March 2021 Newsletter
All These Worlds Are Stages
Spring is on the verge. Plants are beginning to show signs of recovering from their dormant state. UFO sightings are up. Birds are in my back yard, tapping their feet impatiently: well, where’s my seed? I just got new curtains and a nice wine rack. Everyone needs a little good news these days.
To review, for those visiting us for the first time. Hiraeth Publishing publishes science fiction, fantasy, and some horror and paranormal, in various formats: novels, anthologies, novellas, short stories, poems, articles, interviews, drabbles, and digests and magazines. In one guise or another, we’ve been around since about 1996 or so, when the late James B. Baker developed some online publications for his ProMart Publishing, notably The Sixth Sense, The Fifth Di…, and The Martian Wave. The last two of these continue unto this day, but in print (just thought I’d mention…). Our contributing writers have won awards, and been nominated for a multitude of awards—including Nebula, Tiptree, and Stoker. We publish internationally, and some of our writers live in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Canary Islands, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Vietnam. Our publications have sold overseas as well as in the U.S.
Our periodic publications include The Martian Wave, The Fifth Di…, Shelter of Daylight, Scifaikuest, Illumen, and Spaceports & Spidersilk…this last one is for the next generation of dreamers.
We are, in short, eminently readable. And there will be a quiz…
On to the current events. First, the recent drabble contest, with the theme of “Don’t Pull that Cord,” has ended, and the winners are (drumroll, please):
First Place: "Fifty Days and Fifty Nights" by Francis W. Alexander
Second Place: "Aversion Therapy" By DJ Tyrer
Honorable Mention: "First Day in a New Job" by K. J. Watson
Honorable Mention: "Power of On or Off" By Mike Morgan
Drabble Harvest #3, which includes the best of the submissions for this contest, will go to print around mid-March.
The guidelines for Hiraeth Publishing’s Drabble Contest #4 have been posted, and you can read them here (https://www.hiraethsffh.com/drabble-contest). The theme is Interplanetary Vacation Rentals. You’ll notice in the guidelines that the prizes for First and Second Place have been increased. First Place now receives $5 in addition to a publication, and Second Place receives $3.00 in addition to a publication.
Don’t forget the anthologies we have open.
Potters Field #7 – guidelines posted
Drabbun – guidelines posted
Cosmic Crime Stories – guidelines similar to Potters Field #7
Infradead: Tales of Human Extinction – guidelines similar to PF #7
So break out the legal pads and the No. 2s and the coffee, and get started. The submissions address is sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com.
The ONLINE EDITION of the February 2021 SCIFAIKUEST will be posted by 7 February for your reading pleasure. It’s free! The link will be: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/scifaikuest-online-february-2021
We have new publications available for your enjoyment, pondering, and meditation. These are now listed in our Shop. If you will allow me…
THE FIFTH DI… MARCH 2021
The Featured Story for this issue is Danse Macabre Days by Brandon Kingdollar. As noted on the back cover, this issue includes an all-night dance marathon to live forever; an unusual customer complaint; stone dolls; and a machine whisperer. Come meet these events and the characters who deal with them in The Fifth Di… You can get a copy here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/fifth-di-march-2021
SPACEPORTS & SPIDERSILK FEBRUARY 2021
Spaceports & Spidersilk features science fiction and fantasy for ages 9 to 99. It presents adventures on other planets and in imaginary worlds. Inside these pages you’ll find magic, and strange friends, and even a ghost or two. The cover, “Conjuring the Dragon,” was done by Richard H. Fay. You can order your copy here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/spaceports-spidersilk-february-2021-edited-by-marcie-tentchoff
PERIDOT EPISODE 3: AVATAR
Peridot, the green French superheroine, is up to her neck in it again. Mars sends his avatars to wrest the magic talisman from Peridot. To lure her into a trap, those avatars include two men she’s interested in. Worse, they threaten her friends Stéphanie and Nathalie. Peridot, whose human name is Ricia Ryder, takes them to the springs in northern France, where Sequana, the Celtic goddess who empowers Peridot, has a long-dormant shrine. Peridot activates the shrine, and people come from nearby hamlets to seek cures for their infirmities.
Mars, however, is focused on the talisman. He abducts Ricia and takes her to Mount Olympus, where there is a confrontation with Zeus regarding proprieties in battles between gods.
Stéphanie, meanwhile, learns a secret about Ricia that threatens to tear apart the friendship among the three women. Peridot, who seeks to do some good in the world, may not be able to do this for much longer—not if Stéphanie, a journalist, has also become an avatar of Mars.
You can order your copy here:
Also, you don’t need to read Peridot #1 and #2 before you read this one, but we wouldn’t mind, of course, if you do read them. Go into our Shop and do a search, and order them as well.
AND DON’T FORGET THESE RECENT BEST-SELLERS:
SHELTER OF DAYLIGHT #3
Shelter of Daylight is a semi-annual digest of upbeat and positive science fiction and fantasy—short stories, poem, art, and articles. The works in here appeal to the highest points of readers’ imaginations, of what is possible and what we dream to be possible.
In these pages you will find lighter yet serious stories. You’ll meet a woman into whose care a special moose is placed. You’ll learn a new approach to settling conflicts. And what would we do if our alphabet had only twenty-five letters? These problems and more await you in this issue of Shelter of Daylight.
THE DOGGO BOOK BY ALAN IRA GORDON
Dog-Speak or DoggoLingo (alternately at times referred to as woof, bork or yiff) is the idea is that such words are a dog’s own idiom and are purported to be the thinking words that go on in a dog’s own brain. In other words, cutesy changes to everyday words that we idiot humans assume that a dog would speak if he or she were having a conversation with a person.
For both parties in the hooman-doggo relationship, it’s upbeat, joyful and, let’s be honest and face it, both the dog and person are completely and mutually-clueless in their own relentlessly friendly way. Because we speak completely different languages. Which is why we invent internet languages like “DoggoSpeak” to at least imagine what’s going on under our canine companions’ thinking caps. And I’m pretty certain that the dogs have come-up with their own “HoomanSpeak” dialect to explain to each other what they think we’re saying. They’re just not telling us about it. Yet.
Which leads us to The Doggo Book, to express how wonderful it is to have our four-legged friends in our two-legged lives.
Get your copy here: https://www.hiraethsffh.com/product-page/the-doggo-book-by-alan-ira-gordon
Without further ado, then: browse, read, buy, enjoy. If you have any questions or comments, send them to us at sdpshowcase at yahoo dot com.
See you next month. And please, from all of us at Hiraeth Publishing, stay safe!
Storyteller and Managing Editor