Okay, to be perfectly technical, the anthology Tales of the Once and Future King is only available for preorder. And, as of this exact minute, only available as a Kindle.Yeah. I know. Don’t look at me, I’m not in charge of this one.
As you may recall, the editor of this project is Anthony Marchetta, the co-editor of God, Robot, from last year. In fact, if you recall, this project was first announced on my podcast, The Catholic Geek.
Like God, Robot, this is yet another compilation book. It’s got a frame tale that links all of the short stories together.
But Anthony wants to promise more.
Prepare yourselves, ladies and gentlemen. We are just a short two weeks away from the release of “Tales of the Once and Future King”, published by Superversive Press and edited by Anthony Marchetta (me), with assistant editor Mariel Marchetta contributing.
So what is “Tales”? Is it an anthology?
Well, yes and no.
Is it a novel?
Yes and no.
Tales is something different. Tales of the Once and Future King is both.
The main story is a post-apocalyptic fairy tale, and it is a full story – more than a simple excuse to fit other stories in between it, like what is seen in God, Robot or the original “I, Robot” that was its inspiration. It has action, romance, knights, vampires, banished kings and fair maidens locked in towers. It’s all there.
But in between it are the stories. And not just one or two. There are eighteen stories from the same number of authors, and they are not just stuck there, but integrated into the main plot. And not just one type of story either. We have your traditional medieval fantasies, yes, but there’s also steampunk, and Lovecraftian fiction, and stories set in the modern day, and stories in space, ranging from a child’s reading level all the way up to young adult.
Tales of the Once and Future King is a book with…everything. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
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…. Okay, I’m not entirely certain how helpful all of that is.
It is said that King Arthur will return in Britain’s hour of greatest need.
That time is coming.
Four travelers, searching for the Pendragon, are quickly embroiled in a plot to rescue the beloved of a banished forest lord. And while they concoct their desperate plan a Bard, the new Taliesin, regales them with stories: Tales of Knights, yes, but also tales of robots and vampires, music and monsters, airships and armies – tales to inspire heroism and hope. And when all seems lost, perhaps these tales will be their salvation.
This book is an anthology.
This book is a novel.
This book is a romance
This book is science fiction
This book is a fantasy
Sigh. Yeah, that doesn’t help much either.
But look at this list of authors.
- L. Jagi Lamplighter
- Anthony Marchetta
- Mariel Marchetta
- Morgon Newquist
- Declan Finn
- Peter Nealen
- Bokerah Brumley
- Matthew P. Schmidt
- Jonathan Shipley
- Mandy Nachampassack-Maloney
- Katharina Daue
And about 8 other people who aren’t even on this list. Or listed on the author page. Which is odd, but whatever.Tales of the Once and Future King goes life on Saturday. And can be pre-ordered now.
As for my story? Well, let’s just say it’s called “Arresting Merlin.”