A press release from Alex Shvartsman of UFO Publishing:
UFO Publishing announces the December launch of Unidentified Funny Objects (UFO), a 320 page anthology of humorous science fiction and fantasy.
“There isn’t enough speculative humor being published today,” said UFO editor Alex Shvartsman. “I hope UFO will fill this niche. If successful, I’m looking into making this an annual anthology.”
UFO features 28 previously unpublished humor short stories and a reprint novelette by Hugo and Nebula awards winner Mike Resnick.
UFO features original fiction by 2012 Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy awards winner Ken Liu, 2012 World Fantasy award winner Lavie Tidhar, Nebula Award nominees Jennifer Pelland and Jake Kerr, and many others.
UFO also includes a short story by Sergey Lukyanenko, Russia’s most popular science fiction author. He is best known to the American audience for Night Watch and Day Watch films based on his series of urban fantasy books. Although several of his novels have been published in English, this is the first time one of his short stories will become available to an English-speaking audience.
In addition to the book, UFO Publishing provides a free humorous short story monthly on their web site, ufopub.com
UFO Publishing ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in August 2012 to help fund the book and raised over $6,000. Although the release of the book was delayed slightly by Hurricane Sandy, the project is back on track, with e-book ($5.99) and trade paperback ($15.99) versions due out in time for the holidays.
Pre-orders are now being accepted at ufopub.com. UFO Publishing provides a free e-book to everyone who orders the trade paperback directly through their site.
ABOUT UFO PUBLISHING: UFO Publishing is a Brooklyn-based small publisher. Unidentified Funny Objects is its first release.
ABOUT THE EDITOR: Alex Shvartsman is a writer and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. He is a member of Science Fiction Writers of America and Codex Writers, and a graduate of Viable Paradise speculative writing workshop. His fiction appeared in Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Magazine, Penumbra, and numerous other venues. He worked on a number of game projects, including Vs System TCG (Marvel and DC Comics trading card game) which won the Origins Award in 2004. Alex’s company Kings Games won the GAMA Award for Outstanding Organized Play in 2011.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by Alex Shvartsman
“Timber!” by Scott Almes
“The Alien Invasion as Seen in the Twitter Stream of @dweebless” by Jake Kerr
“Dreaming Harry” by Stephanie Burgis
“Fight Finale from the Near Future” by James Beamon
“Temporal Shimmies” by Jennifer Pelland
“The Day They Repossessed My Zombies” by K.G. Jewell
“Moon Landing” by Lavie Tidhar
“The Last Dragon Slayer” by Chuck Rothman
“The Venus of Willendorf” by Deborah Walker
“Love Thy Neighbors” by Ken Liu
“The Alchemist’s Children” by Nathaniel Lee
“The Fifty-One Suitors of Princess Jamatpie” by Leah Cypress
“If You Act Now” by Sergey Lukyanenko
“No Silver Lining” by Zach Shephard
“Go Karts of the Gods” by Michael Kurland
“My Kingdom for a Horse” by Stephen D. Rogers
“Cake from Mars” by Marko Kloos
“An Unchanted Sword” by Jeff Stehman
“The Real Thing” by Don Sakers
“2001 Revisited via 1969″ by Bruce Golden
“First Date” by Jamie Lackey
“One-Hand Tantra” by Ferrett Steinmetz
“Of Mat and Math” by Anatoly Belilovsky
“All I Want for Christmas” by Siobhan Gallagher
“The Velveteen Golem” by David Sklar
“The Working Stiff” by Matt Mikalatos
“Worm’s Eye View” by Jody Lynn Nye
“The Secret Life of Sleeping Beauty” by Charity Tahmaseb
El and Al vs. Himmler’s Horrendous Horde from Hell” by Mike Resnick