Submissions for the theme “Commercial Cosmonauts & Hired Guns” open next month. For more information, visit www.heliosquarterly.com
❄️ Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays ❄️
Radiant Crown Publishing is proud to have featured over thirty writers, artists, photographers, and poets work this year. We hope to keep growing and provide even better content.
We’ve successfully launched our first quarterly magazine of speculative fiction, and will have Selene Quarterly off the ground by the end of next year. Our yearly themed anthology entitled Hyperion and Theia will be out late next year as well. We’re also planning the first anthology in the Subterranean Series.
The Kármán’s quest judge will be announced shortly. Also, the Neuri Award is up for grabs once again in 2017.
Happy 🎆🎊 New Year 🎊 🎆!
Wishing you all the best,
Asgya and Volkana
Tensions between Asgya and Volkana had always been high. Before the International Committee of Warfare was formed, the Volks made several attempts to invade Asgya with little success. Recently, Asgya was forced to accept assistance offered by Volkana out of desperation when the famine tighten its grip. It didn’t take long for the Volks to use their foothold to further their true agenda. The Asgyans were starving, and the government seemed to be incapable of finding a solution. The Volks were seen saviors for the first time. So, when they exerted their influence over the Asgyan people, it seemed like a good thing. The Asgyan government wasn’t fooled, however. They knew what the Volks were doing, but with nothing to fall back on, they were forced to seek clandestine backing to cast the Volks from their nation.
Kisk and Asgya
When Asgya granted Kisk their independence sixty years ago, they also promised to back Kisk against any international threats. Neither of them expected Asgya to need Kisk’s help, but the Kisken government knew their freedom depended on Asgya’s. With a military force approximately 100,000 strong, there wasn’t much Kisk could do to defend or defeat either of their neighbors. The help had to come secretly using a highly-trained special task force. If Volkana learned Kisk was supplying extra food, sabotaging Volk propaganda, or contributing to Asgya’s intelligence, they would no longer be dealing with a quiet takeover, but a full-fledged war.
Volkana and Kisk
Previously protected against raids under Asgyan rule, and currently protected by International Warfare laws, Kisk was safe unless they provoked hostility with Volkana. When Kisk agreed to help Asgya, they underestimated Volkana’s network of informants. Volkana moved quickly to spin the situation to their advantage. Soon, the world thought Kisk helped Asgya instigate a war against them—however irrational it seemed. The first Volk attack seized a Kisken prison under the pretense of rescuing false-POWs, and the country fell to ruins within a year.
Introducing Rebecca Lee who will be releasing a limited print run of her novelette Object Relations: A Novelette with RCP! Here’s your chance to get to know Rebecca before it comes out.
Object Relations Theory: A form of psychoanalytic theory postulating that people relate to others in order to develop themselves.
Through long divisions of interpretation, words sectioned into sentences. Uncomfortable, they bunched together, worried their independence lost. Together, all the words decided they should be bound in unison forever. Their books stain the beliefs that we continue to hold.
Rebecca Lee’s collection of vignettes demonstrates the various imaginary relationships of personified objects. From door knobs to smartphones, everyday encounters come alive.
1. First, tell us a little about yourself. When did you want to become an author? What inspires you to do what you do? Who are you?
I have always wanted to be a writer. Ever since I could pick up a pen, I’ve been glued to various notebooks. I love the sensation of hiding my words behind paper. It feels like I’m telling a secret to myself.
2. What are some quirky and or unique aspects about you and your writing?
I like to believe that everything has a perspective. If two people can look at the same thing and come up with several different stories, that means it exists and is therefore writing-worthy.
3.RCP “was founded in 2016 to showcase quality fiction, diverse stories, and unexpected protagonists.” What does that mean to you?
I think the word ‘ordinary’ is really fascinating. Even a word that is supposed to mean common, has a million different definitions depending on who you are talking to. With every object that is fictionalized in my book, I try to show a side that may not have been previously thought about. That way ‘normal’ can have several representations.
4. What made you start a blog? Has it influenced your writing in general? How did Object Relations come about?
I’ve been writing in a blog since I was 14. At first it influenced my writing because I wrote for friends. Descriptions I would have poured out in my journal, transformed into stories that I thought friends might find amusing. Object Relations came about early on. When I was a child I would write about object’s personified. I guess I always hung onto it because I could shape something that wasn’t real into anything I wanted.
5. How has writing affected your outlook on things? Has it made you take chances or see things in a different light?
That’s a very difficult question to answer. I’ve been writing almost my whole life, so I can’t imagine what I (or my life) would be like without it. I’d like to say it’s made me take chances and risks I might not have otherwise taken, but I have no idea. It’s my brain. For better or worse, it’s always a part of me.
6. What are you most excited to share when it comes to Object Relations? Ex). A particular vignette or object?
There are many sides to the same coin. (Bad pun I know)
7. Finally, do you have any advice and or tips for aspiring writers out there, especially women?
Write every day. Whether you’re a woman or a man, dedication and discipline are a lasting marriage.
The semi-annual subterranean anthology series is dedicated to pulp fiction in niche speculative fiction sub-genres. It will take a nuanced and often critical look, however, at the conventions and broader historical context in which these sub-genres operate. 2017-2019 will bring a trilogy comprised of dieselpunk, weird western, and space opera fiction.
“History is written by the victors” – Winston Churchill
Tycoon by Stefan Paris (http://stefanparis.deviantart.com)
Twilight of Man by Elizabeth O. Smith
Libertador by Stefan Paris (http://stefanparis.deviantart.com)
Slow City 2 by Stefan Paris (http://stefanparis.deviantart.com)
Rechauffement Climatique by Stefan Paris (http://stefanparis.deviantart.com)
Diesel Palace by Stefan Paris (http://stefanparis.deviantart.com)
Fugit Irreparabile Tempus by Stefan Paris (http://stefanparis.deviantart.com)
Final Curtain by Stefan Paris (http://stefanparis.deviantart.com)
The Silent Empire 8 by Stefan Paris (http://stefanparis.deviantart.com)
Uchronia by Stefan Paris (http://stefanparis.deviantart.com)
Diesel Nights by Stefan Paris (http://stefanparis.deviantart.com)
The Endless Goodbye by Stefan Paris (http://stefanparis.deviantart.com)
Armed Against the Ageless One by Kevin Holton (2700)
Tickie-Tockers by David Castlewitz (4500)
A Better Life by Lawrence Dagstine (5000)
The Revolution Engine by Pedro Iniguez (5000)
A Slow Inoculation by Dale Carothers (5100)
The Bronze Gods by Jeremy Szal [Dimension6 (Coeur de Lion Publishing, 2016)] (5400)
The Last Night of Pangea by Irene Puntí (5400)
The Colossus at Blue Sands by Gregory L. Norris (5500)
Episode 10: A MOON CALLED TERROR (A Rex Kane Adventure) by Chuck Regan (8300)
A Fifth World by Matthew Maxwell (9900)
Announcing Radiant Crown Publishing’s upcoming anthology of dieselpunk fiction, featuring art from the premiere dieselpunk artist, Gaslandia!
January 1st, 2017- March 1st, 2017
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Gaslandia is an upcoming anthology of speculative, mysterious, and romantic dieselpunk adventures! Framed as a book of legends told during an air raid, each story should have a 1920s-1950s pop culture aesthetic not necessarily restricted to a North American audience. Critical nostalgia is key. Don’t feed us the same old tired tropes without engaging the past in new ways. We want sprawling metropolises teeming with innovation, undiscovered frontiers in the depths of the oceans, and the vastness of the open skies re-imagined. Pack your stories full of locomotives, speakeasies, radios, spies, telegraphs, gangsters, submarines, world fairs, skyscrapers, inequality, warfare, and magic that dazzled and divided the world. Deadline March 1st, 2017 11:59 EST.
Last Exile (Animation)
Children of the Sun (RPG)
Jean “Mœbius” Giraud (Comics)
Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual (Illustrated Serial Fiction)
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Volkana had long owned the entire south-western continent. Boasting multiple landscapes from mountains to deserts to grassland, they preferred to be self-sustaining instead of relying on imports. On the other hand, iron mined from the mountains, multiple oil lines throughout country, and being a front-runner in technology had kept Volkana one of the richest countries in the world.
Unfortunately, the Volk Princeps kept taxes so high the citizens couldn’t afford much more than the necessities. They lived mainly on hearty stews, and dense bread. Few homes were owned by private citizens, and nearly half of a farmer’s crop was claimed for the government employees upon harvest. With a formidable military presence in nearly every city, any hint of a rebellion was crushed before it began, securing the authoritarian regime.
The corruption in the government only spread over the centuries. Once the International Committee of Warfare was created, Volkana was forced to step back from their aggressive movements. Instead, they had to resort to scheming so any invasion appeared to be defensive measures. No new lands had been conquered in nearly two hundred years. In fact, eastern commonwealths had reclaimed their independence, leaving Volkana without a foothold on the other side of the world. But the current Princeps was determined to leave behind a legacy. When the opportunity arose to return Volkana to its former glory days, they wasted no time laying down the foundation for a hostile advance.
Covering a low-peaked mountain on a Volk peninsula was the city of Ubrar. Government buildings stood above the seedy city, each district becoming more squalid as they spread down the windy, cool mountainside. While it had been considered the capital city since the early days, the high crime rate drove the regime to conduct official business in a safer locale. The state buildings were now used solely for hosting foreign diplomats. Shut off from the rest of the city by a dense pine forest, the truth of the city could be safely hidden for short visits. To avoid exposing foreign leaders to dirty streets, crumbling buildings, and a growing mafia, they were brought to a secure location on helicopters from a nearby airport.
For Ubrar’s citizens and common visitors, there was only one way in and out of the city—a winding road that passed through the surrounding mountain range, before reaching a deep gorge. A suspension bridge brought drivers straight into the outer limits where crime was the worst.
While Ubrar used the limited access through the mountains as a natural defense, the city also housed a military garrison of thirty thousand men and women. The military presence helped keep organized crime to a minimum in the past, but in recent decades, the leaders became embroiled in the corruption around them. Ubrar quickly became a city rife with drugs, prostitution, and violence. When the Princeps ruled to cut back the city’s funding to finance the war, and began recruiting the most educated citizens, matters only got worse.
Submissions for the theme “Saturnalia” now open. For more information, visit www.hyperionandtheia.com
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Twelve hundred years ago, before Asgya was a country, the land was conquered by men from the north. Their campaigns continued for another five hundred years before the northern continent was divided equally among the king’s four sons to avoid a civil war. Asgya was given to the youngest son, and slowly drifted away from the gods. A majority of the country turned toward monotheism over the last two centuries, and more recently, they began to make reparations to the people they conquered. Unfortunately, the war brought all efforts to a halt.
Known for their rich, fertile soil, the Asgyan economy relied heavily on agriculture. The mild climate and sprawling plains suited a variety of fruits and vegetables. Grassy hills fed an abundance of livestock while miles of coast along the Bluohm Sea served dozens of fishing villages.
With such an overflow of resources, the Asgyans weren’t used to using them conservatively. There were few reserves to fall back on when the crops suddenly failed. Livestock withered as the grasslands became barren. The famine left the country with little to feed their people, let alone export.
When greenhouses failed to produce a single seedling, many turned to their long tradition of music and art to keep up morale, but even the most inspiring ballad couldn’t combat their aching stomachs. The Asgyan king soon had to swallow his pride, and reach out to uncertain allies to survive.