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(This is actually a letter I just sent out to the many contributors to the NH Pulp Fiction Series. Being a lazy man, I’ve chosen to repurpose it as a blog post.)

Dear Diverse Hands,

The first reading of the third volume of the one and only New Hampshire Pulp Fiction Series is scheduled for this coming Saturday (Nov. 23), 7 p.m. at Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St. in Concord. This note is going out to anyone who is on my list and has been involved with the series, so even if you can’t make it or don’t know what I’m talking about, I want you to feel invited.

Here are the Live Free or Sci-Fi readers, so far:

David O’Keefe
Nathan Wyckoff
Steven Cahill
Clay Wirestone
Susan Nye
Alex Caldwell

Jim Kelly sent his regrets. He’s in NYC. Joyce Wagner is also out of reach and Suzanne Sykora, who wrote a fabulous piece for Live Free or Sci-Fi has the best excuse of all as she lives in Germany.

The six readers (did I miss anyone?) are probably plenty to fill our time and if the crowd is chanting for more I can read them some of my introduction which, like Vogon poetry, will make their ears bleed and have them lunging through the plate glass to escape. That’s what you call a finale.

By the way, there will be some kind of a write up on the latest book (and on the series) in the Concord Monitor on Thursday, so keep an eye out. Be sure to put it back, though. They squish if they roll on the floor and get stepped upon. Media coverage might bring us a few more earballs to delight, but the best way to ensure an audience for these readings is to bring one, so don’t forget to compel your significant other or your insignificant brother or some hapless bystander to join you.

See some of you there. Maybe the next reading will be in Hanover, Germany and we can all crash at Suzanne’s place afterwards.

With kindest regards from your humble and obedient editor,

Rick

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I know, it’s not really that exciting, but the pulp fiction genre dictates putting an exclamation point at the end every title. On the other hand, it is handy to have an official statement to spread around. Feel free to cut and paste this and send it to your local paper or radio station or Patch. And remember to help promote the reading at Gibson’s on Nov. 23. at 7 p.m.

For Immediate Release: 11/16/13

For more information contact Rick Broussard: 603-491-4808 or visit http://www.nhpulpfiction.com

It’s Time to Live Free or Sci-Fi!

With a third volume now available and two more in the works, the New Hampshire Pulp Fiction Series turning into a local publishing phenomenon. Readings for “Live Free or Sci-Fi” scheduled for Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, Nov. 23.

What began several years ago as an offbeat idea to encourage local writers and to help preserve both the pulp fiction genres and the short story format in the 21st century has turned into a passion for local book company Plaidswede Publishing. The first in its “New Hampshire Pulp Fiction Series,” edited by New Hampshire Magazine’s Rick Broussard, was the aptly titled collection of horror stories, “Live Free or Undead,” featuring 20 writers, mostly from NH and mostly seeing themselves in print for the first time. A year later Broussard and Plaidswede teamed up again for a volume of mystery and murder fiction, all based in the Granite State, titled “Live Free or Die, Die, Die!”

The third volume, “Live Free or Sci-Fi,” available now in independent bookstores across the state and online from nhbooksellers.com, includes 23 tales of “mind bending speculative fiction taking readers from the Granite State to the stars” — so reads the colorful book jacket, which also features a psychedelic nightmare image of Market Square in Portsmouth apparently under cosmic attack by giant space fleas.

“I see this series as something of a legacy,” says publisher George Geers. “I created Plaidswede as a showcase for great local writing talent, and to have a series that both taps into that pool and also enlarges it, giving brand new writers a chance, well, I take a lot of pride in that.”

Broussard says the series is popular because, “… pulp fiction is really timeless. It speaks to the urge for fantasy and adventure in the human soul.” He says the idea of focusing the various genres of pulp literature on the people and places of New Hampshire came naturally to him. “I focus on the state for my day job,” says Broussard, “and I know it’s the perfect back lot for the imagination. We have virtually every kind of environment, natural and cultural, so close at hand. It’s fun to set writers loose in the state, give them some basic rules and let them go berserk.”

Two more volumes of NH Pulp Fiction are due out in 2014. “Love Free or Die,” an anthology of romance stories is scheduled for a February release, and “Live Free or Ride,” an anthology of all the pulp genres using the Concord Stage Coach as a common character, is planned for fall 2014.

Readings from the current volume are already on track for the coming months. The first chance to hear the authors of these flights of fancy through time, space, and New Hampshire read aloud from their own works is at Gibson’s Bookstore at 45 S. Main St. in Concord on Saturday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m.

Below is a list of authors and stories in the current book, which includes such notables as Brendan DuBois and Hugo Award-winning writer James Patrick Kelly.

• Geoffrey James “The Singularity”
• Chris Dahlen “We Are Ted Tuscadero For President”
• Brendan DuBois “Doing It Right”
• Clay Wirestone “First in the Galaxy”
• Sandra McDonald “End of the Road”
• Elaine Isaak “Merge”
• Jeffrey R. DeRego “Mighty”
• Joyce Wagner “Of Two Minds”
• James Patrick Kelly “Pogrom”
• Susan Nye “Northern Lights”
• Brian A. Dixon “The Rejuvenated Lojeski”
• Liz Penney “Blame it on the Aliens”
• Harold L. Drake “Ice Cream”
• Suzanne Sykora “Next Year in New Hampshire”
• Michael J. DeLuca “Starlings”
• Gregory L. Norris “The Moths”
• David O’Keefe “The Universal Solution”
• S.J.Cahill “Touchdown”
• Eric Pinder “The Time Machine Next Door”
• Tincan Caldwell “The Wormhole of Wilson, NH”
• Nathan Wyckoff “Island on the River”
• Rebecca Leeb “What I Did On My Summer Vacation”

Many have pondered the meaning of the opening lyrics to Devo’s “Whip It,” but I think it simply alludes to the well-known fact that the conservation of the vector of momentum that takes place in the final moments of the cracking of a leather whip results not only in a tiny sonic boom, but also a brief but powerful chronosynclastic infundibulum that launches the whipper precisely one nanosecond into the future.

Feel free to use this fact in your submissions for our next (and fifth) volume of NH Pulp Fiction, due out in Autumn 2014, to be titled “Live Free or Ride!”

Any series of pulp fiction genres has to at least give a nod to a Western theme. We struggled a bit with how to set NH Pulp Fiction in the Wild West and finally realized the vehicle for such a mash up was hidden in plain sight. The Concord Coach, made in Concord, NH, is as iconic as Gabby Hayes (though he preferred to hang around the chuck wagon) and it offers a moveable feast of opportunities for storytelling in any genre you can imagine.

I’m posting the guidelines to this new endeavor, but feel free to spread the word to any writer groups or newsletters you associate with.

And get crackin’

Unabducted!

2013-10-12 12.29.09-2That’s right. This one copy of Live Free or Sci-Fi has not yet been teleported or tractor beamed aboard the Mothership. From what I understand, there is a plucky band of other survivors huddled together on the shelves of Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord and others are seeking refuge in the secure confines of independent book dealers across the state. I also have reports that hundreds of them have found refuge in a warehouse operated by Plaidswede Publishers and accessible through nhbooksellers.com. But don’t let word get out or they might all be spirited away.

Question: Why did the martian keep zapping himself with his Illudium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator?

Answer: Because it felt so good when he stopped.

This pretty much sums up my only excuse for my proneness to procrastination, and that tendency has never been more clearly demonstrated than with this, the third volume in the NH Pulp Fiction Series, i.e. “Live Free or Sci-Fi.”

It’s taken two years but I’m here to tell you the feeling good has begun. The book is due back from the printer by the end of the first week of October, which means it should be on sale at all worthy book dealers in plenty of time to be purchased by the caseload and added to the trick or treat candy bowls of wealthy Granite State science fiction fans. Those less wealthy may want to limit themselves to buying only a few copies for now, but remember that Christmas and Hanukkah (and Muharram, which doesn’t involve gift-giving but just to be PC about it) are just around the corner.

If anyone is actually still checking this site, thanks for your patience. And spread the word.

Sincerely, your humble and procrastinatory-no-more-editor,

Rick

Onward and Upward

It’s been a tough year, and in fact it’s been just about that (a year) since the Live Free or Sci-Fi saga began but the end truly is in site (unlike all those other times I promised the same thing).

Plaidswede Press, the publisher, has the stories and art (you can see a glimpse of the cover in the narrow band on the header for this site). They are now planning for a late summer releases. (I was hoping for early summer, but I can’t exactly rush them after dragging my own heels so long.)

I guarantee that it will all be worth the wait once this volume comes out, so sit tight.

And if you still have faith in the mission of NH Pulp Fiction, here’s something you can do while you wait.

Volume 4, dedicated to spicy stories of torrid romance and tentatively titled Love Free or Die, is now officially seeking submissions — with one big change. I’m handing over the editing duties to the very capable Elaine Issak. Elaine is a Published Author Network member of the Romance Writers of America, and participates in the New Hampshire RWA chapter meetings.  Her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies including our very own Live Free or Undead. Visit http://www.ElaineIsaak.com to find out why you do not want to be her hero.

We are in the process of tweaking a new WordPress page (http://lovefreeordie.wordpress.com/) for the new book. It’s up and ready to receive your comments. And if you have questions, send them directly to Elaine at NHPulpRomance@gmail.com.

And I’m still here at NHPulpFiction@gmail.com if you need me.

-Rick

The Final Cut

I’ve finally (I hope) sent out letters to all the writers with stories that did not make the final cut. Below you will find the list of authors and story titles that I plan to include in Live Free or Sci-Fi (in no particular order). If your name is not on this list and you haven’t heard from me otherwise, please drop me a line and I’ll apologize for letting you fall through the cracks. I know how painful that can be. If you are on this list, sit tight and I’ll be composing a “So now what?” letter to update you on production schedules, request any rewrites or ask any questions I might have about your fine works of speculative fiction. This has been far and away my favorite batch of stories to read, probably because I’ve been a science fiction fan ever since I learned how to read. I’m looking forward to working with all of you in the coming months.

• Geoffrey James “The Singularity”
• Chris Dahlen “
We Are Ted Tuscadero For President”
• Brendan DuBois “Doing It Right”
• Clay Wirestone “First in the Galaxy”
• Sandra McDonald “End of the Road”
• Elaine Isaak “Merge”
• Jeffrey R. DeRego “Mighty”
• Camille Alexa “Miles To Go”
• Joyce Wagner “Of Two Minds”
• James Patrick Kelly “Pogrom”
• Susan Nye “Northern Lights”
• Brian A. Dixon “The Rejuvenated Lojeski”
• Liz Penney “Blame it on the Aliens”
• Harold L. Drake “Ice Cream”
• Suzanne Sykora “Next Year in New Hampshire”
• Michael J. DeLuca “Starlings”
• Gregory L. Norris “The Moths”
• David O’Keefe “The Universal Solution”
• S.J.Cahill “Touchdown”
• Eric Pinder “The Time Machine Next Door”
• Tincan Caldwell “The Wormhole of Wilson, NH”
• Nathan Wyckoff “Island on the River”
• Rebecca Leeb “What I Did On My Summer Vacation”

My email is nhpulpfiction@gmail.com for any love notes, hate mail or less emotional inquiries about anything under the sun. Or over the sun. Or even inside the sun. Gotta love that sun.