Wednesday, June 15, 2022

New Release: Cirsova #11!

Find it Here!

It's been a long time coming, but today it the say Cirsova puts out their new issue. not only that, but for the first time, I have been included in its pages! You won't want to miss out on this action-packed issue. Cirsova hasn't missed yet.

Running since 2016, it has proved itself to be the modern successor to the old pulps, like a mashing together of Planet Stories and Weird Tales, without taking the fun out of either. Each issue is a Pandora's box of adventure, and this one is no different.

As for the full list of stories included, here they are:

Vran, the Chaos-Warped (Book 1)


Vran the Chaos-Warped has sworn that the wizard Foad Misjak must die for his debaucheries! Vran’s strange nature due to a sorcerous accident, however, twists with unpredictable results all magic around him… and strands both on another world!

Orphan of the Shadowy Moons (Part 2)


The Black Assassins have slaughtered all the children of the Worldlord except Strazis, the strange golden child he adopted as his heir! Strazis’s escape strands him on a mysterious isle as the Worldlord goes to war to secure the fragile empire!

Death and Renewal


The Prince of Alomar has won a slave from the Bursa… Kat and Mangos must ensure the slave’s silence at all cost, but on one condition: they cannot kill him!

What Price the Stars


Jørgen Pangloss offers the promise of the unthinkable: faster-than-light travel! To what lengths will potential investors go to win Jørgen monopoly… and its fetters!?

Dead Planet Drifter


Galactic Enforcer Ronan Renfield finds himself prisoner of a death-worshiping cult! Can the whispers from his past aid him in his battle against the cannibals?!

The Last Khazar


Two men, one a Polish Jew, the other a Prussian Nazi, are bound by dreams and bound by destiny to confront one another, both in the present and in the past!

Melkart and the Crocodile God


An evil and sorcerous monster plagues the land of Kush! Can Melkart stop the crocodile-headed man-beast Sosostris from enslaving the people of Meroë!?

My Name is John Carter (Part 12)




Once again, you can find Cirsova #11 here!

You might have been able to guess from the description of Dead Planet Drifter that it is a follow-up to Golden Echoes from StoryHack #7. The two tales are standalone, obviously, but both feature the same main character, Galactic Enforcer Ronan Renfield, who while investigating what appears like a minor crime spirals out into something much more dangerous.

The genesis to these stories came from both reading and thinking about old space opera stories, especially their criticism. Most who are reading this are probably familiar with my series on Fandom (news on that soon!) and how Fanatics absolutely hated space opera for its focus on scale at the cost of materialism. So I wondered how one can make space opera feel larger and less materialistic. Hence, this series about a space cop who frequently falls between the folds of the known and the unknown. Just because we can travel into space does not mean our baser desires and higher needs won't still exist. Golden Echoes, for instance more or less was allowed to occur because of bureaucracy and a man who lost sight of reality. In Dead Planet Drifter . . . well, it's a bit more involved. Read it today and find out!

You'll be learning a bit more about Detective Renfield with every new story, though probably not as much as you'd like. I don't ascribe to the modern habit of wringing everything out and ruining the mystery and surprise. He does have a boss, he does have dreams and goals, and he does have opinions on what he goes through that will factor in to later stories. For now, just enjoy the ride. He's got many more of those ahead.

As for Cirsova, if you are new to the fold I have a surprise for you. Here is an image I created to help you keep up with every released issue so far:

Hard to believe it's been going for over half a decade! Here's to many more.

In case you missed it, you can get issue #11 here! There is currently a pricing error on the print version that will hopefully be rectified shortly, but the kindles version is the same as always. Check Cirsova out today. You won't regret it.

The NewPub world marches on to victory! Don't miss out.

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