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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Ireland loves/hates me

Of course, what else should I expect from the birthplace of my ancestors besides a dysfunctional relationship?

Waste Land is the #1 free iTunes sci fi short story there. It's also #1 in the broader free science fiction and literature category, and #5 in the free 'sci fi & fantasy' category, the broadest of the categories I can hope to aspire to (after that it's just 'books', which includes every book published). That's the first time I've broken the top ten in any country, in the SF & F category.

'Thief who Spat' on the other hand is only #18 in its epic category, #132 in general fantasy, and doesn't even make the top 200 in the free sci fi & fantasy.

To which I can only say to Ireland, I love/hate you, too*.

(*Just kidding. Only love flows from me as from a font towards the Emerald Isle of my progenitors.)


marke said...


Just downloaded and read "Wasteland".

That is bloody good!

I'm no fan of short stories, (usually just succeed in getting across an idea perhaps wih a twist or two...)but this has the dramatic murder scene, evokes the ache of missing a child, mysteries of science, and of human motives, and questions the divide between science and god.

Would make a hell of a good movie, esp with opening 'murder scene/mystery/explanations', then flashbacks to earth to fill in the blanks/backgound.... then the final 'flashback' that is revealed to NOT be a flashback (a facial scar or other clue...?)..

A modern 2001, A Space Odyssey... (except not boring...)

Sorry, raving here, but as you can tell, I quite like it.

expat@large said...
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expat@large said...

Me too. What he said.

Michael McClung said...

Hi marke-

Sorry for the very late reply. It's been ... weird ... around here lately. I'm very happy that you enjoyed it, and thanks so much for the Smashwords review - my very first!

E@L- If you want to get paid, you can't just phone it in like that :D