Read "Item Not As Described" in Unidentified Funny Objects 2

Today marks the official release of Unidentified Funny Objects 2, an anthology of humorous science fiction and fantasy edited by Alex Shvartsman. Inside, you can find a story of mine called "Item Not As Described," along with stories by awesome authors like Robert Silverberg, Ken Liu, Mike Resnick, Jim Hines, Esther Friesner, and many more.

The book is available in both paperback and ebook editions, and you can buy it online at AmazonBarnes & Noble, or direct from UFO Publishing. The first review is already up at Amazing Stories, where David Kilman had this to say:

"I am very happy to report that not only is the story quality on par with anthologies put out by the major publishing houses, but I would consider UFO2 a contender for best anthology awards. I'll admit my opinion is probably due to my predilection for humor, but I can't deny that this was one of the most enjoyable anthologies I've read in the last few years."

I didn't get to brag about it here on the blog when I made the sale to UFO2 (as I was away at Odyssey Writing Workshop at the time), but it is definitely a big deal for me. Not only was this my first sale to an anthology, but it was my first sale at pro rates. And I couldn't help but feel giddy when I saw that I'd be sharing a table of contents with some of my favorite authors for the first time.

To celebrate this milestone, I've decided to give away a paperback copy of Unidentified Funny Objects 2, signed by both the editor, Alex Shvartsman and Yours Truly, J.W. Alden (though an unsigned copy is available if you'd prefer). I've never done a giveaway before, so I don't know what the response will be, but if you'd like to be the proud owner of a collection of hilarious speculative fiction, simply leave a comment below. The winner will be chosen at random next Monday (Oct. 14) via random.org.

Update:
A winner has been chosen. Congratulations to Luftwaffle! I'll be getting touch with you soon to get your details. Hope you enjoy the book. To those of you who missed out, consider picking the book up at one of the links above. It's worth every penny!

Edited to add: Editor Alex Shvartsman is doing a giveaway over on Goodreads, as well.

Edited again to add: Author Jim C. Hines is also giving away a copy of either UFO2 or Heroes In Training to help raise funds for author Eugie Foster, who is fighting cancer.


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  1. Commented! @luftwaffle on Twitter

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  2. Jim Hines linked to this from his blog, and it sounds entertaining :)

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  3. Congratulations! @silvergryphyn (Twitter)

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  4. I saw (probably courtesy of a tweet by Jim C. Hines) the review, and it looks good, count me in.
    I always like anthologies for short snatches of reading time, and for finding new authors.
    Congratulations on the sale at pro rates!

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  5. Most excellent! @Kdandenell on Twitter

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  6. Congratulations!! That's awesome, JW.

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  7. Congratulations and I hope you two will make many more books.

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  8. That's a fine looking publication. Congratulations! @deboree

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    1. That it is! Thanks very much, Deborah.

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  9. Congrats! It's certainly a worthy anthology to part of.

    email: lordess [DOT] nemesis [AT] gmail [DOT] com

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  10. wow new (to me) authors and humor! I'm commenting!

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  11. Congratulations and looks a fantastic anthology to be in too! @Emy_Pica

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  12. is that a Sorayama Hajim cover? djohn(AT)11hit.com

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  13. Side by side with authors you love? What? That's awesome!! And getting good reviews already. :) Congratulations!

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  14. Excellent author choices. Looking forward to this.

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  15. Excellent author choices. Looking forward to this.

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  16. Congrats!

    Yet another random person here from Jim Hines's blog. I'm @3rdragon on twitter.

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  17. Another one who reads Jim's blog.

    I love anthologies, and we all need funny nowadays.

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  18. That anthology cover is a real hoot! What a cool anthology to be in.

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  19. It sounds like an awesome read. Congratulations! @mauricem1972

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  20. This sounds great! Directed here from Jim's blog. I'm kathleen dot s dot mccarthy at gmail.

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  21. Love the cover art!! ^_^ Twitter handle is @alexisahunter

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    1. I already know your twitter handle, Alexis. ;)

      I agree; Arnie Swekel did a great job on the cover. Pretty stuff!

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  22. This sounds like my kind of book! gmail is blackhillsscribe

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  23. "Item Not As Described" is a great title! ^_^ Over the years, I've gotten quite a few Amazon and eBay items that weren't as described, though I'm sure your story has nothing to do with Amazon or eBay. What *is* your story about, Mr. Alden?

    My e-mail is pencilsmear (at) gmail.com

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    1. Thanks! Actually, you're right on the money.

      "Item Not As Described" asks the following question: if an online auction site like eBay existed in a Tolkien-esque epic fantasy world, what would the customer service emails look like?

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    2. Ah! Cool. I can see how that could be funny. I've had some pretty ridiculous e-mail/phone conversations with customer service before. And I've had silly/weird customers to deal with myself. :]

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