Sneak Peek: "La Arquitectura de la Luna" (the Spanish translation of Joe Meno’s "The Architecture of the Moon").

I thought you might also enjoy a sneak peek into the progress of the Spanish translation for Joe Meno’s “The Architecture of the Moon.” Also serving as a “Welcome!” to Itzel Leaf, who is handling the Spanish translation for this story and we are thrilled to have her on the BULL SPEC team. Without further adieu: the first paragraph of “La Arquitectura de la Luna:”

Para el Lunes la luna había dejado de brillar. En un momento es la forma mas importante del cielo nocturno, y después desaparece, una imagen un poco borrosa debajo de nuestros ojos, y después es sólo una pregunta, un flash, y después nada, sólo un recuerdo. Una vez que la luna deja de brillar en su lugar, el resto de las estrellas se desvanecen rapidamente. Y luego, sin la luna y las estrellas, cada tipo de bulbo pierde su inspiración y empieza a fallar. Finalmente, sólo hay obscuridad una completa y total ausencia de luz tan pronto y como el sol desaparece cada noche. Trágicamente, y de repente el público se encuentra perdido cada atardecer. Aquellos que estan perdidos deben de dormir en sus coches, en los portales, o el el césped de extraños. En la obscuridad, vagan hasta que se sienten cansados, despues se recuestan a donde sea que esten, como huérfanos valientes. En la noche. En la noche, parece que los edificios se han empezado a mover por si solos. Los letreros de las calles cambian de posicion repentinamente. En la noche, las avenidas y bulevares se convierten en callejones sin salida. Sin la luna o las estrellas o la luz de la calle para mantener las cosas en su lugar, la gente se da cuenta de la velocidad en que se mueve el mundo. El efecto, como usted puede imaginar en bastante mareador.

About Itzel: Itzel Leaf is a native of Mexico, where she first attained a Ciencias Computacionales from
Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo before graduating with a BS in Education from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional and spending five years as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher at one of the most prestigious institutions in her native country. Since immigrating to the United States she has worked as a preschool teacher as well as with older children, and has started a pilot Spanish program for preschool and younger children.

Sneak Peek: "L’Architecture de la Lune" (the French translation of Joe Meno’s "The Architecture of the Moon").

I thought you might enjoy a sneak peek into the progress of the French translation for Joe Meno’s “The Architecture of the Moon.” Also serving as a “Welcome!” to Andrew Matte, who is handling the French translation and narration for this story and we are thrilled to have him on the BULL SPEC team. Without further adieu: the first paragraph of “L’Architecture de la Lune:”

Par lundi la lueur de la lune est disparru. Un moment c’est la figure le plus important dans le ciel ensuite c’est parti, un image brumeux sous les paupières, rien de plus qu’une question, un éclair et puis rien du tout, qu’une mémoire. Une fois que la lune ne brille plus dans sa place, les étoiles se décolent. Et puis, sans la lune et les étoiles, chaque ampoule perd son inspiration et commence à tomber. Finalement, il n’y a que l’obscurité, un absence complet de lumière aussi-tôt que le soleil disparait les nuits Tragiquement, le publique s’égare chaque soirée. Ceux qui sont perdu doivent dormir dans leur voiture, dans l’entrée d’une porte ou meme sur la pelouse d’un étranger. Dans l’obscurité, ils trainent jusqu’ils se fatiguent, puis se couchent là où ils sont, comme des orphelins courageux. Les soirs, il parait que les edifices eux memes se displacent. Les signes de rues s’échanges de positions. Les soirs, les avenues et boulevards deviennent cul-de-sacs. Sans la lune ou les étoiles ou lampadaires à garder de quoi en place, les gens se rendent compte la vitesse à laquelle le monde remue. L’effet, comme vous vous imaginez, plutot étourdissant.

About Andrew:

Andrew Matte was born in Toronto, Canada as a French Canadian in an English-speaking city. He attended school up until university in the French system, starting English classes in grade 4. In grade 11 his teacher proudly introduced himself and announced “I’m going to learn you English real good this year.” Andrew studied Economics at the University Waterloo in Canada’s tech capital, holds a black belt in Kung Fu and wields a fierce ukulele. He currently lives on Vancouver Island, and if you want to thank him for putting together the French translation, he is participating in a campaign to raise funds for Prostate Cancer Canada.

Andrew Matte vit et travaille en Whistler, Canada. Il est né en Toronto, d’une famille bilingue, et suivit ses cours en français jusqu’à l’université quand il étudia les sciences économiques à Waterloo, le centre technologique du Canada. Il possède une ceinture noire en kung fu, joue le ukelele et anticipe fervament ardemment les jeux olympiques de 2010.

Progress, slow and steady.

Already a week overdue on finalizing responses, I am afraid it will likely be a week more yet before every story gets its proper evaluation and response. Please do rest assured that each one will be fully considered in time, and that the main reason for delay is in the interest of allowing such consideration.

Reading and reading and reading. And reading. And translating.

Apologies for the slower responses to your submissions than anticipated. There’s been enough stories that we truly enjoyed that if we could we’d fill a little (or not so little) anthology.

But rest assured that we are slowly, finally, making headway through the inbox of stories waiting to be read. It’s slower going that we’d have liked because we received so many stories which were even better than we’d hoped.
On an update front: we’ve now found ourselves one team member larger. When we get a chance we’ll introduce him more formally, but the short of it is: we will be able to accept stories in French in the next subs period, and at the very least “The Architecture of the Moon” will be translated to (over half-way done already!) and narrated in French as well.

We’re pleased to announce that BULL SPEC SHORT #1 will be: Terry Bisson’s "George."

The summer before George was born, Katie and I lived in a house on a high hill. The hill sloped up gently on three sides, covered with thick grass kept short by the wind; but in the back, behind the house, if fell off sharply, down a high, rocky cliff, to the sea. The house was right at the top, about thirty yards from the edge of the cliff, and all we could see of the ocean from there was its top edge, where it tilted up against the sky. The cliff was so high and the wind from the sea was so noisy that usually we couldn’t hear the surf, even from the edge of the cliff. I would go there sometimes and peer down; there was no sound except the wind; and the surf moved in and out like great wings, beating against the wind and rock that pinned them down.

BULL SPEC is pleased to announce that BULL SPEC SHORT #1 will be Terry Bisson’s “George:”

Many of Terry’s short stories are the stuff of legend and hearsay. “They’re Made Out Of Meat” makes an at least monthly round of “Have you read this?” (or in the case of the short film based on it, “Have you seen this?”) across The Internets, but it was “Bears Discover Fire” which won the 1991 Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Sturgeon awards for short story and which headlined his first short story collection, Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories in 1993. It was in that collection that I encountered “George” and it instantly became one of my favorites, and it was one another of the first previously-published works whose rights we started trying to solicit. Of the story, Terry wrote in his afterword for “Bears Discover Fire and Other Stories:”

I came to the short story both early and late. In 1964, after the birth of my eldest son, Nathaniel, I wrote a story about a kid born with wings. “George” won honorable mention in a Story magazine contest and made me fifty dollars. After a couple of false starts, though, I gave up the form entirely.

It was in the midst of writing these stories that I found “George” in the files of my literary ex-mother-in-law and read it, for the first time in years, with some trepidation. I was pleased to find that though I wouldn’t write it again, I wouldn’t change a word in it. Since it was noticed (if never published) by Whit Burnett of Story magazine, it is my connection with another era in literature; that also pleases me. And it is reassuring to me in another way.

I have sometimes felt that I was a gate-crasher in the world of SF, passing off odd mainstream works as fantasy and science fiction in order to get them published. “George” assures me that I have, in fact, for better or worse, been a fantasy writer from jump, engaged in a long process of coming home.

Terry is up to too many things to mention in one little announcement, but of particular note are his recent interview of Kim Stanley Robinson for “Galileo’s Dream,” and an excellent new edition of his alternative history novel “Fire on the Mountain” from PM Press. For more info on these and a whole host of other things, visit his website.

Look for BULL SPEC’s production of “George” online, in e-book, and audiobook, somewhere in the middle of 2010. We hope you will enjoy this story as much as we have.

We are now closed for submissions until 1 February 2010.

Thanks everyone, so much for your submissions. We have so very many excellent stories to re-read and consider, and are, frankly, a bit overwhelmed. So much in just 10 days! All this really means is (1) submissions from now forward will be returned unread; and (2) we hope to actually finish selections in a week to ten days instead of that window moving further and further forward as more great stories come in.

Love and kisses, and only a trifling of goring and trampling,

Heads up: will be closing submissions for this reading period at midnight Sunday night EST.

We’ve received so many great submissions, and many other ones quite good, besides. We promised to keep submissions open for 10 days and Sunday night at midnight EST will be that minimum. To be fair to ourselves, our day jobs, our families, and the stories we’ve already received that we’d be happy to end up selecting, we’re going to close for submissions of original short stories at that time so that we can finish our selection process for this first submissions period.

So: keep ‘em coming until then! For the first few acknowledgements on days one and two we mentioned we’d hope to have responses in full by the end of the week, but with so many great submissions, our best guess is another 7-10 days or so after we’ve closed submissions for this reading period. If you’ve any questions where your story is sitting in our “process” (inbox, acknowledged, considered, shortlisted, etc.) feel free to query. We won’t bite. We gore and trample, sure, but not so much with the biting.

We’re pleased to announce that BULL SPEC NOVELLA #1 will be: Alan Smale’s "Delusion’s Song."

To control Branwell they had to subdue him. To subdue him, they chose to burn him. So, on the fifty-third day of the village’s isolation from the world, a day that might have been April 29th of 1846 if the calendar could be trusted, the farm laborers and wool-combers and idle-hands of Haworth took Branwell out of the Black Bull and incinerated him by proxy.

Samuel coaxed him from the public house readily enough with the promise of free bathtub gin at his home, but as soon as Branwell saw the grinning mob that awaited him in the street, he panicked and bolted.

BULL SPEC is pleased to announce that BULL SPEC NOVELLA #1 will be Alan Smale’s “Delusion’s Song:”

I encountered this story in Panverse Publishing‘s all-original novella anthology PANVERSE ONE and it was one of the first previously-published works whose rights we started trying to solicit, though it took a bit of a twist and turn trying to find out who exactly to ask! Not wanting to give anything away in this lovely, well-crafted, literate and literature-aware story, it is teasingly introduced by Panverse Publishing’s Dario Ciriello as: “In 1846, a space-time discontinuity has cut Haworth, Yorkshire, off from the surrounding countryside, and Emily is determined to discover the reason why…” and Bibliophile Stalker Charles Tan calls it “Particularly memorable” and that, of the novellas in the anthology, “If there’s a novella that I’d nominate for an award, this would be up for consideration.”

Alan Smale writes fantasy and horror, alternate and twisted history, urban fantasy and slipstream, with two dozen stories published in speculative fiction magazines and original anthologies. Born and raised in England, he lives in Maryland and works as an astrophysicist and data archive manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. In what is humorously referred to as his ‘spare time,’ he sings bass and serves as Business Manager for high-energy vocal band The Chromatics, and performs occasionally in community theater.

Note: There will be no English e-book or online text version of this story, as PANVERSE ONE is only recently in print, and we have no wish to hammer on its parade as a particularly cruel response to Alan’s and Dario’s generosity and flexibility in granting us the permissions we need to produce the story. On the contrary: to thank them for their willingness to bravely be our first production in our third “category” of non-original, non-donation works, please consider asking about it at your local bookstores and libraries, and/or buying it and supporting excellent novella-length original fiction, as it includes several other wonderful novellas, some of which we hope someday to give the BULL SPEC treatment to as well.

Look for BULL SPEC’s production of “Delusion’s Song” online, in e-book, and audiobook, as BULL SPEC NOVELLA #1 in either February/March or May/June. Thanks very much to Alan and Dario for their willingness to grant BULL SPEC license (Alan) and blessing (both Alan and Dario) to produce this work under these terms, and another thanks to Dario for reminding us with PANVERSE ONE that small publishing can still be great, and for his permission to use the PANVERSE ONE cover on this post while we get to work on some original art.

Update: We’re pleased to announce that the English audiobook narration will be handled by Grace Castellanos. Grace, joining Alan as a native of merry-ole England, is an experienced narrator and voice actress, with documentary work as well as being the “Voice of the Administrative Office of the Courts” phone system in Raleigh. She lives in Durham.

Update: We’ve learned that PANVERSE ONE is also available in a Kindle Edition.

We’re pleased to announce that BULL SPEC ORIGINAL SHORT #1 will be: "Rise Up" by C. S. Fuqua.

Wynne shouted Bobby’s name as the guitar case in the backseat bounced against the ceiling, then back down.

Time suspended.

Undergrowth tore at the car, and a tree slammed into the passenger side. The airbags exploded.

BULL SPEC is pleased to announce that BULL SPEC ORIGINAL SHORT #1 will be C. S. Fuqua’s “Rise Up:”

It’s been quite a ride over the first several days here at BULL SPEC, and this is a story which went directly from the inbox and did not pass “Go” on its way to becoming our proud choice as our first original short story. A well-paced and crafted story which is hard to squeeze into a “genre,” it is loosely “contemporary fantasy” or “dark fantasy” as it weaves a bit of musical folk magic into a story of the love between a mandolin player and a bluegrass singer. Set against the Appalachians, we hope readers from the Durham area and around the world enjoy it as much as we did. This is the second story utilizing the Sharps & Flats music store and its owner in a secondary role to the plot. The first story, “The Sharps & Flats Guarantee,” written and published in the late ’80s, was chosen by Karl Edward Wagner to appear in the annual Year’s Best Horror Stories.

Chris’ published books include Big Daddy’s Gadgets, The Swing: Poems of Fatherhood (2008 EPIC selection for Best Poetry Collection), Divorced Dads: Real Stories of Facing the Challenge, Notes to My Becca, Music Fell on Alabama, and Deadlines, a four-novel audio series. A collection of his short fiction stories is scheduled for 2010 publication by Mundania Press. His work has appeared in publications such as GOTHIC.NET, BRUTARIAN, SPACE AND TIME, DARK REGIONS, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, MAIN STREET RAG, PEARL, CEMETERY DANCE, BOGG, Year’s Best Horror Stories XIX, XX and XXI, AMELIA, SLIPSTREAM, THE OLD FARMER’S ALMANAC, THE WRITER, and HONOLULU MAGAZINE. He makes his home and Native American flutes in Madison, Alabama.

Original music contributed by the author will be weaved into the narrations to set the mood and give the story a rich depth of character. We’re happy to point our readers their way as a bit of a “teaser” for a story we really hope you all enjoy:

“Rise Up” —

“Rest Your Soul” —

“Mandostophales” —

Look for BULL SPEC’s production of “Rise Up” online, in e-book, and audiobook as BULL SPEC ORIGINAL SHORT #1 in January. Thanks very much to Chris, and all of our other submitting authors, for trusting a new market with his story. We’re still working through the process to pick story #2 this submissions period, and it’s incredibly hard to pick just one. So please bear with us as we keep working.

Question: Due to some scheduling concerns, we may not be able to produce this in all languages and formats at the quality level we’d like by January. We’d love to see comments on whether folks would like to see simultaneous release in all formats/languages, or have these trickle out as they are available over the month, with a minimum “gravity” on the official release day. Love and kisses, sincerely yours, BULL SPEC.

Request for comments: a mutiny on the bounty.

We’re still tinkering with how we want to approach original works publication. (For benefit works, initial publication will be in Creative Commons BY-NC-ND or less restrictive at the author’s request.) First, again, we’ll never, ever sue or threaten to sue anyone for copyright infringement, etc. (Several reasons for this, let us know if you really want the speech on it.) What we’re trying to do is both find a way to (1) give us a chance at being the ‘authoritative’ source for the files for a short period, to try to scratch back to even on the budget and (2) communicate what we would like to have happen with the productions once they’re available, if we had our wishes, in a clear way, while also (3) communicating the author’s wishes as well for the story text itself, in a clear way.

One idea we’re throwing around is a hybrid timed/bounty system: for the first 30 days, or until incoming donations have met the author’s advance payment, whichever is sooner, to use an “all rights reserved” (update: or something not CC-derived which is nonetheless suitable) designation. After this time/bounty has been reached, (retroactively) re-release as BY-NC-ND or more lenient (yes, even commercial, share-alike, public domain, whatever) at the author’s option, and updating the production files to credit the story’s sponsors/donors/patrons/bounty-payers.

Please, authors, readers, community, let us know what you think of this idea. We’re not seeking to “enforce” copyright or licenses, or any of that verbage, just trying to communicate clearly both what we’d like to have happen and what the author would like to have happen with their stories and our productions. If it’s a terrible, confusing idea, we’d by default just go BY-NC-ND from day zero and “ask nicely” for productions not to be hosted or e-mailed elsewhere for that 30 day window where we’d like to be “the authoritative source” for the productions. After that: seed torrents, clog the intertubes with 30-meg e-mail attachments, host it on your server, etc. We’d just ask nicely (by default; some productions will be more lenient at the author’s discretion) that you not try to make money from it, not make derivative works from it, and to link back to us as the source.

We’re trying to be as commons-friendly as we can, while not forcing our authors to communicate intentions and desires other than their own. Thanks very much for any and all response to this RFC.


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