R.S. Hunter

Science Fiction & Fantasy Author

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Growing Dread: Biopunk Visions

Look what arrived in the mail today.

I mentioned how my short story, “Neurolution,” is included in Growing Dread. Well the copies I ordered arrived today! They look great, and they feel even better in my hands. I hope I never grow tired of this feeling. It’s incredible. I’m going over to my parents’ house tonight, so I’ll give them their copy. Hope they enjoy reading my story (and the others) as I enjoyed writing it. If anyone else ordered it, please rate the collection on Amazon and help spread the word.

Onto other things: I’m making good progress on Terraviathan (formerly The Exile’s Violin 2). I wasn’t sure if I liked my improvised title yesterday, but it’s grown on me today. So what have I written so far in Fictionland? I finished the covert commando insertion and moved on to an ambush and a gunfight. Now I just finished writing the first scene with the titular Terraviathan.

That was a fun little scene. I’m happy with it and I think the rest of the book is going to go quickly. The climax is about a chapter away, and after that it’ll be time to start filling in names and places. The project’s definitely going to be over 100k (at least before some cuts). I hope I can keep it as close to 100k as possible. Then I got to find some people to read the damn thing. I don’t envy them. This is a rough draft after all. I mean, I hope it’s polished and…good, but I won’t know until I get some feedback.

Project: Terraviathan (formerly The Exile’s Violin 2)

Deadline: N/A (maybe 5/1/11)

Word count: 6,692 (since 3/23)


Growing Dread: Biopunk Visions Release Date

Growing Dread: Biopunk Visions has an official release date! March 22, 2011. Mark your calendars people. But even better than that, you have the ability to pre-order the book at Timid Pirate’s website. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book, not just because my story “Neurolution” is in it. I think the other stories will be really good too.

I know nothing about the other stories, but judging by the names alone, the ones I’m most looking forward to reading are: “God Bloom,” “Necrosis,” and “The Aesthetic Engine.” Those three just sound cool. Though I’m sure that the other stories will be just as cool too.

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“Neurolution” to be Included in Biopunk Anthology

Good news everyone! (I always say that in the Professor’s voice from Futurama). My short story “Neurolution” is going to be featured in the anthology Growing Dread: Biopunk Visions by Timid Pirate Publishing. The anthology is set to come out in March 2011, so it’s just around the corner!

I found out that the story had been accepted a couple of weeks ago, but I had to keep it quiet until the announcement went live on their website. Maybe they announced it a couple of days ago, but I just saw it tonight.

I wrote “Neurolution” specifically for the anthology, so it felt twice as good when it got accepted. It was the first time that I’d tried to write something biopunk-ish. I’ve read a little bit in the genre, including Deadstock and Blue War by Jeremy Thomas, so I knew some of the genre’s conventions. It’s always a little bit of a risk when you write something based on pretty strict guidelines. If it doesn’t get accepted there, what are you supposed to do with it? Luckily, that didn’t happen in this case.

I can’t wait to see the cover art and get my copies of Growing Dread: Biopunk Visions. I want to read all the other squishy, creepy, grotesque stories in it.

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