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CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 4 short story by Kenneth Schneyer now Nebula Award finalist! • Mythic Delirium Books

CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 4 short story by Kenneth Schneyer now Nebula Award finalist!

February 25th, 2014 2 Comments

CP4_web_smallOur heartfelt congratulations to Kenneth Schneyer, whose short story “Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer” from Clockwork Phoenix 4 has been nominated by the membership of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America for the 2013 Nebula Award for Best Short Story. Way to go, Ken!
Ken’s story is doubly crowdfunded. “Selected Program Notes” is part of a series of stories written for his successful 2010 Kickstarter. And of course, Clockwork Phoenix 4 wouldn’t exist without our own successful Kickstarter in 2012. Portentous, perhaps, that Ken’s story was the first we received when we opened to submissions?
Needless to say, Ken’s accomplishment also serves as a new landmark achievement for us. We hope, of course, that you’ll check it out — you can buy the book, obviously, but you can also read the story free on our website, or listen to the audio adaptation at Podcastle.
For more samples of Ken’s work from Mythic Delirium Books, check out his new story “Levels of Observation” just published in Mythic Delirium 0.3, or his mysterious tale “Lineage” from the pages of Clockwork Phoenix 3: New Tales of Beauty and Strangeness.
For more story samples from Clockwork Phoenix 4, you can read Shira Lipkin’s “Happy Hour at the Tooth and Claw” on our website; you can also listen to Alisa Alering’s “The Wanderer King” at Podcastle or read it in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology, which is free to download.
“Selected Program Notes” is the second Nebula nominee to come from our pages. The first was “Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela” by Saladin Ahmed from Clockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness. Saladin’s career has taken off since, and we’re certainly proud to have been a part of it. You can read Saladin’s story here or in his free ebook collection Engraved on the Eye, or listen to it on Podcastle.
Finally, I have to say, it’s wonderful to have restarted this series from scratch and receive proof after proof that we’ve come back as strong as we’ve ever been. I want to once more thank all of our Kickstarter backers for making that possible.


  1. Anastasia says:

    Will you do a Clockwork Phoenix 5?

    • Mike Allen says:

      Funny how I’m getting that question more and more. *g*

      What I’ll say right now is that it’s certainly possible. Funding a fifth volume would require another Kickstarter, and though I have a good track record with Kickstarter campaigns, they’re exhausting and all-consuming and take time and energy away from writing, so I’m not eager to plunge into another one just yet.

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