Podcast, charity team up for science fiction anthology

PETALUMA, California — The Science Fiction Show podcast and the Warrior Cry Music Project are teaming up to bring a first-of-its-kind book of military-themed Science Fiction for the summer of 2012.

Battlespace, Volume 1, will accept science and speculative submissions from January 16 to March 12 from writers across the globe. Short stories and flash fiction will be accepted. Writers whose short stories are accepted for the volume will receive a one-time payment of $20. Flash fiction writers whose stories are accepted for the volume will be paid a one-time payment of $5. All proceeds from book sales will go to the Warrior Cry Music Project. The book will be available on the widest range of eBook platforms as well as in print.

Full submission guidelines can be found here: http://battlespace.myscifishow.com

“We’re excited and ready to get started, plus we think we found the exact right partner for this,” said Jason Tudor, creator and co-host of the Science Fiction Show podcast. He’ll also serve as one of the editors. “There isn’t a lot of truly military-based science or speculative fiction on the market. We hope that our book will add to that and be something people enjoy for a long time.

Tudor said the book follows in the footsteps of publications like “Fantasy & Science Fiction,” “The DAW Science Fiction Reader,” and Penguin’s “Science Fiction Omnibus” as well as other collections of great science fiction work. He cited works by Isaac Asimov, Alan Dean Foster, Howard Chaykin, John Ringo and others as being inspirations for the creation of the anthology.

Science Fiction Show co-host Keith Houin said choosing the right charity was a must. “We wanted to donate the money from the book to the right cause, and helping wounded veterans was first on our mind. The Warrior Cry Music Project was high on our list and we’re excited to be able to do something with these folks.”

All three of the Science Fiction Show hosts have deep military backgrounds. Houin and Tudor are military retirees while third co-host Michael J. Wistock served in the Air Force, working in Tactical Air Command (later Air Combat Command).

The show also has a deep affinity for good music. The podcast’s opening theme, “There’s Something Alive in Here,” was written by guitarist and songwriter Aaron Kusterer, who also serves in the US Air Force.

The book will debut Memorial Day Weekend 2012, which also coincides with the 35th anniversary of the release of “Star Wars: A New Hope.” Wistock said he hopes people will give the book a try.

“There are a lot of great writers out there looking for an opportunity and we think ‘Battlespace’ could serve as one of those opportunities. It makes a great gift for friend, soldier, sailor, airman or Marine’s Kindle, iPad or book bag,” Wistock said. “This is going to be a lot of fun to create and a lot of fun to read.”

About Warrior Cry

Warrior Cry is a group of volunteers who work with wounded soldiers in the Washington, DC, metro area. It provides the soldiers with musical instruments and then teaches them to play. Music is a great form of physical and mental therapy. Working closely with therapists to create a positive educational and therapeutic music program, Warrior Cry gives wounded soldiers something positive to work toward and helps to get their minds off of their injuries. Music also helps get our wounded soldiers out of their shell and interested in socializing with others. Warrior Cry works with other groups and non-profits to help better the lives of soldiers that were wounded in battle. The foundation’s website is www.warriorcry.org

About the Science Fiction Show

The Science Fiction Show is a weekly podcast available on iTunes looking into all-things science fiction in film, television, books and elsewhere. Hosts Jason Tudor, Keith Houin and Michael Wistock make an hour-long experience that is entertaining with riveting interviews, insider information and great personalities. Since May 2011, fans have downloaded the show 7,000 times and has better than 300 loyal followers across Facebook and Twitter. Past interview subjects have included comic book artists Steve Rude, Chris Trevis and Christian Waggoner; writers Mike Baron, Adam Slade and Eric Trautmann; and Hollywood special effects artist Shannon John Shea. The show’s website is www.myscifishow.com

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