It’s my pleasure to officially announce that the second Ambage anthology is now on sale!
Constellations: an Ambage Anthology
an Ambage Anthology of Science Fiction
(amazing artwork by John Matz)
If at all possible, we definitely do prefer you purchase it from Createspace, as that way it supports the Ambage, but either way, purchasing it is the important thing! Note: The price was set at the lowest price possible, giving us none or very little profit depending on where you buy it — we’re not looking for profit here, all we want is for people to buy it, read it, and enjoy it.
. . . is the second anthology of short fiction published by the Ambage, the first being X:15, a collection of flash fiction pieces organized around fifteen different themes. Constellations presents thirty-odd short stories written specifically within the genre of science fiction, featuring stories from returning authors such as Nate Deisinger, Will Krueger, John Matz, Andrew Page, and Caleb Peiffer (author of The Second Death), as well as several new authors.
From the farthest reaches of space and time to the familiar realms of everyday life; from the cold impersonality of the outside world to the intensely personal worlds of imagination, belief, and the mind—the stories represented here explore a broad network of styles, themes, and experience, honed for the enjoyment of all readers.
For anyone interested in a little back story on The Ambage and publishing its anthologies:
When I created a writers’ club 4 years ago on a LEGO fansite, I wanted to be able to have a place where I could interact with fellow authors, write with them, and encourage my own writing–in both writing more and writing better. Three years later, in June of 2012, after various incarnations and merging with a club started by Caleb Peiffer, Caleb and I created The Ambage along with Caleb Carraway (who came up with the name), John Matz, and Will Krueger. We decided to take that sense of community to that next level–to make that the focus of The Ambage (learn more about The Ambage by visiting the main page).
We did this first when John brought in the “Write-Offs”–short competitions taking place on Skype where a group of us writers would write for a specific theme for only 15 minutes, then share and critique our work with each other. But that still wasn’t enough–we still wanted to go further with the idea of community. It was then in the Fall when I had the idea of self-publishing an anthology with my fellow Ambage members, and began looking around for options. People liked the idea, but we never ended up doing much until January 2013 when finally we sat down, set deadlines, and began work on our first anthology, X:15, an anthology of flash fiction. Only a month later, we finished and published it (check out more on the “Published Works” page).
X:15 was designed around the idea of the Write-Offs, as the title itself is a timestamp–we would often begin at the start of the hour, and set the deadline for 15 minutes later, using the “X” to stand in for whatever timezone people were in. Again, in the spirit of the Write-Offs, we had 15 different themes that members could write for, using whichever genres they wished. And, finally, we had 15 authors, again keeping to the 15.
There were of course a few rough bumps along the way, but overall we all loved the experience, so we quickly set to work on starting another. For X:15, as a trial run of sorts, participation in the anthology was through invite-only, but for the next one we decided we would try opening it up to anyone who wanted to participate. The first order of business was creating a poll to see which over-arching genre would be used for the anthology, as we wanted to start doing genre anthologies, rather than allowing stories from any genre like we did in X:15.
Obviously, the choice was Science Fiction. As school had resumed for the Spring semester, we took our time with this one, taking 4 months instead of one. We also allowed longer stories, as this was no longer a flash fiction anthology modeled after the Write-Offs, but instead simply a Science Fiction anthology.
So here we are now, 4 months later, with our finished product: Constellations. I had a lot of fun with this one, as I was able to take in everything from X:15 and tweak various things to improve the administrating and formatting of this anthology. We definitely plan on publishing more anthologies in the future, using the experience of both X:15 and Constellations in an effort to make the next one even better–always improving.
We have several other collaborative ideas in the works that we hope to finish in the some-what-near future. Currently I myself am working on making some slight adjustments to the formatting of X:15 (and there will also be a slightly edited cover, thanks to John Matz) for a Second Edition, as well as creating a Kindle version of Constellations. Hopefully both will be out soon, but in the meantime, please consider buying a paperback copy of Constellations and telling your friends! Every little promotion helps, and our focus right now is promoting The Ambage.