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STEELHEART fan art contest ends tonight + Updates

This week’s Writing Excuses podcast episode is entitled “Your First Contract” and it’s about exactly that! We’re not lawyers so don’t consider this to be legal advice, but as a writer you’re a a small business owner who should be thinking about this sort of thing.

The STEELHEART fan art contest ends tonight at midnight (probably Mountain Time). There are over 30 entries so far. Fantastic work, folks! I’m looking forward to seeing what else gets submitted before the deadline. Note: This contest is only for people in the US and Canada, but Fantasy Book Critic has a book giveaway that is open worldwide. They don’t have the Mega Vault though.’s Way of Kings reread has reached chapters 19 and 20, which includes Dalinar’s first highstorm vision of the book.

Ta’veren Tees has a new shirt up for preorder, called the Golden Crane. It’s available for men and women.

The library comic UNSHELVED does a “book club” comic every week. The most recent one is on THE WELL OF ASCENSION. They also featured ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS a few years ago.

Something very cool today is that is celebrating their five-year anniversary by giving away an ebook of every piece of short fiction has ever published, including my novelette “Firstborn.” This ebook is available to anyone registered at All of the stories are still online for free, but the download is in convenient ebook format epub, mobi, and pdf. These stories are available from the ebook vendors for 99¢ each, so the following huge list for free (in alphabetical order by author) is a great deal:

  1. When We Were Heroes, by Daniel Abraham
  2. Olga, by C.T. Adams
  3. Foundation, by Ann Aguirre
  4. The Department of Alterations, by Gennifer Albin
  5. The Fermi Paradox is Our Business Model, by Charlie Jane Anders
  6. Six Months, Three Days, by Charlie Jane Anders
  7. Intestate, by Charlie Jane Anders
  8. Legacy Lost, by Anna Banks
  9. The Witch of Duva, by Leigh Bardugo
  10. The Too-Clever Fox, by Leigh Bardugo
  11. The Girl Who Sang Rose Madder, by Elizabeth Bear
  12. The Horrid Glory of Its Wings, by Elizabeth Bear
  13. Faster Gun, by Elizabeth Bear
  14. The Final Now, by Gregory Benford
  15. Grace Immaculate, by Gregory Benford
  16. Backscatter, by Gregory Benford
  17. River of Souls, by Beth Bernobich
  18. A Window or a Small Box, by Jedediah Berry
  19. Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes, by Michael Bishop
  20. Catch ‘Em in the Act, by Terry Bisson
  21. TVA Baby, by Terry Bisson
  22. The Cockroach Hat, by Terry Bisson
  23. Shall We Gather, by Alex Bledsoe
  24. Prophet, by Jennifer Bosworth
  25. The Ruined Queen of Harvest World, by Damien Broderick
  26. Time Considered as a Series of Thermite Burns in No Particular Order, by Damien Broderick
  27. The Memory Coder, by Jessica Brody
  28. The Desecrator, by Steven Brust
  29. Brother. Prince. Snake., by Cecil Castellucci
  30. We Have Always Lived on Mars, by Cecil Castellucci
  31. Our Human, by Adam Troy Castro
  32. The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere, by John Chu
  33. Fare Thee Well, by Cathy Clamp
  34. The Commonplace Book, by Jacob Clifton
  35. What Makes a River, by Deborah Coates
  36. The Ghosts of Christmas, by Paul Cornell
  37. The Elephant in the Room, by Paul Cornell
  38. Day One, by Matthew Costello
  39. Am I Free To Go?, by Kathryn Cramer
  40. Tourists, by Sean Craven
  41. Eve of Sin City, by S.J. Day
  42. The Cage, by A.M. Dellamonica
  43. Among the Silvering Herd, by A.M. Dellamonica
  44. Wild Things, by A.M. Dellamonica
  45. Things That Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away, by Cory Doctorow
  46. On 20468 Petercook, by Andy Duncan
  47. The Strange Case of Mr. Salad Monday, by G.D. Falksen
  48. Men Who Wish to Drown, by Elizabeth Fama
  49. The Iron Shirts, by Michael Flynn
  50. A Clean Sweep With All the Trimmings, by James Alan Gardner
  51. Lightbringers and Rainmakers, by Felix Gilman
  52. Shade, by Steven Gould
  53. Bugs in the Arroyo, by Steven Gould
  54. Steampunk Quartet, by Eileen Gunn
  55. Mother, Crone, Maiden, by Cat Hellisen
  56. The Ink Readers of Doi Saket, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  57. Too Fond, by Leanna Renee Hieber
  58. At the Foot of the Lighthouse, by Erin Hoffman
  59. Ghost Hedgehog, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  60. A Spell of Vengeance, by D.B. Jackson
  61. The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles, by Kij Johnson
  62. Ponies, by Kij Johnson
  63. Crazy Me, by James Patrick Kelly
  64. First Flight, by Mary Robinette Kowal
  65. How to Make a Triffid, by Kelly Lagor
  66. A Water Matter, by Jay Lake
  67. The Speed of Time, by Jay Lake
  68. The Starship Mechanic, by Jay Lake and Ken Scholes
  69. Dress Your Marines in White, by Emmy Laybourne
  70. A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel, by Yoon Ha Lee
  71. Uncle Flower’s Homecoming Waltz, by Marissa Lingen
  72. Earth Hour, by Ken MacLeod
  73. Farewell Performance, by Nick Mamatas
  74. Though Smoke Shall Hide the Sun, by Brit Mandelo
  75. The Finite Canvas, by Brit Mandelo
  76. The Hanging Game, by Helen Marshall
  77. The Courtship of the Queen, by Bruce McAllister
  78. Heads Will Roll, by Lish McBride
  79. Swift, Brutal Retaliation, by Meghan McCarron
  80. Preparations, by Mark Mills
  81. About Fairies, by Pat Murphy
  82. Fire Above, Fire Below, by Garth Nix
  83. Ruled, by Caragh M. O’Brien
  84. Hello, Moto, by Nnedi Okorafor
  85. Sacrifice of the First Sheason, by Peter Orullian
  86. The Great Defense of Layosah, by Peter Orullian
  87. The Battle of the Round, by Peter Orullian
  88. Sweetheart, by Abbi Mei Otis
  89. Ragnarok, by Paul Park
  90. Four Horsemen, at Their Leisure, by Richard Parks
  91. The Rotten Beast, by Mary E. Pearson
  92. Angel Season, by J.T. Petty
  93. Silver Linings, by Tim Pratt
  94. The Button Man and the Murder Tree, by Cherie Priest
  95. Clockwork Fairies, by Cat Rambo
  96. The Next Invasion, by Robert Reed
  97. Our Candidate, by Robert Reed
  98. Swingers, by Robert Reed
  99. The Cairn in Slater Woods, by Gina Rosati
  100. Jack of Coins, by Christopher Rowe
  101. Jack and the Aktuals, or, Physical Applications of Transfinite Set Theory, by Rudy Rucker
  102. Good Night, Moon, by Rudy Rucker
  103. Loco, by Rudy Rucker
  104. Jacks and Queens at the Green Mill, by Marie Rutkoski
  105. The Film-Makers of Mars, by Geoff Ryman
  106. Firstborn, by Brandon Sanderson
  107. After the Coup, by John Scalzi
  108. The President’s Brain is Missing, by John Scalzi
  109. Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City: Prologue, by John Scalzi
  110. A Weeping Czar Beholds the Fallen Moon, by Ken Scholes
  111. Making My Entrance Again With My Usual Flair, by Ken Scholes
  112. Two Stories, by Ken Scholes
  113. If Dragon’s Mass Eve Be Cold and Clear, by Ken Scholes
  114. Rag and Bone, by Priya Sharma
  115. Do Not Touch, by Prudence Shen
  116. The Night Children: An Escape From Furnace Story, by Alexander Gordon Smith
  117. King of Marbury, by Andrew Smith
  118. Beauty Belongs to the Flowers, by Matthew Sanborn Smith
  119. Overtime, by Charles Stross
  120. Down on the Farm, by Charles Stross
  121. A Tall Tail, by Charles Stross
  122. Zeppelin City, by Michael Swanwick
  123. The Trains That Climb the Winter Tree, by Michael Swanwick
  124. The Dala Horse, by Michael Swanwick
  125. The Mongolian Wizard, by Michael Swanwick
  126. The Fire Gown, by Michael Swanwick
  127. Day of the Kraken, by Michael Swanwick
  128. Eros, Philia, Agape, by Rachel Swirsky
  129. A Memory of Wind, by Rachel Swirsky
  130. The Monster’s Million Faces, by Rachel Swirsky
  131. Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia, by Rachel Swirsky
  132. Sing, by Karin Tidbeck
  133. What Doctor Gottlieb Saw, by Ian Tregillis
  134. Vilcabamba, by Harry Turtledove
  135. The Star and the Rockets, by Harry Turtledove
  136. The House That George Built, by Harry Turtledove
  137. We Haven’t Got There Yet, by Harry Turtledove
  138. Shtetl Days, by Harry Turtledove
  139. Lee at the Alamo, by Harry Turtledove
  140. Running of the Bulls, by Harry Turtledove
  141. The City Quiet as Death, by Steven Utley
  142. The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland—For a Little While, by Catherynne M. Valente
  143. Terrain, by Genevieve Valentine
  144. Last Son of Tomorrow, by Greg van Eekhout
  145. Errata, by Jeff VanderMeer
  146. A Stroke of Dumb Luck, by Shiloh Walker
  147. Last Train to Jubilee Bay, by Kali Wallace
  148. Escape to Other Worlds with Science Fiction, by Jo Walton
  149. The Nostalgist, by Daniel H. Wilson
  150. Super Bass, by Kai Ashante Wilson
  151. The Palencar Project, by Gregory Benford, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., James Morrow, Michael Swanwick, and Gene Wolfe, Edited by David G. Hartwell

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