and still makes you go “awwwww.”

My own story is Last Leaf Falling. It is an Alexandria Station story, but this one takes places in a new spot, during the Concordancy War itself. 2800 years after Javier Aritza and 3100 years before Jessica Keller will be born. The main character is another Sentient starship, the Citymaster Boston, a colony ship. Her personal name is Lansdowne, after the street outside of Fenway Park, and she must face her worst nightmare, a galactic civil war that is about to rise to the levels of Götterdämmerung itself.

She must learn how to be a warrior, but on her own terms. And she finds her teacher in the most unbelievable spot.

So come, join us on our adventure and explore all the strange and wonderful things there are out there.

Boundary Shock Quarterly, Issue 001: Captain’s Log, now available.

And Issue 002 is coming very shortly.

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