Alien Contact

Alien Contact
This page is dedicated to all of my blog posts for the reprint anthology Alien Contact, published by Night Shade Books in November 2011. If you are new to More Red Ink and wish to read all that I've posted to date on the anthology, then this is your starting point.

Beginning the first week of May 2011, I began blogging about the contents of Alien Contact -- one story per week, in order of appearance in the anthology, for 26 weeks -- which concluded just in time for the book's publication. All those blog posts are listed below.

Alien Contact blog history...

  • We Have Alien Contact
    Posted November 23, 2010: In this post I announce the Alien Contact reprint anthology and provide a link to a Google Docs database that lists all the stories that have been recommended and/or submitted to me for consideration.
  • No Beginning, No End...
    Posted February 05, 2011: A quote from Caitlín R. Kiernan's story "Bradbury Weather," which I am considering for possible inclusion in the anthology.
  • Picasso on Art via Pablo Cortez
    Posted February 16, 2011: Some thoughts on, and a quote from, Ernest Hogan's story "Guerrilla Mural of a Siren's Song," which I am considering for possible inclusion in the anthology.
  • Alien Contact, the Anthology: Beginnings...
    Posted April 25, 2011: An introduction, of sorts, to my forthcoming anthology entitled -- you guessed it -- Alien Contact, with some history and thoughts on the book's genesis.
  • Alien Contact Anthology -- Story #10
    Posted July 04, 2011: Part 1 of the complete text of "Kin" by Bruce McAllister. Part 2 to follow. Also includes a link to a podcast of the complete story.
  • Alien Contact Anthology -- Bits 'n' Pieces
    Posted September 15, 2011: Alien Contact is now available for preorder; my new Facebook fan page; and meeting contributing authors Nancy Kress and Jack Skillingstead (photo).
  • Close Encounters with the Contributing Authors of Alien Contact!
    Posted October 30, 2011: Guest blog posts and interviews, hosted by, weekdays, from October 25 through November 14. Links to the first four entries are included here: Nancy Kress (guest post), Mike Resnick (interview), Mark W. Tiedemann (guest post), and Adam-Troy Castro (interview). The rest to follow.
  • SFSignal's Close Encounters Continues: Nov. 8
    Posted November 8, 2011: Hosted by -- Barbara Hambly, Executrix of the George Alec Effinger Estate, guest blogs on "George Alec Effinger and the Aliens Who Knew Everything."
  • What You Are About to See...And Read...Now
    Posted November 15, 2011: The complete text of story "What You Are About to See" by Jack Skillingstead, hosted by Alien Contact publisher Night Shade Books right here on More Red Ink.
  • The Guardian Aliens
    Posted November 25, 2011: Keith Brooke reviews Alien Contact in the current issue of the U.K. Guardian.
  • Observed in the Wild
    Posted November 29, 2011: Alien Contact on the "New Science Fiction" shelves at Barnes & Noble, Eastridge Shopping Center, San Jose, California.
  • Observed in the Wild's of Akron
    Posted December 8, 2011: Alien Contact on the shelf at Barnes & Noble, 4015 Medina Road, Akron, Ohio, 44338. (And my cousin, a B&N staffer, hams it up in one of the photos.)
  • Story Order (Or, Developing the TOC)
    Posted December 12, 2011: A link to my guest blog post on The Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Review blog, on how I developed the story order for Alien Contact.
  • Another Alien Contact Giveaway
    Posted December 13, 2011: Another giveaway of my anthology Alien Contact, courtesy of The Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Review blog; the giveaway is open to US and non-US residents and ends at midnight on December 31.
  • Observed in the Wild's of San Francisco
    Posted December 17, 2011: Alien Contact on the shelf at the best genre bookstore on the West Coast: Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia Street, San Francisco 94110.
  • Grasping at Aliens
    Posted December 27, 2011: John Ottinger reviews Alien Contact on his Grasping for the Wind sf news & reviews blog.
  • To the Core...
    Posted January 10, 2012: Keith Soltys reviews Alien Contact on his Core Dump 2.0 blog.
  • Close to the EDGE....
    Posted January 19, 2012: Kilian Melloy and EDGE:Boston interviews Alien Contact editor Marty Halpern.
  • Two Holes-in-One and a Bogey
    Posted February 9, 2012: in which I recap three recent online reviews of anthology Alien Contact -- on SFCrowsnest, Tangent, and PopMatters.
  • News of Alien Contact
    Posted March 29, 2012: in which I recap two recent online reviews of anthology Alien Contact -- on and The Dragon Page -- plus details on the re-release of long-out-of-print novel Cortez on Jupiter by Ernest Hogan. (Note: Hogan's story "Guerrilla Mural of a Siren's Song" in Alien Contact formed the beginning of Cortez on Jupiter.)
  • Sense of Wonder and Alien Contact
    Posted May 9, 2012: Spanish-language blog Sense of Wonder interviews me and reviews Alien Contact. (Note: the review and interview are available in English as well as in Spanish.)