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M. Darusha Wehm
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll find something you like here.

If you want to read something short, check out the free stories available here or the links under “Publications” on the right go to other places my stories have been published. Some of those are free to read online.

If you prefer longer works, I have free samples of all my novels available on the site. Beautiful Red was my first book, and is a standalone cyberpunk story. Self Made, Act of Will and The Beauty of Our Weapons are a series (in that order) about future detective Andersson DexterChildren of Arkadia is a standalone political space station epic.

My newest series, Devi Jones’ Locker, is mainstream fiction — a light beach read that brings the beach to you. The first book in this series is Packet Trade.

Anthology ‘Use Only As Directed’ coming in June

Anthology ‘Use Only As Directed’ coming in June

I’m pleased to announce that I have a story in the upcoming anthology Use Only As Directed. The book will be launched in June at Continuum X, in Melbourne, June 6-9.

Here’s the announcement from publisher Peggy Bright Books:

Use Only As Directed, an anthology of original speculative fiction edited by Simon Petrie and Edwina Harvey, and published by Peggy Bright Books, will launch at Continuum X, in Melbourne, June 6-9. Here’s the lineup:


‘Large Friendly Letters’ — Stephen Dedman
‘The Eighth Day’ — Dirk Flinthart
‘Never More’ — Dave Freer
‘The Climbing Tree’ — Michelle Goldsmith
‘The Kind Neighbours of Hell’ — Alex Isle
‘Fetch Me Down My Gun’ — Lyn McConchie
‘Yard’ — Claire McKenna
‘Dellinger’ — Charlotte Nash
‘Mister Lucky’ — Ian Nichols
‘The Blue Djinn’s Wish’ — Leife Shallcross
‘Always Falling Up’ — Grant Stone
‘Uncle Darwin’s Bazooka’ — Douglas A Van Belle
‘Future Perfect’ — Janeen Webb
‘Home Sick’ — M Darusha Wehm

The anthology will be available in print and e-formats.

My Hugo Ballot

My Hugo Ballot

I submitted my nominations for the Hugo Awards the other day, and in case anyone is interested, here’s what I sent.

I should note that my ballot suffers from the limitations of what I actually read, especially in the novels category. I just haven’t been reading that much in terms of novels this year, and as always I’m not terribly current. But I did my best. I was much more widely read in short fiction, as is evidenced by the fullness of my ballot in that category.

Novel

The Factory World by Joseph Edward Ryan

Novella

This Other World” by Anna Caro
Trial of the Century” by Lawrence M.

Facebook is the Académie Française for English

Facebook is the Académie Française for English

Well, no, it’s not. But you’ll see where I’m going with that. Promise.

English is an evolving language, as arguably is French, but the rightness or wrongness of word usage in English is all about usage. The venerable OED, my pinnacle for all things English language related is all about usage. Words mean what they do because that’s how people use them. End of story.

But, people use words wrong all the time. See, I just did it their. And they’re. Okay, I’ll stop, but you get my point. There’s usage and usage and that’s where Facebook comes into it.

Campbell Award Contenders – Free Stories and more

Campbell Award Contenders – Free Stories and more

For those who don’t know, the John W. Campbell Award is given out each year at the Hugo Award ceremonies (though it’s not a Hugo) for the best new speculative fiction writer. I happen to be in my final year of eligibility for the Campbell, but that’s only part of why I bring it up.

First, fellow eligible author Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam sent around a cool little set of interview questions to all the eligible authors she could find, and is posting their responses on her blog. The survey in which I participated is here, but I recommend reading them all.

Angels and Automatons – NZ Steampunk Anthology

Angels and Automatons – NZ Steampunk Anthology

I’m participating in a very cool project: Angels and Automatons, a shared-world steampunk anthology.

It’s a bunch of short stories set in the same 1864 fictional town of Angelston, New Zealand, where there is goldrush madness, dirigibles and an inventor bent on solving social problems with stem-powered robots. It’s going to be so fun.

The anthology is the brain child of Stephen Minchin of Steam Press, and is currently being funded through a Kickstarter campaign. Check out the project and authors involved, and if it seems like it might be your bag, chuck in a few bucks for what is undoubtedly going to be a fascinating and unique story.

My next novel to be published by Bundoran Press

My next novel to be published by Bundoran Press

I am delighted to announce that my next novel will be published by Canadian publishing house Bundoran Press.

Bundoran is an award-winning small press and I’m thrilled to be working with them on my next novel, codenamed The Wheel.

It is a stand-alone multi-generation space colony story, with advanced general intelligences, politics and goats. It is tentatively scheduled for release in November 2014.

From the press release:

Ms. Wehm’s new novel “The Wheel (working title)” is set aboard a vast space station orbiting Jupiter where political exiles from Earth and network- based Artificial Intelligences struggle to forge a new life and a new society.

New Audio of my story “Modern Love”

New Audio of my story “Modern Love”

This little delight lured me in and took me somewhere completely unexpected. Love is weird. But this story is a gem. – Nathan Crowder, on “Modern Love”

My story, “Modern Love,” is up over at Wily Writers. For the audio fans out there, it is read beautifully by Folly Blaine, so go grab the mp3 or subscribe to the other great stories at WW. It’s also available as text if you’d rather just read it the old-fashioned way.

I was thrilled when “Modern Love” won second place at the Wily Writers/SpecFicNZ short story competition, judged by Nathan Crowder, quoted above.

Kobo UK Fiasco

Kobo UK Fiasco

Longstoryshort: Kobo UK have pulled most self-published and many small press titles from their store, including all of my novels and both Plan B anthologies. In a related situation, WHSmith (UK) closed their entire online bookstore for a time and they appear to have removed all ebooks upon reopening. Whitcoulls‘ (NZ) ebookstore is still closed as of writing.

The rest of the story:

In what I am confident is going to be regarded as one of the most bone-headed decisions in a while, Kobo UK has chosen the nuclear option in response to a, frankly, ridiculous move from UK bookseller WH Smith.

Giving Up Snark

Giving Up Snark

Oscar the Grouch by Noodlefish, from Flickr

For as long as there have been books, we have judged each other by what we read. Indeed, one of the laments in an ebook world is that we no longer have one another’s bookshelves by which to compare ourselves. The closest approximation are social reading sites like Goodreads which let you compare your virtual shelf with those of your friends, always an entertaining exercise.

Of course, the corollary advantage of ebooks is that no one needs to know what you’re reading. It’s safe to read a “guilty pleasure” on the train without fear of nasty looks from your snobby or prudish seatmate.

Baby Teeth – an anthology for charity

Baby Teeth – an anthology for charity

I have a couple of brand new stories in the upcoming charity anthology Baby Teeth. It’s the brainchild of Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray that’s filled with flash fiction that arose from this reddit post about creepy things kids say and do.

We’re running a crowdfunding campaign to support a print run, and if you’d like to get your hands on a paperback, ebook or audiobook, check out the PledgeMe campaign. Proceeds are going to Duffy Books in Homes, which provides free books to kids.

Note that all dollar amounts are in New Zealand dollars, which are worth less than US or Canadian dollars, so some of these are real bargains.

Au Contraire

Au Contraire

This weekend I will be at Au Contraire, the New Zealand national SF convention. Tomorrow morning, I’m kicking off the writers’ track of the con with a talk about choosing the right publishing path for you and later on tomorrow will be participating on the panel about crowdfunding. Otherwise, I’ll likely be found at talks about writing, video games or comics.

And I’ll be at the parties, of course.

Come say hi if you’re going to be there. And if anyone is up for a round of Cards Against Humanity at the pub, I’m so there!

Some Stories Take Longer

Some Stories Take Longer

Photo by Bertalan Szürös

As a human, with an imperfect brain, I often go through periods where I wonder why I bother wrangling words into some form of possibly meaningful structure. I mean, who cares, really? Blah.

However, I am extremely lucky in that there are people out there in the world who like my writing, and who like it enough or are naturally social enough to let me know (hi, everybody!). More than anything else (sales, awards nominations, download stats), these messages from fans are the primary external motivators I get for my writing, and I love them. LOVE THEM.