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Newsletter Posted on Tue, September 14, 2021 06:30:25

Stick with this since you’ll need a little history first.

There are times the internet can be a pleasant space. My pal, and yours too if your smart, Jude Matulich-Hall was putting together a promo for me on her YouTube channel and needed to confirm what was, and was not, currently in release. This is not as crazy a request as you might think. I write stuff, send it out, and eventually get a link to share so cool kids like you can buy it. Sometimes that’s ahead of the release, sometimes not.

So, I fired up Google, and found this.

Waterstones (U.K.) has added two of my titles to their collection of 283 stores. Yep, if you’re in, or at last near, the United Kingdom, you can buy SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY, which is recommended by people who liked The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I’m sure that makes sense in England. To be fair, they are both stories about young men who go on an adventure. It’s just that dear old Huck didn’t become a super villain.

You can also buy Goptri of the Mists: Kitaab Ek. According to their site, if you like Goptri you should also like Dune. That one kind of makes sense. However, unlike Dune, the crazed zealots aren’t the heroes. They’re not even nice.

As of this writing they are not carrying The Brittle Riders. Which is odd since that trilogy is the whole reason Goptri exists. There are even a few characters, not many, who appear in both. That said, people who have only read Book 1 of Goptri seemed to have no problems. So, who knows?

As of right now, you have to order in advance to get your U.K. copies, but that was the case with Walmart when we started and now SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY, which is currently on sale, and Goptri of the Mists: Kitaab Ek are being shelved in select stores.

When you don’t have a ton of money to throw at promo, care and patience are virtues you learn to appreciate.

Speaking of money, if you live in the U.K. and want to showcase your McSciFi Pride, all you need to do is go to my U.K. Merchandise Shop and select any of the wonderful options. All you need to do is pick the logo you like then add it to any of over one hundred items ranging from clothing to coffee cups to onesies for toddlers.

Fans of this newsletter may remember the internet ad created by my mega-fan, Jin-ah, in London when the shop first opened. If not, and God knows you’ve had other stuff to remember, just CLICK HERE to enjoy the awesomeness of it all.

More below.

Waterstones

I told you before how Marcie’s Marvels has been developing. Marcie’s Marvels is based on the life of a young girl named Marcie who killed herself after suffering endless bullying. Her mother decided to use her daughter’s tragedy to provide hope to others. With that in mind she started the MJG Movement as a Children’s Advocacy organization dedicated to serving as a resource for children and families that are victims of sexual abuse and suicide.

The comic itself is fun, uplifting, and eye popping. The art by Eko Prihanto is bright and friendly. The story, despite some grim themes, is warm and laced with light humor. Beta readers thoroughly enjoyed the recurring joke about how Marcie’s blind mother never hears her come in. Of course, Marcie can fly so she doesn’t create foot steps.

Right now I have limited copies you can buy. Ever since I was told my autograph might lower the resale value of one of my books, I only autograph when requested.

Yes, that really happened.

A quick reminder, this is the last week for you to enter the C. L. Cannon contest where you can win lots of legendary sci-fi novels and gear. Also, if you scroll down and click on McSciFi you increase your odds of winning. See? It is too good to know me.

That seems to be enough for now. Until next week, stay safe, sane, and get vaxxed. Oh, yeah, wear a mask. I have a couple of friends who caught “breakthrough COVID” and they aren’t happy about it. One had to cancel his participation in a national tour. So he gets to lose money and lay around in a hospital.

That’s nowhere near as fun as it sounds.



Some McCool Looking McFun!

Newsletter Posted on Tue, September 07, 2021 10:27:31

Fist off, welcome to all the nice people who’ve joined up by taking part in the national book contest run by C. L. Cannon. One lucky winner will take home Dune by Frank Herbert, A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill, and A Pale Light in the Black by K. B. Wagers, plus a Fallout board game, Mandalorian and Grogu Funko Pop, Starfleet keychain, Battlestar Galactica FRAK sticker, Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy coffee mug, and Jayne Firefly beanie! You can increase your chances by scrolling down and following McSciFi on various social media sites.

Speaking of fun, a couple months back a lovely lady named Sabrina Zaremba decided to take some excellent boudoir pictures holding Legends Parallel and Hybrid Zero. After some discussion it was agreed that Leslie Tejlor, the artist for Legends Parallel, would use her voluminous pictographic library as source material and create a drawing of her. He did that, she loved it, and here we are.

While she hasn’t started a trend of any sort, hope does spring eternal, we all admire her enthusiasm and hope you do too.

More below.

Bill McSciFi

Just in case you missed the long, erudite, reviews from experts, all of whom are wonderful, good looking, and smell nice, I thought it might be fun to share what fans think of McSciFi’s literary offerings.

SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY

Winner of the Best SciFi Novel of 2020 on the Critters Reader’s Poll.
* – A nonstop thrill ride
* – Fascinating and terrifying
* – The best damn thing I’ve ever read
* – The Desert Eagle seems like overkill for a close shot, but I have no complaints
* – I’m buying popcorn now for when this hits the big screen

The Brittle Riders Series or its Omnibus Edition

* – Some of the best world building I’ve ever encountered
* – It sympathetically manages to bridge the gap between faith and technology
* – McCormick packs more in twelve words than others do in twelve paragraphs
* – Fuck McCormick, he made me cry when a cockroach died
* – When I hit book three I surrendered. I had no clue what was going to happen, but I needed to find out

Goptri of the Mists: Kitaab Ek

* – There’s a horny squid and nukes. What more could I ask for?
* – I never considered giving my spouse a year’s worth of meat for our anniversary
* – Okay, wow, did not see this villain coming
* – Relentless and riveting
* – He’s always been LGBTQIA+ friendly, but this subtly raises the bar and I, for one, am thrilled

If you feel you may have missed a newsletter, don’t panic, all you have to do is click, and bookmark, THIS HANDY LINK and browse to you heart’s content.

Until next week, stay safe, sane, and inside. Also, wear a mask and get vaxxed.

Bill McSciFi


McHowdy McHi!

Newsletter Posted on Tue, August 31, 2021 08:43:18

A couple of weeks ago someone went to all the time and trouble to have my email blasts listed as spam. This is not as easy to do as you might think. Yeah, you can block an email address from sullying your delicate senses, but actually banning someone from the internet takes time, money, and effort. And, even so, they didn’t succeed. Sure, I was inconvenienced, and some people didn’t get their weekly doses of McSciFi until they’d weeded through the glorious offers for Russian brides, bitcoin investments, and Medicare enhancements, I was still there floating amongst the flotsam and jetsam. I know this since some people were kind enough to let me know it had been worth the effort to slog through the mush.

So, I set to work with CONTABO, the nice people who own the VPS I lease for bulk emails, and we were able to counter every complaint, actually upgrade my security, and return McSciFi to the halcyon realms of not spam.

The good news is, this wasn’t personal. They hit over a hundred accounts. The bad news is, people suck.

The fun part is, should they try this again, I’ll find out who they are. My guess is they’re done now.

More below.

Bill McSciFi

Just in case you missed the long, erudite, reviews from experts, all of whom are wonderful, good looking, and smell nice, I thought it might be fun to share what fans think of McSciFi’s literary offerings.

SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGYWinner of the Best SciFi Novel of 2020 on the Critters Reader’s Poll.
* – A nonstop thrill ride
* – Fascinating and terrifying
* – The best damn thing I’ve ever read
* – The Desert Eagle seems like overkill for a close shot, but I have no complaints
* – I’m buying popcorn now for when this hits the big screen

The Brittle Riders Series or its Omnibus Edition* – Some of the best world building I’ve ever encountered
* – It sympathetically manages to bridge the gap between faith and technology
* – McCormick packs more in twelve words than others do in twelve paragraphs
* – Fuck McCormick, he made me cry when a cockroach died
* – When I hit book three I surrendered. I had no clue what was going to happen, but I needed to find out

Goptri of the Mists: Kitaab Ek* – There’s a horny squid and nukes. What more could I ask for?
* – I never considered giving my spouse a year’s worth of meat for our anniversary
* – Okay, wow, did not see this villain coming
* – Relentless and riveting
* – He’s always been LGBTQIA+ friendly, but this subtly raises the bar and I, for one, am thrilled

If you feel you may have missed a newsletter, don’t panic, all you have to do is click, and bookmark, THIS HANDY LINK and browse to you heart’s content.

More below.

Bill McSciFi

I’ve talked before about the upcoming Marcie’s Marvels. And copies have left the printer and are headed this way. The thing is, I don’t owns this title, Marcie’s family does.

A woman named Elizabeth Gerald contacted me and told me the story she wanted to tell. It was tough to hear. Even tougher to write. Her teenage daughter, Marcie, had taken her life after being bullied and abused incessantly. However, out of that tragedy, she wanted to share something positive for other girls facing similar dilemmas.

After some back and forth, I drafted the first script. The hero would be a super-powered young girl named Marcie. She would scour her city looking for girls being harassed or abused and rescue them. She would also, and always, let them know none of this was their fault.

The story, unlike much of my other work, is aimed squarely at teenage girls. It will, despite the darker themes we’ll be exploring, have humor and hope in every issue.

All that being said, while I can’t sell you a copy, I can give you one. Next week I will announce a contest so a couple of lucky humans can hold one and enjoy it.

I warned you that knowing me had benefits.

Thanks to the Delta Variant I’m turning down any convention appearances until spring of 2022. Since cons are my main source of income I do not do this lightly. I haven’t pimped my happy ass in public since December of 2019. I can honestly say these decisions hurt me more than you, but I will not risk my family’s well being to sell a few books.

Until next week stay sane, safe, and socially distance like the raging introvert you need to be.

Bill McSciFi
Bill McSciFi


Busting Out the McPar-Tay!

Newsletter Posted on Tue, August 24, 2021 09:08:55

Welcome to all the people who’ve joined up by taking part in the national book contest run by C. L. Cannon. One lucky winner will take home Dune by Frank Herbert, A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill, and A Pale Light in the Black by K. B. Wagers, plus a Fallout board game, Mandalorian and Grogu Funko Pop, Starfleet keychain, Battlestar Galactica FRAK sticker, Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy coffee mug, and Jayne Firefly beanie! You can increase your chances by scrolling down and following McSciFi on various social media sites.

There’s no such thing as too much McSciFi.

More below

Bill McSciFi

While I’m not giving any of my stuff away for the promotion, I do have many ways for you to buy it. I’ll have more comic book news next week so, for now, I’ll stick to mad pimping my novels.

Instead of the long, erudite, reviews from experts, all of whom are wonderful, good looking, and smell nice, I thought it might be fun to share what fans think.

SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY

Winner of the Best SciFi Novel of 2020 on the Critters Reader’s Poll.
* – A nonstop thrill ride
* – Fascinating and terrifying
* – The best damn thing I’ve ever read
* – The Desert Eagle seems like overkill for a close shot, but I have no complaints
* – I’m buying popcorn now for when this hits the big screen

The Brittle Riders Series or its Omnibus Edition

* – Some of the best world building I’ve ever encountered
* – It sympathetically manages to bridge the gap between faith and technology
* – McCormick packs more in twelve words than others do in twelve paragraphs
* – Fuck McCormick, he made me cry when a cockroach died
* – When I hit book three I surrendered. I had no clue what was going to happen, but I needed to find out

Goptri of the Mists: Kitaab Ek

* – There’s a horny squid and nukes. What more could I ask for?
* – I never considered giving my spouse a year’s worth of meat for our anniversary
* – Okay, wow, did not see this villain coming
* – Relentless and riveting
* – He’s always been LGBTQIA+ friendly, but this subtly raises the bar and I, for one, am thrilled

If you feel you may have missed a newsletter, don’t panic, all you have to do is click, and bookmark, THIS HANDY LINK and browse to you heart’s content.

I have also started ordering more merch again in anticipation of appearing at cons in 2022. Make sure to check in on MY MERCH PAGE to see what’s in stock. The reason I’m ordering so early is due to the fact that the pandemic has disrupted a lot of supply chains and simple stuff, like paper, is harder to get. Since I’m a writer paper’s kind of important.

At the very bottom of today’s missive you can find a set of reviews done an incredibly smart, if always snarky, young lady who does not rue my existence.

Until next week I ask that you get vaxxed and stay safe, sane, and inside. If you must venture out, wear a mask. The CDC has all the latest, scientifically tested, reasons you should do so. Should the science change, for any reason, they’ll make adjustments. Just remember to keep yourself alive. I’ve grown fond of you.

Bill McSciFi
Bill McSciFi


Welcome McOne and McAll

Newsletter Posted on Tue, August 17, 2021 08:26:06

Well, the Free Comic Book Day promotion went better than expected. Not only did existing subscribers take advantage of it but I had forty-eight new people sign up for the newsletter as well. And just in time too. There’s some fun stuff happening.

First, and foremost, I’m part of a national book contest run by C. L. Cannon where one lucky winner will take home Dune by Frank Herbert, A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill, and A Pale Light in the Black by K. B. Wagers, plus a Fallout board game, Mandalorian and Grogu Funko Pop, Starfleet keychain, Battlestar Galactica FRAK sticker, Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy coffee mug, and Jayne Firefly beanie! It’s free to enter and you can increase your chances by scrolling down and following McSciFi on various social media sites.

That is truly a sci-fi lover’s dream haul.

More below

Bill McSciFi

A quick reminder that you can CLICK HERE to get autographed copies of my work. Supplies are limited due to the fact I’m not doing cons until it’s safe to do so and there’s only so much room in my apartment.

Sadly, due to the Delta variant raging around the country, even cons that are happening are limiting crowd sizes, and so on, making it doubtful I’d make a profit.

Sure, it’s fun to meet new people, but I like to eat too.,

Next week I’ll get into all the cool promotional stuff. Marcie’s Marvels is headed to the printer and there are some new things happening that will, hopefully, make strangers want to buy my books. Until then, stay safe, sane, and inside.

Bill McSciFi


Sorry to McBother You, But ….

Newsletter Posted on Thu, August 12, 2021 08:35:24

There’s a bunch of free stuff you can snag, and a limited time for you to do so.

August 14th is Free Comic Book Day. In honor of that the nice people over at ICC Magazine have decided to let anyone who knows anyone download issues #1 – #10 for free. Heck, you can even let that annoying pseudo-human at work know and they can get in on the fun too. Think of it as the olive branch you didn’t know you needed to extend.

Here’s how it works. First, you CLICK HERE to open the Indy Planet page for ICC Magazine. Then you scroll down a little and select all the issues you want. If you want the newer ones, and no one can blame you if you do, digital copies are only .99 ₵ . Seriously, there’s no way for you to go wrong here.

ICC Magazine is nationally distributed by Diamond and is America’s leading source for news on the indie creator scene. From legends in the game to the hottest new names, ICC Magazine covers them all.

Bonus? Anyone who asks, either by responding to this email or just sending an email to BillMcSciFi@gmail.com, will get free, digital, copies of the Legends Parallel graphic novel and Issue #1 of Hybrid Zero: Juggernaut. All copies will be sent on August 15th.

Thanks for letting me into your day. Please stay safe, sane, inside, and wear a mask everywhere else. See you next week!

Bill McSciFi


Something McNew & Something McOld

Newsletter Posted on Tue, August 10, 2021 09:14:15

This is the McNew.

I have made a nice niche for myself by writing for other people’s projects. Sometimes they are fleshed out and just need me to assemble them and others have the barest of notions. I have no preference either way so I tend to be easy to work with.

That being said, sometimes a project comes along that leaves me breathless.

A woman named Elizabeth Gerald contacted me and told me the story she wanted to tell. It was tough to hear. Even tougher to write. Her teenage daughter, Marcie, had taken her life after being bullied and abused incessantly. However, out of that tragedy, she wanted to share something positive for other girls facing similar dilemmas.

After some back and forth, I drafted the first script. The hero would be a super-powered young girl named Marcie. She would scour her city looking for girls being harassed or abused and rescue them. She would also, and always, let them know none of this was their fault.

The story, unlike much of my other work, is aimed squarely at teenage girls. It will, despite the darker themes we’ll be exploring, have humor and hope in every issue.

There is a coloring book, designed by a young woman who went through similar issues, and a comic book which is currently being brought to life by the wildly talented Eko Prihanto.

I imagine you’ll be able to snag copies by the time you’re reading my next newsletter.

More below

Bill McSciFi
Bill McSciFi

This is the McOld

While I like a good mystery as much as the next Columbo, there are times I wish things were less opaque. Case in point, my relationship with Walmart. Follow along as this gets fun.

You can buy SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY on their website. In fact, it’s currently on sale as part of a larger promotion. If you’ve been dilly dallying now would be a good time to click THIS LINK and get your copy for under $10.00.

YAY!

While you’re online you can also buy Goptri of the Mists: Kitaab Ek and have it delivered in two days. So that’s nice.

In fact, the nice people at Azoth Khem are seeing more and more of their titles added to Walmart’s catalog. This is good news.

But …

You knew there was a “but,” didn’t you?

Just to keep things interesting, they’re carrying The Brittle Riders too, but only in select stores. But, because God is a whimsical pixie, we have no way of finding out which ones. Which means you can go to Walmart online and buy the book related to The Brittle Riders but not The Brittle Riders itself.

However you can walk into a rural Walmart, those are the only ones that seem to be carrying it based on notifications from fans who’ve seen it, and pick up a copy, read it, and then go get Goptri of the Mists: Kitaab Ek delivered.

Not to fear, you need not miss a thing. You can still order The Brittle Riders online. CLICK HERE to get your copy. Just not from Walmart.

For the record, no one is upset by these events. Just amused. It gives us something to talk about around the water cooler.

Or the vodka bowl. Whatever the case may be.

Until next time, stay safe and sane and wear a freaking mask. I’ve buried enough friends, I have no desire to add any of you to that list.

Bill McSciFi


Something McNew & Something McOld

Newsletter Posted on Tue, August 10, 2021 06:00:14

This is the McNew.

I have made a nice niche for myself by writing for other people’s projects. Sometimes they are fleshed out and just need me to assemble them and others have the barest of notions. I have no preference either way so I tend to be easy to work with.

That being said, sometimes a project comes along that leaves me breathless.

A woman named Elizabeth Gerald contacted me and told me the story she wanted to tell. It was tough to hear. Even tougher to write. Her teenage daughter, Marcie, had taken her life after being bullied and abused incessantly. However, out of that tragedy, she wanted to share something positive for other girls facing similar dilemmas.

After some back and forth, I drafted the first script. The hero would be a super-powered young girl named Marcie. She would scour her city looking for girls being harassed or abused and rescue them. She would also, and always, let them know none of this was their fault.

The story, unlike much of my other work, is aimed squarely at teenage girls. It will, despite the darker themes we’ll be exploring, have humor and hope in every issue.

There is a coloring book, designed by a young woman who went through similar issues, and a comic book which is currently being brought to life by the wildly talented Eko Prihanto.

I imagine you’ll be able to snag copies by the time you’re reading my next newsletter.

More below

Bill McSciFi
Bill McSciFi

This is the McOld

While I like a good mystery as much as the next Columbo, there are times I wish things were less opaque. Case in point, my relationship with Walmart. Follow along as this gets fun.

You can buy SPLICE: HIT BIT TECHNOLOGY on their website. In fact, it’s currently on sale as part of a larger promotion. If you’ve been dilly dallying now would be a good time to click THIS LINK and get your copy for under $10.00.

YAY!

While you’re online you can also buy Goptri of the Mists: Kitaab Ek and have it delivered in two days. So that’s nice.

In fact, the nice people at Azoth Khem are seeing more and more of their titles added to Walmart’s catalog. This is good news.

But …

You knew there was a “but,” didn’t you?

Just to keep things interesting, they’re carrying The Brittle Riders too, but only in select stores. But, because God is a whimsical pixie, we have no way of finding out which ones. Which means you can go to Walmart online and buy the book related to The Brittle Riders but not The Brittle Riders itself.

However you can walk into a rural Walmart, those are the only ones that seem to be carrying it based on notifications from fans who’ve seen it, and pick up a copy, read it, and then go get Goptri of the Mists: Kitaab Ek delivered.

Not to fear, you need not miss a thing. You can still order The Brittle Riders online. CLICK HERE to get your copy. Just not from Walmart.

For the record, no one is upset by these events. Just amused. It gives us something to talk about around the water cooler.

Or the vodka bowl. Whatever the case may be.

Until next time, stay safe and sane and wear a freaking mask. I’ve buried enough friends, I have no desire to add any of you to that list.

Bill McSciFi


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