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Amazon Best Sellers in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories

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UPDATE: #1 New Release for Fantasy Anthologies on Amazon!

The latest issue of Sci-Fan Magazine, which includes my story “Fate’s Daughters,” just hit the Amazon bestseller list. It’s currently #12 in its genre, comfortably ahead of some hack named George R.R. Martin, who’s at #15.

My deepest thanks to my beta readers and supporters.

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Fate’s Daughters

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SciFan Magazine has published my latest story, “Fate’s Daughters.” It’s available in paperback on Amazon.

The protagonist, Dr. Thomas Lear, delves into Scottish mysticism to master the secrets of da-sheallahd, or second sight, and uses that knowledge to prove the existence of spin-off “daughter” universes, the most profound and disturbing theory in quantum mechanics. Lear discovers how to find and observe alternate versions of his life, and learns what would have happened if he hadn’t made choices he has long regretted.

He also learns all choices, good or bad, have repercussions — and that even what we think are good choices can have shocking consequences.

An instructor leading an improv workshop I attended at Queen City Comedy in Charlotte inspired this story. E.B. urged everyone to “let go” and react honestly to the scenes they were acting out. At one point she said, “We’ve forgotten how to focus! The only thing that matters is happening in the place and moment you’re living in right now.” Her words hit me, and I kept thinking about them after the workshop was done. That advice is just the medicine we need in our distracted age.

BTW, if you want to know more about daughter universes and quantum mechanics, Space.com has this short, helpful article, one of the pieces I read researching the science behind the story.

I am indebted to several beta readers for their invaluable insights as this piece evolved, including the Dark & Stormy Plotters League, which is the sci-fi/fantasy critique group of the Charlotte Writers’ Club. But I want to give special thanks to Cathleen Townsend for her inspired suggestions, all of which I incorporated into the manuscript. I salute l’artista migliore!

Help us convince Amazon.com to add Science Fantasy (SciFan) as a recognized genre

Science Fantasy

From Change.org:

What is Science Fantasy (SciFan)?

“Science Fantasy (SciFan) is a genre that fuses magical and technological elements in an elegant way in order to create worlds that inspire the imagination.Science Fantasy (SciFan) is a genre that is often ignored.”

Not too many people are familiar with the genre, but it was originally coined in the late 1930’s by John W. Campbell, Jr. in his magazine that was (ironically) entitled Unknown.

The Science Fiction genre is often defined as the improbable made possible, whereas the Fantasy genre is commonly defined as the impossible made probable. So then, what is Science Fantasy (SciFan)? Fellow author Ricardo Victoria defines it best as: “A genre that blends fantastic and scientific elements into a coherent worldbuild to tell a story in a more interesting and flexible way.”

Please sign the Change.org petition, and help give Science Fantasy the recognition it deserves. Thank you!