You may remember my recent Cover Reveal of the Nonlocal Science Fiction Magazine. Well, Issue #1 is officially on sale! I’m including links below to everywhere it is currently available:
- NonlocalSciFi.com – ebook
- NonlocalSciFi.com – print-on-demand via CreateSpace
- Amazon – ebook
- Amazon – print
Here is my review, as posted on Amazon.com:
Full disclosure: one of the stories that appear in this issue is by yours truly. I only wish I could say it’s the best one in the magazine.
Sadly, the competition was fierce, with another nine excellent stories to pick from. I particularly enjoyed The Assistant Assistant Port Keeper, with its atmospheric depiction of the everyday travails of a hapless bureaucrat, and Mazep-fal, with its excellent writing and perfect twist in the end, that reminded me of the old masters. Indeed, I bet that Philip K. Dick, a personal favorite, would have been happy to have penned it himself.
There’s also two serials, that leave you aching for more. Both are expertly written and have engaging characters and rich storylines that suck readers right into their worlds.
A very impressive first issue and a treat for science fiction lovers! I only hope Issue #2 is released shortly, as both serials leave us at a cliffhanger…
The issue includes eight short stories (one by yours truly) and two serials – ie ten great stories for Science Fiction fans! These include the following:
- Delivery to Venus, by Robert Paul Blumenstein: The Earth has become a ball of ice as the sun slowly burns out. A team of scientists must face the ultimate questions of existence while they sow seeds on Venus.
- Marigold’s Memory, by Reva Russell English: In a future where human memory is stored on microchip implants and bad memories can be erased, a young woman faces a terrible fate when a chip malfunctions.
- In The Days Of Still Pictures, by H.C. Turk: In an alternate wild west where cowboys ride zebras and elephants pull wagons, a pair of traveling salesmen appear and stir up trouble with their magical wares.
- Mazep-fal, by Daniel J. Dombrowski: A man who is both the youngest and oldest member of his tribe makes a terrible discovery on a pilgrimage to meet his gods.
- Us and Everybody Else, by Valery Amborski: In the future, we’ll be able to escape, very literally, into our memories. But is it a good idea to live for the past?
- Shoot the Devil, by Nicholas C. Rossis: What would you do if you could travel back in time? If you had the devil in your sites, would you pull the trigger?
- Catalyst, by Aaron Hamilton: A daring escape in a stolen spacecraft and a mysterious and alluring rescuer leave a smuggler wondering what will happen next.
- The Assistant Assistant Port Keeper, by Jim Rudnick: Life as an Assistant Assistant Port Keeper in a space port on the Rim has its highs and its lows. A visit from a particularly difficult species of traders presents an opportunity for both.
- A Thin Atmosphere (Chapter 1) by Dan Colton: Mars City comes under attack by tunnel-dwelling Rebels in the first chapter of this old-school space adventure.
- Deal Gone Bad (Chapter 1), by Thad Kanupp: Jack survives in a post-apocalyptic wasteland by scavenging guns and ammunition to trade for food. His life gets a lot more interesting when he meets a young boy.
Congratulations! You have me reading SciFi too.
Lol – excellent, my cunning plan is working 😀
Congratulations Nicholas! Hope it goes well 😀
Thank you so much! 🙂
Congratulations on having your story in the magazine, Nicholas. That was a great, and thorough review. 🙂 — Suzanne
Thank you so much, Suzanne! You always say the kindest things 🙂
Congratulations on having your story published. In the first copy, too! That’s even more special. The cover is absolutely stunning. Sci-fi isn’t my cup of tea, but I bet your story rocks. You’re so talented.
Thank you so much, Sue; you’re so kind! 🙂
That’s so exciting! Congratulations.
Thank you so much 🙂
Nicholas, for wonder, check out Göbekli Tepe in Turkey.
Thanks, I will 🙂
That is pretty impressive!! I found some great info on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6bekli_Tepe
I’ve been reading about it since they first discovered it. It’s also been the topic of one novel, but the facts in the novel were not very accurate.
It’s the first time I’ve heard of it. Thanks 🙂
Congratulations, Nicholas! I’m off to Amazon for the magazine. Since you started me reading Sci-if (your books) I’m a big fan. Look forward to reading your story! BTW…I’m far along in Pearseus Schism Rise of the Prince & I’m lost (in a good way) in it. Found out I have a hidden love for fantacy! Your books are amazing; color, paper, print, etc. They’re placed in the bookcase next to all things from Greece, including a hand painted figurine, young woman from Tanagra, 4th century BC. Tanagra was where there was an archeological dig on a US company construction site when we lived there. Caused a few delays in building, but interesting to see the ongoing finds. Have a wonder-filled week. Christine
Aw, thank you so much! I have no words to thank you enough for your kindness. I hope you enjoy the story and the magazine 🙂
A 4th century figurine – that’s astonishing! Your comment certainly filled my day with wonder! 🙂
Great news Nicholas and congrats!
Thank you so much! 🙂
Congratulations, Nicholas! I am sure your story is awesome. I am not a science fiction fan (I know, what’s wrong with me?) but I will buy it and read your story before I pass it on to my high school aged grandson, who loves sci-fi.
Aw, that’s so sweet of you! I hope you’ll enjoy the story, nevertheless – and I really appreciate the support 🙂
Congrats! Sharing the good news with my friends on Twitter!
Thank you so much, Kylie! 🙂
Congratulations, and good luck to everyone involved!
Thanks, Ali! 🙂
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Congratulations on having a story published in it. I won’t buy this issue because your story is in it, but because I love good sci-fi. Does it make a difference where I purchase it? Amazon or the home site of the magazine?
Aw, that’s so sweet! Thank you so much for buying it 🙂
Amazon. There’s a slightly higher profit margin on the home site, but I think that getting it to the top of its genre on Amazon is more important. But thank you so much for asking! 🙂
Thank you for letting me know which site to buy it from and why. Regarding your 30-second story trailer, here is a quote from Mark Twain: “But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?”
I love that quote!